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12 Best Luxury Watches Under $3,000

Spending thousands of dollars on a watch is something that has always been considered a luxury purchase by watch “civilians,” who, in actuality, make up the vast majority of consumers. 

However, If you’ve spent time reading watch reviews, watching videos, and exploring watch blogs, you shouldn’t count yourself as an ordinary consumer. Heck, the mere act of reading this article is an admission that you are a watch enthusiast or, at the very least, well on your way to becoming one. 

I’d like to formally welcome you to our ranks! Please enjoy obsessing over minute details such as lug-to-lug widths, power reserves, and screw-down crowns. I hope you like ramen because this hobby has become really expensive over the past two decades.

Only twenty years ago, one could buy a stainless steel Rolex Submariner without jumping through hula hoops for around $3,000. That price has more than tripled today, and with the seemingly unceasing waves of inflation, an important question bubbles to the surface: Can you purchase a quality luxury timepiece for under $3,000?

What to Look for in Luxury Watches Under $3,000

The answer to the above question is a resounding yes. There are a multitude of value propositions, some from larger, well-known brands and others from independents. When considering which timepiece to buy, it is always important to do independent research and seek guidance from authorized dealers like Exquisite Timepieces. But not all sub $3000 watches are made equally, so when purchasing a timepiece in this price range, it is important to consider the following criteria:

Watch Purpose

What are you using your watch for? I wouldn’t go diving with a dress watch that lacks lume and a screw-down crown. I also wouldn’t wear a chronograph with a tuxedo. When a watch costs thousands of dollars, it means that it has been purposefully built to meet specific standards.

Yes, today’s Avant-Garde fashion world is fluid, but when purchasing a watch for formal occasions, swimming, or with the flexibility to do both, it is important to consider the “style” of watch that best suits your needs.

Dive watches are extensively tested to ensure that they meet ISO standards. Chronographs offer a more complex level of timekeeping, used in automotive racing and aviation. So, I’ll ask you again… What are you using your watch for?

Brand Reputation

As with anything, branding can be a deciding factor for many people spending their hard-earned cash. When spending $3,000 or less, however, it is important to consider the specs, build quality, and overall package of a watch. It is much easier to “stretch your dollar” with a lesser-known independent brand than it would be for a much more established and well-known Maison.

At the end of the day, it is up to the individual to decide whether or not wearing a timepiece with pedigree supersedes wearing one without. Some people love having their watches recognized, while others prefer a more “stealth” approach to what they wear. There’s no incorrect answer here; for myself, I prefer getting the most out of my dollar, so having an inferior watch that is more “recognizable” doesn’t really scratch my itch.

Build Quality & Finishing

It took me a while to really understand the nuances of build quality and finishing. Most people don’t see the differences between a $200 watch when compared to a $2000 watch, but if you spend time with watches at various price points, it becomes easier to see.

Higher priced cases have greater variation of brushed and polished surfaces, with chamfered edges and greater dial complexity—applied indices, heat-treated blued hands, matching date wheels, and on and on. It becomes much more apparent with bracelets, too. A cheap bracelet is often clunky and jingly, whereas a more expensive bracelet conforms to the wrist and has a solid feel to it.

There is an intentionality in higher-end watches. They just feel right on the wrist, and wearing them is a reminder that horologists have put greater effort, materials, and research into the product you are wearing.


I know what you are thinking: quartz movements are cheap. Why would I spend $3000 on a watch with a quartz movement when I can purchase one from the mall for $70? Well, not all quartz movements are made equal. Some are accurate up to +/- 10 seconds per year, which is just about as accurate as a watch can be unless you throw a “smart” out in front of the word, but that’s neither here nor there.

I guess what I am trying to get at is this: an automatic or manual winding watch is not necessarily an indicator of quality or price. There are work-horse movements that are outsourced by watch manufacturers. These aren’t necessarily “bad” movements, as they are built to a specific standard, but they don’t elevate a watch alone. And the sub $3,000 price range is nearly devoid of in-house movements.

Still, some manufacturers manage to stretch their catalog’s value with proprietary (built specifically for them) or even in-house offerings. When considering an automatic or manual winding watch in this price range, look at accuracy, power reserve, and finishing—if an exhibition caseback is present—as this will be the best way to separate the mundane from the extraordinary.

Pricing & Availability

The following list of watches, curated by us here at Exquisite Timepieces, is available to purchase from authorized dealers. The best way to purchase a new watch is always from an authorized dealer, as you are ensuring the watch will arrive with a full warranty. You are also ensuring that your future watch will arrive unblemished while eliminating the chance of purchasing a fake watch, which is possible when shopping on online forums or the gray market.

Exquisite Timepieces is an authorized dealer for many of the watches below, and you can view the full range on our website from the convenience of your home. Of course, if you find yourself in Naples, Florida, please stop by our showroom Monday through Saturday from 10AM-5PM.

12 Best Luxury Watches Under $3,000

It wasn’t easy, and of course, there are too many watches available to make the cut. Still, when considering the best 12 luxury watches at around or under $3,000, we’ve curated a list of options worthy of your attention. So, please stay a while, enjoy the read, and let us know if you have any questions about any of these timepieces! 

Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm (ref. L3.802.4.63.2)

Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm (ref. L3.802.4.63.2)

The Spirit Zulu Time 39mm is the impetus for Longines’ resurgence within the watch community. Not only is this watch absolutely gorgeous—I dream about the green bezel version—but it is also built to a high standard of finishing. Also offered in a 42mm variation, the smaller 39mm Spirit Zulu Time is made from stainless steel and is 13.2mm thick, with a 46.7mm lug-to-lug. 

This is as wearable as a watch can be, folks, offering superb legibility and the ability to easily slip under a cuff. What’s more, unlike most of its competition, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm is a true GMT, allowing the hour hand to be independently adjusted. The movement within also parallels the excellence of the case. It offers a COSC-certified ETA movement, exclusive to the brand, with 72 hours of power reserve. 

If you are looking for one of the best bargains in the industry, the Longines Spirit Zulu Time 39mm retails at just a hair over $3,000 ($3,050 on the leather strap and $3,150 on the bracelet). I love this watch so much that I just couldn’t keep it off this list! 

Grand Seiko Quartz (ref. SBGP013)

Grand Seiko Quartz (ref. SBGP013)

Grand Seiko, from a horological standpoint, is the pride of Japan. And yet, for decades, people have scrunched their nose at the prospect of spending “Swiss watch money” for a fancy Seiko. Fools—all of them. To see a Grand Seiko in person is to witness the perfect amalgamation of art, design, and engineering. In recent years, Grand Seiko has pushed hard to gain ground in the United States, and they are doing so with great success.

