We are often so keen to find the headliners that we don’t spend time trying to find the others. One thing that has constantly defined the watch market is ‘hype’. Watches that the brand advertises in bold has a long list of followers. But, many models prefer to stay low-key (with or without choice). If you go down the list, you can discover many unrecognised luxury timepieces that deserve our love & attention.
A true watch aficionado will definitely rejoice the diverse and surprising elements these watches have to present. So, let’s find them out!
4 underappreciated luxury watches that might be perfect for you
- Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
The Seamaster is Omega’s most admired collection. Even though the brand built it as an everyday timepiece, the Seamaster’s unique design and specifications make it versatile. You can wear it for a swim, leisure, or office days. The main attraction of the Aqua Terra Ref. 188.8.131.52.02.004 is the teak deck-style dial which impresses immediately. In this 41mm stainless steel model, the silvery-blue dial remains the main highlighted element.
A sub-second dial at 6H breaks up the dial deck to include the date window. The watch’s colour combination perfectly represents the Seamaster’s origin. You can find the watch in both a steel bracelet and a rubber strap, fitting perfectly on the wrist.
- Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris
We all recognise JLC with the famous Reverso. However, you’ll be surprised to find out what the more-recent Polaris collection has in store. The Polaris made its debut in 2018 as a modern-day sports timepiece. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Ref. Q9008180 is a good-looking watch showing off a detailed and balanced dial design. This Polaris automatic has a 41mm steel case, making it the smallest in the collection of 42mm watches. The blue dial features a trio of finishes.
The central section with a sunray finish, the central ring has a grain-like texture, and the inner rotating bezel has a matte finish. The stepped-dial design housing the big hour markers is a bold statement of JLC’s sense of style. The watch looks fresh enough to accompany you on your everyday adventures.
- Drive de Cartier
From the design standpoint, no one can match Cartier’s versatility. The brand has a diverse palette of iconic designs, and Drive de Cartier is one of them. It’s refined, beautiful and, most importantly, unconventional. The 40mm case design stands up very well for daily exposure. While Roman numerals are the brand’s signature, stuffing them gracefully into a cushion-shaped case is an art. The Drive de Cartier Ref. WSNM0015 finely balances between being a dress and a sports timepiece.
When you think of a dress watch, you automatically want it refined. Cartier pays a lot of attention to the dial elements. For instance, the guilloche dial and the radial pattern in the sub-dial echo Maison’s aesthetic sense of styling.
- Rolex Milgauss
Most of the Rolex models have remained in the spotlight since their debut. However, a few models get overlooked when buying one. The Milgauss is one of them. Apart from its main significant characteristic, anti-magnetism, the watches have a unique take on the traditional Rolex tool timepieces. The Rolex Milgauss Ref. 116400 exudes fun and quirkiness. The 40mm watch in steel offers a decent power reserve, has a comfortable Oyster link bracelet, and has 100 meters of water resistance.
However, what makes it special is the white dial featuring orange markers and lightning bolt seconds’ hand that stands out. If you want to throw a dash of colour into your office wear, this is the best Milgauss.
If you ask a collector to name some of the most desirable models from a particular luxury watch brand, certain names will always come first. For instance: Rolex’s Submariner, Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso, or Cartier’s Tank. Many models that do not make it to the top 5 can surely be the best watch for you.
We have picked some of the best from the ‘not-so-hyped’ catalogue that we believe can make a fantastic addition to your closet. With Christmas approaching, it can be a good idea to buy high-quality second-hand luxury watches for yourself or your loved one.