To many watch aficionados, the only kind of watch to wear are mechanical watches. But with so many out there, the abundance of choices can be overwhelming. While we can’t go through them all, let’s look at a few of the best mechanical watches to consider.
Yes, Quartz is More Accurate
Before the quartz fans start screaming, we should get this one out of the way. It is true, quartz watches are slightly more accurate than mechanical watches. While today’s technology means mechanical watches are getting more and more accurate, they will still never be as accurate as their quartz cousins (at least not in our lifetimes). Results vary, but you can expect a good quartz watch to lose only a few seconds a year while a well-made mechanical watch may lose a few seconds per month. But that is a small price to pay for the wonder that is a mechanical watch.
Tag Heuer Autavia Isograph
If we remember much from the 1980s style it was that things were big and bold. Hair was sprayed high, shoulder pads got ridiculously puffy and punk-inspired ensembles broke norms with shredded style. It was in the 80s that the Tag Heuer Autavia thrived. Discontinued in 1985, the model recently made a triumphant return. As its name suggests, the watch blends the style of race-inspired timepieces with made-for-pilots “aviation” watches.
The result is a wonderful hybrid that comes in a carbon composite case that can take one heck of a beating. As it’s antimagnetic, shock resistant, and gravity resistant, it’s durable enough to take anything most men can dish out. The round case wears large at 42mm, but not so big and bulky that it doesn’t dress up nicely on a fine leather strap.
Rolex Yacht-Master II
Detractors of the classic Rolex Yacht-Master II may say that the watch wears too heavy. And they may have a point. With a diameter of 44mm and a bold angular lug design, it does present large. It’s one of the biggest offerings Rolex has in its repertoire. But most watch lovers will say that’s the beauty of the timepiece. It’s a guy’s guy watch that proudly puts its heft on display. With water resistance up to 100 meters, it’s built tough and designed for the adventurous spirit. That’s not to say it doesn’t have its finer side. Eighteen carat gold hour markers give it an air of sophistication while the instantly recognizable Ring Command bezel gives it a big, bold, blue show that most men would be proud to heft around on their wrists.
Longines HydroConquest Automatic Diver
You may be aware that the Swatch Group produces Longines timepieces. And Swatch is known for its whimsical watches, with lots of plastic pieces you may get in a variety of colors to add a splash of fun to an everyday outfit. That doesn’t mean you can’t look to them for a fine automatic watch. The Longines HydroConquest is a perfect example of this dichotomy. This is a classic men’s watch, with a bold blue dial, silver-white indices, and a traditional no-nonsense case style, which doesn’t go too big with a 41mm diameter. The result is a masculine piece that doesn’t try to overcompensate. Adding to its old-school aesthetics, the screw-down crown and link bracelet tell the world you’re a traditional man with traditional tastes.
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Tudor Black Bay
If you are going for all of the hallmarks that traditionally go into a watch for a man — clean lines, form following function and a pedigree that goes back decades — one should not look past the Black Bay. While we first saw the line in 2012, its roots go much deeper, back to Tudor’s foray into dive watches with the Submariner in 1954.
Today’s Black Bays, which come in over a dozen varieties, continue that tradition with models like the Black Bay P01. With a 42mm diameter case, it has a manly vibe, that’s softened by a satin stainless steel finish. But this watch was made for men of action. It’s waterproof to 200 meters, has a crown at the four o’clock position to protect it from any bumps the watch may take on its side, and locks down its bezel with a unique hinge system. It’s no surprise this model is based on a design from 1967 intended for divers in the U.S. Navy and given the apt code name “Commando.”
Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT
Putting this monster on your wrist, with a bold 45mm carbon-fiber case, might draw accusations of overcompensation. Driving a Ferrari might do the same. But for guys who want things big, bold and luxurious, the Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 3D Carbon (also available in titanium and “King Gold”) is a perfect choice. Hublot began its association with Ferrari back in 2011, drawing inspiration from the Gran Turismo racers of the Italian auto legends. This one just screams for attention, with a busy skeletonized dial and subdials that seem to float over the action. The self-winding flyback chronograph’s movement is made up of over 350 parts, all moving in precise unison to create a show worthy of the Ferrari name.
Mechanical Watches Conclusion
Of course, there are more. Lots more. Most major brands have dozens of mechanical offerings. But if you keep your eyes peeled and mind open, we’re sure you’ll find that perfect mechanical watch to put on your wrist.