Think you have to spend a lot of money to enjoy a luxury watch? Think again. While escalating zeroes is a common occurrence in watch collecting, you can still find plenty of bargains in this world. Just check out a few of the watches we’ve lined up in this curated collection, or read on for a few of our top picks.
The Aqua Terra line at OMEGA is one of the company’s most underrated. It’s the definition of a daily wearer, with a sharp-looking dial layout and a quartz ticker inside. The case has a mid-size 38.50mm diameter, complemented by OMEGA’s signature twisted lugs. It’s clean, uncomplicated, and can bridge the gap between casual and formal affairs – what more could you ask for?
Bell & Ross is all about taking recognizable watch designs and twisting them just a little, to form something brand new and exciting. With the BR123, Bell & Ross is answering the question of what a classic field watch, akin to the Rolex Explorer, might look like in a blacked-out PVD-coated case. There’s a worry-free automatic movement inside and a date aperture seamlessly integrated into the dial at six o’clock. For $2,000, it’s a steal.
Breitling’s Aerospace line might just be home to the ultimate tool watches. Cased in lightweight titanium and powered by Breitling’s Calibre 75 SuperQuartz movement, the Aerospace pairs analog and digital time displays with additional complications, such as an alarm, a chronograph, a countdown timer, a GMT, and a minute repeater. We love how Breitling retained the classic rider tabs on the bezel.
If you buy a quartz watch, there’s no better option out there than one featuring a 9F caliber from Grand Seiko. These watches use thermocompensating technology to measure the outside temperature and adjust the frequency of the quartz’s vibrations to make up for any irregularities. The best part? The 9F caliber falls under the high-accuracy quartz banner, with accuracy in the range of plus or minus 10 seconds per year. That’s less than one second of variance per month.
Chronographs don’t come cheap. But sometimes you can find yourself a killer deal. That’s what we have here with Baume & Mercier’s Capeland Chronograph, featuring an attractive white dial with dual register tachymeter and telemeter scales. Pump pushers, a three-link steel bracelet, and a variant of the self-winding Valjoux/ETA 7750 inside make this one heck of a deal.
Explore our full collection of watches under $3,000 right here.