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Best Watch Ever

Your guide to the best watch ever produced.

This title is a real challenge to the watch collector, because clearly, it’s very subjective. So what about we look at what the experts tell us get more info.

Firstly a quick on line search brings up the online “Diva Chick’s selection which is a Michael Kors designed women’s Watch, with an Acrylic Tortoiseshell Bracelet.

Well, I’m really not that familiar with womens watches so I’m going to suggest some others which I think deserve the title of,best watch ever!

Firstly, Zenith watches have produced the, El Primero, Chronograph watch. Because of their long history, and the tenacity of workers who hid the tools from money hungry owners over the years, this magnificent mechanical watch from Switzerland, has survived as one of the best examples of the watchmaking craft. This mechanical watch holds records for its timekeeping ability, being able to measure a time span of an incredible 1/10th of a second. Each watch takes 9 months to make, uses the separate skills of 20 specialist watchmakers, who perform over 5,000 process steps and use 18 metals to produce something truly spectacular. Recently they have introduced a “display” window in the watch to show off the skills that have gone into its manufacture. Considering the efforts made and the standards achieved this has to be a true contender for the title.

Then there is the, Omega Seamaster watch. I nominate this watch not because of its technical prowess but because of its reputation. Its the original James Bond watch, produced even in a special collectible model with “gun barrel” rifling and “007” branding. Its such a touchstone for those of us old enough to remember the beginning of the “James Bond” era. Based on the novels written in the 50’s, the genre of spy stories, complete with the iconic “Mr Big” and the cute “kittens” adoring the star has been the idol of many, hoping that one day everything they touch will turn to gold and every beautiful woman will throw herself at your feet. There is nothing like this watch that evokes a feeling of “if only”.

Talking about iconic watches, can you imagine a watch design lasting nearly 60 years with only slight changes? Well the Breitling company first released the Navitimer watch in 1952. And its still available today. Its a watch designed for pilots with a built in slide rule…cute in these days of computers. But again the market seems to like the nostalgia of the design. Breitling have capitalized on this design which was built in collaboration with an American Pilot’s association, by promoting it heavily into the Aviation market. Its a bit “showy” with its big dial and graduated bezel, but its very distinctive and almost a “badge of honor” for those in the know. Pilots are reluctant to wander around with a pair of silver wings on their chest, but have no problem wearing this watch. Something readily recognised by members of their elite group. Something to start a conversation. Who knows, your next meeting may be at 20,000ft, circling O’Hare airport, waiting for a landing slot.