Some watches are great public speakers; they can get up in front of a room and connect with everyone in the crowd. Theyíre universally loved. Others, however, are quietly influential, developing a cult-like following among those in the know. This week weíre putting watches from both ends of the spectrum in front of you.*Enjoy.
1972 Rolex Explorer II Reference 1655

Many watches that we consider iconic today were unloved when first released. Such is the case with the Explorer II. Perhaps itís the presence of the striking, bright orange 24-hour hand that makes this watch so special, or the fact that itís easy to peg this watch to the 1970s due to its distinct period tool watch aesthetic. This isnít a timeless Rolex like most other models; itís got some wild character. This is the Rolex for folks who prefer a little funkiness in their watches.
1968 Omega Speedmaster 145.012-67

Thereís one very specific element that makes this Speedmaster absolutely exceptional, and thatís the caliber 321 beating inside. Omega recently vowed to bring back the 321, but thereís nothing like the original. The lyre-lugs, the dot-over-ninety bezel, and the applied logo at 12 o'clock are just the cherry on top. And we haven't even touched on the historical significance!*
1980s Lemania Chronograph With Digital Display

Thereís a well trodden path that seasoned collectors have all been down. The horological hallmarks are added to the collection first. Then something interesting happens: Weíre drawn to something entirely different from what weíre used to. This 1980s chrono from Lemania is a perfect example of a watch in this latter category. Itís bursting with innovations of the decade, like an analog chrono paired with a digital-style display. Itís oozing with character. This oneís unique, and thatís what makes it great. *
The Full Set

That's not all! In addition to the three incredible watches above, we've also got a 1970s Breitling Chronomat Quartz Ref. 9108 (that looks like it just left the factory), a 1973 Omega Speedmaster 125 Ref. 178002/3780801, and a 1950s Juvenia Arithmo Calculator. Click through to check them out!*