This success, along with inflation, has put most of their offerings out of the $3,000 price range, but the SBGP013, at $2,600, is an extraordinary value proposition. At 40mm, with a lug-to-lug of 47mm and a case thickness of 10.6mm, this watch will fit like a glove for the vast majority of wrists out there, both small and large. Grand Seiko has also taken perfection to the next level with the introduction of the 9F85 quartz caliber, accurate to +/- 10 seconds per year!

The new caliber also has the ability to tweak the hour hand without stopping the seconds hand, ensuring precision timekeeping even when changing time zones. I can write about the merits of this timepiece for hours, but you really have to go see it in person to fully appreciate the Zaratsu polishing and superb overall package.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five (ref. 01 733 7720 4055-07 8 21 18)

Oris Divers Sixty-Five (ref. 01 733 7720 4055-07 8 21 18)

What if I told you that you could purchase a vintage-inspired timepiece by an independent Swiss watchmaker with centuries of heritage, a 42mm stainless steel case, 100m of water resistance, a Swiss automatic movement, sapphire crystal, screw-down crown, and killer looks, all for $2,500? You probably wouldn’t believe me, and if you did, you would think that the watch was a limited release from an obscure microbrand (not that we dislike microbrands, of course!).

Oris is a name synonymous with Swiss watchmaking and yet the majority of their catalog has crept up in price over the past decade, many surpassing the $3,000 threshold. This modern iteration pays tribute to the original model, released in 1965, by retaining its vintage aesthetic and functional features while incorporating contemporary advancements in watchmaking technology.

Ball Engineer III Endurance 1917 GMT (ref. GM9100C-S2C-GYR)

Ball Engineer III Endurance 1917 GMT (ref. GM9100C-S2C-GYR)

Ball is a watchmaker that doesn’t receive the attention it rightfully deserves. Established in 1891 by Webb C. Ball in Cleveland, Ohio, Ball Watch Company has a rich history of producing high-quality timepieces. While it may not be as widely recognized as some of the larger Swiss watch brands, Ball has earned a solid reputation for its precise and durable watches, particularly in the field of railroad timekeeping.

The Ball Engineer III Endurance 1917 GMT is just about as handsome as a watch can be, with a gorgeous H-link bracelet, 41mm case, and superb finishing. The gray dial, adorned with 39 multi-colored micro gas tubes, dances with luminosity, ensuring visibility even in the darkest of nights. Equipped with a COSC-certified Ball in-house caliber RRM7337-C, this automatic movement ticks at 28,800 vibrations per hour, boasting a power reserve of 80 hours.

The red arrowhead hand gracefully glides across the 24-hour chapter ring, seamlessly indicating the second time zone. A screw-down crown and sapphire crystal are the quintessential finishing touches, elevating the timepiece to a robust daily wearer, suitable for all occasions and environments. Did I mention that all of this is available at an MSRP of $3,199?

Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver Panda Automatic (ref. 86004A01)

Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver Panda Automatic (ref. 86004A01)

Some watches elicit attention. Some watches evoke beauty. The Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Sea Diver Panda Automatic—yes, that is certainly a mouthful!—does both of these and then some. The panda dial, broad arrowhead handset, hint of red on the crown-side subdial, and the vintage lume all come together to create one of the most aesthetically balanced chronographs out there for under $3,000.

With a stainless steel 38mm case and a 14.8mm case thickness (due to the automatic chronograph movement), this chronograph is pleasant to wear, even for those with smaller wrists. Though it looks gorgeous in pictures, one has to put it on the wrist to really enjoy the subtleties of its beauty, such as the marvelous double-dome sapphire crystal and etched steel caseback.

The Nivada Grenchen watch boasts nine versatile features, including a time-out stopwatch for elapsed time, a regular stopwatch for precise measurements, and specialized functions for doctors, divers, aviators, and yachters, all in one accurate, waterproof, and shock-resistant timepiece. That’s a lot of functionality for a watch with an MSRP of $2,195.

NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 38 (ref. 164)

NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 38 (ref. 164)

Enter the Germans—known for engineering with a rich history of horology. The second half of NOMOS’ name comes from a small town in Saxony called Glashütte, where German watchmaking was born hundreds of years ago. This town has a legacy of producing some of the finest timepieces in the world, each bearing the mark of German excellence and craftsmanship.

The NOMOS Glashütte Tangente 38 (ref. 164) is possibly the most German-looking timepiece I can think of. I close my eyes and think of German watchmaking, and there it is, with its Bauhaus-era numerals, heat-treated blued hands, and narrow, segmented lugs. This is a handsome watch, which can be dressed up or down due to the 38mm case diameter.

The in-house Alpha caliber is manual winding with 43 hours of power reserve and one of the principal feats of engineering that allows for the watch’s head-scratching 6.8mm thickness. I know what you are thinking. Okay, that sounds great, but how much is it? I’m smiling as I type $2,330. It’s that good of a watch.

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Pro-Diver (ref. ZO3552)

I personally own a Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Skin Diver, with the cream dial and stainless steel bezel—an ode to the 1953 release, which just so happened to make its announcement alongside Rolex and Blancpain at the 1953 Basel Fair. So yeah, this brand and collection have a lot of history and horological heritage.

The Zodiac Super Sea World Pro-Diver is a beefed-up and modern iteration of the original; this watch means business. It has a 42mm stainless steel case featuring 300m of water resistance and full ISO certification. It also has a ceramic bezel, sapphire glass crystal, and a very nice 7-link stainless steel bracelet.

And yes, I did mention this watch in the same breadth as Rolex and Blancpain, but it only costs $2,195. Not bad for membership to the “holy trinity” of Swiss dive watches. You heard that term here first!

Seiko Presage Limited Edition “Baby Snowflake” SJE073

Seiko Presage Limited Edition Baby Snowflake SJE073

Seiko’s Presage line is a step above their more entry-level models. With a focus on elegance and precision, Presage watches offer affordable luxury for those who appreciate both style and finishing in their timepieces. At $2,200, this is the cheapest watch from the Japanese Maison that offers the revered Zaratsu polishing.

The timepiece gets its nickname from the Grand Seiko Snowflake, which really elevated the brand to new heights when it was first released. You can lose yourself in the SJE073’s dial, an evocation of freshly fallen snow in a calm field. Applied indices, a robust stainless steel bracelet, and a very wearable 40mm case make this a package that is hard to resist.

