Despite the diversity of the Swiss watch business, a single, powerful specialty controls sales and headlines: steel sports timepieces. Today’s most searched steel sports watches can be traced back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, and they frequently have nostalgic details, such as integrated bands, that excite enthusiasts. The look is so prevalent that even Haute Horlogerie brands have dabbled in it. To put it another way, the galaxy of steel sports wristwatches is growing by the day.
Additionally, not every situation necessitates the use of a dress watch, and more often than not, multiple timepieces are required for daily activities and casual outings. Whether you’re actually participating in a sport or merely want to alter things up daily, the following timepieces offer a casual look and high levels of technical and mechanical innovation.
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1. Omega Seamaster Tokyo 2020 Limited Edition
Omega is the official timekeeper for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, so it’s only natural that the company creates a sporting timepiece in Japan’s glory. This 2,020-piece limited-edition watch features a stark-white strap, a polished white-ceramic display, and a bezel ring with a unique homage to the host nation. The number 20 on the bezel is filled with red liquid ceramic and the central second’s hand is adorned with a red dot, reminiscent of the country’s flag. It also has a 55-hour power reserve and is a certified master chronometer.
2. IWC Big Pilot’s Perpetual Calendar Spitfire
Concerning aviation timepieces, IWC is one of the most well-known brands. The Pilot’s Watch collection, which includes the Spitfire, was influenced by a watch used by Royal Air Force pilots in 1948. The perpetual calendar watch, which uses an in-house mechanism visible through the sapphire back case, includes minuscule hacking seconds and a seven-day power reserve for long missions. It also has a dual-hemisphere perpetual moon phase that indicates the date, day, month, and year. The watch’s bronze case, olive-green dial, and leather band give it a rough, military-like vibe, and each user will enjoy its homage to heritage.
3. Breitling Superocean Heritage ’57 Rainbow
Breitling brightened up an otherwise depressing springtime in mid-April 2020 with a boutique-only limited edition of their new Superocean Heritage ’57 model in a cool rainbow finish. The model, which debuted at the brand’s first-ever Livestream, costs roughly $5,000 on a steel bracelet and $4,500 on a leather strap. Its black ceramic bezel ring, bidirectional concave stainless steel bezel, and black dial are ideal contrasts to the colorful dial. The model also incorporates Super-LumiNova luminescent hour markers, hour and minute hands in a rainbow of colors.
4. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
Bulgari finally gave watchmaking enthusiasts what they’d been waiting for when it revealed its 2020 collection in Dubai in January. A steel version of the Octo Finissimo, widely regarded as one of the greatest and sturdiest masterpieces in modern watchmaking annals. The watch is renowned for its ultra-sleek style, with a 40mm extra-thin satin-polished stainless steel casing that measures only 6.4mm thick. The $11,000 automatic model is unquestionably a contemporary legacy in the making.
5. Piaget Polo S Limited Edition
The Polo by Piaget, recognized as the premium watch of the 1980s, is not always given the credit it merits. However, with the Polo S limited edition launch earlier in 2020, the watchmaker reassured watch enthusiasts of its true credentials to sport watch heritage. The 42mm steel case houses rose gold luminous hour markers on the green guilloche PVD dial. This elegant $12,000 wristwatch guarantees to leave both men and women green with envy when paired with the Manufacture Piaget 1110P automated mechanical movement that propels the watch.
6. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner
Rolex did not develop the luxury steel sports watch. However, it now pretty much rules the segment, as evidenced by the media frenzy that greeted the brand’s presentation of novelties in August last year. The new Rolex Kermit Submariner Date comes in a little larger due to its 41mm steel case housing, the first for over three decades. Additionally, the model features a new movement – caliber 3235, which initially emerged on the Pearlmaster 39 in 2015. The “Kermit,” with a black dial and green Cerachrom bezel, has arisen as a collector darling, following the watch world’s adoration of all things green. The watch’s retail price is roughly $9,000, but don’t get too excited. It’s virtually inaccessible through primary channels, so you’ll have to take your chances and increase your budget on the secondary market.
The aforementioned luxury sports watches are not only reliable for outdoor uses. As discussed, they also possess attractive and vibrant attributes that will make them presentable for business meetings and any formal events. Try adding one to your collection to experience both elegance and functionality at once.