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best hamilton pilot watches for the Aviation enthusiasts

Pilot watches these days are either too fancy, which hurts legibility, or they are overpriced statement watches. However, this is where Hamilton’s pilot watches stand out from the crowd. They are not the hallmark of engineering and luxury, but they make reliable, easily readable, and affordable “fliegers.” 

With their sporty appeal, these pilot watches are perfect as a tool watch for pilots and aviators, while also making for nice casual wear for folks who want a bold look. Enthusiasts and collectors call them a bang for the buck, and it’s not hard to see why. 

In this review, the Exquisite Timepieces team compiled a list of the 15 best Hamilton Pilot watch models available. We will take a closer look at their increasingly beautiful designs, solid engineering, and attention to detail to help you find a favorable pick. 

About Hamilton Pilot Watches

Hamilton creates some of the most affordable luxury pilot watches – because you get the reputation, quality, and attention to detail. Sure, some uptight watch collectors think it’s the bottom barrel of the Swatch Group, but it poses a double entendre. 

Unlike exquisite, handcrafted timepieces, Hamilton watches mostly use off-the-shelf calibers and materials with automated machines. But there’s no denying they’re top-class watches with all the makings of a great Flieger. 

They are tough timepieces that draw inspiration from classic pilot models developed for military officers during the Second World War. All the fifteen models we’ll recommend in this review carry different designs, movements, case sizes, straps, and prices. But they all have durability, legibility, and functionality in common.

The caliber often has a hairspring or silicon balance spring to prevent magnetic shocks and withstand heavy vibrations. They are also equipped with aviation-themed functions such as chronographs, tachymeters, bi-directional bezels, GMT functions, and slide-rule bezels. 

While commercial aircraft have a sizeable dashboard chronometer, pilots can accurately calculate landing time, fuel consumption, and speed with a finger in case of emergency or in smaller airplanes. 

Hamilton tells a story with their pilot watches. Many of them symbolize the war times and flight records or appear in iconic Hollywood movies. If you love Hamilton, you always stay with the brand, even when you acquire more exclusive watches in your collection. 

History of Hamilton Pilot Watches

Hamilton has been a leading watchmaker since 1892 but started creating aviation watches in 1914 during World War 1. The Swiss watchmaker had a military contract to design and supply watches to the US airmail pilots. Hamilton also played a critical role in supporting the US Air Force pilots and aviators during expeditions in the 1900s.

The Swiss brand was even awarded the Army Navy-E for excellence in manufacturing for their efforts in WWII. Hamilton watches also appeared in several blockbusters and award-winning movies at the time, including Elvis Presley wearing Ventura in Blue Hawaii.

In addition, they were official timekeepers of four commercial airlines, which proves their dedication to precision in flight. Hamilton’s flagship pilot watch is the iconic Hamilton Khaki Aviation, which has had models featured on military issues and is a popular option among pilots and watch collectors today.

Most of its contemporary aviation models, though, draw inspiration from the Second World War. With a rich history and a commitment to innovation, Hamilton keeps producing exceptional pilot watches today.

The Best Hamilton Watches That Are Ready for Flight

1. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer (ref. H76719530)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer (ref. H76719530)

Pricing starts at $1,230

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer (ref. H76719530) is modeled after pocket watches used during the World War. Notably, it resembles the Hamilton Model 23 – a popular stopwatch among WWII navigators, considering the watch’s vintage dial and chronograph style.

They both share a similar textured black dial finish, railroad minute track, gold-coated Arabic numerals, and counter at 6 o’clock. The Pilot Pioneer has a 43mm 316L satin-brushed stainless steel case with a 20mm lug width.

It’s also open case back style revealing its ETA/6498-1 mechanical movement with a 50-hour power reserve. As a true pilot watch, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer has a bidirectional bezel that can be used to track elapsed time, fuel consumption, or how long it takes to complete that surface swim.

It’s actually water-resistant to 100 meters, which is enough resistance for navigators to swim to shore in their wristwatches. Overall, it’s a sporty watch that’s specifically capable as an instrument timepiece where rugged and bold is better than clean and sleek. 

2. Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph (ref. H77906940)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph (ref. H77906940)

Pricing starts at $1,900

Hamilton packs all the features of an analog flight computer device in this watch. The cluttered dial alone is telling in the eyes of an aviator or pilot watch enthusiast. It has three sub-dials and bold Arabic numerals.

At the three o’clock position, the sub-dial is a sub-seconds counter, a 30-minute chronograph counter is positioned at 6 o’clock, and a 12-hour chronograph counter at the 12 o’clock position. There’s also a day and date window set at 9 o’clock.

That’s not all. The Khaki Aviation X-Wind Automatic Chronograph (ref. H77906940) has two inner bezels with a tachymeter scale that can calculate speed over a known distance. It’s this  array of functions that makes it have multiple crowns and pushers.

For aesthetics, the dial is a sunburst cobalt blue that portrays different shades when lights hit the surface. It also has polished syringe-like hands with a touch of red on some parts of the sub-dials and markers. Additionally, it’s a large watch with a case measuring 45mm in diameter and a thickness of 14.85mm.

3. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Auto (ref. H64615135)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Auto (ref. H64615135)

Starts from approximately $1,100

You may have spotted this watch on ex-NASA pilot Joseph Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) from the Academy Award-winning movie, Interstellar. It is a watch designed to appear robust but smaller than it seems.

Compared to larger pilot watches, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Auto (ref. H64615135) has a case diameter of 42mm and a case thickness of only 11.85mm thick. What’s more, it has a stellar dial. Hamilton made the conventionally small markers larger than the conventionally large ones.

Thus instead of a small day and date window, you find a large day window right about the 12 o’clock window and a relatively small date window at the 6 o’clock position. Large minute markers and silver-toned minute indices are also found on the bezel.

Now to the movement; this watch is powered by the Hamilton Caliber H-40, which can be viewed through the open case back. The movement has a power reserve of 80 hours, so you can set the watch aside for three days without worrying about its accuracy. And its 100m water resistance is perfect for everyday wear or as a tool watch.

4. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical (ref. H76419931)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical (ref. H76419931)

Starts from approximately $800

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical (ref. H76419931) is a modern replica of a 1970s classic pilot watch, the Hamilton W10. It retains the W10’s retro-inspired design, which is evident in the simplicity of the dial’s features – clean black dial, crisp white Arabic numerals, and fauxtina lume-treated sword handset and indices. 

Unlike the W10, however, this watch features a glossy, grainy textured finish on the dial and mineral crystal glass with an anti-reflective coating.

With a 36mm x 33mm case size and a 9.95mm thickness, the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical (ref. H76419931) must be one of the thinnest aviation watches. And this relatively thin watch is powered by the H-50 hand-wound movement based on the ETA 2801-2 caliber. Plus, the watch comes with a quality 18mm NATO strap.

5. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic (ref. H76645140)

 Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic (ref. H76645140)

Starts from approximately $1,200

Here’s a watch designed to cater to the calculation needs of pilots and aviation-inclined travelers. It can perform various calculation functions such as fuel consumption, distance, and speed, and it even has a GMT function that allows pilots to track two time zones simultaneously.

On the inside of the watch’s 42mm and 10.87mm thick case is the GMT function, a 24-hour scale, and traditional 12-hour markers. The red-tipped second hand also serves as the GMT hand allowing the wearer to tell the time quickly.

Also, the screw-down crown doesn’t just enhance water resistance. It also allows for easy and quick adjustment of the handsets and one-hour increments in the GMT function. A unique feature of this watch is the bi-directional slide-rule bezel which is suitable for various calculations, including unit, nautical miles, meters & currency conversions.

The surface of the bezel has a scratch-resistant covering with steel notches on the side to allow for easy grip and turn. Overall, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic (ref. H76645140) is an ideal travel companion that will surely give you a bang for your buck.

6. Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT (ref. H77932160)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT (ref. H77932160)

Starts from approximately $1,117

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT (ref. H77932160) is a bold, high-performance timepiece with complex aviation features. It features a sporty design with a large stainless steel case measuring 46mm in diameter and 13.75mm in thickness.

This large case has a PVD coating and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, ensuring maximum visibility. The sunburst green dial with yellow sub-dials is unique. It features a chronograph, cross-wind calculator, a 60-second counter, GMT function, large and easy-to-read Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock.

The watch is also equipped with three screw-down crowns and pushers for tracking time and regulating the sub-dials.

7. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Bronze (ref. H76709530)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Bronze (ref. H76709530)

Starts from approximately $1,540

This watch is the same model as the first one on the list, the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer (ref. H76719530), with minor distinctions. Like its counterpart, the Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Bronze comes in a case measuring 43mm in diameter but with a 0.5mm difference in thickness as this watch is only 13mm thick. 

Another distinguishing factor is the material of the case. Unlike a stainless steel case, this watch is made of bronze and titanium, making it more durable and sturdy.

Thickness and case material aside, all other features are the same; 50-hour power reserve, bi-directional bezel, brown calf leather strap, black dial, anti-reflective sapphire glass, and a movement powered by the ETA 6498-1 caliber.

8. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chrono Quartz (ref. H76722531)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chrono Quartz (ref. H76722531)

Starts from approximately $650

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chrono Quartz (ref. H76722531) is a sleek timepiece encased in a stainless steel case. The case, which measures 44mm in diameter and 11.05mm thick, is attached to a cow leather strap and has an H-buckle.

The watch has a sleek black dial with sand-colored indices, large Arabic numerals, and luminous hands. For aviation use and to indicate its chronograph function, the Hamilton Pilot Chrono Quartz Hamilton (ref. H76722531) is designed with three sub-dials, all well situated at the dial’s center. 