This watch has been on my “must buy” list for some time, but alas, my wife will likely give me treatment colder than the dial if I bring home “another watch.” But you know what they say: ask for forgiveness, not permission (especially when it comes to adding a new timepiece that fits your budget).

DOXA Sub 300 Professional (ref. 821.10.351.10)

DOXA Sub 300 Professional (ref. 821.10.351.10)

With its vintage design cues, orange dial, beads of rice bracelet, and COSC certification, the Doxa Sub 300 Professional is a dive watch for divers and enthusiasts alike. The robust disc-like case shape measures 42.5mm but actually wears much smaller due to its lugless design. The bracelet has a diver’s extension clasp for wetsuits, along with a generous taper for comfort.

38 hours of power reserve ensures that the watch will maintain its high accuracy for days on end.  Sometimes you need a watch that simultaneously “stands-out” and flies under the radar, and the Doxa Sub 300 Professional does just that. It’s the perfect congruence of bold and subdued, and its MSRP of $2490 demands your attention.

Tudor 1926 Black Dial 41mm (ref. M91650-0002)

Tudor 1926 Black Dial 41mm (ref. M91650-0002)

The Tudor 1926 collection draws inspiration from the brand’s heritage and the classic designs of the 1920s. The collection’s name itself pays homage to the year when Tudor was established. This is an entry-level Tudor, but it really does punch far above its weight.

It has a signed screw-down crown, 100m of water resistance, a spectacular 7-link bracelet, and 38 hours of power reserve. The dial also has a “waffle” effect on it, which Tudor refers to as “embossed decoration,” along with domed Rhodium-plated hour markers and hands and a date at 3 o’clock.

The Goldilocks dimensions are 41mm in diameter and 9mm in thickness. They can be dressed up or down and fit virtually any wrist. Tudor also has one of the best warranties in the industry: 5 years. What are you waiting for? Yes, you can get a brand new Tudor for only $2,150, and this is as robust of a daily wearer as one can find from one of the most reputable entry-level luxury watchmakers around.

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic 43mm (ref. WAZ2011.BA0842)

TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic 43mm (ref. WAZ2011.BA0842)

Growing up, those Tiger Woods Tag Heuer ads were really a genius marketing campaign. I didn’t play golf, nor did I watch it, but staring at those ads as I walked through the mall, I knew that I aspired to one day own a Tag Heuer watch. I still do. The Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic is striking, modern, and elegant—all at once.

It has a stainless steel 43mm case, a push-button brushed steel bracelet, and an automatic Swiss movement. A date complication at the 3 o’clock accentuates the sunray dial and applied indices.

Folks, this watch has an MSRP of $2,450, so yes, if brand recognition matters to you (and why shouldn’t it?), and if you’ve dreamed of a Tag Heuer for as long as I have (thanks, Tiger), then there should be nothing stopping you from pulling the trigger on the Tag Heuer Formula 1 Automatic.

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono (ref. H38416711)

Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono (ref. H38416711)

Yes, I am aware that both chronographs on this list are panda dials, but what could be better than a panda dial chronograph? The Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto Chrono (pauses to take a breath) exudes quality. The watch is a modern reworking of a 1968 signature piece that offers a sporty but classic look.

Combining authentic 60s appeal with the exclusive H-31 automatic movement and a class-leading 60 hours of power reserve, its distinctive panda dial is a guaranteed eye-catcher. The chronograph has 100m of water resistance, a screw-down crown, sapphire crystal glass, and a very wearable case at 40mm in diameter and 14.45mm in thickness.

The watch is available on mesh steel or leather, with this specific reference coming with a supple cow-hide strap. With an MSRP of $2,295, this is a chronograph worthy of your consideration.

Closing Thoughts

As the unceasing winds of inflation continue to lighten our wallets, it is becoming harder and harder to find luxury timepieces at affordable prices. But the deals are still out there, and here at Exquisite Timepieces, we are happy to help you on your horological journey! 

Competition will continue to drive innovation, and as we enter a new golden age of horology, you can own a piece of history by choosing your next sub $3,000 entry level watch.

The 12 Best Frederique Constant Watches For Men

Have you gone to a Starbucks or to the mall recently? Are you like me—keenly aware of the “watches” that adorn the wrists of the masses? Next time you go out in public, pay attention. You’ll see loads of Apple Watches, Casio G-Shocks, Invictas, and the other usual suspects. What do these all have in common? 

They are sporty and wouldn’t necessarily match well with a tuxedo. But, we are in an ever increasingly “casual” world, with work-from-home changing the fashion dynamic as we know it. Watches have followed suit, but one company has managed to remain true to its DNA in offering dressier options that somehow, amalgamate perfectly with our modern world. Enter Frederique Constant.

The History Of Frederique Constant Watches

Founded by Aletta and Peter Stas in 1988, with their first collection being released in 1992, Frederique Constant is a relatively new player in the game of Swiss watches. Though they had humble beginnings, they continuously innovated and released timepieces that punched far above their weight in terms of price to quality. 

They were, and are, well known for watches that draw inspiration from the likes of Breguet, Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, and other titans of the Swiss Watch industry who focus on classic designs and dress pieces.

And for the first decade of business, Frederique Constant did everything right. They sold out of department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom, in airport boutiques, and expanded their network of authorized dealers. 

Within ten years, they acquired the historic Alpina watches, which helped diversify their offerings from solely dressier options to a younger and sportier collection. Such was their success that in 2016, they were acquired by Citizen Watch Company, the Japanese titan known for Eco-Drive technology and their famed Miyota movements. 

12 Best Frederique Constant Watches For Men You Can Buy Today

In the age of smartwatches and digital distractions, to make it as a newcomer in Frederique Constant’s price bracket is worth mentioning—heck, it’s worth going to a brick-and-mortar store and slipping a few of their timepieces on. But here at Exquisite Timepieces, we are happy to do the legwork for you. Below are twelve of the best Frederique Constant watches for men!

1. Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC X Felipao (ref. FC-303F4NH6B) 

Frederique Constant Highlife Automatic COSC X Felipao (ref. FC-303F4NH6B) 

Ah, yes—the integrated steel sports watch. The brainchild of Gerald Genta, these watches have maintained their popularity throughout the years but have seen an unprecedented resurgence in the past decade. Usually relegated to more expensive maisons—we’re talking about you, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin—integrated steel sports watches have literally become a “category” in any enthusiast’s collection. 

