2. Ebel 1911 Chronograph Caliber 134/400
Remember Don Johnson in “Miami Vice?” Besides wearing a fake Rolex Day-Date, he also used to wear the Ebel 1911 chronograph in gold and steel. That particular model used an El Primero movement by Zenith. This movement was also known as Ebel caliber 134. As you probably know, Ebel’s focus has been more or less on ladies’ watches in recent times. I think Ebel could regain the respect they deserve from a lot of male watch collectors and watch enthusiasts if they would revamp and re-issue the Ebel 1911 Chronograph — but only if they would outfit it with the Zenith El Primero movement again.
3. Rolex Oyster Chronograph “Jean Claude Killy” 6036
Of the watches on this list, this is probably the one least likely to receive a re-edition. The Rolex Reference 6036, nicknamed the “Jean Claude Killy,” is an elegant chronograph timepiece with a beautiful triple-date calendar. Wouldn’t it become an instant competitor to a number of classic and elegant calendar watches? For those who love vintage Rolex and have an interest in some of the more classical-looking timepieces, a re-edition of Reference 6036 on a strap might make the perfect “dinner” watch.
4. Omega Constellation Pie-Pan
Yes, I know… today’s Omega Constellation is based on the total redesign that the brand did in 1982, which it called the Constellation “Manhattan” and, later, the Constellation ’95. However, long before then, in 1952, the Constellation was Omega’s flagship model. In any case, I realize that the Omega DeVille Co-Axial (introduced in 1999) got some of the characteristics of these old ‘pie-pan’-dial Constellation models from the 1950s and 1960s, but I would not mind seeing a modern re-edition of those vintage Constellations as a dress watch on a leather strap.
5. Audemars Piguet Star Wheel
If you think Audemars Piguet, you probably think Royal Oak. Truth be told, that’s one of my favorite watches of all time. However, it seems that the Royal Oak is the only collection (including the Offshore models) that gets attention. Its new Millenary models are very interesting, but a bit snowed under by the force called Royal Oak. One of the non-Royal Oak watches that I would love to see back in the Audemars Piguet collection is the Star Wheel watch. There used to be a round version of the watch in the 1990s and another version in 2000, the brand’s 125th anniversary. In that year, Audemars Piguet (re-)introduced it as a limited edition of 125 pieces and called it the Millenary Star Wheel watch. If AP would bring this version of the Star Wheel back — with a cool case design, preferably round – it might actually make a nice counterweight to the Royal Oak collection.