Editor’s note: In the land of watches, it’s easy to fall into an endless hole of segmentation. Dive watch begets dive chronograph begets dive chronograph in rose gold etc. And, fun as this never-ending narrowing of focus is, we should never forget that the number of people in the market for a rose gold dive chronograph is comparatively small. But you know what lots of people do want? A good, solid watch to wear every day. Which is why Andy Green’s round-up of eight of last year’s best all day, every day watches is such a winner.
I like to think of myself as a very ‘everyday’ kind of guy who, for the most part, lives a life wearing smart casual. I’m talking that perfect balance of comfort, function and style. This balance, of course, extends to my tastes in watches, as versatility is paramount — and I like to be prepared.
Today we’re looking at the best ‘everyday’ watches of 2017, and only the most versatile made the cut. We’re talking watches that you can start your day with at the gym, wear through a day at the office, and then out to a nice dinner.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay 41
First up, the Tudor Black Bay 41 — a simple and refined steel watch, with a beautiful black dial. The BB41 is as at home in the gym as it is in the office. Being a Black Bay, it’s water resistant to 200m, so will stand up to whatever you decide to throw at it over the weekend. Unlike others in the Black Bay collection, the 41 has a polished bezel, which gives enough sparkle that you can dress it up nicely. And if you’re looking to dress it down, then the OEM Camouflage fabric strap transforms the BB41 into the perfect weekend warrior. From $3150
Nomos Club Campus
Ideally, the Nomos Club Campus becomes your daily watch after celebrating a significant milestone, which of course will be engraved on the case back. Thanks to the classically clean Nomos design, this sturdy watch fits the brief for most graduates as they begin the next stage of their life. The new ‘California Dial’ is legible, and pleasant to look at all day long.
Available in a range of colours, with a variety of straps, the Club Campus is an excellent choice for summer. With 100m water resistance, you’ll have no worries taking a dip in the pool either. Powered by Nomos’ Calibre Alpha, their oldest movement, we’re sure that winding the movement each morning will turn into a favourite daily ritual. From $1870
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Date
If your day is more on the dressy side than sporty, then we highly recommend the JLC Master Control Date. We love the popping blue accents and two-tone grey sector dial, which coordinate nicely with the blue handset. The date window adds practical appeal to those looking for daily wear, and size-wise (39mm and 8.5mm thick) the Master Control Date is undoubtedly work appropriate.
So, if your days are spent in an office, then this is undoubtedly an excellent choice, guaranteed to provide endless joy. $8300
H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds Steel
Personally, the H. Moser Pioneer Centre Seconds was one of my (if not the) favourite releases of 2017. I was stunned when I first saw the fumé blue dial and have been in love ever since. Being the first steel watch released by the brand, the Pioneer Centre Seconds opens up Moser’s independent watchmaking at a whole new price point.
Thanks to the sleek 42.8mm steel case, some lovely curves, and an elegant rubber strap, the Moser can quickly be dressed up or down. Functional yet sporty, there’s just no compromise. Water resistant to 120m, there’s no need to ever take the Pioneer Centre Seconds off, although if you do, the 3-day power reserve should have you covered over the weekend. $19,995
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic
The Bulgari Octo Finissimo caused quite a splash when it was announced at Baselworld earlier this year — and for good reason. This ultra-thin watch rustled up a considerable amount of attention and was an overall highlight of the fair. Now, there are many reasons the Finissimo is an excellent everyday watch. First off, it’s impressively thin and discreet, perfect for fitting under shirt cuffs. Design-wise, it’s quite striking — it’s not a watch that will ever tire of your gaze. It’s the ideal daily wearer for someone who appreciates high horology and wants to enjoy it every single day.
From a functional perspective, the watch is water resistant to 30m, which is more than adequate for daily activities. Better yet, the sandblasted titanium case and bracelet are both lightweight and durable and have the bonus of being thermo-conductive (meaning the watch quickly adapts to match your body temperature). $19,250
Rolex Datejust 41
The new Rolex Datejust 41 collection was a natural inclusion for this list. It’s got everything we’ve grown to love about Rolex: design, functionality, robustness and quality. Powered by Rolex’s Calibre 3235 movement, which of course features Rolex’s Superlative Chronometer certification, the DJ41 range has excellent accuracy.
It’s also got perfect proportions — the size is just great, not too big, not too small. Even better, the DJ41 is available on either of their excellent bracelets (Jubilee or Oyster), which both feature some impressive bracelet tech. Waterproof to a more than adequate 100m, you’ll be wearing the DJ stress-free — all summer long. $9450
Omega Aqua Terra Master Chronometer
Next up is the 2017 Omega Aqua Terra Master Chronometer, which, given the diversity of the new collection, we felt deserved inclusion. Coming in with 38 and 41mm options, the Aqua Terra is well-sized for everyday use. The overall design feels sporty and relevant while remaining true to the brand’s core, thanks to some gentle polishing and a multidimensional dial.
Adding some class is the luxurious rubber bracelet (which we’ve chosen above) with a woven texture and white stitching. Flying a little under the radar, the Omega AT is one of our more sportier everyday timepieces. $7250
Patek Philippe 20th Anniversary Aquanaut Ref. 5168G
Finishing high, we have the Patek Philippe 20th Anniversary Aquanaut. Usually, we’d be hesitant to add a precious metal to a list like this, but the 18k white gold is pure stealth. Thanks to the slim case and snug rubber strap, the Aquanaut remains low-key (so you won’t feel on edge wearing it around the office).
Size-wise, at 42.2mm, the case feels substantial, and the weight of the gold case feels significant (just like you as the owner), and gets extra points for comfort — thanks to the iconic embossed rubber strap. Better yet, it’s water resistant to 120m, so you’ll have nothing to worry about.