Alright, the day has finally come. I’m going to talk about one of our favorite hot button topics – date windows. Yep, that’s right folks: I, Cara Barrett, love a good date window. Not only do I love them, but also I think they are the second most useful function of a watch (after telling the hour and the minutes, of course).
Do you know how often I check my watch for the date? At least 10 times a day, no joke. And when I’m wearing my Daytona, I still check 10 times a day and am disappointed that my watch doesn’t show me what I’m looking for. By now, most of you have already scrolled down to the comments section to express your disdain for me, my opinion, and any of my calendar-inclined compatriots – so, for those of you still reading, I want to clarify that there is a big difference between a good date display and a bad one. I have seen a lot of bad ones in my time, and often they read as cheap afterthoughts. But a good one? Oof. Here is a list of some of the best examples of a date display done so right that even the most passionate of date-haters can get onboard.
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1
I’ll start with the beloved A. Lange and Söhne Lange 1 replica watches. Lange has managed to create a well-balanced and thoughtful date display with two apertures. It was first seen at Lange’s launch, all the way back in 1994, appearing on three of the four debut models, and it was inspired by the clock at the Semper Opera house in Dresden. Since then, it’s become a signature of the brand, something instantly recognizable. Both tasteful and easy to read, you can’t argue with the oversized rectangular cut-outs and characteristic Lange typography. Here you can see it in the Lange 1 Moon Phase that was released back in 2016 with its new caliber L121.3 movement. It’s not restricted to Lange 1 models, however, showing up in the cult-classic Datograph too.
H. Moser Endeavour Perpetual Calendar
The Endeavor Perpetual Calendar is in many ways the centerpiece of H. Moser’s collection. The classically-styled watch doesn’t look nearly as complicated as it is. The month is indicated by the tiny arrow-shaped hand at the center, and there’s no day of the week indicator at all. The oversized date window is one of the more deceptively complex parts of the watch though. The large type makes it highly legible at a quick glance, the edges of the aperture are nicely finished to blend with the rest of the dial (and effect that is amplified by the close color matching of the dial and disc), and it jumps instantaneously at midnight in a fraction of a second. You can read more about the Endeavor Perpetual Calendar here.
Ochs und Junior Perpetual Calendar
Ochs und Junior replica watches are not your average watch brand and their Perpetual Calendar is no different. I have always been drawn to their unusual designs and in particular I really appreciate their non-traditional approach to displaying the date. On the Perpetual Calendar (and all of Ochs und Junior’s other date-equipped watches, for that matter), the date is discreetly displayed by a series of holes that circle the dial. A colored marker fills one hole at a time, showing the date. There are no numbers and no single aperture. It takes some getting used to, but becomes easy to read very quickly. This would be a great watch for those who shun the traditional date display but are still looking for the functionality. You can read more about this watch here.