Quiet achievers. They achieve results rather than talking about them. They avoid promises, but simply deliver without fuss and without ego. They solve problems, save lives, effect change and quietly find workable solutions. And when the job is done they walk away without fanfare to tackle the next assignment.
If you recognize yourself as a quiet achiever, or you would like to become one, you could start by wearing a quieter watch. This is a watch which, while of good quality and from a well-respected brand, is not shouting ‘hey look at me, look at my watch.’ Whether your watch costs a couple of hundred bucks or several thousand, it can still be a quiet achiever watch. Here for your further enlightenment are 7 examples, some vintage, others brand new. Most of the watches shown assume that you are an achiever, and can therefore afford to spend a reasonable amount on a watch.
This affordable range of watches from Citizen reflects the return to slimmer, smaller models following years of 44mm plus sizes that once dominated the market. Being an Eco-Drive watch, it doesn’t need a battery and can take charge from any light source to build up a power reserve of 6 months. This model is 38mm and super slim with a depth of just 4.5mm. It features Roman numerals on a plain white dial with gold tone casing. £229.99
For quiet, confident elegance, you can’t beat an 18k Pie Pan. The Constellation line was once the flagship series for OMEGA, and there are many variations. You don’t have to pay the earth to pick up a vintage Omega Constellation in good condition, and often times, vintage says quiet achiever better than a watch that is fresh out of the store. This model is available on eBay, current bidding is $2,475 with 8 days to go.
Perhaps the ultimate quiet achiever watch. Created in 1932, the Calatrava is the result of a philosophy of aesthetics that showcases sleek lines and quiet elegance. The endearing quality of the design reflects the relentless pursuit of perfection that has always been at the core of Patek Philippe’s mission. This particular model was made in 1959, a wonderful era for understated watches. Like all Patek’s, it’s designed to be handed down from generation to generation. £4,446
Beauty through reduction: a classically simple three-hand watch, the Da Vinci Automatic brings timeless elegance to the wrist. Launched this year at SIHH, the rectangular date window is positioned at 6 o’clock on the silver-plated dial, which provides the perfect backdrop for the gold-plated hands. The blue seconds hand provides a colorful contrast on the dial. Kevin Spacey can be seen wearing one acting as President Frank Underwood in House of Cards. In this hit TV series he achieved a lot of things, not always nice, but certainly on the quiet. From around £4,500.
This is the third reissue of the 1960 original introduced at Baselworld this year, and the first Grand Seiko under the new Grand Seiko only badging. Three models were released in platinum, 18k yellow gold, or stainless steel. with a relatively larger, 38mm case.
The watch, sober and understated, is powered by the caliber 9S64, a 24-jewel, hand-wound movement with a 72-hour power reserve. All three are matched with buckles featuring a relief Seiko logo like the 1960 original. The version shown here is the steel Limited Edition which is launching in October and is currently available for pre-order. £5,500.
Glashütte produced the round cased 60s collection almost exactly two years ago. The watches come in five elegant, colorful timepieces in unique hues that give the models their names: Sixties Red, Sixties Golden, Sixties Aqua, Sixties Brown and Sixties Gray. The quiet achievement in these watches is the work on the dials, using an extremely complex and time-consuming process in Glashütte Original’s own dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany. They are first galvanized with great care; then layers of lacquer are added by hand in a series subsequent steps. The ideal quiet achiever letting his hair down on the weekend watch.
The Glashütte Original Sixties Iconic Square Collection was launched earlier this year and is available in the brand’s boutiques and selected retail outlets. Just 25 of each color with prices starting from $9,700.
Lang & Heyne is a Dresden, Germany based watchmaker, located not far from the famous Glashütte watchmaking region in Saxony. Their GEORG model stands for the rehabilitation of lines and edges, demonstrating the beauty of an elegant square case on the wrist. With its curved shape, the watch gently hugs the wrist. The Lang & Heyne Georg is deceptively simple on the outside, but complex on the inside, just like a quiet achiever. An enamel dial shines with its silky esthetic over the Caliber VIII movement with a 55-hour power reserve. €26,480 in 18k pink gold.