When I purchased my integrated steel sports watch, the FC Highlife had not yet been released, but if it had been, it would have certainly been at the top of my list. With superb wearability, unique dial designs, and a bulletproof chronometer movement, this is an enticing and sporty offering. Do yourself a favor: Go to a boutique and take a look at the watch, feel the bracelet, and get lost in the dial. This is more so the case with the Felipao limited edition. 

Felipao is one of the most recognized pop artists in Spain, and this specific reference, with its gorgeous blue, polyhedral dial design, along with its unique indices, would be a phenomenal conversation starter and timekeeper, an heirloom piece to be handed down to the next generation! Oh, did I mention it has an MSRP of just over $2000?

2. Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Worldtimer (ref. FC-718NWM4H6) 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Worldtimer (ref. FC-718NWM4H6)

Imagine carrying a piece of the world on your wrist, able to—without the aid of digital technology—instantly check the time in 24 zones. Mechanical marvels such as this, especially from Swiss manufacturers, are often in the tens of thousands of dollars. 

But somehow, Frederique Constant continues to impress, offering superb finishing, gorgeous dial design, and an in-house movement for $4495. Such a complicated piece may necessitate larger-than-life dimensions, but not with the FC Classic Worldtimer; at 42mm with a thickness of only 12mm, this timepiece will easily slide under a cuff. 

This piece is available with a blue or a white dial, and the in-house movement, visible through the caseback, is truly a wonder to behold. I would make the argument that it is one of the best-looking, if not the best-looking, movements in its price bracket.

3. Frederique Constant Classics Slimline Gents Small Seconds (ref. FC-245M5S6)

I own three small seconds watches; it is probably my favorite complication in all of horology. Allow me a moment to explain myself: there is something mesmerizing about wristwatches—the intimate knowledge that you have a “partner” fastened onto your wrist that you can glance at for familiarity, timekeeping, and artistry. 

This is multiplied, for me, when there is a small seconds complication. It is like “watchception,” a watch within a watch. We measure hours, days, and months, and on and on, but most of us don’t have the “time” to stop and consider living in the moment, enjoying life second by second. That’s precisely what a small seconds complication does for me, and for under $1000 (MSRP of $950), the Frederique Constant Classics Slimline Gents Small Seconds is an incredible bargain.

With looks that pay homage to the classic styling of Breguet—Roman numerals and Breguet-style hands and a stamped guilloché dial—this is an incredible timepiece! The dimensions are also, for lack of better words, perfect for 95% of the wrists out there. It is 39mm with only 5mm of thickness, which means it will be virtually invisible on the wrist. With its Swiss quartz movement, this is a watch you can set and forget for decades to come—actually! 

4. Frederique Constant Classics Carree Automatic (ref. FC-303N4C6) 

Frederique Constant Classics Carree Automatic (ref. FC-303N4C6) 

In 1917, Louis Cartier created the tank watch, which would inevitably go on to capture the hearts of many a celebrity, athlete, and watch aficionado. Imagine a wristwatch that wasn’t circular, a statement piece that was subdued yet elegant. At only $1095, Frederique Constant undercuts Cartier by thousands and thousands of dollars, but they don’t cut corners in doing so.

With a finely decorated and reliable Selita SW-200, this automatic timepiece will look great with a suit, or jeans and sneakers. The indices are applied, the date is at the 6 o’clock position for easy legibility, and the case finishing is superb, with a vintage-style onion crown (one of my favorite types of crowns!) and crisp polishing. 

This watch is also extraordinarily wearable, at 33x30mm, which should wear like a regular, non-rectangular 36mm wristwatch. The timepiece is available in multiple configurations, with a silver or navy blue dial and with stainless or rose gold plating. Frederique Constant continues to impress with such diverse offerings, and the Classics Carree Automatic is no exception! 

5. Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Flyback Chronograph (ref. FC-760NS4H6) 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Flyback Chronograph (ref. FC-760NS4H6) 

The flyback chronograph is an impressive mechanical feat of ingenuity. Patented by Longines in 1936, the flyback chronograph can use the reset function without the need to first stop the chronograph. In today’s world of horology, especially hailing from Switzerland, acquiring a flyback chronograph can be a costly endeavor. There is a recurring theme here of Frederique Constant breaking this stereotype. 

With an MSRP of $4795, the Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Flyback Chronograph offers an in-house caliber, flyback function, and incredible finishing. At 42mm in diameter, with a thickness of under 14mm, this will wear much like an Omega Speedmaster, which is often the “gold standard” for wearability in a mechanical chronograph. With a sunray blue dial and silver subdials, this chronograph has a classic and elegant design language that is timeless in its execution. 

I am not a chronograph guy—I never have been, but I recently tried this watch on at the boutique. It fit surprisingly well on my 6.5-inch wrists (which are considered on the smaller side of average). If you are in the market for a mechanical marvel of a timepiece at an approachable price, the FC Constant Manufacture Classic Flyback Chronograph must be on your shortlist! 

6. Frederique Constant Classics Premiere (ref. FC-301SWR3B6) 

Frederique Constant Classics Premiere (ref. FC-301SWR3B6) 

Another dress watch that pays homage to horological titans such as Cartier and Breguet, the Frederique Constant Classics Premiere is a slim automatic dress watch that exudes quality. The Roman numeral indices are raised and applied, offering a dynamic three-dimensionality to the timepiece. 

If you are looking for a dressier watch that will go nicely with any suit, in any boardroom, at any black tie event, you can’t go wrong with this watch, coming in at under $2000 MSRP ($1895). Did I mention it has a 68-hour power reserve? So even if you use the watch Monday through Friday for work, it’ll still be ticking and set come Monday, or even Tuesday, for that matter!  

And, in terms of size, this piece offers Goldilocks wearability, coming in at 38.5mm and under 11mm thin (which is super impressive for an automatic). The watch can be purchased in two dial colors—silver or black. I myself am more partial to the silver! 

7. Frederique Constant Classics Runabout Automatic (ref. FC-303RMB5B6) 

Frederique Constant Classics Runabout Automatic (ref. FC-303RMB5B6) 

Do you like the idea of a watch that goes well with formal or corporate attire? Are you also looking for something that can be easily dressed down? Enter the Frederique Constant Classics Runabout Automatic. 

Here, we have a watch with a bit more wrist presence at 42mm but still coming in at a svelte 11.5mm in thickness—thin enough to slip under any cuff. Applies indices, Super-LumiNova for low-light legibility, and a design language that screams, “I can be worn anywhere anytime!” 

I really like this watch. In fact, my friend recently asked me for a good daily driver for work and going out, and this was on the shortlist I sent him. You can’t go wrong with the black or navy blue dial, but I am partial to the latter. With an MSRP of $1895, you would be hard-pressed to find a more versatile and well-built Swiss timepiece. 