At the 2 o’clock position, there is a 10-second stopwatch, a 60-minute counter at the 6 o’clock position, and a 30-minute counter at the 10 o’clock position. There is also a date window at the 4:30 position. Hamilton did an excellent job ensuring the dial wasn’t encumbered despite its large numerals and chronograph functions.

Moreover, the watch has an open case back through which you can see the Quartz movement powered by the Caliber 251.274. While it is not as impressive as an automatic movement, it does offer the advantage of affordability and requires less maintenance.

So, if you want a pilot watch that is simple and affordable yet has necessary and useful chronograph functions, try the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Chrono Quartz (ref. H76722531).

9. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph (ref. H76409530)

 Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph (ref. H76409530)

Starts from approximately $2,045

Here’s another aviation watch modeled after watches produced during World War II. It has similar features to other Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer models, particularly the H76719530 and the H76719530 models.

The difference, however, is in the size, chronograph function, and movement. Its case size is only 40mm instead of 43mm and is slightly thicker, measuring 14.35mm in thickness. On the matte black grainy-textured dial sits two sub-dials: a 30-seconds counter at the 3 o’clock position and a 60-second counter at the 9 o’clock.

Both sub-dials are adjusted by the two pump pushers located at either side of the large notched screw-down crown. Unlike other Hamilton pilot watches, the Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Mechanical Chronograph (ref. H76409530) doesn’t have a bezel.

However, what the watch lacks in a bezel, it makes up for it in its chronograph features and powerful movement. The H-51-Si Caliber powers the watch. This movement is equipped with a 60-hour of power reserve, 4Hz frequency, kinetic chain, and anti-magnetic silicon balance spring.

10. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono (ref. H76726130)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono (ref. H76726130)

Starts from approximately $2,295

If you think the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Automatic (ref. H76645140) watch is complicated, you’ve not met this watch. It is a highly sophisticated, stylish, and classic watch built with features that are designed to serve pilots and aviation enthusiasts. 

True to the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter, this watch features a slide rule bezel and tachymeter for easy speed measurements. So whether you are adding, subtracting, multiplying, converting currencies and kilometers to nautical miles, or calculating speed, all you need to do is align the appropriate numbers on the bezel and flange to get a result.

Note, though, that the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono (ref. H76726130) is no mere Aviation Converter. It is also a chronograph, so the black sunburst background dial has three chronograph counters at the center with pump pushers at the side of the case for easy adjustment.

The Valjoux 7750-based H-21-Si Caliber powers the watch’s features, hence the day-date feature at 3 o’clock. And this movement is visible through the decorated open case back, allowing the wearer a glimpse of the inner workings of this Hamilton masterpiece.

11. Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Day Date Auto (ref. H77785733)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Day Date Auto (ref. H77785733)

Starts from approximately $1,320

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation X-Wind Day Date Auto (ref. H77785733) is a statement piece that combines aesthetics and specialized functionality. A beautiful blend of orange, white, and black colors on the dial, bezel, and slide rule catches the eye.

And also, its black PVD-coated 45mm stainless steel case with brushed and polished finish blends impeccably with the dial. But beautiful as the Aviation X-Wind may seem, it’s closer to a super-complication than a dressy timepiece. I’ll start with its drift angle calculator.

Hamilton installed the old-school flight computer E6B in this contemporary watch to achieve this function. Now, pilots can easily calculate cross-winds, estimate fuel burn, and measure ground speed using the inner rehaut measurements and rotating bezel on the X-wind.

Further, it features a tachymeter, 12 and 24-hour military scales, and a day/date window positioned at 9 o’clock. Like many complicated watches, it has a display case back showcasing its Caliber H-30 movement with an impressive 80-hour power reserve.

12. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Chrono Quartz (ref. H76512133)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Chrono Quartz (ref. H76512133)

Starts from approximately $650

The Khaki Aviation Pilot Pioneer Chrono Quartz (ref. H76512133) is one of the most affordable Hamilton pilot watches with impressive Flieger features and the appeal of a dress watch

It sports a durable 41mm stainless steel case with scratch-resistant anti-reflective sapphire crystal. And a stainless steel strap with a folding buckle. But the beauty lies beyond its dazzling silvery shell in its black dial. 

It has a beautiful arrangement of large Arabic numerals, a date window, sword hands, and two subdials (a 60 seconds counter & a 30 seconds counter) in contrasting white tones. They give it a simple black-on-white style you can wear to formal occasions or man a flight with. 

13. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Air Zermatt Auto (ref. H64625131)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pilot Day Date Air Zermatt Auto (ref. H64625131)

Starts from approximately $987

This Pilot Day-Date edition is dedicated to Hamilton’s partnership with Air Zermatt –  a helicopter rescue service company in the Upper Valais region of Switzerland. Its design pays special attention to legibility and date-keeping. 

The dial is deep black with a highly contrasting blue and white SuperLuminova-treated hands and indicators. They not only make it “ultra-readable” but complement the silver-tone stainless steel case and bracelet.

As said earlier, Hamilton takes the “day and date” in this model’s name seriously. The date window is at 6 o’clock, and the day window sits conspicuously at 12. And it runs on an 80-hour reserve Hamilton’s H-40 automatic movement.

14. Hamilton Khaki Aviation ETO Chrono Quartz (ref. H77612933)

Hamilton Khaki Aviation ETO Chrono Quartz (ref. H77612933)

Starts from approximately $816

ETO here is short for Estimated Time Over, meaning that the watch can accurately calculate remaining flight time and aid on-time landings.

This classic aviator-themed watch has a complex dial and movement. It has four hands; the hour and minute sword-like hands with syringe-like tips. And two chronograph hands: the one in silver finish is the main hand that performs the conventional chronograph stopwatch function, while the rattrapante hand (the orange hand) works along with the chronograph and stops when you depress the pusher.

There are two sub-dials on its black dial: the one at the 12 o’clock position is a 60-second counter, while the striking silver subdial measures the chronograph’s progress.

The bold case is a bi-directional bezel that measures appropriate speed, desired arrival time, or flight duration. But what buffs up the case – although it’s only 13.55mm thick – are the three pushers and dual screw-down crowns.

15. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Takeoff Auto Chrono (ref. H76776733)

 Hamilton Khaki Aviation Takeoff Auto Chrono (ref. H76776733)

Starts from approximately $3,295

We saved the best for last because the Hamilton Khaki Aviation Takeoff Auto Chrono (ref. H76776733) is no mere pilot watch. It’s a timeless limited edition timepiece that tells the story of Italian pilot Dario Costa’s record tunnel flight.

The Khaki Takeoff is a “big man’s” watch size at 46mm and 15.95mm thick. And on this sizeable piece of land is an homage to the two tunnels Dario flew through. Its two yellow subdial rings signify the tunnels, and super luminova on the seconds hand and indicators up to the 43rd minute for the record flight time.

This watch is limited to 100 pieces in respect to the daring maximum height Dario’s plane could fly inside the tunnel. Hamilton put in a little twist to the case of this watch by retaining the original design of classic bullhead stopwatches.

With its crown and pushers on top, the Khaki Takeoff case becomes more comfortable and stylish. Plus it eliminates the risk of the crown jutting into your skin if you have smaller wrists since it’s relatively oversized. Additionally, the watch case is attached to a thin plate on which the calf leather strap rests.

This case can be removed and inserted back into the plate at will. When removed, you can either place it on a dash mount or turn it and admire the automatic movement of the H-31 caliber.

Ultimately, the bi-directional bezel is worthy of mention. It is pretty smooth, has a firm grip, and has a “LOCK” inscription in bright yellow at the side to guide when inserting the case into the plate. And what is most exciting is how the outer bezel rotates the inner bezel.


Hamilton has been a trusted name in the world of aviation watches for centuries, and their pilot watches remain contenders with the best. And they are more open to consumers with their competitive prices. We’ve listed the best 15 of their most stylish, functional, modern, and sophisticated fliegers.

With a range of designs and features, there is sure to be a Hamilton watch that will meet your needs and exceed your expectations. So what are you waiting for? Cruise through the 15 Best Hamilton Pilot Watches and find the perfect timepiece to take your aviation tastes to new heights.

Best Luxury GADA Watches

GADA – Go anywhere, do anything. These are easily the best watches you can lay your hands on – if off-the-chart versatility and style are your specs. And luxury GADA watches don’t have to break the bank. You can find a spectacular piece within your budget using our list and top picks as a template. The only thing you’ll miss as you do down the budget line is big-name brands.

As watch faithful, though, you’ll be impressed by the level of craftsmanship and finish on even the “cheapest” GADA luxury watch on this list. What matters more? Well, if it’s luxury and pizzazz, you’ll find them in this review.  Let’s dive into GADA watches. 

About Luxury GADA Watches 

It’s hard to put a date on when GADA watches began since it’s essentially a concept for comfortable and functional timepieces. But it’s only right to trace its history to the origin of sports watches. 

More specifically, when Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary set out to climb Mount Everest, along with woolen suits and ice axes, these explorers carried Rolex Explorers on their trip. The rugged timepieces reached the summit and back intact. 

This is a watch that feels at home at high altitudes and is more than welcome at a fashion show or a five-star restaurant. The Omega Seamaster is another iconic GADA at this point – as it also made a trailblazing journey into space.

Soon, around two decades later, classic dressy luxury watch brands like AP and Patek Philippe embraced the GADA culture. They released the Royal Oak and Nautilus as their official launches into the world of sports watches.  

These watches, as far as horological history goes, are the frontrunners for the advent of GADA watches in pop culture today. 

