Timeless statement pieces will always be the pinnacle of a man’s journey into the world of horology.
For all of the other days we have the no-fuss watches that are designed to look good and function as promised without sending your children’s children into bankruptcy.
Today we’re giving nod to the latter, a collective of cleverly crafted watches from across the world which appear much more premium than what their humble price tag may suggest. Don’t think it’s a case of questionable quality though.
Many of these boutique and up and coming brands do a lot of their design work in house over an extended period of time whilst before utilising proven Japanese or cheaper Swiss movements to get the job done.
As a result, watch aficionados without a six figure bank balance can still get access to some of the most unique looking time pieces that won’t look out of place at a cocktail function. What’s better is that you can actually wear them everyday without the usual perils that come with owning a very expensive watch.
From the latest in cool Australian watch brands to some of Europe’s most notable contingents, these are the most affordable watches men need to have alongside their pricier brethren.
About Vintage 1815 Chronograph
Cleverly designed to mimic elegant and pricier timepieces, the 1815 by About Vintage exudes class and style. It features quality materials such as sapphire glass and royal blue details on a white dial. The movement is a Japanese-made Miyota 6S11 Chronograph - $349
Huckleberry & Co. Atticus
Huckleberry takes the best of high-end pieces and makes it accessible in the Atticus. It features a Japanese Miyota 9132 automatic movement, with automatic winding, hand winding, a date function, power reserve dial, a 24 hour dial and three central hands
Advolat City Bauhaus Chrono
Pure Swiss design from a Swiss brand without the Swiss price tag. The Advolat features a Citizen Miyota OS00 movement which also drives a day/date window and three small seconds counters
Braun Stainless Steel
German design doesn't need to come at a price. This is Braun's minimalist offering which features a clean white dial, numerals and a small seconds counter with contrast yellow hand - £104
Melbourne Watch Company Portsea
What started as an Australian watch startup has now become one of the country's most successful watch stories. The Portsea is a nod to the classic 'Marine Chronometer' timepiece style in a solid and masculine design. It is powered by a Miyota Cal. 9120 Triple Calendar Automatic and features beautifully appointed details - $875
Triwa Ivory Neil
For the everyday fashionisto, one can't go past the Triwa. It's the Swedish interpretation of the classic chronograph featuring brushed steel, ivory white and red and blue colored canvas - $439
Swatch Sistem Boreal
This is maritime design from a Swiss maker. It features the groundbreaking SISTEM51 automatic watch design and an openwork caseback to show off the self-winding mechanical movement - $295
Magrette Moana Pacific Waterman
The Magrette is takes the stylings of a classic ocean watch and features both stainless steel and PVD construction. It is powered by a 9015 MIYOTA movement with hacking seconds - $575
Victorinox I.N.O.X Professional Diver
This is one of the world's toughest watches designed to go to the deepest waters. The I.N.O.X. Professional Diver is ISO 6425 diving certified with a 200m dive rating. Timing is taken care of with an analogue quartz - $TBC
BalBer 1948 S
Spanish watchmaker BalBer offer up a clean and minimal piece in the 1948 S. Inside the thin stainless steel case is a 763 Quartz movement by Ronda - €145
This minimalist offering comes with a dome shaped sapphire glass which hides the 9015 automatic movement with date window, red contrast hand and swipe hand - $335
The Fifth Melbourne Minimal
Destined for the daily duties, the Melbourne Minimal takes minimalism and gives it a slight twist with a unique numeral at the 5 o'clock mark paired with a Japanese Quartz movement - $139
Go black with Skagen's unmistakable Swedish design which sports a black mesh strap, a sand blast dial, two sub dials for day and date and a thin Japanese movement - £175
Mondaine Nord Sud
Taking inspiration from the north and south of Switzerland, the uber cool Nord Sud is powered by the Swiss quartz Ronda 509 and proudly made in Switzerland - CHF 260.00
The Horse is powered by the Swiss-made Rhonda 515-3 Movement and pairs minimalist design with function in the date window - $260
Daniel Wellington Sheffield
The original classic watch without the price tag continues to be a frontrunner in the affordable watch segment. Sheffield is a classic design paired with an ultra thin Japanese Quartz movement - $359
Inspired by racing in the 60s and 70s, the Prototipo is a true mechanical reset chronograph featuring the Japanese-made Seiko VK64 Chronograph Hybrid Meca-Quartz movement - $625
The unmistakable and unbreakable G-Shock has been tried and tested and is one of today's best everyday wearables with a host of features and functions to suit every individual man - $TBC