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William has been collecting and exploring luxury watches ever since he was 19. He discovered his passion for timepieces when he received a vintage rolex submariner as a gift from his father on his 18th birthday! And there has been no looking back ever since!
Best Women's luxury watches

Wristwatches aren’t just for the boys. Many timepiece manufacturers make functional and beautiful luxury watches for ladies. In this article covering 42 different timepiece offerings for women, we’ll examine everything from entry-level and affordable watches to incredibly ornate, extravagant pieces bedazzled in jewels and precious metals and everything in between. 

Many of these models are truly works of art that will serve not only as an adornment on your wrist and accessory piece but as a discussion piece at elegant galas and events. Some of these timepieces are priced at an entry-level of $500 to $1,000, yet others are as high as seven figures (what a luxury home costs in most places)! 

Even if you’re not in the market for a watch at the higher end of that scale, it’s still worth discovering what a million-dollar watch looks like and all that goes into the crafting of one. 

About Women’s Luxury Watches

Once reserved for the nobility and the wealthy in previous eras, timepieces aren’t just for the elites today. Women up and down the social and economic strata wear watches, both to tell time, day, and date, but also as an eye-catching jewelry accessory and, in some cases, a statement piece. 

Women’s watches are designed to suit a variety of needs, tastes, and styles. Some are more fashion-forward in their designs, while others are classic and timeless. Without overgeneralizing, while there are some beautiful men’s timepieces out there, men’s luxury watches tend to focus on build quality, materials, and capability (sometimes capabilities most will never need). Women’s luxury watches are not only well-made but often full of sparkle and splendor.  

What To Look For in Women’s Luxury Watches?

The timepiece marketplace is incredibly broad and diverse. While it’s ultimately up to you and your taste, when investing in a luxury watch, there’s more to consider than appearance. Whether you’re an experienced watch collector or in the market for your first timepiece, we’ve done the spadework, so you don’t have to. Let’s start with the basics, and then we’ll dive in. 

Watch Style 

Consider for a moment your personal sense of style, wardrobe, and the typical environments you find yourself in. Are you more traditional, favoring classic designs that never go out of style, or are you more the avant-garde type that’s pushing the edges of fashion trends? 

Do you dress up for work and black tie work events and parties, or do you like to keep it more casual? Just like in shopping for an engagement ring, one might want to consider the shape of the watch case one’s looking for and watch materials that best match one’s skin tone. 

Case Size 

The first thing to consider is your frame size and wrist circumference. Women’s wristwatch cases typically measure between 26mm-36mm, though some are larger. If your wrist is slender and delicate, you’d be advised to select a smaller timepiece at the lower end of that scale. If you have a larger wrist, pulling off a 36mm and beyond might be better for you. 

Traditionally, watches were smaller than they are today and if you favor classic and vintage designs, you might look for a smaller watch case. However, if you’re looking for a statement piece, perhaps your philosophy is the bigger, the better. Our advice is to balance your personality with your personal sense of style. 

Materials 

Obviously, the more premium the materials, the higher the price of the timepiece. However, premium materials like stainless steel, gold, platinum, and titanium are not only pleasing to the eye but can also make a watch more durable. 

Perhaps you have an active lifestyle. In that case, you might consider something tough and sporty that can take a beating and offer diving capabilities (higher water resistance). Even if you’re considering a dress watch that won’t be exposed to water sports, hiking, extreme temperatures, and other outdoor activities, you might want something that will last and can be handed down to your daughters. 

It’s further worth determining if you’re looking for something flashy, adorned with diamonds and jewels, or if you’re looking for something understated in stainless steel, with a smooth bezel and sans the sparkle.

The Best Women’s Luxury Watches

Without further delay, let’s jump into our list of the best women’s luxury watches on the market today. 

1. TISSOT CARSON PREMIUM LADY MOONPHASE (REF. T122.223.11.033.00)

The Carson Premium Lady Moonphase is classic and elegant with a modern touch. The stainless steel case measures 32mm, 7.4mm in height on the wrist, and has a lug width of 16mm. The dial is silver with a circle pattern at the center and a brushed sunray pattern on the outer ring of the dial. 

The timepiece features sharp blue hands and painted black Roman numerals. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock for added functionality. At 6 o’clock, there’s a moon phase window revealing pearl-like clouds and a moon against a dark blue night sky with yellow stars. 

The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and is water resistant to 50 meters. The face of the timepiece is protected by a sapphire crystal. It’s paired with a 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a twin-button butterfly clasp. 

Price: $425

2. SEIKO PRESAGE COCKTAIL TIME (REF. SRE007)

Seiko’s Presage Cocktail Time collection is inspired by the design of Tokyo’s vibrant cocktail lounges, as well as some of their famous cocktails. This model is no different. The stainless steel case measures 30.3mm, 10.9mm on the wrist, and the lug to lug is 37mm. 

The dial is pale blue with a pressed pattern and a gloss finish inspired by the Skydiving cocktail. The hands and indices are silver, with diamond-like studs around the outer ring of the dial. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock. 

The timepiece is powered by Seiko’s caliber 2R05 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters. The watch is paired with a 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a deployant butterfly clasp. 

Price: $550

3. HAMILTON JAZZMASTER LADY QUARTZ (REF. H32231140)

If you suffer from vertigo, you might want to stay away from this model. The Hamilton Jazzmaster Lady Quartz has mesmerizing lines on the midnight blue and black velvet dial, which offer the illusion of movement. 

The outer ring of the dial is marked with silver dots of varying sizes (the larger dots mark the hours), and there’s a narrow inner ring with smaller dark blue dots of equal size, matching the dial color. The hands of the timepiece are silver and there’s a date window at 6 o’clock. The stainless steel case measures 30mm, 8mm thick, and has a 14mm lug width. 

The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and is water resistant to 50 meters. The face of the timepiece is protected by sapphire crystal. It’s paired with a 5-link stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp. 

Price: $625

4. TISSOT CHEMIN DES TOURELLES POWERMATIC 80 (REF. T139.207.16.011.00)

The Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 80 is refined Swiss watchmaking at its best. Named after the road that leads to Tissot’s headquarters in the Swiss mountains, this timepiece offers a lot of value for the price. 

The stainless steel case measures 34mm, sits on the wrist at 10.5mm thick, and has a lug width of 18mm. The white dial reminds me of Seiko’s enamel dials. It’s clean and simple. The silver hands and indices offer a classy note. There’s a date window at 6 o’clock. 

The face of the watch is protected by sapphire crystal. The timepiece is powered by the Powermatic 80 automatic movement with a Nivachron balance spring and an 80-hour power reserve. 

The open caseback displays the movement. The watch is both antimagnetic, shock resistant, and water resistant to 50 meters. It’s paired with a light blue strap of embossed cow leather and a butterfly clasp. 

Price: $750

5. MIDO BARONCELLI LADY NECKLACE (REF. M037.807.36.031.00)

The Mido Baraconelli Lady Necklace exudes class. The 33mm stainless steel case with yellow gold PVD coating measures 33mm, has a height of 9.9mm on the wrist, and a lug width of 18mm. The dial of the timepiece is white with a mother-of-pearl center. 

Around the mother-of-pearl center is a ring of diamond-like studs, which also encircle a date window at 6 o’clock. The yellow gold PVD hand and indices offer a touch of sophistication. 

The watch is powered by an ETA automatic caliber C07.611 and is water resistant to 50 meters. The face is protected by sapphire crystal. The timepiece is paired with a black leather strap with a tang buckle. This lovely watch will complement a dressy attire.  

Price: Approx. $1,500

6.  HAMILTON JAZZMASTER PERFORMER AUTO (REF. H36125890)

Hamilton describes the Jazzmaster Performer Auto as “made for those who favor function and style”. The model provides an excellent balance between a dress and a sports watch. The stainless steel case with rose gold PVD bezel measures 34mm, sits on the wrist at 11.8mm, and has a lug width of 18mm. The dial is a mother of pearl with rose gold PVD hands and indices. 

The face of the timepiece is protected by a sapphire crystal. It’s powered by a caliber H-10 automatic movement with anti-magnetic properties and a water resistance of 100 meters. It’s paired with a beige satin strap with a pin buckle. Dressed up or dressed down, this model is a versatile Swiss timepiece that checks all the right boxes. 

Price: $1,145

7. NOMOS GLASHÜTTE TANGENTE 33 DUO (REF. 120)

The Tangente 33 Duo by Nomos Glashütte is a clean, simple, two-hand timepiece by the German luxury watch company. This model is the 120, but it’s been replaced by the 127, which looks nearly identical. 

The smooth stainless steel case and bezel are polished, the watch measures 32.8mm, sits on the wrist at 6.5mm, and is 42.2mm from lug to lug. The dial color is galvanized, white silver-plated, and looks clean. The hands are yellow gold, and the dial displays a mix of numbers and indices. 

The watch is powered by Nomos’ Alpha.2 manual-wind movement and is water resistant to 30 meters, which is merely splashproof. The timepiece is paired with a velour leather beige strap and pin buckle. This timepiece is clean, elegant, and modern and will likely elicit many compliments. 

Price: $1,440

8. ORIS ARTELIER LADY DATE DIAMONDS (REF. 01 561 7548 4094-07 5 16 46)

Oris makes a fine Swiss watch, and this Artelier Lady Date Diamonds is a lovely dress watch. The stainless steel case measures 31mm and offers contrasting polished and satin surfaces. The black guilloche dial offers 13 diamonds (2 at 12 o’clock) to mark the hours, and the hands are silver. There’s a date window at 6 o’clock. 

The timepiece is powered by the Oris 561 automatic movement, is based on the ETA 2671, offers 25 jewels, and includes a 38-hour power reserve. Oris doesn’t detail the water resistance, but this dress watch doesn’t belong around water and should be treated as splash-resistant at best. The timepiece is paired with a smooth, polished black leather strap and a stainless steel buckle. 

Price: $1,575

9. FREDERIQUE CONSTANT HIGHLIFE LADIES AUTOMATIC (REF. FC-303MPW2NH6B)

This timepiece is for the jetsetters living the high life. The watch offers a polished, smooth stainless bezel, and the case measures 34mm. Frederique Constant has a Swiss heritage but was acquired by Citizen in 2016. 

The silver dial features an etched globe pattern with silver hands and indices. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock. The face of the timepiece is protected by sapphire crystal. 

Under the hood is an automatic movement, and the caseback is open, displaying the beautiful movement with its jewels. It’s water resistant to 50 meters and is paired with a stainless steel bracelet with a deployment clasp. The 3-link bracelet has a satin finish on the outer links and a polished mirror finish on the center links. 

Price: Approx. $1,500

10.  MAURICE LACROIX AIKON AUTOMATIC 35MM (REF. AI6006-SS001-450-1)

This is a smart-looking timepiece that is both sporty and elegant. Maurice Lacroix is a Swiss watchmaker that has been around since 1975 but is part of an older company, Desco von Schulthess, which dates back to 1889. 

Headquartered in Zurich and part of the Canton of Jura, the company has been making fine watches that some view as competitive with companies like Omega. The Aikon Auto has a stainless steel case that measures 35mm. 

The bezel is brushed steel with various steel accent pieces. The blue dial offers a sun-brushed Clous de Paris pattern. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock, silver hands, and diamond studs marking the hours. 

The watch is powered by a caliber ML115 automatic movement and is water resistant to 200 meters, which makes it great for any sporting activity that includes water. It’s paired with a blue leather strap with a stainless steel butterfly clasp. This watch has Hublot vibes in my eye. 

Price: $2,200

11.  RADO CENTRIX DIAMONDS (REF. R30024712)

The Centrix Diamonds by Rado is an eye-catching lady’s timepiece. The stainless steel case and bezel are smooth, polished, and finished in a rose gold PVD and the case measures 30.5mm and 8.9mm on the wrist. 

The dial is a rich brown with rose gold PVD hands and four diamond studs at 12, 3, 6, and 9. There’s a date window at 6 o’clock. It’s a simple, modern dial with all the right style cues. 

The watch is powered by a quartz movement, and its water resistance is up to 50 meters. The timepiece is paired with a 3-link bracelet, with stainless steel PVD-coated rose gold outer links and ceramic brown inner links with a steel clasp with push buttons. 

Price: $1,900

12.  LONGINES EVIDENZA (REF. L2.142.4.09.2)

Available in more than 13 configurations, the Longines Evidenza comes in bold colors and a classy design. The model we’re examining here has a rectangular stainless steel case measuring 26mm by 30.6mm. 

The dial is red with painted Roman numerals and pink gold hands. There’s also a date window at 6 o’clock. The timepiece was inspired by 1920s styles that threw off convention and offered a more sophisticated style. 

The watch is powered by a caliber L582 automatic movement with a 45-hour power reserve. The face of the timepiece is protected by sapphire crystal, and it’s water-resistant to 30 meters. The watch is paired with a red alligator leather strap and tang buckle. 

Price: $2,125

13.  CARTIER TANK MUST SMALL (REF. WSTA0042)

The Tank Must by Cartier offers class and sophistication. The stainless steel rectangular case measures 29.5mm by 22mm and sits on the wrist at 6.6mm. Blue steel sword-style hands sit against a white dial with black-painted Roman numerals. The beaded crown offers a touch of blue on the tip to match the hands. 

The face of the watch is protected by sapphire crystal, and it is powered by a high autonomy quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 meters. The timepiece is paired with a black calf leather strap with a pin buckle. Whether one is thinking of this as a gift for a special lady in their life or for themselves, Cartier never disappoints. 

Price: $2,920

14.  OMEGA CONSTELLATION QUARTZ 28MM (REF. 131.10.28.60.11.001)

This is an excellent sporty dress watch from Omega. The Constellation comes in a 28mm stainless steel case, sits on the wrist at 8.5mm, and has a lug-to-lug measurement of 30.5mm. The dial is what immediately grabs one’s attention with its brushed, blush rose dial. 

The hands and indices are 18-karat white gold, and the bezel features Roman numerals in the same blush rose color as the dial, along with two half-moons “claws” as accent features. There’s a signature Constellation logo at 6 o’clock with an applied star below it. 

The timepiece is powered by Omega’s 4061 quartz movement, which boasts a long battery life of 48 months. The face of the watch is protected by a domed sapphire crystal. The solid caseback offers a constellation observatory medallion stamp. It’s paired with a stainless steel mono-rang bracelet with a butterfly clasp. 

Price: $3,200

15.  TUDOR CLAIR DE ROSE (REF. M35500-0004)

Tudor, owned by Rolex, is one of my favorite brands because they’ve matured in recent years, and I feel they offer timepieces that are 8 or 9/10ths of a Rolex at a fraction of the price. The Clair De Rose is simply pleasing to look at, but it’s also exceptionally well made. The stainless steel case has a polished finish and measures 30mm. 

The dial is an opaline color with eight diamonds marking some of the hours, mixed with blue Roman numerals and a lined inner pattern. The hands are blue, and there’s a steel screw-down winding crown with matching transparent blue spinel cabochon. 

The timepiece is powered by a self-winding caliber T201 in-house movement with a 38-hour power reserve. The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 100 meters. It’s paired with a beautiful 5-link bracelet with a folding clasp and safety catch. 

This watch shares some style cues with the previously reviewed Cartier Tank, though Tudor’s case is round. Cartier makes a stylish, elegant watch, but this Tudor bests it on nearly every level, in my opinion. Of course, that’s just my opinion, and one can’t go wrong with either. 

Price: $3,075

16.  TAG HEUER AQUARACER PROFESSIONAL 200 (REF. WBP2415.BA0622)

This is a dressy dive watch from Tag Heuer. The Aquaracer Professional 200 comes in several configurations. The one we’re examining here has a stainless steel case measuring 30mm and a steel rotating bezel to track dive time. 

The dial is a forest green with fumé mother-of-pearl, with a bit of a smoky finish. The hands are silver, and the hours are marked by diamond studs, except at 6 o’clock, where there’s a date window. There’s a TAG Heuer applique logo just below 12 o’clock.

Under the hood is the caliber 9 automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. There’s a screw-down crown with a steel caseback and a water resistance of 200 meters. The timepiece is paired with a 3-link stainless steel bracelet. The outer links are satin, and the inner links are polished for a refined finish. The bracelet offers a fold clasp and extension system. 

Price: $3,400

17.  BREITLING CHRONOMAT 32 (REF. A77310101L1A1)

The Breitling Chronomat 32 is sure to get noticed. Just imagine it’s nearly spring. St. Patrick’s Day has arrived. You’re a woman of substance and success… lawyer, doctor, whatever that looks like for you. 

You’re driving in your Mercedes, and you pull up where? To a McDonald’s drive-thru. Why? To order a shamrock shake because, despite your success, you’ve never forgotten your roots. As she hands you your shake, the young girl at the drive-thru counter-notices your mint-green, diamond-studded Breitling Chronomat and says, “Nice watch! What do you do for a living?” 

You tell her you started out just like her, and now you’ve got the world by the tail. You’re an inspiration! Ok, probably not. But after you’re done enjoying your ice cream-like lab experiment, and you’ve got the green stains on your blouse to prove it, you realize the Chronomat is a nice watch that looks just as stunning at McDonald’s as it does in a Michelin 5-star. No one will notice those stains because they’ll be staring at your watch. 

The stainless steel case measures 32mm, sits on the wrist at 8.5mm thick, and has a lug width of 16mm. The dial, as noted, is a lovely shade of mint green with silver hands, with a signature B for Breitling anchoring the seconds hand and diamond-studded silver indices marking the hours. 

There’s a date window at 6 o’clock. The timepiece is powered by Breitling’s COSC-certified super quartz and is water-resistant to 100 meters. Paired with a “Rouleaux” bracelet with a butterfly clasp, this is an elegant sports watch that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

Price: $4,800 

18.  CARTIER PANTHÈRE SMALL (REF. WSPN0006)

The main style difference between the Cartier Panthère Small and the Cartier Tank is the Panthère is dressier, whereas the Tank is more sporty. The stainless steel case measures 23mm by 30mm in a rectangular shape. 

The timepiece offers a white dial with black painted Roman numerals and sharp blue hands that match the blue spinel on the crown. This is a simple two-hand watch that is the essence of elegance. 

The watch is powered by a quartz movement with a stainless steel case back. It’s water resistant to 30 meters, which means it’s splashproof. This is a dress watch that isn’t made for sport. 

The timepiece is paired with a classy multi-link bracelet with a butterfly clasp. So if you like the style of the Tank but you’re looking for something a touch more sophisticated, this might be the watch for you. 

Price: $4,150

19.  GRAND SEIKO ELEGANCE STGK009G

Grand Seiko makes premium luxury watches that are as beautiful as they are well made. The Elegance model is both refined and classy. Grand Seiko is known for its stunning dials, and this one is no different. 

