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Our Favorite Watch Nicknames, Ranked

Our Favorite Watch Nicknames, Ranked

Every watch comes off the processing plant floor with an authority name – or if nothing else a reference number. In any case, a moniker? Watches need to earn an epithet. To start with, the community of watch darlings needs to mind enough to give one, and afterward, that name must be adequate to get on. The best ones supplant whatever the company had as a primary concern, much in the way that the games world chose the young fellow conceived as Earvin Johnson would rather be known as “Magic.”

Nicknames are enjoyable. Monikers are cool. They’re additionally even minded. They make a watch simpler to recollect. They catch the state of the case, or the shade of the bezel, or a notable individual who wore it. The “why” becomes less significant after some time. The moniker is the thing that lasts.

For our own entertainment, and on the grounds that this is how we help a living, we as of late made top notch of each significant watch epithet in presence (we halted at 60, however we might have continued onward). At that point we discussed and positioned our top choices, in view of each name’s inventiveness, how well it encapsulates the watch, and how generally utilized it’s become. What’s more, presently, we carry our dozen top picks to you. 

We urge you to take an interest and decision in favor of your number one watch epithets in the survey down underneath. There you will discover our picks, just as some that didn’t make the cut. One week from now, we’ll uncover the outcomes and crown the HODINKEE community champion.

12. Padellone

“Padellone” is the Italian word for “skillet,” and the name has been applied, similarly as I’m mindful, to at any rate two watches. 

The first, and presumably the better known, is a Rolex – the ref. 8171 triple schedule with moon-stage. This is something of a unicorn watch for genuine Rolex gatherers – when one came available to be purchased a year ago at Phillips Geneva , it went for CHF 980,000 – and it’s straightforward why. It’s a watch with enormous character – the strong case has tons of character and differences delightfully with the (for Rolex) very complicated dial. 

The other is the Patek Philippe ref. 3448, which appeared in 1962 (the exact year that brought us Dr. No and the Cuban Missile Crisis). Like the Rolex, it’s a schedule complication with moon-stage, however pressing genuine horological heat as the type 27-460 never-ending calendar. 

Although they are totally different watches regarding horological complexity, what they do share practically speaking is the skillet vibe. Both have for-their-time larger than average cases, and both have section sided case flanks and enormous, strongly calculated bezels – the two together would make an exquisite, two-watch assortment, if your accounts can withstand escaping the griddle and into the fire.

–Jack Forster

11. Disco Volante

“Disco Volante” signifies flying saucer, and throughout the long term, the epithet has applied – regardless of whether naturally by aficionados, or hopefully by salespeople – to quite a few watches (frequently with significantly ventured or in any case abnormal bezels).

One of the most exemplary models is the Patek Philippe ref. 2552, which was delivered for around six years (1954-1960) and which exemplifies the many intriguing investigations that occurred among top of the line watch brands, with abnormal case plans, in the time frame soon after the finish of World War II. 

The 2552 has a genuinely wide, ventured bezel and utilizations the Patek Philippe type 12-600 – the company’s first programmed development – alongside a sank caseback. It looks today like a somewhat limited watch, however in 1955, it probably appeared to be extremely strange for Patek – and overwhelmingly suggestive of the saucers that appeared to jam into the skies and into the public’s imagination. 

–Jack Forster

10. Dim Lord

What watch could Darth Vader wear? A Heuer Monaco Reference 74033N, otherwise known as the “Dim Lord,” named after a malevolent dream prime example hellbent on force. Think Sauron from Lord of the Rings or Voldemort from Harry Potter. The Dark Lord is basically the Monaco that Steve McQueen put on the map, yet delivered in a creepy, passed out, menacingly matte PVD case. The dial is monochromatic, with the lone fly of shading coming from fluorescent 1970s orange on the hands related with the chronograph capacities. It’s the watch Luke Skywalker may have worn had he completely respected the methods of the Dark Side and used a tangerine-shaded lightsaber. 

–Cole Pennington

9. Nina Rindt

Creating an enduring symbol takes an exceptional blend of wonderful planning, permanent allure, and no limited quantity of character. The equivalent is valid for watches, maybe doubly so for the Universal Genève Compax “Nina Rindt,” a shocking panda dial motorsports chronograph that procured its moniker on account of its customary presence on the wrist of Nina Rindt, a model and the spouse of one Jochen Rindt, a hugely skilled Austrian Formula One jumper from the mid-to-late 1960s.

