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Our Favourite Retro-Inspired Watches of 2020

From bell bottom jeans and disco, to Burt Reynolds’ tache and Princess Leia’s gold bikini, through to economic struggle, cultural change and technological innovation, this was an era that was determined to leave the past in its wake. The world of chronology was also experiencing its own revolution as manufacturers encapsulated the time with a range of striking and distinctive timepieces that were undeniably and effortlessly seventies.

Grand Seiko SBGW258 Recreation of the First Grand Seiko

Grand Seiko SBGW258 Recreation

Ref: SBGW258   |   Case/dial: 38mm diameter, yellow gold, 30m (3 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Grand Seiko calibre 9S64, hand-wound, 24 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 72h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds   |   Strap: Crocodile leather   |   Price: £23,500, more details at Grand Seiko.

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Centre Seconds

H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Centre Seconds

Ref: 6200-1200   |   Case/dial: 40mm diameter, stainless steel, 120m (12 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre HMC 200, in-house, automatic, 27 jewels   |   Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 72h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, central seconds with Globolight inserts   |   Strap: Integrated steel bracelet   |   Price: CHF 19,900 (approx. £16,911), more details at H. Moser & Cie.

Accutron Spaceview 2020 Limited Edition

Accutron Spaceview 2020

Ref: 2ES6A001   |   Case/dial: 43.5mm diameter, stainless steel, 50m (5 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Accutron’s Proprietary Electrostatic Movement   |   Power reserve: Electrostatic energy   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds   |   Strap: Black leather   |   Price: £2,990, more details at Accutron Watch.

Christopher Ward C65 Chronograph

Christopher Ward C65 Chronograph

Ref: C65-41ACH1-S0BB0-VC   |   Case/dial: 40mm diameter, stainless steel, 150m (15 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre Sellita SW510 BHa, automatic, 27 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 48h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds,  date calendar with central second and 30 minute indicators   |   Strap: Camel vintage oak leather   |   Price: £1,695, more details at Christopher Ward.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer

Ref: 131.23.41.21.03.001   |   Case/dial: 41mm diameter, stainless steel and 18K Sedna™ gold, 50m (5 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre Omega 8900, automatic, 39 jewels   |   Frequency: 25,200 vph (3.5 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 60h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date   |   Strap: Leather with rubber lining   |   Price: £7,510, more details at Omega.

Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre Heuer 02

Tag Heuer Monaco Calibre Heuer 02

Ref: CBL2111.FC6453   |   Case/dial: 39mm diameter, stainless steel, 100m (10 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre HEUER02, in-house, automatic, 33 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 80h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 30 minutes counter, 12 hours counter   |   Strap: Alligator leather   |   Price: £5,250, more details at Tag Heuer.

Tudor Royal

Tudor Royal

 

Ref: M28503-0003   |   Case/dial: 38mm diameter, stainless steel and yellow gold, 100m (10 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre T601, automatic   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 38h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at three o’clock   |   Strap: Stainless steel and yellow gold bracelet   |   Price: £2,490, more details at Tudor.

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chrono

Ref: 298609-6001   |   Case/dial: 44mm diameter, 18-carat rose gold and stainless steel, 100m (10 bar) water resistance   |   Movement: Calibre 03.05-C, in house, automatic, 45 jewels   |   Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)   |   Power reserve: 60h   |   Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock, 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock, small seconds at 6 o’clock   |   Strap: Stainless steel   |   Price: £23,400, more details at Chopard.

About the author

Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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