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.
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.
$220; buy now at Citizen
This is inspired by WWII military watches, but updated with a black stainless steal case and rugged nylon strap.
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.
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.
Nixon Sentry Chrono
$250; buy now at Nixon
This sleekly designed chronograph is vintage inspired, but it’s clean monochromatic look signals today.
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.
$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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