The best watches to collect in 2021, according to experts

“A Male & His Watch” writer Matt Hranek and Classic View Club founder Henry Flores chat about their favored timepieces — and what to get now.

Omega Speedmaster, $24,600; Rolex Submariner, $9,500
Omega Speedmaster (remaining), $24,600 Rolex Submariner, $9,500
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My initially observe: A Sears Winnie the Pooh observe given to me by my grandmother when I was about 5 a long time previous. I nonetheless have it, but regrettably it’s way much too compact, even for my very small wrist.

Why donning a wonderful view matters: It reveals to the earth a very little little bit about how you want to be found.

Guidance for very first-time customers: Acquire the greatest issue you can find the money for, never compromise.

Best watch to reward: I constantly seem to gift my wife watches that I want to wear as nicely, like Cartier Santos from the 1980s, and Rolex Datejusts from the exact same interval.

Most effective enjoy to begin a collection: My 1st watches ended up Swatch and I nevertheless have them, but my first “serious watch” was a Rolex left to me when my father died. Just obtain what you like, if that occurs to be highly-priced Swiss watches or inexpensive plastic Japanese watches.

Superstar observe icon: Jerry Lewis [inset above], who experienced an epic Cartier collection.

Observe you are coveting: I really like watches that had been developed with purpose: Rolex Submariners, made for divers, or Omega Speedmasters for the reason that they were being on the wrists of astronauts and race-motor vehicle motorists.

Greatest watch display screen cameo: The watches in “Apocalypse Now.” You have Martin Sheen in a extremely neat military-type Seiko, and Brando is sporting a Rolex GMT, which are two legendary watches of the interval. 

Favored watch ebook: I’m guaranteed my publisher would like me to say “A Man & His Observe.”

Grand Seiko, $4,550; TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Heuer Re-Edition chronograph
Grand Seiko (remaining), $4,550 TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Heuer Re-Edition chronograph
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My 1st observe: A TAG Heuer Carrera 1964 Heuer Re-Edition chronograph [left]. I have always been a vehicle fanatic and was fascinated by all points racing. The Carrera is named soon after one particular of the deadliest races, the Carrera Panamericana. 

Why carrying a great observe issues: It can be loved for a life time and handed down to the following generation.

Information for initially-time prospective buyers: Acquire something that you are going to enjoy and will not be way too obsessed with keeping pristine in circumstance you hit a doorway jam. Adhere to modern day, because the vintage check out environment can be challenging to navigate.

Finest enjoy to gift: The common suspects these types of as Rolex Submariner, Rolex GMT, Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster or even a Grand Seiko would be terrific.

Greatest watch to start a assortment: A manually wound observe, due to the fact it establishes a a lot more particular connection with its operator.

Superstar check out icon: Steve McQueen [inset above] would look cool in any enjoy — but the point he wore a Rolex 1655 Explorer II, Rolex 5512 Submariner and a Heuer Monaco manufactured those watches cooler by affiliation.

View you’re coveting: An Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in 41 mm.

Greatest look at display screen cameo: The items worn in “Ford v Ferrari”: Matt Damon’s character in a Heuer 30 Reference 7753 SN though Christian Bale’s character wears a Heuer Autavia Reference 2446. I loved that they ended up interval-suitable pieces.

Most loved watch reserve: “History of the Swiss Look at Industry” by Pierre-Yves Donzé.

Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie watch, price upon request
Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie look at, price upon request
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An Italian financier who hops amongst Milan and Miami, this famed collector posts updates on his ultra-scarce items to 104,000 followers.

Own design and style: In Miami? Lululemon joggers, Balmain T-shirts and Air Jordan 1 Retro Large Dior [sneakers]. In Milan? Denims, shirts and common footwear. 

Very first enjoy: When I was 16 decades old, I did deliveries for a grocery retailer to obtain a Bulova, which was pretty very similar to a well-known look at at the time, the Breitling Chronomat.

Observe rely: I have constantly focused on high quality rather than quantity. Now, I have a few Rolex, a few Patek Philippe and a number of some others.

Most loved complication: I’m in love with the grande sonnerie.

Observe icon: Gérald Genta [inset above] was really just one of the best look at designers of all time, the genius driving various of the most popular and enduring types that have become the basis for results for various brands which include Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Cartier.

Current invest in: A Rolex Day-Date produced in 1984 for Qaboos, the late Sultan of Oman. It is wonderful, with a rainbow bezel, and on the again, there is the Khanjar [crest of the Omani royal family]. It is a person of the rarest Rolexes at any time produced.

Favored vacation watch: Sorry to disappoint you, but I by no means have on my watches.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust watch in 18-k yellow gold, $27,600 ; Cartier Tank Française watch in steel and yellow gold, $6,500
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady-Datejust watch in 18-k yellow gold (remaining), $27,600 Cartier Tank Française observe in metal and yellow gold, $6,500
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The previous Sotheby’s staffer introduced Dimepiece — focused on feminine collectors — seven months in the past, and has already drawn 16,000 Instagram followers.

Personal style: I adore the prep school, “Gossip Girl” seem. I rarely dress in a ton of designer garments, but when I do, it’s all sourced secondhand. I like my mom’s double-breasted Chanel jacket from the 1980s.

To start with check out: To rejoice my 31st birthday past May possibly, I just acquired my first luxury observe: a little metal Cartier Tank Française.

View rely: Six, together with that Cartier. Not undesirable for a gal who just acquired into collecting, ideal?

Preferred complication: Who desires to consider me in their sports vehicle to see a Rolex Daytona in action on the raceway?

Watch icon: Mary-Kate Olsen [inset above] — I really feel like I have developed up with her. In the early aughts the Olsens had been regarded for popularizing significant men’s watches, and now she’s getting a a lot more polished route with a yellow-gold Rolex Working day-Day on a “President” bracelet — she even wears it whilst competing in horse races. I’m obsessed.

Most recent buy: The Rolex Woman-Datejust.

Travel enjoy: I’m in LA appropriate now, and I’ve read there’s been a whole lot of observe theft. I’m seeking to preserve a minimal profile, so I like my steel Cartier mainly because it’s the most minimal-important