There are some watches that never fail to make the hearts of collectors flutter. However, these watches are also usually extremely unattainable, expensive or both. Luckily, the trend for watchmaking firms this year seems to be resurrecting past favourites and making them contemporary again — albeit under the sneaky guise of celebrating anniversaries — with special edition watches.
Yes, that means no more having to empty the bank just to get your wrist into the original Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC watch. To put things in perspective, a 1950s Blancpain Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC in Bronze is up for sale for a whopping S$89,600, while the tribute will be S$19,600. While the former is undoubtedly still much more valuable, you know you’ll be getting a faithful reproduction of such a timeless design.
Besides, if you’ve missed out on getting it years ago, perhaps now is your only chance in snagging that iconic timepiece. If you’re an avid watch fan, you’ll recognise some of these new variations immediately. From Blancpain’s touching tribute to its dive watch that pioneered many technologies, to Cartier’s unbelievably iconic and sleek Panthere, here are 4 special edition watches we’re happy to see make a comeback from the archives.