You can slap a caramel-colored strap on most timepieces. But these are the ones — from sporty to sophisticated — that come with one in place, and are all available to buy online now. Get going, since they’ll only get better with age.
With an off-white face and great numerical details, this is far from your father’s Timex. Intelligent quartz chronograph ($165) by Timex
In which a noted Scandinavian retailer begins collecting, then selling, vintage watches online. Bookmark this site. And, also, consider this one in particular.
Vintage watch ($264.51) by Certina
Mougin & Piquard
From a timepiece brand that was resurrected by J.Crew last season, an offering that will draw eyes from any wrist.
Grande second stainless steel watch ($425) by Mougin & Piquard x J.Crew
Here’s a small company known for making watches that are so dead simple, they’ll look right in any environment. Especially with a face like that.
250 series ($482) by Uniform Wares
At this price, that’s a lot of elegance for your buck. Yellow gold and brown leather never felt so right.
Classico ($695) by Brera
Beat it up a little, because the whole thing will only get better with age.
Men’s chronograph watch ($795) by Victorinox
If you find yourself flying a plane, this one will actually help you measure crosswinds. That’s pretty cool to think about, even if you’re not (or never will be) a pilot.
X-wind automatic ($1,595) by Hamilton
Both beefy and restrained at the same time, from an Italian watch company on our radar.
Classico ($3,100) by U-Boat
If she gets a Birkin, you deserve this.
Clipper ($3,900) by Hermès
Now that the online retailer Park & Bond has gotten into selling old timepieces, allow us to remind you: This is an excellent deal.
President ($5,900) by Rolex