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Which watch?

Diving watches, pilot’s watches, digital watches, ath-leisure watches, military watches and luxury watches that cost more than a Lamborghini; choosing the perfect timepiece – one that you’ll want to wear for years – can be as tricky as finding ‘the one’ on a dating app. And, given that watches are often the only jewellery men wear, the decision has to be spot on. But where do you start the search for that stylish-yet- understated timepiece that works as well with a suit as with your gym kit? Well, who better to look to for inspiration than your sporting icon? From Lewis Hamilton to David Beckham, you can rely on today’s global icons to have the coolest watches wrapped around their wrists. You don’t necessarily have to save up Rolex money, either. Novak Djokovic’s simple sports watch costs a few hundred quid... 

Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime 

David Beckham (Getty/PR Shot)


As worn by
: David Beckham 

Spec: Self-winding. Worldtimer function. Turn the crown to snap to the date and time in a chosen city. Breitling movement with 70 hour power reserve. Water resistant to 100m. 46mm steel case. Ocean Classic Steel strap. 

Price: £8,460 

Panerai Luminor GMT Automatic PAM00088 

Bradley Wiggins (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Sir Bradley Wiggins 

Spec: Suitable for diving. Waterproof to 300m. Super-accurate mechanical movement. 44mm case. Polished steel bezel. Alligator hide strap. Third hand indicated second time- zone. Signature Panerai crown guard. 

Price: £3,850 

Omega De Ville Red Gold on Leather Strao

Rory Mcllroy (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Rory McIlroy 

Spec: Self-winding chronograph. Movement visible through transparent caseback. Dual zone dial. 42mm red gold case. Domed scratch- resistant sapphire crystal with anti- reflective treatment on both sides. 60 minute and 12 hour counter. 

Price: £3,850 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Leo Messi Limited 

Leo Messi (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Leo Messi

Spec: Self-winding chronograph. Hand- stitched alligator strap. Signature eight-sided corrosion-resistant tantalum bezel with screw-locked crown. 41mm case. Water resistant to 50m. Limited edition of 500. 

Price: £22,500 

Nixon 51-30 Chrono Black/Multi 

Travis Pastrana (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Travis Pastrana, (X Games champ) 

Spec: Oversized 51mm case. Six hand chronograph. Crown and push-buttons at 9 o’clock to prevent “wrist bite” when surfing or motorbiking. Rotating bezel with countdown timer. Double-locking clasp. 

Price: £380 

Hamilton Chrono World Timer 

Nicholas Ivanoff (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Nicholas Ivanoff (pilot) 

Spec: Quartz chronograph that tells the time in 24 major cities’ timezones. Designed for aerobatics pilots. Pilot-friendly minute countdown. Push- button at 10 o’clock for easy operation while flying upside down. Super LumiNova luminous hands. 

Price: £995 

IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph 3950 

Lewis Hamilton (PR shot)


As worn by
: Lewis Hamilton 

Spec: Self-winding mechanical watch. Names of 24 cities shown on rotating bezel. The only watch in the world capable of showing a new time zone, including date, with a simple twist. 45mm case. Black calfskin strap. 

Price: £7,000 

Tag Heuer 2016 Formula 1 Red Bull Edition 

Max Verstappen (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Max Verstappen 

Spec: Red Bull Racing team colours, quartz chronograph movement accurate to a tenth of a second, caseback engraved with chequered flag, choice of steel bracelet or textile strap with red stitching inspired by Red Bull F1’s safety harness. 

Price: £TBC (due July) 

Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN 

Timothy Fosu-mensah (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Timothy Fosu-Mensah (footballer) 

Spec: Famously worn by Sean Connery’s James Bond, waterproof to 300m, fits comfortably over a diving suit, Oysterlock clasp prevents accidental opening, corrosion- resistant 60 minute rotating bezel for timing dives, luminescent zero marker visible underwater. Self- winding movement. 

Price: £5,700 

Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ceramic Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by:
Usain Bolt

Spec: Flyback chronograph movement. Measures time with a hand shaped like a lightning bolt. Dial pays tribute to the colours of the Jamaican flag. 45mm case. Six gold screws in the bezel represent Bolt’s pre-Rio medal haul. 

Price: £TBC 

Tag Heuer Connected Watch Cristiano Ronaldo 

Cristiano Ronaldo (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Cristiano Ronaldo 

Spec: Luxury smartwatch. Best of Silicon Valley and precision Swiss engineering. 46mm case. Scratch-resistant crystal. 1.5-inch circular touchscreen LCD display. Vulcanised rubber strap in seven colours. USB charging. 

Price: From £1,100 

Seiko Prospex SUN021P1 

Novak Djokovic (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Novak Djokovic 

Spec: Powered by kinetic body movement. Stores electricity in a self- recharging battery. Stainless steel ion- plated case. 24 hour hand. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. 48mm case. Water resistant to 200m. 

Price: £479 

Richard Mille RM 27-01 Tourbillon Rafael Nadal 

Rafa Nadal (Getty/PR shot)


As worn by
: Rafa Nadal 

Spec: Lightest mechanical watch ever (19g). Withstands G-force accelerations of over 5,000G. Movement kept in suspension by a system of tiny pulleys threaded with 0.35mm steel cables. Impact-resistant case made from anthracite injected with carbon. 

Price: £516,000 

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How to invest in a watch

Just like McLaren’s supercars, or Kanye West’s trainers, watches can prove to be great investments. But how can you get your own watch collection ticking? Here are a few pointers... 

Most importantly, buy something you love. That way, if the price doesn’t sky-rocket, you’re not lumbered with a watch you despise with a passion. Next, choose between new or vintage. 

Unless you have £££ to burn, start with a vintage watch – there’s a vast choice and you can pick up a swanky name, such as an Omega, for about £300. A trusted dealer on eBay with, say, five to ten years of selling experience, is a good place to start. 

Condition is the major issue – hunt down a watch that’s mint, or at least near-mint. Watch collectors aren’t interested in average- condition watches unless they’re made from a chunk of meteorite or belonged to Muhammad Ali. You also want a watch in its original box. If its a fancier brand, it should also come with an authenticity certificate. Be careful: a certificate from the jeweller or retailer is worth less than one from the brand who made the watch. 

Finally, don’t buy anything from the boot of a car outside a pub– unless you want to end up wearing a Rolecks. 

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