The mother-of-pearl dial with its silver sword-style hour and minute hands and sharp blue seconds hand is matched with blue marks that sit atop silver indices. There’s a date window at 3 o’clock. The stainless steel case, with its satin finish, measures 27.8mm, is 11.2mm thick, and has a lug-to-lug width of 33.5mm. 

The timepiece is powered by Seiko’s caliber 9S27 automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve. The face of the watch is protected by a sapphire crystal and has a water resistance of 100 meters. The see-through caseback displays the automatic movement with its 35 jewels. The timepiece is paired with a stainless steel 3-link bracelet with a folding clasp. 

Price: $5,100

20.  JAEGER-LECOULTRE REVERSO CLASSIC MONOFACE (REF. Q2618140)

Jager-Lecoultre is a Swiss company that has its roots in clockmaking back in 1833. The Reverso Classic Monoface is another rectangular watch to consider in the style of the Tank and some of the others we’ve examined. The stainless steel case measures 35.78mm by 21mm and is 7.4mm thick. 

This is a thin, low-profile watch, which is always desirable in a dress timepiece. The dial features a vertical satin finish with an opaline center that appears sunken. This is a simple, classic two-hand watch. The bâton style hour and minute hands are a sharp blue with black numerals marking the hours. The case is polished and reflects light beautifully. 

The timepiece is powered by a Swiss quartz movement with 43 jewels. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and is paired with a 5-link polished, beaded bracelet with a steel clasp. Jager-Lecoultre describes the Reverso Classic as “the essence of chic”, and I think that’s fair.

Price: $7,900

21.  VAN CLEEF & ARPELS ALHAMBRA WATCH SMALL (REF. VCARD21900)

Van Cleef and Arpels is a French luxury jewelry company founded in 1896 that makes their watches in Switzerland. They’re known for making trendy jewelry pieces that dazzle, but despite their trendy designs, their jewelry is known for holding its value in many cases. 

The Alhambra model has an unusual case shape. I’m not sure if it’s a cross or a clover, but it’s unique. The 18-karat gold case measures 26mm by 26mm. The fixed yellow-gold bezel features a beaded pattern around the edges. The dial is a rich onyx black with two yellow-gold hands. Other than the hands and logo at 12 o’clock, the dial is modern and clean without any other indices or markings, except for Swiss Made in gold at 6 o’clock. 

The watch is powered by a quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 meters. The timepiece is paired with a black satin strap with a yellow gold pin buckle. This design is sure to stand out, and if that’s what you’re looking for, it’s worth considering. 

Price: $8,400 excluding tax

22.  PANERAI LUMINOR DUE LUNA (REF. PAM01180)

Panerai is an Italian company founded in 1860 that makes its watches in Switzerland. The Panerai Luminor Due Luna is an attractive moonphase timepiece. The polished stainless steel case measures 38mm, sits on the wrist at 5.9mm thick, and includes a fixed smooth bezel and Panerai’s iconic crown guard. 

The dial is a sun-brushed white with yellow gold hands and numerals and markers that appear carved out. The dial features two registers, one with a moon phase with a dark blue night sky with a golden moon, stars, and clouds, and the other is a small seconds.

The timepiece is powered by an automatic mechanical P.900/MP calibre with a 3-day power reserve, anti-magnetism, and anti-shock. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters. It is paired with a dark pink alligator leather strap with a pin buckle. This is a handsome ladies’ watch that’s work adding to the collection. 

Price: $9,600 excluding tax

23.  CHOPARD HAPPY SPORT (REF. 278608-6001)

Established in 1860, Chopard is a Swiss watchmaking company. The Happy Sport has a stainless steel case that measures 33mm and 10.8mm thick, with an 18-karat rose gold bezel. The dial is silver with a guilloché center, rose gold hands, and a mix of Roman numerals and indices. From 5 o’clock to 7 o’clock are five diamond studs. It’s a substantial dress timepiece. 

The watch is powered by a self-winding 09.01-C movement with a 42-hour power reserve. The timepiece is water-resistant to 30 meters. It is paired with a blue alligator leather strap with a pin buckle. Chopard makes an excellent watch that is handsome and well done. 

Price: $8,215

24.  ZENITH DEFY MIDNIGHT BOREALIS (REF. 16.9200.670/34.MI001)

Zenith is a Swiss watch company that was founded in 1865. By 1999, Zenith was acquired by LVMH (Louis Vuitton). Designed to capture the essence of the aurora borealis (northern lights) seen in the arctic circle, the Defy Midnight Borealis model has a stunning dial. 

It’s a guilloché engraved dial with a gradient from midnight blue to emerald. Silver hands are set against the beautiful “lights display”, with a star anchoring the seconds hand, and there’s a date window at 3 o’clock. The hours are marked by diamonds, and the bezel is bedazzled in diamonds. The stainless steel case measures 36mm. 

The timepiece is powered by the Zenith Elite automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 100 meters. The watch is paired with a stainless steel bracelet and clasp, which can be easily swapped out of other straps without the use of special tools. 

Price: $11,500

25.  PIAGET POLO DATE 36MM (REF. G0A46018)

Founded in 1874, Piaget is a Swiss company now owned by Richemont. The Polo Date is a refined timepiece. The brushed and polished cushion-shaped case is stainless steel and measures 36mm and 8.8mm on the wrist for a slim profile. 

The dial is blue with a lined horizontal pattern. The hands and indices are lined in 18-karat white gold, and each indice contains three brilliant cut diamonds. There’s a date window just above 6 o’clock, and the outer rim of the dial is ringed in white dots.

Under the hood is a 23-jewel automatic movement, the 500P1, with a 40-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters. This model is paired with a stainless steel interchangeable bracelet with a folding clasp. 

Price: $14,300

26.  HUBLOT BIG BANG ONE CLICK STEEL DIAMONDS 33MM (REF. 485.SX.1270.RX.1204)

The Big Bang One Click Steel Diamonds by Hublot is modern, bold, and smooth, and comes across as sporty, rugged, delicate, and lovely all at the same time, like an iron fist in a velvet glove. 

The stainless steel case measures 33mm. The fixed bezel displays 36 stunning diamonds that ring the bezel behind a sapphire crystal. The dial is a polished black beauty with diamonds marking the hours and a date window at 3 o’clock. The hands are sword-style silver. 

The timepiece is powered by the HUB1120 self-winding movement with a power reserve of 40 hours. It’s water resistant to 100 meters and fitted with a black structured lined rubber strap with stainless steel deployant buckle clasp. 

Price: $14,600

27.  GLASHÜTTE ORIGINAL LADY SERENADE (REF. 1-39-22-09-16-04)

The Lady Serenade is an elegant timepiece. The bicolor case measures 36mm and sits on the wrist at 10.2mm thick. The case is a polished steel with a yellow-gold fixed bezel ringed in diamonds. 

The dial is a luxurious mother-of-pearl with yellow gold polished hands and Roman numeral applied indices, and there’s a date window at 6 o’clock. This is both an expertly crafted German watch and a stylish work of art. 

The timepiece is powered by an in-house automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. It’s water resistant to 50 meters and paired with a Louisiana alligator white/beige leather strap with buckle. For an additional price, there’s also a stainless steel bracelet option. 

Price: $14,100

28.  IWC PORTOFINO AUTOMATIC 34MM (REF. IW357406)

If you’re looking for something that sparkles, it’s hard to find a watch with more bling than the Portofino Auto by IWC. The solid 18-karat gold case measures 34mm and sits on the wrist at 8.6mm. 

The fixed gold bezel is ringed with diamonds, and even the lugs are wrapped in diamonds. The dial of the timepiece is an absolute stunner with 104 diamonds and embossed silver plating. Atop the shimmering dial are gold applique hands and a mix of Roman numerals and indices. 

The watch is powered by the 25-jewel 35100 caliber automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. It’s water resistant to 30 meters and features hacking seconds, a quick change bracelet system, and the face is protected by a sapphire crystal. The timepiece is fitted with a black alligator leather strap with a solid gold buckle. 

Price: $20,500

29.  F.P. JOURNE ÉLÉGANTE 40 MM TITANIUM WHITE

The Journe Élégante is a unique timepiece that, on the surface, appears to be a traditional luxury watch; however, under the hood, it’s packed with the latest, cutting-edge technology. What further makes this model special is that all these high-tech instruments work seamlessly with old-school gears and movements. 

The titanium case measures 40 by 35mm and sits on the wrist at 7.35mm. The crisp white dial displays sharp blue hands and black painted numerals with a small seconds sundial at 6 o’clock and a visible gear at 4 o’clock. 

The electro-mechanical movement is wound when in motion; however, when the timepiece is motionless, the hands stop turning during standby, and the microprocessor continues keeping time while the gears and rotors stop. 

Then when movement resumes, those hands set themselves to the correct time. It’s water resistant to 30 meters and paired with a white rubber strap with a folding clasp. 

Price: Approx. $35,000

30.  ROLEX LADY-DATEJUST GOLD PRESIDENT (REF. 279178-0022)

The DateJust is Rolex’s workhorse and an icon that is instantly recognizable. The Lady-DateJust Gold President is a classic. The case is solid 18-karat yellow gold with a fluted fixed bezel and measures 28mm. 

The sunray yellow gold dial with raised gold Roman numerals, gold hands, and the Cyclops date window at 3 o’clock combine to create a timeless design that’s also well made and sure to last generations. This timepiece is made for a woman of substance. 

The watch face is protected by sapphire crystal, features a screw-down crown, and is water-resistant to 100 meters. 

It is powered by Rolex’s COSC-certified caliber 2236 automatic movement with a 55-hour power reserve and an accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day. The timepiece is completed by the gorgeous President solid gold bracelet with concealed folding crown clasp. This is one to measure the others by. 

Price: $27,100

31.  BLANCPAIN LADYBIRD COLORS (REF. 3661 1954 55B)

Blancpain is a Swiss luxury timepiece manufacturer that was founded in 1735. They’re probably best known for their Fifty Fathoms diving watch, first released in 1953. The timepiece we’re examining here is from the Blancpain Ladybird collection. 

Their Colors model 3661195455B has a feminine quality with its liberal use of diamonds and purple. The solid white gold case measures 34.9mm, sits on the wrist at 9.2mm, and has a lug width of 18mm. The fixed bezel is ringed with diamonds, and the lugs are also wrapped in diamonds. 

The white mother-of-pearl-like dial offers two white gold baton hands, a central register ringed in diamonds with an intersecting smaller seconds register at 6 o’clock, also ringed in diamonds. The hours are marked in purple painted Roman numerals. 

The timepiece is powered by Blancpain’s caliber 1163 automatic movement and is water-resistant to 30 meters. The watch is fitted with a purple alligator leather strap with a folding clasp. There are ten different configurations in the Ladybird Color collection, and six different colors are offered. 

Price: $32,000

32.  CARTIER PASHA ROSE GOLD DIAMONDS (REF. WJPA0017)

The Pasha Rose Gold Diamonds is another work of art from Cartier. The 18-karat solid rose gold case measures 30mm and sits on the wrist at 8.2mm thick. The pink gold bezel is set with 42 brilliantly cut diamonds. The dial is a lovely opaline flinqué with sharp blue diamond-like hands and numerals painted black at 12,3,6 and 9. There’s a solid gold fluted crown cap and crow with a sapphire tip.

The timepiece is powered by a high-autonomy quartz movement and is water-resistant to 30 meters. Even the lugs on this watch are a thick solid gold and are fitted with a red alligator strap with an 18-karat gold deployant buckle. This timepiece also features a QuickSwitch system, which allows for the strap to be swapped for another without the use of watch tools. 

Price: $20,200

33.  BULGARI SERPENTI SPIGA (REF. 103658)

Are you a strange lady who likes snakes? Would you like one regularly wrapped around your wrist? If so, you’re going to want to check out the Bulgari Serpenti Spiga. Kidding aside, in many cultures, the serpent is a symbol of health and fertility. This is a unique design for a timepiece that is sure to be admired. 

The watch case is a solid 18-karat gold in the shape of a snake head or what they call a drop shape, which measures 35mm. The sides of the bezel are ringed with diamonds. The malachite, bright green dial with a horizontal line pattern is a stunner, with its pink gold hands and indices. The gold crown is capped with cabochon-cut rubellite.

The timepiece is powered by a quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 meters. The 18-karat solid pink gold, double-spiral bracelet is something to behold, with all its intricate patterns and diamonds. The design is both modern, sophisticated, and ancient in its symbolism. 

Price: $77,500

34.  PATEK PHILIPPE CALATRAVA LADIES (REF. 4997/200R)

Patek Philippe is one of the standard bears of Swiss luxury watches. This Calatrava Ladies timepiece is something to behold. The dial is mesmerizing with its embossed concentric wave pattern and lacquered purple, pink-gilt. The rose gold sword-like hands and gold indices are gratefully applied. The solid rose gold case measures 30mm, sits on the wrist at 7.4mm thick, and has a lug-to-lug width of 35mm. The fixed bezel is ringed with 76 .55 ct diamonds. 

The timepiece is powered by an in-house self-winding 240 caliber movement with a 48-hour power reserve, a balance spring, 6 bridges, and 27 jewels, all of which can be viewed through the open caseback. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and fitted with a purple calfskin strap with a pin buckle. 

Price: $38,400

35.  VACHERON CONSTANTIN MALTE MANUAL-WINDING (REF. 81515/000R-9892)

Vacheron Constantin started as a clock-making company in 1775. Today they’re owned by the Swiss Richemont Group. The Malte is a classy ladies timepiece with an 18-karat solid pink gold case in a tonneau shape. The fixed pink-gold bezel is adorned with 50 round-cut diamonds. 

The case measures 34.4 by 28.4mm and sits on the wrist at 7.72mm. The dial features rose gold hands and applied gold indices with Roman numerals at XII and VI with a sunken small seconds hand register at 6 o’clock. 

The timepiece is powered by a caliber 1400 manual-winding movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap adrillion buckle. 

Price: $36,200

36.  AUDEMARS PIGUET ROYAL OAK FROSTED GOLD (REF. 77353BC.GG.1263BC.01)

The Royal Oak is one of the most popular models offered by Audemars Piguet. The case of this fine timepiece is a solid 18-karat frosted white gold and measures 34mm, and sits on the wrist at 8.8mm. 

The fixed octagonal bezel is also solid white frosted gold and features eight distinctive screws. White gold hands and indices are set against a light blue Grande Tapisserie pattern dial with a date window at 3 o’clock. 

The watch is powered by a 28-jewel in-house automatic movement with a 50-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 50 meters. The timepiece is fitted with a hammered 18-karat frosted white gold bracelet with an AP folding clasp. 

Price: $60,300

37.  PARMIGIANI FLEURIER TONDA PF AUTOMATIC ROSE GOLD DEEP RUBY (REF. PFC804-2020001-200182)

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Auto is a distinctive vintage design. The rose gold case measures 36mm and sits on the wrist at 8.6mm. The fixed-knurled platinum bezel, with its sophisticated, polished surfaces, complements the timepiece well. 

18 karat rose gold skeletonized delta-shaped hands are set against a deep ruby dial with a grain d’Orge guilloché finishing. The hours are marked by hand-applied rhodium-plated raised indices with 12 baguette diamonds. 

The face of the timepiece is protected by a sapphire crystal. Under the hood is a 29-jewel in-house automatic movement with a 60-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters. The timepiece is fitted with a rose gold bracelet with brushed inner links and polished outer links. 

Price: Approx. $60,000

38.  OMEGA AQUA TERRA ROSE GOLD DIAMONDS (REF. 220.58.38.20.99.002)

This timepiece is absolutely spectacular and sparkling. Omega describes the solid 18-karat case of this watch as Sedna gold. The case measures 38mm, sits on the wrist at 12.3mm, and has a lug-to-lug measurement of 45mm. 

The fixed rose gold bezel is ringed with diamonds. The same Sedna gold is used for the hands that are set against a dazzling display of 696 diamonds covering the entire dial. The hours are beautifully marked with marquise-cut blue sapphires, which always pair perfectly with diamonds. 

There’s more to this watch than just good looks. It’s also powered by a Master Chronometer certified caliber 8807 automatic movement with a 55-hour power reserve. It’s also anti-magnetic and anti-shock. The timepiece is water-resistant to 150 meters and is paired with a blue alligator leather strap that matches the blue sapphire indices. Every detail of this watch is done right. 

Price: $53,200

39.  ROLEX DAY-DATE 36 (REF. 128349RBR-0031)

The Rolex Day-Date is simply a classic. It’s hard to beat Rolex with their exceptional craftsmanship, their timeless designs, and the way they often hold and even increase in value. This configuration of the Day-Date is extra special. The case is made from solid 18-karat white gold and measures 36mm. 

The fixed white gold bezel is ringed in diamonds. The dial appears to my eye as a turquoise marble pattern with a day window at 12 o’clock and a Cyclops date at 3 o’clock. The indices and Roman numerals are lined in white gold and set with 24 diamonds for a stunning display. 

The timepiece is powered by an in-house 3255 automatic movement with a power reserve of 70 hours. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters, and the face is protected by a sapphire crystal. All this is paired with a President bracelet from Rolex in 18-karat white gold with satin outer links, polished inner links, and a concealed folding crown clasp. 

Price: $95,000

40.  PATEK PHILIPPE LADY NAUTILUS (REF. 7118/1R)

This is another charming timepiece from Patek Philippe. The Lady Nautilus is a solid rose gold cushion-shaped case that measures 25.2mm and sits on the wrist at 8.62mm. 

The brushed gold bezel pairs nicely with a silver opaline dial with a horizontal line pattern, gold sword-style hands, hour markers and numerals. There’s a date window at 6 o’clock for added functionality. The design is simple, modern, and yet vintage in shape. 

The watch is powered by a caliber 324 S C automatic movement and is water resistant to 60 meters. The timepiece is fitted with a rose gold bracelet with satin out links, polished inner links, and a fold-over clasp. Patek Philippe is the “gold standard” in luxury watches, and this model upholds that respected tradition. 

Price: $57,960

41.  JAQUET DROZ LADY 8 FLOWER (REF. J032003200)

Here is a truly special timepiece from Jaquet Droz, a Swiss company founded in the 18th century, named after its founder Pierre Jaquet-Droz, who built animated dolls and mechanical birds to help sell their watches. The Lady 8 Flower is a work of wrist art that has to be seen to be fully appreciated. 

Atop the case is an ornate pink jeweled flower behind a domed crystal. The 18-karat rose gold case measures 35mm and sits on the wrist at 12.76mm (there’s a second height of the encased flow, which is 17.60mm). The fixed bezel is set with 114 diamonds. The dial is an 18-karat red gold guilloché pattern with an 18-karat red gold butterfly that’s hand-painted and engraved. 

