Affordable watches amongst the ranks of the top Swiss and German manufacturers are hard to come by, but they do exist. Check out the list below.
Successors to the famed IWC Mark XI pilot’s watch of the late 1940s, the Mark XVIII has the same element as IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Automatic 36; anti-magnetic construction, the legible flieger dial, and the self-winding movement. A great entry level watch, something for everyday wear.
Hand-wound mechanical, exclusive Panerai OP II calibre movement with a power reserve of 56 hours. Panerai makes a fantastic timepiece and often get overlooked by new watch buyers. At just $4200USD the Radiomir Black Seal Logo Acciaio is a great buy.
Sometimes less is more, this is certainly the case for one of Rolex’s most affordable watches. In 2015 Rolex gave buyers the option of a new 39mm case (up from 36mm) and a new range of hand-finished dials in blue, grape red and dark rhodium.
The Reverso is as classic as they come and any watch lover will spot one a mile away. The Classic Reverso is much more affordable than the top end models which go for hundreds of thousands. Inside the 8.5mm thick case is the caliber 965 mechanical movement that contains 197 parts.
All prices are in USD.