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Ten Spectacular Sport Watches from Baselworld 2015

Now you just need it to be the weekend

Sure, it's Monday, and you may be strapping on a great dress watch like the ones we listed for you last week, to go with your office kit. But slim, fancy, gold perpetual calendars aren't the right accessory for every occasion. Sometimes you want something more robust, more sporty. Luckily, the Baselworld expo running right now in Switzerland showcases every kind of watch; here are ten off-duty timepieces that will have you dreaming of a few days vacation.

TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber Heuer 01

TAG Heuer's newest in-house chronograph.
TAG Heuer's newest in-house chronograph.
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In addition to announcing a smartwatch collaboration with Google and Intel, TAG Heuer released a number mechanical watches that balance value and good looks. The Carrera Caliber Heuer 01 uses a beefy Carrera-style case to frame an open-worked version of TAG's in-house chronograph movement. It's one serious piece of engineering and shows it all off. It might be a little aggressive for some, but if that's your thing, it's hard to do better for anywhere close to the same price. $4,900

Seiko Marine Master 300m Limited Edition

Yes, the Japanese make dive watches too.
Yes, the Japanese make dive watches too.
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You might not think of Japan when you think of bomb-proof dive watches, but Seiko's been making them for 50 years. To commemorate the anniversary, the watchmaker released a number of special editions, and this is our favorite. It's rated to resist water pressure at 300 meters (deeper than even most pro divers go), comes on an extremely comfortable bracelet, and doesn't look a bit like its Swiss cousins. That it's limited to only 1,000 pieces is the cherry on top. $2,500

Blancpain Bathyscaphe Chronograph Ocean Commitment

Hopefully there are still a few of these pieces out there for sale.
Hopefully there are still a few of these pieces out there for sale.
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Speaking of Swiss dive watches, this blue chrono from Blancpain is tough to ignore. The case is matte grey ceramic (pretty cool, right?) and the blue dial looks vivid even in dim light. It houses the same in-house flyback chronograph movement as its black sibling and wears really well. The only downside is that the 250-piece limited edition is likely already sold out. $20,200

Linde Werdelin Spidolite Titanium

Sometimes you like something you don't expect to, like the new Spidolite.
Sometimes you like something you don't expect to, like the new Spidolite.
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This is one of those watches I didn't expect to like nearly as much as I did. It's kind of brash, it's large (46mm across and 49mm tall), and the skeletonized case and dial are a little ornate. But, I can't help it, I really enjoyed the few minutes I got to spend with the Spidolite on my wrist. It's really well designed, wears comfortably (even on my small wrist) and kept me intrigued the whole time. The rose gold version also impressed, but titanium is definitely more beginner-friendly. 15,000 Swiss Francs (approximately $15,380)

Bremont Boeing Model 1 Ti-GMT

This is what happens when Boeing's involved in making a travel watch.
This is what happens when Boeing's involved in making a travel watch.
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British military watchmaker Bremont's newest collaboration with Boeing included a pair of complicated watches, one basic and one chronograph. The simper option, the Model 1, is about as good as a modern GMT watch can get. It's lightweight because of the special titanium alloy case (courtesy of Boeing's engineers) and the GMT is easy to set and read. Forget flying a plane as a pilot, I just want to wear this in business class. $6,450

Tudor Pelagos Blue

An in-house movement and a new color give the Pelagos a refresh.
An in-house movement and a new color give the Pelagos a refresh.
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Tudor made waves the first day of Baselworld by unveiling its first ever in-house movement. In addition to using the movement in the new North Flag, Tudor is also utilizing it in a new blue version of the Pelagos dive watch, which is inspired by early blue Tudor Submariners. I don't love that there are now five lines of text at the bottom of the dial, but the color is superb and the titanium dive watch is one of the best out there. There is also a new black version with the in-house movement which will replace the old Pelagos by year's end. $4,400

Breitling Transocean Chronograph 1915

Vintage style without verging into caricature territory.
Vintage style without verging into caricature territory.
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At 43mm, this watch is downright small for a Breitling (though I'd still like it a tad smaller). The style is faithful to vintage Breitlings without being contrived or overdone, and the faded luminous phosphorescence on the numbers doesn't have any of that muddy "we couldn't quite figure out how to simulate age" color to it. If you look closely you'll notice the two-tone quality to the dial—which is even better in person. The mono-pusher feels great and the chronograph action is crisp and precise. It's limited to, you guessed it, 1915 pieces. $9,275

Rolex Yachtmaster Everose

Rolex really got it right with the Everose Yachtmaster.
Rolex really got it right with the Everose Yachtmaster.
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People were a little puzzled when Rolex unveiled its big novelty for 2015: a rose gold Yachtmaster with a matte ceramic bezel and rubber bracelet. Sure, it's a little confusing, and I'll admit I wasn't thrilled at first, but on the wrist the new Yachtmaster is spot on. It's comfortable, the dial has a ton of depth to it, and that rubber/titanium Oysterflex bracelet (yeah, that's a thing now) makes you rethink the difference a good strap can make. There's also a smaller 37mm size, which is actually great if you're into vintage-sized watches. $24,950 (40mm), $22,000 (37mm)

Alpina Alpiner 4 Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

An in-house flyback chronograph for under $5,000 is great value.
An in-house flyback chronograph for under $5,000 is great value.
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Creating an in-house chronograph movement is the stick by which true watch manufactures are measured. Here, Alpina has packaged a brand-new in-house chrono caliber (that has a flyback function, no less) into a sturdy steel case for an aggressive price. The black and white dial is easy to read with big patches of lume at the hours and on the hands, and the telemeter scale around the edge is a nice nod to military aviation. $4,885

Oris Diver Sixty-Five

The Oris Diver Sixty-Five is the wrist-worn equivalent of tiki drinks on a speedboat.
The Oris Diver Sixty-Five is the wrist-worn equivalent of tiki drinks on a speedboat.
Photographer: Stephen Pulvirent/Bloomberg

Some people love chunky dive watches (see that Seiko above), but others like a slimmer option that still evokes a trip to Nassau in the 60s. This Oris diver has funky numerals, a discrete date window at six o'clock and a period-appropriate Tropic-style rubber strap. If you have a James Bond fantasy, but want the conveniences of modern waterproofing (and not shelling out $50,000+ for a Connery-style Submariner) this Oris is an awesome choice.  1,600 Euro (approximately $1,730)

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