7 History-Making Watches You Can Still Buy Today

The many virtues of smartwatches are undeniable, but there’s something irrepressibly alluring about an old-school mechanical watch. Over the past 10 years, these spring-loaded timepieces have enjoyed something of a renaissance, capturing the public imagination with stories of their history and the many ways they’ve literally marked the time of some of humanity’s biggest moments.

The list below lays out a few of the most popular watches that fit that category, and explains why they’ve been some of the most wanted timepieces in the world for decades — and in one case, for over a century.