Omega Speedmaster Professional “Moonwatch”

Flyback Chronograph Manufacture, released in 2017, evokes classic chronographs of the 1930s and also represents phenomenal value with its in-house movement equipped with flyback functionality. Recent iterations of these original designs are 42mm and feature the FC-760 Manufacture caliber movement behind new two-tone dials, with subdials in blue or chocolate brow.

The Speedmaster, originally introduced in 1957 as a racing watch, became legendary in 1969 when it accompanied the crew of Apollo 11 onto the surface of the Moon. The modern “Moonwatch” is still nearly identical to the original one, with a modern version of its hand-wound movement (Caliber 1861), the same tricompax dial with tachymeter scale, and luminescent material in the hands and hour markers.

The TAG Heuer Monaco made its debut in 1969 but really ascended to pop cultural icon status two years later, when legendary actor and “King of Cool” Steve McQueen wore the racing-inspired wrist chronograph in the 1971 movie Le Mans. This reference is the first Monaco outfitted with an in-house Heuer 02 movement, with vintage vibes faithful to the blue, square-faced original that McQueen made famous. It is packed with 80 hours power reserve and the two square subdials that make it recognizable from across a room.

A revival of an elegant gents’ model introduced by founding-family scion Willy Breitling in 1943, the Premier B01 features elegant details and modern-retro touches, pairing a set of sleek rectangular chronograph pushers with a classical bi-compax dial layout. The Premier ‘s array of elegant, period-appropriate design details include grooves on the case sides. Its sapphire caseback showcases the column-wheel-chronograph B01 caliber.

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