Buying a watch these days can be a daunting task. There are many questions you need to ask yourself in order to pin down what you really want. For example, you need to consider your budget, as well as your personal style, and how exactly you’ll use the watch. So if you’re looking for the perfect watch at any price point, fret not, as we’ve narrowed them down for you:
Luxury: Patek Philippe, Grand Seiko, IWC
There are watches, and there are luxury watches. These are the watches that fetch astronomical prices, are only available for scheduled viewing, and sometimes, you’ll need connections in order to buy one. On top of the list is Patek Philippe. Nautilus is Patek’s shining glory, a favorite among movie stars as well as powerful CEOs the world over.
Another great collection from Patek Philippe is Grand Complications. Every watch connoisseur worth his self-winding movement knows how important complications are in a watch for it to be truly its worth. The Grand Complications line has mechanically wound winding movement, with a tourbillon, as well as a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar. Not to mention it’s a stunning watch to behold.
Grand Seiko, on the other hand, has proven that Japanese watches can compete toe-to-toe with their Swiss counterparts, without so much as breaking a sweat. The Snowflake is one of the most iconic watches from this company – a watch so delicately styled and helmed, it’s impossible to put down once you’ve seen it in person.
Midrange: Longines, Tissot, Hamilton
In the midrange category, you can expect to shell out several hundreds of dollars up to a thousand. There are quite a number of brands in this category that you can choose from. Hamilton, for example, makes quality timepieces at a reasonable price. Look in the Khaki Field or Jazzmaster collections, and pick any watch with an automatic movement in there and you’re good to go.
Tissot is also a great brand to check out at this range. There are quite a few classics from the brand that you can have for no more than $1500. The Visodate is a classic, as well as the Chrono XL. Trust us when we say you can’t go wrong with Tissot – they’ve been in the business for 144 years, so they surely know their stuff!
On the other end of this category is Longines. The company has been in the business for quite some time too, and in that tenure they have created the best subtle-looking yet still elegant watches in the industry. The Legends Black Dial is a stunning watch for the more sporty crowd, and the Flagship Automatic is better suited for corporate types wanting to impress their superiors.
Starter: Seiko, Timex, Orient
Any watch enthusiast knows that when you want an automatic watch that won’t break the bank, you go to Seiko. Seiko, the Japanese brand that started the quartz revolution a few decades ago, has a great line of automatic watches that can compete with midrange offerings from Swiss manufacturers like Tissot.
The Seiko 5 line, in particular, is packed full of features that you may want to collect every single watch in the entire line because of how affordable it is. The line has both options for men and women, as well as a great selection of stylish timepieces. If you search hard enough, you can get deals from this brand for as low as $50.
Timex, on the other hand, has been a staple for quartz watches since its conception. The Expedition line is a good-looking and elegant quartz watch that’s perfect for gifting on any occasion. Orient, the Japanese watch company that’s taking the affordable market by a storm, also has a great selection of starter watches. The Orient Bambino 2nd Generation, for example, is a great watch with all the bells and whistles that others in the higher-priced categories have.
Getting the perfect watch at any price point may not be a walk in the park, but with these recommendations, you can now check out the right brands and models. That’s the first step in narrowing down your choices. At any rate, searching the internet for great deals should be on your to-do list too, since there are many watch repositories that curate great deals on these brands.