Five Very Guilty Pleasure Watches

Guilty pleasures: we all have them, and that’s perfectly fine. Living vicariously by window shopping watches well out of reach, watches too hard to pull off, or watches just flat out unavailable can be a healthy pastime. Let’s indulge a bit and explore some watches that we love for a variety of reasons, but have no plans of adding to the collection anytime soon.

All available through StockX—an online marketplace aimed at fostering a buying/selling experience that values transparency above all else—the five watches profiled in today’s article are, without a doubt, horological guilty pleasures.

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 13 Snoopy

The Speedmaster is a fantastic watch, we all know this. It’s handsome, it’s accessible, and it’s got some serious history to back it up. It’s a great end-game watch. So why is it finding its way onto this list? The Snoopy Speedmaster fits this list for a few reasons. First, they’re long since sold out, and prices in the pre-owned market have jumped north of $20k. Really. Second, as much as we love it, it’s got a cartoon character on the dial, which precludes it from some of the types of occasions you could get away with wearing a regular Speedy to.

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Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose Gold with Olive Dial ref. 228235

I don’t wear many dress watches, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Day-Date. And since we’re talking guilty pleasures, I’m thinking this reference 228235 with olive dial and perfectly executed Roman numeral hour markers. I’m not sure how this would go with a t-shirt and jeans, but I’d be willing to give it a try.

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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gyrotourbillon 2 Q2336420

If money were no object, this Gyrotourbillon from Jaeger-LeCoultre would be a must have. Not only is the drama and craftsmanship of the uber-complication worthy of a spot on the mantle, being stuffed inside a Reverso makes it wearable. Plus, it’ll be that much more accurate than your average Reverso, you know, because of the Gyrotourbillon (maybe).

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MB&F HM4 “Thunderbolt”

The HM4 from MB&F is part sculpture, part machine, and part watch. With a design inspired by WWII aircraft, this watch goes well beyond a pair of wings printed on the dial. The HM4 eschews the conventional wisdom of a round case, instead setting gear trains within tubular structures running perpendicular to the base of the movement. Unfortunately, the hefty price tag and borderline unwearable dimensions place this firmly into guilty pleasure territory.

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Rolex Rainbow Daytona ref. 116595RBOW

The latest Daytona from Rolex isn’t exactly the understated racing watch of its predecessors. In fact, it’s the opposite. It’s gaudy at every turn, with diamonds adorning the lugs, and a full rainbow assortment around the bezel and hour markers. Somehow, someway, it kind of works. It’s the height of ridiculousness, to be sure, but I’d rock the hell out of one given the right venue.

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Words by Blake Buettner of StockX.

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