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Seiko Alpinist

Seiko is amongst the few watch manufacturers that will always exceed your expectations when it comes to churning out iconic timepieces. As befitting its name, the Alpinist collection from Seiko offers a plethora of robustly constructed sports watches that were originally crafted to serve as a reliable reference for Japanese mountain climbers and currently boast the same spirit as the people it was made for.

Kintaro Hattori, Seiko’s founder, had the vision to be one step ahead of the rest by creating accessible watches with great quality at prolific rates and launched the very first Alpinist in 1959, which turned out to be Seiko’s first real attempt at a sports watch. Little did he know that the robust timepiece would soon become one of the greatest legends among the Seika lovers’ community.

Since the Seiko Alpinist line was established with mountain climbing in mind, the construction is robust and bears a no-nonsense appeal of a tool watch. And if you’re thinking that since it was meant for mountain men in the 1960s it would look like a tank, you are absolutely wrong my friend, as Seiko has released a series of reinterpretations of the Alpinist with distinctive 21st century designs that add elegance and class, as well as historical appeal.

History & Origin Of The Seiko Alpinist: The First Alpinist

The story of the Seiko Alpinist starts way back in 1959 with the Laurel Alpinist; a watch that was built for Japanese mountaineers known as Yama-Otoko (which means mountain men). The Laurel Alpinist featured highly legible luminous hands, a waterproof screw-down case back with a display heavily protected by a domed acrylic glass that made it tough enough to withstand dust and specks of dirt.

Although it had a non-sporty look, it was powered by the robust Seikosha manual movement with Diashock shock protection and 17 jewels, that boasted great accuracy and shock resistance for its time. The launch of the Laurel Alpinist marked the entry of Seiko into the sports watch arena and blazed the trail for many iconic watches (including timing devices for sports, stopwatches, and diver’s watches) to follow.

Still desiring to meet the needs of the mountain climbers who traversed dangerous topographies for leisure and work, Seiko introduced a more rugged version of the Alpinist called the Alpinist Champion in 1963 which was a redesigned version of the Laurel Alpinist and sported a light-colored centered dial that had a darker surrounding in addition to square-shaped, applied hour markers.

The resurrection of the Seiko Alpinist in the 1990s

From 1963 to 1992 the Alpinist seemed to have been buried in the canals of time, but after 30 whole years, the Red Alpinist hit the Japanese market under the Prospex line and gained a lot of popularity thanks to its unique features. Unlike its predecessors, the watch had a new dial design with luminous cathedral hands in a display that was no longer covered with acrylic glass but with Sapphlex; which happens to be a mineral glass with a layer of sapphire.

It now featured a rotatable bezel with compass markings to help the mountain climbers with orientation in the open terrain (depending on your longitudinal hemisphere, you can easily determine the northern or southern part of the globe with any timepiece but Seiko goes further with the Alpinist and now enables wearers to read other approximate compass directions correctly on the dial), a date display neatly located under a magnifying lens at 3 o’clock and the highly regarded Seiko 4S15 Hi-Beat automatic movement which is hackable and also supports hand winding.

Nicknamed Red Alpinist by fans of Seiko because of the word “Alpinist” written in red just above 6 o’clock, the model was released with three dial color alternatives, namely black, cream, and emerald green. It remains well-loved to this day.

Seiko Alpinist SARB 2006 series

Again in 2003 the Alpinist 8F56 was introduced into the market and stands as one of the rarest models in the Alpinist collection that was fitted with the highly revered 8F56 super-accurate quartz movement. It was water resistant up to 100 meters, featuring a perpetual calendar and a 10-year lithium battery. After it, the SARB Alpinist came to the market in 2006.

It took its design cues from the Red Alpinist but was fitted with the caliber 6R15 Automatic Diashock 23 Jewel movement with a 50-hour power reserve and 200 meters of water resistance. The red “Alpinist” above 6 o’clock has now been replaced by the word “Automatic” written in white, the crystal is now Sapphire, and the date display is no longer magnified.

The SARB013 (cream dial), SARB015 (black dial), and SARB017 (green dial) became an instant success upon introduction and are the longest-running models. So while the core character of the Alpinist line has remained unchanged, the styles and designs have evolved over time, and it has continued to gain popularity to date because of its elegance and versatility.

Remakes and Reinterpretations

From the first generation of vintage Seiko Alpinist models that were released in 1959, all the way to the latest iteration of special editions from the iconic line in 2021, Seiko Alpinist keeps getting re-born in a re-creation that characterizes the spirit of the very first timepiece that has evolved over six decades, and now comes with a more current automatic movement as part of Seiko’s professional specifications “Prospex” line.

The Alpinist Re-Creation

On the occasion of the company’s 140th anniversary last year, the brand launched a modern recreation of the original ‘Alpinist’ with inspiration from the Seiko Laurel Alpinist. As with the 1959 original, the design is simple and practical though more recognizable, with Lumi Brite on the dial and hands and a full 100 meters of water resistance.

The Alpinist Re-Creation is now limited to only 1,959 pieces available globally and is now fitted with the ultramodern automatic Seiko slim cal. 6L35, a more accurate movement with 28,800 vph that offers 45 hours of power reserve. Since it was meant to be a reliable timepiece for Japanese ‘Yama-otoko’ mountain men, the Alpinist Re-Creation features a protective leather bracelet to protect the wearer from the effects of the cold case black metal on the skin when scaling high altitudes.

I’m no scaler of the Alps but I consider this very thoughtful. In addition to these added features, the case is slightly larger with a diameter measuring 36.6 mm (The Seiko Laurel Alpinist measured 35mm in diameter, 41mm Lug to Lug, 11mm Height, and 18mm Lug Width). The date display is now at the 4 o’clock position and the watch boasts a domed sapphire crystal.

The Re-Interpretation

The Re-Interpretation was simultaneously released with the Re-Creation by Seiko in 2021. Also marking a return to the simple 1959 Alpinist model, this model was introduced on the occasion of Seiko’s 140th anniversary under the name, ‘1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation’ and comes in three variants; the creme (SPB241J1), green (SPB245J1), and gray (SPB243J1) dial.

The Alpinist Re-Creation and Re-Interpretation may look the same, but on closer inspection, you would find that the latter features a minute ring with a subtle sunburst effect, while the date display can be seen at 3 o’clock and not the 4 o’clock position like the former.

The case differs in measurement at a diameter of 38 mm, while a flat sapphire crystal (not domed) protects the dial that features stylized triangles resembling mountain peaks at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock, with dauphine-style hands, the Seiko Prospex logo, and the Automatic wordmark neatly displayed in a retro script typeface.

The cathedral shaped hands remained in all variants in addition to the presence of the cyclops. Visible beneath the see-through case back of the 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-interpretation, is the automatic caliber 6R35 with an accuracy of -15/+25 seconds per day and a power reserve of 70 hours.

What Makes The Seiko Alpinist So Special?

The Seiko Alpinist brand possesses a history. Ask most Seiko collectors and they’ll tell you they own an Alpinist. One amazing thing about the Alpinist line is that Seiko ensures that there is something for every collector. The robust timepiece is one of the favorite collectibles among Seiko fans and is known for its distinctive and sturdy design for adventure seekers in the water, in the sky, on land, and for businessmen.

It is popular because it is versatile and can literally be worn in just about any situation whether professional or casual outings. From the start, the Seiko Alpinist was well received and, over the next six decades, its reputation extended beyond the Japanese and Asian markets for which the collection was first intended with an unexpected cult forming around the model.

Interestingly in 1959, the Alpinist was the first Seiko watch ever produced with ‘sports’ in mind and it blazed a trail that led to the production of various iconic timepieces for sports. The Seiko Alpinist is far from being the perfect tool or sports watch but it is special and over the years it has retained its no-nonsense appeal and originality that exceeds the price tag the price it comes with.

Without swaying you further, here are some specs of the Seiko Alpinist brand that makes it spectacular.

  • Unquestionable quality and sturdiness.
  • Numerous rare collector’s pieces that come at a very affordable rate.
  • Great overall finishing.
  • Versatility tool watch that can be worn anywhere.
  • Compact with a wearable proportion that conforms to various wrist sizes.
  • Robust shock-protected in-house movement with updated automatic movements in the re-released editions.
  • Large selection of model variations
  • Crown guard & screw down movement crown with nice design
  • Date display.
  • Affordable watch for connoisseurs.

Is the Seiko Alpinist the right watch for you?

The best reason to buy a Seiko Alpinist is that you want to use the function it comes with. One good thing about the Seiko Alpinist is that it has a personality and a story that dates back to the 1950s and there is one for everybody. Since it was originally designed with durability and strength in mind, it has remained very robust and versatile.

Apart from the Alpinist taking up an unusual spot in Seiko’s wide range of models, it comes with unique designs that are subtle and quirky so much that it is really difficult to find an alternative that can perfectly displace it.

The Alpinist is a timepiece with personality and a story, making it perfect for collectors and enthusiasts. It’s got an unusual place in Seiko’s wider range, with design elements not found in other models as well as historical appeal as the brand’s first sports watch line.

When it comes to functionality, the watch is waterproof and sturdy, the dial is legible and clear with bright indices and liberally applied luminous material, and features a rotating bezel which makes it useful underwater, on land, and in the skies.

Though it has been recreated into a more elegant and modern piece with borrowed features from contemporary dress and pilot watches that offers it modern vibes than that of a lackluster tool meant for scalers of the Alps, I’m not sure the Alpinist could ever quite be a formal dress watch, but apart from collectors and enthusiasts, the Alpinist would serve excellently as a day-in and day-out watch for casual or business outings.

At the core, it has remained an outdoor beater watch fitting for swimming/ diving (thanks to its water resistance rating of 200m), everyday activities (due to its small size and restrained design), and hiking, camping, or mountain climbing because of its compass bezel. Plus the new models feature an upgraded in-house movement that offers an impressive 70-hour power reserve with premium features like sapphire crystal.

Seiko Alpinist Models:

Seiko Laurel Alpinist

Seiko Laurel Alpinist

The Laurel Alpinist marked Seiko’s entry into the sports watch arena and dates back to 1959 (many sources conflict on the production date but according to Seiko, 1959 was the year). Since it was the first watch made for Japanese mountaineers, it was elegant, yet rugged and superbly functional. Offered with either a black or cream dial and a sturdy leather Bund strap, the Laurel Alpinist is now amongst the rarest and most sought after of the Alpinist watches among Japanese collectors.

The case measures 35mm (this might seem small by today’s standards but it was a decent size at that time), with a domed acrylic glass protecting the display. The dial features luminous dauphine-shaped hands and triangular index markers at 3,6,9 and 12 o’clock. It was powered by a manual movement, marked Seikosha that beats at a relaxed 18,000 BPH with Diashock shock protection and 17 jewels.

Seiko Champion Alpinist 850

The second generation Alpinists after the Laurel Alpinist, referred to as the Champion Alpinist 850, were launched in 1963. The core design remained the same but got a subtle makeover. The case still measures 35mm and comes in a chrome-plated or gold-plated stainless steel case, but the dial has the word “waterproof” in addition to Alpinist written on it with trapezoidal lumed indexes, narrow lines separate the face into five-minute segments, while the minute markers are moved to the outer periphery of the dial.

Under the Champion series the J13043, the J13049, and the J13079 were also released and though many models were created, some were immediately recognizable because of their sporty understated dial design with applied bar indices (such as the 85899 model that was released in 1964 which was just a gold version of the Champion series), and all 3 models were called Champion 850 Alpinists since they were powered by the caliber 850, rated at 18,000bph with Diashock protection. Later versions used the 851 movement.

Red Alpinist

After thirty years, the Red Alpinist was released under the Prospex line. It was originally designed for the Japanese and Southeast Asian markets and was nicknamed Red Alpinist by Seiko fans because of the word “Alpinist” written in red above 6 o’clock next to a mountain picture. Seiko’s long-time in-house designer Shigeo Sakai, Seiko’s famous in-house designer, fitted the Red Alpinist with a new dial design that changed the appearance of the timepiece fundamentally from the previous ones.

The display is now protected with Sapphlex crystal, a crown at 3 which is for setting the time and date, and a crown at 4 for rotating the compass ring, and the date display, located under a cyclops date window magnification lens at 3 o’clock, is new. Additionally, a unique inner bezel compass has markings meant to help the “men of the mountains” or “Yama-Otoko” with orientation in the open terrain.

The Red Alpinist uses the 4S15 caliber, which is hackable and also supports hand winding. Model numbers are SCVF005 (black variant with small triangles serving as indices), SCVF007 (cream dial with the hour markers alternating between Arabic numerals and pointed indices), and SCVF009 (a popular green variant that is highly sought after by collectors). It was discontinued after two years despite being a sought-after watch.

SSASS LIMITED EDITION ALPINIST

The SSASS or Seven Summits Actions for Sustainable Society Alpinist edition was released in 2003 and is a very very rare Seiko Alpinist model. Paying tribute to Japanese-American mountaineer, Ken Noguchi and his foundation (SSASS) that single-handedly collected tonnes (seven to eight tonnes precisely) of garbage from Everest left behind by other mountain climbers and their teams and disposed of them properly, the limited 2003 SSASS Alpinist is beautifully crafted with comes with a teal dial depicting the skies that remind collectors of respect, admiration and service to humanity. It is limited to just 500 pieces and is powered by an 8F56 high-accuracy quartz. It remains revered among collectors today.

SARB SERIES

SARB SERIES

In 2006, the SARB series was launched with three watches under it; the SARB013, SARB015, and SARB017. All three were an immediate success, especially the SARB017 (more on this later) which soon gained a cult following thanks to its luxurious design and impeccable elegance that continues to leave its wearers and on-lookers constantly mesmerized with its green dial.

All the watches in the SARB series are based on the in-house 6R15 caliber; a robust and reliable automatic movement equipped with a hacking function and manual winding with 23 Jewels, that runs at 21,600 beats per hour, and offers 50 hours of power reserve.

The first SARB watches appeared in Seiko’s 2006 catalog (second volume), and although it was predominantly aimed at the Japanese market, it became popular across numerous markets across the globe and even though the line was discontinued a few years ago, the SARB033, SARB035, the Alpinist SARB017, and the Cocktail Time SARB065, continues to be highly sought after by enthusiasts and collectors from the watch community.

SEIKO SPB089 6R15-04K0

SEIKO SPB089 6R15-04K0

In late February 2019, Seiko released the SPB089 to commemorate 60 years of the Brand’s sports watch production. Limited to just 1959 pieces, the SPB089 also known as Blue Alpinist heavily resembles the popular green SARB017, and would be perfect for people who loved the SARB017’s overall design but didn’t find the green attractive. The dial is sunburst blue, the stainless steel case measures 38mm with a sapphire crystal.

The watch size is a perfect measurement for small and medium-sized wrists, and the timepiece features a vintage-style leather strap. The cardinal directions are easily noticeable with the north being highlighted in red. The case back features the standard Seiko markings, in addition to the Alpinist logo, “Limited Edition,” and the individual piece number out of 1959 written in large print. Apart from the dial change and movement (which is the 6R15 automatic movement), it is a true reproduction of the SARB series.

Current Prospex Alpinist

Current Prospex Alpinist

The Prospex Alpinist is one of the most desirable Alpinist watches that have a flair of sophistication and elegance making it versatile and wearable for any situation at all. After the Red Alpinist model, all the Alpinist watches that followed have been sold as part of the Prospex collection and from 2020 the SPB series come with the Prospex logo on their dials. The designs are largely the same and date back to the 1959 model but the caliber 6R35 now offers a power reserve of 70 hours.

