If You’re a Contrarian, You’ll Love These Weird Watches

The watch industry takes itself seriously.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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