The timepiece is powered by a 29-jewel Jaquet Droz 615 automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. It’s water-resistant to 30 meters and has a rolled-edge brown alligator leather strap with a gold folding clasp. 

Price: Approx. $150,000

42.  RICHARD MILLE RM 07-02 AUTOMATIC SAPPHIRE SET

Richard Mille is a Swiss luxury timepiece maker founded in 2001 that specializes in rather extravagant clockwork watches, to say the least, and is excessively expensive. This model is typically sold in the seven-figure range, more than most people’s homes. The tonneau-shaped case of this watch is made from a single block of pink-tinted semi-translucent sapphire. 

In fact, Richard Mille says it takes nearly 40 days to machine and finish the case. The case displays the in-house skeletonized movement in 5N red gold for the pink version. There are also versions available in green, blue, pink, and brown. The case measures 32.9mm by 46.75mm and 14.35mm. 

One has to see the timepiece for themselves, as descriptions can’t capture it fully, but the dial is a mother-of-pearl, surrounded by gold and diamond, and seems to be designed to evoke a high degree of sensuality. The watch is powered by a caliber CRMA5 automatic movement. The timepiece is paired with a white rubber strap. 

Price: Approx. $1,000,000

Parting Thoughts

There’s so much variety to choose from in women’s luxury timepieces, and hopefully, this article has exposed you to some of the very best brands and models out there. 

Brands like Tissot, Hamilton, and Mido offer quality at a price. Brands such as Rolex, Omega, and Patek Philippe are at the higher end of the price scale but tend to hold their value. More extravagant brands like Richard Mille are likely out of reach, even for the bulk of the wealthy, but they are fun to explore. Whether you’re trendy or classic, sporty or sparkly, there’s something for everyone in this article. 

best automatic watches from affordable to luxury

I love watches, from their history to their engineering and craftsmanship; so many things draw me toward a timepiece. However, I’m a realist. I understand that I can’t have every Rolex, Zenith, or Patek Phillippe that catches my fancy, and the same goes with most watch lovers. 

So I’ve compiled a list of some of the best automatic watches, from the ones you can get for a couple of hundred bucks to some worth over a million. Whether you’re interested in dropping a big bag on a self-winding timepiece or have a tight budget, this is a guide on automatic watches across different price ranges and some things you should know before making that purchase.

About Automatic Watches

Maybe I love them because they have more complications than your average quartz timepiece or because of their sweeping second hands; I don’t know. But I always look for the next automatic watch to add to my collection. 

As early as the 1770s, an automatic watch had been invented by Abraham-Louis Perrelet, and it was just known as an ordinary self-winding watch. People didn’t fancy it because of how complex, expensive, and inefficient it was then. 

John Harwood designed a more straightforward and accurate self-winding mechanism in the early 1920s, and this one featured a weighted rotor that sways anytime the wearer moves their arm, and it powers a spring that pushes the watch gear, which goes to the hands. He began producing more after his invention was patented in 1923. 

The watches became more popular in the 1930s when they became more efficient and less expensive. The Second World War heightened its popularity as soldiers wanted a timepiece that didn’t require hand-winding, so they started using automatic watches. Since then, they have become one of the world’s most used types of watches. They are now popular among every notable watchmaker worldwide.

What to Look for in Automatic Watches

With so many automatic timepieces from various brands, selecting the right one might be a task. These are a few things to look out for before buying one.

Watch Design

Like every other movement, automatic watches come in different styles and designs. Do you want a timepiece for casual wear or one that can be styled on your suit and tie, or a watch that can take some severe beating? There are automatic watches that serve these purposes, so you have to carefully select the one designed to best fit your needs.

Accuracy of the Watch

Typically, automatic watches are a lot more accurate than quartz movement because of the constant movement of the mainspring of the timepiece that keeps it running. However, the accuracy varies from watch to watch, so you would want to pick one that has a high level of accuracy. Getting an automatic timepiece with a COSC certification might be a good idea because they’ve been tested to meet a high level of accuracy.

Power Reserve

The power reserve of an automatic watch should also be considered before buying one because each watch comes with different levels of power reserve. An average automatic watch has up to 40 hours of power reserve, so if you want a self-winding timepiece with more power, you must look for models that meet that need. 

Water Resistance

Suppose you’re constantly on the field or work with electricity, water, or any other substance commonly known to cause damage to watches. In that case, you should get an automatic timepiece resistant to those things. These watches have different resistance levels, so you should look for one with the perfect level of resistance for your specific purpose.

Price of the Watch

The materials, engineering, and craftsmanship of an automatic watch would determine how expensive it will be. And their prices range from a few hundred dollars to more than a million dollars, so you want to have a budget to avoid spending beyond necessary.

The Best Automatic Watches From Affordable to Luxury

After considering all of these, you should be ready to buy your automatic watch now, so here are the 30 best self-winding timepieces across all brands, from affordable to luxury.

1. Seiko 5 SNK809

The Seiko 5 SNK809 is the pure definition of a timeless timepiece. The design is understated and will remain trendy for a long time. Its 37mm stainless steel case features a black dial with white luminous hands and markers. It has crystals made of Hardlex, which are more potent than ordinary mineral crystals. 

The automatic Seiko 7S26 movement powers it with a 40 hours power reserve and a 30mm water resistance. The history of this timepiece stands out as it’s been in production for about 60 years, and it’s still a prevalent Seiko watch model. It’s a stylish timepiece that’s fit for everyday wear. If you are looking for a classic and affordable automatic timepiece for around $150, you can get a Seiko 5 SNK809.

2. Swatch Sistem51 WAKTU51

2. Swatch Sistem51 WAKTU51

This Swatch is one of the most recent additions to the collection. The colorful call to action at the back, which says, “Don’t be too late”, is an excellent sales move by the brand. It is covered in blue bio-sourced materials, which sets it apart from most swatch timepieces. 

It has a case measurement of 42mm and features a navy blue dial with colored indexes. It is powered by the Sistem51 automatic movement, famous for its efficiency and accuracy. It also has a 90 hours power reserve and a water resistance of 30 meters.

It’s a very sturdy watch that’s fit for outdoor activities and would look sharp on any casual outfit. If you love timepieces with unique and colorful designs, this timepiece is a steal for you at just $165. 

3. Orient Kamasu (ref. RA-AA0001B19A)

3. Orient Kamasu (ref. RA-AA0001B19A)

Finding an affordable dive watch that offers good quality is hard. But at $335, this Orient Kamasu dive watch provides quality and great value. I love the Caliber F6922 movement it comes with; it makes it possible for you to stop the second’s hand and set a precise time down to the seconds. 

Its stainless steel case measures 41.8mm and a 12.8mm thickness. It features a steel bracelet and a steel unidirectional bezel. It has a black dial with day and date functions. The Orient Kamasu has a water resistance of 200 meters and a 40 hours power reserve.

The features of the Orient timepiece are similar to the ones found in much more expensive Orient watches, and it is also a great option if you’re looking for an automatic dive watch.

4. Citizen Tsuyosa (ref. NJ0150-56L)

4. Citizen Tsuyosa (ref. NJ0150-56L)

This Citizen timepiece offers both style and affordability. The blue dial and classy design make a perfect dress watch. It features a 40mm stainless steel case and bracelet with anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The Caliber 8210 automatic movement powers it with a 45-hour power reserve. 

The silver detail on the dial of the Citizen Tsuyosa adds to the classy look and is so eye-catching. This is a simple Citizen timepiece that offers good quality at $450. If you’re looking for an automatic watch that can be styled up or down, this Citizen Tsuyosa is an excellent option.

5. Timex Giorgio Galli S1 (ref. TW2V03500GO)

5. Timex Giorgio Galli S1 (ref. TW2V03500GO)

The collaboration between Timex and Giorgio Galli brought about this masterpiece, and it is obvious there was a lot of attention to detail. It features a 38mm stainless steel case with a dark blue dial. Using silver indexes and a sapphire stone just above the 6 o’clock marker adds elegance to the dial. 

The strap is made of very soft synthetic rubber with a riveted strap. A Japanese automatic movement powers it, and it has 50 meters of water resistance. The timepiece perfectly fits wrists between six to eight inches. It’s a durable timepiece that can be styled casually and on corporate outfits. The Timex Giorgio Galli S1 is a watch for calm and stylish men, and it currently sells for $450.

6. Bulova Maquina Automatic (ref. 98A179)

6. Bulova Maquina Automatic (ref. 98A179)

This Bulova watch is very masculine, and I’ll recommend it for bold and active men. It’s a classic but with a little modern twist to it. The Maquina Automatic features a Gunmetal 46mm case made of stainless steel. It has a black skeletonized dial with silver accents.

 A Caliber 8N26 automatic movement powers it and has a water resistance of 100 meters. It features a black steel strap, making the watch look much more fantastic. If you’re looking for an automatic timepiece that you can style on any outfit and would bring out that masculine energy inside you, the Bulova Maquina Automatic is for you, and it currently sells for around $550. 

7. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Ice Blue (ref. T137.407.11.351.00)

7. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Ice Blue (ref. T137.407.11.351.00)

I recently became a fan of Tissot watches, and the simplicity in their designs keeps me dreaming about wearing one on my Navy Blue Tuxedo. The PRX Powermatic is a simple watch for the modern man.

It has a 40mm stainless steel case with an ice-blue dial. It has lumed hands and markers for easy readability. The Powermatic 80 movement powers it with a power reserve of 80 hours. It’s a slim and classy timepiece with a 70s look. It has a stainless steel bracelet with a butterfly clasp and push buttons. This timepiece is for men with an eye for unique designs and is sold for around $700.

8. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto (ref. H70455133)

The no-nonsense design of field watches makes them stand out from other watch types. The Hamilton Khaki Field Auto is a military-inspired timepiece that carries the look and the functional features. 

Its 38mm case size will sit perfectly on any wrist. It has a stainless steel case that features a deep black dial with indices and markers. 

It features the H-10, which is an in-house Hamilton automatic movement. It has an 80 hours power reserve with a water resistance of 100 meters. It’s an excellent choice for active men who want to look stylish. The Hamilton Khaki Field Auto offers good value for around $600.

9. Mido Ocean Star 200 (ref. M026.430.11.041.00)

9. Mido Ocean Star 200 (ref. M026.430.11.041.00)

For a Dive watch, the Mido Ocean Star 200 is a steal for around $800. Dive watches are one of my favorites, and this Ocean Star has me staring at my card like a hungry lion. It has a 42.5mm case diameter and a case thickness of 11.6mm. 

Inside is the Mido Caliber 80 Automatic ETA movement with a power reserve of 80 hours and 200 meters of water resistance. It features a light blue dial and a unidirectional light blue bezel. The Mido Ocean Star 200 is a perfect companion on a dive or the field and can also turn heads if styled on a corporate outfit. 

10. Longines Flagship Heritage (ref. L4.795.4.58.0)

10. Longines Flagship Heritage (ref. L4.795.4.58.0)

This Longines timepiece is a timeless classic that has been turning heads for decades, and it also carries a modern Swiss automatic movement. It has a case that measures 38.5mm in diameter and a 10.3mm case thickness. Its black dial is brushed and features light brown hands and indexes. 

Its strap is made of black crocodile leather and a tang-type steel buckle. Inside, it is an ETA 2892-A2-based automatic movement. It has a 50 hours power reserve and 30 meters of water resistance. The Longines Flagship Heritage is a perfect dress watch that would stand any man out. It sells for around $2,000.

11. Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic (ref. AL-525TB4AE6B)

11. Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic (ref. AL-525TB4AE6B)

Watches that carry the look of this Alpina are usually fragile and often can’t take a beating. I had the chance to try the Alpiner Extreme Automatic at a store, and it’s a total machine. It features a polished and brushed stainless steel case with a diameter of 42.5mm. It has a triangle-patterned blue dial with silver-colored hands and markers. Its buckle is also made of stainless steel with a folding clasp. 

Inside this Alpina is the Caliber AL-525 automatic movement with a power reserve of 38 hours. It also features an engraved case back that is see-through and has a 200 meters water resistance. This Alpina is a versatile timepiece for very stylish men that want to make a statement, and it can be styled on any outfit. The Alpina Alpiner Extreme Automatic currently sells for $2,195. 

12. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT (ref. WBP2010.BA0632)

12. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT (ref. WBP2010.BA0632)

The GMT feature on this TAG Heuer timepiece allows you to keep track of the time in different time zones, so if you’re a globetrotter looking for an automatic watch to buy, the Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT is a good choice.

It features a 43mm polished steel case and a blue dial with white and yellow hands. It has a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp. The Caliber 7 automatic movement powers it with a 50 hours power reserve and a water resistance of 200 meters. This TAG Heuer is a purpose-built timepiece for active individuals and can be styled up or down. The TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300 GMT offers good quality at $3,900.

13. Tudor Black Bay 54 (ref. M79000N-0001)

13. Tudor Black Bay 54 (ref. M79000N-0001)

The release of the Black Bay 54 pleased many watch lovers because the previous models were mainly for bigger wrists. This 37mm case is noticeably smaller than the earlier Black Bay. It features a stainless steel case with a satin finish. It has a black domed dial and a black unidirectional bezel.

Inside it is the Caliber MT5400 automatic movement with a bidirectional rotor system. It has a 70 hours power reserve and water resistance of 200 meters. It is a sturdy Tudor timepiece that can be used for any activity. This watch offers excellent quality for its price of $3,850.

14. Oris Big Crown Caliber 473 (ref. 01 473 7786 4065-07 5 19 22FC)

14. Oris Big Crown Caliber 473 (ref. 01 473 7786 4065-07 5 19 22FC)

Oris watches have a rich history, which has drawn me to them. This Oris Big Crown is a simple and stylish timepiece with unique designs. Its 38mm case is made from stainless steel, and it features a blue dial with luminous silver hands and markers. 

It is powered by the Oris Caliber 473 in-house movement with 5 days of power reserve and a 50 meters water resistance. Its strap is made of dark brown leather with a steel buckle. It is a simple and durable dress watch for calm and confident men. It currently sells for around $4,000.

15. Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT 40 (ref. A32398101B1A1)

15. Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT 40 (ref. A32398101B1A1)

The Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT is another great travel companion that cannot be skipped. Not only does it have a dual time zone, but the GMT feature is also one of the easiest I’ve seen. Its case measures 40mm in diameter and has a case thickness of 11.7mm. 

The onion-shaped crown makes it easy to adjust the different time zones, while the 24-hour scale allows you to track each time zone and quickly know whether it’s morning or night. The Breitling Caliber 32 automatic movement powers it with a 42 hours power reserve and 200 meters of water resistance. The Breitling Chronomat Automatic GMT 40 can be worn and styled up or down. It offers good quality at its current price of $5,950.

16. Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref. 130.30.39.21.02.001)

16. Omega Constellation Globemaster (ref. 130.30.39.21.02.001)

The Globemaster collection is known for its simple yet outstanding design, and this model further seals that fact. The Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900 powers it with a 60 hours power reserve and a water resistance of 100 meters. It also features an anti-magnetic function of up to 1.5 Tesla. It is a Master Chronometer and COSC-certified watch, with a timezone function that adjusts the hour hand to any timezone without the watch stopping. 

Its 39mm case features a silver dial with dark and white hands and markers and a Constellation star at the bottom of the dial. Suppose you’re looking for an automatic watch that’s simple and unique. This Omega Constellation is for you, and it currently sells for around $6,000.

17. Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey Titanium (ref. 542.NX.7071.RX)

17. Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey Titanium (ref. 542.NX.7071.RX)

This timepiece is a fusion of luxury and sportiness, and it has recently become popular among enthusiasts. The 42mm titanium case features a gray sunray dial with silver hands and markers. Its strap is made of rubber with a deployant clasp. 

The HUB1110 automatic in-house movement powers it with a 42 hours power reserve and a 50 meters water resistance. It also features a polished titanium bezel and screws. The Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Gray Titanium is a stylish watch for any outfit. For around $7,500, you can lay your hands on one.

18. Cartier Santos Large (ref. WSSA0018)

18. Cartier Santos Large (ref. WSSA0018)

This Cartier Santos won’t only serve you for a lifetime; the build of this timepiece makes it a perfect heirloom that can be passed down to generations. It is controlled by the Caliber 1847 MC self-winding mechanical movement with 42 hours of power reserve and water resistance of 100 meters. Its stainless steel case has a dimension of 39.8mm x 9.38mm, and it features an opaline silver dial. 

Its steel bracelet has a smart link adjustment and an alternative strap made of calfskin. The exposed screws on the bracelet and bezel add to its sophisticated look. The Santos Large has been seen on the wrist of action stars like Keanu Reeves and Will Smith in movies, so if you want an automatic watch that will make you look like the lead role in an action movie, the Cartier Santos Large is a great choice. It is priced at $7,750.

19. Panerai Luminor 8 Days (ref. PAM00795)

19. Panerai Luminor 8 Days (ref. PAM00795)

Not only can the Luminox 8 days last for more than a week. It also comes in various materials like gold, titanium, and steel. It also features a 44mm case with a black dial, a power reserve indicator, and small seconds hands. Its strap is made of thick calfskin and also comes in different colors. 

Inside, it has the Caliber P.5002 movement, with a water resistance of 300 meters. Panerai watches were initially made for the Italian Navy, and they have maintained that sturdy build to date. This timepiece is for men who need rugged everyday wear. The Panerai Luminor 8 Days offer good quality for around $7,000.

20. Glashütte Original PanoReserve (ref. 1-65-01-26-12-61)

20. Glashütte Original PanoReserve (ref. 1-65-01-26-12-61)

The leather and stainless steel bracelet option on the Glashütte Original PanoReserve makes it a watch that can be styled comfortably on any outfit. It is a feature-rich timepiece with a classic touch to it. Its 40mm case is made of stainless steel and features a galvanized blue dial. 

Inside is the Glashütte Caliber 65-01 movement with 42 hours of power reserve and a 50 meters water resistance. The dial features a small second, Panorama date, Power reserve display, and hour and minutes functions. This Original PanoReserve timepiece would make a statement if styled up or down, and it sells for around $9,000.

21. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds (ref. Q397848J)

21. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Seconds (ref. Q397848J)

This timepiece carries all the functions of the classic Reverso watches and some modern additions that have increased its beauty a lot more. Its case has a measurement of 45.6mm x 27.4mm, and it features a brushed blue sunray dial. 

It has a blue calfskin leather strap with a double-folding buckle. Its 8.5mm thickness would fit perfectly under the cuffs of any shirt or suit. It has a 42 hours power reserve and a water resistance of 30 meters.  The Reverso Tribute Monoface Small Second will surely turn heads, and it sells for $10,600.

