5 watches under $1500 you could start the New Year with

New Year’s resolutions are for mugs. Stop kidding yourself, you’re not going to take January off the booze just because you’ve had a blow out Christmas. Scrap them all and write one: Exercise more!

You need to set goals that are realistic. Just write a list of things you want to achieve next year, they don’t have to be outrageous, in fact it’s better that they’re not so you can tick them all off and feel accomplished. I’ve written a list of things I want to do next year and on that list is get another watch. I don’t think I’ll have a hard time ticking that one off. In 2017 you should buy a watch you’re proud of, even if you’ve only got $300. Here’s five nice pieces I’ve had my eye on lately. Click on the images to link through to the respective sales sites.

1. Zenith Dress Watch: Nice and clean 1970’s manual wind Zenith with original dial. I have been watching this for a few weeks, someone needs to buy it, an absolute steal under $300. (Also in this price range vintage Girard Perregaux, Vulcain and Le-Coultre)

Zenith Manual Wind

2. Sinn 556I Automatic: I guarantee that no one will ever regret the Sinn 556I they bought when they were in their mid 20’s. This watch is timeless and most importantly will stand that test of time with Sinn’s patented hardened steel case. Suitable for work or the weekend the 556I is almost unbeatable at just over $1000. (Also in this price range Frederique Constant, Seven Friday)

Sinn 556I

3. STOWA Dress Watch: On first glance this STOWA could have stepped off the production line yesterday, it is in fact over 50 years old. This split second hand wound STOWA comes in at 37mm wide which is considered large in the world of vintage watches. For me I can’t look past the dial, as an IWC Portuguese fan this just screams out at me – an insanely attractive and iconic German watch which should come in around the $350 mark. (Also in this price range vintage Junghans, Glashutte and Zenith)


4. Rolex Oyster Date Ref. 8518: The net is full of vintage Rolex watches often with questionable backgrounds. This interesting Ref. 8518 with collectible black dial isn’t exactly cheap but it comes with its original box, certification and proof of purchase from a reputable Australian dealer and has recently received a hefty service costing over $1000. If you’re keen on vintage this is the type of watch to look for. (Also in this price range vintage Rolex Datejust, Tudor Oyster and Heuer)


5. Tissot Le Locle Automatic Chronometer: This Le Locle Chronometer is a little different from the rest of the range, it comes with a COSC certification, in fact it won first place in the world’s only juried accuracy competition: the Concours International de Chronometrie. I’ve been meaning to write about this watch for some time because I think it’s fascinating that despite hundreds of years of R&D in the watch industry and six figure prices that a $1200 Tissot has been crowned the most accurate watch in the world. The rose gold PVD case and textured black dial make for a classic timepiece and there’s one available on Ebay for $765! You can read about it more in-depth at Hodinkee.



James is the Founder and Editor of The Versatile Gent.

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