The cyclops lens that had disappeared for a while also makes a comeback. The case measures 39.5 mm in diameter and in addition to the dial colors from the previous generations, the 2020 SPB Alpinist comes in a variant that features a brown sunburst dial (SPB209J1), and one that features a glacier-blue dial (SPB199J1). Prices for standard models like the SPB209J1 with a brown sunburst dial fall around 850 USD. For limited models, however, the prices go up to a little over 1,000 USD.

Baby Alpinist

Baby Alpinist

The Baby Alpinist just happens to be another SPB model launched in the year 2020, but updated in 2021. In contrast to its other Seiko Alpinist models, it has a smaller case profile at 38mm and lacks an internal bezel which means it lacks the additional crown at 4 o’clock.

The dial design remains the same as the larger models but has a more delicate texture and an elegant gradient as can be seen in its four variants; SPB155/SBDC115 (green dial), SPB159/SBDC119 (black dial), SPB157/SBDC117 (blue dial), and SPB21 (two-toned dial), offering excellent versatility and value propositions for those seeking a sleek everyday watch from the Alpinist line.

The water resistance rating is 200 meters and the Baby Alpinist is fitted with the robust 6R35 movement which is reliable and easy to service. The movement that beats at 21,600 BPH (3Hz), has 24 jewels, and a generous power reserve of 70 hours (an upgrade from the 6R15 movement which had a 50-hour power reserve).

Alpinist in SKX Style

The Alpinist line has gone through various revisions over the years but has always stayed true to the original model from the 1960s. However, in 2009, Seiko released an Alpinist variation that differed significantly from the traditional Alpinist model. Available under the reference SARB059 that features a green dial and reference SARB061 with a black dial, the SKX-styled Alpinist model was introduced for the Japanese market.

Rated at 200m water resistance the case is the 42-mm case from the SKX diving watches and is finely polished with a crown at 4 o’clock as well as a rotating bezel that now has beveled edges, a 60-minute scale, and compass markings. The hands are not the cathedral-styled hands in the traditional Alpinist watches but sword hands, and all the variants have luminous silver-outlined hands, minute bars, and black-framed hands. The watch is powered by the 6R15; a 23 Jewel automatic movement that Seiko claims has an accuracy rating of -15/+25 seconds per day under normal temperature conditions ( 5 to 35 degrees C).

Seiko SARB017: The Iconic Alpinist Watch

To not write about an iconic timepiece that amassed a huge cult-like fan following despite being released alongside other timepieces, would be sacrilegious. The Seiko SARB017 is part of the Seiko SARB collection. Let’s take a quick look at some of its features.

The Case

The Seiko Alpinist features a strong case made of stainless steel that measures a wearable 38mm in diameter with two screw-down crowns. With a thickness of 12mm, lug-to-lug width of 46mm, and a perfect lug width of 20mm, the case is between graceful ( add to that an elegant combination of polished and brushed elements) and hefty, and though crafted as a field watch, it has turned out to be versatile enough for any situation at all, with a plethora of bracelets and leather straps dedicated to it by other brands.

The back of the timepiece features a solid stainless steel case back, screwed down to safeguard the movement inside. Protecting the display is a high-quality sapphire crystal glass; one of the hardest substances with a hardness of 9 on the Mohs scale, only second to diamond which rates the highest at 10, making the timepiece greatly optimized outdoor adventures from the peak of the mountains to the depths of the sea.

The Dial

The Seiko SARB017 owes a lot to its mesmerizing emerald green dial for its popularity. The first thing anyone notices when they look at a watch is its dial and this one is an object of fascination that reveals the story of the Alpinist line each time the classy lumed cathedral type hands sweep across the green background. The dial is clean and doesn’t have a lot of inscriptions on it; only a gold Seiko logo at 12 o’clock, and ‘Automatic’, ‘DIASHOCK 23 JEWELS’, and ’20BAR’ at 6 o’clock, giving the wearer all the information needed about the timepiece.

The gold hands have a generous amount of luminous material, making them legible in the light as it is in the dark. There is a discreet date display at the 3 o’clock position, a useful detail – balanced by the gold-toned applied even hour Arabic numerals that alternate with odd hour triangle markers, giving the watch a peculiar look among many Seiko timepieces.

The Movement

The Seiko SARB017 is fitted with the in-house Calibre 6R15, and this movement which was introduced by Seiko for the first time in 2006 is one of the points in favor of the Seiko Alpinist. Paired with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours, the self-winding movement with 23 jewels, an integrated Diashock system, and a Diaflex mainspring has an accuracy of +25/-15 seconds per day. The movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 BPH and is designed to be less susceptible to damage from shock or impact. Its manual winding and hacking capabilities allow the wearer to set the time more accurately.

The Strap

The strap of the Seiko SARB017 seems to be the only issue among enthusiasts. It seems that the classic brown leather is stiffer than it ought to be and comes with a bit of a pseudo crocodile pattern that doesn’t sit well with a lot of people, but there are currently a bunch of elegant options out there that can perfectly compliment the wristwatch’s head and it’s universal 20mm lug width makes replacement easy so this isn’t much of a problem. That aside, the wide bracelet with a thickness of about 13mm is a major reason why the 38mm stainless steel case wears more prominently than it should, and it is bold, masculine, and instantly recognizable.

Seiko SARB017 Pros;

  • An extremely versatile timepiece with attributes of field and dress watch that can be used for any occasion.
  • Great value for money with impressive quality and build.
  • The Alpinist line is steeped in history which makes it very desirable and interesting.
  • 200 meters of water resistance.
  • Beautiful timeless design from every angle with great overall finishing.
  • Mesmerizing green dial.
  • Luminous hands.
  • Date display.

Seiko SARB017 Cons;

  • The leather strap is uncomfortable and stiff and has a plastic feel
  • Sapphire Crystal lacks an anti-reflective coating.
  • A case size of 38mm may not be suitable for people with large wrists.
  • Discontinued.

Alternatives to the Seiko Alpinist

It is hard to find a good alternative to the Seiko Alpinist (though not impossible) since the Alpinist has its unique design language, and sings a song to the heart of collectors that no other watch can, but take a look at some watches that come close.

1. Seiko Prospex SRPA77J1

Seiko Prospex SRPA77J1

The Seiko Prospex SRPA77J1 is intentionally straightforward, simple, and no-nonsense, making it a tool watch in every sense. From the dial to the strap and buckle, it is honestly a durable timepiece coupled with practicality and an unmatched history written by Seiko over the years on the grounds of affordability.

With a case diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 13mm, the SRPA77J1 is a classic made especially for any person challenging the vast earth and is within reach of people with an interest in mechanical watches with a price tag of less than 500 USD.

It is handsome, straightforward, and legible with a green dial, luminous hands and markers, a date display, a see-through case back, and 100 meters of water resistance. Made to offer tremendous performance, the Caliber 4R35, a 23 Jewel movement beating at 21,600 BPH provides approximately 40 hours of power reserve.

2. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

This quintessential field watch is rugged yet refined, and like the Seiko Alpinist was made to support the adventurer every step of the way. The case is 38mm wide in steel with a black dial, and the dial design is free from obscurity, giving it an appeal to adventurists who want a solid, traditional, and sturdy timepiece without any unnecessary decorative frills.

The highly legible matte black dial features silver-tone luminescent hands and crisply printed white Arabic hour markers and a 60-minute track around the periphery. The display is protected with the desired scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch comes with a standard olive green NATO strap and stainless steel buckle that secures it comfortably to the wrist. The H-50 in-house mechanical hand-winding movement provides an impressive 80 hours of power reserve.

3. BOLDR Venture Field

 BOLDR Venture Field

The Boldr venture field watches put Boldr in the spotlight and have become a desired timepiece for many collectors. Coming in a 38mm angular titanium case, the classic field watch is sleek and bridges the gap between vintage watches and 21st century timepieces excellently well. The watch wears well on the wrist at 12mm thick and is incredibly light thanks to its titanium case.

Made for every adventurer, the venture field watch comes with a solid water resistance of 200 meters so you can swim and dive with it. It also features a flat sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, and is powered by Seiko’s NH35 automatic movement that has 24 jewels, beats at 21,600 BPH, and offers a 41-hour power reserve.

Conclusion

Seiko has been in business since 1881 and has been recognized for making great affordable timepieces loved by millions across the globe. The Alpinist is no exception with features that can seldom be found in other watches for the price it comes with. There’s great value in the Seiko Alpinist timepieces, and prices for a new Seiko Alpinist range from around 450 USD to 2,700 USD.

On the lower end of this price range, you’ll find the SPB models, while the current Prospex models (the reinterpretations and recreations) have prices that start from around 700 USD. With a bit of luck, you might find a “Red Alpinist” from the 1990s, or other vintage references like the Alpinist Champion but be prepared to spend from 1,000 USD up.

The most expensive Alpinist however is the Alpinist Re-Creation SJE085J1 that dates back to 1959 and was introduced in 2021. The watch is limited to just 1,959 pieces and sells for approximately 2,700 USD, and if you’re a thrifty shopper, you may find it at a significant discount. Overall I think the Alpinist is definitely a watch worth adding to your collection!

25 best day-date luxury watches for men

Wristwatches may look the same, but there are a few that dare to transcend the ordinary by fusing functionality with timelessness. I’m talking about the day-date timepiece! An incredibly handy tool that offers a practical function for everyday life. In addition to the time, day-date watches display the date, and the day in full, clearly at the top of the dial in a segment-circular window.

The implementation of the day of the week and the date display originated from Rolex when the luxury brand launched its first Day-Date watch in 1956. From Rolex’s catalog that dates far back to 1963, we can see that the day-date watch even existed in eleven languages! Even though Rolex was the first, they aren’t the only one right now ( especially since Rolex’s steep prices are sometimes out of reach for most).

So if you like luxury watch brands such as Omega, Grand Seiko, Glashutte Original, Hublot, Breguet, Blancpain, Oris, Longines, and Seiko, then you’re sure to like some of these stunning day-date watches. And don’t worry, you don’t have to break the bank for an elegant day-date watch, nor do you have to be a “watch connoisseur” to make your pick, as this list offers watches that appeal to the modern gentleman from entry-level to high-end price range with simple descriptions for newbies just getting into the hobby as well as long-time collectors.

What exactly is a day-date complication and just how does it work?

The day-date complication is quite possibly the simplest watch complication in existence. For newbies (I still got you), a complication is simply any feature on a watch that does something more than tell time. So the day-date complication displays the day of the week in addition to the numeric day of the month.

Normally this feature is observed through small apertures on the face of the timepiece, with the day display traditionally being positioned below the 12 o’clock marker while the numeric day of the month stays beside three o’clock. However, this positioning varies depending on the brand’s design. It works by rotating two small discs that are positioned beneath the dial and automatically change at midnight.

Who invented it?

Rolex. In 1956, Rolex officially became the first watchmaker to launch a waterproof and self-winding chronometer wristwatch that came with a modern calendar and instantaneous day-date display spelled in full. The watch was a huge success and soon gained popularity when President Dwight Eisenhower was given one to celebrate his re-election.

After that time, the Rolex Day Date was known as the President’s Watch and has been a favorite timepiece of great presidents of the United States, including Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and President Donald Trump. Rolex remains the leading brand in day-date watches today.

Why You Should Consider Buying a Day-Date Watch

Pet peeve aside, watches resonate with memories and moments and many times even recreate a bond to past times, events and seasons. And what better watch to take you for a trip down memory lane other than a day-date watch huh? Apart from day-date watches offering you quality timekeeping, they are convenient. Extremely convenient.

Good luck having to rustle around in your pocket every single time you need to check on the date when with one glance at the wrist, you can get the accurate time as well as the day of the week. Lastly, if you pick the right day-date complication timepiece, it could be a stellar investment because these watches are assembled with scrupulous attention to detail and are often crafted from the finest raw materials.

Best Entry-level Day-Date Watches For Men Below $2000

1. Seiko 5 Sport Evisen Skateboard Limited Edition SRPF93

Seiko 5 Sport Evisen Skateboard Limited Edition SRPF93

Undoubtedly one of the most respected manufacturers of iconic watches in the world, Seiko holds a special place in the vast world of watchmaking, especially for constantly offering tremendous value for money. A partnership with the popular Japanese skate brand, ‘Evisen’ has led to the Seiko 5 Sport Evisen Skateboard, a timepiece that incorporates ancient Japanese traditions and culture with Seiko’s technological innovation.

Damn near the best day-date watch anyone can find under $500, the Seiko 5 Sport Evisen Skateboard comes in a 46mm stainless steel satin-brushed case with a tapered polished bevel, and a thickness of 13.4mm. The off-white dial is all about legibility with Seiko flaunting Evisen’s skateboard at the center of the dial to drive home the skater aesthetic.

The large hour and minute hands are made of stainless steel with off-white LumiBrite coating (which will glow in the dark), matching the tone of the dial. Underneath the hardlex crystal case back lies the powerful Seiko in-house caliber 4R36. A robust and reliable movement that can provide up to 41 hours of power reserve, with a classic beat rate of 21,600 vph. It is water resistant up to 100 meters which means it can withstand light splashes and all.

2. Seiko Presage SPB219

Seiko Presage SPB219

Another rendition of affordable sports watches from Seiko’s collection of sports watches that combines the very best of Japanese craftsmanship with the brand’s technical expertise and innovation. Coming in a 42.2mm sapphire crystal stainless steel case, and a thickness of 13.7mm, the Seiko Presage SPB219 is undoubtedly a large watch that will sit perfectly and fabulously on large wrists.

The dial shows impressive attention to detail and features a Japanese Asanoha hemp-leaf pattern in a rich Tokiwa, an evergreen tree texture of nature that symbolizes strong growth. Like the Sport Evisen Skateboard, the hour and minute hands have a sharp tip and feature strips of LumiBrite down their spine, while the steel bezel is coated with Seiko’s DiaShield protective coating which will further protect the bezel from fading.

Overall, the watch is well built with sharp facets, strong lines, polished surfaces, and a useful GMT function, appearing as a second-hour hand on the dial that is geared to rotate once every 24 hours – a useful complication for travelers because it allows you to know the time anywhere in the world.

The three-fold clasp with push button release means it will be quick to throw on in the morning. The water resistance is comfortable 100 meters and underneath, the Seiko’s automatic 6R64 with 28,800vph provides a power reserve of approximately 45 hours.

3. Marathon Jumbo Day Date WW194021SS-0130

Marathon Jumbo Day Date WW194021SS-0130

With roots that date back to the 1900s, Marathon watch company has remained a respected Canadian watch manufacturer with a reputation for producing some of the best military watches with unmatched quality. Marathon’s meticulous attention to detail and precision is easily seen in this big, beautiful, high, and heavy Jumbo Day Date men’s watch that was built to withstand extreme circumstances.

The watch is sized at 46mm and is Marathon’s largest watch with a case thickness of 18mm that offers a wonderful wrist presence making the overall feel comfortable despite the size. The dial stands out with military markings with a time scale on a flange ring around it, offering beautiful readability during the day and night. Also called a search and rescue watch, the Jumbo Day Date has luminous features as tritium gas tubes were used for the hands and hour makers for flawless legibility at night.

With a bidirectional rotating bezel, comfortable 22 mm wide black rubber strap, easy-to-use screw crown, and the fact that it offers an incredible 300 meters of water resistance with a thick elegant sapphire crystal dome, this watch is a tank, not just any tank, a tank built to withstand an apocalypse. Inside the case is Swiss-made ETA 2836-2 automatic day/date movement which operates at 4Hz with approximately 48 hours of power reserve.