22. IWC Big Pilot’s Watch (ref. IW501001)

I love big watches because they make me feel confident, and the IWC Big Pilots Watch is such a beast. It’s a well-built timepiece that can last you a lifetime. Its case has a 46.2mm diameter and a height of 15.6mm. 

The Caliber 52010 automatic movement powers it with a power reserve of 168 hours. It features a black dial and a black strap made of calfskin. It is a perfect timepiece for any field activity, and it can also be styled casually and in corporate outfits. It is currently priced at around $11,000.

23. Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Tentagraph SLGC001

23. Grand Seiko Evolution 9 Tentagraph SLGC001

The Evolution 9 Tentagraph is the first mechanical Chronograph timepiece on Seiko’s lineup, and it is such a stunner. The 43.2mm case of the Evolution 9 Tentagraph is made of high-intensity titanium which is a lot lighter than a stainless steel watch. It features a deep blue dial with white and silver hands and markers.

Inside it is a high beat Chronograph, the new Caliber 9SC5 movement with 72 hours power reserve. It also features a titanium bezel, bracelet, and clasp. The Evolution 9 Tentagraph is a functional and well-built timepiece, and it offers good quality for its price of around $13,000.

24. Rolex Submariner Date (ref. 126610LN)

24. Rolex Submariner Date (ref. 126610LN)

The Submariner Date is the first Rolex on the list, and trust it to steal the show. The Oyster Steel case, the Cyclops lens on the date window, and the movement are the things I love about the Submariner Date. The case has a measurement of 41mm, and it features a very legible black dial. 

The Caliber 3235 automatic Rolex movement powers it with a 70 hours power reserve and 300 meters of water resistance. The bracelet is also made of Oyster steel and a folding Oysterlock. The Rolex Submariner Date can play the role of your daily beater and can turn heads if styled on any outfit. This timepiece currently sells for $10,250. 

25. Breguet Classique 7137 (ref. 7137BB/Y5/9VU)

25. Breguet Classique 7137 (ref. 7137BB/Y5/9VU)

The phases and age of the moon feature on the Breguet Classique will get everyone asking about your watch if you have one on. It features a gold case that measures 39mm in diameter and 8.65mm in case thickness. Inside is the Caliber 502.3DR1 automatic movement with a power reserve of 46 hours. 

The dial features a power reserve indicator, date, and moon sub-dials. The Breguet Classique comes in white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold versions. If you’re looking for an automatic watch that will make you the center of attention at any gathering, this is your timepiece. It sells for $42,100.

26. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph (ref. 5500V/110A-B686)

26. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph (ref. 5500V/110A-B686)

The Constantin Overseas is the definition of an elegant timepiece. The attention to detail on the bezel and bracelet makes it unique. Its 42.5mm case features a silver dial with black subdials and silver hands and markers. 

It is powered by the Caliber 5200 automatic movement with a power reserve of 52 hours. The dial features a 30-minute counter, Small seconds, calendar aperture, and Chronograph functions. It has 150 meters of water resistance, and it also has an anti-magnetism feature. The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph is a versatile watch for active men. It currently sells for $35,909.

27. Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase (ref. 5712/1A-001)

27. Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase (ref. 5712/1A-001)

This Nautilus was launched in 2006 to mark 30 years of the birth of the collection. Both a casual and dress watch, the Nautilus Moon Phase is the total package. Its octagonal stainless steel case measures 31mm in diameter and a height of 3.98mm. The black-blue dial features moon phases, power reserve, date, and small seconds subdials. 

Controlling it is the Caliber 240 PS IRM CLU automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve and a 60 meters water resistance. It’s pretty enough to turn heads when styled on your tuxedo and can function as your sturdy daily beater when required. The Patek Phillipe Nautilus Moon Phase is currently sold for $50,860.

28. A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Lange 31 (ref. 130.039F)

28. A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Lange 31 (ref. 130.039F)

The Lange 31 is not only known for its build and cost, but it also has its name engraved in the Book of Horology as the first mechanical timepiece with a power reserve of 31 days and a patented power system. 

Its 45.9mm case is made of 18 carats of white gold, and it features a gray dial with silver hands. It is powered by the Caliber L034.1 movement, which has up to 406 parts. Its strap is made of brown alligator leather with a white gold clasp. It’s a limited edition timepiece of 100 pieces, and it sells for around $100,000. The Lange 31 is a stylish watch for men with purpose and drive.

29. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Blue Ceramic (ref. 26579CS.OO.1225CS.01)

29. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Blue Ceramic (ref. 26579CS.OO.1225CS.01)

What is this list without the Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Blue Ceramic? If you don’t like being stared at or becoming the center of attention in every gathering, you should probably take a back seat on this one because it is a total people magnet. It features a 41mm blue ceramic case with a blue dial patterned in Grande Tapisserie. Its bracelet is made of blue ceramic, with the Audemars Piguet folding clasp. 

Inside is the Caliber 5134 automatic movement with a 40 hours power reserve. It has special functions like an astronomical moon, month, and leap year indicators. The Perpetual Calendar Blue Ceramic is a timepiece for people who want to be noticed for their style. It is priced between $500,000 to $600,000.

30. Richard Mille RM88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

30. Richard Mille RM88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley

Have you ever seen a timepiece that can literally make you smile? Well, this Richard Mille Tourbillon would surely make a smiley statement with its happy face. Inside is the Caliber CRMT7 automatic in-house movement, a skeletonized winding tourbillon movement with a power reserve of 50 hours and a 50 meters water resistance. 

This masterpiece is built with carbon fiber, titanium, and gold. For a watch with such size and complications, it’s still a relatively light timepiece. The Richard Mille RM88 Automatic Winding Tourbillon Smiley is another watch for men that want to make a statement, as it sells for over $1 million!

Conclusion 

Adding an automatic timepiece to your wardrobe will bring some sophistication to your look and give a touch of luxury to any outfit you have on. Self-winding watches are also a more accurate and environmentally favorable option than any other movement. 

So if you’re looking for a timepiece to up your style and help you function more accurately, you should go for an automatic watch.

Best Seiko Watches

Ah, Seiko…the embodiment of Japanese beauty, intricately woven into horological masterpieces. Seiko watches are more than mere timekeeping devices because they bind us to a legacy that reaches far beyond the hands of a clock.

With a rich history dating back to 1881 and delicate craftsmanship infused into each watch, you can’t help but feel the weight of tradition, precision, and artistry.

Seiko watches are a celebration of innovation, blending modernity with the good old days, boldness with subtlety, and power with grace. Here at Exquisite Timepieces, we want you to own the very best and flaunt stunning watches that mirror your gran sentido de la moda with every tick.

Introducing……*drum rolls please* the 30 best Seiko watches in 2024!!!  Before we delve into the el punto principal, here’s a brief buying guide.

About Seiko Watches

Seiko is a well-known Japanese watch company with a rich history and a reputation for producing high-quality timepieces for over a century now. The brand is highly regarded for its craftsmanship, affordability, and pioneering innovations in the watch industry. 

Notably, it introduced the world’s first quartz watch in 1969 and has continued to develop new technologies over the years. While the brand is famous for its quartz watches, it also offers an array of mechanical and automatic timepieces. 

These collections are almost like little sub-brands in different niches. They include the Seiko 5, Prospex (Professional Specifications), Presage (dress/casual watches), Astron, Coutura, Seiko King, etc.

The Seiko 5 collection typically offers affordable entry-level watches, with prices starting from around $180.

Prices for Prospex models can range from $350 to $1,500 or more, depending on the model. Prices for Presage models usually start around $300 and can go up to well over $1,000 for limited editions and special designs.

When you buy a Seiko watch, you can expect a timepiece that combines quality craftsmanship, precision engineering, and a rich watchmaking heritage. With iconic lines featuring dress watches, sports watches, dive watches, chronographs, and more, Seiko’s got you whether you’re looking for a classic timepiece or a specialized tool watch.

Seiko watches are known for their robustness and longevity. They are designed to withstand daily wear and tear, and many models are water-resistant, making them suitable for various activities and environments. 

Many watch enthusiasts and collectors deeply appreciate Seiko timepieces, giving the brand a significant global presence in various markets, including the United States, Europe, and Asia. Its watches are also available in multiple countries, making them accessible to a broad customer base.

History of Seiko Watches

Seiko has a rich and fascinating history that spans over a century. It was in 1881 that Kintaro Hattori founded a company for repairing watches under the name “K. Hattori.”

In 1892, Hattori started a clock manufacturing factory, which produced wall clocks initially. He would call it “Seikosha”, which translates to “House of Exquisite Workmanship.”

In 1913, the brand produced its first wristwatch, which was named “The Laurel,” eighteen years after its first in-house pocket watch, “The Timekeeper”. In 1924, the name “Seiko” was officially registered and means “exquisite” or “success” in Japanese.

One of the most significant milestones in Seiko’s history came in 1969 when the brand unveiled the Seiko Astron, the world’s first commercial quartz wristwatch. 

This revolutionary timepiece incorporated a quartz crystal oscillator for precision timekeeping, which was a major advancement in watch technology. The Astron’s introduction sparked the “Quartz Crisis” and transformed the watch industry globally.

Seiko continued to blaze the trail for many other brands to follow in watch innovation and expanded its product range, introducing various collections, including the launch of the Grand Seiko line in the 1960s. 

In 1965, the brand released its first diver’s watch, the Seiko 62MAS, and has since launched many cutting-edge diving timepieces, the majority of which are in the popular Seiko Prospex series.

Ground-breaking inventions include the world’s first six-digit digital display watch in 1973 and the first quartz chronograph watch, the Seiko 7A28, in the early 1980s. 

The brand also played a vital role in the development of kinetic and solar-powered watches, further showcasing its commitment to environmental sustainability.

Additionally, Seiko introduced Spring Drive technology in 1999 after several years of research and development. The concept combines mechanical and quartz elements for exceptional precision.

Seiko’s long and illustrious history in watchmaking has earned it a place as one of the most respected and influential watch brands in the world. 

Its commitment to continuous innovation allows it to compete with other well-established Swiss watch manufacturers today.

The Best Seiko Watches in 2024

With all that said, here’s the list of the 30 best Seiko watches you can get in 2024, including timepieces from all its collections.

Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style SRPK33

Seiko 5 SKX Sports Style SRPK33

Pulsating with energy and enthusiasm is the SRPK33, a vibrant and dynamic timepiece perfect for all your adrenaline-fueled adventures.

At $325, it’s a steal for the quality and style it offers. The 38mm diameter fits like a dream on any wrist, and the brushed stainless steel case with polished sides oozes sophistication.

The mesmerizing mint green dial with its gold-colored hands is a marvel of dynamic precision, combining intricate details with a bold, confident design.

Under the hood, the 4R36 caliber movement ticks away at 21,600 vibrations per hour, keeping precise time with its 24 jewels. And get this – it’s got hacking and hand-winding capabilities! With a nifty 41-hour power reserve, it’s always ready to go.

The 20mm stainless steel 3-link bracelet is the cherry on top, offering both comfort and style with its fold-over clasp and push-button release. I love this watch, and I promise, you’ll love it too.

Seiko 5 Sports SRPE55 

Seiko 5 Sports SRPE55 

Take a look at what we have here. A close look. As you gaze upon this timepiece, tell me, don’t you see a perfect blend of adrenaline-fueled aesthetics and refined elegance? Don’t you feel the thrill of awaiting adventure paired with the grace of a well-executed play?

The Seiko 5 Sports collection is known for its robust build, attractive designs, and affordable price range.

The SRPE55 retails for around $250 and is presented in a 40mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 11.5mm. This means it will sit right on medium to large wrists and offer a substantial yet not overly large presence. 

The crown, positioned at 4 o’clock between protective crown guards, adds to its sleek appearance. The watch boasts a respectable water resistance of 100 meters and has a black dial adorned with applied hour markers.

It is powered by Seiko’s reliable 4R36 caliber with 24 jewels and has a 41-hour power reserve. You can get it here.

 Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003

 Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003

The GMT SSK003 is a testament to Seiko’s mastery of craftsmanship. The watch is durable, rugged, captivating, and guaranteed to keep up with your toughest challenges. With a robust build, functionality, and legibility, this sports watch embodies the unyielding spirit of an adventurer who never gives up.

Inspired by the beloved Seiko SKX series and treasured by watch enthusiasts worldwide, this timepiece measures 42.5mm × 13.6mm. The blue dial brings additional functionality, with a bright red GMT hand and a 24-hour scale on the inner flange, while the bicolor bezel separates day and night hours with a touch of playfulness. 

Finished with a wonderful jubilee-style bracelet with a secure tri-fold clasp, this exceptional timepiece retails for $475 MSRP, but you can get it here right now for $380. The Seiko 5 Sports GMT SSK003 is a must-have for those who require precise timekeeping across multiple regions.

4. Seiko 5 Field Sports SRPJ81

4. Seiko 5 Field Sports SRPJ81

The Seiko 5 Field Sports SRPJ81 is a watch infused with adventure, fueling your love for sports and fitness. It’s more than just a timepiece; it is a motivational device, igniting the fire within and propelling you towards achieving your personal best.

I mean, take a look at the classic field watch design. The legibility, durability, functionality, and precision of this timepiece are way above its price point. Priced at $295, the watch is worn on a 3-link steel bracelet with a folding clasp that provides a secure fit. 

The case measures a sleek 36.4mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.5mm and a comfortable lug-to-lug distance of 44.4mm. It is powered by the automatic 4R36 movement with a 41-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters.

5. Seiko 5 Sports 55th Anniversary Re-creation SRPK17

5. Seiko 5 Sports 55th Anniversary Re-creation SRPK17

Embrace the limitless potentials of the SRPK17 and unleash your own! Cherished for its reliability and durability for 55 years, the Seiko 5 Sports Line has been an extraordinary fusion of technology, performance, and style.

The vintage tonneau-shaped case of this anniversary edition measures 39.5mm in diameter and 12.5mm in thickness. The black dial, protected by a curved Hardlex crystal, features luminescent hands, applied bar indices, and the iconic Seiko 5 logo at noon.

The watch is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and embodies Seiko’s enduring values and vintage spirit. You can purchase it here for $415.

6. Seiko 5 Sports x Rowing Blazers SRPJ71

6. Seiko 5 Sports x Rowing Blazers SRPJ71

And things start getting pretty interesting with the 5 Sports x Rowing Blazers watch! Here is a great sports watch with a mesmerizing dance of intricacy, drawing you into its depths like a captivating story waiting to be unraveled. And yes, there is a story.

Limited to just 888 pieces, this watch (a true collector’s dream, I tell ya’) was born from the collaboration between Seiko, Rowing Blazers’ Creative Director, Jack Carlson, and vintage watch expert Eric Wind.

The stainless steel case measures 40mm across, and immediately noticeable is the unique dial with a distinct appearance.  It has a quirky “candy cane” second hand, black and gray minute scale, and markers that showcase Rowing Blazers’ bold and funky design. It is powered by the Caliber 4R36 and retails for about $500.

7. Seiko 5 Sports Masked Rider Limited Edition SRPJ91

7. Seiko 5 Sports Masked Rider Limited Edition SRPJ91

Capturing the essence of refined masculinity is the Masked Rider. Limited to 4,000 pieces, this watch draws inspiration from the legendary 1968 ‘Hongo model’, famously worn by Takeshi Hongo, a character from the memorable Masked Rider.

A sleek, polished 42.5mm stainless steel case and sturdy leather strap seamlessly merge to create a sophisticated masterpiece. The dial’s design and color take inspiration from Masked Rider 1’s helmet, resulting in a textured and funky dark green finish. 

The baton-applied markers and hands, along with the red lollipop seconds hand, add a vibrant touch, while the framed day-date window offers practicality.

The Masked Rider Limited Edition SRPJ91 is powered by the 4R36 automatic movement and can be purchased here for $410.

8. Seiko Prospex Solar Diver SNE569

8. Seiko Prospex Solar Diver SNE569

Fasten the Solar Diver SNE569 around your wrist and feel an inexplicable surge of confidence wash over you. No kidding, it’s almost like each Prospex watch holds the power to transcend time, making you feel invincible and ready to conquer the world.

With a diameter of 38.5mm and a thickness of 10.6mm, this diver’s watch was created to suit a variety of wrists. The watch is built to withstand depths of up to 200 meters underwater and features a highly legible black dial with off-white hour markers and hands.

Powered by the reliable V147 solar movement, this watch offers a precision of ±15 seconds per month and a power reserve of approximately 10 months when fully charged. It retails for $600 and comes fitted with a stainless steel bracelet with a three-fold clasp and push-button release.

9. Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPF03

9. Seiko Prospex Samurai SRPF03

Embodying the spirit of adventure, fearlessness, and audacity is the Prospex Samurai SRPF03. The 43.8mm stainless steel case gleams with a resilient shine, hinting at the superlative quality of the watch.

The weight of the timepiece is substantial at 200 grams, making this piece reassuring when worn. The 200 meters of water resistance it carries invites you to take on countless underwater expeditions.

The charcoal black isometric cube patterned dial and the white minutes’ marker on the outer rim offer a striking and legible design. The unidirectional rotating bezel is crisp and adds a touch of functionality, making it perfect for professional diving.

The watch is powered by the automatic 4R35 caliber movement, has a 200-meter water resistance, and retails for $525. 

10. Seiko Prospex Turtle SRPE99

10. Seiko Prospex Turtle SRPE99

Take daring escapades beneath the waves with the Prospex Turtle SRPE99, a watch with an enchanting allure that captivates discerning minds all over the world.

The gradations of color on the face evoke emotions of warmth and nostalgia, reminiscent of sunsets casting their golden hues over the horizon.

As a Special Edition celebrating a partnership with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), this dive watch proudly displays PADI’s official colors, branding, and logo on the dial and bezel.

The case measures 45mm across but wears very comfortably thanks to its tonneau shape.

The highly legible blue dial showcases silver and red minute markers, luminous hands, and hour markers, along with a day-date window at 3 o’clock.

The timepiece is tested and certified to endure water depths of 200 meters and retails for around $550 MSRP but get it here for $440 right now.

11. Seiko Prospex PADI “Great Blue” Sumo SPB375

11. Seiko Prospex PADI “Great Blue” Sumo SPB375

The “Great Blue” Sumo SPB375 is a watch adorned with bold markings, beckoning you to embark on a journey into the ocean’s mysterious depths. Under the sea, it promises to be a steadfast companion as it is capable of handling water depths of up to 200 meters.

Protected by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on the inner surface, the dial of the “Great Blue” edition mirrors the mesmerizing surface of the ocean, with wave-like ripples and gradual darkening to mimic the ocean’s depths.

