Watches are one of the most renowned collectible luxury goods. While some brands demand many thousands of dollars, it is possible to enjoy luxury quality at a more affordable price. This list will walk you through some fantastic options for entry-level luxury watches.
1. Victorinox AirBoss
The first watch on this list is brought to you by Victorinox, the maker of the original Swiss army knife. The Victorinox AirBoss line features timeless designs that can be dressed up or dressed down. These watches are durable and powered by Swiss made automatic movement. Within this family of watches, there is a variety of colors and styles, so you can find definitely find a watch that matches your personal taste. A Victorinox AirBoss watch can cost between $1000 – $3000.
2. Montblanc Star Classique
The Montblanc name carries a grand reputation of precision and class. However, its Star Classique watches do not sit back and rely on brand name alone. The watch’s design is clean and crisp, with attention to every little detail.
These watches go great with business attire and will surely be the cherry on top of any professional’s outfit.
This watch stands out on the list for quality of luxury feel and materials, however, it is much less water-resistant than others on the list. Another minus for this watch is that it’s hard to find these days and that it runs on quartz movement.
A Montblanc Star Classique watch can set you back between $1, 400 to $3, 000.
3. Longines Heritage
The Longines Heritage collection prides itself on being a series of time-tested and proven watch designs. Mature in design, these watches have been a classic staple of formalwear for over sixty years. If you are looking for a watch that is minimal but elegant, this is the series for you. The Flagship Heritage family of watches is a great way to step-up your daily office attire. While Heritage is not does not offer water-resistance, it makes up for that for being an automatic watch that is also light in weight.
A Longines Heritage watch can set you back between 1500 to 3500 dollars.
This is the perfect watch to wear on a date to match your blazer outfit, if your goal is to make yourself look like a reliable and dependable person.
4. Seiko Prospex
Seiko is one of the most well-respected names in durable high-end watches. Seiko specializes in masterfully crafted watches, many of which are complete with incredible water resistance and beautiful hardware. Specifically, the Seiki Prospex line is a wallet-friendly way to experience the a true diver’s watch. The water-resistance of this series is by far the greatest of any on this list.
For a series known for it’s diving supremacy, you’d have expected the watches to be bulky and carry the stereotypical diver-watch looks. Yes, the Prospex does offer popular choices like those but the series also offers classic-looking dress-watches that can survive up to 20 bar of water pressure, about 200 meters in depth.
These watches are not cheap by any means and cost upward $700. However, they aren’t entirely out of reach either. At this price range, it’s perfect for a young professional who wants to splurge a little with their first paycheck or bonus.
5. NOMOS Club
The NOMOS Club series of watches are beautiful minimalist timepieces. They are the definition of “elevated basics,” taking a normal outfit and upgrading it to a classy casual look. The Club series is unique in design. It’s a mix of youthfulness and classic. It emanates energy akin to new Silicon Valley tech startups but it also pays tribute to the early pioneers. This is the watch for a young professionals in today’s world. It is also a great watch to wear to a job interview.
Many playful colors are offered, so it is easy to find one that matches your personality. The Club watches feature manual movement.
A watch from the NOMOS Club line cost between $1500 to $4500.
6. Tudor 1926
Tudor was founded by the same man who founded Rolex–Hans Wilsdorf. The brand was launched nearly a century ago in 1926 and since then it has created its own unique history apart from Rolex and gathered a following of its own. To this date, Tudor remains a sibling brand of Rolex. Both brands are owned by the same parent company which is the Hans Wilsdorf foundation.
At Baselworld 2018, Tudor launched its 1926 collection. The 1926 collection is a heritage-inspired watch line that pays tribute to the brand’s founding year 1926 and its early achievements.
The 1926 line positions itself as the starting point for luxury watch collectors. While still the priciest on this list, the Tudor 1926 line of watches offer a relatively affordable entry point for people who are looking to experience their first Tudor watch.
Stylistically, the 1926 family focuses on mature elegance. Whether paired with your favorite suit or with business casual clothing, you will be dressed to impress with a watch from this series.
The price of a Tudor 1926 watch starts at around $1500, some models can cost upward $3500+. The Tudor 1926 watches feature automatic movement.
7. Tissot PRS
Tissot is a well-loved and well-known entry-level luxury Swiss watch brand. The Tissot PRS line of watches is handsome timepieces designed to elevate daily styles. These watches are a great starting point for anyone’s journey in Swiss mechanical watches. The PRS family has price points for every type of collector or casual watch fan, including some that can be found for less than $200.
Tissot PRS watches are especially good for those with larger hands and wrists, as the face of Tissot watches tends to lean on the large side. Do pay extra attention the the spec sheet when you’re browsing these watches because the series has watches of different movements. Some are powered by quartz while others are automatic.
8. Oris Artelier
Oris Artelier is designed to look sleek and stylish. These timepieces are modern in look, but with the fine materials of classically designed watches. Similar to Seiko Prospex, Oris Artelier is a diverse collection of watches that have different features and price tags. For a beginner watch, the Oris Artelier Date can be good option. At about $800-$1200, this watch is perfect as casual and dress watch. It has all the basic qualities that you need in a watch: it tells time and date plus it looks extremely sharp and has a lot of details put into its build.
In summary, you can enjoy a wonderful timepiece without parting with thousands and thousands of dollars. All of these watches are great ways to begin your luxury watch journey. While none of these watches are smart watches, smart watches are definitely considered luxury in its own right given their prices.
This article was first published on UrbanMenOutfits.com