4. Ball Roadmaster Skipper Day Date Grey 40mm

Ball Roadmaster Skipper Day Date Grey 40mm

Produced to mark the launch of Ball’s partnership with Maewan; a worldwide adventure-based nonprofit organization, the Ball roadmaster skipper watch also comes in under the magical $2,000 price threshold while featuring a mechanical movement built with robust materials and expert craftsmanship that is also able to deliver COSC Certified precision to your wrist.

The bezel plate features sixteen multi-colored and micro-gas tubes on it. The hands and dial also have micro-gas tubes that glow throughout the night, which can be quite mesmerizing while offering excellent readability at the same time. Both the bezel and the stainless steel bracelet are fortified with high corrosion-resistant aluminum bronze, and the watch comes in a 40mm stainless steel case with a grey dial that offers it a streamlined look.

It is water resistant to 200 meters, making it the perfect dive watch for you. Underneath the see-through case back, you can catch a glimpse of the Caliber BALL RR1102-C mechanical movement which is protected by Ball’s patented Amortiser anti-shock system and powers the timepiece.

5. Oris TT1 Day Date Black Dial

Oris TT1 Day Date Black Dial

Stemming from a partnership between legendary British motorsport team Williams Formula 1 and Swiss watch brand Oris, the TT1 collection is made of a series of bold and elegant timepieces inspired by motor racing, and made for contemporary motorsports enthusiasts. The TT1 day date collection has made a name for itself in the world of diving watches and was what inspired the widely recognized Williams and Aquis models.

Coming in a 42 mm stainless steel case, the Oris TT1 day-date black dial watch is perfectly on trend, and takes legibility to another level by incorporating well-developed luminous hands and index hour markers, with the second hand finished in Williams blue.

The timepiece is very easy to read thanks to its superimposed Arabic numerals, which mark the six, nine, and 12 o’clock positions, indices that stand out against the black background, and minute markers that can be seen around the outer rim.

It also features a domed and anti-reflective sapphire crystal and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. Ticking inside the heart of the watch is Oris’s automatic Calibre 735, a Sellita SW-200 base movement with 26 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency, and approximately 38 hours of power reserve.

6. Seiko Astron SSH049

Seiko Astron SSH049

The Astron wristwatch by Seiko was the world’s first “quartz clock” timepiece. It changed the world when it was launched in 1969, by achieving an amazing accuracy of +/- 5 seconds per month, and since that time Seiko Astron secured its place in the history books of timekeeping. All the watches in the Astron collection are solar-powered and receive GPS satellite signals which allows them to adjust to the precise local time anywhere on Earth.

Coming in a 42.7 mm stainless steel case, the Seiko Astron SSH049 is the ideal choice for this list as it combines amazing mechanics with a subtle charm and pocket-friendly price tag. Its functions include; overcharge prevention, power saving ability, perpetual calendar to February 28, 2100, World time function (39 time zones), day display, power reserve indicator, time transfer function (switching between the main dial and sub-dial), GPS signal reception function, and automatic hand position alignment function amongst others. It is water resistant to 100 meters and when fully charged, can operate for as long as six months.

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7. Junghans Meister Chronoscope Black Dial Day Date 027/4324.47.

Junghans Meister Chronoscope Black Dial Day Date 027/4324.47.

Junghans is undoubtedly the number one German brand anyone can rely on for the best accessible luxury watches in the world. The Meister collection exhibits the understated German aesthetic by combining minimal Bauhaus-inspired designs with profound technicalities engineered to perfection. The Junghans Meister Chronoscope is particularly intriguing because of its domed dial with bowl-like sub-counters and sunray brushed finish that offers it an overall cool effect.

The hands and markers are all polished and plated with rhodium, while the hour and minute hands feature thin luminous inserts, offering legibility on the dial even in the dark. A day-date window lies classically at the 3 o’clock mark and the Junghans Meister Chronoscope’s water resistance is rated at 50 meters. With a maximum accuracy deviation of up to 16 seconds a month, the watch is far from minimal in its functionality.

Under the hood is a respectable movement known for its robustness, the caliber J880.1; an automatic chronograph that beats at 28,800 vph and stores up to 48 hours of energy. The strap is in beige ostrich leather and comes with stainless steel pin buckle. Alternatively, there is another Junghans Meister Chronoscope that comes with a fir green sunray brushed dial.

8. MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date PDD901

MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date PDD901

Renowned for churning out the best single-hand watches, MeisterSinger is a German watch brand that was founded by Manfred Bressler 21 years ago. The MeisterSinger Pangaea Day Date watch comes from the Pangaea Collection and is the only watch from the MeisterSinger family to receive the Red Dot Design Award, the GOOD Design Award, and most importantly, the German Design Award.

MeisterSinger’s goal when designing the PDD901 was time accuracy, which is why the PDD901 features a pure white dial with a blue hour hand that assumes responsibility for indicating both the hours and minutes indexes.

The combination of white and blue offers a pleasant and nice contrast for the dial, while the circular bands of white exhibit a notable boldness even though a lot of information such as the day and date disc is presented on the dial, the face of the watch remains uncrowded and appears balanced and pleasant.

The case of the Pangaea Day Date measures 40mm in diameter, with a width of 10.4mm meaning it will sit snugly on any wrist while a domed sapphire glass stays on top. The water resistance is about 50 meters and on the rear, a stainless steel with 6 screwed fixed back case offers a view of the movement. In the heart of the Pangaea Day Date PDD901, is the modified ETA 2836. An automatic movement with 26 jewels, an antishock system, and a power reserve of 38 hours.

9. Omega Day Date Chronograph 3210.50.00

Omega Day Date Chronograph 3210.50.00

First off keep aside the mentality of what you expect every Speedmaster to look like because this one deviates a little with a whole lot of quirky functions and a very busy dial that features a little more of just about everything. Omega effortlessly crammed in three sub-registers into the dial (technically speaking, it could be four if you consider the stacked sub-dial as two), and this timepiece easily stands out from other Speedmasters for having a six, nine and twelve sub-dial arrangement.

The hands together amount to eight, there are two windows, hour, minute, and second marks, and of course a full date index. Together, the end result in borders on chaotic but a kind that gives it a charm –an appealing instrument-like charm– and though it might not be for everyone, it is an extremely versatile piece because you are bound to get everything you need.

Accurate time? Check. Date? Check. Day? Check. Month? Check. Stopwatch? Also check! And you get this in a sharp, bold, comfortable and fantastic 40mm stainless steel case with a sapphire crystal and solid back, in addition to pushers for the chronometer and the Speedmaster bracelet that features a hidden clasp with a single button release for easy use.

It is water resistant for up to 100 meters and ticking inside is the Omega 1151 / Valjoux 7751, a 25-jewel automatic movement with approximately 54 hours of power reserve and a frequency of 28,800 bph.

10. Junghans Meister Kalender 027/4906.01

Junghans Meister Kalender 027/4906.01

Junghans is another quintessential German watch brand founded in 1861 with a long tradition of combining classic watchmaking with modern technology while maintaining sensible prices. The brand’s focus on quality and innovation can easily be seen in the Junghans Meister Kalender; an intriguing timepiece with a day, date, month, and moon phase complication.

If you have a soft spot for vintage timepieces, but also desire a watch that looks and feels like a modern sculpture on your wrist, the Junghans Meister Kalender 027/4906.01 will make your heart skip a beat. With a case diameter of 40.4mm, it will wear quite comfortably on the wrist. A massive domed acrylic crystal with Sicralan coating makes it scratch resistant and adds unique aesthetic qualities to its overall look and feel.

The blue dial, which is just beautiful by the way, features applied markers of polished steel at twelve, three, six, and nine, and printed markers for the hours and minutes in between. A window shows the day at the 10 o’clock mark, the month at 2 o’clock, and the date appears inside the moon phase (this is a proper moon phase and is not just a day/night indicator).

The watch is automatic but can be hand-wound with the 5 x 2.2mm push-pull crown on the right side which is very easy to use despite its small size. At the center of the case back, a display window shows the finely decorated Junghans Calibre J800.3, which is based on an ETA 2824 and offers a 38-hour power reserve.

11. Longines Master Black L2.910.4.51.6

Longines Master Black L2.910.4.51.6

Longines has been in the business of producing watches with timeless designs for almost two centuries, and have a longstanding reputation for producing watches with aesthetics tied to horse racing and other equestrian sports so it’s no surprise that the Longines Master collection features a compelling sporty combination of technical proficiency, heritage, and affordability.

Coming in a 40mm round stainless steel case, the Longines Master Black timepiece has a particularly striking black barleycorn guilloché patterned dial with contrasting silver-toned Roman numerals that offers it a notable look and feel. At the right hand corner of the dial, 3 o’clock in particular is the complication that tells the date and month.

A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal boosts the overall legibility of the dial. Underneath the transparent case back, the Caliber L897 automatic movement beats at an unconventional rate of 25,200 vph (as against the usual 21,600 or 28,800 vph) and offers 64 hours of power reserve. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and features a stainless steel bracelet.

12. MeisterSinger Astroscope Black Blue

MeisterSinger Astroscope Black Blue

German brand, Meistersinger might be a new kid to the vast world of watchmaking, but thanks to its unique design of one-handed watches, the brand has become one of the fastest-growing independent brands with continued inspiration from Middle Age clocks. A descendant of their distinctiveness is this high-functioning Astroscope, a watch that would be a valuable asset to any collection.

The blue-old radium dial features sizeable bright blue roman numerals, a central hour/minute hand display, a date indication at 6 o’clock, and a domed sapphire crystal that offers a pure view and makes the dial stand out beautifully. The 26-jewel Swiss-made Sellita SW 220 self-winding movement, which oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, powers the watch for 38 hours, and can be counted on for accuracy and reliability.

This exquisite movement is also water-resistant (pressure tested) to a depth of approximately 50 meters, and has a decent finish that is showcased via a sixfold screwed glass exhibition back. Overall the watch exudes classical proportions and has a diameter measuring 40mm (excluding the crown which is slightly oversized). A wide variety of straps are available to offer you versatility like no other. However, a dark brown or cognac leather strap with faux crocodile grain is the most popular.

13. Mühle Glashütte Terranaut Chronograph I M1-37-03-LB

Mühle Glashütte Terranaut Chronograph I M1-37-03-LB

Mühle Glashütte produces timeless watches superbly equipped with a variety of sporty functions that are fit for hiking and deep sea diving. The Terranaut collection is uniquely geared towards mountain biking or other mountain sports and the Terranaut Chronograph I in particular comes with a design made particularly for an active environment. Measuring 44 x 53 x 14mm, the Terranaut features a large case with a cylindrical center and a tall bezel that grooves toward the domed sapphire crystal.

Different proportions of the bezel, central body, and case back give the watch an overall distinct look and the dial further heightens this look with its matte black face, non-numerical indexes, and sub-dials. SuperLumiNova on the minute hands, and hour hands, as well as the primary index. The day/date indication is presented in white on black, and when combined with the large digits, night readability and legibility are certain.

Ticking inside at 28,800 beats per hour is the MU 9408, Mühle Glashütte’s iin-housemovement, launched in 2008 with 25 jewels, day/date, chronograph function, hacking seconds, and a 48hr power reserve. The Terranaut Chronograph I comes with a comfortable black Russian leather strap with white stitching and buckle.

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14. Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar 03.2070.4054/02.C711

Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar 03.2070.4054/02.C711

When Zenith collaborates with watch enthusiast and curator of the Musée International d’Horlogerie, Ludwig Oeschlin, to design an annual calendar timepiece, you can be sure that the result would be impressive.

Featuring a simplified silver-toned guilloché treatment that appears at the center of a large silver dial, the Zenith El Primero Winsor Annual Calendar watch comes with a day-date complication with only nine mobile parts, as against the usual thirty to forty mobile elements used in other calendar watches.

The faceted gold plated indices offset the monochromatic dial and blend excellently well with the 42mm stainless steel case and brown alligator leather strap. Launched years ago, but a novelty in Western markets, Zenith Calibre El Primero 4054 automatic movement beats at 36,000 vibrations per hour (the only series-produced movement to beat at this rate) and has a 50-hour power reserve for hours, minutes, small-seconds, and day, date, month, annual calendar and chronograph.

A sapphire crystal (which is the most durable and hard crystal material) with anti-reflection treatment on both sides gives the entire watch a dome shape. It is water resistant to about 50 meters / 165 feet, and the date display can be seen at the 6 o’clock position, while the day of the week and month display can be seen at the 3 o’clock position.

15. Oris Artelier Calibre 112 01-112-7726-6351-Set-1-23-72FC

Oris Artelier Calibre 112 01-112-7726-6351-Set-1-23-72FC

Launched at Baselworld in 2016, the Oris Artelier Calibre 112 is in the simplest terms, a powerful watch with 10 days of wound power within its sole spring barrel. At 43mm in diameter, the Oris Artelier Calibre 112 is both contemporary and dressy (Oris includes this in its Culture Collection, so it comes more as a sophisticated dress watch than a sporty/robust timepiece), with a silver opaline dial features hour and minute hands that are lined with luminescent material that will reveal green emission in dark conditions, allowing the wearer interpret the time both during the day and at night with little interference.

The date aperture is eccentrically positioned at 9 o’clock, eschewing the customary positions of three or six o’clock, while a slightly recessed sub-dial for the GMT function can be seen below 12 o’clock. The short and curved lugs exhibit a gentle, softly spoken demeanor, and together with the thin downward sloping bezel, a visual illusion that the 43mm diameter case watch is smaller than it looks is effectuated, leading to a snug and comfortable feel when worn.

At the heart of the watch, a well-made Calibre 112 movement, beating at a steady 21,600 vph, and offering 240 hours of power reserve can be seen through the sapphire exhibition case. Overall Oris has delivered an admirable quotient of originality and a degree of excellence seldom seen at this level in the Artelier Calibre 112.

16. Alexander Shorokhoff Fedor Dostoevsky Unique

Alexander Shorokhoff Fedor Dostoevsky Unique

Founded by Alexander Shorokhov a German-Russian entrepreneur, the Alexander Shorokhoff watch brand has built a legacy around the word ‘unique’. Designed to provoke and generate emotions, the Fedor Dostoevsky Unique bridges the gap between fashion and art with its unconventional designs. The 3D hand-engraved rhodium-plated dial is inspired by the Russian avant-garde school of art and stands out with boldness as it was built to go beyond all ordinary ways and hit the spirit of today.

The case is large at 43mm but thanks to that there is plenty of room for the indications on it, leaving the dial uncluttered. Shorokhov combines intense patterns, producing a very new perspective of view in the watch world and, at first even of absurdity. Time is indicated centrally, with two sub-dials at the 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions.

The date aperture is positioned at 12 o’clock, the weekday at 6 o’clock, and the power reserve display at 3 o’clock. All surfaces of the case are highly polished, and the hands coming in fierce blue makes the watch excessively flamboyant. This is a class act. At the heart of the watch is the Caliber 9060. Soprod automatic movement, which offers approximately 47 hours of power reserve. It is water resistant up to 30 meters and features a black genuine crocodile leather strap with a massive stainless steel pin buckle.

17. Audemars Piguet 25589

Audemars Piguet 25589

Together with Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, the highly esteemed Audemars Piguet is one of the ultra-high-end brands that make up the “Holy Trinity of Watches”, also known as the ‘Big Three.” Dating back to 1995, the Audemars Piguet day-date moon phase with ref. 25589, was made for the elegant and knowledgeable gentleman.