The case is 45mm in diameter and has a thickness of 13.4mm. Inside, the watch beats the powerful 6R35 automatic movement, boasting a remarkable 70-hour power reserve and precision of +25 to -15 seconds per day. Expect to spend around $1,300 for a new piece.

12. Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ025

12. Seiko Prospex Arnie SNJ025

The Seiko Prospex Arnie is a popular dive watch with a unique history. It gained its nickname “Arnie” from its appearance in several Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, including “Commando” and “Predator”.

The SNJ025 is a modern interpretation of the iconic 1982 Hybrid Divers watch, the Seiko H558. The watch is a hybrid analog-digital timepiece, combining both analog hands and a digital display. 

It features a robust design suitable for diving and other outdoor activities, with a 200m water resistance rating. The black matte dial, with a unique gray-purple hue under bright light, houses a range of impressive features powered by the solar-driven H851 caliber. 

From a chronograph to a power-saving function and LED illuminating light, this timepiece is ready for any adventure. The watch is priced at $525 MSRP, but you can get it here right now for $420. The 47.8mm × 13.8mm case of the SNJ025 is mounted on a black accordion-shaped silicone strap.

13. Seiko Prospex Monster SRPH75

13. Seiko Prospex Monster SRPH75

Evoking a sense of adventurous excitement is the Monster SRPH75, with a rugged design and bold presence. This special edition pays homage to the incredible creatures of Antarctica. The watch boasts a captivating gradient sea blue dial, reminiscent of the icy environment it honors. 

The dial is adorned with delightful pressed penguin pattern impressions that mimic the serenity of these magnificent creatures.

With a 42.4mm stainless steel case and a thickness of 13.4mm, the watch strikes the perfect balance between comfort and durability. The rotating uni-directional bezel, LumiBrite stick markers, and arrow-style hands ensure effortless legibility in any lighting condition.

With a 200-meter water resistance, the Seiko Prospex Monster SRPH75 is an ideal companion for ocean explorations.

It is powered by the 4R36 automatic movement and is fitted with a brushed and polished stainless steel link bracelet. It retails for $525, but get it here right now for $425.

14. Seiko Prospex Alpinist SPB121J1

14. Seiko Prospex Alpinist SPB121J1

With subtle touches of the past and a whimsy blend of futuristic design, the SPB121J1 is an enchanting timepiece popular amongst enthusiasts.

The stainless steel case, brushed with a polished bezel, measures 39.5mm across and is 13.2mm thick. The see-through mineral crystal exhibition case back allows a glimpse of the impressive inner workings of the caliber 6R35. 

The sunburst green dial, adorned with a gilded rotating compass track, symbolizes the thrill of exploring unknown realms.

The automatic movement within has a generous 70-hour power reserve. Completing the ensemble is a brown alligator-grained leather strap that adds a touch of sophistication. Priced at $725, the Seiko PROSPEX Alpinist is a worthy companion for outdoor escapades and is backed by a remarkable water resistance of 200 meters. You can purchase an authentic piece here.

15. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SSC813

15. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SSC813

With a tasteful design and delicate details, the SSC813 whispers glamor, leaving a lasting impression wherever it goes. Affectionately known as the “PANDA” due to its striking black and white dial, this masterpiece is inspired by Seiko’s first precision chronographs designed for international sporting events back in 1964. 

The 39mm brushed stainless steel case houses a black aluminum tachymeter bezel, providing both functionality and style. We have a subtle date window at 4 o’clock, a small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, and a 24-hour sub-dial at 3 o’clock. There’s also a 60-minute chronograph and a power reserve indicator at 6.

Driven by the precise V192 solar movement, the chronograph boasts a power reserve of approximately 6 months when fully charged. 

Completing the ensemble is the brushed stainless steel 3-link bracelet, offering both comfort and sophistication. The watch is priced at $675 MSRP, but you can get it here for $540 right now. Oh, and it has a water-resistant rating of 100 meters.

16. Seiko Prospex GMT SPB381

16. Seiko Prospex GMT SPB381

Behold the Prospex GMT SPB381!  A symbol of prestige and refinement and one of the best Seiko watches of 2024. This watch showcases a perfect balance of fashion-forward design and timeless elegance and stands as a testament to the wearer’s discerning sense of style.

The 42mm-wide case is 12.9mm thick and features a green-on-green sunburst dial with golden accents. Travelers, pilots, and professionals who frequently deal with different timezones will find the GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function particularly useful. 

With this feature, you can track multiple timezones simultaneously, making it easier to stay on schedule and coordinate with people in various parts of the world. 

If you are a watch enthusiast who admires the technical complexity and versatility GMT watches offer, you’ll be very pleased with the GMT SPB381.

It retails for $1,500, is powered by Seiko’s new Caliber 6R54 automatic movement, and is designed to be water-resistant up to 200 meters. Get an authentic piece here.

17. Seiko Prospex 1965 Diver’s Re-creation SJE093

17. Seiko Prospex 1965 Diver's Re-creation SJE093

Evoking a feeling of boundless adventure and wanderlust is the SJE093 — a limited edition masterpiece with only 1,965 pieces available. Paying tribute to Seiko’s first-ever diver’s watch, we have here a heartfelt masterpiece that resurrects the spirit of the iconic 62MAS with a renewed sense of purpose and charm. 

Its 38mm stainless steel case, box-shaped sapphire crystal, and 200-meter water resistance instill a sense of graceful confidence in the wearer. The watch features a dark gray sunburst dial with Lumibrite hands and markers and is powered by the Caliber 6L37.

Priced at $3500, the SJE093 is a collector’s dream, capturing the essence of Seiko’s rich heritage with a touch of contemporary flair. Get it here.

18. Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver Modern Re-Interpretation SLA073

Here is another watch that evokes a deep sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the artistry behind its recreation. Every detail of the SLA073 tells a story of craftsmanship and dedication, reminding us of the beauty found in preserving and cherishing the past.

The stainless steel case measures 42.6mm across and has a thickness of 13.1mm. So yeah, it’s a bit hefty, but this gives it a bold and distinctive appearance, making a strong style statement.

Each intricate detail on the graduating dial triggers a flood of nostalgia, reflecting on the growth and transformation of Seiko’s watchmaking expertise throughout the years.

Inside, the high-end Caliber 8L35 ensures precision and reliability, and the watch is mounted on a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp and diving extension. Priced at $3,900, this Seiko Prospex re-interpretation is a captivating timepiece, telling a profound story etched in time.

19. Seiko Prospex LX SNR029

19. Seiko Prospex LX SNR029

And now, the LX SNR029. An enticing dive watch that invites you to embark on thrilling underwater adventures. Housed in a robust 44.8mm titanium case with super-hard coating, this timepiece is a trusted and steadfast companion, built to endure the harshest conditions.

Reading time is a breeze, thanks to the luminous hour and minute hands, fully brushed for a sleek touch. The clean dial, stripped to the barest necessities, focuses on the essentials with 12 large, bright hour markers.

Keeping the watch precise with an accuracy rating of ±1 second per day is the Spring Drive Caliber 5R65. With a generous 72-hour power reserve and 30 jewels, it’s a true horological powerhouse. The SNR029 is water-resistant up to an impressive 300 meters and is priced at $6,000. You can get it here.

20. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SFJ003

20. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SFJ003

Beyond mere aesthetics, the Speedtimer SFJ003 embodies a soulful elegance that resonates with one’s deepest emotions. Take a closer look at the dial and just focus on it for a minute. Don’t you find the watch enveloping you in a comforting elegance?

It is classy, charming, unique, and just beautiful. Like a steampunk gadget from a sci-fi realm, unconventional yet enthralling. Crafted in stainless steel, the 42mm case features four separate subdials and four crowns that scream “chronograph mastery”. 

With an impressive black-on-black dial and white markers, it’s a statement piece. Chronograph mode? Activate it with the “Mode” pusher at 8 o’clock, and you’re in for a delightful show. The three sub-dials 10′, 12′, and 2′ are dedicated to tracking elapsed seconds while the main time is read at the subdial at 6′.

The Solar Caliber 8A50 keeps the watch ticking with ±15 seconds per month accuracy. The water resistance of this watch is rated at 100 meters, and it retails for $895. You can get it here.

21. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPE19

21. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPE19

The Cocktail Time SRPE19 is a masterpiece of elegance and refinement! This watch boasts a graceful 40.5mm × 11.8mm steel case and a highly polished bracelet that exudes a sense of charm and sophistication.

The delicate design and subtle details of the dial create an endearing sense of attraction and warmth. The pattern on the dial features deep grooves, creating a captivating appearance and reflecting light beautifully in a lovely light blue hue.

Inside, the automatic Caliber 4R35 with its gold rotor ticks away at 21,600 vph, ensuring reliable precision for up to 41 hours. With a water resistance of 50 meters, it can handle splashes but don’t take it for a swim. The watch retails for $450 and is one of the best Seiko watches of 2024.

22. Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series SPB165

22. Seiko Presage Sharp Edged Series SPB165

The SPB165 is a symphony of style and grace. This dress watch was made to dance upon the wrist like a sonnet brought to life and is encased in a sleek 39.3mm × 11.1mm steel with super hard coating.

Now, let’s talk dial. A subtly iridescent white backdrop, blued seconds hand, and a three-dimensional Asanoha pattern give us a true work of art inspired by Japanese heritage. 

From the intricate details on the face of the watch, you’ll uncover precious memories of countless hours spent by skilled artisans striving for top-notch elegance.

Powered by the automatic Caliber 6R35, this watch keeps ticking with precision, +25 to -15 seconds per day. And with a jaw-dropping power reserve of approximately 70 hours, it’s an endurance champ!

Wear it with pride on the three-fold clasp bracelet, and venture under the sea in confidence with 10 bar water resistance. It retails at $1,000 and is your sharpshooter to steal the spotlight.

23. Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Urushi Dial SPB295

23. Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Urushi Dial SPB295

The SPB295 is a watch that immediately creates a special connection that extends beyond its functionality. I mean, take a look at this beauty. Strapping this on just feels liberating. The green symbolizes freedom, calling you to escape the constraints of everyday life and just break free.

The stainless steel case, measuring 40.5mm in diameter, houses a dual-curved sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. The dial is a true labor of love! Handcrafted with Urushi lacquer by master craftsman Isshu Tamura in Kanazawa, Japan, it’s a tribute to the lush greenery of Kanazawa in summer. 

The painstaking process involves multiple layers of painting and polishing, resulting in a deep, glossy green surface that ages beautifully with time. 

But there’s more! This beauty showcases a double retrograde display – the hours, minutes, and seconds in the center, the power reserve at 9:30, and the retrograde date and day indicators at 6 o’clock and 2:30, respectively. 

Under the hood, the Caliber 6R24 with 31 jewels guarantees precision and a power reserve of approximately 45 hours. It retails for US $1,900 and can be purchased here.

24. Seiko Presage Style 60’s SRPG03

24. Seiko Presage Style 60’s SRPG03

Whether it’s a business meeting or a social gathering, the SRPG03 is bound to add a touch of glamor and versatility to any ensemble.

Capturing the essence of the past while adding a fresh and captivating futuristic design, this timepiece measures 40.8mm in diameter. The cream satin dial takes center stage, evoking a sense of nostalgia and appreciation for the vintage-inspired aesthetics.

It’s all in the details – a black minutes-track on the outer chapter ring and a white date window at 3 o’clock with black lettering. Powered by the automatic Caliber 4R35, this watch keeps the rhythm with precision and has a power reserve of approximately 41 hours.

The stainless steel link bracelet, polished and brushed to perfection, completes the look. With its stunning design and reliable movement, it’s the perfect wrist companion for those who appreciate a timeless melody with a modern beat. Get it here for $525.

25. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPD37

25. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPD37

Let the captivating details of the Cocktail Time SRPD37 enchant you, and don’t be ashamed to head over heels in love with this timepiece.

With a clean and elegant design, the 40mm stainless steel case strikes a balance between a sporty everyday watch and a refined dress timepiece. At 11.8mm thick, this piece will effortlessly slip under a cuff. 

However, the oversized crown at 3 o’clock adds a touch of character and ease for time-setting. Now just take a look at that sunburst pattern dial as it exudes a captivating and radiant allure. Its warm, green hues evoke feelings of joy and optimism, akin to a sunlit morning that fills the heart with hope. 

The applied metal markers, beautifully shaped like arrows with polished finishes, complement the dial’s elegance and enhance the play of light.

There’s a subtle date window at 3 o’clock, surrounded by a beveled metal frame, and the watch is powered by the Caliber 4R35. It is worn on a calf-skin band and retails for $425.

26. Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Enamel Dial SJE075

26. Seiko Presage Craftsmanship Enamel Dial SJE075

Here is a true masterpiece, and here is a watch with a timeless design that will not lose its captivating appeal for generations. I think this watch makes a great heirloom piece that will be cherished for years to come.

The stainless steel case with super-hard coating measures 39.5mm in diameter and has a 10.9mm thickness.

The pristine white enamel dial is a mesmerizing work of art, exuding a timeless elegance that captivates the soul. Its lustrous surface, reminiscent of pristine ivory, is adorned with blue steel hands, a date calendar, and a vivid red numeral at 12′.

It is powered by the precise Caliber 6L35, retails for approximately $3,300, and comes mounted on a luxurious crocodile leather band.

27. Seiko Astron SSH107

27. Seiko Astron SSH107

Seiko Astron is a line of solar-powered watches known for their high precision and accurate timekeeping, thanks to the GPS synchronization that allows them to adjust to the correct timezone anywhere in the world. 

With a 42.0mm × 12.2mm titanium case, you are guaranteed a lightweight, scratch-resistant timepiece that lasts ages. Not only are you telling accurate time, but you are also embracing the future – a future wrapped around your wrist, empowering you to navigate life’s challenges with confidence.

Its water resistance of 100 meters adds practicality to its impressive repertoire, while its sleek design increases its appeal. The watch features subdials responsible for time-zone display, day display, second timezone indicator, and power reserve indicator.

It is driven by the advanced Caliber 5X53, a GPS solar movement, with a power reserve of six months on a full charge, and even extends up to two years in power-saving mode. Expect to spend $2,500 when you purchase a new piece here.

28. Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSJ013

28. Seiko Astron GPS Solar SSJ013

Tell me, as you gaze upon the glistening surface of the GPS Solar SSJ013, don’t you feel a sense of wonder and excitement wash over you? Are you not thrilled to know that beneath its elegant facade lies a realm of cutting-edge technology?

Crafted from lightweight titanium, the 39.5mm × 10.9mm integrated case boasts a brushed and polished fixed angular bezel.

This adds a touch of sophistication to its sporty demeanor and enhances its luxurious appearance, making it an ideal companion for any occasion.

The mesmerizing blue dial features a textured stack brick pattern, exuding an aura of exclusivity, while the black date window with white numbers offers practicality and balance.

It is equipped with the advanced Caliber 3X62, has a 100 meters water-resistant rating, and commands a price tag of $2,000. You can get it here.

29. King Seiko SJE089

29. King Seiko SJE089

King Seiko is a prestigious line of mechanical watches, first introduced in 1961, and represents the pinnacle of Seiko’s watchmaking expertise together with Grand Seiko. Paying homage to its 1965 predecessor, the King Seiko KSK, this watch features a fitting size of 38.6 x 10.7mm.

The silver dial is velvety with baton hour markers that stand out like stars against the ethereal backdrop, while the slender hands gently glide with graceful precision.

The 12 o’clock marker stands out with a hobnail pattern, echoing the Clous de Paris motif from the original 1965 design and evoking a sense of serenity and poise.

Driving this classic timepiece is the precise Caliber 6L35 with 26 jewels and a power reserve of 45 hours. The watch retails for around $3,500 and artfully embodies the essence of both the past and the present.

30. Credor Art Piece Collection GCBY997

30. Credor Art Piece Collection GCBY997

Credor is one of the high-end offerings from Seiko, showcasing the brand’s expertise in traditional Japanese watchmaking. So what have I got here? Nothing but a dress watch that exudes elegance and sophistication, captivating our hearts with its sleek design and delicate details. 

The slender, polished stainless steel case measures 38mm wide and 9.7mm thick. As part of Seiko’s haute horlogerie line, Credor watches represent the pinnacle of exotic crafts.

The jet-black lacquered dial features delicate, handcrafted details that breathe life into its design. Only 60 pieces of this exquisite reference GCBY997 have been manufactured, making it a true collector’s dream.

The heart of the timepiece beats with the Seiko Credor 6890 movement, a marvel of engineering, especially with its ultra-thin profile, measuring only 1.98mm thick. The Caliber 6890 is one of the thinnest mechanical movements in the world, beautifully visible through the exhibition case back. Expect to spend around $12,000 for a new piece.

Conclusion

There you have it; the best 30 Seiko watches in 2024. If you want to feel a connection to the long history of Japanese artistry and innovation, buy one of these. 

If you want to be a part of a selected group of people who appreciate the art of timekeeping, go for one of the best Seiko watches. 

These timepieces are more than just accessories; they are an expression of your taste, style, and appreciation for the extraordinary. And they rock!!

The Art of Watch Collecting

How wrong most people are to think that a timepiece is only a mass of cold metal with an escapement gear that makes it tick. How very uninformed are many humans to believe that a watch is only a piece of cogwheel, rack, and pinions strapped to the wrist by a strip of leather, rubber, cloth, or metal.

Watch collecting involves acquiring, researching, and appreciating timepieces for their design, craftsmanship, historical significance, or investment potential. Each watch holds a unique narrative, waiting to be discovered and cherished by those who appreciate the beauty of time.

Collectors are the ones who find joy and fulfillment in sharing these stories, ensuring that the art of watchmaking will forever be celebrated. The desire to collect multiple watches might not make much sense, but the art of collecting watches has more to do with our passion, emotions, experiences, and stories.

Welcome to the world of watch collecting, where we enjoy a range of emotional outbursts from joy, anger, surprise, desire, rejection, and hundreds of other states of mind.

How to Start Your Watch Collecting Journey

If you’re a newbie and want to begin this journey, be warned that watch collecting is a horological rabbit hole. Once you’re in its burrow, it is difficult to extricate yourself. This is because the more you acquire watches, the more knowledgeable you get and the more appreciation and satisfaction you derive.

The Horological universe is very enthralling, and by the time you begin to learn the functions of a tourbillon, chronometer, chronograph, etc, you’ll find yourself head over heels in love with watches. That being said, you need a lot of guidance to build a cohesive and meaningful collection. Here’s the best way to start your watch-collecting journey:

1. Learn Basic Watch Terminology.

No, I’m not saying you should take a certified watchmaking course or become a horology wizard. Learning basic watch technology is as simple as knowing the various terms and concepts used to describe different aspects of watches. 

