The Baselworld dust is starting to settle and the show is officially over. Thousands of new watches were shown, in basically every size, color, shape, and price, and they’ll slowly be making their way to retailers and wrists over the coming months. Luckily, our team of editors were taking frantic notes and tons of photos, trying to sort out which watches are most worth your time right now. Here, each editor picks their favorite everyday watch and explains why you might need to strap one on yourself.
Cara Barrett – NOMOS Glashütte Club Campus
While this may be a predictable choice, the watch itself is anything but. This year NOMOS really brought the heat with the Club Campus collection, which offers three variations with Califonia dials and reasonable prices. Furthermore, the watch comes in two sizes, 36mm and 38mm. For me, it’s all about the 36mm version with an off-white dial and dusty rose indexes. Besides the fact that it’s pink (my new favorite color), this watch wears really well and with the manually-wound Alpha movement, you really can’t go wrong.
Ben Clymer – Rolex Datejust 41mm In Steel
Sometimes it’s the basic stuff that’s best. The new 41mm stainless steel Datejust might not have been the most head-turning watch at Baselworld, but it’s easily one of the best. You can really make it your own too, with different dial colors, either a flat or fluted bezel, and either a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet. Beyond that, inside is the caliber 3235, which is a chronometer-certified movement that runs to -2/+2 seconds per day and has a 70-hour power reserve. This is the best of modern Rolex tech in one of the most classic Rolex packages. Tough to beat, if you ask me.
From $6,300; rolex.com
Jack Forster – Grand Seiko SBGW253
As I wrote in our introductory coverage of the trilogy of Grand Seikos launched this year to celebrate the establishment of Grand Seiko as an independent brand, this might be the best time-only steel watch out there right now. The fit and finish are achingly good and the design is so clean that it transcends the idea of design itself.
Stephen Pulvirent – Tudor Black Bay 41
When Tudor gets it right, Tudor gets it very, very right. The Black Bay 41 is essentially just a larger version of last year’s Black Bay 36, which is why it’s so great. This is a slim watch with a hyper-legible dial that looks good on a strap or a bracelet. It’s reasonably priced and has just the right amount of vintage nostalgia baked in. At the end of the day, I’m probably still a 36 kind of guy more than a 41 kind of guy, but for a lot of people this will be the only watch they’ll ever need.
$2,625 (strap), $2,950 (bracelet); tudorwatch.com
Arthur Touchot – Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatique
The Octo Finissimo Automatique is the kind of luxury sports watch that you’d probably expect more from someone like Audemars Piguet than you would from Bulgari. It features the thinnest self-winding movement currently in production, tucked inside the very masculine, faceted case of the Octo Finissimo line. It’s thin (obviously), but the titanium case and bracelet also make it feel impossibly light. With watches like this, Bulgari is converting purists left, right and center – myself included.
Louis Westphalen – Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary
Some watches take you by surprise the first time you wear them, and this is exactly what the Omega Railmaster 60th Anniversary did to me. It was a very positive surprise, I might add, as I immediately adopted this watch as my own (in my mind, at least). The thin profile, the 38mm diameter, and the balanced dial instantly did the trick for me, while the two additional straps and the magnetic resistance were among the sweet bonus points I discovered afterwards. It’s a vintage watch, only modern. No arguments there.