It comes in an 18k yellow-gold case of 33 mm by 8 mm, making it the perfect dress watch. The layout of the dial shows attention to detail without cluttering the display, and the brand’s attention to detail is easily seen in the double-stepped arrangement of the bezel and case back, heightening the overall appeal of the timepiece.

A moon phase can be seen at 6 o’clock, and vertically above in a bicompax-inspired layout, is the brand’s name at 12 o’clock. Proudly displayed at nine o’clock, is a sub-dial showing the day of the week, and opposite, at three o’clock is the date. Overall, the dial design is uncluttered, symmetrical, and pleasing even to the untrained eye.

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18. Arnold & Son Eight-Day Royal Navy Blue Dial 1EDAS.U01C.S136D

 Arnold & Son Eight-Day Royal Navy Blue Dial 1EDAS.U01C.S136D

When Arnold & Son began in the early 1700s, their watches were pretty much unknown. Fast forward to three centuries later and the brand has occupied a special position in the vast world of watchmaking, and has gained an elite following in the world of Haute Horlogerie thanks to its unique watches with extraordinary colors, textures, fonts, and layouts.

The Arnold & Son Eight-Day Royal Navy is one of such stunning timepieces first showcased in 2016. The case is wide at a diameter of 43mm, but the downward curved lugs and 10.7mm case thickness will make the watch fit snugly and comfortably on the average wrist. A machine-made guilloche dial overlaid with a blue lacquer renders a gorgeous blue color to the dial while the sapphire crystal glass enhances legibility.

Polished modern faceted hands blend beautifully with the diamond-polished applied hour markers giving a breathtaking sexiness with a notable enunciation of time telling. Adjacent at 6 o’clock, a subdial neatly displays the running seconds, while an aperture within this subdial displays the stylized numerals that eloquently impart the date.

On the right side, the crown has the Arnold & Son’s logo; a crown sheathing a floating anchor) embossed on it; a subtle reminder to the owners that they now own a piece of the past, particularly that of Arnold’s contribution to the Royal Navy in the 18th century. The Eight-Day Royal Navy timepiece is equipped with an exhibition case back, allowing the wearer to view the finely finished hand-wound Calibre A&S1016 with 18-carat white gold chatons, a power reserve of 192 hours, and an oscillation frequency of 3Hz.

19. Glashütte Original PanoLunar Tourbillon Diamonds Bezel

Glashütte Original PanoLunar Tourbillon Diamonds Bezel

The Glashütte, ummm hold up, pronounce it ˈɡlaːsˌhʏtə’ (and thank you), Original PanoLunar Tourbillon comes in an exquisite 18k red gold case and is reasonably sized at 40mm x 13.1mm. Considered a dress watch that will emit a warm charm and luxurious atmosphere, this watch is a perfect choice to express the personal style of a gentleman on a daily basis.

The Panomatic Tourbillon sustains the basic layout of the Pano family. Very noticeable is the face of the watch which might come on as being unbalanced at first due to the off-centered dial for the hours and minutes, and the large date window at 4 o’clock but with a closer look will reveal the charm that it exudes.
The face could very well be seen as unbalanced at first sight but once in front of it, it gives a real personality and some elegance to this timepiece.

The hours sub-dial comes with a concentric guilloché finish while the dial itself is finely grained, with an off-centered timekeeping section appearing on the left, the hour and minutes thermally blued to contrast the silver background, displayed on the top, while a cantilevered Tourbillon (the Tourbillon is supported from one side only by a single axis) with a second’s hand comes at the bottom.

Operating at a frequency of 3Hz, is the Calibre 93, an automatic movement that boasts 48 hours of power reserve, and features an off-centered rotor, polished steel parts, hand-beveled and polished bridges, in addition to the 21-carat gold off-centered oscillation weight adorned with the double-G logo, which can be all be savored through the exhibition case back. This timepiece comes with a fascinating matte brown alligator strap with a velvet finish.

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20. Grand Seiko SLGH007

Grand Seiko SLGH007

Limited to 140 pieces, the Grand Seiko SLGH007 immediately makes a statement, thanks to its intense dark dial with alternating finishes between hairline brushing and Zaratsu polishing on its platinum case. Inspired by the tree rings of cedar, the Grand Seiko SLGH007’s dial has an almost organic texture, with intriguing swirling patterns of darker and lighter shades of black that seek to emulate the rings of a cedar tree.

The case is 40mm in diameter, with a thickness of 11.7mm. Offering excellent legibility is the wide and flat hands and applied white gold indices. Accurate to a maximum of five seconds per day is the high-beat mechanical calibre, launched by the brand to mark Grand Seiko’s 60th anniversary in the year 2020. The new 9SA5, called the hi-beat calibre, represents a profound advancement from the first calibre 9S which was launched in 1998.

It maintains the high-beat frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour, but extends the power reserve from 55 hours to 80 hours and goes further to add a Dual Impulse Escapement. The indices and calendar frame are solid gold, while the case is made from platinum; a more dense and harder material than gold that even takes three times longer to produce than gold.

21. Breguet 3795BR/1E/9WU

Breguet 3795BR/1E/9WU

Did you know that the name “Louis Breguet” is crested on the Northeast side of the Eiffel Tower because of the contribution Louis made to its construction? From telecommunications to aviation and beyond, Breguet’s inventions determined the vector of development for many sectors.

In watchmaking, Breguet remains famous for inventing the tourbillon, and for also being the first watch company to feature the guilloché technique on its dials, advancing fantastic technical developments in the watch world since its establishment in the year 1755.

Coming in an 18-carat rose gold case that measures a fitting 41 mm diameter, the Breguet 3795BR/1E/9WU is a quintessential connoisseur watch that will remain attractive for decades to come. The skeletal dial does away with a major part of the dial plate via the cutouts in the center and subdials, revealing a breathtaking view of the complex components in the manually wound movement. Legibility is not compromised despite the sophisticated look and beautifully detailed guilloché.

Retrograde dates indication can be seen at twelve o’clock, the days of the week are at nine o’clock, and the months and leap years are at three o’clock. The Cal. 558QP3 provides an impressive power reserve of 50 hours, with a frequency 2,5Hz. The watch comes in a leather strap with a triple-blade folding clasp.

22. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s

Blancpain needs no introduction. It’s standing as the oldest Swiss watch company in operation is uncontested, as is its fame for producing one of the world’s most iconic diver’s watches known as the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Made in 1953 for French Navy combat divers by Blancpain, Fifty Fathoms cemented its success in the watch world when it reemerged as the Bathyscaphe, with more useful functions and features.

While many details that carry over from the unique design of all Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms watches are evident in the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, modern additions are also obvious. Limited to 500 pieces, the 43mm satin-finished case is equipped with a unidirectional bezel and a dial that is very attractive and wearable. The gradient gray dial with its sunburst finish is darker on the outer perimeter and infused with lighter tones toward the center, enhancing legibility and creating a perception of a larger dial size.

True to the look of the 70s model, the day-date window is displayed at 3 o’clock, with a generous amount of lume to assist legibility at depths of up to 300 meters. Inside the heart of the watch, the caliber 1315 DD, an automatic movement based on Blancpain’s caliber 1315 of 2007, with three mainspring barrels offers a robust power supply of 120 hours and can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.

23. Rolex Day-Date 40mm

Rolex Day-Date 40mm

The Rolex Day-Date was the first watch to indicate the day of the week spelled out in full, and it remains the most instantly recognizable watch on earth. It debuted at Baselworld in 1956, and even though the world of watches keeps changing in more ways than one, the Day-Date has remained virtually unchanged for over 60 years. Famous for being the “presidents’ watch ”, the Day-Date was the first self-winding, waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date and the day of the week spelled out in full in two separate windows.

The Perpetual Day-Date 40 is the largest of the Day-Date line of Rolex watches and epitomizes prestige and innovation with more impressive features. Characterized by hour markers fashioned from gold to prevent tarnishing, the 40mm Day-Date features a silver dial, designed and manufactured in-house largely by hand to ensure perfection with a day-date display, center hour, minute and seconds hands, unrestricted rapid-setting, and stop-seconds for precise time setting.

The watch is extremely comfortable to wear and it keeps excellent and reliable time. A concealed folding crown-shaped clasp keeps the bracelet secure, and the bracelets, made from solid 18k yellow gold, is of outstanding quality and is extremely comfortable to wear. It even flexes easily despite the secure buckle, offering you just more and more golden views. Unlike the Rolex Day-Date 36 mm which uses the caliber 3155, this one houses the Rolex caliber 3255, which Rolex claims delivers a 15% increase in efficient energy.

The Caliber 3255 is also the first movement to be regulated to the superlative chronometer standard of a maximum of -2/+2 seconds deviation in rate per day. It provides approximately 70 hours of power reserve and is water resistant to 100 meters.

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24. PATEK PHILIPPE IN-LINE PERPETUAL CALENDAR 5236P

PATEK PHILIPPE IN-LINE PERPETUAL CALENDAR 5236P

The Patek Philippe In-line Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5236P-001 is a watch that simply oozes wealth in its heft and presence. Since the first perpetual calendar complication was presented by the brand in 1925 (the No. P-72), Patek Philippe has not had any timepiece with a full calendar displayed in a single horizontal line of apertures across the dial.

Not until the launch of this In-line Perpetual Calendar Ref. 5236P-001; a watch that showcases extraordinary wealth. Coming in a 41.3mm x 11.5mm platinum case, the watch features a chamfered bezel (completely mirror polished by hand), an immediately noticeable brass-based blue dial with black gradation to the periphery, sharp and slender lugs, and a navy blue hand-stitched alligator leather strap.

The elegant dial offers a lot of information yet remains very clean and uncluttered. An aperture for the moon phase is displayed at six o’clock, one for day/night can be seen at eight o’clock, and a leap year display is at four o’clock. The hour makers and baton hands in white gold offer top-notch legibility while the minute tracker on the periphery gives the dial a technical touch.

Oh, and the case flank at the six o’clock position is adorned with a small diamond so that what the timepiece lacks in affordability, it makes up for in elegance, timelessness, and stunning beauty. Visible through the sapphire crystal case back is the Calibre 31-260 PS QL, an in-house movement that provides approximately 48 hours of power reserve, with decorations and techniques like circular graining, Geneva waves, black polishing, anglage, perlage, etc.

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25. Breguet Classique Day Date Moonphase 7337BR/1E/9V6

Breguet Classique Day Date Moonphase 7337BR/1E/9V6

Breguet has been dubbed a watch brand for royalty and is one of the watchmaking brands that doesn’t pay endorsers to wear its watches. So it’s only right that this list ends with none other than the Breguet Classique Day Date Moonphase; a unique and luxurious timepiece inspired by the renowned pocket watches created by Abraham-Louis Breguet (particularly the Ref.3833) in the 1820s. Coming with a blend of traditional aesthetics and modern techniques, the Breguet Classique day date moon phase is very difficult to not fall in love with.

The execution of the silver dial is nothing short of stunning. The main dial features a fine concentric criss-cross guilloche texture, the time sub-dial has a unique cross-weave basket pattern, and the small seconds’ sub-dial features a linear sunburst texture.

The day aperture lies just above nine o’clock, a date aperture can be seen at three o’clock and a moon phase indication is at the twelve o’clock position. Breguet hands bring on a playful elegance to the somber no-nonsense framework of the watch, and all the disparate elements on a dial join forces to create a harmonious effect.

While the aesthetics of this vintage timepiece draw upon history, the watch takes advantage of Breguet’s latest technical advances. Inside the watch, the in-house Breguet caliber 502.3 QSE1, an automatic movement powered by the nautical wheel-shaped rotor, with 384 components, is nothing short of extraordinary to watch in action through the sapphire crystal porthole on the case back Beating at 28,000 vibrations per hour, the machine-finished movement is equipped with a silicon balance against magnetism, and provides 55 hours of power reserve.

Didn’t find one that made your heart skip in all 25? Check out our complete selection of day-date models right here.

30 BEST Perpetual Calendar Watches

Perpetual Calendar watches represent the most valuable grand complication in Haute Horlogerie. Few watch manufacturers attempt to make a perpetual calendar function because it is a very intricate work of art that is unimaginably complicated with hundreds of tiny mechanical parts inside which typically require over a month to assemble.

‘Perpetual’ means forever and that is just how long a perpetual calendar watch should last because everybody forgets what day of the week it is sometimes. But there’s an anomaly. According to the Gregorian calendar, the next exceptional non-leap year will be 2100. So perpetual calendars will require a manual adjustment then, which is not very much of a problem for the majority of us. That being said, these timepieces are valid for many years, and belong to the category of a grand complication, which features sophisticated mechanics with some gears inside that turn multiple times per second, or only once every four years or more. 

From inexpensive entry-level watches that open up the world of perpetual calendar watches, all the way to the most luxurious and exquisite timepieces here’s a roundup of 30 of the best perpetual calendar watches available today.

1. Peugeot Vintage Perpetual Calendar with Moon Phase

Peugeot Vintage Perpetual Calendar with Moon Phase

I know what you’re thinking; that this right here is too good to be true. And indeed it is. You say “Peugeot”, and I say, “affordable luxury!” 

Not to be confused with French car maker, Peugeot has been in the watchmaking business since 1957. In the 1970s, the brand was famous for crafting high-end luxury gold watches that were certainly revolutionary back then.

Today, let’s just say they developed a soft spot for one and all. Fitted with an accurate Quartz movement that is manufactured by Seiko and backed by the Peugeot Lifetime warranty, the Peugeot Vintage Perpetual Calendar with moon phase watch is offered in a brown genuine leather band that can be adjusted to fit wrists sizes from six inches to eight inches.

The watch, which comes with three sub-dials indicating the day of the week, date, and a decorative sun-moon phase display, looks rather clean and legible. The 14K Gold plated case is very handsome, measures 40mm in diameter, and is neither overly large nor can it be described as small. It costs as low as $ 79.50 on Peugeot’s webpage.

2. Seiko SPC129P1 Neo Classic Alarm Perpetual Chronograph

Seiko SPC129P1 Neo Classic Alarm Perpetual Chronograph

Let’s be honest. If this item was a mechanical watch from a brand like Sohne or Patek Philippe, it would have cost a lot more than $165. But behold what we have here! An in-house perpetual calendar watch from Seiko with a high degree of design and precision. This ideal entry-level watch is fresh and bold, with a layout that presents the entire perpetual calendar information on the dial without looking cluttered. 

The white dial is enhanced by rose gold-tone hands, offering high legibility –at least with good light. The case measures 45mm in diameter and 12mm thick which is reasonably sized for a man’s watch. Attention to detail is apparent. The day of the week sub-dial located under the 12 numeral, is circular-grained and the rose gold-tone crown with a brown alligator-grained leather strap of 22mm lug width, all contribute to making this timepiece visually compelling and appealing.

Powering the 100 meters water-resistant watch is the Seiko Caliber 7T86, a quartz watch movement that offers excellent accuracy. Oh, and it has a chronograph and tachymeter function.

3. Seiko SPC131P1

Seiko SPC131P1

Seiko…the most respected watch brand from outside Switzerland that strives to raise the pure essentials of watchmaking to the level of art and creators of the first quartz wristwatch ever — the Astron, again presents this affordable ultra-modern chronograph in a 43mm stainless steel case with a black leather strap and buckle.

It has the usual calendar functions, day-date-month, stopwatch, Alarm, and 24-hour display, but the things that jump out at you right away about this Seiko SPC131P1 are details like the sparkling blue hands that come just in the right shade, the second’s hand which have a crescent moon on one end to designate the date pointer and an arrow to designate the seconds’ pointer, and a date and month scale around an inner ring, in addition to a tachymeter scale around the outer rim of the white dial.

