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Editors' Picks The Best Everyday Watches Of Baselworld 2019

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Coming out of Baselworld, there's always one question on everyone's minds: What watch from the show would you most want to buy yourself? Some people gravitate towards their grail pieces, while others just want something new and novel. We'll have more on those kinds of choices soon, but we wanted to kick things off by looking at the best new watches that you could feasibly wear every day. If you could only have one watch from Baselworld 2019 and you were going to wear it day-in, day-out for decades, these are the timepieces we'd recommend you give a closer look. There are a few usual suspects and a few choices that might surprise you, so read on and enjoy.

Cara Barrett – NOMOS Glashütte Orion Duo 33

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For me, the runaway hit for everyday watch goes to a watch that isn’t necessarily “new” per se, but rather something reinvented in a new case size. The NOMOS Orion has always been a favorite of mine, with its Calatrava-style case and clean dial lines, and now it is available in a 33mm case and without the sub-seconds register. It's part of the new Duo collection of similarly-styled takes on NOMOS classics. This watch fills a gaping void in the market for accessible, well-made everyday ladies’ watches. The modest 33mm steel case and manual-winding caliber Alpha.2 are a stellar combo and the price is extremely reasonable at under $2,000 all-in.

$1,600; nomos-glashuette.com

Jon Bues – Rolex GMT-Master II Ref. 126170 BLNR

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This Baselworld I stayed back in New York to focus on producing the HODINKEE Magazine, Vol. 4 (coming soon!). In between proofing stories, I was on the site, checking in for updates on new products and tuning in to the daily podcasts that the team produced. Picking the GMT-Master II Ref. 126710 BLNR as a daily wearer feels like a pretty easy choice. It’s hard to argue with any brand new modern Rolex that’s been updated to include a Chronergy escapement and a movement regulated to +2/-2 seconds per day, and I’m of the view that a GMT is the most useful complication out there. The Jubilee bracelet has really grown on me over time too. There’s something about how those perfectly symmetrical little semicircular links connect to form one of the most comfortable bracelets out there.

$9,250; rolex.com

Jack Forster – Ebel Sport Classic Titanium

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One of the most interesting everyday watches I saw last month was actually not at Baselworld – it was in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is most famous as the home of the World Economic Forum, but for the last two years it's also played host to the Movado Group Davos Summit; this year is the first time press was able to attend. The Ebel Sport Classic Titanium will be a 200 piece limited edition, with either Roman or Arabic numerals and it's a very appealing watch on the wrist – it reminded me, in a good way, of the IWC Porsche Design Ocean 2000. The Ebel "Wave" case and bracelet is in its own way a modern watch design icon, and its suppleness in titanium makes it a very attractive candidate for a daily-wear watch. Look for it this November.

$2,950; ebel.com

James Stacey – Rolex Datejust 36 (2019 Update)

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Seen here in steel with a white gold bezel, this new Rolesor Datejust 36 is a subtle evolution of the DJ that applies a greater number of Rolex's modern refinements to one of their most classic designs. It might not be as flashy as the new two-tone Sea-Dweller or Yacht-Master 42, but it's worth paying attention to nonetheless. At 36mm wide, this Datejust sings on a Jubilee bracelet with an updated design that makes the endlinks look like they disappear right into the case. Within, we find Rolex's modern calibre 3235 with the Chronergy escapement and a 70-hour power reserve. It looks like nearly any other Datejust but packs the latest and greatest from The Crown and looks incredible on-wrist. What's not to like?

$8,200; rolex.com

Cole Pennington – Bulova Oceanographer

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When Bulova came out with an updated Devil Diver last year, I paid attention. But the heritage diver segment is just so crowded that I didn’t get the chance to really take it in. When I saw the Bulova Oceanogapher in this wicked shade of green, it certainly caught my eye; it was infatuation at first glance. You just don’t see too many unrestrained green dials offered by the big manufacturers. Watch dials are like car paint codes in this way: Most dials come in conservative colors because it’s what sells to the masses. It’s safe. Remember those weird ‘70s car colors, though? Viper green, Plum crazy, Ossi blue. That’s how you do a re-edition – you build a modern watch around a detail that unequivocally pegs it to a certain time in the past. I think Bulova properly drew from a color palette that could have certainly fit in back in the '70s.  I think I’ll call it Gerald Ford Green.

$795; bulova.com

Stephen Pulvirent – Grönefeld 1941 Principia

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I know, I know, an "everyday" watch priced over $30,000? Hear me out. I can't argue at all with my colleagues that a Rolex Datejust or a NOMOS Orion would make a pretty perfect daily-wearer for most people, myself included. (I've said as much before.) But I wanted to pick the 1941 Principia from the Grönefeld brothers for a reason: This is true high-end independent watchmaking with a practical bent. Eschewing things like jumping seconds or a remontoire, the Dutch watchmakers created a simple three-hand, automatic watch available in a stainless steel case with understated style. I love the idea of a watch that has all the practical elements to make it easy to wear and a bit care-free, while still packing an incredible movement with superlative finishing inside. It's your little secret, and one you can enjoy with abandon.

€29,950; gronefeld.com

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