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Ed’s Ultimate Watch Christmas List for 2013

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As you’ve no doubt figured out by now, the Beckertime columnists have gone rogue and decided to publish our own ideal Christmas lists of ‘must-have’ watches. Here are my choices. Let me know which ones resonate with you.

Jaeger LeCoultre Duomètre à Chronographe, ref. 6012420

Duomètre à Chronographe
Duomètre à Chronographe

Sure, that Geneva watch company with the initials PP makes some killer chronographs. For my money though, Jaeger LeCoultre’s baseline Duomètre à Chronographe in pink gold will serve just fine. Heck sakes, JLC used to supply movements to that other company! The double-bar… excuse me, twin barrels powering the Duomètre are revolutionary, the separate dialed read-like-a-clock chronograph function is genius, and the easily read timing precision to one sixth of a second is a nice touch.

Jaeger LeCoultre Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931, ref. 2788570

Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931
Grande Reverso Ultra Thin Tribute to 1931

The tribute to the original Art Deco classic, first served up in 1931 at the request of a British officer and polo player in Colonial India. This one is elegant as they come, beating all challengers at the subtle game of peek-from-the-cuff-of-an-evening-shirt when attending Handel’s Messiah. And in the unlikely event that a polo match breaks out during the Hallelujah Chorus, you’re covered.

Rolex Submariner No-Date, ref. 114060

Submariner No-Date
Submariner No-Date

If it was good enough for James Bond, Doc Ford, and Steve McQueen, it’s good enough for me. Looks as good with a tux as it does with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. Equally at home on the wrist of a gentleman having caviar with his lady-friend, or that of a secret government operative. Serves double-duty as a knuckle-duster.

MK-II Paradive, ref. 1001

Paradive
Paradive

If a watch for a secret government operative is too high-profile for you, how about that of an ultra-secret government operative? The Paradive is an update of the venerable Benrus timepiece issued to special forces and (ahem…) others during the Viet Nam era. Everything you need, nothin’ you don’t.

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute, ref. 21012

Navitimer Cosmonaute
Navitimer Cosmonaute

OK, I snuck in a second chronograph here. It’s only because my roots are in aerospace engineering and the space program. Mercury Astronaut Scott Carpenter’s progeny is a prime example of a purpose-built tool watch. The Cosmonaute’s claim to fame is a 24 hour dial so you can tell day from night when they’re no longer indicated by light and dark –as in when you’re circling the earth every 90 minutes, or holed up in the basement playing Grand Theft Auto V.

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