How To Spot The Perfect GADA Luxury Watch

What’s a watch review without a guide on how the editors made our top picks? That’s a dictatorship. Or garbage at worst because you don’t have a map that can show you how to make your own informed decision about your top pick. 


The whole point of a GADA watch is to be so comfortable that you want to wear it everywhere you go.  We pay attention to the little details that make them so wearable, regardless of brand or model. This will help you pick a GADA timepiece outside of the models on our list if they’re outside your price range or not to your taste. 

Case-Bracelet Symmetry: A GADA watch should have a bracelet at least half the width of the case, preferably more. It gives the watch a sturdy and reinforced feel and contours well to the wrist. 

Bezel: GADA watches may have the durability of an instrument watch, but they’re primarily bezel-less and without the crown or pushers protruding. That’ll be considered too sporty and inconvenient to go anywhere. 

Case size: a prime candidate for a GADA watch should be around 40mm. Thomas Stover calls it the “Goldilocks zone” because it’s large enough for readability and portable enough to dress up.

Build Quality & Durability

Can’t settle for less when it comes to durability in a GADA watch. So, how do you spot a timepiece durable enough to be a tool watch and stay classy?  

It’s all about the material component, as GADA watches consist of a solid case build, a secure clasp system, and a legible and luminous dial.  


The style and engineering of a GADA watch should be suitable for casual and formal wear. It’s not enough for a watch model to be water-resistant and strong. It should also be a good contender for formal wear.

Consequently,  a predominantly classy and dressy GADA should be capably built for active or sporty wear to be considered GADA. 

12 Best Luxury GADA Watches

This is a list of the best luxury everyday wear watches, with prices ranging from two thousand dollars to about fifty thousand dollars. 

1. Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer (ref. NM9026C-S6CJ-BK)

Starts from approximately $2,200

The Ball Engineer Marvelight is the lesser-known GADA watch for hardcore enthusiasts and new watch lovers. This watch is so good it’ll pass for a Rolex Datejust alternative with flying colors. With a 40mm stainless steel case that’s only 13.6mm thick and weighs 180g, you can go anywhere and do anything with the Marvelight. 

Unlike a Datejust, though, you aren’t getting the trademark steel. But you get a 904L stainless steel shield that’s reinforced with a mu-metal shield, which means you can wear it underwater or in magnetic fields. It’s water resistant to 100 meters and has a 1000-gauss anti-magnetic protection. 

It has a captivating black dial that contrasts perfectly with the silver hour markers. What’s more attractive is the architecture of its case. This dial is not just about aesthetics; it’s also about functionality. Ball’s signature H3 gas tubes adorn the hour markers, offering luminescence that outshines traditional SuperLuminova, ensuring optimal visibility in low-light conditions.

Inside the Marvelight is Ball’s RR1103-C caliber, a COSC-certified automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. While this may come up short for collectors, it’s perfect for anyone who wants luxury daily wear. 

Its chunky bracelet and large crown give it a substantial feel on the wrist, yet its dimensions make it versatile enough to double as a dress watch.

 2. Tudor Ranger (ref. M79950-0001)

Starts from approximately $3190

The Tudor Ranger (ref. M79950-0001) is a testament to Tudor’s commitment to precision, functionality, and timeless design. Drawing inspiration from its rich heritage, the Ranger is a modern reimagining of the classic field watch. 

It’s encased in a 39mm steel frame with a brushed satin finish and rounded case reminiscent of the Ball. They have a similar case design but a different finish. The Ball is more versatile for formal wear, while the Ranger has a casual appeal. I only mean this theoretically; practically, though, both timepieces are to die for in a dress. 

The Tudor Ranger’s enigmatic dial exudes “GADA.” It has a dull vintage matte black dial with clearly illuminated hour markers characteristic of a tool watch while maintaining a dressy appeal. Admittedly, the polished bezel edges play a part in this. Moreover, the mixed styling of the hour markers and hands, using Roman numerals, a red pointed seconds hand, and an arrow hour hand, are rare Tudor features.  

Only 12mm thick with a 47mm lug-to-lug dimension, you can’t miss out on the comfort plane. And it uses a powerful 70-hour power reserve in-house MT-5402 automatic caliber. If style, readability, and comfort from a fairly popular brand interest you, this Tudor Ranger is your GADA. 

3. Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm (ref. L3.802.4.63.6)

Starts from approximately $3,400 

The Spirit Zulu might be Longines’ best-kept secret. Because for a brand that’s almost purely a dress watchmaker, they knocked this GADA out of the park. Although we agree a GADA watch should be bezel-less, the Spirit Zulu remains wearable with its 39mm steel case.

It’s refreshingly different. While the case is round, the lugs have a distinctive angular shape that gives it a robust look, although they are still under 47mm. The bezel is bi-directional and can function as a second 24-hour time zone. An extra hand on the dial reads minutes.

The Spirit Zulu is powered by an in-house L888-4 caliber with 65 hours of power reserve. While I love the durability and versatility of its stainless steel build and sapphire glass face, I appreciate the wide range of strap options. It’s available in blue and white leather straps with a blue dial. 

That’s right. It’s dressy, robust, functional, and comfortable. We just couldn’t pass up the Longines Spirit Zulu on a list of “go anywhere, do anything” watches.

4. Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 (ref. 01 400 7778 7155-07 7 20 01TLC)

Starts from approximately $4,000

The Oris ProPilot X is astoundingly reminiscent of the F-35 fighter jet. A streamlined, sleek, yet powerful modern (released in 2022) luxury GADA watch. The Calibre 400 is ruggedly built with titanium all around, from the case to the bracelet.

It has a thoughtful and utilitarian aesthetic that pays homage to its aviation roots. The jagged bezel is inspired by the turbine of an airplane, which is beautiful and functional for pilots wearing gloves in the field.

Aside from an all-titanium build and 100-meter water resistance to do anything, it can be styled to go anywhere. This ProPilot X Calibre 400 has a painted blue dial and pointy, luminous hands and markers that complement its bezel.

Furthermore, the case is only 39mm wide and about 12mm thick. With that, you can dress it up or take it for a swim easily. Its wearability is compared to the Omega Seamaster 300M and the Seiko Turtle. 

Not to mention, it uses an Oris 400 caliber with 120 hours of power reserve. And is on display in its open caseback with similar turbine-inspired edges like the bezel. Finally, you have three dial options in pink and gray. 

5. IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

Starts from approximately $5,500

Another pilot watches to make this list, but this time, a simpler model that traces back to World War II. The Mark XX is a symbol of history and modernity contained in a 40mm stainless steel case with a slim 10.8mm profile. 

Its matte black dial with Roman numeral hour markers and logo at 12 o’clock set a vintage vibe. So do the other color options, like sunburst blue and sunburst green. The black-and-white contrast of the dial, markers, hands, date window, and slim case is astonishing. 

Don’t let the cool and portable profile fool you. The IWC Pilot Watch Mark X is a powerhouse. Its 32111 caliber has a power reserve that can last up to 5 days. It’s also water-resistant up to 100 meters. 

Whether you rock this vintage timepiece on a stainless steel or leather strap, it’s the epitome of a luxury GADA watch. Its sheer doggedness and wearability are all you need to get there.

6. Grand Seiko Heritage SBGA211

Starts from approximately $6,200 

The Grand Seiko SBGA211, AKA Snowflake, is one of Grand Seiko’s most sought-after models. It’s a symphony of careful design and engineering prowess. What stands out in the Grand Seiko SBGA211 is its trademark Snowflake dial. It draws inspiration from the snow peaks of the Jonen Mountains just outside the Grand Seiko workshop. 

A brass plate goes through a multi-stage process to bring out the snow-white color without painting. Despite its size, it’s a testament to world-class craftsmanship and makes the SBGA211 a capable dress watch. 

And durability isn’t in doubt, either. It’s crafted in a 41mm high-intensity titanium case and is 12.5mm thick. It’s about thirty percent lighter than stainless steel watches, making it extra comfortable and actually “a pleasure to wear.” 

The SBGA also uses a game-changing spring drive of 9R65 caliber. It boasts a three-hour power reserve, and a power reserve indicator is at the bottom left of the dial. All in all, the SBGA211 “Snowflake” is the perfect GADA watch to enjoy a bulky yet lightweight and dressy timepiece.  

7. Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey Titanium 42mm (ref. 542.NX.7071.RX)

Starts from at approximately $7,900

This is the first rubber strap entry on this list and probably the last. But you’ll see soon why it’s a worthy model on the list.  The 42mm titanium case is easily its standout feature. There’s a perfect symmetry to the case etchings, pins, markers, and hands that’s simply eye candy for either enthusiasts or the uninitiated. 

Hublot Classic Fusion runs on a Hublot 1110 caliber with a Sellita base. It features only 42 hours of power reserve and 25 jewels. This may be the only downside to what’s otherwise a sublime piece of art. 

As expected from titanium, it’s lightweight. This, coupled with the gray rubber strap, makes it the ultimate luxury GADA watch. The washed gray dial is the perfect companion to a dinner date and will equally accompany you for laps in the pool. 

8. Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref.

Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref.

Starts from approximately $8,500

This is one of Omega’s more reliable and accurate timepieces and is also a paragon of elegance. However, it’s an unconventional design and engineering for those who dare to be different while still upholding GADA standards.  

You don’t have to worry about comfort and durability with this masterpiece from Omega. It hits the sweet spot with its 39mm case and 12mm thickness. 

It embodies a fusion of different eras in Omega chronometer designs. The unique “pie pan” dial with edges that appear like it’s a 12-pointed star or 3D work of art. It was the favorite feature of 50’s and 60’s constellation models. Even in “Globemaster,” the name was borrowed from the first Constellation. 

