5 of the Most Iconic Luxury Sports Watches You Can Buy in 2018 (and one accessible alternative)

By rolex
June 1, 2021
9 min read

Just as we did with chronographs and jump watches , it’s now an ideal opportunity to take a gander at the current most blazing watch class: the luxury sports watch. Brought into the world during the 1970s as a really problematic idea with intentionally provocative advertisements – recollect those promotions guaranteeing “a steel observe more costly than gold”? – luxury sports watches are ablaze at the second-hand market. Since our buying guides just take the most amazing aspect the best, here are the 5 most notable luxury sports watches you can purchase in 2018 – or possibly, dream to purchase, as some are near being unattainable.

Note: as usual, this rundown isn’t comprehensive. If it’s not too much trouble, don’t hesitate to add your #1 watches in the comment segment toward the finish of this article.

What is a “Luxury Sports Watch”?

While the idea driving a jump watch or a chronograph is really straightforward, the luxury sports watch classification should be clarified. Surely, there’s no authority meaning of what comprises a luxury sports observe however this is the way we, at MONOCHROME, see it. A luxury sports watch is a top of the line watch combining a refined, super thin automatic development with a lively treated steel, powerful, water-safe case manifested by the Royal Oak watch made by Gérald Genta in 1972. The instance of a luxury sports watch is generally a molded case (no customary, round cases with jutting hauls here), regularly a tonneau shape, coordinated drags and an incorporated steel bracelet.

These watches are extravagant however striking, excessively planned, super thin yet at the same time wearable consistently on account of their hearty enough cases. The principal watch dispatched was the 1972 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. The two different individuals from the Holy Trinity, Patek and Vacheron, followed a couple of years after the fact with the Nautilus and the 222 (which later turned into the Overseas). Numerous brands depended on the idea – Rolex with the Oysterquartz, IWC with the Ingenieur, Seiko, Omega and the sky is the limit from there. Not many arrived at a notable status however the 5 watches we have picked, tick all the boxes.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo Extra-Thin

If there must be one and only one, it would be the Royal Oak. Not that different watches don’t have the right to be here, however the RO is the mother of all luxury sports watches, the one that set this class up for life, back in 1972. With its octagonal bezel on top of a tonneau-molded case, its coordinated wristband with a chain-like profile, its super thin development and its fragile hand-guilloché dial, it has become a work of art. Many versions have been made since its origin, notwithstanding, in our book, one really merits famous status: the “Jumbo” 15202.

Available in steel, yellow gold, red gold or in a pristine and attractive combination of titanium and platinum, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Extra-Thin ref. 15202 is the rendition that is generally dedicated to the first: 39mm case, super thin, automatic, 2-hand, refined “Petite Tapisserie” guilloché dial… It may be very hard to track down at retailers and a long way from modest, however by the by stays one of the complete alternatives when it comes to luxury sports watches.

Quick facts: 39mm breadth x 8.1mm stature – steel, gold or titanium/platinum case – 50m water-safe – self-winding type 2121 – hours, minutes, date – coordinated metallic wristband – guilloché dial – ref. 15202 – EUR 25,100 in steel, EUR 35,400 in titanium/platinum, EUR 54,600 in full gold – more at www.audemarspiguet.com

Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic

The Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Automatic has just been dispatched a year ago, however it unquestionably has its place in this guide. As a matter of first importance, the Octo plan isn’t new and is in the Bulgari assortment since 2004. In any case, it’s just in 2017 that Bvlgari found the correct formula to enter the luxury sports watch field with the honor winning Octo Finissimo Automatic.

Ultra-thin, made in a few materials (just titanium from the outset, yet now additionally in steel and gold), including a formed case, an incorporated arm band, a basic showcase and a monochromatic look, it is likewise the thinnest of the classification with a case estimating only 5.15mm in stature. Our number one rendition is likewise the one in particular that best befits the luxury sports watch idea: the sandblasted steel on steel – notwithstanding, this watch is unique and is covered with a thin layer of gold and later palladium-plated and rhodium-plated bringing about a practically white-looking material. P.S. It is additionally perhaps the most accessibly-evaluated watches here.

Quick facts: 40mm breadth x 5.15mm thick – sandblasted steel case – 30m water-safe – type BLV138, miniature rotor – hours, minutes, little seconds – incorporated steel wristband – EUR 12,900 in steel, EUR 13,500 in titanium, EUR 44,900 in pink gold – more at www.bulgari.com

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Automatic 42mm

The story of the Girard-Perregaux Laureato has had its good and bad times. Yet, the circumstance is by all accounts in the groove again now with a watch that profits to the first idea. The first GP Laureato was dispatched in 1975 with a quartz development. Notwithstanding, in those days, it was considered as a genuine competitor for the AP, because of its tonneau-molded case and incorporated arm band, its guilloché dial and a bezel blending round and octagonal shapes. A few progressive updates radically changed the general plan – for example, the 2000s Evo 3, with bigger measurements and a sportier look.