8. Frederique Constant Highlife Chronograph Automatic (ref. FC-391SB4NH6B) 

Frederique Constant Highlife Chronograph Automatic (ref. FC-391SB4NH6B)

The Frederique Constant Highlife line would be incomplete without a chronograph, and FC doesn’t disappoint here. With a gorgeous “silver” panda dial, a 60-hour power reserve, and approachable wearability (41mm in diameter and 14mm in thickness), the Frederique Constant Highlife Chronograph exceeds expectations for an integrated sports chronograph. 

The watch is also available in a cream dial with blue subdials, which is actually my favorite of the two. This is the type of watch that has to be seen in person to truly appreciate. The bracelet is the best I’ve seen under $10,000—a true marvel of engineering. The H-Link design with polished center links has marvelous light play, and the bracelet easily hugs the counters of your wrist. 

With an MSRP of $3895, this FC stands head and shoulders above the competition at the sub $5000 price point.

9. Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase (ref. FC-705S4S6) 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase (ref. FC-705S4S6)

Not long ago, my family was searching for a suitable watch for my father’s 60th birthday. He was always a dressier guy, working a corporate job for most of his life. He also appreciated classical design language. With that in mind, I knew there was only one watch for him, a watch that offered superb value for the money and that looked and played the part of a watch many times its price. In 2021, we purchased the Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase.

With a gorgeous white dial, moonphase complication, pointer date framing the moonphase, and a subtle simplicity that is both alluring and calming, the watch has barely left his wrist these past two years. And as gorgeous as the dial is, undoubtedly inspired by the likes of Jaeger-LeCoultre’s ultra-thin line, the party continues on the back, with an absolutely stunning manufacture caliber. 

At 42mm in diameter, with a thickness of 11.5mm, this is a watch that has nothing to hide, but also can blend seamlessly with any shirt, sweater, or jacket. The MSRP of $3695 is telling of what FC continues to achieve: approachable luxury without compromise. 

10. Frederique Constant Classics Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph (ref. FC-397HDGR5B6) 

Frederique Constant Classics Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph (ref. FC-397HDGR5B6) 

When I think of cars and watches, I envision a green Aston Martin, brown leather seats, riding gloves, and a tasteful chronograph. The allure of vintage-inspired timepieces continues with the Frederique Constant Classics Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph, a nod to the golden age of motorsports. 

Evoking the spirit of the iconic Healey cars, this chronograph seamlessly blends elegance and sportiness. The vintage charm is palpable, from the racing-inspired chronograph subdials to the tachymeter scale on the bezel. The Rally Healey Chronograph boasts a striking green dial that pays homage to the British racing heritage, while the stainless steel case exudes robust craftsmanship. 

With a diameter of 42mm and a thickness of 14mm, it strikes a harmonious balance on the wrist. Powered by a robust automatic movement, this timepiece captures the essence of a bygone era, making it a compelling choice for those who appreciate both horological precision and automotive nostalgia. Priced competitively at an MSRP of $3195, it stands as a testament to Frederique Constant’s commitment to delivering timeless style with a touch of vintage flair.

11. Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture (ref. FC-775BL4NH6B) 

Frederique Constant Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture (ref. FC-775BL4NH6B) 

One of the pinnacles of horology is the perpetual calendar—a complex timepiece which accounts for leap years and can advance the day, date, and month, without adjustment, for longer than any of us reading this will be alive. It’s startlingly complex, and when I typed Perpetual Calendar into Google just to see what came up, one of the first “suggested searches” to come up was “Why are perpetual calendar watches so expensive?” I chuckled, reading it, because they are expensive, prohibitively so. 

But not the FC Highlife Perpetual Calendar Manufacture, that is, when compared to its peers. It comes in at a hair under $10,000 ($9895), or a full 1/12th the price of a comparable Patek Philippe. Hey, now—put the pitchforks away. I’m not saying an FC is comparable to a Patek, but I am insinuating that you can obtain a mechanical marvel from Switzerland for the price of a Rolex Submariner, which is pretty cool if you ask me. And the wearing dimensions are perfect, too, mirroring the first watch on this list of twelve. Impressed? You should be…

12. Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Tourbillon (ref. FC-980G3H9) 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Classic Tourbillon (ref. FC-980G3H9)

I first got into watches in 2010 or thereabouts. I was waiting in a dentist’s office—which, for me, is at times akin to purgatory—and I was browsing their collection of magazines. Amidst the seemingly endless Botox and cruise ship advertisements was a full-page watch ad. It was a Ballon Bleu de Cartier Flying Tourbillon, and from that day forward, I became completely and totally transfixed by all things horology. 

I soon realized that a Swiss-made tourbillon would never happen, that is, unless I hit the lottery. And then, several years ago, Frederique Constant announced the cheapest Swiss tourbillon, and to this day it is an incredible bargain. Available in an array of dial colors and even precious metal options, the FC Manufacture Classic Tourbillon is a bewildering juxtaposition of simplicity and complexity. 

The dial is clean and legible, with beautifully applied indices, and beneath, you have a mechanical marvel that is the envy of any maison that considers itself a competitor of Frederique Constant. And the dimensions are perfect: 39mm and only 11mm thick. I want to go back and pat that young man in the dentist’s office on the back. I want to tell him that anything is possible with Frederique Constant, even a tourbillon with an MSRP of $15,695.


Watches and watch manufacturers come and go. In the 20th century alone, hundreds of maisons closed shop or were absorbed by larger companies. As I write this, I have a yearning desire to get on a plane to Switzerland, climb the highest mountain in the Swiss Alps, which just so happens to be Monte Rosa, cup my hands around my mouth, and scream for all the world to hear: “Frederique Constant is here to stay. They are a constant and dominant force in the world of horology. Now and into the foreseeable future.” 

All About Seiko Arnie

Originally released in 1982, the Seiko H558 was the first of its kind: a hybrid dive watch interweaving both digital and analog technology. It was and is befitting of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who famously portrayed T-800 in the iconic Terminator

Like the watch, he was two technologies in one package: man and machine. Though he didn’t wear the timepiece in the post-apocalyptic sci-fi, he first wore it a year later in Commando (1985) and then again in Predator (1987). This gave the watch a cult-like following, and it’s been popular ever since. 

Seiko H558: A Purpose Built Machine

The year is 1982. Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking album “Thriller” is released. Spielberg’s extraordinary film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, hits the silver screen. The cost of a gallon of gas is 90 cents, and the average monthly rent is $320. It’s been 10 years since Hamilton released the first commercially available digital wristwatch, the Pulsar. 

