Baselworld is often an occasion for the world’s largest and most popular watch makers to release their shiny new models. It’s about as exciting as the watch industry gets — think Christmas for watch geeks.
A whole lot of new models were announced at the show this year, as were tweaks to existing models. And it seems that with the scorching vintage watch market and a struggling Swiss watch industry, brands are trying to capture the zeitgeist with new, updated releases to classic 20th-century watches.
We rounded up eight of the biggest announcements and new releases.
Grand Seiko, newly spun out from under the larger Seiko brand, is its handmade luxury division.
Seiko watches have a great reputation for a good reason — they’re excellent pieces. This year, the brand is releasing a modern version of its original 1960 classic piece in three different metals: gold, steel, and platinum.
Seiko Prospex Diver
Seiko has a rich history for its main watch brand, too.
In 1965, the company made its first diver watch. This a close reproduction of that piece, but with the expected modern upgrades.
Rolex Cellini Moonphase
The Rolex Cellini Moonphase is the newest entry to the brand’s 20th-century-inspired dress watch line. The addition of a moonphase marks the first time the brand has included that complication since the 1950s, according to Hodinkee.
The moonphase complication will remain accurate for 122 years without adjustment, according to Rolex. It tells the current lunar phase with a blue disk carrying an empty ring and meteorite appliqué moon.
Any time Patek Phillippe makes a new piece, the watch industry turns its head to look.
This one, however, is even more special, with retro-inspired details like a cream dial, numerals, and luminous hands. Those features are things you’re much more likely to find on a vintage piece.