In all, the Seiko SPC131P1 is very beautiful and classy and is fitted with a Seiko Caliber 7T86 quartz movement so you can be sure that it’s a very accurate timepiece. The appearance of this piece is sleek, and with a water resistance of up to 100 meters, the wearer will be pleased by just how powerful its engine is. So if you are just entering into the entry-level watch world, this piece comes highly recommended and costs around 200 USD.

4. Orient Perpetual Calendar – EU07008D

Orient Perpetual Calendar – EU07008D

Best known for producing exceptional mechanical watches, Orient, a respected watchmaking brand, presents this unique perpetual calendar watch in a 44mm contemporary stainless steel case, and although the date needs to be adjusted every month or so, the Orient Perpetual Calendar is nonetheless an impressive watch.

You get a detailed multi-year perpetual calendar watch (accurate at least until the year 2031) that verges on the sporty side, a multi-layered chapter ring for ultimate tracking, silver hands with luminous accents, and a convenient date aperture with a blue dial.

Power is provided by the Cal.46D40, a mechanical movement that provides 38 hours of power reserve, and the beautifully colored dial, inspired by the moon, gathers all necessary indications of a QP, yet with a certain twist that evokes the elegance of refined sports watches and represent one of the best of Orient’s classic aesthetics. The sporty EU07008D supports water resistance of 100 meters and sells for approximately US$400.

5. Tissot T0636371603700

Tissot T0636371603700

Tissot; the brand whose aim has been to provide ‘gold value at silver prices’ offers this elegant Perpetual Calendar timepiece that will not break the bank in a 42 mm stainless steel case with a synthetic sapphire dial window. The watch has a classic and sporty design with a monochrome silver-toned look, featuring a diamond-textured white dial with multi-functionality for the date, day, month, and seconds, allowing the wearer to see the date, day, and month on the dial. 

The Croco-embossed faux-leather band with tonal topstitching has a buckle closure that holds both sides together rather than your typical, belt-like clasp – meaning it will be quick to throw on in the morning. The face is large, but not overwhelming and the day/month/date indicators are all subtly displayed. A swiss quartz movement powers this watch making it as accurate as you need it to be and offering low maintenance needs, battery life endurance, and lightweight.

It is water resistant up to 30 meters, which means it can withstand splashes or brief immersions in water, but will not be suitable for swimming. These perfect business and casual perpetual calendar watches are all about adventure and their retail prices start around 450 USD.

6. Citizen Chronograph With Perpetual Calendar: BL5403-03X

Citizen Chronograph With Perpetual Calendar: BL5403-03X

If you want an affordable timepiece with technical advancements and a sporty style, then look no further. The Citizen BL5403-03X has a daring sporty look that fits in anywhere and will never go out of style. Citizen seamlessly incorporates three sub-dials with 12/24-hour time, 1/20-second time, and an alarm. The 48mm stainless steel rose gold-tone case with screw-back blends well with the brown leather strap with white contrast stitching. 

The thing that jumps out at you right away about Citizen BL5403-03X is just how much information it conveys at a glance. This 1/20 second Chrono measures 60 minutes, with a perpetual calendar, 12/24 hour time, dual time, alarm, and rotating inner ring. The appearance of this piece is sleek with luminous hands/hour markers. Water resistant to 100 meters, it is powered by light so will never require a battery. This elegant yet stylish timepiece from Citizen wears well with just about everything and goes for approximately 500 USD.

7. Citizen BL8140-55E

Citizen is a brand with a strong background, specifically in the field of affordable iconic watches. Think BN0150, the Promaster Professional Diver Citizen Watch, and think of classy timepieces that fit the budget and style of everyone. Driven by the desire to provide a distinct watch for every man, Citizen presents this BL8140-55E, a very ‘citizen’ looking chronograph watch crafted by artisan watchmakers.

What enhances the watch are the finer details such as the texture on the chic black-toned dial, applied faceted indexes, and silver accented case and bracelet. This timepiece comes in a 42mm case and is powered by solar or light energy. Fully charging your Citizen BL8140-55E can provide a reserve of up to four months, and about a year if you’re on power-save mode – how cool is that?

The hands glow but unfortunately, the dial makers are not luminous so you may not be able to see where the hands are pointing and the sapphire crystal really does set this watch off. With dual time display, low charge indicator, and the advantage of battery-free Eco-Drive technology for $725, Citizen deserves some accolades from both fans and critics.

8. Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture.

Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Frederique Constant’s motto has always been “affordable luxury”, and that totally reflects in this Slimline Perpetual Calendar. In-house designed, produced, and assembled, the Frederique Constant Slimline Perpetual Calendar Manufacture was born out of Frederique Constant’s passion for high-quality horology and happens to be one of Frederique Constant’s most innovative timepieces offered for under $9,000. 

In many ways, this piece is a classic QP (quantième perpétuel) and in other ways, it breaks even with tradition. So if you’re someone who has always wanted to sport a perpetual calendar watch but balked at the Patek Phillippe-level cost, you should definitely take a closer look at this timepiece. The 42mm gold-plated polished steel case watch comes with a brown alligator leather strap and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

Powered by Frederique Constant’s own caliber FC-755; an automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve with what I’d consider standard decoration on the rotor, bridges, and plate, this watch seriously outperforms its price tag of around $8,900. You can even get the stainless steel version for approximately $8,800.

9. Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture – FC-775N4NH6b

Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture - FC-775N4NH6b

Frédérique Constant’s raison d’être is to use cutting-edge technology to create affordable luxury and in this case, the Swiss luxury watch brand has succeeded incredibly well. Drawing on the familiar FC-775 which was launched in 2016 alongside the Slimline Perpetual, The new Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture comes in a 41mm steel case, decorated with a vertical brush and a round and polished bezel that merges the original Highlife collection from 1999 with this new Manufacture line.

The hands are silver colored with a luminous white treatment, while the navy blue dial is split between the calendar function with the leap year and month indication occurring on top, a sub dial for the day on the left, that for the date on the right and the moon phase indication on the lower side, all offering a balanced and agreeable design.

The Highlife Perpetual Calendar mechanism is powered by the brand’s iconic manufacture automatic movement, while the see-through case back of the watch reveals the respected Highlife manufacture self-winding caliber known to power most of Frédérique Constant’s complications including its chronograph and Moonphase watch. It stores 38 hours of power reserve and beats at a 4Hz frequency. All this high-functioning goodness is offered at approximately US$9,800.

10. Glashutte Original Karree Perpetual Calendar Moon

Glashutte Original Karree Perpetual Calendar Moon

Glashutte watches have a manner of appearing adventurous yet understated with simple, clean, and never cluttered dials. The Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar is no exception with a timeless design that represents the essence of Glashütte Original in its purest form. Featuring an elegant red gold case that measures 42 mm in diameter, the Karree Perpetual Calendar Moon is easily one of the most evocative perpetual calendar watches for collectors with simple tastes, with a brown Alligator leather strap that sits comfortably and compliments the warm tone of the red gold case.

Blending character, beauty, and charm, the slim bezel offers a generous view of the lacquered dial with delicate silver grain, alongside the laser-cut and black galvanized indexes – corresponding harmoniously with Glashutte Original blue hands. The Roman numerals and hands are subtle in form, with excellent legibility against the silver-grainé backdrop. The blue/gold moon phase is placed at eight o’clock, while a black panorama date on an ivory coloured background sits at four o’clock.

Glashütte Original’s manufactory automatic movement, Calibre 36, sets new standards for precision, stability, running time, and aesthetics and features a skeletonized rotor with a double-G symbol and 21-carat gold oscillation weight, and provides an impressive 100 hours of power. It costs around $20,000.

11. Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Ludwig

Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Ludwig

Ulysse Nardin watches were used by over 50 of the world’s navies from the 1900s up until 1950, and the brand is known for manufacturing highly accurate marine chronometers. Paying tribute to master watchmaker, Ludwig Oechslin, who was responsible for producing the very first Ulysse Nardin’s perpetual calendar in 1996, Ulysse Nardin presents this 41mm stainless steel case watch with a silvery-white dial, that allows adjustment of all indications with a twist of the crown.

Generally recognized for delivering complexity in simple packages, the perpetual Ludwig’s dial is both stunning and highly practical. Blued leaf-shaped gorgeous hands impart the hours and minutes (denoted with slender, faceted batons) and despite the different indications displayed, the dial manages to remain uncluttered and simple to interpret. 

The stainless steel case features elongated lugs that attach an inwardly arched leather, making the watch seem a bit larger and heightening the visual interest. Ulysse Nardin showcases its prowess in the self-winding Caliber UN-33 user-friendly movement which allows the wearer to perform easy adjustments to the date with a mere twist of the crown. The power reserve is approximately 48 hours and it retails for around US$21,300.

12. Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar

Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar

The Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Perpetual Calendar offers collectors a classically handsome watch with the looks of the Geneve triple calendar watches from the 1940s. Coming in an elegant 40 mm case that is made of stainless steel, the narrow bezel offers the silvery-white dial a sensible layout. On the dial, one can easily see the hash marks on the scale which makes reading the hours pretty easy. Short elegantly curved lugs attach a black alligator strap that has a rose-gold pronged buckle. 

The watch is 12.3mm in height (slightly thicker than the Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar that was released in 2014) but is relatively slim in comparison to other perpetual calendar watches and at 40 mm, the stainless steel case will sit snugly and comfortably on the wrist. Inside the Perpetual calendar watch, the self-winding cal. MB 29.22, a brand-new movement made by ValFleurier exclusively for Montblanc provides a 48-hour power reserve.

The monochromatic look is offset by the beautiful deep blue of the moon phase at the bottom of the dial, along with blue text on the dial and chapter ring that is further highlighted by the refined curved horns, and domed sapphire glass box. The Montblanc is priced at approximately US$22,595.

13. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar

Well, hello fans of Marvel’s Doctor Strange… Figured out Benedict Cumberbatch was wearing a Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra-thin Perpetual Calendar throughout the movie. Sssshhhh, he knows what it’s worth!

With nearly 200 years of history, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a world of its own. This remarkably driven watch manufacturer quickly set the world of fine watchmaking alight with creativity that pushes the limits of watchmaking as showcased in Its ultra-thin collection. Coming in a 39mm stainless steel case protected by sapphire crystal glass, the Jaeger-LeCoultre master ultra-thin perpetual calendar features a silvered grey dial with polished black nickel appliques and no numerals that gives it a harmonious visual unity.

The exterior is shrouded in a black leather strap with a double folding buckle which entices and intrigues.  Underneath, an automatic, integrated movement of just 4.72mm, wound by a micro-rotor, offers 38 hours of power reserve. It is functional, water resistant to about 50 meters, and packs other exciting features to this relatively slim case for around $ 25,700.

14. IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar

IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar

In 1985, IWC introduced a revolutionary new watch when watch legend Kurt Klaus developed the first watch that could combine a perpetual calendar with an automatic chronograph and could allow all adjustments to be done using the crown.

As a tribute to the iconic 1985 timepiece created by Kurt Klaus, IWC presents this extremely modern and bold timepiece as a contemporary interpretation of the iconic 1985 Da Vinci in a 43 mm circular stainless steel case. The extreme precision of the IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar is made possible by the in-house 89630 calibre, an automatic, self-winding movement that offers an impressive 68 hours of power reserve.

A moon-phase indicator disc still lies beneath the dial and mimics the waxing and waning of the moon, diverging only one day in 577.5 years from the actual phase of the moon. Going for approximately US$33,500, the Perpetual Calendar Chronograph features a 43mm steel case,slate-colored dial with luminescence, hour and minute counters that are combined in a totalizer at “12 o’clock”, and a black alligator leather strap.

15. Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar

Glashütte Original Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar

With the rise in popularity of the first pocket watches, came the fame of Glashütte. From classic marine chronometers to iconic Bauhaus-inspired watches, the story of Glashutte is one of tumultuous excellence. The brand here extends Its Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar collection (which already had three existing variants in stainless steel, rose gold, and white gold), with a limited edition of hundred pieces of this self-winding perpetual calendar timepiece that comes in a 42 mm stainless steel case.

A slim, polished bezel with a flat-edged case middle, punctuated with the correction pin pushers gives the Senator Excellence Perpetual Calendar a classically elegant look. A 42mm diameter case means it will hug the wrist well, while a 12.8mm thickness means it is just in that sweet spot between large and dainty.

The dial is highly legible with blued steel hands showing apparent attention to detail. As with earlier versions, the leap year sub-dial maintains its location under the numeral 12, while a Calibre 36 mechanical automatic movement powers it for an amazing 100 hours while operating at a modern 4 Hz beat rate. It retails for approximately $33,500.

16. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun

IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar Top Gun

The Top Gun Big Pilot’s Watch Perpetual Calendar by IWC is a commanding beast. Coming in an oversized case of 46.2mm diameter and 15.4mm height, the watch is big. Zip code: BIG! Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder – that’s all we’ll say about this bold perpetual calendar pilot’s watch.

The display is inspired by the perpetual calendar module made by Kurt Klaus in the 1980s and you can easily see the matte black based dial’s large, and generously-lumed propeller hands, a triangle with dots at 12 o’clock, and indications for hours/minutes, small seconds, power reserve and a perpetual calendar that displays the date, day of the week, month, and year four digits, with a double moon phase for both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. 

The case is fashioned from zirconium oxide, lending the watch a  “stealth” appearance and making it extremely resistant to scratches, while the case back and crown are made from grade 5 titanium highlighting the brand’s inherent DNA with the materials it is crafted out of.

Under the screwed case back is the caliber 52615, with a base movement powered by the QP module on top and wound by a Pellaton winding system that provides 168 hours of power reserve. It can continue running for up to one week without any loss of accuracy after being removed from the wrist. It retails for approximately $38,600.

17. Blancpain Villeret Quantième Perpétuel Réf. 6057 3642 55A

Blancpain Villeret Quantième Perpétuel Réf. 6057 3642 55A

Anchored in tradition, Blancpain presents this 38 mm timepiece in a luxurious 18k red gold case. Considered a Classique among classiques, the Villeret Quantième Perpétuel Réf. 6057 3642 55A, reaffirms Blancpain’s attachment to genuine watchmaking values.

The perpetual calendar which will require no adjustments until the year 2100, is handsome, elegant, and verges on dressy, with its applied shapely gold roman numerals that break up the monochromatic dial. The bold indications on the dial (seen the highlighted expression of the man on the Moon yet?) have a warm subtle design with easy-to-read calendar functions offering legibility and elegance. 

The months and leap year indication can be seen at 12 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock, and the day of the week at 9 o’clock, while the moon phase dial is majestically enthroned at 6 o’clock. The engine keeping all the functions in perfect synch is Calibre 5954; Blancpain’s automatic movement of 351 parts with a robust 72-hour power reserve and a modern silicon hairspring. 

It costs around US$45,000.

18. Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Perpetual

Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Perpetual

Did you know that the very first wristwatches were worn by women? 

Contrary to popular belief, the first wristwatch was made for Countess Koscowicz by Patek Philippe in 1868, according to Guinness World Records. Women’s wristwatches were commonly known as ‘Wristlets’, while men wore their watches around their necks, on belts, as brooches, etc

Over the years it seemed the most luxurious watches were made for men but Jaeger‑LeCoultre proves here that watches meant for women do not have to be less elegant with this watch presented in a 37.5mm white gold case that features diamonds with exceptionally small calibers.

