Most Iconic Watches


These time pieces are iconic because they are recognized as quality watches and admired by those in the know.  Many introduced significant milestones that changed how watches are made after they were introduced. 

1). Rolex Submariner

2). Omega Speedmaster Professional - watch that went to the moon

3). Patek Philippe Calatrava

4). Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso - first sports watch

5). Zenith El Primero Chronograph

6) Cartier Tank - first commercial wristwatch

7) Tag Heuer Carrera

8) Breitling Navitimer

9) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - original steel watch

10) Piaget Altiplano Chronograph

11) Heuer Monaco

12) Omega Seamaster

13) Panerai Radiomir

14) IWC Portuguese

15) Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox

16) Rolex Day-Date “President”

17) Breguet Type XX

18) Rolex Datejust - first self‑winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial

19) Vacheron Constantin Historiques Ultra Fine

20) Cartier Santos Dumas - first pilot’s watch

21) Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph

22) Glashutte Original Senator Navigator

23) Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

24) Urwerk UR-103 

25) A Lange & Sohne Lange Zeitwerk

26) Ulysse Nardin Freak

27) Breguet La Tradition Fusee Tourbillon

28) A. Lange & Sohne Tourbograph "Pour le Mérite"

29) Panerai Luminor - watch that changed fashion

30) Rolex Oyster + Perpetual - world's first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch (1926),  world's first self-winding mechanism with a Perpetual rotor (1931)

31) Corum Golden Bridge - world's first baguette movement with linear gear trains mounted in a totally transparent case (1980)

32) A. Lange & Söhne Zeitwerk Minute Repeater - world's first watch with a mechanical jumping numerals display and a decimal minute repeater (2015)

33) Blancpain 1735 Grand Complication (Minute Repeater, Split Second Chronograph, Tourbillon, and Perpetual Calendar with Moonphase)

34) Patek Philippe - Henry Graves Supercomplication (1933) was the world’s most complicated mechanical timepiece for more than 50 years, with a total of 24 different functions

35) Patek Philippe - Caliber 89 Grand Complication (1989) - 24 hands with 1,728 components in total, including a thermometer, and a star chart, weighs 1.1 kg

36) Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260 - the most complicated mechanical pocket watch ever created, 57 complications (2015) 

37) Jaquet Droz Charming Bird - world’s first singing bird automation in a wristwatch (2015)

38) Haldimann H8 - the Tourbillon watch that doesn't tell time (2010)

39) Roger Dubuis Excalibur Quatuor - 4 balance wheels (2014)