From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 men’s watches that represent the most excellent value for price. There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes “affordable watches” and “affordable luxury” when it comes to watch brands. For me, it means watches under $5,000, with mechanical movements, from the best watch brands.
The top watch brands represented here are all well-known for their generally excellent affordable watch price-to-value ratio. (The most expensive watch on the list, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, is priced at just $4,425.) Please note that I have chosen just one version of each affordable watch; most of the watches described here are, of course, available with different colored dials, bezels and types of bracelets. All of the watches on the list have steel cases. You can find more detailed information about nearly all these affordable watches — as well as many that are, shall we say, less affordable — at my blog. Keep in mind that this list will be updated throughout the year by WatchTime’s team. So please come back frequently and also share your own choices for best watch brands and affordable watches in the comments section at the end of this article.
Alpina Sailing Yacht Timer: The Alpina watch company, which stakes its reputation on making inexpensive watches with Swiss mechanical movements, has added an in-house regatta countdown module to an automatic Sellita SW 500. Excellent readability and top quality. The price: $4,129.
Baume & Mercier Clifton GMT: The next recommendation on our top 10 affordable watches list. This is a fully functional GMT watch for traveling and/or displaying a second zone time; it is an attractive watch and equipped with an ETA 2893-3 caliber. The price: $3,000. (Click here to read more about the Clifton collection.) What is your opinion about Baume & Mercier? Would you include it on a list of the top watch brands that offer affordable watches?
Frédérique Constant Slimline Manufacture Moonphase: A stunningly good-looking Swiss automatic watch with a classical moon-phase indication, equipped with the automatic in-house caliber FC-705. The price of $3,500 places it solidly in my ” top 10 affordable watches” category. More details here. Make sure to check out the full list of this company’s watches on WatchTime’s database where dozens of other watches are covered.