This list of 10 Best Men’s Watches Under $1000 was originally published in 2013 and the following prices represent the market at the time of publishing.
Often we feel prompted to sit down and write a post because of articles we’ve seen or read from around the internet, and this ’10 Best Men’s Watches Under $1000′ article is certainly one of those occasions! Recently an article was published on SMH entitled 10 Men’s Watches Under $1000 which you can read here – I had to respond. This isn’t the first time we’ve had a rant about the miserable selection of watches offered by Australian publications and to be honest it probably wont be the last. Despite the fact that this has taken around 5 hours to compile, I had to sit down and offer TVG’s selection of 10 Best Men’s Watches Under $1000 because we don’t think you gentlemen deserve to be looking at the meaningless honk being featured elsewhere. Again as usual, this list doesn’t feature a single ‘fashion’ brand watch and nor should your collection, ever.
This list has a strong focus on everyday dress watches but that’s because I feel the majority of you gents are looking for a watch to wear to work with or without a suit. Something that is individual, something you can be proud of and perhaps something that will get noticed. I’ve also included a couple of interesting pieces that may appeal to people who are looking for watches outside the dress watch realm. Whilst some of the watches featured below only just scrap into the price bracket I would suggest that if you’re serious about one of these do your research, hit the forums and search high and low because there is a great deal out there waiting for you.
Hamilton Thin-O-Matic: $895 Hamilton has seen a solid revival in recent years with a number of strong offerings. This 42mm features an automatic Swiss ETA movement.
Autodromo Monoposto: $875 This limited edition watch by Autodromo emulates the ‘simpler’ era of Grand Prix and features an engaging ‘Red Line’ on the crystal, exhibition case back and a sound Japanese automatic movement.
Tissot Visodate: $650 Revisiting the brand’s 1950 classic the Visodate is a modern interpretation of Tissot’s first automatic watch to feature a date window. I love the new branding and the slim line crown.
Prometheus Signatura: $538 The Signatura is Prometheus’ standout model and for good reason, it looks a lot better than any of their other watches. This model features a steel bracelet and is quite unbeatable at this price, hence the reason it’s currently sold out.
Stowa Antea: $865 Stowa has one of the best heritage’s of any brand on this list, their Pilot and Dive watches are also lovely but I chose this one because the Nomos Orion was above the price range quoted. Simple gorgeous Bauhaus design in a practical everyday watch.
Frederique Constant Index Automatic: $799 This was a bit unexpected from Frederique Constant because I didn’t realise they made a watch that fell into this category before researching this article. This watch is a stunner and probably my pick of the list – it’s also the only watch on the list to feature an in-house calibre (or so FC say). This is a watch that will impress.
Sinn 556i: $999 Not the first time we’ve featured Sinn. Great german watches made with Tegiment technology to prevent case scratching. Superb readability and lovely on a steel bracelet. Definitely shop around, good deals to be had.
Helson Blackbeard: $749 I’ve actually got one at home we’re writing a review of, it’s simple but quite striking. Very sturdy on the wrist and the perfect companion for a surf. It features an automatic Japanese movement and a great skull and cross-bones logo on the crown and case back.
Seven Friday P1: $992 This watch is so unique. It’s not yet available through retailers in Australia (we’ll be reviewing it later in the year) but we can’t wait to see it in the flesh. I first saw it on the wrist of avid watch lover Tomas Berdych and hey if it’s good enough for the $14 million dollar man, it’s good enough for us.
Steinhart Nav B-Chrono II Black Special Edition: $998 Had to slide a Pilot Chronograph in. If you can’t justify getting the IWC then this is your best bet. Featuring the perfectly honed Valjoux 7750 this watch is a top performer and looks immense in black.
Hope you enjoyed the Best Men’s Watches Under $1000 list gents, feel free to drop us a line if you have any questions about any watch purchases, we’d be happy to assist!
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