List of 10 Best Watches of 2023 – From Rolex Datejust 41 to Tag Heuer Carrera Glassbox



With the year wrapping up and the festive season around the corner, it’s time to take a stroll down the memory lane and highlight some wrist-worthy timepieces that made 2023 a year to remember. We’ve rounded up the crème de la crème, from affordable wonders to jaw-dropping luxury pieces. So, buckle up as we dive into the world of horology and unveil our top 10 picks for the best watches of 2023.

1. Rolex Datejust 41 – A Timeless Classic

Let’s kick things off with a timeless classic – the Rolex Datejust 41. Celebrating its 60th anniversary, Rolex didn’t disappoint. The new “Le Mans” Daytona Ref. 126529LN stole the show, showcasing a white gold bracelet, vibrant subdials, and a nod to the history of Rolex. It’s not your typical steel Daytona; it’s a game-changer.

2. Tag Heuer Carrera Glassbox – A Statement in Design

Danny Milton, our Managing Editor, couldn’t stop raving about the Tag Heuer Carrera Glassbox. It’s not just a watch; it’s an art piece. With a 39mm case, reconfigured crystal, and a slope-tachymeter scale, this watch screams innovation. TAG Heuer stepped up its game by crafting a timepiece that resonates with what enthusiasts truly desire. From blue dials to gold editions, the Carrera Glassbox made waves in 2023.

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3. Royal Oak Offshore 37mm – The Playful Throwback

Malaika Crawford, our Style Editor, confessed her full-on obsession with the Royal Oak Offshore 37mm. In a world dominated by Royal Oak fever, this watch stands out. With a salmon dial, brilliant cut diamond bezel, and a playful mix of rubber and diamonds, it’s a youthful take on luxury. Malaika predicts it’ll make a victorious comeback, especially when Gen Z jumps on the luxury watch bandwagon.

4. Rexhep Rexhepi Chronomètre Antimagnétique – A Timeless Masterpiece

Ben Clymer, our Founder, was captivated by the Rexhep Rexhepi Chronomètre Antimagnétique. Despite being a “unique piece” for Only Watch, this watch is set to make a series debut. Ben draws parallels with vintage Patek and Rolex sports watches from the 50s, describing it as “simply divine.” Its timeless appeal and craftsmanship make it a standout among this year’s sports watches.

5. Tudor Black Bay 54 – Heritage Redefined

Tony Traina, our Editor, hails the Tudor Black Bay 54 as a modern interpretation of Tudor’s first diver from 1954. This watch strikes a perfect balance, maintaining heritage charm with an updated sterile bezel and a new crown. Its popularity among both vintage and tool watch enthusiasts speaks volumes. The BB54 proves that a good sports watch should appeal to everyone, from James to Malaika.

6. Richard Mille RM 07-04 Automatic Sport – Technological Elegance

Erin Wilborn, our Copywriter, takes us into unattainable luxury with the Richard Mille RM 07-04 Automatic Sport. Designed for women, this watch is a technological marvel with eye-catching color combinations. Erin’s analogy comparing it to the iconic 90s “Jazz” solo cups adds a touch of nostalgia. With a price tag of $185,000, it’s a dream for now, but dreams do come true, right?

7. A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Chronograph – The Groundbreaker

Rich Fordon, our VIP Advisor, feels like he’s cheating by including the A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus Chronograph, but who cares when it’s this groundbreaking? Polarizing since its release, this watch is winning hearts as more collectors get hands-on. The central minute counter and the perfect execution of red accents on a black dial make it a standout choice for those who want something big and groundbreaking.

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8. Tudor Pelagos FXD Black – Modern Dive Watch Elegance

James Stacey, our Editor, surprises no one with his pick – the Tudor Pelagos FXD Black. Building on the success of the Pelagos 39, the black version adds a touch of classic appeal with a more conventional elapsed-time bezel. It combines the generalist appeal of the Pelagos 39 with the unconventional spirit of the FXD line, creating a truly modern Tudor dive watch that’s here to stay.

In the world of watches, 2023 has been a rollercoaster ride, offering something for everyone, from the affordable elegance of the Rolex Datejust 41 to the unattainable allure of the Richard Mille R

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