There is a lot of discussion about what constitutes “affordable watches” and “affordable luxury” in luxury watch brands and best watches for men. From my blog, Watch-Insider.com, here is my list of the top 10 affordable watches and top affordable watch brands that, in my opinion, represent the most excellent value for their luxury watch price and can be considered best watches for men, if you will.
The luxury watch models and luxury watch brands shown here are my top 10 of 2013 and 2014 so far in terms of price-to-value ratio and what I would consider best watches for men. You’ll find that no affordable watch of any of the luxury watch brands shown in this “top 10 affordable watches” list costs more than $5,000, with the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, at $4,425, as the most expensive affordable watch. So, check out the top watch brands list and let me know… do you agree that these affordable watches are worth the cost that their luxury watch brand manufactures demand? Are these also your best watches for men? If not, what affordable watches are missing?
(Please also 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 my top 10 affordable watches have steel cases. You can find more detailed information about nearly all the affordable watches and luxury watch brands shown here if you visit my blog.)
Alpina Sailing Yacht Timer: The company, which stakes its reputation on making affordable 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. Certainly a good candidate for the list of best watches for men.
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, another good candidate for best watches for men (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 the “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.