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The Ultimate Watch Picks For The Devoted Car Guys

Burak BAYRAM

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It's a stubborn fact that men are interested in cars. From our very first toy car to our first automobile, I believe we all have unforgettable memories regarding this joyful ride. Whether it's the asphalt tearing exotic super cars or the big off-road vehicles challenging mother nature, being indifferent to them is almost against our nature.

The intersection of cars and watches is inevitable when it comes to men and their hobbies. Undoubtedly, one of the very first samples regarding the relation between cars and watches is Paul Newman and his famous Rolex Daytona. While the price and popularity of Paul Newman style Rolex Daytonas, which all the collectors dream of, is accelerating like a sky rocket, the great actor's admirable life and unmatchable charm stands as a superior example for the “ Cool Elegance “ life style.

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Here I go with the best choices for the major car loving guy types:

Every Type of Car Guy

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial 41 MM (Ref. 212.30.41.20.03.001)

I think the best choice for those men who live their passion for cars without having the boundaries like make, model, function or price is Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial.

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This successful version of the brand's mile stone product line of diver's watches Seamaster, is as versatile as the every type of car guy who feels the same fascination practically for every automobile. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial, which is a serious tool watch for divers with its 300 meters water resistance rating and Helium Release Valve beside it's robust and sporty character, is also a perfect match virtually with every possible outfit from swimming trunks to a tuxedo. And that makes it the ideal watch for our car enthusiast here who feels the same passion and joy for either an old VW Golf GTI or a Mini Cooper S.

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Classic Guy

Cartier Santos De Cartier (Ref. WSSA0009)

If you are really in to classic cars, I think your watch has to be as timeless as your taste for cars too. My humble advice on this one is the Cartier Santos De Cartier which deserves to be called “a classic” in every way.

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Having the title of being the first men's wrist watch in history, Santos has become one of the symbols of Cartier in the luxury watchmaking industry. The model that survived the sudden changes in fashion and trends, is also able to meet modern-day men's wristwatch criteria with its 39.8mm case diameter.

Whether you are using a 1964 Ford Mustang or a 1989 Mercedes-Benz SL Class, you'll be portraying a perfectly matched stance with your Cartier Santos De Cartier on your wrist.

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Roadster Guy

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 (Ref. CAR2110.FC6266)

The concept of the Roadster that entered the automotive terminology with two-seater, small and low convertibles from UK, continues to please its loyal fans with successful models manufactured by many brands. If the Roadsters, which are preferred by young men mostly thanks to their drive characteristics that integrates the driver with the road and the absolute feeling of freedom they offer, are your favorite automobiles, I believe the ideal watch for you is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887.

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Designed by the legendary Jack Heuer in 1960s who was known with his close relation to the world of motor sports, TAG Heuer Carrera continues to bear the title of perfect sports chronograph. And among a wide range of variants, I think the best choice for the Roadster guy is the TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 model. Offering all of the design details that make up the model's DNA in an extremely elegant yet sporting manner, TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 is also highly praised with its resemblance to the original version.

While driving your BMW Z4 with the top down on a sunny Sunday noon after a long and exhausting winter, you will surely be amazed with the harmony of your TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 which will make you feel like you are in a fashion photo shoot.

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Coupe Guy

ROLEX Daytona (Ref. 116500LN – white dial)

If you keep driving Coupes despite your life conditions and turn up your nose at many beautiful family sedans by simple saying “ too many doors “ irrespectively of make and model, welcome to my world then…

Just take a look at the automobiles which are not initially designed as or the ones that also have sedan or estate versions, you'll see that the two doors are much more aesthetically pleasing than the four doors. It's a fact, Coupes look better than sedans, estates, hatchbacks etc.

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Sometimes with their sleek designs and wider windows that offers you a dynamic feel, or sometimes making you excited with their way of expressing “if it’s for everyone, than its not for me…” motto, Coupes continue to attract people including family guys like me.

If you have a Coupe and you drive it with great pleasure, I do not think there is something you do not care or find it worthwhile to think about in your life. For this reason, I say your watch should reflect your taste in cars and give some clues about your lifestyle. And the best watch for the occasions is the ROLEX Daytona.

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Due to the Paul Newman connection I mentioned at the beginning of the article, its characteristic design among Rolex product range and the less accessible position compared to the other models, the white dial stainless steel Daytona is an excellent choice for Coupe guys in a world where  Submariners and GMT MasterIIs are so common like SUVs and sedans.

Luxury SUV Guy

ROLEX Sea-Dweller DeepSea (Ref. 126660)

If your choice in automobiles are the SUVs that withstand the extreme conditions of nature, your watch should be as solid and strong as your car. The ideal watch for the SUV guys is coming from Rolex again: ROLEX Sea-Dweller DeepSea.

DeepSea SeaDweller, which has been at the peak of analogue diver watches since its introduction in 2008 with its water resistance rating approaching 4000M, evokes the SUVs which look like the bigger brothers of regular hatchbacks. Besides its design details that are similar with the brand’s legendary dive watch Submariner, ROLEX DeepSea proves to be the SUV of the watches with its 44mm case diameter, extremely thick sapphire crystal and nearly 200 grams of net weight.

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Just like a Range Rover Vogue representing you flawlessly on a luxury hotel's parking garage or in a sea of mud, ROLEX DeepSea will match with your wet suit or your Cornelliani suit with the same style and confidence. Whenever you look at that watch, you will always remember your 2500 kgs mobile fortress at your garage.

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Sedan Guy

ROLEX DayDate 40mm (Ref. 228238)

Do you always find the BMW 5 Series GT disturbing or an outcome of messing with perfection..? Do you think about fitting your mother in law at the back seat when you come across to a sleek and stylish Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe and feel sad..? Well, you are a Sedan guy… Though it's not as classy or characteristic as the previous car types, there are many beautiful family sedans in the market. And now, I present you the ultimate watch for the luxury sedan driver – ROLEX DayDate 40mm.

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Arguably the flagship of the brand’s entire product line, DayDate has a fascinating history. Worn by the national leaders and celebrities, DayDate has been spotted on the wrist of many well-known and important figures. For the ones who are not really involved with Rolex may confuse it with the DateJust model as both watches feature similar appearance. However, a DayDate is quite different in many ways like material, movement and of course the price tag.

Being offered in 18K gold or Platinum only, the product line had a recent face lift including the addition of a 40mm diameter case series. All I can say upon seeing the pure harmony between the 18K yellow gold / Champagne dial DayDate and the wooden trims and the terracotta upholstery of Maserati Quatroporte is “ Oh, I'm not crying.. There's just a little bit of dust in my eye.. “

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As I mentioned at the beginning of my writing, watches are one of the indispensable objects of men just like automobiles. I wish you happy shopping for watches and cars filled with passion and fun…

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