The same movement used in the Master Ultra Thin Perpetual; Calibre 868 – an automatic movement housed in a diamond exterior, well-known for its precision and stability with a power reserve of 38 hours adds to its elegance. Jaeger‑LeCoultre’s attention to detail is apparent. The elegantly laid out dial is perfectly balanced, with the circular-grained moon phase sub-dial located under the 12 numeral, and a sunray-brushed finish that offers a classy look for around US$46,000.

19. Hublot Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar Sapphire

Hublot Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar Sapphire

Big, Bold, and Begging to be desired, Hublot, a brand known for crafting its watches from less-than-traditional materials like carbon fiber and fine ceramics, presents the Big Bang Unico Perpetual Calendar in a 45 mm unique brushed king gold case.

The classically laid out skeletonized dial has an incredible depth and features black sub-dials with white lettering in addition to king gold-toned hour markers. The dial is all about legibility and can be read at night as the hour markers and rose gold-toned hands have luminous fill. The chronograph mechanism features a Flyback function which means you can stop and reset the stopwatch with the push of a button.

The reverse side of the case features a transparent sapphire crystal which gives you a delightful peek of the impressive HUB 1270 movement; a 28,800 VpH automatic movement with 46 jewels and 416 parts. This amazing caliber can hold its power for 72 hours straight when fully wound. It is priced at US$69,000,  which is somewhat on the middle ground for watches with this complication.

20. Breguet Classique 5327BR/1E/9V6

Breguet Classique 5327BR/1E/9V6

With roots that go way back to the 1750s and more importantly, a production history that started in the early 1800s when Breguet made the first wristwatch ever, Breguet is one of the oldest watch brands that is responsible for a host of inventions.

Elegant, and simple in its execution, the Classique 5327 features a beautiful guilloche engraved silver dial in a 39 mm 18-carat rose gold case, with the brand’s typical hand-guilloché dial. The blue steel hands refine the warmth of the timepiece and offer a generous contrast with the gold case and brown alligator leather strap. 

The 39 mm of the case is well-sized for today’s market and wears large due to the slim highly polished bezel, but overall is well proportioned at only 9 mm thick. Breguet‘s caliber 502.3.DRP is a perpetual calendar movement capable of indicating day, date, month, leap year, power reserve, and moon phase. Thirty-four jewels feature within the movement and the power reserve is approximately 48 hours. It retails for US$77,500.

21. H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1800-0204

H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1800-0204

The Perpetual Calendar (Ref. 1800-0204), from H. Moser & Cie, is perhaps the most stunning and refreshing timepiece on the market. Combining humor with the brand’s unique luxe minimalist design in the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar, H. Moser & Cie has produced a grail watch for many. Crafted from white gold, the 42.0 mm round case of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar features a Funky Blue fumé dial protected by a curved sapphire crystal that has the brand’s logo in transparent lacquer.

The dial is further beautified by an aqua blue sunburst fumé dial finish, polished white gold leaf-shaped hands, curiously mismatched rounded black date window, and applied indices. The small seconds subdial is displayed at 6 o’clock, and an instantaneous date-changing mechanism allows the date to change in a flash at midnight –which is so pleasant to behold. Beige kudu leather straps, polished lugs, and a softly stepped bezel design, all add dramatic reflections to the classically simple timepiece.

The Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Ref. 1800-0204 is powered by the brand’s in-house HMC 800 hand-wound perpetual calendar movement with twin mainspring barrels that allow it to attain an impressive 168-hour power reserve at a steady 18,000 BPH beat rate. It is priced at approximately US$84,000.

22. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony  Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony  Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin

First launched in 2011, the Vacheron Constantin Patrimony  Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watch had previously appeared in 2019 with a blue dial and in 2017 with a slate grey dial. Inspired by 1950s Vacheron Constantin models, this 18K pink gold watch with a silvery opaline dial retains Vacheron Constantin’s minimalist vintage watch design and houses the legendary ultra-slim automatic movement of only 4.05 mm thick, which will keep accurate time till 2100.

Striking a beautiful balance between taut lines and curves, the perpetual calendar follows Vacheron Constantin’s subtle design with eaeasy-to-readalendar functions. The many indications on the dial are all well displayed, offering legibility and elegance. The leap year indications and 48 months can be seen at 12 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock, and the day of the week at 9 o’clock. From the calendar hands to the hour markers and the moons, we can easily appreciate the work that has gone into crafting all in solid 18k pink gold.

Thanks to the ultra-thin in-house movement by Vacheron; the caliber 1120 QP (based on the legendary caliber 1120 of 1967 with a height of just 2.45 mm), the watch can beat at a sedate rate of 19,800vph with a power reserve of 40 hours. The Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin (pink gold) comes on a dark brown alligator strap, with an openwork case back that reveals the exceptional hand-finished details of the self-winding mechanical movement. It retails for US$89,574.

23. Patek Philippe ref.7140

Patek Philippe ref.7140

Leveraging Its long-standing competence in the domain of highly sophisticated watch mechanisms, Patek Philippe flexes its muscles in this elegant mechanical perpetual calendar watch for ladies. The brand debuted the Ladies’ line that featured chronographs in 2009,  but it was until 2012 that a perpetual calendar complication was featured in Patek Philippe’s Ladies’ watch. The Ladies First Perpetual Calendar comes with a strong femininity that isn’t overshadowed by the technical content. 

The diamond-encrusted rose gold case and silvery white dial blend beautifully with the gold applied hour markers, and a shiny alligator strap with mink grey stitches. Easily one of 2012’s gorgeous and most potent ladies’ complication watches, an ultra-thin, mechanical self-winding movement; caliber 240 Q, is the sine qua non of this stunning perpetual calendar model. It measures just 3.88mm in height and drives the functional calendar features. It is water resistant to 30 meters and retails for around US$95,000

24. Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in 18-carat white gold (Reference 345.056)

Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar in 18-carat white gold (Reference 345.056)

Designed for the modern man on the go, Lange 1 delivers this unique mechanical and conceptual solution timepiece in a 41.9 mm white-gold case. Launched in 2021 as a replacement for the venerable Langematik Perpetual, the Lange 1 Perpetual Calendar excellently borrows from the architecture of an existing caliber; the L021.1 which has here been reworked and aesthetically refined to caliber L021.3 which now accommodates a calendar mechanism.

The display is functional and unique, with the day of the week taking the place of the retrograde power reserve, and a red indicator “4” denoting a leap year, being a small window at six o’clock. It might feel thick and heavy at about 42 mm and 12 mm high and the domed bezel might make the case feel slightly bulbous, but it is identical to that of the Daymatic with small pushers recessed into sides of the case and a dark-brown alligator leather strap that makes it easy to wear.

The crucial bits of information, such as day, month, and year are easily readable, with the month visible through a ring around the dial’s outer edge, while the moon phase and day/night indicator are intricately combined in the seconds sub-dial. Oh, and the calendar indication jumps instantly at the end of a month, adding to some pretty fun midnight viewing. It costs around US$100,000.

25. Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P In-line Perpetual Calendar

Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P In-line Perpetual Calendar

While World War 2 was raging across Europe, Patek Philippe unexpectedly started the production of its perpetual calendar timepieces and since that time, the brand has released some of the most exclusive and luxurious perpetual calendar watches. Taking cues from the perpetual calendar pocket watches of the 1950s (such as the ref. 725), the Patek Philippe Ref. 5236P comes in a 41.3 mm platinum case with short elegantly inclined lugs that attach a hand-stitched navy blue alligator leather with square scales.

The dial, like the lugs, is vintage-inspired and features various shades of blue, with the minute track and calendar markings in separate shades, while easily readable calendar indications sit tightly below 12 o’clock. The blank dial belies the incredible self-winding mechanical movement inside, namely the cal. 30-255 PS – Patek Philippe’s most impressive recent movements feature a column-wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch, and a 48-hour power reserve. It retails for US$140,000.

26. MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Palladium

MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Palladium

MB&F, short for Maximilian Büsser & Friends released the most complex model in the Legacy Machine family in the year 2015, and this complex mechanism easily won the Best Calendar Watch Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) a year after it’s debut. What is unique about the Legacy Machine is that it features a visually stunning in-house movement developed from the ground by watchmaking genius, Stephen McDonnell.

The astonishing movement is designed for user-friendly and trouble-free use and eliminates the drawbacks of conventional perpetual calendars such as jamming gears, skipping dates, automatic deactivation of the adjuster pushers when the calendar changes, and so on, as against the usual grand levier system – thanks to its revolutionary mechanical processor.

The Legacy Machine Perpetual Palladium is crafted in 950 palladium; a rare metal that has a natural silvery-white lustre, does not require plating, and is harder and more durable than gold. The perpetual calendar mechanism is displayed on top of the movement main plate underneath the sub-dials, showcasing the suspended 14mm balance wheel hovering on top of the movement, but still keeping the dial as legible and elegantly complex as ever. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and retails for around US$202,000.

27. Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (Ref.26574OR.OO.1220OR.03)

Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar (Ref.26574OR.OO.1220OR.03)

Swiss watch company, Audemars Piguet was founded by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet in 1875, but it was only in 1955 that the brand began production of its very first perpetual calendar wristwatches that featured a leap year indication. The perpetual calendar collection was successful enough to represent one of the most significant horological innovations by the brand during that period.

Coming in a 41 mm 18-carat pink gold case with glare-proof sapphire crystal and case back, Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar watch is a prototype of the SIHH debuted in 2018 as RD#2.  The sub-dial at 3 o’clock neatly displays the date in a slightly recessed sub-register, giving a thoughtful depth to the otherwise smooth blue dial with a grande tapisserie pattern.

In a similar fashion, the days of the month are placed at 9 o’clock, with the months of the year at 12. On the reverse, the watch features a circular graining, along with finely-engraved markings. The watch is powered by the AP caliber 2120/2, derived from Jaeger-LeCoultre’s legendary ultra-thin JLC 920 caliber movement, famous for its adoption by both Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Starting prices are from US$359,000 up.

28. The Bovet Dimier Récital 21

The Bovet Dimier Récital 21

Unique for employing women artisans, Bovet is also known for combining the most sophisticated mechanisms with the finest high-quality artistic watches. The Dimier collection from Bovet features complicated timepieces that are produced using domes, discs, and three-dimensional hands to enhance intuitiveness and elegance.

Presented in a 44.4mm titanium or red gold case, the Bovet Dimier Récital 21 is immediately recognizable thanks to its writing-slope shaped case tapering towards six o’clock. The central dial and the seconds dial feature a blue circular brushed finish with eight layers of lacquer. The main timekeeping is minimized at the center of the display, providing more space in the periphery for perpetual calendar information.

The leap year cycle is beautifully displayed in a circular aperture at 3 o’clock, the month at six, and the day at 12 o’clock. The caliber 113DM05-QPR, entirely designed and manufactured in the Bovet 1822 workshops, powers the watch for up to five days and features a corrector that makes it possible for you to adjust the display by correcting the date after an extended period of use. It costs around US$400,000.

29. A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbograph Perpetual 706.050

A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbograph Perpetual 706.050

Expertise, combined with a long established tradition of innovation, has given rise to the A. Lange & Söhne Pour Le Mérite Tourbograph Perpetual timepiece. Coming in an 18-carat honey gold case, the tourbograph perpetual pour le mérite combines a total of five outstanding complications fusée-and-chain transmission, tourbillon, rattrapante chronograph, and perpetual calendar.

Even though it still can’t be considered a Grande Complication since it lacks a chiming function(the term has been used to refer only to the combination of a split-seconds chronograph, a minute repeater, and a perpetual calendar),  It’s an incredible tourbillon, and that alone is as impressive as a grande complication. 

You may argue that the tourbillon is seen ubiquitously today, but what separates this tourbillon from the others is the fusée-and-chain mechanism; a bridge curved like a bow on the dial that supports the mechanism and gives the watch a sense of depth. This mechanism ensures optimal timekeeping by ensuring that constant force is driven to the escapement despite waning torque from an unwinding mainspring.

Inside, the caliber L133.1, a 52-jeweled, 684-part movement (exclusive of the chain parts in the fusée-and-chain mechanism), can be seen through the transparent case back. It has a 36-hour power reserve and operates at a stately 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour beat rate.

It might not be an over-the-top Haute Horlogerie movement, but it is functional. Starting prices for this high-end luxurious timepiece begin from US$510,000.

30. Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar

Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar

Wondering what half a million-dollar watch looks like?? Take a closer look, because this piece right here adorns the wrists of people with abundant financial means. Retailing for US$516,600, the Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar (which is right at the top of my bucket list) comes out as iconic and desirable as a supreme timepiece should be.

Still, wondering what a Patek Philippe watch of over half a million dollars comes with? Well, apart from being the first grand complication in the Nautilus collection, the Patek Philippe 5740 Nautilus Perpetual Calendar watch blends a sports appeal with technical sophistication. 

The watch features a very recognizable dial with blue embossed horizontal stripes and a fine sunburst finish, the index hour markers are made of polished 18kt white gold and are filled with luminous material for maximum visibility in the dark, it is presented in a case made of precious metal (which is exquisitely polished), is water-resistant to 60 meters and it has a strap made of white gold.

At the heart of the watch lies the ultra-thin in-house Patek Philippecalibere 240 Q that self-winds with the kinetic energy generated by the wrist movement of the wearer using a solid 18kt gold weighted micro-rotor.

Franck Muller vs Richard Mille

When big names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Jay Z flaunt a high-end watch with pride, the world pays attention. From movie stars like Arnold Schwarzenegger to star sports players like Odell Beckham, Richard Mille and Franck Muller have become a go-to watch brand for celebrities who want to collaborate on designs and stylish timepieces.

As a rabid demand for Richard Mille watches continues to escalate among top figures, many watch enthusiasts are left disillusioned by the long waiting list, and shocking price. This has led many buyers to explore other high-end brands, one of which is Frank Muller.

Considered the original Richard Mille, Franck Muller has become the one brand that offers high-end, unique, and stylish timepieces that are analog to certain Richard Mille models such as the Cintrée Curvex which has a tonneau (or barrel-shaped) case with ergonomic doming. But is Franck Muller better than Richard Mille? This in-depth and insightful comparison & review will help you choose the right timepiece between these two.

Franck Muller vs Richard Mille: Brief history of Franck Muller

Swiss watchmaker Franck Muller was born in 1958. The brand takes its name from its founder who is a  trained master watchmaker from the town of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. His passion to produce timepieces unlike any other started after he graduated from Ecole d’Horlogerie de Genève, a watchmaking school in Geneva.

He began by repairing top-quality complicated timepieces, which were mostly pocket watches from the collection of Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. In 1984, he designed his first tourbillon wristwatch, and following its success, he launched his watch brand in 1991 where he began designing limited ultra-complicated timepieces for private clients.

His collections immediately became famous in Europe and the United States and since its inception, the Geneva-based House of Franck Muller has shocked the watch world with a string of “world premieres” and many other intricate timepieces earning him the ‘Master of Complications’ titles. 

Today, the Franck Muller brand has become world-famous for its Luxury and Grand Complications produced with a quality skillset and watchmaking expertise. The brand’s headquarters, also called Watch land, is located in Genthod, north of Geneva with other production sites in Lajoux, Les Bois, Plan-les-Ouates, and Meyrin.

Richard Mille

Richard Mille

Just like Franck Muller, Richard Mille is relatively new to the luxury watch market. The brand was founded in 2001 by Dominique Guenat and Richard Mille, in Les Breuleux, Switzerland, and is known for successfully using extreme luxury pricing. His watchmaking career began after he started working at Finhor, a local watchmaking company in 1974.

