Watches can hold a sentimental value for some, whilst for others, they are simply a valuable asset to own. We have previously talked about the most expensive watches in the world, but price is not always what makes them the most unique. Throughout the years, watches have been formed into many different styles and designs. But what are the most iconic watches of all time?

Whether they have been worn by style icons on the silver screen, or bestowed with a stunning design, these watches stand out for good reason. Let’s have a look at the top 10 most iconic watches of all time.


Of all the Rolex’s iconic watches, the is arguably the prestigious brands finest. Inspired by the famous American race of the same name, the was launched in 1963, and with its stylish design, it became a worldwide sensation. Screen icon Paul Newman adopted this watch.

Tag Heuer Monaco

The Tag Heuer Monaco watch was another made famous worldwide by a movie star. It was worn by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans. Its innovative square case and bold sporty looks were quite the revelation when it was introduced in 1969.

Omega Seamaster

First introduced in 1948, the Omega Seamaster was one of the early dive watches before the big surge in popularity during the mid-50’s. Only rivalled by the Rolex Submariner, the Omegas long-time association with the James Bond franchise has ensured its popularity.

Cartier Tank

The Cartier Tank is one of the most iconic dress watches of all time. The original design was inspired by the Renault Tanks during WW1, which Louis Cartier himself spotted on the western front, and in 1917, the first model was created.

Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is highly regarded as a dive watch. Its highly legible face crown guards and signature rotating bezel are iconic from a design perspective. An enthusiast’s collection isn’t complete without this watch.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

This watch is highly regarded to have begun the sports watch craze that swept through the industry in the 1980’s, and continues to dominate today. The self-winding Royal Oak is a simple and purposeful timepiece that looks as good under a shirt cuff as it would with a casual weekend ensemble.

Panerai Radiomir

The Panerai Radiomir was originally created for the Italian Navy in 1936, living up to the stereotype of great Italian design. It displays an oversized case, highly legible dial, and trademark luminescent hands and hour markers.

Patek Philippe Calatrava

The Calatrava is perhaps the most revered family of timepieces in Patek Philippe’s entire collection, with its elegant, simple, and enduring design. It has been the quintessential dress watch since its creation in 1932.

Omega Speedmaster Professional

This watch is most famous for being the first watch on the moon, when Buzz Aldrin landed in 1969. Amongst this feat, its classic design and proportions have ensured it is a favourite amongst collectors and fans.

Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso

This watch was introduced in 1931, which is evident through the Art Deco-inspired case and simple dial. This watch was the first to have the ability to flip over, an idea conceived to protect the dial from harsh rigours of polo. Today, it adds endless class and refinement to any outfit.

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