Also, this dial has impeccable readability, like stars on a clear winter night. The blue dial contrasts with the silver stick hour markers, while the dotted minute markers look like bright stars. And they match with the carbide bezel, case, and bracelet, which is spectacular. 

What’s more, only the crown protrudes from the case. It may be a small adjustment, but it makes the difference for a stylish dress watch. 

Moreso, the Constellation Globemaster is a master time teller carrying Omega’s 8900 caliber. It carries the “Master Chronometer” label, indicating that it underwent the rigorous testing and certification process with METAS. 

9. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Green Dial (ref. 124300-0005)

Starts from approximately $10,000

An epic luxury watch list is almost incomplete without a member of the Rolex family. And the Oyster Perpetual made the cut not because of some nefarious nepotic scheme but for its brilliant excellence as a GADA. 

It was love at first sight; however, as the saying goes, love simply isn’t enough. But its basic yet classy features will justify the price tag. 

Let’s be honest. The first thing you notice about this watch is its green dial. Aside from its beauty, this is a rare feature in Rolex collections and increases its resale value. But that’s beside the point. It makes it a perfect fit to style your evening wear or a casual outfit.

Durability is not a debate with a Rolex timepiece. The Oystersteel case and bracelet are tested and trusted to withstand rough or extreme use. This watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters and has a dependable Rolex caliber 3230 that’ll stay accurate in extreme conditions for up to 45 hours. 

Without any initial doubts, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a top-notch luxury GADA watch for folks who want to make a statement in the process.  

10. Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A

Starts from approximately $25,000

When it comes to making statements, you can’t go wrong with Patek Philippe. Or the next two watch models on this list. We are talking about the “Holy Trinity” of horology. And the Aquanaut is one piece you can wear anywhere. 

It’s the epitome of luxury and simplicity. Its simple yet sophisticated craftsmanship design is what makes it irresistible. The black dial, sweeping hands, Arabic numeral, front-and-back sapphire cover, and insane durability and water resistance 

I’ll start with the dial. It’s carefully embossed with a checkered grid design that looks like a spherical representation of the globe in black. And the gold-applied hands and hour markers have a harmonious connection that tells the time extravagantly. 

The 41mm stainless steel case turns what would’ve otherwise been too sporty into an ultimate GADA piece. It has a bold cushion shape that transforms the Aquanaut into what you want to be underwater in a wetsuit, tuxedo, or plain tee. Coupled with its composite black strap and its only 8.9mm thickness, the Patek Philippe is the best sporty luxury GADA watch. 

The case is also water-resistant to 120 meters. Flipping it on its back, you can peep the Caliber 324 SC with a gold rotor. The only downside is that I expected more than a 70-hour power reserve from such a powerhouse. One thing’s for certain, though: it will last the lifetime of several generations.   

11. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Self-Winding (ref. 4500V/110A-B483)

Starts from approximately $21,000

“Perfectly suitable for active lifestyles,” is the first thing VC says about this model on their sales page. So, if you don’t take my word for it, Vacheron Constantin should change your mind. 

This Overseas model is pure luxury and fully customizable for an epic GADA experience. It features an easily interchangeable strap system with steel, leather, and rubber options available, plus a secure clasp system. In essence, you enjoy the best of every occasion, like the Apple Watch, depending on your straps. 

It has a 41mm Maltese cross-shaped case with a black dial that will turn heads in any setting. This stainless steel encasing has a pronounced polish finish that reflects beautifully. And the dial is finished in gloss, so it appears darker against the stick and dot hour markers and hands, especially when they come alive in the dark. 

The outer case and bracelet portray meticulous craftsmanship with their brushed finish. An open case back with a sapphire crystal cover displays the VC 5100 caliber with a 22k gold rotor. It features 60 hours of power reserve, 37 jewels, and a date function.

12. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Self-Winding (ref. 15510ST.OO.1320ST.08)

Starts from approximately $45,000

In the grand scheme of things, the AP Royal Oak will go down as the ultimate luxury GADA watch. Luxury, comfort, and style. The Royal Oak is touted as Audemars Piguet’s latest ergonomic design evolution. 

With an integrated bracelet, you enjoy the best of both worlds – aesthetics and comfort. The harmonious flow of the lug into the bracelet reinforced durability, and extra conformity to the wrists. But that’s just a warmup. Its octagonal 41mm stainless steel case casts the watch under the spotlight.

The expert-made Grand Tapisserie dial provides substance when you look closely at the guilloche patterns. Furthermore, the hour markers and hand appliances can work, and they have an impressive finish that appears like titanium or white gold. Inside the case, is a caliber 4302 with 70 hours of power reserve.


Luxury GADA watches accompany you anywhere you want to go and are suitable for any purpose. Essentially, these timepieces become a dress, sport, or tool watch as you desire. If your aim is to pick the absolute cream of the crop, then this guide has all the models that can make that a reality.

You’ll find entry-level luxury for as little as two thousand bucks and can gradually transcend into the “Holy Trinity” of watches for as much as forty thousand. Alternatively, you can guide yourself to pick a non-luxury GADA watch based on our guide and top picks. For now, enjoy the top 12 luxury GADA watches in the horological scene.

skx007 vs skx013

If you’re standing at the crossroads of Timepiece Avenue and Decision Lane, you’ve come to the right place. Think of this as a battle of the Titans; instead of clashing on Mount Olympus, they’re vying for space on your wrist. Choosing between a Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 is a decision that demands more than just a coin flip. 

Why? Because they’re both legendary pieces with unique styles and strengths. With the SKX007, you’ve got the quintessential dive watch – a chunky and reliable timepiece. On the other hand, the SKX013 offers a subtler, more compact take on the classic design. Which one will be your go-to? The bold SKX007 or the understated SKX013? 

Not to worry – I’m not here to swing your vote in favor of one or the other. Instead, I’ll arm you with all the sumptuous details you need to make an informed decision. We’ll look closer at the aspects that set these two Seiko gems apart: case dimensions, wearability, dial proportions, hands, and strap options. So, let’s get to it.

About The Seiko SKX

The Seiko SKX collection is like the original Star Wars trilogy. It has its stalwarts, each with a distinct personality and set of fans. The group’s Darth Vader is the SKX007 — a mean-looking watch with its sleek black dial and versatile persona.

Then comes the SKX009, the “Luke Skywalker,” with its “Pepsi” blue and red bezel. Ideal for those who like a splash of color or a solid alternative to Rolex’s soda-themed GMT Masters. It’s the same classic design as the 007 but with a more playful edge.

Last but not least is the SKX013, the Yoda of the trio. It’s smaller and subtle but boasts the same horological finesse as its larger counterparts. If the 007 and 009 are your weekend warriors, the 013 is your everyday sage.

While some watches can dive deeper than the Mariana Trench, they cost more than a semester at an Ivy League school for the most part. But the Seiko SKX, with its ISO 6425 certification, water resistance up to 200 meters, and automatic movement with its affordability, tops them all.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect is its accessibility – they cost a couple hundred dollars and are readily available at retailers.

History Of The Seiko SKX

The history of the Seiko SKX dates back to 1996, when dial-up internet was all the rage and “Friends” had just started dominating TV screens. Seiko unleashed the SKX series onto an unsuspecting world, and the series has become a mainstay in the world of dive watches. 

It would seem that Seiko’s mission was to create a dive watch that was dependable, versatile, and affordable. Hence, the Seiko SKX was born – a timepiece featuring an automatic movement, a day-date window, and water resistance up to 200 meters. Talk about an overachiever, right?

Now, you might be wondering why it garnered such cult-like devotion. Well, it’s not only for its sophisticated appearance. It also delivered on performance. We’re talking ISO 6425 certification and an automatic movement that made it as accurate as a Swiss watchmaker’s ruler.

And the best part? You didn’t need to be a hedge-fund manager to afford one. But all good things must come to an end. In 2019, after more than two decades of being the darling of the dive watch community, Seiko decided to discontinue the SKX series.

Why did Seiko do it? Probably to make room for new models, or the SKX had reached its endgame, with its arc complete and its legacy assured. Either way, today, the Seiko SKX enjoys its status as a modern classic. New models, like the Seiko 5 Sports, attempt to fill the SKX’s rather large shoes. But for many, the original will always have a special place in their hearts.

SKX007 vs SKX013: The Similarities

The SKX007 and SKX013 are like two peas in a pod. They share the same features and are so closely related that you’d think they were separated at birth and reunited at a watch convention. In fact, choosing between them is like picking a favorite child; it’s best not to, or at least not to let the other one find out.

Here’s what makes these Seiko siblings so similar.


When it comes to materials, the SKX007 and the SKX013 are as identical as two parallel lines that decide to take a nap on the same geometric plane. Both models come in stainless steel cases, strongly built to handle more than just the occasional accidental knock against the door frame.

And like true dive watch models with stainless steel cases, they’re also incredibly lightweight. So whether you’re dodging coral reefs or office desk corners, these models are up to the task.


The SKX007 and the SKX013 share a unidirectional rotating bezel with the kind of satisfying click that ASMR artists only dream about. Both bezels are so similar that it’s as though one bezel said to the other, “I want to be just like you when I grow up”.

They can be your underwater timer, makeshift egg timer, or even your “how-long-until-I-have-to-get-back-to-reality” timer.  There are no differences here – save for the bezel in the SKX013, which is slightly smaller than the SKX007.


Have you ever had a wrist accessory that required you to summon the strength of a Greek god just to set the time? Fear not! 