And Seiko is about to pull a rabbit out of a hat. The behemoth of the watch industry releases a larger-than-life watch that blends both digital and analog technology—something that’s never been done before. It’s pure horological magic, folks.

The H558 was built to endure the toughest of adventures. That it ended up adorning the wrist of one of the most iconic action stars and bodybuilders of all time is pure coincidence. During development, Seiko’s engineers subjected it to extreme temperatures, ranging from bone-chilling -40°C to scorching 60°C, ensuring its capabilities. 

Scaling the heights of Mount Everest and conquering the North and South Poles, the “Arnie” accompanied intrepid explorers, becoming an emblem of human endeavor. Equipped with features like three time zones, a chronograph, an alarm, and a trusty backlight, this multifaceted “tool” watch was a true purpose-built machine, embodying a piece of history and a timeless connection to the spirit of adventure. 

Seiko Arnie: A Closer Look

Seiko fans might notice the similarities between the H558-5009 and the Seiko Tuna. The architecture of the two watches is strikingly similar, with the rotating bezel, tiny lugs, outer shroud, and diving capabilities.

The Arnie is, in fact, part of Seiko’s Tuna family of watches, and it offers a design language that is polarizing to some but downright delicious to others. Oh—It’s worth mentioning that it has a case diameter of 45mm. *Pause for dramatic effect.*

With today’s watches trending smaller and smaller, it seems that most modern collectors have a downright aversion to watches that are 42mm in diameter, never mind 45mm. But then you take a closer look at the dimensions. It has a 46.5mm lug-to-lug and a case thickness of around 11mm. 

In actuality, the 1982 timepiece wears closer to the dimensions of a 40mm watch than a 45mm watch, but that’s due to the virtually nonexistent lugs. It is a watch with a larger-than-life dial presence. But people didn’t buy this watch as a svelte watch that disappears on the wrist; they did so because they wanted to make a statement.

They wanted to be like Arnold and flex for all the world to see. The original “Arnie” also featured a durable plastic bezel shroud protecting the 60-minute diver’s bezel, offering unprecedented durability. The watch boasted both analog and digital displays, with a black dial featuring luminous markers and hands for optimal legibility.

Its quartz movement, the Seiko caliber H558, ensured accurate timekeeping and powered various functions such as a chronograph, alarm, and calendar. The Seiko “Arnie” also incorporated a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal, providing durability and excellent visibility. With a water resistance of approximately 150 meters, a robust stainless steel bezel, and a comfortable rubber strap, the Seiko “Arnie” was a tank for your wrist!

“I’ll Be Back” – The Discontinuation of the Seiko Arnie

The H558 embodies Arnold in such a way that it exemplifies one of his most famous lines: “I’ll Be Back”. The H558 was discontinued in 1990—the year I was born! A lot of time has passed since then, and the secondary market is the only place serious collectors can attain the original today.

As is typical with a popular watch that has been discontinued for over three decades, pickings are slim, with most timepieces being well-worn and in need of some sort of repair. They are priced from around $500 into the thousands, depending on the condition of the watch. 

You may be looking at the price and thinking, well, dang. I’ll never be able to pony up that much money for a watch, never mind a used one. How am I ever going to channel my inner Arnold now? It would take Seiko twenty-nine years to dig back into the archives and give us a reissue worthy of its predecessor. Enter the Seiko Prospex SNJ025. 

Return of an Icon: The Seiko Prospex SNJ025 

In 2019, Seiko delighted its customer base with a reissue of the “Arnie.” As watches have typically grown over the years—though smaller timepieces are now trending—this new iteration is quite a bit larger than its predecessor.

But large is appropriate for a watch that is nicknamed after Mr. Olympia! It also is packing new and exciting technology, as you may expect for a timepiece being released in the modern day and age. The SNJ025 has a case diameter of 48mm. It has a lug-to-lug of 50.5mm and a case thickness of around 14mm.

In creating a larger watch, Seiko is carefully crafting the narrative around this piece: it is big, bold, badass. I have tried the watch on, and while I might be able to pull it off with my 6.5-inch wrists, I’ll leave it to larger, burlier customers. 

It has a subtle beauty about it that’s hard to explain. It has two extended pushers at 10 and 8 o’clock and three recessed ones at 9, 2, and 3. That’s a lot of hardware for one watch, but it all comes together into something that gives you that warm feeling inside.

You suddenly remember sitting beside a sibling and listening to E.T. phone home for the first time. You remember playing with Pogs and reading the back of the cereal box. True to the original, the “Arnie” offers an amalgamation of technology. It has an analog handset, a digital display at the 12, and a new caliber: the H851, a solar-powered movement with an accuracy of +/- 15 seconds per month and offers 6 months of power when fully charged.

The analog and digital times are now automatically synchronized, which makes setting the time all the more exciting. Seiko has upped Arnie’s water resistance to 200m, now making it ISO 6452 certified. With an MSRP of $525, on sale now at ExquisiteTimepieces for $420, the SNJ025 offers incredible value for the price. You have an ISO-certified timepiece with loads of features, including an alarm, timer, GMT, solar capabilities, and robust build quality.

I don’t think, for the price, you can find a watch packed with as many features. If you are looking for something durable to set and forget, you’d be remiss not to consider the Seiko SNJ025. As is the case with all new Seiko watches, the SNJ025 includes a two-year manufacturer warranty. 

Closing Thoughts

If ever there were a watch to wear for the end of the world, when the robots take over, I can’t think of a better one to wear than the SNJ025. Sure, there are G-Shocks and other purpose-built watches that would be appropriate. 

Still, there’s something about the raw ruggedness of the Arnie that just calls to me, that beckons to a time when the digital and analog worlds of yesteryear intersected in a way that only a wristwatch can possibly elicit in today’s complex world of digital insanity. Watches are, beyond being a fashion statement and timekeeping tool, meant to start conversations. 

I can’t think of a better conversation starter than Arnold Schwarzenegger, the nostalgia of the 1980s, and digital, analog, and solar technologies, all in one tiny, shiny package. Arnold’s back and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

best jubilee bracelet watches

The word jubilee means a special anniversary—a celebration. It is also related to the word jubilation, which means intense happiness or excitement. In the world of horology, catchy names are an important piece of the puzzle aimed at capturing the hearts and minds of both enthusiasts and casual buyers. 

Enter Rolex’s Jubilee bracelet, released in 1945 on the Datejust model, just in time for Rolex’s 40th anniversary. I tip my hat to Rolex for genius marketing and creative nomenclature.