This knowledge helps in building connections within the watch community and would enable you to discuss specific watch features accurately and precisely. 

You’d also gain valuable insights and information. With the basic watch terminologies at your fingertips, you can identify authentic pieces, distinguish between different watch types, and understand the intricacies of watch collecting.

If you’re not sure which watch terminologies you need to learn, here are a few crucial terms to give you a jumpstart:

  • Movement: Also known as a caliber, it refers to the mechanism inside a watch that powers its timekeeping functions. The two primary types are mechanical and quartz movements.
  • Dial: The face of the watch where the time is displayed. It usually includes hour markers, minute markers, and hands.
  • Hands: The indicators on the dial that show the hours, minutes, and seconds. They are typically made of metal and move to indicate the time.
  • Crown: A knob on the side of the watch used for winding the timepiece, setting the time, and adjusting other functions.
  • Case: The outer shell of the watch that protects the movement and dial.
  • Lugs: Projections on the case where the strap or bracelet is attached. They secure the strap or bracelet to the watch.
  • Crystal: The transparent cover that protects the dial. Common materials used for watch crystals include mineral glass, synthetic sapphire, and acrylic.
  • Bezel: The ring surrounding the dial. It can be stationary or rotatable and may have markings or other functions, such as calculating elapsed time or measuring distances.
  • Strap/Bracelet: The band that holds the watch on the wrist. Straps are typically made of materials like leather, rubber, or fabric, while bracelets are made of metal links.
  • Complications: Additional functions or features beyond basic timekeeping. Examples include a date display, chronograph (stopwatch), moon phase indicator, and GMT (dual time zone).
  • Water Resistance: The ability of a watch to withstand water without damage. It is often measured in meters or ATM (atmospheres) and indicates the watch’s level of water resistance.
  • Power Reserve: The amount of time a watch can operate without being wound or receiving additional power. It is especially relevant for mechanical watches.

2. Decide the Type of Watch You Want

There are several factors to consider when deciding the type of watch you want. The watch market is vast and diverse, with numerous brands, models, and variations available:

  • Vintage-inspired watch: These watches often draw inspiration from classic timepiece designs and incorporate elements that evoke nostalgia and charm. 

It’s a type of watch that will be a great option for you if you appreciate history and classic designs. Brands like Omega, Rolex, and Longines have iconic vintage models that have stood the test of time and are highly sought after by established collectors.

If you have access to a real vintage watch, which is a timepiece that is old, antique, or typically from a previous era, say at least 20 to 30 years old, it’s also a good place to start.

Vintage watches embody the craftsmanship and technical achievements of a bygone era. They can offer unique and distinctive designs that may not be commonly found in contemporary watches, plus the scarcity and rarity of specific vintage models makes them highly valuable.

  • Dress watch: Now, this type of watch is typically understated, elegant, and suitable for formal occasions. To lay hands on some exceptional dress watches, you might want to try brands like Nomos, Tissot, Hamilton, and Junghans. Look for watches with clean dials, slim profiles, and leather straps.
  • Sports watch: You could also try this type of watch. If you prefer a more casual or sporty style, brands like Casio, Seiko, and Citizen offer a wide range of sports watches with features like water resistance, chronograph functions, and robust build quality. 

Additionally, you might consider dive watches like the Seiko SKX007 or the Orient Mako II, which are popular entry-level options.

  • Swiss luxury watches: If you’re willing to invest in a higher-end timepiece, Swiss luxury brands like Rolex, Omega, Tag Heuer, and Breitling are highly regarded for their craftsmanship, heritage, and quality. They offer a wide range of models to suit different tastes and styles.

Ultimately, the type of watch you need depends on your personal preferences, budget, and intended use. Consider trying timepieces in person, researching different models, and exploring various brands to find the one that resonates with you the most. 
When choosing your first timepiece, getting a great all-around, versatile, or multi-purpose watch that will excel in various situations and environments is best. These watches typically combine multiple features and functionalities to cater to a wide range of activities and needs, so they’ll perfectly fit your lifestyle.

3. Set Your Budget

Watches come in a wide range of prices, from affordable options to luxury timepieces. By setting a price range you hope to stick with, you can narrow down your choices.

This saves time and energy by eliminating options beyond what you are willing or able to spend. It will help you make a more thoughtful and informed decision to ensure that your purchase aligns with your financial situation, goals, and values.

Apart from preventing overspending on a watch, it helps you resist the temptation to make a hasty decision that could lead to regret later on. It also encourages thoughtful consideration and evaluation of your options and prevents debt and financial strain.

Why Do People Collect Watches?

Once upon a time, in a small town nestled amidst rolling hills, there lived a man named Ben who lived with his grandfather. Together, they would spend hours tinkering with gears and springs, discussing the craftsmanship and precision required to create these engineering marvels. During those precious moments, Ben’s fascination took root and grew into an insatiable love for watches.

Grandpa passed on, but Ben never forgot how he mesmerized him with the ticking rhythm of his pocket watches. As Ben grew older, his fascination with watches intensified. He spent countless hours immersing himself in the intricate world of watchmaking. 

He soon began collecting watches, and each one held a special place in his heart, symbolizing a unique moment in his life or representing a particular era of craftsmanship. One fateful day, while browsing through a market in a bustling city, Ben stumbled upon a small, nondescript stall. There, hidden amidst a jumble of trinkets, lay a tarnished old pocket watch. 

Its worn exterior showed the signs of time, but something about it caught his eye. He picked it up delicately, feeling an inexplicable connection. As he turned the watch in his hands, a flood of emotions washed over Ben. Memories long forgotten resurfaced, transporting him back to his childhood home. 

He remembered the sound of his grandfather’s laughter, the scent of freshly oiled gears, and the warmth of a loving embrace. This watch, he realized, was the one his grandfather had once owned. Unable to contain his excitement, Ben bought the pocket watch without hesitation. He carefully restored it, breathing new life into its faded beauty. 

With each tick and tock, the watch seemed to tell stories of shared moments between grandfather and grandson. As Ben delved deeper into his grandfather’s legacy, he discovered a hidden compartment within the watch. Inside, he found a worn photograph of his grandfather, a handwritten note. 

The note read, “To my dearest grandson, may this pocket watch always bring back memories of our shared love for horology”.

The watch became Ben’s most prized possession, representing the eternal bond that reminded him that love transcends time and that cherished memories can be captured and treasured forever. 

Each day, he would wind the watch, savoring the synchronized rhythm of its ticking, a harmonious symphony that whispered stories of love and passion. Ben’s collection continued to grow, and he found fulfillment in sharing his story, ensuring that the art of watchmaking would forever be celebrated. 

Through his collection, he not only amassed a wealth of horological masterpieces but also touched the lives of those who heard his tale.

People collect watches because they can be seen as tangible pieces of a story. Many collectors are drawn to timepieces that have played a significant role in horological advancements or have connections to important events or individuals. 

These watches serve as a link to the past and evoke a sense of nostalgia. People also collect watches to enjoy the beauty and elegance they bring to their wrists. Collectors appreciate the engineering and technical mastery involved in the making of each timepiece and also collect watches as a form of financial investment.

A Watch Collector vs A Watch Addict

Now I know it may seem absurd, but there’s such a thing as a watch addict. Being a watch collector without becoming a watch addict requires a balanced approach and mindful decision-making. Watch addiction, like any other addiction, can be detrimental to your health, so I’m quickly going to look at the characteristics of each one side by side.

Watch CollectorWatch Addict
Collectors make a deliberate and mindful approach to acquiring a watch.  An addict has an uncontrollable and obsessive desire to acquire watches. 
Collectors set specific goals, such as building a diverse collection, focusing on a particular brand or style, or aiming for rare and valuable pieces. All true collectors carefully curate their collection, selecting pieces that align with their collecting goals and personal taste.Individuals with watch addiction have no goals and may experience a compulsion to constantly buy new watches, often without considering their financial situation or the value of these time-telling devices.
There is more focus on the quality, craftsmanship, and value of watches over accumulating a large number of timepieces.Watch addicts do not care about the quality. They just make impulsive purchases driven by the thrill of acquiring new watches or being caught up in the hype or trends.
Collectors tend to have a long-term perspective, focusing on the enjoyment and appreciation of their watches over time. They may view their collection as an investment, both financially and emotionally.For addicts, acquiring watches becomes the primary goal, and the watches themselves may not hold significant personal, financial, or historical value.
Collectors maintain a healthy balance between their passion for watches and other aspects of life. The majority of addicts struggle to maintain a healthy balance between their watch-collecting passion and other areas of life. Their obsession with watches can dominate their thoughts and actions, impacting relationships, work, and other important aspects of life.
Collectors make conscious decisions about their spending and maintain self-control to avoid impulsive purchases.Watch addicts sometimes overspend or accumulate debt in pursuit of their obsession. This can have negative consequences on their overall financial well-being.

If you’re struggling with watch addiction, the first step is acknowledging that you have this problem and that it’s causing negative effects in your life. 

Define your goals for reducing or eliminating your watch addiction and pay attention to the situations, emotions, or events that trigger your desire to buy watches. Is it stress, boredom, or the fear of missing out? By identifying these triggers, you can develop strategies to cope with them in healthier ways.

Share your goal with supportive friends or family members who can help you stay accountable. Seek support when needed, and don’t hesitate to reach out for professional help if you feel it’s necessary.

Best Watches to Start Your Collection Under $500

Starting your collection with watches below $500 is an excellent way to begin. Since the watches are more budget-friendly, you have the opportunity to acquire multiple timepieces without breaking the bank. This way, you can explore different styles, brands, and complications without a significant financial commitment.

You can expect a wide range of options across various styles, brands, and features.

You may not find luxury or high-end Swiss watches in this price range, but there are still many excellent choices available. Here are the best 5 watches under $500.

1. Seiko 5 Sports SRPE55

Seiko 5 Sports SRPE55

Seiko was established in 1881 by Kintarō Hattori. The Japanese watch brand is known for its precision, innovation, and craftsmanship, making it a prominent player in the global watch industry. 

The SRPE55 is a specific model within Seiko’s popular Seiko 5 Sports collection. The watch features a round 40.0 × 11.5mm stainless steel case with a brushed and polished finish, giving it a stylish and versatile look.

This reference has a black dial with a textured pattern, giving it depth and visual interest. The dial features applied hour markers and luminescent hands, ensuring good visibility in low-light conditions. It also includes a day-date window at the 3 o’clock position. It is powered by Seiko’s caliber 4R36, a self-winding mechanical movement, and is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters.

You can get the SRPE55 for around $250 to $300.

2. Orient Kamasu

Orient Kamasu

Orient is a well-established Japanese brand that was founded in 1950. It offers a diverse range of watch styles, including dress, sports, and diving watches, making it popular among watch enthusiasts and casual consumers alike.

The Kamasu is a popular diver’s watch model within Orient’s lineup that draws inspiration from traditional dive watches while incorporating modern design elements. The watch features a stainless steel case that is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters (660 feet), making it suitable for recreational diving and water activities. 

It features a unidirectional rotating bezel, allowing divers to track elapsed time underwater accurately, a highly legible dial, and automatic movement. For about $300, you can get the Orient Kamasu Blue RA-AA0002L19A.

3. Tissot PRX Quartz

Tissot PRX Quartz

Tissot is a renowned Swiss watch brand that has been producing high-quality timepieces since its establishment in 1853. With a rich heritage spanning over a century and a commitment to innovation, a watch from the Le Locle-based is an excellent place to begin.

The PRX, short for “Precision, Robustness, and X-factor,” is a modern reinterpretation of a classic Tissot design from the 1970s. The beautiful watch combines contemporary elements with a vintage-inspired aesthetic, offering a versatile and stylish timepiece.

The case is 40mm in diameter, providing a balanced and comfortable fit on the wrist. The quartz watch also boasts a water resistance rating of up to 100 meters, adding a practical touch to its design.

For $350, you can get the Tissot PRX Ref. T137.410.11.041.00.

4. Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm (ref. H69439931)

Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm (ref. H69439931)

The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical 38mm is a versatile and reliable timepiece suitable for collectors who appreciate military-inspired aesthetics, traditional mechanical movements, and a practical yet stylish design.

The Ref. H69439931 features a round stainless steel case with a diameter of 38mm, making it suitable for both men and women. The dial of the watch is black with neutral earth tone minute markers and large Arabic hour numerals.

There are no additional complications such as date or chronograph functions on this timepiece, emphasizing the minimalist approach and utilitarian nature of the watch. It is powered by the exclusive caliber H-50 with an impressive power reserve of 80 hours. It also comes on a NATO strap, further enhancing its military-inspired look and comfort.

The watch has an MSRP of $595, but you can usually find it for about $500 if you shop around. 

5. Lorier Falcon Series III

Lorier Falcon Series III

The Lorier Falcon Series III is a line of mechanical watches produced by Lorier Watches, a microbrand based in the United States. The New York-based brand is owned and operated by husband and wife Lorenzo and Lauren Ortega and is known for creating vintage-inspired timepieces. 

The Falcon Series III is the latest iteration of their Falcon line and features several updates and improvements over its predecessors. The watch draws inspiration from classic sports watches of the 1960s and 1970s but has a sporty edge. It comes in a 36mm stainless steel case which is a versatile size suitable for most wrist sizes. 

The lug-to-lug distance is 44mm ensuring a comfortable fit on the wrist. The dial of the Falcon Series III retains the brand’s signature honeycomb dial, and the hands and hour markers have been coated with luminescent material for excellent low-light visibility. The attention to detail, versatility, and overall build quality are superb.

You can get this amazing, vintage-inspired everyday timepiece for $499.

Best Watches to Start Your Collection Under $2000 

Starting your watch collection with watches around $2000 is a great choice because there’s a significant step up in terms of quality and craftsmanship compared to cheaper options. You can expect higher-grade materials, better finishing, and attention to detail in both the case, dial, and movement.

Plus, many renowned watch brands offer entry-level models around the $2000 mark. By starting your collection with timepieces from respected brands, you establish a foundation for your collection and align yourself with the heritage and reputation associated with those brands.

Here are our top picks from this range:

1. Longines Hydroconquest 41 (ref. L3.781.4.96.6)

Longines Hydroconquest 41 (ref. L3.781.4.96.6)

Did you know that the famous winged hourglass logo from Longines is the world’s oldest trademark? It was internationally registered in 1889 (57 years after the brand was founded) and has remained unchanged for over 130 years now.

The Longines HydroConquest 41 combines the functionality of a dive watch with the refined craftsmanship and heritage of Longines. It offers a versatile and robust timepiece suitable for both everyday wear and outdoor activities, making it a popular choice among watch enthusiasts and collectors.

The timepiece is designed as a diver’s watch and offers a water resistance of up to 300 meters (1,000 feet). This level of water resistance makes it suitable for recreational diving and various water activities. It features a stainless steel case with a diameter of 41mm and a thickness of 11.90mm.

The bezel is ceramic, and the dial is protected by a sapphire crystal with multiple layers of anti-reflective coating. This reference is powered by the Longines Caliber L888 with 72 hours of power reserve, allowing for extended periods of use without winding.

The watch comes with an MSRP of $1,775.

2. Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot Big Date (ref. 01 751 7761 4164-07 3 20 03LC)

Oris Big Crown Pro Pilot Big Date (ref. 01 751 7761 4164-07 3 20 03LC)

Oris is known for its combination of Swiss quality, affordability, diverse collections, independent spirit, and environmental consciousness.

Sized at 41mm, the Pro Pilot Big Date is the perfect balance of dressy and sporty. As its name suggests, one of the notable features of the Big Crown Pro Pilot Big Date is its big date complication. 

Positioned at 3 o’clock, the date display on this watch is larger than a standard date window, providing enhanced visibility. The aviation-inspired watch is designed for professional pilots and thus features a large, easy-to-read dial with prominent hour markers and hands for optimal legibility.

The robust stainless steel case features a coin edge pattern on the bezel inspired by a jet engine, and the dial is protected by a sapphire crystal. Under the hood of the watch is the caliber 751 automatic movement with 26 jewels and 38 hours of power reserve.

You can find this amazing Oris watch for $1,900. 

3. NOMOS Glashütte Tangente (ref. 101)

NOMOS Glashütte Tangente (ref. 101)

NOMOS Glashütte watches are known for their Bauhaus-inspired design, in-house movements, precision, value for money, and connection to the esteemed Glashütte watchmaking tradition. German watchmaking has a reputation for precision and engineering excellence, and Glashütte upholds this tradition with the Tangente Ref. 101.

The Tangente model is one of the brand’s most iconic and popular designs, making it a sought-after choice for many watch collectors.

The classic watch features a round stainless steel case that has a diameter of 35.0 mm and a height of 6.2 mm. The overall design is characterized by clean lines, simplicity, and functionality leading to a sleek, elegant, very charming, and mesmerizing watch.

The dial of the Tangente Ref. 101 features a minimalist layout, with Arabic numerals juxtaposed with stick hour markers, along with slender hands for hours, minutes, and seconds. The watch is suitable for both formal and casual occasions and is powered by the handcrafted and manually wound Alpha caliber with a power reserve of 43 hours.

The Tangente will run you back about $1,900.

4. Sinn 556 I

Sinn 556 I

Sinn Spezialuhren, commonly known as Sinn, is a renowned German watch manufacturer. The brand is known for producing robust, precise, and functional timepieces that cater to professionals, adventurers, and collectors seeking high-quality watches with exceptional engineering and practical features.

The 556 I is part of Sinn’s 556 series, known for its sleek and minimalist design combined with robust functionality. The watch we have here has a satinized stainless steel case with a diameter of 38.5mm and a thickness of 11mm.  

It is built to be highly durable and waterproof, and pressure-resistant to 200 meters. The design of the glossy black dial emphasizes legibility and simplicity. The Sinn 556 I is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, which offers excellent protection against scratches and impacts.

The watch is powered by an automatic movement, the Swiss Sellita SW200-1, which is one of the most robust and reliable movements you can find.

Depending on where you shop for it, you can get the Sinn 556 I for around $1,500.

5. Doxa Sub 300T Professional (ref. 840.10.351.10)

Doxa Sub 300T Professional (ref. 840.10.351.10)

Doxa watch brand is known for its strong association with diving watches and its commitment to producing timepieces that meet the demands of underwater exploration. The independent Swiss watch manufacturer is renowned for its expertise in creating functional and reliable watches that combine innovative features with avant-garde designs.

The Sub 300T Professional is a renowned dive watch that has gained a significant following among diving enthusiasts and collectors across the globe. Originally introduced in the late 1960s, the iconic timepiece is loved for its robust construction and impressive water resistance rating.

