Well, everybody’s different of course, but exploring this question is a great way to get a conversation going with a fellow watch nerd. And maybe learn something too. Some guys like dive watches, some like chronographs. Some want a few of everything in their watch rolls, and some have laser focus in their collection (the vintage Breitling Navitimers of Watchfred, for instance).
So at the risk of sending a few of you off the deep end, let’s take a look at a few.
A personal favorite of mine is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre à Sphérotourbillon. I love all the different versions of the double-barreled Duomètre, especially the chronograph. But if money were no object, I’d prefer to while away the hours watching JLC’s spherical tourbillon spinning away. Rose gold, of course.
But what about a perpetual calendar watch? With a diameter of 48mm and a name to match, the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun is the perfect perpetual calendar for the manly man. Here’s an article on the piece by none other than the founder of Red Bar and passionate Perpetual Top Gun owner, Adam Craniotes.
Or maybe your passion is Rolex sport watches. There’s the white gold GMT-Master II ref. 116719 Pepsi that RolexDiver puts up on his Instagram account every once in a while. The new Pepsi GMT is one that WISs waited a long time for. White gold (rather than steel) sets it apart as a watch for the affluent globetrotter.
But with money being no barrier to entry or acquisition, maybe a large overstuffed watch roll of them – all on Everest straps? There’s no denying the Rollie sports models – the Submariner, the GMT-Master, the Daytona, and the YachtMaster – all look great on complimentary colored rubber straps or, for an upscale evening out, on leather.
No matter what your tastes are, the next time you’re your friendly local get-together, ask the guy next to you what he’d buy if money were no object.