At the Baselworld watch fair, held in Spring each year, many of the biggest watch brands unveil their new watches and in some cases you will find great products for watch fans who look for budget-friendly timepieces and affordable watches. We present a selection of affordable Baselworld watches. Let us know about your own budget-friendly Baselworld watches in the comments section of this post!
As expected, most of the buzz was generated by complicated (and often very limited) models with extraordinary price tags, and the entry-level prices for many luxury brands, in most cases, continued to tick up. However, we also found some makers of timepieces that demonstrated an eye toward value for money in their latest offerings. Below are seven that caught our eye (six with mechanical movements), all under the $5,000 mark.
Alpina, the sportier sister brand to Frédérique Constant (purveyor of the under-$40,000 tourbillon) has long been known for reasonable prices, and this year proved no exception: its Sailing Yachttimer Countdown carries a price of 3,150 euro (approx. $4129.97). The watch’s clever yachting-specific complication is a countdown window that counts down from 10 to 1, gradually revealing a red “START” indicator. Only 8,888 pieces have been produced of this limited edition watch.
The CT Scuderia Master Time — from a new auto-racing-inspired collection by the creator of fashion brand Glam Rock — is available for just over $3,000. The Master Time is powered by a black PVD Swiss-made automatic movement, has a 40-hour power reserve, 27 jewels, and a fast frequency of 28,800. The caseback features the colors of the Italian flag.
You’ve probably been hearing a lot about Tudor, Rolex’s line of more affordable watches, which returned to the U.S. in 2013. Thus at the 2013 Baselworld, we got a look at the first model slated for our shores, the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue, which has a price range of just under $5,000. The Chrono Blue is inspired by the old Tudor “Montecarlo” chronograph, redesigned with three-dimensional hour markers and featuring two counters: one at 3 o’clock for the small seconds hand, and one at 9 o’clock for the 45-minute counter seen on Tudor chronographs of the 1970s.
Raymond Weil’s Freelancer 7730, from the brand’s reliably affordable Freelancer collection, has a price tag of 2,975 CHF (approx. $3,185.21). The Freelancer 7730 is a chronograph with a date window at 3 o’clock, and a seconds subdial at 9 o’clock surrounded by a steel appliqué attached by a decorative screw.