The Ref. 840.10.351.10 features a stainless steel case that measures 42mm in diameter, with a unidirectional rotating bezel for tracking elapsed time underwater. One of the standout features of this watch is its exceptional water resistance rating of 1,200 meters.  

The watch also incorporates a helium escape valve, which allows the release of built-up helium during saturation dives, preventing damage to the watch.

It comes with an MSRP of $1,890 on the beautiful stainless steel bracelet.

Best Watches to Start Your Collection Around $5000

Starting a watch collection with watches around $5000 gives you access to a wide range of design options. 

Many renowned watchmakers and luxury brands produce timepieces in this price bracket, ensuring you’re investing in a well-made watch with meticulous attention to detail.

You’ll find timepieces here that can retain their value well and, in some cases, appreciate over time, making them both enjoyable to wear and potentially a good investment.

1. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (ref. 210.30.42.20.03.001)

Omega Seamaster Diver 300M (ref. 210.30.42.20.03.001)

Omega is a Swiss luxury watch brand with a long-standing reputation for producing highly accurate timepieces. 

Apart from being at the forefront of horological innovation by introducing numerous technological advancements in the watchmaking industry, the brand has been involved in precision timekeeping since the late 19th century.

The Seamaster collection has been a part of the Omega family since 1948 and has gained significant recognition for its association with the James Bond film franchise. The Diver 300M is a professional diving watch designed for underwater exploration and is water-resistant up to a depth of 300 meters (1000 feet). 

The Ref. 210.30.42.20.03.001 features a 42 mm stainless steel case with a blue ceramic bezel and white enamel diving scale. The Master Chronometer-certified watch offers excellent legibility with its wave-patterned dial, inspired by the ocean.

The watch comes with a retail price of $5,900 on the stainless steel bracelet and $5,600 on the matching blue rubber strap.

2. Tudor Black Bay Chrono (ref. M79360N-0002)

Tudor Black Bay Chrono (ref. M79360N-0002)

Tudor was founded in 1946 by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf as a more accessible alternative to Rolex watches. The brand is known for producing high-quality Swiss watches that offer a blend of craftsmanship, reliability, and outstanding value for money. 

Its diving heritage, connection to Rolex, and attention to design aesthetics have contributed to the brand’s strong reputation in the watch industry. The Black Bay Chrono draws inspiration from Tudor’s vintage diving watches and has a distinct retro-modern appeal.

The watch features a 41mm steel case with a polished and satin finish, which is both robust and waterproof to 200 meters, making it suitable for diving activities.

The bezel is unidirectional and has a tachymeter scale with silver markings for measuring speed. The dial is clean and highly legible with sub-dials at 3 and 9 o’clock for 45-minute and small seconds counters, respectively.

The Black Bay Chrono can be yours for $5,450.

3.  Grand Seiko Elegance SBGW231

 Grand Seiko Elegance SBGW231

Grand Seiko is a brand that is celebrated globally for its blend of traditional Japanese craftsmanship, cutting-edge technology, precision, and timeless design. It has earned a dedicated following among watch enthusiasts and collectors who appreciate the brand’s commitment to excellence and its pursuit of perfection.

The Elegance SBGW231 is an elegant dress watch with exceptional beauty and refinement. It is one of the best statement pieces you can add to your collection and measures just 37.3mm in diameter with a thickness of 11.6mm.

The watch is clean and sharp with a highly polished case, hands, and indices, showcasing the brand’s signature “Zaratsu” polishing technique. This technique involves using a special tin plate to achieve an incredibly smooth and mirror-like finish, resulting in a captivating interplay of light and shadow.

It is powered by a caliber 9S64, with a power reserve of 72 hours, and you can purchase it for just $4,300 here.

4. Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 43 (ref. A32397101B1X1)

Breitling Avenger Automatic GMT 43 (ref. A32397101B1X1)

Breitling is a Swiss brand that is globally recognized for its collection of professional and tool watches that are specifically designed for various demanding environments. The Breitling Avenger collection is a range of robust and functional watches that combine a bold design with reliable performance.

The case of Avenger Automatic GMT 43 is made of stainless steel, providing durability and resistance to water and corrosion. It has a diameter of 43mm and a thickness of 12.2 mm. 

It is also equipped with a screw-down crown, ensuring water resistance up to 300 meters. The legible dial has a date display at the 3 o’clock position, and a GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) function allows you to track two timezones simultaneously. 

The additional vivid red hand indicates the time in a different time zone, making it convenient for frequent travelers or individuals who need to communicate across different time zones. It is powered by the caliber TECH-217 with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours and comes in at a very solid price of $4,300.

5. IWC Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

IWC Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

IWC (International Watch Company) is a brand that has established itself as a respected luxury watchmaker. Renowned for its pilot’s watches, Swiss craftsmanship, mechanical expertise, timeless design, and notable collaborations, the Swiss brand has been on fire lately.

The IWC Mark collection pays homage to the original design and functionality of the Mark XI while incorporating modern advancements in watchmaking technology. The Ref.IW328201 is inspired by the iconic Mark II pilot’s watch, first introduced in 1948 for the British Royal Air Force.

The case of the watch has classic dimensions with a diameter of 40mm with a slim profile of 10.8mm, a screw-in crown, and a convenient water resistance of 100 meters.

The layout of the dial is superb, with large Arabic numerals, luminescent hands, and a date display at 3 o’clock. It is powered by an IWC-manufactured movement, the 32111 Caliber, with 164 components and an impressive power reserve of 120 hours.

The Mark XX comes with a retail price of $5,250.

10 Tips & Tricks To Help You On Your Watch Collecting Journey

If you have begun your watch-collecting journey, congratulations! Watch collecting can be an exciting and rewarding hobby for many people, and you’re going to enjoy every bit of it. 

However, it is also a complex and intricate hobby. There are numerous watch brands, models, movements, complications, and historical details to consider. 

Here are a few tips and tricks to provide you with valuable knowledge and expertise to make more informed decisions. 

1. Discover Your Style

To discover your style, learn about different watch styles, brands, and designs. Explore watch magazines, websites, forums, and social media platforms dedicated to watches. This will help you familiarize yourself with various options and understand what appeals to you. Determine if you lean towards classic, vintage, sporty, modern, minimalist, or other styles. Don’t forget factors like size, shape, complications, and movement types. 

If you lead an active lifestyle, you might lean towards sports watches or dive watches. If you prefer a more formal or professional appearance, dress watches might be your preference. 

Consider your needs and choose watches that align with your daily life. It helps to get hands-on experience by visiting watch boutiques and authorized dealers or watch exhibitions to try on different timepieces.

2. Research The Market

Market research is essential for watch collectors as it provides valuable insights into the value, investment potential, rarity, and authenticity of different watches. By staying informed, collectors can make educated decisions that enhance their collections and protect their investments.

Additionally, understanding market trends, popularity, and desirability allows you to make choices that align with your collecting goals and preferences. You can also identify reputable sellers, auction houses, and platforms, ensuring you transact with trustworthy sources. 

3. Save Up For Your Grail Watches

A grail watch is a timepiece you’ve been coveting, yearning for, craving, and drooling over all your watch-collecting life. It’s the haute horology timepiece that is exclusive, rare, highly valuable, and often a limited edition from a reputable brand.

Owning one of these watches sets you apart from other collectors and enthusiasts, as it showcases your discerning taste and appreciation for fine craftsmanship. If you choose wisely and purchase a highly sought-after grail watch, it can potentially provide a financial return in the future.

4. Connect With The Community

Engage with other watch enthusiasts and collectors through online forums, social media groups, or local meetups. Share your thoughts, seek advice, and learn from their experiences. The watch community is an excellent source of inspiration and knowledge.

5. Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, trust your instincts and choose watches you genuinely love and enjoy wearing. Your style should reflect your taste and personality. Don’t get swayed by trends or others’ opinions if they don’t resonate with you.

6. Mix And Match

Don’t be afraid to try out eccentric styles and designs. Watch purists often have strong opinions when it comes to exploring leather, metal, and NATO straps for vintage watches, but never mind them, my friend. Experiment with different straps or bracelets to change the look of a watch and match your outfits or activities.

7. Buy From Reputable Sources

It’s crucial to buy watches from trusted and reputable sellers. Authorized dealers, established retailers, and reputable online platforms are safer options to ensure authenticity and receive reliable customer service. Be cautious of counterfeit watches and sellers offering deals that seem too good to be true.

8. Build Relationships With Experts.

Connect with experts and watch enthusiasts. Attend watch events, join online communities, or visit watch clubs and forums. Engaging in discussions and seeking advice from experienced collectors can help expand your knowledge and understanding of the watch-collecting world.

9. Keep Records And Documentation

Maintain a record of your watch collection, including purchase dates, prices, and any relevant documentation. This will help you track your collection’s value, provenance, and service history. Proper documentation also adds authenticity and enhances the resale value of your watches.

10. Take Care Of Your Watches

Regularly service and maintain your watches to ensure their longevity and accuracy. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended service intervals and store them properly when not in use. Avoid exposing them to extreme temperatures, water damage, or unnecessary shocks.

Conclusion

Enjoy the Journey. Collecting watches is a hobby that should bring you joy and satisfaction. Take the time to appreciate the craftsmanship, history, and artistry behind each timepiece. The journey of building your collection can be as rewarding as the watches themselves.

Orient Sun & Moon

Guess who recently gained a strong following on the back of its astounding value propositions? Orient! Guess which Japanese brand has become the new beloved of watch forums and vintage fanatics? Orient! Guess who’s the new cult Japanese brand that offers extraordinary value? Orient! Orient! Orient!

Orient has stayed too long under the radar. The under-appreciated Japanese giant ticks all the right boxes, and that’s the reason why its timepieces are quickly gaining notoriety among popular luxury watches.

Numerous reasons create an appeal for a watch. For some, it often is the name printed on the dial, which translates to the league, hierarchy, and echelon. For others, it will be all the mechanics, practical details, and seductiveness of flawless symmetry.

With the Orient Sun & Moon, you’re more likely to enjoy all of the latter and a bit of the former for a very affordable price. The distinguished dress watch is an epitome of low-key luxury and pared-down magnificence, with the day and night indicator as its pièce de résistance.

We’re going to explore the Orient Sun & Moon collection and round up five of our favorite watches with a more popular and luxurious moon phase indication.

About The Orient Sun & Moon

Ancient civilizations learned to observe astronomical bodies such as the Sun and Moon gliding across the skies to determine time. The first record of a clock featuring the sun and moon ornamentation goes way back to the late 1600s.

It was a period of diverse experimentation with captivating ways to show the time, so it’s not surprising someone thought about this. While it’s not known who created the first sun and moon watch, the earliest reference is an English-made antique pocket watch by John Trubshaw, with this ornamentation dating from 1695. 

In the 2000s, Orient set out to create striking watches with distinct flavors of Japanese individuality. The Sun and Moon models were released as a modern version of a dress watch. The aim was to make a lasting impression on the viewers, distinguishing the brand from other Japanese competitors in the industry.

First released in 2007, the Orient Sun and Moon is a reliable, budget-friendly watch that brims with poise and class. As the name reads, the timepiece displays either day-light skies with the Sun or starry skies with the Moon. The watch features a built-in date display and a day window, providing added functionality for its wearers.

With its elegant and functional design, it stands as a prime choice for watch enthusiasts seeking well-designed, complex dress watches that deliver both style and performance at an affordable price. 

By deviating from the norm and presenting exceptional features, Orient succeeded in capturing our hearts, allowing us to experience the allure of an elaborate timepiece without compromising our financial comfort.

History of Orient

Orient’s tale begins in 1901 when a visionary named Shogoro Yoshida opened a wholesale shop called “Yoshida Watch Shop” in Ueno, Taito, in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida swiftly gained success by offering imported pocket watches of unparalleled quality.

Embracing the spirit of entrepreneurship, Yoshida expanded his horizons in 1912 by venturing into producing gold wristwatch cases. This move laid the foundation for his future endeavors and marked the birth of a legacy that would withstand the test of time.

The year 1936 witnessed the establishment of the Hino factory in Tokyo, Japan, becoming the beating heart of Tokyo Tokei Manufacturing’s operations. This facility became a hotbed of innovation and craftsmanship, propelling the company forward for years to come.

However, the turbulent aftermath of World War II brought about economic devastation, leading to Tokyo Tokei Manufacturing’s unfortunate closure in 1949. Yet, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Yoshida’s spirit and dedication to watchmaking could not be extinguished. 

In 1950, he breathed new life into his wristwatch manufacturing enterprise, rebranding it as Tama Keiki Company, which carried on the legacy at the hallowed Hino factory.

It was in 1951 that Tama Keiki Company underwent a profound transformation, emerging with a new identity, Orient Watch Company, Limited. The release of the first Orient Star that same year elevated the brand to new heights, captivating watch enthusiasts with its elegant design and impeccable precision.

As the years unfolded, Orient Watch Company continued to make its mark on the horological landscape. The brand’s commitment to excellence manifested in remarkable timepieces that captured the imagination of collectors and enthusiasts alike. 

The “Dynamic” in 1956, the “Grand Prix 100” in 1964, the “Fineness” in 1967 (hailed as the world’s thinnest automatic wristwatch with a day and date calendar function for its time), and the “Tenbeat” in 1970 all showcased Orient’s unwavering pursuit of horological mastery. 

In the following years, Orient continued to innovate and released various notable models, including the Orient Multi-Year Calendar, which featured a unique calendar function that displayed the day, date, and month accurately.

The new millennium also ushered in fresh chapters for Orient watches. In 2003, the Orient Technical Center (OTC) was founded and was used as a hub of innovation where timepieces were meticulously assembled. This marked a testament to Orient’s dedication to combining traditional craftsmanship with modern advancements.

In 2004, Orient’s quest for precision reached new heights with the introduction of the high-precision caliber 88700 movements in the Royal Orient watch line. The fusion of artistry and technology continued in 2005 with the launch of the Orient Star Retro-Future collection, captivating watch enthusiasts with its distinctive aesthetic.

As the brand celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2010, Orient Watch Co. commemorated this momentous occasion with a limited edition model, a testament to the enduring legacy and craftsmanship that Orient watches symbolize. 

Throughout its journey, Orient has remained committed to producing timepieces that exemplify the perfect balance between traditional watchmaking techniques and modern innovation.

In 2001, a significant development took place when Seiko Epson, one of the core companies of the esteemed Seiko Group, became the majority shareholder, acquiring 52% of Orient Watch Company. 

This strategic partnership not only brought Orient Watches under the umbrella of a renowned watchmaking conglomerate but also paved the way for further growth and expansion.

Orient Watch Company evolved into a wholly owned subsidiary of Epson in 2009. With the transfer of the business to Epson, the company continues to flourish, drawing on its rich heritage while embracing new opportunities and technologies.

In recent years, Orient has expanded its presence in the global market. The brand has gained recognition for its diverse collection of watches, including dress, sports, and dive watches. Orient continues to focus on in-house movements and offers a wide range of automatic and mechanical timepieces.

Orient Sun and Moon: In-Depth Guide

The Orient Sun and Moon is a watch that is too elegant to be ignored. Its style is undeniably captivating. However, I’ll be the first to admit that the majority of the timepiece here are not for subtlety, but friend, why wouldn’t you want to show off? 

Particularly with such a polished case, texture dial, comfortable strap, and sapphire crystal, allow me to unravel the world of the Sun and Moon series in the following categories.

Case

From yellow and rose gold-plated variants to plain stainless steel and two-tone editions, Orient Sun and Moon watches were crafted for fashion-conscious enthusiasts. The first generation of watches (launched back in 2007), were presented in stainless steel or gold-plated cases with a diameter of 41.5mm without the crown, and a thickness of 13.29mm. 

The subsequent generations go up in size and thickness until the Sun and Moon Contemporary. Apart from the “Petite” models, all the cases have a sporty edge because of their thickness, adding to the versatility of the watch. At the same time, the timepiece is slim enough to slide under a cuff without any issues. 

The cases are completely polished to give the watch an elegant look, and the lugs are rectangular with an interesting ”step-down” design. There’s a moderately-sized push-pull crown at 3 o’clock with the Orient logo on it.

Bezel

From the onset, the Sun and Moon references came with a thin, sleek bezel that allowed for a larger and more prominent display. This feature has not changed to date. If you’re wondering what the heck a bezel is, it’s the narrow border or frame surrounding the display area of a watch.

The slim bezel of the Sun and Moon watch is ideal because it provides a more immersive viewing experience and a modern, elegant aesthetic. By reducing the bezel width, more space is allocated to the actual Sun and Moon display, resulting in a larger, more legible watch face. 

This is particularly advantageous for a decorative watch such as this as it allows for better readability of the Sun and Moon’s interactive elements.

Crystal

Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the current reference of the Sun and Moon series from the front. Sapphire crystal is the second hardest material on Earth, right after diamond, and is considerably harder than other common watches crystal materials like mineral glass or acrylic. 

It is highly valued for its exceptional hardness and scratch resistance, making it highly resistant to everyday wear and tear. It is also more expensive than other traditional watch glass materials and is often reserved for high-end watches.

On the Orient Sun and Moon, the sapphire crystal provides excellent protection to the watch face, preserving its clarity and preventing scratches from occurring. It also offers a level of transparency, allowing for clear visibility of the dial and hands.

Dial & Hands

The specific design elements, colors, and details of the Orient Sun and Moon dial can vary depending on the model and edition.

Orient has introduced various dial variations throughout the years, catering to different tastes and preferences while maintaining the mesmerizing elements that define the series’s character.

Across all the references, what unites each watch is the presence of a day/night indicator. So all the dials display a moon when it is night and a sun to represent the day – hence the name “Sun and Moon.”

Depending on the generation, the sunburst dials come in either white, black, blue, champagne, or gold color, with baton-style, Roman or Arabic hour markers, and dauphine-style or leaf-shaped hands. The hands are always in bold colors, too, like royal blue, gold, silver, or black. 

Movement

Throughout their brief lifespan, the Orient Sun and Moon watches have utilized different movements. From the Orient Caliber 46B46 that powered the first generation of watches to the caliber F6L24 and caliber F6B24 in the Open Heart and Contemporary models, respectively, the brand has shown commitment to improving the line’s appeal.

The upgraded movements hacks, hand-winds, and has a quickset date which the Caliber 46B46 lacked. Apart from these mechanical in-house calibers from Orient, which powers most of the watches, there are also smaller quartz-powered timepieces in the Sun and Moon Petite model with superlative accuracy. 

Strap

Again the Sun and Moon watch offers different strap options depending on the reference and generation. The most common and traditional strap associated with this series is a black or brown embossed leather strap with a push-button buckle deployment clasp. 