The screw-down crowns are located at the 4 o’clock position on both models, ensuring that your time-telling endeavors are a breeze. Easy to grip and pleasing to the touch, their crowns are the quintessence of usability. Simply pull out and turn the crown clockwise to adjust the time and date, and push the crown right back in to ensure a watertight seal.


Still, on the similarities, let’s talk about the crystal – a watch’s window to the world. Both SKX models come equipped with Seiko’s Hardlex crystal. The Hardlex crystal is probably Seiko’s answer to the “How can we make this thing as sturdy as Captain America’s shield?” question.

Sure, it is not a sapphire crystal, but neither watch is pretending to be the Hope Diamond of wristwear. They’re hard, durable, and incredibly similar in their scratch resistance.


Last on our list of similarities, let’s talk about what makes these watches tick. Beneath the rugged exteriors of these Seiko siblings lies a shared heartbeat – Seiko’ very own Caliber 7S26 automatic movement. This movement boasts a day/date complication, 21 jewels, a 43-hour power reserve, and a 21,600 bph.

Recently, Seiko diver models have been powered by the 4R movements, which come with hacking. So, if you’re a purist keen on getting the original movement, it is advised that you are a lot more vigilant during purchase.

SKX007 vs SKX013: The Differences

The saying “no two people are alike” doesn’t just apply to people. It also holds when evaluating the features of twin or sibling watches like the SKX007 and its charming counterpart, the SKX013. 

Both watches steer their course with captivating and uniquely appealing features. Note, though, that these differences, albeit minute, can swing your vote in favor of one another. So, here are the aspects in which the SKX007 and the SKX013 differ:

Case Dimensions

If size matters to you, pay close attention because this is where the SKX007 and SKX013 begin to differ. The SKX007 is the big brother (literally) of both watches, with a case diameter of 42.5mm, while the SKX013 is smaller at 38mm

Think of it this way: the SKX007 is the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson of this Seiko pair – bold and impossible to ignore. The SKX013, on the other hand, is more like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, slightly more understated but no less captivating.

There is only a 1mm difference in case thickness, so there is no wide disparity in weight. However, if you’re a member of the “bigger is better” clan, you’ll be inclined to purchase the SKX007. And if you fancy small, or should I say “standard” dive watch sizes, then go for the SKX013 model.


Because of the size difference, wearability becomes an intriguing debate. If you have larger wrists, the SKX007 wraps around like it was always meant to be there. The SKX007’s broader case exudes a robust aura, perfect for those who embrace wrist presence with open arms.

But if your wrists are slender and you wear the SKX007, it might look like you’re a kid playing dress-up with your dad’s watch. Again, if you are a fan of big watches, this is not necessarily a bad thing, so long as you wear it well.

Conversely, the SKX013’s compactness ensures a snug fit as comfortable as a sailor’s hammock. The SKX013 sits more comfortably on smaller wrists and doesn’t shout for attention. But don’t underestimate it. Much like a cat waiting to pounce, its appeal is in its subtlety. It’s all about how you want to rock your maritime flair – bold or understated.

Dial Proportions

Aside from the case, the next obvious set of differences presents itself in the dial. This disparity is because although the Seiko models come in different sizes, they are powered by the same movement. Thus, the SKX007 has a larger dial proportion, with each element from the indices to the day-date window enjoying a little more breathing room.

The SKX013, although smaller, manages to fit everything without making it look like a cramped New York subway car during rush hour. The smaller dial does mean everything is just a tad closer together, so if you’re a fan of personal space, this is something to consider.


Both watches’ hands are styled similarly but scale differently to fit their respective dials. But beyond the room on the dial, subtle differences in its elements are only visible to the keen eye.

For instance, the hour and minute hands of the SKX007 are a lot thicker, with sharper edges and more intense lume application, allowing for brighter visibility in low-light conditions. The hour hand of the SKX013 features a gradual tapering to its arrowhead, while the SKX007 boasts a sharp arrowhead with a broader base.

Additionally, the second hand of SKX013 has a distinctive design with a thick, tapered tip and base, contrasting the slim design and black base of the SKX007’s second hand.

Strap Options

Both watches come with a variety of strap options. Well, not so much of a variety – you get to choose between the stainless steel Jubilee metal bracelet and the Seiko “Wave” rubber strap. However, the SKX007 offers a beefier bracelet, which can be a bold style statement due to its larger size. 

The SKX013 has similar options but scaled down to match its size, providing a more classic look. Think of it as the difference between wearing combat boots or loafers. Both are footwear, but the impression they create couldn’t be more different.

What About The SKX009?

The Seiko SKX009 model embodies the presence of the SKX007 and the SKX013 – it’s modest and unassuming with an aura that announces itself. It is the cherry (or Pepsi) on top of the SKX series sundae. Yeah, that’s our “Pepsi” bezel hero.

You see, while the SKX007 and SKX013 come in elegant black bezels, the SKX009 decided to up the ante with a Pepsi-colored red and blue bezel. It’s a mind-boggling color combo that screams, “Look at me!”. Yet the red and blue combo isn’t just eye candy; it serves a purpose for divers by offering a visual cue for elapsed time, making it both functional and fabulous.

Even if you didn’t, Seiko was ready to go over and beyond with this watch by switching up the dial from the conventional black in the SKX007 and SKX013 models to a blue in the SKX009 model. 

In terms of the size, the SKX009 shares its 42mm diameter casing with the SKX007. So, if your wrist can rock the latter, it can carry the former. But hey, big or small, there’s an SKX for all – no SKX009 for small wrists, though.

Also, the SKX007 and SKX009 offer options for rubber straps or metal bracelets, giving you the versatility to go casual or formal. The SKX013, on the other hand, prefers to come with a rubber strap – like its own personal choice of being a bit more understated.

Aside from the differences already stated, however, the other features of the SKX009 are similar to those of its siblings, the SKX007 and the SKX013. In essence, the SKX009 model is powered by the Seiko Caliber 7S26 automatic movement and sports Seiko’s Hardlex crystal and luminesce coating.

SKX007 vs. SKX013: Which Should You Choose?

Choosing between the Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 is always challenging, except for people whose choices are influenced by case dimensions. If you are a watch enthusiast, saying no to a Seiko is like refusing a free ticket to Disneyland, Hogwarts, or Narnia. You get the idea.

Both models have a die-hard following and are highly functional. We’re talking about water-resistant, stainless steel marvels with a unidirectional bezel and that classic “take-me-seriously-I’m-adventurous” look.

These watches say you can wrestle a bear in the morning and negotiate a merger by afternoon (PS: please don’t try wrestling a bear). Since both models are so awesome, we are back to the question, “Which SKX model should you choose?” And here’s my take:

If you have wrists like tree trunks or your personality can only be described as “the life of the party,” go for the SKX007. Its 42mm case screams attention but in a sophisticated, “I-read-The-Economist” way. Moreover, the larger dial means it’s easier to read the time even if you’re squinting through fogged-up diving goggles 100 meters underwater.

However, if you’re the quiet genius type who knows seven languages and can solve a Rubik’s Cube behind their back, you don’t need to shout; your accomplishments speak for themselves. The SKX013 is your perfect match. Its 38mm case, it’s not as shouty as its counterpart but still commands respect.

SKX007 vs SKX013: Pricing & Availability

When buying an SKX model, the pricing really shouldn’t be a bother. You’re buying a Seiko here, not Patek Philippe. That means you won’t have to mortgage your home, sell your car, or enter a blood pact with a mysterious stranger to afford one. But don’t get too comfortable.

First off, a heartbreaking fact: Seiko has officially discontinued both models. Yup, it’s like learning that your favorite TV show won’t be returning for a new season. But don’t lose hope; like DVD box sets and Netflix reruns, new and used versions of these classic divers can still be found if you know where to look.

If you’ve got your heart set on a brand-new SKX007 or SKX013, you’ll be hunting in the wild terrains of authorized dealers with leftover stock. Expect to shell out around $300 to $450 for a new SKX007 and around $250 to $400 for a new SKX013.

Now, if you appreciate a good “pre-loved” or “fairly-used” item, the used market has its own set of rules. On various auction sites and forums, you can find a used SKX007 for around $200 to $350 and an SKX013 for approximately $180 to $300. 

Of course, those prices are as variable as a cat’s mood, depending on factors like condition, age, and whether the seller thinks they’re parting with a family heirloom or just a watch.


In sum, the Seiko SKX007 and SKX013 offer an excellent introduction to the world of automatic dive watches, embodying durability, functionality, and timeless design. The core difference lies primarily in the case size, making the SKX007 more suited for those with larger wrists or who prefer a bolder wrist presence. 

On the other hand, the SKX013 serves well for those with smaller wrists or who favor a more subtle look. Both models boast similar features like the reliable 7S26 movement, ISO-rated water resistance, and a day-date complication.

The decision boils down to personal preference in size and wrist comfort. Either way, you’re investing in a watch with decades of Seiko’s horological expertise, offering both form and function that will serve you well whether you’re 200 meters underwater or simply going about your everyday life. Choose the one that speaks to you, and you’ll have a reliable timepiece that stands the test of time.

oris big crown pointer date review

In an age where the watch industry focuses on popular timepieces, classic vintage-inspired gems like the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date get swept under the rug. 

An avid watch enthusiast may be familiar with Oris flagships like the Aquis collection or its vintage-inspired Divers Sixty-Five models. Maybe you’re a core aviation watch collector; then you may know the modern ProPilot X models. 

However, the Big Crown collection is a gem for many reasons, such as its signature design, stylish appeal, and insane value for the money. This comprehensive review reveals all you need to know about the aviator timepiece from the Swiss manufacturer.  

