Baselworld 2019 Predictions: Sports Watches

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A guess-list for the types of sports watches to hit the stands.

There is a lot of ground to cover here, especially when this classification of watches span a wide berth, from the aviation-inspired to the nautically inclined. But if the preceding years’ track records are anything to go by, one major category will continue to dominate this year – dive watches.

Online buzz has already seen fans clamouring for specific models, the lustiest of calls yearning for updates to the Rolex Submariner and a re-issue of the Tudor Prince Oysterdate Submariner 79090.

These brands aside, we foresee a greater use of upgraded materials and movements, such as more scratch-resistant ceramic bezels and cases, and better performance capabilities for dive watches.

Taking a wider view of the sports watch category, we are placing our bets on an increased use of bronze and carbon cases, as the materials continue to be more widely adopted by mid-luxury brands. That, and a continued mining of the retro aesthetic, which has yielded much commercial success over the past three years.

Speaking of throwback designs, we also expect to see a lot more chronographs with panda dials, which made a comeback two years ago. Sparked by the likes of the record-breaking sale of the Rolex ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona, and more recently by Breitling, which has implemented the look for its new range of chronographs, we believe that life is only just (re)starting for these retro-style, high-contrast chrono designs.

Published in Baselworld 2019
Alvin Wong

Editor-in-Chief

Alvin promises not to be a douche when talking about watches. He may have scoured the Basel and Geneva watch fairs for the past 15 years, and played an instrumental role to the growth of Singapore's pioneering horological and men's lifestyle publications, but the intrepid scribe seeks to learn something new with each story he writes.  

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