Watches, with all their ability to tell the time, are considered timeless. As accessories come and go in and out of fashion, the designs of watches and timepieces can become even more popular as they age.
A large number of watches are inspired by or reproduce past models. Our selection here can help you find the right one, and we’ve included a diverse range for different budgets and styles. Whether you’re looking for military style, retro minimalism, or something a little more iconic, our guide has you covered.
The best retro watches to buy in 2022
Casio Unisex Resin/Acrylic Glass Watch
The iconic Casio watch is deemed retro. The Casio watch was first launched in 1974, and as one of the first brands to use mass production of quartz watches, it became the world’s first successful electronic watch.
The visual design of the new models has remained true to reality since those original watches from the 70s, with functional improvements and slight aesthetic upgrades to keep them up to date. This gold model has a built-in side light to illuminate the screen, a daily alarm function and a timer measured with 1/100th of a second precision.
Jaeger Lecoultre Reverso Women’s Watch
Jeager-Lecoultre’s Reverso family of watches was introduced in the 1930s, when British Army officers needed watches that could withstand the polo matches they played in India. This women’s watch with diamond setting, long lines and femininity is strongly inspired by the first Reverso watches for women.
26 diamonds create a striking frame in the bezel and surrounding silver finishes for a standout look. All wrapped in a stainless steel frame, this is the type of watch you’ll want to keep for a long time.
Timex 38mm Q Timex Reissue Men’s Watch
First released in 1979 in the quartz watch boom of the 70s, the diver-inspired Timex Q watch is a long-standing watch. The reissue has recreated every detail of the original, from the red and blue ring to the functional battery hatch behind the watch face. The hatch can be opened with a coin, so you won’t need a jeweler to change the battery.
The woven stainless steel bracelet has a clasp that can be folded over to attach to your wrist. Plus, the rotating top ring and solid back color should be familiar to all dedicated Timex wearers.
Tissot T-Classic Tradition 31mm Women’s Watch
Tissot’s Tradition line of watches combines modern quality with hints of nostalgia. Drawing inspiration from Tissot’s past, they influence designs with looks of older watches, bringing a vintage touch to a contemporary timepiece.
Classic details and vintage finishes take center stage with this 31mm ladies’ watch, featuring Roman numerals and a leather strap.
Seiko 60s Style 40mm Men’s Watch
From the Presage Style 60 collection, this is a functionally modern timepiece inspired by the looks of Seiko watches from the 60s. Japanese watchmakers created the very first Japanese chronograph in 1964, which later inspired this collection.
The men’s watch is updated for the modern wearer with a 4R movement and sepia lumbirite – a luminescent, eco-friendly paint.
A modernized take on the classic 1977 Casio F-100 watch, the A100WEGG-1AEF features subtle coloring and forward-facing buttons for a decidedly retro look.
It features an alarm, stopwatch and LED light on an ion-plated case and bracelet. The beauty is in the details here with small text, black details and vintage design inspiration.
American classic PSR Digital Quartz
Hamilton sparked a significant change in watchmaking in 1970 with the release of the Hamilton Pulsar. It was the very first digital watch, and its simplicity sparked a wave among watchmakers trying to improve (or perhaps complicate) the design.
50 years later, you can wear that same design on your wrist with the reissued American Classic PSR Digital Quartz watch, featuring a hybrid display and stainless steel case.
Emporio Armani AR11434 Women’s watch
The vintage simplicity of this watch is reflected in the fine leather strap, the dial without numbers and the plain background. It has a naturally retro feel while adorned with a mother of pearl dial for an added sense of sophistication. It runs on quartz and is also waterproof up to 30 meters.
This all-gold watch takes Casio’s classic design in a striking new look. It has all the features you would expect from Casio – a stopwatch, alarm, calendar and backlight – with a stainless steel Milanese bracelet.
The mineral glass screen is also said to be scratch resistant. Part of the Casio Vintage A1000 range, it’s a perfect fusion of old and new.
Bulova Archives for Men MIL-SHIPS-W-2181
Paying homage to a series of 1957 prototypes created by Bulova for the US Navy, the MIL-SHIPS-W-2181 is a modern watch of military origin. Prototypes were so rare that the Bulova team didn’t know about them until a New York-based collector brought the watch to their attention, enabling the design of this new model.
In a matte stainless steel case, the watch features automatic movement, moisture sensing and a waterproof blue nylon strap. It is also said to be waterproof up to 200 meters.
Zenith Pilot Type 20 Chronograph Ton Up 45mm
Zenith aviation watches have become a classic collection known for its engineering and aesthetics. The new Pilot collection is inspired by this, modeled in improved versions that carry the same Zenith quality.
The Pilot Type 20 Chronograph is an automatic stainless steel watch with a green leather strap. The most striking feature is the watch face, with its intricate detailing and unique font.
Used TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 12 men’s watch
The TAG Heuer Monaco Caliber 12 2011 watch was a superb example of a vintage watch with a timeless design. This pre-owned model from Goldsmiths has a 39mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal display.
The colors stand out here, the natural balance between blue, red, white and black detailing creates a watch that is sure to grab attention.