About The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is modeled after the original first release that debuted in 1938. That’s an even longer history than many iconic Rolex watch models, like the Datejust and Submariner. So what is it about the Oris Pilot watch that’s kept it in production for over eighty years? Well, the truth is hidden in its design. 

Its “big crown” blueprint made an immediate and endearing impact, winning the hearts of watch aficionados. The most obvious part is its oversized winding crown. It was functional for pilots of the time (and now) to easily adjust the time while steering a plane at practice or battlefront.  

The next appealing feature of the BCPD that has remained the same is the pointer date. Instead of cluttering the dial with a date window, the days of the month are around the outer bezel. And an outstretched hand with a red tip points to the accurate date. Simple yet classic!  

So, it’s no surprise that watch collectors and aviator timepiece enthusiasts still rave about the BCPD today. And you should jump on the bandwagon if you’re a fan of vintages. 

Watches in the collection boast an array of stunning features that make them stand out in a subdued way. While it doesn’t have the bling and glitz of loud statement pieces, the myriad of dial, case, and bracelet colors and the coin-edged bezel are mesmerizing. 

With the Big Crown Pointer Date makeup, instead of three center hands – minutes, seconds, and hour hands, you’ll find four.

History of Oris Watches

The tale of Oris watches begins in a bygone era, where pocket watches were in vogue and wristwatches were a novel idea. It was in the quaint Swiss town of Holstein that the Oris brand in 1904 took its first breath after founders Georges Christian and Paul Cattin purchased a watch factory, Lohner & Co. 

They proceeded to name the brand Oris after a nearby brook (small stream). True to its name, the brand’s well of creativity and ingenuity is ever-flowing despite being jagged against economic downturns and regulatory restrictions.

Oris released its first wristwatch collection in 1925 by fitting bracelet buckles into pocket watches. During this period, the Swiss manufacturer expanded its factories, enticed world-class watchmakers with mind-blowing incentives, and developed its pin-lever escapement movement (Roskopf escapement)

However, the Swiss government stopped this development when it introduced the Swiss Watch Statute, which prevented watchmakers from introducing new technologies without official permission.

While this put a lever in the Oris’ production wheel for over 30 years, it did not stop the brand’s innovation. It would go on to receive an award in 1945 from the Bureau Officiel de Contrôle de la Marche des Montres in Le Locle for the accuracy of the pin-lever escapement movement. 

Consequently, they developed more complicated and iconic movements, including the Oris Calibre 652, the 1991 Calibre 581, and Calibre 761, which powered the iconic Oris ProDiver Pointer Moon and the Calibre 110 – their first in-house hand-wound movement with a 10-day power reserve.

Fast forward to the present, and Oris watches keep heads turning, creatives intrigued, and wrists adorned. Oris watches aren’t just accessories; they are masterpieces with a penchant for pushing the boundaries of innovation. 

In its first 100 years, the brand put out the most dynamic pieces, from the birth of the Big Crown and alarm clocks with an 8-day power reserve to building its first automatic watch with a power reserve indicator in 1952. There was also the launch of the Chronoris, Oris’ first mechanical alarm wristwatch, the Players Watch, jazz watches inspired by Andy Sheppard and Miles Davis, a bronze watch, and a personal favorite, the Dive Control Limited Edition.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date: In-Depth Review

Now that we have all the preliminary info out of the way, let’s get to the real reason you clicked on this article. Here’s an in-depth appraisal of the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Collection:

Case Sizes & Materials

Like tapestry to a wall, the case sizes and materials provide a backdrop for the intricate details of a watch. Recognizing it’s a vintage dress watch collection, you can expect the models to be unisex and sizable for both large and small wrists. 

The Big Crown Pointer Date collection offers a range of case sizes: a discrete 36mm, a slightly larger 38mm, and a bolder and more contemporary 40mm case. The latter could also pass as a luxury sports watch. 

Like the cases, you’re limited to three material options to style this timepiece. However, the majority are stainless steel versions. And relatively affordable. Big Crown Pointer Date models also carry an anti-reflective, sapphire top glass and a see-through sapphire case back.

Alternatively, if you want some class, you can buy a Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date watch. However, its case back is made of stainless steel. Prefer to make a statement? The BCPD Wings of Hope Gold Limited Edition in 18k yellow gold will set the tone.


Bezels are the most understated parts of watches, except if you’re buying a military or aviation watch from TAG Heuer, Omega, or Panerai, where extra effort is put into bezel construction. The bezel is almost insignificant, as you’d expect with a dressy vintage reinvention. And the case is no different with the Big Crown Pointer Date collection. 

It has a solid, non-functional outer bezel with a signature coin edge design. But a functional inner ring bezel that acts as the date.


The dials are arguably the most admirable part of this Oris collection. Each model in the collection flaunts a different and unique classic hue. It appears the manufacturer wanted the color selection to be the highlight of this collection, and if that’s the case, Oris hit the mark.

Look at the breathtaking red (more like wine-tapered) dial on the 01 754 7741 4068-07 5 20 50 model or the radiant blue dial with brown indices on the 01 754 7749 4365-07 5 17 66 models. And the dial’s beauty stretches even to the indices and markers.

The indices retain their vintage flavor with the uniquely curved 4 o’clock marker standing out – like most wearers of this collection, you’re sure to go, “Oh, that’s a very good 4”. These markers will keep time even in the darkest hours with their luminous SuperLumiNova material. 

The minute track and date scale curve gracefully around the dial, with each date subject to a 24-hour dance guided by the signature red-tipped date hand. It’s a dance that will hold you enraptured momentarily every time you check the date. Plus, if you’re a fan of cathedrals, the cathedral-styled hands may get you all excited and whatnot.


Most watches in the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date collection supposedly run on an in-house automatic winding pointer date caliber – the Oris 754. In reality, though, it’s a Sellita SW200-1 caliber base. 

As mentioned earlier, it features center hands for hours, minutes & seconds – remember the cathedral handset we spoke of. There is also the infamous signature red-tipped date center hand, which offers instantaneous date change thanks to this genius movement.

As a plus, the Oris 754 is designed with a date corrector and a stop-second feature, regulated by the “big crown”. The movement boasts 38 hours of power reserve, 26 jewels, and the brand’s signature Red Rotor, which stands out inside the open case back.

As stated earlier, the Oris 754 powers most watches in the collection, including the Big Crown Pointer Date 80th Anniversary Edition watch, the Hank Aaron Limited Edition watch, and all Bronze and Oris x Cervo Volante watches. However, newer watches have some of Oris’ in-house caliber, like Caliber 403, Caliber 473, and Caliber 401.


The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date doesn’t disappoint in the strap department. If you’re getting a 40mm case, you’ll enjoy a variety of options – not the full strap variety spectrum, though, as there’s no rubber strap option. 

However, you can choose between classic leather or its eco-friendly deer skin alternative and robust stainless steel bracelets. The stainless steel bracelet measures 20mm in width at the lug and tapers down to 16mm at the clasp. The bracelet is not necessarily scratch-resistant, but its well-spaced links allow for unrestricted airflow.

Most Popular Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Models

You’re in luck if you’ve eagerly awaited a rundown of the premium classic pointer date watches. Take a look at some of the popular and the creme de la creme of watches in the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Collection:

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Red Dial (ref. 01 754 7741 4068-07 8 20 22)

My guess is the designer had a much too good time with a glass of Merlot and decided to enshrine it into this masterpiece. The blood-red dial on the BCPD is perfect for a statement piece.

Aside from its dial color, though, it’s almost the same as other models in the collection: the automatic winding Oris 754 movement with 26 jewels, a 28,800 vph and 38-hour power reserve, 5 bar water resistance, and a big stainless steel screw-in security crown.

Oris x Cervo Volante Big Crown Pointer Date (ref. 01 754 7779 4067-Set)

This is another masterpiece for a classic man, with less pizazz and more manly aura. It’s a special edition BCPD made in collaboration with Cervo Volante, a hand-crafted eco-friendly deerskin leather manufacturer. They jumped on the Oris’ Change for the Better campaign to form a partnership.

Rather than endanger crocodiles or alligators, they make leather products from roadkills or invasive deer. On purchase, this watch comes with a durable, eco-friendly strap, pouch, and cardholder made from deer skin. If you’re buying the Oris x Cervo Volante on resale, the strap might have been changed, and you may not get the accessories. But you’ll find it one piece at the Exquisite Timepieces store if it’s available.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Calibre 403 (ref. 01 403 7776 4065-07 5 19 11)

On the surface, the Big Crown Pointer Date Caliber 403 is a regular gentleman’s watch with simple and relatively conventional straps and dial colors. But this model is not your regular Pointer Date watch. For one, the 38mm stainless steel watch doesn’t share the collection’s notorious Oris 754 caliber. Instead, it is powered by a high-performance movement from the Oris Caliber 400 series.

The Caliber 403’s first feature was in the Oris Holstein Edition 2021 watch, whose production was limited to 250 pieces. Now, the movement is a staple with the Pointer Date (ref. 01 403 7776 4065-07 5 19 11) model. 

Unlike the Oris 754 movement, this automatic movement offers a subsidiary second hand at the 6 o’clock position. It also boasts an extensive 120-hour power reserve, 24 jewels, and a -3/+5 seconds accuracy a day.

Oris Big Crown Bronze Pointer Date (ref. 01 754 7741 3165-07 8 20 01)

If you desire an Oris Big Crown Pointer Date without the stainless steel material, you should consider this model – that is, if you don’t mind bronze either. The 40mm case is made of multi-piece bronze with a screw-in crown and bracelet with a folding clasp of the same material. However, the case does have an element of stainless steel, albeit limited.

