Breitling SuperOcean 36 Replica
The Breitling SuperOcean 36 is similar to the SeaQ in that it’s another high-quality, detail-oriented dive watch, infused with a fun and impish vibe. The sky blue dial is eye-catching and spirited, borderline dandy without going all the way.
It boasts all of the luxury qualities you expect at this price point including a crisp bezel, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, beautifully applied details, and a Swiss automatic movement.
If you’re looking for a fun and feel-good watch that’s still upscale and perfectly grown-up, the SuperOcean is one of the best out there.
Breitling Navitamer 38
Technically a lady’s watch, the main aesthetic differences between this and a men’s Breitling Navitimer are its size options and the beaded bezel on the ladies’ version, which gives it a jewelry-like vibe.
Decorative as it is, I think the “sciencey” look of the slide rule dial creates a unique balance of ornamentation and gadgetry.
This lets you lean hard into either aesthetic side, with a dressy leather strap or a tool watch steel bracelet.
The stainless steel version of the Navitamer 38 comes in blue, black, or silver dials, and runs on a COSC-certified chronometer.
Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 38
Breitling, founded in 1884 in Saint-Imier, gets its prestige from its precision-focused Chronometer watches, aviator pieces, and the maximalist markings on their dials. This comes straight from their heritage as the first watchmaker to put a chronograph inside of a wristwatch.
Breitling didn’t invent chronographs. However, the founder’s son, Gaston Breitling, updated it with a central second hand, a 30-minute counter, and pushers -basically the chronograph we’re all familiar with today.
Presently, Breitling continues to give us novelty but quality. Per Breitlings well-loved design trademarks, it pushes the limits of how many lines and markings you can put on a dial.
Of course, this attention-grabber is an automatic Chronometer, and its bezel is a unique pearl-work pattern.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
It’s literally the most recognized watch brand in the world. They boast over 400 patents, which means their watches are truly unlike any other out there.
Rolex Oystersteel is a type of 904L steel, often used in aerospace, that’s durable and as anti-corrosive as precious metals.
The brand is historically and culturally important, with the Submariner being the most famous wristwatch in history. In case anyone needs convincing, you genuinely can’t go wrong with a Rolex when it comes to quality, reputation, and investment value -budget willing, of course.
If you want a Rolex below the 40mm mark, there are a few options like the Explorer I or the standard Oyster Perpetual. There’s also countless vintage models out there.
One of the reasons Rolex is so popular is that their designs are legendary, the Datejust being one example of this. It’s refined and strong, featuring that iconic pie-pan bezel. Though not patented, this bezel will always be associated with the Datejust.
Rolex also goes above and beyond. There isn’t a big need for a dress watch to have a 100m water resistance or be as strong as the Datejust is. Since it can be worn with basically any outfit, having this level of quality makes it an effective everyday watch. You’ll get a lot of wear with a Datejust.