High Five: The Crown & Caliber Edition

Now that we are expecting our second child, I’d like to commemorate the occasion with a nice watch that *may* become his one day.  Obviously he has to get straight A’s, be a first round draft pick, and get a medical degree.  Just kidding…I’m sure he’ll be awesome.  I love the idea of heirloom pieces.  I have a couple ties that my dad used to wear in college.  My dad hunts with my granddad’s old shotgun.  They have special meaning, and passing along to future generations is a great way to build traditions.

Perusing the Crown & Caliber site is a dangerous endeavor.  There are so many great watches…time passes very quickly.  You’ve been warned.  I found five watches that I like for my next one…a little more on the dressy side:

1. Rolex Datejust 16234:  It’s hard for not to have the Datejust up top.  A great option for an everyday Rolex, and right now it’s at the top of my list.  A great option is to swap out the metal band for a good leather option to mix it up.

2. Panerai Radiomir PAM513: A dressier departure from the traditional Panerai models, and in gold.  This watch means business.

3. IWC Portugieser 7-day: This watch is like an elegant math equation.  Everything has it’s place, and it all fits very nicely.  The larger size makes it more masculine, but it is still very dressy.

4. Glashutte Original Panomatic Lunar: By far the coolest moon phase watch out there.  Glashuttes look like mechanical masterpieces; the face is a bit off center, but that’s what is so cool about it.  You’ll have to look at it twice.

5. Omega De Ville Prestige: Don’t sleep on Omega, especially for dress watches.  Some of their older Seamasters and the De Ville’s are extremely nice.

What are you looking for in your next watch?



  1. HLL
    01/17/2019 / 10:37 AM

    I am a Dive watch fan. If I had to go dressy I still like a Datejust 41 on Jubilee. I love Rolex, Omega and Tudor. Still haven’t gotten or found a Panerai to pull the trigger on but I like the Base Pam 000 – its simple and does the job. My top 5 want : Rolex Explorer 214270 ( had one, got rid of it, want again) Omega Seamaster 300 Trilogy ( can be viewed as dressy) Tudor BB 58 ( perfect size and function) Tudor Bronze or Tudor GMT

  2. Nem
    01/17/2019 / 11:16 AM

    Classic sports like the Rolex GMT, Submariner, Explorer are also worthy of passing down.  An Omega Speedmaster Professional (hand wound, non-date) would also be a consideration.  The Date Just is, imho, the best option on your list.  To that I add a suggestion to consider the Oyster bracelet over the Jubilee particularly if the watch is vintage.  Also, don’t overlook the AirKing 14000M as an option.  It’s all subjective however, you do you and I’m certain your children will be appreciative.

  3. Trip
    01/18/2019 / 10:15 AM

    I’m really not a huge Panerai fan, but that gold one does look pretty cool.

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