Since it launched in 2008, Hodinkee has become the go-to online destination for luxury watch news and first looks.
Now, Hodinkee has set up an online shop, and it's already begun selling unique timepieces as the authorized dealer for eight leading brands: Grand Seiko, Longines, NOMOS Glashütte, Oris, TAG Heuer, Vacheron Constantin and Zenith.
Considering Hodinkee's extensive knowledge of the watch market, you know these are among the most rare and technologically advanced timepieces around. We asked them to pick their best choices to make things easier.
Here, eight watches recommended from the experts at the newly-relaunched Hodinkee Shop:
Swatch Sistem51 Hodinkee Vintage 84: $150 (Cyber Monday Special)
Compared to the rest of the Hodinkee watches here, this one is a steal. Swatch changed the game when it introduced its signature plastic quartz watch with rubber straps in 1983. This brand new model, exclusive to the Hodinkee Store, honors tradition with a black plastic case, silicone rubber strap and brushed aluminum dial but also works off a more complicated Sistem51 movement.
This vintage stainless steel Longines Legend Diver Reference 7042, which Hodinkee describes as "one of the great vintage dive watches of the 1960s," is built as a supercompressor, which means its internal pressure increases incrementally as wearers dive deeper underwater. This counters the external force of the water and ensures the watch can travel nearly 1,000 feet down (i.e., really fucking deep).
Another dive model, Swiss manufacturer Oris created this nautical and elegant timepiece in 2015—as a revival to an older model unearthed from its archives. Standout features include its stainless steel strap, water resistance down to 330 feet, a screw-down crown for additional underwater security and unidirectional bezel for timing dives.
Swiss manufacturer Zenith references its 1960s models, like the A386, with its Heritage 146. Its brown dial is finished in a sunburst texture, which captures light differently from various angles and offsets the simple leather racing strap. It works off the brand's El Primero movement, which Hodinkee credits as the first-ever automatic chronograph movement.
Hodinkee's most modern option, the El Primero 36,000 VPH from Zenith, boasts a scratch-resistant ceramized aluminum case, a panda dial and that same iconic El Primero movement, which Hodinkee describes "has played an outsized role in Swiss watchmaking." A black rubber perforated strap adds a futuristic flare.
German manufacturer NOMOS Glashütte's most popular model, the Tangente, has been a favorite since 1992. Apart from the Bauhaus-inspired numerals and sharp steel case, it houses a Caliber DUW 3001 movement, which is visible from underneath. Hodinkee explains, "You can see the caliber at work through the sapphire caseback, and admire the attention to detail and slim automatic winding rotor."
Japanese manufacturer Seiko rivals its more storied Swiss and German counterparts with lower price points and on-par technology. This model is everything you love about the brand: a 37mm case, a handcrafted automatic movement with three days of power reserve and a three-link stainless steel bracelet.
Once you recover from the sticker shock of this high-priced model, you'll appreciate its 18k yellow gold and luxe brown alligator strap. Its legacy is just as impressive: the Heuer Monaco was the go-to watch of Hollywood and counterculture legend Steve McQueen. This has been a classic racing model since 1969.
Head over to the Hodinkee Shop for more great timepieces and watch accessories.