I do love the blue dial, though. Like the Red Dial (ref. 01 754 7741 4068-07 8 20 22) model, the bronze case and bracelet complement the blue dial, enhancing its beauty. And if the blue dial doesn’t do it for you – which I doubt is likely – there is a green dial variant and other models with green, red, and wine dials. You can also order a leather strap instead of a bracelet.

Oris Big Crown Calibre 473 (ref. 01 473 7786 4065-07 5 19 22FC)

Last but most definitely not least on my list is a 38mm Big Crown model powered by Oris’ tenth in-house movement, the Caliber 473. It is a hand-wound movement, meaning you either have to make a mental note to wind it yourself or get a watch winder to sustain its accuracy. 

Considering its exceptional 120-hour power reserve, you only need to wind it every five days, and you’re good. And there’s a power reserve indicator at the bridge side to keep you abridged of its power levels – see what I did there.

Aside from being a hand-wound movement, the movement is very similar to the Caliber 403 as they both share the subsidiary small seconds feature at the 6 o’clock position. What I love most about this watch is the butterfly clasp attached to the strap. It makes adjustment easy, without the strain buckles sometimes put on the wrist.

Should You Buy An Oris Big Crown Pointer Date?

The Oris Big Crown Pointer Date collection is not for everybody. It is a vintage-themed piece with a subdued appearance. Maybe because of its unique hues, you may get a few compliments from wearing some of its models, but the watch is not necessarily a showstopper. 

In fact, it’ll only be a conversation starter if you’re wearing the 18k gold model or in a room filled with horology enthusiasts or Oris watch freaks. Thus, if you’re looking for a watch that announces its appearance, this collection might not suit your taste.

I believe the collection is better suited for heirloom and classic-themed watch lovers. Also, if you’re tired of the conventional date window with Cyclops lens – no shade there, Rolex – then by all means, please consider buying a watch from the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date collection.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Pricing & Availability

Apart from a limited edition timepiece like the Hank Aaron, Waldenburgerbahn, and Wings of Hope models, the collection is very much available. The pricing may differ, however, especially if you’re buying it retail.  Nevertheless, you can usually find most Oris Big Crown Pointer Date models for around $2,000 to $3,000, which makes them an excellent entry-level luxury watch for everyday use.

But, if you start to get into the more expensive or limited edition models, you can expect to pay over $3,000 and up to $17,000 if you’re getting the Wings of Hope Gold Limited Edition. Keep in mind that the prices may fluctuate, particularly in retail, due to inflation and other factors.


Oris’ Big Crown Pointer Date collection offers everyday timepieces for classic watch lovers. Again, it’s not just a watch; it’s an irrebuttable testament to the symphony of craftsmanship and ingenuity employed by the manufacturer. 

The strap (leather or bracelet), case material (stainless steel, bronze, or 18k gold), and a handful of movement options add a twist to the meticulously crafted pieces, allowing you to experience Oris’s artistry in diverse ways with the unique date complication as the icing on this wholesome collection.

Best Gold Watches from Affordable to Luxury

In the world of horology, few timepieces command the same level of allure and prestige as gold watches. Even diamonds, considered a “lady’s best friend”, do not have as much classical essence as gold watches. And its history dates back centuries.

In recent times, gold watches have taken on different forms for different folks. There is a watch to cater to every desire, from luxurious solid gold watches to affordable gold-plated ones.

And we are here to further whet your appetite with our list of the 15 best gold watches from affordable to luxury. Beyond catering to diverse tastes and preferences, each watch on our list tells a unique story that will capture your heart and pockets and elevate your style. Check it out!

About Gold Watches

It’s hard to pinpoint when gold found its way into watchmaking, but one thing’s for sure. It pre-dates modern wristwatches to the era of sundials, hourglasses, towers, and domestic clocks.

For starters, manufacturers coated the metal hands of tower clocks with gold in the 13th and 14th centuries. And, of course, when pocket watches, like the French Onion Watch, were developed, they were often made into gold cases.

At the onset, gold was a perfect canvas for craftsmanship and artistic expression. It’s malleable (can be easily shaped) and highly corrosion-resistant. 

However, due to their rarity and inherent value, they soon caught the attention of nobles, aristocrats, and high society. The first gold watches on record were purportedly owned by Queen Elizabeth I of England and were often embellished with jewels like pearls, rubies, and emeralds. 

Furthermore, gold also has a heavy presence in marine chronometer manufacture due to its anti-corrosive nature, as mentioned earlier. While this has relatively dwindled since the discovery of stainless steel, dive and marine-inclined watches are still designed with gold of all karats.

Beyond their intrinsic beauty, gold watches symbolize more than just a means to check the hour. They are often synonymous with luxury and sophistication. It is an eye-catching piece that makes the wearer appear to have refined taste and an appreciation for classy culture. More commonly, gold watches serve as a family heirloom and a testament to years of hard work, dedication, and life achievements.

What To Look For In Gold Watches?

Gold watches have had an ever-evolving presence in the watch industry. In the early days, gold watches were highly sought after as a status symbol among the wealthy elite. But then stainless steel watches became a feature that made top-tier watches affordable in the 20s. Interest in gold watches plummeted with the advent of quartz watches, and now, with the onset of the digital revolution, more premium was placed on functionality and accuracy.

Nevertheless, gold watches have experienced a rebirth, rightfully taking back their place in the industry. One can now own an affordable gold watch with an authentic movement and some digital features. And if luxury does it for you, several high-priced gold watches are available on the market. What really matters when shopping for a gold watch is knowing what works for you.

Keeping your preference in mind, here are some essential aspects to consider before buying a gold watch:

Watch Design

While the allure of the precious metal often takes center stage in a gold watch, its design is also a crucial aspect. Whether you are drawn to classical designs or contemporary creations, the design of your gold watch speaks volumes about your taste and passions.

When exploring gold watches, it is crucial to consider the shape and size of the watch case, especially if you are on a budget. Depending on their purity, larger gold watch cases will cost more than smaller ones, as they require more gold. 

A large gold watch could also add some weight to your wrist than smaller ones. Conversely, more prominent cases are great conversation starters as they draw more attention to this wrist.

Along with the case size, you should also consider the dial’s design. The primary function of a watch is to tell the time. So go for a legible design that you can read clearly despite its pearl inlays and other embellishments. Then find a comfortable strap material to go with it. It could be a leather strap or a gold bracelet, whichever works for you.

Gold Karat

Knowing the different gold categories is crucial in selecting a gold watch, as it determines the appearance and durability of the watch. Gold purity is measured in karats, and in its pure form is 24 karats. In this state, you’re getting 99.9% shiny yellow gold, hypoallergenic (safe for sensitive skin). However, it’s too soft to be used to make watches, durable ones with a shape at least.

So most gold watches are a mixture of pure gold and other metals, called a gold alloy, which enhances strength and durability. It’s the percentage of the mixture that’s classified into 18 karats, 14 karats, and 10 karats quality. For instance, an 18-karat gold watch comprises 75% pure gold and 25% other metals such as zinc, silver, or copper, while a 10-karat gold watch contains only 41.7% gold.

Some other common gold variations include white gold (a combination of gold and white metal) and rose gold (a mixture of yellow gold and copper).

Gold Plated vs. Solid Gold

Choosing between gold-plated and solid gold watches is a matter of taste and budget. While each option has its perks, understanding their differences is critical to making an informed decision. 

Gold-plated watches, like regular watches, have a metal base, which could be stainless steel or brass. However, the base metal is often coated with a thin layer of gold through electroplating. 

Since minimal gold is used in making gold-plated watches, they are more affordable, weigh less and have broader design variations. At the same time, they are less durable, have limited value retention, and individuals may experience skin reactions from the base metal.

Alternatively, solid gold watches are either crafted entirely from pure gold or with gold alloys. So it’s no surprise they are more elegant, durable, and will catch a crowd’s attention easily. Since they are built to stand the test of time, they often make for heirloom pieces. On the flip side, they cost a leg and head and weigh a ton on the wrist compared to stainless steel or titanium alternatives.

The Best Gold Watches You Can Get Today

So without further delay, here is our list of the 15 best gold watches you can buy today:

Casio A168WG-9

Casio A168WG-9

First on our list is the Casio A168WG-9 watch – a legendary timepiece that effortlessly blends retro charm with cutting-edge technology. It boasts a sleek design with a case size of 38.6 x 36.3 x 9.6mm, making it a versatile option for both men and women. It is a lightweight watch, with its stainless steel case and bracelet collectively weighing 49g.

If you want an affordable gold watch, go for the Casio A168WG-9. This, unsurprisingly, is because the watch’s case is not made from pure gold or gold alloys. Instead, the case and bezel are made from gold-tone resin, which is very durable. 

Beyond its stylish facade, this watch holds practical and technologically advanced features like a digital display, electro-luminescent backlight, stopwatch functions, water resistance, a built-in alarm, and a seven (7) year battery life powered by a reliable CR2016 battery.

Pricing: Approximately $45.00

Timex Q Reissue 38mm(ref. TW2U62000ZV)

Timex Q Reissue 38mm(ref. TW2U62000ZV)

Here’s another incredibly affordable gold timepiece that pays tribute to the past while embracing present innovations. Of course, as opposed to solid gold, the watch’s stainless steel case and bracelet are gold-plated. As the name suggests, the case measures 38mm in diameter and is 11.5mm tall. It’s not exactly sleek, but it will surely slip nicely under your cuff for a dressy appeal.

First released in the 1970s, the new Timex Q Reissue 38mm has improved color variations and a functional battery hatch. It is powered by a quartz movement, which promises accurate timekeeping and provides a practical day-and-date function at 3 o’clock.

