It's time we gave you a quick primer on the investment pieces you oughta start eyeing. Below, seven of the most foolproof, classic, and altogether timeless watches you'll be sure to pass on to your kids (and grandkids, and great-grandkids).

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

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The Royal Oak is characterized by its powerful features, including its octagonal bezel, exposed screws, and “tapisserie” dialequal parts masculine and feminine.

Cartier Tank

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But of course. Introduced in 1917 (that's exactly a hundred years ago!), this watch broke the era's norm of circular timepieces. As made evident by its name, the Tank was inspired by the Renault war tanks utilized in World War I. 

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Chopard Happy Diamonds

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The most distinctive thing about this timepiece are the loose diamonds floating freely between the watch dial and case. Talk about laidback luxury.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso undoubtedly introduced one of the most innovative features of its timethe unique swivel mechanism! The Reverso made its first mark in 1931 when it was introduced to help polo players protect their watch faces from cracking during matches.

Omega Ladymatic


First launched in 1955, the Ladymatic was among the first self-winding timepieces created especially for women.

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual


The Rolex Oyster was one of the first waterproof and dustproof watches introduced to the market! In 1927, it was none other than Mercedes Glitze who tested it to the hilt when she wore the prototype around her neck during her famous swim across the English Channel. 

Timex Easy Reader


Created in 1977 and a direct descendant of the company's 1960s televised torture test survivors, the  Timex Easy Reader (named for obvious reasons) is as durable as it is classically cool. That bold Helvetica is hands-down iconic.


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