Looking to kickstart your watch collection? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of the ultimate watches to get your collection going, whether you’re on a budget or have some cash to splash.
If you’re looking to buy your very first watch for your collection, or perhaps add to the collection you already have, you’ll love these timeless classics.
Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz
Rolex is often the first brand that comes to mind when you think about luxury watches, but the Oysterquartz was very different from other watches at the time it was produced. In the 1970s, the Rolex Oysterquartz was a huge success in the US and Asia, but it has since become a must-have for collectors after production ended in 2001.
Only 25,000 were ever made. If you can get your hands on one, you’ll have a great start to your watch collection.
Breitling Colt Skyracer
Specifically engineered for pilots, the Breitling Colt Skyracer is a stylish, black watch that collectors are crazy for. The black dial is complete with contrasting white engravings to complete its timeless appeal and sleek look. Finished off with a black rubber strap, this adventurer watch is a must-have for watch enthusiasts.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Ayrton Senna Special Edition
Another sleek black watch to add to your collection, this Senna TAG Heuer sports watch also features red Formula 1 detail on the dial and the rubber strap. The watch is also complete with a Senna ‘S’ engravement in an ode to Ayrton Senna and his racing spirit. It’s a sleek and stylish piece for collectors.
Omega Constellation Manhattan Co-Axial
The 29mm Omega Constellation model is characterised by its sleek design and Roman numerals engraved on the dial. This classy watch is available in a range of different styles, from stainless steel to gold (including different face options), making it a great choice for collectors looking to add certain styles to their watch collection.
Rotary Havana GMT
GMT watches are often popular with watch collectors, and this Rotary Havana watch is a great place to start if you’re on a budget. It’s gold pencil hands sit perfectly on the navy blue dial, and the design is finished off with a stainless steel bracelet with gold plated segments. This watch will really look the part in your collection despite costing less than £200.
Seiko watches are hard to beat when it comes to affordability. The Japenese brand has been delivering quality watches for years, and this stainless steel model is no exception. This vintage diver watch is water resistant up to 100m and it’s a great starting point for those starting a watch collection on a budget. You can expect this bargain to only set you back around £110.
Tissot Heritage Visodate
Although a little more expensive than the Seiko and Rotary Havana budget options, the Tissot Heritage Visodate is a Swiss masterpiece equipped with a black or brown leather strap and heritage logo. This contemporary timepiece costs less than £400, making it a great starting point for beginner watch collectors. If you are a complete beginner to watch collecting, check out our beginner’s guide to popular watch brands.
Watch case for collectors
Whether you have an extensive watch collection already or you’re just getting started, you’ll understandably want to keep your watches safe from dust, water and any other harm. Explore our watch collection storage options, including our military-spec Peli 3x watch case and our Peli 18x Case for the most serious of collectors, to keep your collection safe.