So productive was the trackside matching of Nina and her bund-borne UG that the white-on-dark rendition of the watch was before long known as the “Abhorrent Nina.” Insanely collectible and profoundly associated with the brilliant period of motorsports, Nina just adds to the Compax’s impressive clout. It’s actually energizing to envision Jochen chasing post situation as she planned laps from the pits utilizing her dearest chronograph. 

–James Stacey

8. Ed White

The Omega Speedmaster ref. 105.003 is known as the “Ed White” in light of current circumstances – it’s the reference space explorer Ed White wore when he turned into the principal American to play out a spacewalk during the Gemini IV mission in 1964. White kicked the bucket during a platform trial of Apollo 1 frameworks in January of 1967, however the watch lives on to commemorate his spearheading job in monitored space flight.

It’s one of my number one monikers for a great deal of reasons. I’m mature enough to recollect watching men stroll on the Moon on live TV, and the Speedmaster was the main watch I can recall needing (because of its publicizing effort, I don’t think there was an eventual space explorer anyplace who didn’t have a clue about the Gemini and Apollo space travelers wore Speedmasters). Second, the name and the watch address the early, powerful long stretches of monitored space flight, when monster space stations, moon bases, and perhaps an energizing outsider attack or two appeared to be close to the corner. Thirdly, the actual watch is an exemplary reference and one whose subtleties actually have the ability to stimulate the beat of any Speedmaster enthusiast.

What I like most about the epithet, however, is that it addresses in excess of a watch. It’s the name of a bold person who lost his life, very youthful, in the reason for extending human information and causing us step into a bigger universe. 

The Ed White Speedmaster will consistently help me to remember the one who expressed something much more impactful and important than Neil Armstrong’s first words on the lunar surface. White was so hypnotized by his experience during his spacewalk that he must be requested once more into the container by ground control, so, all things considered he said, “I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest snapshot of my life.” 

–Jack Forster

7. Mass

The just thing missing from the Rolex “Mass” Submariner is some torn purple shorts. It’s not the principal moniker given to a Sub, but rather we believe it’s the awesome. Different competitors incorporate the “Kermit,” (so named for its green bezel and… all things considered, that is practically it), and the white-gold, blue-bezel “Smurf.” But eventually, neither of those packs as solid of a punch as the Hulk.

Unlike the Kermit, the assertion making Hulk is all green, with a sunray dial for sure. Furthermore, it procures its epithet with something other than shading. This green monster was delivered in 2010, into the then-new Rolex maxi-case – with a more extensive, really huge profile and a scratch-safe fired bezel. Of all the Submariner epithets, this one truly acquired its moniker. It’s the sort of watch you take a gander at, hear the name, and go, “better believe it, I get it.”

–Danny Milton

6. Pussy Galore

The reference 6542 has a ton making it work. For one, it’s Rolex’s first-since forever GMT. Second, it has the notorious bakelite bezel known for its delicacy and extremely minor radioactivity . Lastly, it has a moniker that is difficult to fail to remember: “Pussy Galore,” the watch broadly worn by the late Honor Blackman in her part as a reprobate in one of my undisputed top choice James Bond films, Goldfinger. (It’s the one where Shirley Eaton is killed through gold body paint). Aplenty is Goldfinger’s own pilot (consequently the 6542). She meets Bond and repels his advances, yet is at last tempted by him – all while wearing this boss watch. 

The Pussy Galore is one of only a handful few watches named after a lady. The lone other model I can consider is the Nina Rindt…that is until the ” Cara ” gets on. 

–Cara Barrett

5. Snowflake

Some of you are pondering which Snowflake, on the grounds that there’s mutiple. In any case, in all actuality we love Snowflakes from both Switzerland and Japan. 

The unique is the second-age Tudor Submariner, early instances of which date to 1969. These Tudor Subs procured the moniker because of their surprising Snowflake hour hands, which made a conspicuous difference with the Mercedes hands of prior Tudor Subs and, all the more broadly, Rolex Submariners. Gatherers love these watches, and looking for vintage models, one will discover both beat up dialed varieties of the Tudor “Snowflake” Sub. The last of these was regarded recently when Tudor came out with the Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue, bringing to mind a watch worn by the French Marine Nationale. At the point when you have a plan that has enlivened an eccentric moniker like Snowflake, you basically need to bring it back. Also, that is exactly how Tudor’s managed its Black Bay and Pelagos lines, the two of which sport Snowflake hands.

