The watch industry has a tendency to take itself very seriously. Long histories of old-world watchmaking methods are to be celebrated, grand complications lead to bragging rights and even we as writers and reviewers tend to have a preference for iconic looks, high-quality finishing and beautifully executed minutiae. But there’s something to be said about a watch that makes you think, “what the fuck?” A watch that doesn’t quite fit into our expected mold of what makes an excellent timepiece, a designer who went out on a limb to challenge industry norms or an interesting-looking watch with an interesting back story. To celebrate these unique timepieces, we’ve gathered here some of our favorite stories on watches that dared to be different.
7 Odball Watches, Brought Back to Life
Lots of great and iconic 20th-century watches get second lives as reissues, but these seven are some of the most unique and overlooked.
The Legend of the Seiko ‘Tuna Can’
In 1975, after seven years of development, Seiko introduced a dive watch that would change the category forever.
A $6,200, Armor-Plated Casio G-Shock
One of the toughest, most capable watches on sale now features a finish made from a third-generation Japanese metalworking artisan.
Diving with Omega’s Alpha, the Seamaster Ploprof 1200M
The Omega Seamaster Ploprof 1200M is a big, heavy, oddly shaped throwback to a time gone by. In other words, it’s the ultimate dive watch.