Heritage and Wearability

Made up of a five-piece structure with semi-circular links, the jubilee bracelet offers a more comfortable, form-fitting wear, as well as a dressier overall look. The larger outer links are usually brushed, and the narrow inner links are polished, giving the jubilee bracelet an elegant appearance with eye-catching light play. 

However, we live in an age where nobody balks at somebody wearing a dive watch with a suit or somebody wearing a moonphase with jeans and a t-shirt. This is appropriate for what watch-wearing should be in the year 2023: an expression of self, free from the restraints and rules of society. 

In a world with looser requirements for corporate wear, we are seeing this transfer into other fashion areas: coats, shoes, hats, and accessories. It’s normal to see someone in a suit with a nice pair of sneakers on, and the same can be said for the wearing of watches. 

The jubilee is the most appropriate bracelet for a dress watch, period. It also wears nicely on the weekend with a pair of jeans. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more versatile bracelet, and we are seeing more and more watch manufacturers—Rolex included with their GMT Master II—release sports pieces on a jubilee bracelet. 

What are the downsides, then? 

For one, the jubilee bracelet is not as robust or durable as the traditional Oyster bracelets—created, again, by Rolex—that are associated with dive and sports watches everywhere. 

If I were going on a dive or an outdoor excursion, and I preferred a watch on a metal bracelet, I would opt for an Oyster bracelet every time. The jubilee bracelet also has a tendency to stretch over time, though this was more the case with older models using hollow links. 

Newer models shouldn’t stretch, as they are built with modern materials and manufacturing processes, but because there are more “parts” to these bracelets, it is possible that they will show more wear over decades of use. 

15 Watches on Jubilee Bracelets Worth Your Attention

1. Rolex Datejust 41 Mint Green (ref. 126334)

Rolex Datejust 41 Mint Green (ref. 126334)

If ever a jubilee bracelet was to appropriately match a timepiece, I can think of none better than the Rolex Datejust 41 in Mint Green. Its 41mm size can be dressed up or down, with its svelte case easily being able to slip under a cuff. 

The fluted bezel is a delicious accompaniment to the polished inner links of the jubilee bracelet. Somehow, the lines and light play offer perfect harmony between case and bracelet—something often missing in watch design today. 

We all know that Rolex’s color is green, and the maison is on trend with the subdued greenish hue of its dial, ultimately creating a watch that evokes success and luxury, offering good value at its MSRP of $10,250.

2. Tudor Black Bay 39 (ref. M79660-0002)

Tudor Black Bay 39 (ref. M79660-0002)

Tudor has been one of the hottest watch brands of the last decade, with brand ambassadors such as David Beckham and Lady Gaga. The new Tudor Black Bay 39 is a GADA watch (Go Anywhere, Do Anything) that checks many enthusiast boxes. It is the perfect size for the majority of wrists, at 39mm. 

It has a new in-house COSC-certified movement (MT5602). It also has one of the best jubilee bracelets I’ve ever felt, with the new “T-fit” clasp that gives a superior level of micro-adjustment. The reference here is the blue dial version, but Tudor offers a variety of dial options.

I’ve tried these on in-store, and it was tempting not to throw my plastic on the counter for the champagne-dialed version. At $3950, this timepiece punches well above its weight!

3. Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 (ref. ZO9287)

Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 (ref. ZO9287)

Zodiac is a brand with tons of heritage. Acquired by the mighty Fossil Group in 2001, they’ve since gone on to offer outstanding designs that pay homage to their rich lineage. Zodiac is best known for their dive watches, releasing their first dive watch in 1953—the same year that Rolex released their Submariner and Blancpain released their Fifty Fathoms. 

They are also well known for their beautiful and funky colors. I can attest to the quality of the Super Sea Wolf 53 as an owner of one. The jubilee bracelet exudes quality, with a unique clasp that expands and contracts with your wrist. With an MSRP of $1595, this watch can be considered a bargain when compared to other offerings in its price bracket. 

4. Seiko SKX007

Seiko SKX007

The discontinued SKX007 makes this list because when it was originally released in 1996, it quickly became the benchmark for all dive watches under $1000—this with an original MSRP of under $200. A no-nonsense, do-anything dive watch, it wears smaller than its 42mm case suggests. 

Something about the design just feels right; it doesn’t feel like it is copying any other brand but rather establishing its own unique footprint in the annals of watch design. The SKX007s are getting harder and harder to find, with unworn models approaching the $1000 mark. These timepieces have become collector’s items in the horological community, so if you have an opportunity to acquire one at a reasonable price, I’d say pull the trigger! 

5. Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Geneva (ref. 2760-ST1-GVA01)

Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Geneva (ref. 2760-ST1-GVA01)

Another watch on this list that I own, though admittedly an older model on a rubber strap, there is a whole lot to like about the Raymond Weil Freelancer Diver Geneva. I absolutely love Raymond Weil as a company, one of the only independently owned major market Swiss Watch brands that still exist. 

This brand, for me, is a gateway into luxury watchmaking. For most people, spending several hundred dollars on a watch can feel like a luxury, but you don’t really comprehend the next “tier” until you hold a higher-quality timepiece in your hand.

The first time I held a Raymond Weil, I realized that it was something special, built to last and be passed down to the next generation. At 42mm, the 300m dive watch is purpose-built and ready to tackle anything from the boardroom to the depths of the Atlantic. At $2150, this robust dive watch will not seriously dent your wallet. 

6. Rolex GMT Master II “Pepsi” (ref. 126710BLRO)

Rolex GMT Master II “Pepsi” (ref. 126710BLRO)

There are four Rolex watches on this list for a reason: not only did they create the Jubilee bracelet, but they epitomize luxury watches for the vast majority of consumers. What can I say about the Pepsi? It’s highly coveted, it’s a damn good watch, and the Jubilee bracelet looks magnificent on it.

At 40mm, the GMT Master II is the perfect compromise of wrist presence and comfort. Moreover, the GMT function makes it ideal for traveling, especially if going to a different time zone. Rolex is synonymous with luxury and quality, and it is evident that the $10,900 GMT Master II cuts no corners.

7. Steinhart Ocean 39 GMT Chocolate (ref. 103-1218)

Steinhart Ocean 39 GMT Chocolate (ref. 103-1218)

You may be thinking to yourself, a brown watch? No thank you! But then you see it—the decedent brown dial, the two-tone jubilee bracelet, gold plated at the center with accents on the bezel and crown. 

