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Watches & Cars: Five Great Watches for Car Enthusiasts

Watches and cars go together like cookies and milk. Both are highly mechanical and have huge enthusiast followings. In fact, I don’t know many car enthusiasts that don’t love watches. They just go together so well. The beauty of both watches and cars is that enthusiasts of all walks of life can own and appreciate what they love, as there are great ones in all price ranges.

So we’re going to talk about five different great watches for car enthusiasts at different price ranges, so that enthusiasts with any price range can afford. And we’re not going to just talk about a bunch of car-sponsored watches, like a Ferrari Hublot. We’re going to talk about real watches.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Quite possibly the most famous motorsport-inspired automatic chronograph, the Rolex Daytona is an absolute classic. While a bit typical in the world of motorsport, it’s such a great watch and so instantly recognizable, there’s no way to hate on the Daytona. With its┬ácalibre 4130 automatic chronograph movement, the Daytona can measure average speeds of up to 400 km/h. Which makes it actually useful in the world of motorsport. It also looks great, is built with typical Rolex precision and quality. The best part about the Daytona? It looks great while wearing a racing suit or a three-piece suite. It’s truly a watch that can be worn everyday, all the time. Though, you’re going to pay for it, as the Daytona typically runs about $12,000. Paul Newman had one, though, so that makes it worth it.

OMEGA Speedmaster Professional

Another automatic chronograph, the Omega Speedmaster Pro might be even more famous than the Daytona. The Speedmaster is famous for being the first watch to ever land on the moon, as it was worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. The Speedy Pro also was the first watch to officially be certified for space duty by NASA, as it was the only chronograph that was durable enough to handle the rigors of space while maintaining its timing accuracy. It can be had with a handwound movement or an automatic movement, both are excellent. It looks great, has the same sort of wearable duality as the Daytona and has the pedigree of being worn to space by actual astronauts. Plus, it’s still worn by Buzz Aldrin and George Clooney, too. It’s also a lot cheaper than the Rolex, costing around $5,000.

Autodromo Monoposto Automatic

Autodromo is a new company that makes quite a few different vintage motorsport-inspired products. Its watches all look like the sort that Jackie Stewart or Steve McQueen would wear while on the track. Not only do they look cool but they’re affordable. Because they use Seiko-sourced automatic movements, they’re accurate and reliable while also being affordable. The Monoposto costs $1,800, which isn’t exactly cheap but doable for most enthusiasts. The Monoposto can be had with either a black or white face, both of which have a red sliver in between the ’10’ and ’11’, reminiscent of old-school tachometers, such as the one found on a Jaguar E-Type.

Seiko Prospex Diver Series

Seiko is often looked down on by many watch enthusiasts, as it isn’t anywhere near as expensive as more prestigious brands. However, true watch enthusiasts can actually appreciate Seiko for making some of the most reliable and dependable movements and watches in the world at a very affordable price. The Seiko Prospex Diver series is a great example of that. The Prospex Diver can be had with both automatic and solar quartz movements, all of which are excellent. Diver watches may not be motorsport or automotive related but they’re tough, dependable and look great. And at around $500, the Seiko Prospex Diver can be had by nearly any enthusiast.

MVMT Desert Watch

At the low end of the price spectrum, MVMT makes watches that nearly anyone can afford. But don’t immediately pass them off as cheap. Made in Los Angeles, MVMT is dedicated to making good looking, high-quality watches at extremely affordable prices. With a Seiko/Citizen Miyota quartz movement, MVMT watches are accurate and reliable and aren’t made from cheap junk. The MVMT Desert is a great looking watch that features a black face with two tan subdials and a tan NATO strap. It looks rugged, tough and vintage all at the same time. At $140, the Desert is a great watch for any enthusiasts on a budget.

So if you’re a car enthusiast looking for a watch, or looking to buy an enthusiast you know a watch, with the holidays coming up and all, these are some great watches in different prices ranges.

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Nico DeMattia

I've been in love with cars since I was a kid, specifically German cars. Now I get to drive them talk about them on the internet.