In 2016 (with a restricted version) and again in 2017 (with customary creation models) the Laureato is back on the scene with a thin case and development (automatic, obviously), its unique shape, different tones and an incorporated arm band. It is even accessible in two sizes: 38mm and 42mm. Generally speaking, the plan is extraordinary and the quality, thinking about the moderately well disposed cost, is on par.

Quick facts: 42mm width x 10.88mm tallness – cleaned and brushed steel case – 100m water-safe – type GP01800, self-winding – hours, minutes, seconds, date – incorporated steel arm band – EUR 11,200 steel-on-steel – more at www.girard-perregaux.com

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Meet the most smoking watch at present available: the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711. Unfortunately, this watch has become a genuine object of hypothesis and its famous status is one reason behind this achievement. Brought into the world in 1976, planned by Genta, the Nautilus was PP’s answer to the Royal Oak. Despite the fact that the two watches shared various ascribes (same nautical motivation, same development), plans were generally simple to separate. Since its presentation, the Nautilus has consistently been important for the assortment – in many various versions – and it has acquired a genuine faction status.

The current form, the 2006 ref. 5711, stays dedicated to the first with its thin steel case, its rich blue dial with even sections, a refined automatic development, its incorporated arm band and an extraordinary power. In any case, not everything is wonderful with this watch. The actual item is splendid yet the manner in which it is commercialized isn’t. A long way from sharing an open sticker price (EUR 27,000), it is (nearly) difficult to locate another one at true retailers. Creation is low and request is super high, which means long term holding up records. The lone alternative is the recycled market, yet don’t hope to discover one under EUR 45,000… The ransom for the glory!

Quick facts: 40mm width x 8.3mm stature – cleaned and brushed steel case – 120m water-safe – type 324 SC, self-winding – hours, minutes, seconds, date – incorporated steel arm band – EUR 27,040 in steel, EUR 46,300 in pink gold – more at patek.com

Vacheron Constantin Overseas 4500V

This list wouldn’t be complete without the third individual from the Holy Trinity: Vacheron Constantin. In 1977, the Geneva-based brand, for the event of its 222nd commemoration, dispatched its own vision of the luxury sports watch – a watched named the Ref. 222. While many think it’s a Genta plan, it was really crafted by Jorg Hysek. His plan was striking – particularly the connections of the arm band – yet profoundly motivated by the 1970s pattern – super thin, energetic, incorporated and, obviously, with a steel case and a similar super thin development as AP and PP.

Three ages of what will later become the Overseas, Vacheron Constantin actually depends on this idea with the Ref. 4500V. Marginally sportier than the two competitors, more travel-arranged, it shows a noteworthy regard for subtleties and some commonsense and lavish angles – 150m water-opposition, an in-house development with Geneva seal and an exchangeable gadget for the arm band/lash. A watch that unquestionably frames part of the set of three of top of the line sports watches.

Quick facts: 41mm width x 11mm stature – cleaned and brushed steel case – 150m water-safe – type 5100, self-winding – hours, minutes, seconds, date – incorporated steel arm band, elastic and crocodile ties additionally remembered for the case – EUR 20,100 in steel – more at  www.vacheron-constantin.com


The Accessible Alternative: Maurice Lacroix Aikon

The principle issue with these five watches…? Every one of them retail for over EUR 10,000, which makes them unreachable for most authorities. Nonetheless, we have a significantly more open arrangement, for the sake of the Maurice Lacroix Aikon. While it “only” retails for EUR 1,690 (on steel arm band), it ticks the majority of the luxury sports watch boxes: formed steel case, round bezel with 6 hooks, incorporated steel wristband, brushed surfaces with cleaned components, generally thin profile, finished dial (not guilloché – yet) and a 3-hand display.

Certainly, the Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic (fueled by a Sellita SW-200) comes up short on the refinement of a Royal Oak or the distinction of a Vacheron Constantin, yet at the cost, it conveys A LOT (even a noteworthy 200m water-opposition). An open elective that we won’t qualify as a “poor man’s luxury sports watch”.

Quick facts: 42mm breadth x 11m stature – brushed and cleaned steel case – 200m water-opposition – calibre ML115 (Sellita SW-200), self-winding – hours, minutes, seconds, date – coordinated steel wristband (likewise accessible on gator cowhide) – EUR 1,690 on steel arm band – more at  www.mauricelacroix.com