Friday, August 12, 2011

The Best Watches in History

Since the invention of timepieces many centuries ago, it is hard to pinpoint an era when clocks and watches were at their best. If you ever got the chance to admire in a museum the workmanship of clockmakers down through history, it can be a pretty awe-inspiring thing to do. The fact that clocks and other kinds of time pieces feature so prominently in art, literature and theater demonstrates that the craftsmanship of great clockmakers only emphasizes that the artists who create timepieces for us make a much bigger contribution than they get credit for.

Modern artists who create timepieces have produced some of the best watches in history. They have been careful to honor and preserve the traditions of excellence that their ancestors in clockmaking laid down in terms of quality and the sheer beauty of their watches. At the same time, modern watches are capable of some amazing feats that scientific advancement has made possible that ancient clock makers could never have imagined. There is no question whatsoever that they would have approved.

When the ancient craft of clockmaking evolved, it had to be sponsored by the more wealthy members of society. Now, as then, the very best watches most often fall into the category of luxury watches. This makes sense because a luxury watch brings with it high-quality craftsmanship that makes it a watch that will last for years, if not generations. It also is made with an artistic eye that means that a fine luxury watch takes on the elements of artwork because of the sheer beauty and elegance of design.

Patek Philippe Calatrava
A great example of true craftsmanship in watchmaking is the Patek Philippe Calatrava. This is one of those elegant and sophisticated luxury watches that draw not only stares but gasps when people get a chance to see it well. The watchmakers that produce the Patek Philippe Calatrava do not cut corners in any aspect of its design and craftsmanship. Each watch is exquisitely made in such an exacting process that it takes over a year to create each new Patek Philippe Calatrava watch. The elements that go into this fine luxury watch are always of the finest quality and the quality and the price of this watch reflects that high standard. The price range varies widely.  Recent transactions on used Patek Philippe Calatrava watches have cleared from $7500 to over $15,000.

Panerai Radiomir 1936 Special Edition
The Panerai Radiomir 1936 Special Edition has been one of the world’s finest watches for over 70 years. This watch is rich with history as well as a legacy of fine watchmaking. The creation of the watch was actually commissioned by the Royal Italian Navy in 1935. The standard was set to create a top-quality watch that would be able to serve divers who were going into hazardous underwater situations. The trademark luminous style was part of that original tradition. If you wish to invest in a Panerai Radiomir 1936 Special Edition, not only do you get an outstanding timepiece but lots of exciting World War II stories that the ancestors owning your luxury watch experienced as they served in wartime with valor.

When compiling a listing of the finest watches of all time, it is impossible to leave out the name of Rolex. Among the star-studded lineup of some of the best watches in history, Rolex has stayed at the front of the pack. Within the small community of devoted watch collectors and experts, the Rolex Sea-Dweller is nothing less than a “must have.” As is true of all quality watches by Rolex, the Sea-Dweller is a stunningly beautiful work of art.

Rolex Sea Dweller
Even though it is beautiful, Rolex designed this luxury watch for adventure. Most luxury watches are handled with the tender loving care of a work of art that should be in a museum. There is no need for that with the Rolex Sea-Dweller, because it was made to climb mountains, be part of a deep-sea dive, or be part of an extreme sport challenge. You literally cannot throw a challenge at the Rolex Sea-Dweller that it cannot handle. Then leave it on when you dress in your tux for a night of elegant entertainment.  The used price is somewhat reasonable for a luxury watch, with recent prices ranging between $4500 and $6500.

The list of outstanding watches made by some of the finest watchmakers in the world goes on and on. While these high-quality watches usually carry a price tag that limits their ownership to the very wealthy, all of us can step back and appreciate that we are living in the time when the best watches in history are still being produced today.

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