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5 Best Types of Watches

25th May 2022

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Whether you’re a watch enthusiast adding to your collection or purchasing your first luxury watch, you need to fully understand what types of watches are available to make the right choice for your lifestyle and wardrobe. Swimmers, divers, and boaters may prefer a Rolex watch that offers deep water resistance. While a dress watch from Cartier may be more appropriate for C-suite executives who attend formal functions.

Discover which watch type is best for you based on your preferences and lifestyle.

1. Dress Watches

Dress watches have a more delicate, slim design than other timepieces. The simple style pairs well with suits and formal wear and doesn’t look out of place at a wedding or business meeting. Dress watches are available with leather, stainless steel, or precious metal bands for an understated yet elegant look.

Consider a men’s or women’s Cartier watch for your next dress watch. The Cartier Ballon Bleu W69016Z44 features a stainless steel bracelet and case, Roman numerals to mark time, and Cartier’s distinctive blue sword-shaped hands to match the iconic blue cabochon crown. Its smaller size doesn’t overwhelm a woman’s wrist.

Men may prefer the square-shaped dial and leather band of the Cartier Santos WGSA0019. The 18K rose gold case comes with two interchangeable bands. Its Quick Switch technology allows you to change from a calfskin band to an alligator strap easily.

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2. Sports Watches

Sports watches include any durable, water-resistant timepiece. They may offer other functions in addition to keeping time. This type of watch should be easy to read and use and provide more protection from everyday wear and tear. If you’re active, sport-designed Hublot watches are a great option.

The Hublot Big Bang E Titanium 42mm 440.NX.1100.RX has a digital dial, so you can quickly read the time in the middle of your run or pickup basketball game. The titanium case and rubber bracelet are tough enough to withstand bumps and sweat while giving you a barely there lightweight feel.

If you’re looking for a sports watch with an elegant look, consider the Hublot Big Bang 33mm 485.OX1180.RX.1604. Enjoy the sparkle of its 18K king gold and diamond case while out in the sun. The rubber-based bracelet and titanium buckle clasp keep your watch in place during your workouts.

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3. Vintage Watches

If you enjoy tradition and craftsmanship, you may want to explore vintage watches. Vintage luxury timepieces are highly sought-after watches due to their rarity and collectability. The most collectible watches in the luxury timepiece world include the Cartier Tank, Patek Philippe Nautilus, and Rolex Daytona.

Luxury of Watches carries several vintage or collector’s watches. The Cartier Tank Louis Large W1529756 and Cartier Tank Francaise Women’s WGTA0031 represent vintage Cartier pieces. Designed to resemble a WWI Renault tank, the Tank is the brand’s signature watch model worn by celebrities and style icons, including Jackie Onassis, Muhammad Ali, and Steve McQueen.

4. Dive Watches

Avid divers, or fans of the sport, may enjoy dive watches from Luxury of Watches. The IWC Divers Chronograph IW376803 features a stainless steel case and is water-resistant up to 300 meters. It also offers a chronograph function and uses a SafeDive system which only allows the wearer to adjust the bezel by turning it anticlockwise.

No diving watch collection is complete without a Rolex Submariner. Rolex released its first Submariner in 1953 with a waterproof depth of up to 100 meters. The Submariner collection from Luxury of Watches includes popular models like the Rolex Submariner Custom Ceramic Green Bezel 116610 or the Rolex Submariner 41mm Date 126619LB, which allows for safe diving at up to 300 meters.

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5. Racing Watches

Whether you are an avid sports car racer or yachter, racing watches may prove the perfect type of watch for you. Browse the Rolex Yacht Master collection to find pieces like the Rolex Yacht Master II 116681 which features a regatta countdown timer complication that allows you to keep track of elapsed time when racing.

You can also explore our Rolex Daytona models, like the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116503BKS. This model is closely tied to car racing and offers the wearer a chronograph complication that functions as a stopwatch.

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Explore High-End Watch Brands at Luxury of Watches

Luxury of Watches carries the most refined luxury watch brands on the market. We have an incredible selection of Hublot, IWC, Patek Philippe, Cartier, and Rolex watches for horological fans to explore and build their collection.

Shop Luxury of Watches’ high-end timepiece collections to find the perfect type of watch for your wrist.