Whenever discussing watches, more often than not I am asked, “What would you buy for $1000, $2500, $5000, $10000?”
Although a seemingly basic question, when you begin to delve into the world of watches you soon become to realise that there are so many considerations, that make the purchasing of a watch such a personal decision. For me I attempt to avoid the question, however there are definitely some timepieces out there that offer something a little more special in its respective price range.
Below is a hint of what watches I would recommend at certain price points. Prices are in $AUD.
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Under $1000 - STEINHART OCEAN Titanium 500 Premium, RRP $950
With an extremely light titanium case, double anti-reflective domed sapphire crystal, unidirectional rotating diving bezel with a glossy black ceramic inlay its packed full of features at a cost that wont break the bank. Additionally a finely decorated movement finishes off the watch with a hint of elegance, that remains visible through a clear case back.
Overall this watch exudes a sportier presence on the wrist and amazing great value for money.
This is a tough segment to separate as there are plenty of solid offerings. So here are a few alternatives for consideration - Tissot Heritage Visodate, Corniche Heritage 40, and the Christopher ward c60 300.
Under $2,500 - SEVENFRIDAY, Any model. RRP is typically under $2,000
For anyone who’s dreaming of a crazy designed and super expensive watch brand, but doesnt quite have the cash yet, you can start with a SEVENFRIDAY. Founded not so long ago, it has already became a huge success around the world, and the team has developed 3 successful model ranges (P, M, and V). There are No fancy features, apart from the 24h indicator, but this watch is really all about the wicked design and personality.
SEVENFRIDAY have set the benchmark and raised the bar for amazing looking watches at an even better price point, we recommend any and all models from their range..
Another watch we recommend in this category with a more classic style is the The Ball Trainmaster Roman. The Trainmaster runs on the automatic ETA 2836-2 caliber, and retails for just over $2,000. Encased in stainless steel, the watch is shock-resistant to 5,000 Gs. The Ball Trainmaster Roman also features 15 micro gas tubes on the hands and dial for night reading capability.
Under $5,000 - NOMOS GLASHUTTE AHOI
Originating from Germany, Nomos Glashütte makes its own mechanical movements, and introduced this diving inspired model in 2014. The Ahoi retails for $4,500, in a 40-mm case, is water resistant to 200 meters, and has a waterproof black fabric strap. Housing an in house movement, with an incredible overall finish this watch should be at the top f your list in this category.
Another wonderful timepiece in this range, with a sportier touch, is the Omega Seamaster 300 Diver. Combining the aesthetic appeal of a timeless and sporty timepiece with the Co-Axial calibre 2500, the Seamaster Diver 300M is truly a lasting treasure. The stainless steel timepiece has a lacquered black or blue dial with a matching polished ceramic diving bezel. It is incredibly well finished an provides an all round great option for well under $5,000.
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