There is something about date and time watches that make them so classic, yet practical. After all, being able to tell the time and the date on a luxury watch was what made them so popular in the first place.
With thousands and thousands of different models on the market, you might be struggling to find the best one for you, or you may be looking for one that will serve as a great investment and pass down as a family heirloom. Either way, you have to take your time and pick a timeless piece that will both look great on your arm and be a great store of value. Here are some of the best luxury time date and time watches on the market.
The Rolex Datejust is not only a classic, but one of the most versatile luxury watches on the market. This piece can do it all and works in virtually any setting. You can put it on for a weekend at the beach, or the office. The 100m water resistance and Twinlock crown coupled with its nice and subtle styling make it perfect for whether you want to go for a swim or attend a black-tie event.
The best is that it’s one of the easiest watches to find on the aftermarket. Sites like CHRONEXT have great offers on the Rolex Datejust and have virtually every style ever created. You can decide to buy one second-hand, or a brand new one as well. All of their pieces are certified authentic and come with a 24-month guarantee no matter the original condition.
Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic Day-Date
This Breitling is the latest in the Navitimer collection. While it’s a classic platform, they managed to give the watch a refreshed and youthful look. Its stainless-steel construction makes it very versatile, and it comes with both a blue and black dial. It looks great both with a leather strap or stainless-steel bracelet, and is one of the most approachable watches in Breitling’s line-up.
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Day-Date
This piece is the epitome of luxury and is one of the most elegant pieces on this list. It is perfect if you’re looking for something classic and subtle with a great movement. Unlike many of the models on this list, this one is a bit dressier. It would make a perfect addition to a 3-piece suit or in any formal event. It makes for a great conversation starter as well.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Day-Date
This watch is one of the most prestigious date and time models you can find on the market and has a rich history behind it. The case itself can be recognised a mile away and is one of the most iconic in the history of horology. Though this is a very luxurious watch, it can still be worn on various occasions and dress up or down as you wish. This one can be tough to find, however, so be ready to break out the cheque book.
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Day-Date Automatic
This list wouldn’t be complete with at least one piece from the renowned Swiss watchmaker. Don’t be fooled by this watch’s sheer elegance, however. This is a highly functional, useful, and easy to wear watch. It features both a power reserve indicator and a day-date complication and has a sleek stylish look that would make this piece a perfect addition for somebody looking for something at the upper end of the price spectrum.
Paul Picot Gentleman Arc en Ciel
The Paul Picot Gentleman Arc en Ciel comes with a stainless-steel case and has a nice classic look that makes it perfect as a dress watch. It features an ETA 2834-2 movement, a leather strap equipped with a buckle strap, and a large arc-shaped day indicator at the 10 o’clock position. “Arc en Ciel” means rainbow in French, and every day of the week is displayed in a different colour as an homage. The watch is also water-resistant up to 50 metres and has very accurate hand movements.
Patek Philippe Nautilus
This magnificent piece was designed by Gerard Genta which is the same designer who gave us the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. We can also recognise his signature on the watch by the robust design and strong stainless-steel case. The watch’s design was inspired by the sea, and the case’s shape is said to be fashioned after a porthole. It even has ‘ears’ on the sides, reminiscent of window hinges. The Nautilus makes for a great everyday watch with a luxurious feel.
These are just some of the most well-known and best date and time watches you can find on the market. We strongly suggest you give all of them a close look, and see which ones would look the best in your collection.