Price & Availability

Prices vary and range from about $220 to $550 for a new piece, with more recent versions commanding a higher price tag. Orient Sun and Moon watches are typically available through authorized Orient retailers worldwide. Additionally, Orient operates its boutiques in various cities, and you can explore and purchase their timepieces online. 

However, it’s worth noting that some limited editions or special models may have restricted availability and could be subject to waiting lists or allocation procedures. The Orient Sun and Moon 65th Anniversary Limited Edition, for instance, had a production run of only 3,000 pieces under the Ref. SET0T005Y.

Orient Sun & Moon Generations & Models

Orient is respected as one of the few fully integrated watchmakers from Asia. The brand designs and develops its movements using leading-edge technology. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out just why Orient watches are becoming so enduringly popular. 

They provide exquisite style and meticulous timekeeping and are affordable. Did I mention they are also unfailingly durable? No matter which version of the Orient Sun and Moon watch you choose, you can be sure of superlative quality. 

However, only recent releases combine resplendence with the brand’s demonstrated savoir-faire, as upgrades were necessary to meet today’s standards. The many dress watches of the Sun and Moon series can also make identifying the right one a difficult process. 

With multiple generations, a range of dial colors, and strap options, this guide can help you navigate through the manifold world of the Orient Sun and Moon generations and models.

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 1

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 1

Despite a rich history of creating high-quality timepieces under its belt, Orient watches were pretty much unknown until the early 2000s when the brand enjoyed an upsurge. 

The first version or generation of the Orient Sun & Moon is exactly what it seems; the earliest in order. It represents the early simple days of dress watches and is reported to have been launched in 2007.

Orient’s struggle to leave its mark in the Horological world and claim its spot in the ascendancy can be identified in this first generation which bears the undeniable marks of a transitional period. 

The case of the first version is a strong medium-sized piece of stainless steel that measures 41.5mm across and has a thickness of around 13.29mm. Quite similar in look to the current Sun and Moon generations we know now, the round steel case has a thin sloping bezel and a comfortably short lug-to-lug distance.

The case size is the smallest of all the generations but, in my opinion, is the most suitable for an elegant and comfortable dress watch. The undeniable charm of the models in the first generation owes a lot to the dial. 

The look is classic, tastefully designed, and consistent across all the references, with baton-style markers that cut out into the chapter ring. Only this first generation has a rectangular date window cutout at the six o’clock position.

The sub-dials dedicated to the sun and moon and day indications overlap each other obliquely at the upper half of the dial. The layout is classic, clean, and balanced, so the models of this version are perfectly legible. 

You should note, however, that the dial does not contain any luminescent material. If, like me,  you’re not fond of lumed dress watches, this is a plus. The hour markers are thicker than the ones in other generations, and the dauphine-style hands are bulky and come in different bold colors ranging from royal blue, gold, silver, and black, depending on the case and dial. 

The Ref. FETOP001W, for instance, has gold hands to match the dial and case. Powering the models in the first generation is the Caliber 46B46. It is a self-winding movement that does not hack or have a quickset date feature.

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 2

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 2

The second generation of the Orient Sun & Moon collection is reported to have been launched in 2012. From this point on, we begin to see a more consistent look which evolved only slightly to give us the contemporary look we know today. Unlike its predecessor, this version features Roman numerals and no bar hour markers anymore.

The sporty edge of the first generation is done away with completely, as the use of Roman numerals on the models here creates a sense of refinement and elegance, harking back to a bygone era. The dial is also presented in a more decorative manner, with intricate typography and embellishments, further enhancing the classic aesthetic.

The date window now lies between 7 and 8 and no longer 6 o’clock, replacing the original position of the signature. Again the looks and specs of the automatic dress watch have changed to fit into the trendy lifestyles of customers who want timepieces that combine refined elegance with superior quality. 

The watch now comes in a 42.5mm stainless steel case, which is water-resistant to 50 meters, and comes on a leather strap (irrespective of which reference you choose). The models also include gold-plated editions with a brown or champagne dial. For instance, the Ref. ET0T001W features a gold-plated case with a white dial.

The case’s thickness has also increased a bit from 13.29mm to 14.1mm and is great for wearers who appreciate the substantial presence and weight of a thicker watch on their wrist. It’s not too thick; it’s just bold with a robust appearance. It’s an excellent watch on the wrist, with good proportions.

For the first time, a reflective blue dial version is made available. The sub-dial arrangement is the same as the first generation, but more texture has been added, enhancing the overall aesthetic allure. 

The hands are now leaf-shaped and not dauphine-style anymore, and the movement has been changed from the Caliber 46B46 to the Orient Caliber 46B40. 

I don’t consider this very much of an ‘upgrade’ since the new movement still doesn’t hack or hand-wind. Yet again, there’s no quick date wheel, so unless you’re a hardcore collector who is passionate about hunting out elusive models, I don’t recommend buying the first or second generation of the Orient Sun and Moon.

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 3

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 3

The second generation infiltrated the watch market until half a decade after its release when Orient decided to bring on a different package for the next generation of the Sun and Moon watch. Little tweaks and improvements separate the Orient Sun and Moon generation 3 from generation 2, as the formula is pretty much the same.

Both feature a 42.5mm stainless steel case, use Roman numerals, have a depth rating of 50 meters, and are available in the same color palettes. Some of the models here are also gold-plated for an elegant feel like those of the second generation. For instance, the Ref. RN-AS0004L and Ref. AK00001Y come in a gold-plated stainless steel case.

The main tweak is found in the movement, as watches in the third generation of the Sun and Moon series get their power from the in-house Caliber F6B24. Finally, we get a movement that allows the wearer to hand-wind it for adjustments, and we also get a quick-set function for the date.

The date indicator has maintained its position between 7 and 8, but the Sun and Moon complication has been adjusted to the bottom right. So, the day/night indicator is now at 5 o’clock, while the day display now lies between 9 and 11 o’clock. 

The case is still thicker than you would expect for a dress watch (at 14.1mm), but this provides better protection for the internal components and makes the watch more resistant to shocks and impacts. 

The watches here are unique because this collection has something for everyone. No surprise that it’s a continual best-seller even after new models come on board. It requires an investment of roughly $300. 

Orient Sun & Moon Generation 4

Orient seems to have an ongoing relationship with the Sun & Moon. The commitment to continually improve the fantastic value-for-money dress watches of the Sun and Moon series is commendable.

Generation 4 of the Orient Sun & Moon series is identical to Generation 3 to a great extent, except for the use of Breguet Arabic numerals and not Roman numerals. It is also more enhanced than the first generation and does not use baton indexes at all.

The case is completely satin-brushed, giving the watch a more refined look than its predecessors. The dial texturing has been replaced with a pristine, smooth satin surface that reflects the light beautifully. The blued-steel leaf-shaped minute and hour hands enliven the dial while contrasting beautifully with the background for enhanced legibility.

Tastes and styles have evolved, and Orient demonstrates its style-conscious capabilities by honing the aesthetics of this high-quality dress watch to meet today’s standards. The fourth generation remains an effortlessly chic dress watch that looks absolutely stunning. 

Orient Sun & Moon Open Heart

Orient Sun & Moon Open Heart

An open-heart timepiece reveals its inner workings through a small window on the dial. The balance wheel rotates back and forth, driving the hands as it does, so it is visible through this window. Some people are fascinated by the inner workings of a watch and wish to see their timing devices tick. 

Orient has allowed such ones to admire the movement within without sacrificing the aesthetics of the Sun & Moon watch design. The diameter of the polished stainless steel case of this lineup is around 42mm, and the thickness is 14 mm. The open-heart design on the dial is protected by a sapphire crystal, making it more resistant to scratches. 

It is called open-heart because the balance wheel serves as the “heart” of the watch, and it takes the place of the day indication, so all that can be seen now is a heart that reveals a bit of the caliber. Owners of this timepiece can look deeper and view the mechanics of the automatic caliber F6L24 which offers hacking and hand-winding options and has a power reserve of 40 hours.

There is a variant with a metal bracelet and black dial, another with yellow-gold elements under the reference number RA-AS0001S and the most elegant option, which features a white dial and black leather strap. If you’ve been wondering just how a mechanical watch works, this piece will help you understand.

 Orient Sun & Moon Contemporary

 Orient Sun & Moon Contemporary

The Sun & Moon Contemporary was dubbed a re-edition of the first generation. But what it looks like is a sleek package with all of the best features from the first generation to the fifth. So, feel free to call it the amalgamation of the Sun & Moon. 

Like the first generation, the watches here use indices to mark the hours. But, the day/night indicator is not positioned at the upper half of the dial but at 5 o’clock, as seen in Generation 3 and 4. The subdial for the day display takes a fitting position on the top left of the dial’s quadrant between 9 and 11 o’clock. 

There’s a date aperture at 3 o’clock, which is a small neat rectangular cutout that can only display a single numeral. The Ref. RA-AK0301S features a white dial with gold-plated indices, while the Ref. RA-AK0302B and Ref. RA-AK0304B features blue and black dials, respectively.

The stainless steel case of the Sun & Moon Contemporary measures 41.5mm in diameter, making it a bit slimmer than the generations 2, 3, and 4. It is water-resistant to 50 meters and is powered by the Orient Caliber F6B24.

Orient Sun & Moon Petite

Orient Sun & Moon Petite

The Orient Sun & Moon Petite is the ultimate understated and stylish dress watch to elevate your style around the clock. Labeled and billed as a woman’s watch, I think this Petite model is also perfectly suited for men who have smaller wrists. The regular line is already crowded with timepieces that are too large for many men, so this is a welcome addition.

The case measures 34.8mm in diameter, and the thickness is now 8.7mm. You’d think the entire design of the Sun and Moon package would be condensed into a smaller dial making it crowded; however, the dial is pretty much uncluttered. It flawlessly maintains the symmetrical sub-register layout with the date at 3 o’clock, the sun and moon indication at 6 o’clock, and the day at 9 o’clock. 

None of the indications overlap, and Roman numeral hour markers are featured throughout the references. The 8.7mm thick case size is possible because of the Japanese quartz caliber KUE00 that powers the watch. Each timepiece comes fitted with a comfortable leather strap and a matching deployant clasp.

Should You Buy an Orient Sun & Moon Watch?

I get it. We don’t necessarily need to look at our watches before we discover the status of the sun and the moon. Maybe only a handful of enthusiasts who have some experience with the midnight sun or polar night will find this feature tremendously helpful. 

But if, like me, you’re not in that category and are wondering if you should buy an Orient Sun & Moon watch? Yes, you should, my friend, you definitely should. There are several compelling reasons to consider buying the Orient Sun and Moon watch. 

Here are some key points that make it a popular choice:

  • Heritage and Reputation: While Orient may not have the same level of mainstream recognition as some luxury Swiss watch brands, they have a strong following among watch enthusiasts who appreciate the brand’s commitment to quality and affordability. 

In recent years, the Japanese watch manufacturer has been gaining more attention and popularity in the watch community as people recognize the value they offer compared to other brands in the market.

  • Diverse Range of Designs: Orient offers a wide variety of watch styles, ranging from classic and elegant to sporty and modern. 

Whether you prefer a traditional mechanical watch or a modern quartz watch, the Sun and Moon series has a model to suit your taste. 

  • Affordable Luxury: The watches in the Sun and Moon series offer excellent value for money. While they may not have the same price tags as some luxury Swiss watches with the same offerings, the timepieces here provide exceptional craftsmanship and functionality at a more accessible price point. 

This affordability makes it an attractive option for both watch enthusiasts and casual buyers.

  • Automatic in-house calibers: Orient has shown a strong commitment to technological advancements. The brand is among the few watch manufacturers from Japan to manufacture its movements in-house. The movements powering the Sun and Moon timepieces are reliable and affordable.
  • Quality Materials and Durability: The Orient Sun and Moon series is home to watches crafted with high-quality materials, including stainless steel, sapphire crystals, and premium leather. 

This attention to materials contributes to the durability and longevity of the timepieces in this line. Every one of them is built to withstand daily wear and offer reliable performance for years to come.

  • Masterful styling with intuitive fashion appeal: Apart from the fact that it is so exhilarating to watch the sun and moon circle on your wrist,  the watches in this series represent true elegance.

Orient’s careful attention to detail and their desire to continuously convey a pleasing allure is visible in every generation. The Orient Sun and Moon watch is the ideal accessory for your collection, fitting for use at the office as well as in casual settings.

Alternatives to the Orient Sun & Moon

If you are enthralled by the celestial appeal of the Orient Sun & Moon watch but desire something more luxurious with a real moon phase complication, there are several great options at different price points.

Now this is not to say that the Orient Sun and Moon series is a default option and not to say they are the poor man’s choice. By all means, the Sun and Moon models are not to be seen as watches for the ‘unprosperous’. 

We all know that wearing a timepiece with a rotating disc or sub-dial depicting the moon’s phases can be both elegant and mesmerizing, making the watch a work of art on your wrist.

Moon phase complications have a long history in watchmaking and are considered one of the most romantic and poetic complications. They date back to the 17th century when watchmakers started incorporating them into timepieces.

The moon has captivated humanity for centuries and is associated with various emotions, moods, and cultural symbolism. Its ever-changing phases represent the cyclical nature of life, the passage of time, and even romance. Wearing a moon phase watch can evoke a sense of wonder, nostalgia, and appreciation for the natural world.

That being said, it’s not a bad thing to desire something more luxurious, sophisticated, and absolutely stunning. Let’s delve in.

Oris Artelier Moonphase (ref. 01 781 7729 4031-07 5 21 65FC)

Oris Artelier Moonphase (ref. 01 781 7729 4031-07 5 21 65FC)

Oris is one of a small handful of Swiss watch brands known globally for its expertly crafted mechanical watches at affordable prices. The Artelier might not be as popular as the Aquis or the hyped Divers Sixty-Five, but the elegance of this reference just goes to show how much we need to start paying attention to the Artelier range.

The Artelier Moonphase has a classical design with a round stainless steel case that measures 40.5mm, which has slim, tapered lugs, as well as a clean bezel. The watch features a moon phase complication, which is a display that shows the current phase of the moon. 

This complication adds a touch of sophistication and romance to the watch, making it a popular choice for those who appreciate traditional watchmaking and celestial aesthetics. The moon phase indication is positioned at 12′, the date at 9′, the day at 3′, and a second timezone display at 6′.

The silver dial features a guilloché-like pattern with rose gold-plated indexes and luminescent hands to match the case. Expect to spend $2,350 for a new piece.

Longines 1832 (ref. L4.826.4.92.2)

Longines 1832 (ref. L4.826.4.92.2)

Located in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, Longines is famous for creating the very first chronograph movement designed for a wristwatch, the ‘13.33Z’. The 1832 collection features classic and elegant timepieces that embody the brand’s rich heritage and craftsmanship. 

The Ref. L4.826.4.92.2 further reflects the collection’s ethos, showcasing refined aesthetics and reliable performance. “1832” pays homage to the year when Longines was founded in Saint-Imier, Switzerland so this is a very significant timepiece.

The watch clearly has a strong vintage spirit, but its technicalities are contemporary. The finely polished case measures 40mm in diameter with a thickness of 12.30 mm. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has multiple layers of anti-reflective coating on the inner side. 

The beige dial features a moon-phase subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock with a date disc at its border, completing the functionality of the watch. The watch is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement; the Caliber L899 with a power reserve of up to 72 hours. It retails for $2,812 on the brand’s website.

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

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

Founded by a group of independent entrepreneurs in 1988, Frederique Constant is a Swiss brand famous for its high-quality classical watches at intimidating prices. The Slimline Moonphase Manufacture combines a classic design, precise mechanical movement, and a functional moon phase complication. 

If you’re looking for a modern dress watch that is a classique amongst the classics, this refined timepiece with an expensive look is just what you need. The Ref. FC-705S4S6 applies the laid down codes of traditional vintage dress watches in combination with contemporary elements. The watch is presented in a smooth and round stainless steel case that measures 42mm across and has a thickness of 11.3mm.

The combination of silver-applied indexes and a discreetly brushed white dial with a sun-ray pattern gives off a rich palette that you can’t fail to notice. Encircling the moon phase indication at 6 o’clock is the date pointed by a small, sleek hand. The watch is powered by the in-house caliber FC-705 and retails for $6,295.

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase (ref. 304.33.44.52.03.001)

Omega Speedmaster Moonphase (ref. 304.33.44.52.03.001)

Every horological talk about the moon always reminds me of OMEGA. When Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped onto the lunar surface, Buzz Aldrin’s Speedmaster ST 105.012 became the first watch ever worn on the moon.

That was the deed that solidified the Speedmaster’s status as one of the greatest watches in history. The Ref. 304.33.44.52.03.001 is one of the best interpretations of a classic moon phase watch that is so spectacularly beautiful it will make your heart skip a beat.

The watch takes the spirit of exploration into untold heights of beauty with its 44.25 mm stainless steel case complemented by a blue ceramic bezel ring with Liquidmetal®. The Liquidmetal alloy is an amorphous metal three times harder than stainless steel.

The enchanting blue dial features highly contrasting luminous markers with a breathtaking moon phase indication at 6 o’clock. The watch is also certified by METAS as a Master Chronometer, thanks to the impressive Caliber 9904 ticking underneath the hood. It retails for approximately $9,000.

Breguet Classique 7787 (ref. 7787BR/12/9V6)

Breguet Classique 7787 (ref. 7787BR/12/9V6)

Breguet is the undisputed master of fine watchmaking complications. In case you didn’t know, the Swiss Marque invented the tourbillon. Not only was the brand held in high regard in all the Royal courts of Europe, but it also revolutionized the art of watchmaking. The Classique 7787 Ref. 7787BR/12/9V6 carries on the prestigious history and legacy of Breguet with its classic and timeless design. 

The watch is inspired by the Breguet Nº5, an antique pocket watch with captivating features. Classic features such as the iconic coin-edge case, blue Breguet-style hands, and a fine “grand feu” enamel sets this timepiece way ahead of others in the same caste.

The display of the dial is intentionally unbalanced as Abraham-Louis Breguet (the founder and designer of the Breguet Nº5) intended it to be legible and functional in the best possible way. The watch is encased in a 39mm 18k white gold with a delicately fluted case band and sapphire crystal case back. 

The poetic moon phase indication is placed at 12′, and the watch is powered by the caliber 591DR with a power reserve of 38 hours.

Conclusion

So there you have it, pretty much everything you should know about the Orient Sun & Moon watch. With all of this said, nothing more can be added except the fact that the Orient Sun and Moon series combines high fashion with utility and should be added to your collection. The durability, modest price tag, and unobtrusive and elegant dial make it a perfect budget-friendly dress watch.

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