Watch Report is a Dutch magazine about watches and their fourth edition has just appeared in the stores. Watch Report has nice cover stories and their coverage on novelties is quite actual for a magazine on paper. One of the subjects in the latest copy is a top 3 of all time favorite watches, given by Watch Report readers. The result is no surprise, but personally I would have thought that place 1 and 2 would be vice-versa.

So, here it goes, the Top 3 of watches (of all time) by Watch Report:

1. The Omega Speedmaster Professional. Watch Report pictured a ref.105.002-62, caliber 321 model. However, since I don’t have one, here is a picture of my own 145.022-67 caliber 321, on a ref.1039 bracelet.

2. Rolex Submariner. It doesn’t tell which model exactly, Watch Report pictured an early 5513. However, since I don’t have a 5513, here goes a picture from JKWatchStore (who has some nice ones in stock):

3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Jumbo’. In the magazine, a pre A-series is being pictured, which I don’t have. Aside from the dial, nothing much changed with the current ref.15202ST version, which is pictured below.

I love the Top 3 selection and I seem to fit in the general opinion of the readers perfectly 🙂 Other watches that were submitted but didn’t make it in the Top 3 were:

  • Panerai Luminor 1950 (ref.127)
  • Jeager-LeCoultre Reverso
  • Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (Aqua Lung)
  • Rolex Daytona (pictured was a ref.6263)
  • Patek Philippe Nautilus ref.3800/1
  • Cartier Santos

All pretty classic and iconic time pieces if you ask me. As I wrote above, I wouldn’t have guessed that the Submariner would be 2nd place and the Speedy on the first spot. My personal top 3 would look a bit different, 1. Speedmaster Professional, 2. Royal Oak (non-Offshore), 3. Nautilus.

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What is your Top 3? Leave a comment below, as I am very curious if the Watch Report magazine represents most of us 🙂

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  • Karel

    All three of them are classics, that’s for sure. But are they really the best watches of all times? They all have relatively plain movements and aren’t that rare. If I were to make a list it would look entirely different, maybe something like this:

    1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Carbon Concept Tourbillon
    2. Richard Mille RM027
    3. Haven’t quite figured this one out yet…

    The first 2 are wearable in any occasion like all watches in the top 3 by Watch Report and are so much more interesting and better! Too bad they are both about 100 times as expensive as the watches mentioned.

    • Watchrepaircentre

      The question was Top 3 of all time .This is not the same as best of all time.

  • Hunter

    1) Rolex Submariner
    2) Omega Speedmaster
    3) Rolex GMT
    4) Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
    5) Patek Philippe Nautilus

  • Erik Haugsby

    1. Romain Gauthier’s Prestige
    2. The MIH watch.
    3. Richard Mille RM-005; the Titanium ‘Felipe Massa’ edition

    Also, a non-production watch: Roger W. Smith’s No. 2

  • Ian Skellern

    The author of the report appears to have confused the meaning of the terms “best” and “popular”

  • @Ian: I don’t think the word best or popular have been used, only ‘favorites’.

  • No big surprise, i only see the usual suspects 😉
    What does surprise me are the comments from Karel and Erik, who list quite a few very nice watches that could also well be in my favorite top X.

  • I think a different people have different opinion. But this is good . Your top 3 watches are very good one. If someone have its, they will no regret.

  • steppxxxxz

    “favorites”… not best examples of complex watch making. Not most popular even. So my favorites….well, i think in terms of good watch and classic design…and they sort of go together.
    1. Rolex GMT..red and black bezel
    2. Breguet mark XX aeronvale
    3 Heuer Carrerra…..old one ….

    hon mention: Rolex Ex 2, Heuer Silverstone (old), Bell & Ross by Sinn, space chron ( i think it was actually called…could be wrong) and Ulysse Nardin maxi marine (40mm), and maybe Tutima NATO chronograph…..the really coolest of all chronos.Oh, and god, IWC first generation aquatimer.

  • W. Kaseberg

    The Speedmaster and bracelet 1039 shown in your photo is what my late sister gave me in June ’69 when I departed for a combat tour in Viet Nam as a young infantry officer.  I’ve worn it daily for 42 years, through every activity from combat operations in Nam, law school and a career as a trial lawyer in the courts, to safaris in Africa and India and snorkling in numerous venues around the world  —  it’s never let me down or missed a beat in all that time.  So, as to your question as far as “best” or just “favorite,” I personally would vote for “best.”