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#7: The IWC Portugieser
What makes it great: To be honest, it is quite hard to point out one or two especially interesting or staggering traits about the Portugieser. It's certainly not as edgy as a Royal Oak, nor is it as classy as a Calatrava. But there's something special, almost comforting, about a slightly oversized Portugieser in a timeless design that really speak to us. It really doesn't matter in what form, or what types of complications the Portugieser manifests itself. You just know it's a Portugieser when you see it.
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#8: The Panerai Luminor
What makes it great: Just like a Reverso for Jaeger or a Royal Oak for AP, a Luminor is THE Panerai to own. Cased in the iconic cushion-shaped watch case and equipped with the unmistakably large crown guard, the Luminor boasts one of the most identifiable silhouettes in the business. Chunky, masculine and highly legible - thanks to the utilitarian design, generous space in the dial and extra-luminous "sandwich" dial - the Luminor is the watch of choice whenever you want to let off that rugged, Sylvester Stallone vibe.
#9: The Zenith El Primero
What makes it great: The El Primero is an absolutely legendary watch movement and the watches powered by it are no less impressive when viewed in their entirety. The original El Primero A386 has obtained a cult following and goes like hot cakes whenever one comes up in the market. Modern adaptations of the El Primero movement are as impressive and respected. Knowing how to appreciate a Zenith El Primero is very much an essential step to take if you want to be seen as a serious "insider" in the watch community. And hey, it doesn't hurt that El Primeros are handsome watches in their own right.
#10: The Heuer Monaco
What makes it great: The fact that the movement used was a modular one (meaning a chronograph module was piggy-backed to a base movement) actually added to the height and presence of the watch. So if you ever wear a Monaco, people WILL notice. It's also just one of the those watches that are unapologetic in its design and comes with a very clear theme by making real-life association with the sport of racing. And if the King of Cool found it a great idea to race with a Monaco on his wrist, it probably won't fail you neither.
#11: The Breitling Navitimer
What makes it great: This is a tool watch in the truest sense. I mean, you CALCULATE stuff with it just by turning the slide rule bezel and engaging the chronograph function. You're basically carrying with you a calculator except that it is entirely mechanical. Which is awesome. While we acknowledge not all of us aspires to become a pilot someday, strapping on a Navitimer might just be the quickest way to have a sense of what it feels to be one.
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#12: The Seiko SKX007/009 Diver
What makes its great: Unparalleled value proposition. In terms of functionality and usability one could even argue it's right up there with a Rolex Sub. To truly appreciate the greatness of this unassuming Seiko, you have to read this story that recalls how Norman Schwarzkopf, a former US Army general always wore two watches in his time in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War: a Rolex Day-Date to tell the local time and guess what? A Seiko SKX009 to tell the Eastern Standard Time. This Seiko is THAT good.