For around $700, the Steinhart Ocean 39 GMT Chocolate is all-class. Putting one on reminded me, coincidentally, of unwrapping the fine gold foil of an expensive Swiss chocolate. Beyond looks, the functionality of the 39mm watch offers 300m of water resistance and a GMT function. 

Like all Steinharts, the Ocean 39 GMT offers enormous value and style. Whether you are a seasoned collector, or dipping your toes into the waters of Swiss watches for the first time, Steinhart is a brand always worth considering. 

8. Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001

Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK001

The evolution of the aforementioned SKX, the new Seiko 5 Sports GMT is an ode to the design language that millions of loyal customers have purchased over the years. It’s a handsome watch, and one with high functionality with Seiko’s new 4R34 movement that will, no doubt, grace hundreds of new microbrand releases over the next decade. 

That’s what Seiko does: they set trends and offer the benchmark for everyone else to follow. They’ve hit a homerun with SSK001, and at $475, this Seiko is a purchase that will give you countless smiles without placing a huge burden on your wallet. 

9. Rolex Sky-Dweller Bright Blue (ref. 336934)

Rolex Sky-Dweller Bright Blue (ref. 336934)

The Sky-Dweller is the most mechanically complicated Rolex. It also offers a fresh deviation from the standard-fare Mercedes hands that are so typical to the brand. It has a fluted bezel that is complementary to its high quality jubilee bracelet. Pictures don’t do the richness of the blue dial justice. 

If you can see one in the flesh, do it, because you will quickly come to realize why these are so highly sought-after. It also has great wrist presence at 42mm, which helps offer more real estate for the complications: dual time zone and annual calendar.

This is a watch that you can set and forget, and it will keep the proper date, even in a different timezone, all year long. It won’t come cheap, however, with an MSRP of $15,650, but if you are in the market for a high end watch, the Rolex Sky Dweller Bright Blue is certainly worth your consideration.

10. Tudor Black Bay (ref. M7941A1A0RU-0003)

Tudor Black Bay (ref. M7941A1A0RU-0003)

I remember when I became obsessed with Tudor, as a brand. I was 22 years old, fresh out of college and unemployed, and about a million miles away from having the means to purchase a luxury watch. 

In 2012, Tudor released its Black Bay collection, a collection that would go on to define the brand as we know it today. The collection was originally headlined by the Black Bay 41, Burgundy. It had a gilt dial and rich burgundy bezel. It was originally powered by an ETA movement, which was good for 38 hours of power reserve. 

In the decade since its release, Tudor has maintained much of what made the original watch aesthetically beautiful, enhancing it now with a jubilee bracelet and new, in-house movement with a 70-hour power reserve, COSC certification, and powerful antimagnetic properties. With an MSRP of $4450, the Tudor Black Bay remains within reach for seasoned and first time buyers alike.

11. Davosa Ternos Professional GMT Automatic (ref. 161.571.05)

Davosa Ternos Professional GMT Automatic (ref. 161.571.05)

With a history of watchmaking that spans over 150 years, the “official” brand did not establish itself as Davosa until 1993. The Ternos Professional GMT is a serious watch with a solid reputation. Yes, many of their watches appear to be homages of offerings by Rolex, but that doesn’t take away from their quality. 

Rolex built a blueprint that many follow today—Davosa included. It looks especially handsome on the jubilee bracelet, though they can also be purchased on an oyster style bracelet. At 42mm, with 200m of water resistance, this watch offers startlingly good quality for its price of $1299.

12. Rolex GMT Master II “Batgirl” (ref. 126710BLNR)

Rolex GMT Master II “Batgirl” (ref. 126710BLNR)

Yes, yes—you’re probably as bored of reading about Rolex as I am with writing about them. But they do deserve repeated mention in an article that highlights the Jubilee bracelet. The GMT Master II “Batgirl” is identical to the “Pepsi” but for two distinct differences. 

The Batgirl’s hand is blue instead of red, and its bezel is black and blue, as opposed to blue and red. I think this makes a more subdued and professional looking watch that blends better with a variety of clothes, but that’s just me. It too is offered at an MSRP of $10,900—that is if you can get one without waiting a few years! 

13. Raymond Weil Freelancer Open Aperture Green Dial (ref. 2780-ST-52001)

Raymond Weil Freelancer Open Aperture Green Dial (ref. 2780-ST-52001)

With a visible balance wheel, a ‘Clous de Paris’ inner dial pattern, and dark green hue, the Raymond Weil Freelancer Open Aperture Green Dial is eye-catching and objectively beautiful. There is just so much dial presence here, and Raymond Weil was right on the money with making this a 42.5mm watch. 

This is not a dial to hide, to slip under the sleeve, to keep away from the admiring eyes of bystanders. Rather, this is a dial that shouts confidence, construction, and creativity. At $2375, the Freelancer Open Aperture offers enormously dynamic horology at a very reasonable price. Did I mention how great the quality of its jubilee bracelet is? Go try one on and see for yourself.

14. SMITHS PRS25 Everest Jubilee

Winning the honor of purchasing a SMITHS watch at MSRP (around $430 here) is akin to winning the lottery. No–really. One must do the following if they hope to acquire a SMITHS watch at retail price. Sign up for the newsletter. Pray that the sliver of time they open the Smiths online shop coincides with your schedule.

Be really quick with your mouse or smartphone. A little bit of fairy dust and a magic lamp might help as well. If you can get a SMITHS watch—any SMITHS watch really—do it.

For the price, they offer absurd value. The PRS25 Everest Jubilee comes with a breathtaking aventurine dial that is reminiscent of the night’s sky. With a Miyota 9 series movement, and a compact 36mm size, this watch both honors its heritage while offering modern mechanical timekeeping.

15. Lorier Astra 

Lorier Astra

Both a dress and sports watch, the Lorier Astra, arguably, offers the one of the best bangs for the buck on this entire list. Since entering the market in 2018, Lorier has established a reputation for superior bracelets, construction, and design. The Astra has a jubilee bracelet that is completely brushed, giving it a very durable finish. 

At 36mm and with a lug-to-lug of 44mm, the Astra will fit even the smallest of wrists. The bracelet also has screwed links, as opposed to the pin and collar system that is pretty typical in this price range. With a Miyota 9 series movement and an MSRP of $499, you can do a lot worse with watches, even double this price point.


All in all, the jubilee is a unique type of bracelet that’s appropriate for both casual and formal attire. While it was introduced and made popular by Rolex, you can still find a few brands that utilize it in some of their watches. Or, you can just go with the original from the Crown. Either way, if you choose to go with one, you’ll definitely like its comfort and style!

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