Finhor was bought by Matra in 1981 and Richard Mille rose to a managerial position which he held for about ten years until a disagreement about commercial strategy at Mauboussin, where he was a shareholder, made him leave his position as General Manager of the watchmaking division and launch his range of watches.

 Together with Dominique Guenat, he drew up plans and founded the Richard Mille watchmaking brand in collaboration with Swiss watchmaking manufacturer Audemars Piguet. It all started with Richard Mille dreaming of combining the worlds of cars and aeronautics with Haute Horlogerie.

From the use of extraordinary components like space-age materials such as Carbon TPT to grade 5 titanium and graphene, Richard Mille has blazed the trail in the watch world of innovation and Technology. Richard Mille is also the first watch brand to develop new movements for every model and utilize materials from the racing and aerospace sectors.

 From the unveiling of Its first watch, the RM 001 Tourbillon in 2001 was made from titanium and carbon nano-fiber to the RM 65-01 Automatic Split-Seconds Chronograph, a highly complex sports timepiece with a skeletonized automatic winding movement with extraordinarily shock-resistance, Richard Mille has made headlines in the luxury timepiece industry. You should also look for some of the Richard Mille Alternatives.

Unique Design: Franck Muller vs. Richard Mille

Franck Muller Watches

Both Franck Muller and Richard Mille have effectively incorporated the watch world of luxurious design with dazzlement that is uniquely attractive even to the untrained eye. The watches produced by these brands have unique designs that are far from conventional, but each has a distinct look and feel. Franck Muller timepieces are easily identifiable thanks to their Cintrée Curvex shape and sporty elegance. 

The brand is known to encapsulate artistic flair with unique aesthetics and beautiful designs of the numerals, crystallizing the glamorous culture of the late 1990s and the high-tech aspects of the 21st century. Inspired by automotive designs, Richard  Mille is world-renowned for producing high-end timepieces that are futuristic and revolutionary.

The brand has established the production of iconic tonneau-shaped cases that are unique yet classic in appearance as its main feature when it comes to unique designs but looking back at history, we see that unique tonneau-shape watches with large numbers and indices had always been a great representation of the Franck Muller’s central theme and design so both brands have similar watches, the only difference is the flair and technical twist that Richard Mille adds to his which ultimately increases the appeal of his timepieces.

Reputation: Franck Muller vs. Richard Mille

When it comes to reputation, it’s hard to generally put one brand ahead of another. Both brands have reputable careers in horology and have risen to global fame, but Richard Mille’s bold aesthetic details have positioned It among the most important brands in the world that are sought after by elite members of society. This is not the case with Franck Muller watches. 

Richard Mille’s high reputation among the rich is renowned, so much so that the term “Billionaire’s Handshake” has been attributed to those who wear Richard Mille’s timepieces. In addition to impressive design, engineering, and high-tech innovation, Richard Mille’s marketing strategy is pure genius. The brand produces less than 5,000 watches per year, making Its timepieces highly exclusive, which soars its reputation because more elites continue to crave it. 

Franck Muller on the other hand has been dubbed the “Master of Complications” in the watch world. A name that reflects confidence in the intricacy and ultra-complicated designs of the brand’s watches. He rose to fame when he produced the world’s most complicated wristwatch called the Aeternitas Mega ( a timepiece that houses 36 complications and was manufactured from a total of 1,483 components) but doesn’t use extreme luxury pricing like Richard Mille.

While Franck Muller’s appeal remains strong among watch enthusiasts, Its reputation has also faded a bit from the mainstream watch-buying segments. Wearing a Richard Mille timepiece today says things to other people about you in a way that no other watch brand can. Typically it indicates that you’re among the first class in society who is doing very well financially and that you have a level of good taste for luxurious items.

More recently, it also shows that you have connections with dealers and though Franck Muller is a rockstar in the world of Swiss unless you hang out with some hardcore watch enthusiast who knows about Franck Muller, his watches simply won’t have the same effect Mille’s watches have on people.

Movements

Franck Muller watches mostly use the modified ETA movements but they are exemptions. The Casablanca 5850 Chronograph for instance is powered by the manual-winding FM cal. 1870, which is based upon the Lemania cal. 1872  (Lemania was a historic Swiss ebauche movement manufacturer famed for their chronograph movements.

It is now called Manufacture Breguet) and some men’s watches come with mechanical in-house movements that are all tried and tested, making them strong performers. Richard Mille in opposition uses in-house movements for all Its timepieces. This means the movements are made by the brand themselves and everyone knows that in-house movements are generally of higher quality than any of the mass-produced movements that are being used by other watch brands.

Prices

Richard Mille’s watches are extremely popular and are also considered to be one of the most expensive timepieces in the world. As of the time of writing this article, prices for Richard Mille watches range from $80,000 to $2 million. The cheapest is the new RM 005, which costs around $80,000. The reason Richard Mille’s watches are so expensive is partly due to the manufacturing process being complex and very time-consuming in addition to the image and reputation that the brand’s watches bear. 

Unlike Richard Mille, Franck Muller’s catalog is immense, resulting in a wide range of prices. A simple women’s watch can be gotten for about 3,000 USD, while modest men’s models cost between 5,700 and 7,500 USD. Watches with diamonds or other precious stones, and those that feature a tourbillon in addition to a perpetual calendar cost around 70,000 USD upwards.

The more complicated the watch, the higher the price but they are relatively affordable, especially when you compare them to Richard Mille’s watches. When it comes to Franck Muller’s watches, only the highly complicated masterpieces like the Aeternitas Mega 4 typically demand some more cash beyond the two million USD mark.

Is Richard Mille and Franck Muller the same

No, but the two brands have a lot in common. Both Richard Mille and Franck Muller show off high-tech watches with amazing designs and movements that are typically out of this world. The unique tonneau-shaped watches with large numbers and indices were first introduced by Franck Muller and were a noble representation of the brand’s central theme and design.

Many of Muller’s first watches were quite unconventional, looked fun and quirky, and sometimes large and over the top but always fashionable and beautifully finished. Unfortunately, (as with all fashionable items), a new wave of fashion shadowed Franck Muller’s fame as similar timepieces with more technical twists and aesthetical appeal hit the watch market.

Guess the major competitor? Richard Mille! With his profound technical experience and progressive mindset, Richard Mille quickly gained global acceptance with the creation of revolutionary timepieces, high-profile endorsements, and marketing ingenuity.

Resale Value And Warranty

To people with an eye on investment, good resale value is critical in purchasing any watch especially when it’s a watch that costs tens of thousands of dollars. It’s very rational to ensure that your purchase will appreciate over time.

The good news is it is safe to purchase a Franck Muller or Richard Mille timepiece because both brands have a strong reputation for quality and craftsmanship. Both brands make high-end jewelry with some of the finest materials available, including gold, diamond, titanium, and platinum. 

Richard Mille watches hold their value well but not fantastically because they are rare and limited and unless you are in the inner circle of the billionaires club, selling them off when you’re ready might take a lot of time especially since the target market is niche.

The brand also offers a 3-year warranty plus an extra two years of free servicing which depends on if the watch owner had his watch adequately serviced within the first three-year warranty. Meanwhile, Franck Muller provides every owner with free services for their watch within the first two years of purchase.

Franck Muller Vanguard Vs Richard Mille

Though Franck Muller’s success has slowed a bit, all Its watches have remained over the top and complicated, especially the watches found in the Vanguard collection. The Franck Muller’s Vanguard collection sails in a sporty direction just like Richard Mille’s watches and showcases some of the Brand’s most extraordinary and groundbreaking timepieces. An obvious similarity shared by both watches is the resin-filled channel along the sides of the case and the tonneau shape. 

The finishing on the Vanguard timepieces is done to the highest possible standard and exudes sporting elegance but comes in a flexible design that can easily span the gulf between the beachside resort, boardroom, and anywhere in-between but Richard Mille’s watch concept of combining the worlds of cars, aeronautics and sailing with the high-tech aspects of innovation, resistant materials and accuracy to produce stunning timepieces makes us put the best collection of Franck Muller (namely the Vanguard), head to head with Richard Mille. 

When it comes to prices, you’ll see that prices for Franck Muller Vanguard timepieces cover a relatively wide spectrum. Starting prices begin from around 3,800 USD to over 100,000 USD depending on the material, watch movement, and added jewels and this makes it relatively affordable when compared to Richard Mille’s watches.

Let’s take a look at watches from the Vanguard collection and Richard Mille that both give a decent clear look at the in-house crafted mechanics within and put the tourbillon beautifully on display for a result that is both stunning and contemporary.

Vanguard V 45 Gravity

Wearing a Franck Muller watch is a statement in itself so fall in line if you’re tired of having your watch disappear with your outfit. Franck Muller makes two editions of the ref. V 45 T GR CS SQT BR (NR), both of which are stunning and recognizable, thanks to their intricately skeletonized dials that offer a beautiful view of the bold manual caliber and its tourbillon including the delicate finishing.

The tourbillon dominates the dial’s lower half, while the upper half features a set of conventional hour and minute hands. Among other features, what stands out is the tourbillon’s cage. Depending on the model, the cage comes coated with either red or blue lacquer.

Other profound accents worthy of being mentioned are the hands, minute scale, and of course the “Frank Muller” and “Gravity” that have been inscribed at 12 and 6 o’clock, respectively. The two editions released in the ref. V 45 T GR CS SQT BR (NR), is water-resistant to 30 m (3 bar, 98 ft).

Concerning the case, the Gravity comes with a sapphire crystal case back that allows the wearer to observe the movement from both above and below. Its titanium case has a matte black PVD coating. A black alligator leather strap with matching red or blue decorative stitching keeps this timepiece securely on the wrist. The starting price for this model is around 95,000 USD on Chrono24.

ProsCons
Modern and futuristic design that stands out even to the untrained eyeDifficult to service
Healthy wrist presence
Nice sized thickness
Wears quite comfortably
Sleek, sporty, rugged style in a subtle black and yellow colorway
Affordable luxury watch
Comes with a warranty of up to two years

Richard Mille

RM 002 and RM 003

Released in 2001, the RM 002 comes with a distinctive barrel-shaped case that measures 45 x 38.5 mm and can be obtained in rose or white gold. Just like the Vanguard V 45 Gravity, a sapphire crystal offers an unimpeded view of the skeletonized movement below. The manual in-house caliber features a power reserve indicator at 10:30 and a torque indicator between 1 and 2 o’clock. A tourbillon spins at 6 o’clock to the left of a function selector while the dome-shaped sapphire crystal functions as a dial.

This display lets you know what mode the crown is in. “W” stands for winding, “H” represents hands (), and “N” for neutral indicates that the watch is ticking normally. When the display mode reads H, you can set the time yourself. You can also switch between modes using a button integrated into the crown.

The RM 002 comes in two versions namely the RM 002-V1 and the RM 002-V2. The former uses a plate made of grade 5 titanium while the latter has a plate made of carbon. Everything else is pretty much the same so the only difference is the material used for the base plate. RM 003 builds on the functionality of RM 002 by adding a second-time zone and is a great option for frequent fliers.

It does this via a sapphire crystal disc with printed black numerals. The numbers scroll over a small white insert at 3 o’clock, thus showing the time in another part of the world. You can reset this display using a button on the left side of the case at 9 o’clock.

ProsCons
Beautiful and interactive visual watchExpensive
Complex timepiece designed for everyday use and any situationUnavailable
The level of finishing and use of space is undoubtedly impressive
Extremely durable and lightweight

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Are Richard Mille Watches So Expensive?

Richard Mille Watches are expensive because of the complexity of design, innovative technology, and the image and reputation that they bear.

Are Franck Muller watches water-resistant?

Yes. Franck Muller watches are water-resistant up to 30 meters (3 bar, 98 ft). This might seem a bit less than typical for a sports watch but all their watches are of high quality.

15 best chronograph watches under $5k

Chronograph watches were first applied in the recording of elapsed time during horse races and since then they have established themselves as a versatile addition to the field of timekeeping. It all began two hundred years ago when French watchmaker, Louis Moinet, invented the first modern Chronograph for astronomers to track the movements of stars and planets.

His amazing tech invention was accurate to within 1/60th of a second and was celebrated until 1821 when Louis XVIII commissioned Nicolas Rieussec to invent a device for timing his horses. Nicolas’s chronograph was accurate to within a fifth of a second and became the first-ever commercialised chronograph. Think of a chronograph watch as a stopwatch that can be ‘activated’ and stopped at your whim.

What Makes a Chronograph Watch?

Not just any timepiece can call itself a chronograph. Wondering what’s special about chronograph watches?? Well, apart from chronograph watches being one of the most well-crafted mechanical fineries used in calculating precise timing, they are compact and downright fantastic. Many chronograph watches can display the time and often the date as well, can calculate your average speed, measure your heart rate, and keep track of two events at the same time.

A lot of them come with two or three subdials that display the hours, minutes, and seconds. So whether you are on a search for an iconic watch or you’re just a collector looking for your first watch, a chronograph watch is a must-have for any watch collector – thanks to its unique features and details!

Here Are A Few Things You Should Know Before Purchasing A Chronograph Watch.

Gather here if you’re a sports fiend with an interest in horology and about to purchase your first chronograph watch. Gone are the days when getting a watch simply because it is ‘cool looking’ was enough. Especially when it’s a tool watch, such as a chronograph timepiece, When it comes to purchasing chronograph watches, there’s always the right one out there for you but take into consideration the following;

Mechanical Or Quartz?

Mechanical watches are designed to run without a battery, while quartz watches require a battery. Often mechanical watches have more interesting mechanisms on their chronograph features and can go on for many years without needing a change but Quartz watches are more affordable.

Legibility

A chronograph watch with an easy-to-read display of elapsed time will offer more value and should be sought for – especially since most manufacturers ditch this feature for the sake of stylish designs.

Functionality

Beyond the aesthetic appeal, chronographs are known for offering many practical uses. With your chronograph, you could tell the distance to certain events, determine the shortest commuting route, track cooking times, parking meters, and of course time races. Tachymeters are usually featured on chronograph watches and are used to measure the speed traveled over a fixed period.

A tachymeter scale function is either fixed to the case or comes as part of the rotating bezel and the most important aspect of it is its accuracy. inspired by the thrill and glamour of motorsport. So if you’re an avid racer, you can use the tachymeter function on your chronograph to measure vehicle speeds accurately, which is considered the most accurate device for measuring time.

And as we creep into the end of the year, we thought it would be only right to offer you 15 of the best chronographs under $5k – enjoy!

In no particular order;

1. Longines Spirit Pioneer Titanium Chronograph

Longines Spirit Pioneer Titanium Chronograph

The Longlines Spirit collection takes inspiration from its legacy in aviation and this new ultra-bright and ultra-light elegant piece pays homage to the glory days of aviation while including present-day aesthetics.

As with all other watches in the Spirit collection, this new Longines Spirit Pioneer Edition is powered by a high-quality automatic caliber produced by ETA exclusively for Longines, but unlike other existing Spirit chronograph watches, this lightweight piece offers a sporty take and comes in a black synthetic strap in addition to neon green stitches that corresponds with the visible matt black dial’s hands and Arabic numerals.

A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, with several layers of anti-reflective coating on both sides, gives it a luxurious aesthetic and enhances its modern personality. The L688.4 movement, a COSC-certified chronometer, is compact and refined — a self-winding mechanical marvel with an impressive power reserve of 66 hours and 28,800 vibrations per hour. All are contained in this 42mm stainless-steel case, which is an elegant reinvention of the legendary watch.

