Make no mistake, there’s lots to be attained in the sub $2,000 range of men’s watches. Design, movement and brand heritage all have a significant part to play in this arena and we’re here to show you some of the best bang for your buck there is to offer.
The V3/01 by SevenFriday is one of the quirkiest ways of telling the time that you’ll see in this price bracket. Using their ‘Additioner Principle’ the hours are tallied with a disc in the middle marked +0, +4 and +8, and the 120 degree hour indicator marked 0 to 4. Powered by the very respected and hardy Miyota 82S7, the watch also features a day/night indicator and a seconds disc which also works on the additioner principle that the hours use. Also of note is the construction of the watch which plays with visual elements and materials to make a very futuristic look for prime wrist presence.
Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic
The Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic is a very functional dive watch with its incredibly legible dial and large hands. At 300m water resistance, it is certainly a tool made to be used in the water and is equally an object of beauty out of the water. As a nod to traditional watchmaking, the Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic is powered by a mechanical, self-winding AL-525 movement with 38 hours power reserve. A strong dive watch offering from this price category by a storied brand.
Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
The Horological Smartwatch is a connected watch that displays its information through hands rather than a digital display. This makes for a design that makes the watch much more understated and elegant looking than most smartwatches on the market. Powered by Motion X technology in the MMT-285 movement, the Horological Smartwatch is further differentiated from its contemporaries with a 25 month battery life which is powered by a traditional watch battery. It is capable of tracking your fitness goals, as well as being able to synchronise time with the connected phone – you never need to set the time, even when travelling.
Junghans Max Bill Automatic
Applying the principles of Bauhaus design into the watches, the Max Bill Automatic pays tribute to the clocks and wristwatches created by the man for the brand. An extraordinary painter, sculptor and product designer, Max Bill left his mark on a watch collection, one that displays an amazing amount of simplicity and elegance. The Max Bill Automatic is made in Germany and is a mechanical, self-winding watch which displays nothing but hours, minutes and seconds with a handsome black dial and a 38mm stainless steel case. Reference 027/3400.00 is the one you’re after.
Longines Conquest Heritage
For historical accuracy in this price bracket, it’s hard to pass up a Longines Conquest Heritage. Based on models from the 1950s, the Conquest Heritage is a faithful reproduction right down to the 35mm case size and even the crystal used in its construction known as a hesalite crystal. Housing a mechanical, self-winding movement in its stainless steel case, the Conquest Heritage is sure to please those who love the vintage look.
Laco Fliegeruhr Type B, Dortmund
Laco have a long history in producing the famous pilots watches – historically large, legible and accurate for pilots of the 1930s and 40s. The Fliegeruhr Type B Dortmund model is definitely large, coming in at a 45mm case diameter. The dial is the iconic Type B layout with minutes marking the outside of the dial and the hours on an inner ring, making hours and minutes easy to read. The Fliegeruhr Type B Dortmund is powered by a manually wound mechanical movement, tying the vintage feel of the pilots watch together.
Oris BC3 Advanced – Day Date
Continuing with the theme of Pilots watches, the Oris BC3 Advanced – Day Date is more modern in its appearance, with an angular case design and beefy crown guards. It is available in many different guises including one with aged lume, a blue dial and a stealthy all-black case and dial. Powered by a mechanical self-winding Sellita SW 220-1, the BC3 Advanced Day Date is a handsome watch that is supremely versatile, and represents good value for money; a wise choice for those looking for a watch that is simply good looking with everyday performance.
Casio G Shock MR G
Akin to the “Swiss Army Knife” of the watch world, the MR-G series from Casio is one of the most multi-functional watches on the planet. It features Dual Dial World Time which displays two timezones simultaneously alongside a chronograph, countdown timer and an LED light for night time viewing and alarms. Encased in light-weight titanium with bracelet, it’s Tough-Movement construction and Clad Guard structure means that it can take the hardest of knocks and still keep kicking on. Functional and tough with good looks to boot, the MRG-G1000D-1A is all the specifics you need.
Stowa Marine Original
Reminiscent of a deck watch from the early 20th century, the Stowa Marine Original is made in Germany, and puts the vintage pocket watch on the wrist. Its stark white dial and Arabic numerals make the watch extremely easy to read whilst housed within its stainless steel case is a manual winding Unitas 6498-1, a reliable pocket watch style movement which ties the heritage of this piece together.
TAG Heuer Formula 1
If there is one watch that should kick-off a collection, this would probably be it. The TAG Heuer Formula 1 is a great piece to start anyone off on their journey of horology. It features an imminently wearable stainless steel bracelet, black dial and 200m water resistance. It is the quintessential everyday watch, perfect with something casual or something more formal.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80
Another diver with good looks and a great price is the Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80. The watch combines the well-known diver’s style with an interesting movement and comes equipped with a stainless steel case and rubber strap. The Seastar 1000 has a 300m water resistance rating and comes with a ceramic bezel and blue colour accents that give a bit of pop to the black dial. Underneath the case is the Powermatic 80 movement, with 80 hours of power reserve, unusual in a watch of this price range, but certainly very welcome.
Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic
A dressy watch with a twist, the Christopher Ward C9 5 Day Automatic is an incredibly well-priced Swiss-Made watch with British origins. What sets this apart from everything else is its movement. The SH21 housed within a stainless steel case has a 5 day power reserve, virtually unheard of at this price point. Combined with a handsome blue dial and brown strap, this is a great looking timepiece with an innovative movement which any man can fall in love with.