There was a time when two-tone watches might have seemed a little "naff" or at the very least a remnant of the early '80s when everything had to have a little gold in it. However, even the most discerning style guys have long since embraced the aesthetic, offering as it does more possibilities for self-expression than basic steel.
And by now nearly every manufacturer has produced a product to appeal to them, which leaves you spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing one of your own. So here are 10 of the best pre-owned models to get your mouth watering:
Two-tone Submariners have become extremely desirable, and among the various combinations, we like the blue and gold version best.
The Ballon Bleu is a bold watch for those unafraid to make a statement, and the addition of gold highlights its signature blue cabochon on the crown.
The space explorer's Cosmonaute is a fairly complex timepiece that lends itself well to the extra layer of interest imparted by the addition of gold.
The Datejust might be the most desirable two-tone watch of all, and while Rolex has made modern versions, vintage example like this one have more character.
Two-tone Speedmasters are very rare; this limited edition number was made to commemorate the 35th Anniversary Apollo 15 Moon mission.
The El Primero is Zenith's main contribution to watchmaking, a chronograph movement so perfect it was used by Rolex long before they developed their own.
The bargain of the list is a very simple and elegant version of TAG's classic Carrera, a holdover from the Heuer days updated with an in-house movement.
It's nearly impossible to pick up a pre-owned Daytona these days, so it's well worth the layout if you do find one such as this model identical to those given out to winning race car drivers.
The Aqua Terra is a yachtsman's version of the iconic Seamaster with more refined looks and a nautical vibe set off by the addition of gold.
This dress watch has more of a vintage vibe than the rest but inside the case, it's entirely state-of-the-art watchmaking and the price is affordable to boot.