Quick Facts

  • Reference: L3.829.1.53.2 – L38291532
  • Caliber: L688.4
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Dimension: 42.00 mm
  • Lug distance: 22 mm
  • Thickness: 16.50 mm
  • Dial Color: Black matt
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 66-hour power reserve
  • Weight: 92.8 g
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Strap type: Calf leather
  • Screw Down Crown: Yes
  • Price: $3,900.00

2. Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono

Powered by the H-31 automatic movement, the Chrono-Matic 50 features a rather unique (and kind of cool) sporty stance with an ultra-elegant reverse panda dial vibe. The vintage-tinged timepiece is a rugged modern reworking of a 1968 signature timepiece that offers a sporty but classic look.

The bold red color accents scream legibility, while the comfortable 100m water resistance makes it perfect for the demands of the sportiest of models, relatively spartan for a chronograph watch. Instead of three subdials, there are two that blend seamlessly with the design. This watch relies on the H-31 powerful automatic chronograph movement that offers an impressive 60-hour power reserve.

Quick Facts

  • Reference: H51616731
  • Caliber: H-31
  • Collection: American Classic
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 48.5mm x 51.50mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Lug width: 22mm
  • Power reserve: 60-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Strap type: Calf leather
  • Screw Down Crown: Yes
  • Price: $2,245 for the bracelet, $2,045 for leather

3. Seiko Presage SRQ023

Seiko Presage SRQ023

Seiko is a brand known to blend technology with superior craftsmanship and design. So if you need an elegant chronograph watch but aren’t ready to stretch your budget to the Speedmaster level, this one comes in highly recommended.

The watch is powered by a Seiko Caliber 8R48, a hand-wound movement with a 45-hour power reserve and a 28,800 vph. The heart of this timepiece comes encased in a 42 mm stainless steel case with a 100 meter water depth rating, which means you can conveniently swim with it but it’s not suitable for diving. The dial is simple, legible, and protected by a sapphire crystal.

Quick Facts

  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, and Date
  • Caliber: 8R48
  • Movement: Automatic.
  • Case size: 42mm x 49.5mm
  • Dial Color: White
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 45-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Price: $2,400

4. Longines Avigation BigEye

Longines Avigation BigEye

An extremely elegant Swiss-made Longines chronograph wristwatch for gents that has all the attributes of luxury sports with a gorgeous 27-jewel movement. The supple leather band enhances a vintage-inspired look that fits well on the wrist. Speaking of the dial, it’s legible and features a tachymeter scale on the bezel. Inside is a self-winding mechanical movement that beats at 28,800 vph, with a power reserve of approximately 66 hours.

With the Longlines pattern design on the oscillating bridge, there’s no mistaking who powered this reliable movement. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with several layers of anti-reflective coating on the underside lends this timepiece an additional high visual quality. This new model also comes with a 5-year warranty

Quick Facts

  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Chronograph, and Date
  • Caliber: L688
  • Movement: Automatic.
  • Case size: 42mm x 49.5mm
  • Dimension: Ø 41.00 mm
  • Thickness: 14.50 mm
  • Dial Color: Petroleum
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Material: Titanium
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 54-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance : 3 bar (30m)
  • Price: US$2,825.

5. TISSOT HERITAGE 1973

TISSOT HERITAGE 1973

Possibly the best value-for-money chronograph sports watch on the market, the Tissot Heritage 1973 bears the emblematic design of the 1970s and has been praised by reviewers universally for its elegant finishing and low price point.

This elegant sports watch comes in a 43mm stainless steel case with domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which means it does wear very comfortably and follows the distinguished Heritage’s sleek, tonneau shape with a very legible chronograph dial that looks great on the bracelet.

It’s a bit big at 125g so if you don’t mind a bit of extra thickness and prefer a watch with a bit of heft, this won’t be a bad option. Inside, the ETA A05.H31, a modified Valjoux 775 provides this timepiece with an extended 60-hour power reserve.

Quick Facts

  • Brand: Tissot
  • Model: Heritage
  • Functions: Central 60-second chronograph hand, 30 minutes and 60 seconds counters, 12 hours.
  • Caliber: A05.H31
  • Movement: Swiss Tissot automatic
  • Case size: 43mm
  • Dial Color: Silver
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Case shape: Tonneau (shape)
  • Strap color: Brown
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 60-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Price: US$2,100

6. KHAKI AVIATION PIONEER MECHANICAL CHRONO

KHAKI AVIATION PIONEER MECHANICAL CHRONO

Distinctive, daring, and definitely an attention-grabber, the Khaki aviation pioneer mechanical Chrono alludes to a vintage military aviation design and is inspired by the iconic models which were created for the British Royal Air Force in the 1970s. This elegant timepiece is powered by the incredible H-51-Si is a mechanical chronograph movement with 60 hours of power reserve. It also features a balance spring made from an anti-magnetic silicon material.

Quick Facts

  • Reference: H76409530
  • Functions: Chronograph and Date
  • Caliber: H-51-Si mechanical chronograph movement
  • Movement: Hand-winding.
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Strap: Brown calf leather
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 60-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Price: $2,045.

7. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16

Tag Heuer, the trailblazer watch brand in horological content, quality, and prestige presents this sleek, and elegant timepiece in a 41mm case that is nicely shaped, with sharp lugs and conspicuous pump pushers. Although the price is getting quite thin in the < $5,000 category on Tag Heuer’s website, I couldn’t resist the urge to include it here because of its reliable functionality and special features – like the tachymeter scale, inspired by the thrill and glamour of motorsport, which makes it more accurate than most.

It is known that TAG Heuer’s most famous collection is the Carrera and the execution of several components of this timepiece proves very impressive and does not disappoint with a design that hearkens back to the collection’s earliest racing roots. The Carrera Calibre 16 is water-resistant to 100 meters.

Quick Facts

  • Model: TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph
  • Functions: Chronograph and Date
  • Caliber: Calibre 16
  • Movement: Automatic.
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Dial color Black
  • Strap: Black leather strap with contrasting red stitching.
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 42-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Price: $5,000

8. Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph

Oris Divers Sixty Five Chronograph

If you’re searching for a chronograph watch that radiates a sporty, modern charm then the Oris Divers Sixty Five With a passion for precision mechanics, Oris powers this chronograph watch with automatic movement.

The layout is just crisp and easy to read, while the trim on the bezel is well finished with a gilt application over a black dial, the elegant steel elements in addition to the brown vintage leather strap and blue stitches exude a stylish harmony that commands attention from every watch collector. This watch also sports a black dial and offers water resistance up to 100 meters.

Quick Facts

  • Brand: Oris
  • Model: Divers Sixty Five
  • Reference: 01 771 7744 4354-07 5 21 45
  • Functions: Chronograph and Date
  • Caliber: Oris 771 (Sellita SW510 base)
  • Movement: Automatic.
  • Dimensions: 43mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Case Material: Stainless steel/bronze bezel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 48-hour power reserve
  • Strap/bracelet: Leather or rivet bracelet
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Price: $4,000 (strap), $4,250 (bracelet)

9. Farer Chrono-Classic Swann

Farer Chrono-Classic Swann

Farer Chrono-Classic Swann bridges a sporty stance with vibes from the 60s in this vintage classic timepiece. The magenta sunray dials with duck egg blue markings pay tribute to Olympic champion, Sidney Swann who took gold in Men’s Eight Rowing in 1912, and meshes well with the smaller vintage-style proportions that it comes with, giving it an overall plush look.

A sapphire domed crystal means it is less prone to damage, making it an excellent choice for outdoor enthusiasts. The classic style Chrono has soft-edged button pushers, perfect dimensions, and is fitted with Swiss-made Dubois Dépraz DD2022 caliber.

Quick facts

  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph.
  • Caliber: Dubois Dépraz DD2022
  • Movement: Automatic, 59 Jewels
  • Case size: 39mm x 12mm
  • Dial: Magenta sunray adonized dial
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 43-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 10 bar (100m)
  • Strap: Blue (Meredith/Jackson) or purple (Swann) leather with stainless steel buckle fastening.
  • Price: $2,598.29USD

10. Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture

Inspired by 1930’s Flyback Chronographs, The Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture came with a desire to go beyond a regular chronograph configuration. It was first released at Baselworld in 2017, and is equipped with an FC-760 automatic manufacture movement, an in-house movement with 32 jewels.

The 42 mm stainless steel case is comfortable on the wrist Inspired by the Flyback chronographs of 1930, it features a time-counting mechanism that can be stopped and reset at the push of a button. Now available in two new colorways (blue and chocolate). This modern interpretation of the classic 1930s chronographs features a time-counting mechanism that can be stopped and reset at the push of a button.

Quick facts

  • Reference: FC-760V4H4
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph.
  • Caliber: FC-760
  • Movement: Automatic, 32 Jewels
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Dial: Silver
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire
  • Power reserve: 38-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)
  • Strap: Alligator.
  • Price: $4,295 (Blue) and $4,595 (Chocolate)

11. Massena LAB Uni-Racer

The Massena LAB Uni-Racer, a faithful replica of the Universal Geneve Big Eye is an attestation to Massena LAB’s art of defying the rules when it comes to bringing back the form and function of the chronographs.

The limited Massena Lab Uni-Racer, now available in three new colorways, is a modern illustration of the cult classic, but with a “Big Eye” thanks to its oversized 30-minute sub-counter and its smaller seconds sub-dial. The case measures 39mm in diameter and 13mm in height, contrary to the original model’s 36mm case.

An outstanding element of vintage Universal Genève watches has always been their bold hands, and the Uni-Compax is no exception to the rule, with modern dauphine hands for the hours and minutes, and straight luminous batons for the sub-counters.

Inside a solid steel case back, the limited Massena Lab Uni-Racer is powered by the Uni-Racer ​UR-001. A well-known, and reliable Sellita SW-510 and movement, that offers a comfortable 58h power reserve and runs at a 4 Hz frequency.

Quick facts

  • Functions: Hours, minutes, with small seconds, Chronograph with central minute counter and 30-minute subdial
  • Caliber: SW510 M
  • Movement: Hand Wound, 23 jewels, 28,800 vibrations/hours
  • Case size: 39mm x 13mm
  • Dial: Black Dial with silver register
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Dome acrylic crystal
  • Power reserve: 58-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)
  • Bracelet: Dove grey strap with signature stainless steel tang buckle.
  • Price: $3,495USD

12. MIDO Multifort Patrimony Chronograph

MIDO Multifort Patrimony Chronograph

Together with Tissot, Hamilton, or Rado, Mido is one of the brands that play on the watch world’s accessible luxury timepieces. This exceptional watch is a tribute to the MIDO’s Multichrono. An iconic chronograph from the 1930s.

To meet contemporary standards, it is offered in a 42mm diameter case, which means it will sit comfortably on most wrists, with tapered lugs, a very thin bezel, and a sapphire crystal on top to present the retro looks of a vintage watch.

The sunray-brushed blue dial plays beautifully with light and is all about legibility. Equipped with a tachymeter scale, two counters add to offer it a more balanced and uncluttered look. At the heart of this chronograph, the Caliber 60 automatic movement offers a power reserve of up to 60 hours.

Quick facts

  • Item: Mido Men’s Watch
  • Model: M040.427.36.042.00
  • Collection: Multifort Patrimony
  • Case: Rose Gold PVD Stainless Steel
  • Caliber: Mido Caliber 60 (Base ETA A05.H31)
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 42 mm
  • Dial: Blue
  • Dial Features: Date Display / Luminous Hands / Chronograph / Tachymeter / Arabic Numerals
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
  • Power reserve: 60-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance: 5 bar (50m)
  • Bracelet: Brown Leather Strap
  • Price: $2,200USD

13. Sinn 103 St Pilot Chronograph Automatic Watch – Black Dial – Solid Bracelet

Sinn 103 St Pilot Chronograph Automatic Watch - Black Dial - Solid Bracelet

Sinn watches are renowned for outstanding technical refinements such as AR Dehumidifying and Tegiment technology, lubricant-free escapement, and even titanium cases. 103 St is distinctively Sinn with a classical and simple design that bears roots dating back to Sinn’s early history of pilot chronograph making.

This elegant timepiece features a matte black dial, three subdials for continuous seconds, a date/day display, and luminous coated hands and indices making legibility in the dark a walk in the park! Oh – and that 41mm sizing is a real sweet spot that is all about endurance and functionality.

Inside, the reliable Concepto C99001 self-winding movement, which is anti-magnetic as per DIN 8309, powers this watch. With a chronograph, pilot’s bezel with a luminous key mark, day-date indicator, and low-pressure resistance to 200 meters, this is a watch built to be a versatile and trustworthy daily wearer.

Quick facts

  • Functions: Hours, minutes, with small seconds, Chronograph with central minute counter and 30-minute subdial
  • Caliber: Concepto C99001 (German)
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Watch Thickness: 15.5mm
  • Dial: Matte black dial protected by shock-resistant acrylic glass.
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • Crystal: Acrylic Crysta
  • Power reserve: 58-hour power reserve
  • Weight: 74 grams
  • Water Resistance: 20 bar (200m)
  • Bracelet: Stainless steel
  • Price: $2,486.05USD

14. Longines Master Calendar Chronograph

Longines Master Calendar Chronograph

At $3,325, Longines Master Calendar Chronograph represents one of the greatest values in watchmaking. First launched in 2005 and inspired by Longines’ desire to continue producing long-lasting iconic luxury timepieces, the Longines Master Collection of chronographs impeccably encapsulates the outstanding engineering and classic aesthetics for which Longlines is renowned.

For starters, the blue steel hands are without many reflective surfaces on the dial, which are designed to mimic the look of a guilloche-engraved dial and offer a high amount of legibility. Inside, the Swiss-made ETA Valjoux 775, modified visually and technically with the inclusion of a column-wheel transmission system to become Longines caliber L687, provides a 48-hour power reserve.

This timepiece might not be a sports watch at only 30 meters of water resistance, but it is designed with top-notch materials and is durable enough to serve as a daily-wear timepiece.

Quick facts

  • Brand: Longines
  • Model: Master Collection reference L2.673.4.78.3
  • Functions: Chronograph, Month, Date, Day, GMT, Moonphase, Hours, Minutes, Second
  • Caliber: Longines Calibre L678m
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Watch Thickness: 14mm
  • Dial Color: Blue
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
  • Power reserve: 48-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance : 3 bar (30m)
  • Price: $3,325

15. Kurono Chronograph 2

Kurono Chronograph 2

Last but not least, we have this cool, vintage-inspired chronograph, launched in 2021 by Kurono, the accessible sub-brand of watchmaker Hajime Asaoka. The Chronograph 2 was a smash hit when it dropped, selling out in less than five minutes. Kurono’s 38mm column-wheel chronograph timepiece effortlessly combines the historic appeal of a true icon with the sophistication of a contemporary timepiece.

The dial features contrasting layers of gloss black with a base of dark brown accentuated with a copper tachymeter and silver chronograph scale, creating a unique personality that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Inside, a solid Seiko caliber NE86 automatic movement keeps the price accessible so if you’re in the market for an exquisite chronograph but aren’t willing to stretch your budget to the Speedmaster level, Kurono has delivered a terrific alternative that is more than just a piece of mechanical finery for precise timing.

Quick facts

  • Brand: Kurono
  • Model: Chronograph 2
  • Functions: Chronograph, date window
  • Caliber: Seiko caliber NE86
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Case size: 38mm
  • Watch Thickness: 13.9mm
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • Crystal: Sapphire Crystal
  • Power reserve: 45-hour power reserve
  • Water Resistance : 3 bar (30m)
  • Price: $3,993USD
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