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 trusted watch brands. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable men’s watches that represent the most excellent value for price.
The watch brands represented here are all well-known for their 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 watch; most of the affordable 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.
Alpina Sailing Yacht Timer: The 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: A fully functional GMT watch for traveling and/or displaying a second zone time; attractive and equipped with an ETA 2893-3 caliber. The price: $3,000. (Click here to read more about the Clifton collection.)
Frédérique Constant Slimline Manufacture Moonphase: A stunningly good-looking 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 “affordable watches” category. More details here.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Sub Auto Chrono: A 300-meter water-resistant sports chronograph equipped with an ETA 7753 caliber. Top quality, and a lot of lovely design details to discover. The price: $1,995 on a rubber strap.