7 Must-Have Vintage-Inspired Watches

Now, you needn't drop 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. 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.

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TAG Heuer Autavia

This chronograph debuted in 1962 and instantly became a favorite of racing drivers—and has since been coveted by collectors. The limited-edition reissue has been updated with a larger case and additional functionality. ($5,150; tagheuer.com)

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Citizen Chandler

This timepiece is inspired by WWII-era military watches, but it's been updated with a black stainless steel case and an indestructible nylon strap. ($220; citizen.com)

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Bulova Classic Automatic

This Bulova classic model has all the panache of a timepiece that has been handed down from generation to generation, except the thing's been sized-up a few millimeters—and is now water-resistant. ($450; bulova.com)

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Tissot Heritage 1948

The original 1948 version is only slightly smaller (a few millimeters) than the modern-day one here. For a Swiss made watch, you can't beat the value. ($1,450; tissot.com)

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Nixon Sentry Chrono

Nixon's sleekly designed chronograph is vintage inspired, but its clean monochromatic look signals a here-and-now sensibility. ($250; nixon.com)

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Shinola Bedrock 42mm

While the case diameter on this Shinola is sized-up, the watch has a slim profile, allowing it to easily slide under a tailored suit sleeve. ($700; shinola.com)

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Timex Weekender

This crisp design features slip-through straps so you can swap them out for a variety of looks. We're partial to the brown, which, in tandem with the stainless case, projects a casual, vintage-inspired cool. ($57; timex.com)

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