Watches with a little history don't have to look like boring antiques. That's why we've rounded up 16 timepieces with serious staying power. The DNA is drawn from the past, but the features and looks are entirely contemporary.
From: Esquire US
From Breguet to Zodiac, and everything in between.
The self-winding Type XXI from Breguet is a chronograph with flyback function based on a watch created for the French Naval Air Army during the 1950s.
Inspired by a Breitling model from the 1950s and '60s, the Chronoliner Blacksteel is the ideal pilot's chronograph, easily displaying three different time zones.
Ancient Roman coins inspired the first digital BVLGARI back in 1975. The latest Carbon Gold version also reintroduces the woven strap found on the early digital models.
With a high-performance quartz movement, this model is based on a moon pilot chronograph worn during the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 (on the actual moon).
The often overlooked 1970s provide stylish codes for the 40mm automatic Seventies Panorama Date.
Resembling a historical model from the 1940s, the Pilot's Watch XVIII is a handsome entry-level watch from IWC Schaffhausen.
Deco details from the 1930s look entirely of-the-moment with the Grande Reverso Tribute to 1931 from Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Longines, well known for revisiting its horological history, re-introduces a handsome 36mm model from the 1960s with winning results.
Military watches from the '30s provide the inspiration for the 3 Days Accaio from Panerai. A specially engraved bezel reading "Officine Panerai - Brevettato" refers to a luminous substance used on the original dials.
The latest iteration of a watch worn by Sir Edmund Hillary to summit Mount Everest lives on in this updated version of the iconic Rolex Explorer.
Winner of the Revival Prize at this year's Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, the 2016 Monza stays close to the original 1976 model and TAG Heuer's beloved motor-racing history.
The Visodate introduced the date function to Tissot automatic movements back in the 1950s. The new version updates the original using timeless details for an amazingly affordable watch that's perfect for today.
A tool watch created to be worn on the right wrist, the Pelagos LHD features DNA going back to the 1970s and the left-handed dive watches produced for the French Navy.
The Overseas Ultra-Thin picks up visual cues from the 1970s, when dressier timepieces evolved into a new category: the elegant luxury sports watch.
A modern interpretation of an icon from Zenith's military history called the Zenith "Cairelli," this model is based on a watch produced in the '60s for the Italian Air Force.
The 82-piece limited edition Sea Dragon Chronograph looks to the '60s and '70s to create a reimagined Zodiac motorsport-inspired timepiece.