While you won’t complain owning a Rolex or Audemars Piguet, there are plenty of watches out there that have great design and movement without having to spend your family fortune. Below we take you through the best men’s watches under $2,000 for sensible buys that won’t compromise on style.
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1. Junghans Max Bill Stainless Steel Watch
Minimalism is a beautiful thing, and the Junghans Max Bill stainless steel watch is simplicity defined. With a polished 38mm stainless steel case, Swiss-made automatic movement, silver dial and luminous markers, this German engineered watch is a true master class in modern design. It is also water resistant, has a leather strap for durability and flaunts a plexiglass composition with Sicralan coating. Perfect for gents who want a reliable and stylish watch that retains its value and isn’t a throwaway.
2. The Longines Master Collection 38mm Automatic
With its crocodile strap detailing and traditionalist elements, this timepiece from Longines looks like it has been plucked from a forties period drama. It has a water resistance of 30m, automatic Caliber L619.2 with 21 Jewels movement, date display at 6, 38mm sapphire glass case, stainless steel elements and a round face. The silver detailing is unexpected with the deep chocolate brown strap, making it a watch suitable for gents who prefer to mix up their sartorial tonal palettes.
3. Oris Big Crown Small Second Pointer Date Automatic Watch
The overall aesthetic of this wrist watch from Oris is a nostalgic nod to the nineties. Featuring a black dial with luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers, this is a playful and stark watch. Pair that with its deep brown leather bracelet with contrast stitching, 44mm scratch resistant sapphire crystal case, 100m water resistance, self-winding automatic movement and you have a timepiece for everyday wear.
4. Tag Heuer Formula 1
A clear frontrunner for the most versatile of our top watch choices, the Tag Heuer Formula 1 is a very visually appealing model. A black titanium carbide coated steel case and bezel and black perforated rubber strap work well together, making this a stark model that is great for all day use. This model also features polished hand-applied indexes and oversized “12” and “6” numerals, red tip second hand, monochrome “TAG Heuer” logo, 200m water resistance, and an angled date window at 3 o’clock.
5. Tissot T-Complication Chronometer
The Tissot brand describes their T-Complication Chronometer as a remarkable fusion of modernity and precision, with luxury finishes and details. The shape of this model is inspired by a wheel and a mechanical hand-wound movement visible through the transparent case back is a nice addition. A black leather strap with butterfly clasp with push-buttons are also functional touches that will help out with durability and everyday usage.
6. Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Chronograph
This watch is an homage to the Marine Chronometer that Hamilton produced for the US Navy in World War II. Inspired by marine influences and a forties aesthetic, the Hamilton brand has worked with symbolism to design this timepiece. Featuring white dial with blue hands, automatic movement, 100m water resistance, scratch resistant sapphire crystal case, this model will surely have you looking stylish in no time.
7. Citizen Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Satellite Wave Watch
You will love the sombre blue tone of this watch’s face, mixed with the steely kick of silver. Citizen describes this model as inspired by the creativity and imagination of dedicated craftsmen, bringing a classic look to a timepiece equipped with some nifty precision mechanics. This watch is also a great model for efficiency, drawing power from any light source even in complete darkness and maintains a seven-year power reserve. It also includes GPS timekeeping technology with adjustment available in 40 time zones, worldwide reception, perpetual calendar, D.S.T. indicator, universal coordinated time display, dual time, and 100m water resistance.
8. Alpina Chronograph Automatic Self Wind Watch
One of the most tonal choices we have seen in a timepiece, the aquatic, deep sea blue of the Alpina Chronograph is teamed with a latte inspired sand tone of its bracelet. It’s not just all about the looks, though; this model boasts a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal “glassbox”, applied indexes, a dome-shaped dial, telemeter function, 46hr power reserve, 50m water resistance, and an engraved case back. The brand recommends this watch for the gentleman “alpinist” who values understated elegance but does not want to compromise on intrinsic watchmaking content.
9. Mercier Classima
Featuring a date function, quartz movement and a durable black alligator leather strap, the Classima 8485 is an excellent choice for functionality. Slim, understated silver hands and Roman numerals at the 3, 6 and 9 o’clock blend in well with the chalk white face. Minimalism was essential for this design, which features a simplistic strap alongside a clean, round 42mm case. This timepiece is perfect for corporate attire and would work perfectly with a well-tailored suit and a precisely styled quiff.
10. Bell & Ross BR S Ceramic Matte
This matte model dubbed by Bell & Ross as the BR S Ceramic Matte is a great little touch to most casual outfits. Bell & Ross have kept this excellent model true to its aeronautical origins, reimagining its iconic model with a sleeker and thinner creation. The ceramic 39mm case is resistant to scratches, unalterable in colour, 100m water resistance and is exceptionally lightweight.
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