7 Must-Have New Vintage-Inspired Watches

Sport a stylish blast from the past on your wrist.

7 Must-Have New Vintage-Inspired Watches

Earlier this year, the late actor Paul Newman’s bespoke 1968 Rolex Daytona sold at auction for a staggering $17.75 million—the biggest price-tag ever bestowed on a timepiece. In watch circles, the Daytona had achieved mythic status, what with its unique dial design and art deco style. The sale also punctuated what has become something of a boom in which vintage wristwear is officially the coolest thing around.

Now, you needn’t drop eight—or seven, or six, or five, or even four—figures to get an awesome vintage watch. Today, a number of highly respected brands have gotten in touch with their roots and now offer retro-inspired reboots of their archival timepieces. These feature modern updates, such as larger cases for current tastes and thicker bezels for durability, and they come in a range of cringe-free prices. These watches are stylish, cool, and refreshingly straightforward.

Here are some of the best out there right now. All featuring neutral straps, they work with just about anything you wear, from office to weekends. Pair any of these with one of the 10 Must-Have Technical Jackets for Men and you’ll have a classic cold-weather look on your hands.

The TAG Heuer Autavia is a cool vintage watch

TAG Heuer Autavia

$5,150; buy now at TAG Heuer

This chronograph debuted in 1962 and became a favorite of racing drivers and has since been coveted by collectors. The limited-edition reissue has been updated with larger case and additional functions.

The Citizen Chandler is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Citizen Chandler

$220; buy now at Citizen

This is inspired by WWII military watches, but updated with a black stainless steal case and rugged nylon strap.

The Bulova Classic Automatic is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Bulova Classic Automatic

$450; buy now Bulova

This has all the panache of a timepiece that has been handed down from generations, but this update is sized-up and water resistant.

The Tissot Heritage 1948 is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Tissot Heritage 1948

$1400; buy now at Tissot

This chronograph has a slightly larger case than the original 1948 version. It’s a great value for a Swiss made watch.


The Nixon Sentry Chrono is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Nixon Sentry Chrono

$250; buy now at Nixon

This sleekly designed chronograph is vintage inspired, but it’s clean monochromatic look signals today.



The Shinola Bedrock 42mm is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Shinola Bedrock 42mm

$700; buy now at Shinola

While the case diameter is sized up, it has a slim profile allowing it to easily slide under a tailored suit sleeve.

The Timex Weekender is cool vintage watch you can buy right now

Timex Weekender

$48; buy now at Timex

This crisp design features slip-through straps so you can easily change them for a variety of looks.

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