48_1 Rolex Explorer II automatic watch with stainless steel case, black dial and luminous hour markers and a stainless steel oyster bracelet with oytserclasp

The Rolex Explorer was one of the very first watches to be designed for exploration on treacherous terrains. Under extreme temperatures and with no power source, the watch will continue to work in the toughest conditions.

46 Rolex Day-Date automatic watch, 18ct gold case with champagne dial and an 18ct gold president bracelet with crownclasp

From the daring to the more dainty, in 1956, the Day-Date was a triumph of design as it was the first watch to have a self-changing day and date indicators. It's no wonder it was a favourite of U.S. Presidents of the 20th century.

32-2 Rolex DateJust automatic watch with 18ct gold case, brown dial with diamond hour markers and 18ct gold president bracelet with crownclasp

Before the Day-Date, there was the DateJust. In 1945, Rolex launched the world's first self-changing watch to coincide with their 40th anniversary.

17_3 Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Squadra Night & Day unisex automatic watch

The Jaeger-Lecoultre Reverso Squadra Night & Day watch is a rather two-faced affair. The clever design features a night and a day face. In Jaeger-Lecoultre's Art Deco style, the watch features a celestial sun and moon pattern. The date aperture sits rather cannily in the 6 o'clock numeral.

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14_1 Hublot Flyback chronograph 25th anniversary limited edition automatic watch with a stainless steel case, green dial and luminous Arabic numerals with black rubber strap

2 Breitling emergency chronograph quartz watch with a stainless steel case, cream dial with luminous hour markers and a stainless steel case

The Breitling emergency chronograph was the first wristwatch with a built-in dual frequency Personal Locator Beacon which issues alerts and guides rescue missions. It is the ultimate companion for adventurers and explorers.

All pieces featured are currently on sale at John Pye until 23rd February, 2017.

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