Join us as we count down our ten favorite releases of 2021, all in-stock and shipping in time for the holidays!
It may be one of 2021's final releases, but already, the Seiko Prospex SNR051 has quickly proven itself to be a fan-favorite. Built around a gorgeous lunar surface-inspired textured dial (paying tribute to Spring Drive's space exploration in 2008), this US-exclusive is certain to be a classic for years to come.
We were thrilled to add a number of amazing new brands to Topper shelves this year, one of whom was Bell & Ross who has charmed and inspired with distinctive designs and fantastic everyday capability. Choosing a favorite from our opening order wasn't easy, so our fans chose for us: the just-restocked BR03-93 GMT, replete with its bright red-on-black "Coke" bezel.
Zodiac went back to the drawing board for its 2021 refresh of its most iconic property: the Sea Wolf dive watch, and returned with four familiar, but highly refined and super-capable new references. ZO9212 has proven to be the early favorite so far, but its facing stiff competition from its three stable-mates.
No one does mid-century heritage quite like Longines, and picking a favorite Heritage tribute introduced in 2021 was a tall challenge indeed. After much hand-wringing though, we finally landed on the Silver Arrow — a gorgeous, and surprisingly complex tribute to the height of the Jet Age, and a reference that looks amazing on any strap, and any wrist.
Ever the strong, silent type, Glashütte Original has long enjoyed a quiet confidence, sought primarily by collectors in the know. But 2021 saw this sleeping German giant find a new voice, buoyed in part by a pair of handsome and super-capable 39.5mm SeaQ divers. And for as much as we loved the "Reed Green" released in the spring, it was this blue 'Golden Hour' bi-color reference that stole our hearts at the end of the day.
G-Shock had an embarrassment of riches in 2021, but one reference stayed burned in our memory long after the dust had settled: the MT-G B2000 whose layered carbon bezel was inspired by the colorful earthen layers found in places like Zion, Moab, and the Grand Canyon. Don't believe us? Wait'll you see this thing on the wrist.
2021 was a heck of a year for chronograph fans, and in a year loaded with spectacular releases, Breitling's Heritage Premier capsule stood head and shoulders above most. Dripping with incredible mid-century character and loaded with the Breitling swagger that we've come to know and love, it was the super-capable and classy Duograph that we'll love for years to come.
On the heels of our first-ever beach cleanup in nearby Pacifica, Oris continues to inspire Change for the Better in all of us at Topper, so our favorite release from this indie was an easy pick: the Aquis Date Upcycle, whose multi-colored dial is comprised of actual plastic pulled from our oceans. Every watch is a "piece unique," and we guarantee it'll bring a smile to your face with each glance.
Don't ask us to pick a favorite, because it's simply not possible to choose a favorite season — just as it's near-impossible to choose a favorite 'Seasons' reference from Grand Seiko. This year, Grand Seiko upped the ante with an all-new quartet of gorgeous references, each with its own distinct character and capability. SBGE269 ("Winter") might have an edge, but only because we've got snow in the high Sierra on the brain.
This was only the most anticipated watch release of the last decade, so can we really even feign surprise that the updated Master Chronometer-certified Speedmaster Professional would be number one? It was a blockbuster year for this blockbuster watch, and with more crewed space missions on the horizon, the future for this Flight-Qualified Speedy is looking very bright indeed.