Pricing: Approximately $199.00

Brew Metric Max Gold

Brew Metric Max Gold

The Brew Metric Max Gold is one gorgeous piece of art with an equally attractive price tag that leaves you in awe. It’s—permit the pun—a perfect pairing timepiece for a day at the cafe enjoying a hot brew. Brew Watches have a thing for espresso machines and coffee, so I’m not surprised. 

With a 36mm diameter and 10.75mm thickness, the Max Gold will look good on any wrist with its tonneau-like face. The contrasting blend of gold and black on the recessed dial adds style and legibility to the watch. Speaking of gold, the timepiece has a stainless steel 316L base, which isn’t a surprise at this point. However, its durability is reinforced by a PVD gold coating and a scratch-resistant sapphire glass covering.

Pricing: Approximately $475.00

Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00)

Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00)

The Tissot PRX Gold (ref. T137.410.33.021.00) is a comeback of the 1978 version. Its dimensions of 40mm in diameter and 10.4mm thick strike a harmonious balance between graceful proportions and a bold presence. However, the watch is not necessarily eye candy because the yellow-gold PVD coating is quite dull. 

The tonneau-shaped 316L stainless steel case graces the wrist with effortless charm. And the charm is more pronounced in low-light conditions, where the luminescent indexes and hands on the champagne-colored dial light up.

Interestingly, the Tissot PRX Gold comes with an end-of-life battery indicator. This means that when the battery is almost exhausted, the second hand will move at a four-second increment instead of every second.

Pricing: Approximately $495.00

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751)

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751)

Looks, they say, can be deceiving, but there is no mystery to this watch. With the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic (ref. H38475751), what you see is what you get. Well, at a glance, it might be hard to tell that you have a $900+ watch on. But the watch is as simple as any retro watch can be.

It is a classic Hamilton that marries classic vintage style with modern sophistication. So you get a stainless steel case with a PVD coating and a leather strap. It also runs on a Swiss Automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve, 50 meters of water resistance, a date window, and an open caseback.

Pricing: Approximately $995.00

Longines Master Collection Pink Gold Anthracite Dial (ref. L2.793.8.73.2)

Longines Master Collection Pink Gold Anthracite Dial (ref. L2.793.8.73.2)

In celebration of the brand’s 190th anniversary, Longines unveiled some watches from the Longines Master Collection. These watches are a testament to the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and attention to detail, and they come in different colors. The Longines Master Collection ref. L2.793.8.73.2 comes in an 18k pink gold case with an anthracite dial powered by the brand’s signature L888 automatic movement.

One can easily view the movement and its unique pink oscillating weight through the open case back, which has a sapphire crystal covering. With a 72-hour power reserve, you can leave the watch on display in your closet for three days without needing to wind it.

Pricing: Approximately $12,000

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001)

Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001)

If you want a worthy, luxury statement piece, consider buying the Tudor Black Bay 58 18K Gold (ref. M79018V-0001). The 18ct yellow gold case and unique green-colored dial are sure to make onlookers green with envy. That’s not all; the watch also boasts a 200m water resistance, which makes it invincible for water-based activities.

At the heart of this timepiece is Tudor’s COSC-certified MT5400 movement, which guarantees accurate timekeeping and 70 hours of power reserve. The watch is adorned on the outside by a domed dark brown alligator strap and an 18ct yellow gold buckle.

Pricing: Approximately $17,400

Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set)

Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set)

Oris, in 2022, released 1000 copies of two limited edition timepieces on the market in support of an aeronautical charity, Wings of Hope. One of the limited edition designs came in a stainless steel case, and the other in an 18ct yellow gold. Oris Big Crown Wings of Hope (ref. 01 401 7782 6081-Set) is the 38mm solid gold case variant designed with a screw-in security crown, an anti-reflective sapphire glass in front, and see-through sapphire glass with engravings at the back.

Since it only has a 50m water resistance, you’ll want to think twice about placing it in water. But you shouldn’t shy away from wearing it in the dark, as the white dial features numerals and hands coated in SuperLumiNova.

This watch reflects your taste in luxury and compassion since every purchase of this watch equals a donation to Wings of Hope.

Pricing: Approximately $17,000

Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6)

Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6)

Breguet is a watchmaking legend that has adorned the wrists of royalty and enthusiasts for centuries. And this Breguet Classique Automatic White Gold (ref. 5157BB/11/9V6) holds the trademark classy yet minimalist air of luxury. Aside from its simple, uncluttered look, you’ll notice signature detailing, like the intricate guilloche pattern on the dial, the coin-edge case, and the iconic open-tipped Breguet hands.

With its sleek profile—38mm in diameter and barely 5.40mm thick—you’ll barely feel the weight of the 18-karat white gold on your wrists. Paired with an alligator leather strap, it slips under cuffs discreetly, making it the ultimate understated luxury gold wristwatch.

Pricing: Approximately $19,800

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Sedna Gold (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Sedna Gold (ref.

Fitted nicely in a 41mm wide and 13.2mm thick 18ct Sedna gold case, even the uninitiated can tell the Aqua Terra isn’t a dress watch. Rather, it’s a sports watch, one of the most iconic luxury sports watches, known for its amphibious prowess. The 18-karat gold is formed with the same yellow gold used to forge the first-place Olympic medal. 

However, for a watch built for sea masters known to scour the breadths and depths of the ocean, one would expect it to have a little more than a 150m water resistance.

Water resistance aside, though, this gold Omega masterpiece pays tribute to its maritime heritage. The dial’s horizontal line patterns are inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. It also has timezone and date functions and is COSC-certified for accurate timekeeping on the high seas.

Pricing: Approximately $20,700

 Cartier Santos Medium Gold (ref. WGSA0031)

 Cartier Santos Medium Gold (ref. WGSA0031)

The Cartier Santos collection is a legendary luxury wristwatch. Over a century since its first release, the Santos has become the go-to timepiece for VIPs across industries and cultures and remains an enduring legend. 

Its design remains largely untainted, although, like most popular models, a prime candidate for knockoffs, especially in gold. The WGSA0031 Cartier Santos has telling features only a work of art can possess, like an 18-karat gold case and bracelet, a heptagonal crown with a sapphire cut, and blued-steel sword-shaped hands that look like ties.

Not to mention some more inconspicuous details on the 35mm luxury watch, such as the screws, Roman numeral indexes, and milky-white dial.

Don’t look any further if you’re after a solid gold watch that’s dressy and flashy but not in a way that draws unwanted attention. This Cartier Santos in rose gold fits the description.

Pricing: Approximately $32,200

Rolex Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061)

Rolex Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061)

Of course, no gold watch list, or luxury watch list, for that matter, is complete without featuring a Rolex. The Swiss brand has designed regal pieces that have adorned the wrists of esteemed leaders and dignitaries, and the Day-Date 40 Gold President Green Dial (ref. 228238-0061) is an icon in that regard. 

In typical fashion, every single feature of the watch is a signature of the brand, from the 40mm 18ct yellow gold Oyster case to the lacquered green dial, the mechanical Caliber 3255 with automatic self-winding, day-date apertures, and the three-piece links President bracelet.

Pricing: Approximately $70,000

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705)

While the pink gold is a premium luxury, a major highlight of the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Pink Gold (ref. 4500V/110R-B705) is its blue dial. Vacheron Constantin places emphasis on crafting dressy watches with simplicity, functionality, and ergonomics, and they hit the home run here. 

The perfect blue and pink gold blend across the dial, and the case is soothing. Even better are the legible hour markers, hands on the dial, simple date aperture at 3 o’clock, and easy switch strap system.

Powering this pink gold VC is a Hallmark of Geneva-certified caliber 5100 movement with a 60-hour power reserve and 37 jewels.

Pricing: Approximately $80,000

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01)

The Royal Oak Collection, introduced in 1972, revolutionized the world of luxury sports watches despite its premium price point. This is no surprise, given its distinctive appearance and attention to detail. Its bold octagonal bezel, eight hexagonal screws, polished and satin-brushed finishes, and “Tapisserie” dial pattern paint a trademark look even random folks recognize. 

These features are not lost on the Jumbo Extra Thin Yellow Gold (ref. 15202BA.OO.1240BA.01) model. However, AP amps things up by replacing the typical stainless steel, ceramic, or titanium case and strap with an 18ct yellow gold case.

Pricing: Approximately $150,000

Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

Now to the Chanel and Fenty of wristwatches – Patek Philippe, a brand that needs no introduction. The Nautilus ref. 5811/1G features a distinctive octagonal case crafted from 18k white gold. 

The bold and modern lines of the case, combined with the rounded octagonal bezel and horizontal grooves on the sunburst dial, are truly iconic. The luminous hands and markers ensure optimal legibility, even in low-light conditions, while the date window at 3 o’clock adds a practical touch to the watch’s functionalities.

While the watch does share an affinity with the original Nautilus 1976, the Nautilus 5811/1G features enhanced water resistance of up to 120m and a slightly bigger 41mm case. Beyond these improved features, the Nautilus in white gold stays true to its sporty essence, embodying the spirit of luxury and adventure.

Pricing: Approximately $180,000


Whether celebrating a life achievement, a promotion, an engagement, or looking to splurge, timekeeping takes on a new dimension with a gold wristwatch. They are not only ostentatious acquisitions but also a symbol of wealth, class, and success. And gold watches ​​can be more than meets the eye for savvy enthusiasts. Any gold wristwatch model offers astounding resale value if kept in mint condition, making it a good investment option.

Use this guide as a beacon to navigate the world of gold watches. You’ll find an affordable, iconic, classy, dressy, flashy, or even understated model that tickles your fancy. 

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