Another Snowflake, obviously, has a place with Grand Seiko. However, on account of that company’s ref. SBGA211, the epithet comes from the wispy surface of its delicate white dial, which viably brings to mind newly fallen day off. Begat by fans, the able sobriquet catches the substance of a watch that is accomplished a religion like after since it came out 10 years prior, becoming one of Grand Seiko’s most famous references and effectively its most popular moniker. There are different watches from Grand Seiko that play on the Snowflake topic. There’s the Blue Snowflake SBGA407, additionally called the Skyflake, with a light-blue finished dial. There’s likewise one with red accents on its white finished dial. You got it: It’s known as the Red Snowflake. It seems like sister brand Seiko wasn’t content to allow Grand Seiko to remain quiet about all the Snowflakes. At the point when it delivered a comparative glancing watch in the SARX055, authorities took to considering it the “Child GS Snowflake.”

–Jon Bues

4. Seiko Tuna

Picking a solitary Seiko epithet is hard, as many other option (and meriting) monikers exist to help fans sort through the universe of Seiko’s interminable reference numbers. We love them all, from the “Turtle” to the “Beast,” however our most loved is the unmistakable, overbuilt, and altogether enchanting Seiko “Tuna.”

Originally dispatched in 1975, the O.G. Fish is the vigorously covered and totally plunge prepared reference 6159-7110, which was an extraordinarily bleeding edge plan at that point. From that point forward, the name has graced different cycles of Seiko’s extra-stout jump watch, incorporating those with quartz developments, the much-cherished SBDX005 and SBDX011, the Seiko Arnie, the “Child Tuna”, and numerous some more. While epithets fill in as a crucial shorthand for any Seiko fans, this current one’s uncommon. For an intense, brawny, and totally unashamed plunge watch that sits noisy and pleased on your wrist, it’s hard to out-jump a Tuna. 

–James Stacey

3. President

If you’re attempting to cover an extramarital issue, you for the most part don’t need a record of the tryst engraved in gold. However, that didn’t prevent Marilyn Monroe from introducing John F. Kennedy with a Rolex Day-Date engraved on the caseback as follows:


With adoration as consistently



May 29th, 1962

Kennedy, perceiving that Monroe had recently exploded his spot as an extravagance watch, decided not to wear the watch. Be that as it may, he turned into the main president to claim the energizing new Rolex Day-Date, which had been delivered in 1956, and his replacement Lyndon Johnson turned into the principal president to swagger around the White House with one on his arm. The watch has been known as the President from that point forward, however JFK’s could simply have been nicknamed the Mullet: business in advance, party in the back. 

–Nick Marino

2. Paul Newman

The moniker ‘Paul Newman’ is so commonplace in the watch gathering community now that it’s practically difficult to trust it was called whatever else. Yet, when it was first delivered during the 1960s, it was alluded to as an “Colorful Dial” Daytona in view of the strange square-finished markers on the sub-dials. Furthermore, supposedly, nobody needed them.

Fast forward to the mid 1990s, Italian and American watch sellers fired getting these extraordinary dial Daytonas in huge numbers (no joke) and gave them the new title of ‘Paul Newman’ Daytona, all as a result of one popular photograph of a specific blue-peered toward entertainer. The name stuck. What is currently apparently the most popular (or if nothing else conspicuous) vintage watch drew its character from a particular picture of a solitary man, and it changed the whole way we consider and gather vintage watches.

–Cara Barrett

1. Pepsi

Take one glance at the red-and-blue shading plan on the Rolex GMT-Master and GMT-Master II, and you’ll realize why it’s known as the “Pepsi” – however it merits recalling that the first motivation came from one more company, Pan American Airways, as the watch was initially made for Pan Am pilots. Skillet Am fallen in 1991, and Pepsi has been utilizing red and blue in its logo since the 1950s, so the soda pop firm made a characteristic reference point in replacement.

In a clever way, the watch denotes an early illustration of two uber brands coming together for a coordinated effort, anyway informal this one might be. Pepsi right now positions no. 36 on the Forbes Most Valuable Brands list , with Rolex at no. 80. The inescapability of both of these brands makes the cross-acknowledgment simple and has permitted the moniker to rise above specialty watch gathering circles into the world on the loose. It’s an undeniable moniker, and that is refreshing.

That’s what I like. 

–Cole Pennington

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