Luxury has always been associated with expensive items that forces you to dig into your pockets, even your savings. That has always been the misconception. However, that Is not always the case. Sometimes, luxury is all about how you wear it.
Your other option is to look for luxury watches that are in your budget. Do not be misled. They are available, and that is what this list is for.
The Sinn 240, in spite being designed with stainless steel, it does not come with its usual sheen. This is because, this timepiece has been bead blasted which polishes it and removes the impurities in the material, and although it does not have its usual appearance, it retains its durable nature.
It has a black dial which neatly contrasts the white indices used for the watch. Their corresponding value is clearly reflected on both ends of the marker every five minutes. However, the one underneath them are too small, sometimes, to read. Luckily, they have another set engraved just above them where the dial meets the bezel. A complication can also be noted around the three o’clock demarcation. This indicates the day along with the date. This can even be displayed either in English or in German with a simple turn of the push-down crown which you can find at the same side of the day and date window.
The hands, on the other hand, are simple, yet they are functional. However, along with the indices, they are imbued with lume which makes it possible to tell the time even after dark.
All of the above features are protected by dial window made out of sapphire crystal which is the toughest material you can use for a timepiece.
What makes this timepiece from Sinn unique is its pilot’s bezel, which is not commonly found in wristwatches marketed to the public. Regardless, this one has and it is indicated by the triangular icon normally found on the 12 o’clock demarcation which the company promises will help monitoring the time at defined intervals or episodes.
Lastly, upon purchase, you will be given the option to choose what strap you will be most comfortable with. So, it does not have a specific band to describe.
Its sporty appearance is the very first thing that will attract any onlooker to the Club Neomatik. It has an Atlantic blue dial that goes well with the silver/white indices that reflects its corresponding value every five minutes. Every hour is also reflected clearly with large texts except for the six o’clock ones because there lies a complication.
All these contribute to the overall look of the timepiece, especially the color combination and the largely engraved or printed texts.
The watch does have precise hands as its tips are pointed to accurately tell the time. However, it does not have a secondhand, but in spite that, it is running because this is powered by an automatic movement and has been estimated to be capable of running for 43 hours as its power reserve is estimated to be capable of that much. In addition, the hands are imbued with superluminova which was added to give the wearer the ability to clearly tell time even after dark.
All this hardware is protected by a domed sapphire crystal. This guarantees high-grade durability. Moreover, the dome craft helps magnify the timepiece giving the wearer a better read of the time. However, the band is made only out of textile which does not assure longevity. However, this does do well for comfort.
The has a water resistance rating of 200M, which means you are fully able to swim, snorkel, or surf with it on. Do not dare to dive, otherwise, it would not hold.
One of the premier brands when it comes to wristwatches, and this model just proves it to be the case, it’s one of the best available dive watches on the market. We had a chance to do a full hands-on review of the Seamaster 300m here on the WRB, and really liked it.
The blue dial of the timepiece jumps right out and it goes well with the white indicators and indices. Although, it is a combination of large dots and lines with the former being merely present every quarter of the way around the dial. However, this cannot be seen at the three o’clock demarcation because that is where the date window is. In addition, its corresponding value is reflected on the bezel which is designed to rotate only in one direction. To cover all these is a sapphire dome crystal which gives any user the reassurance of its durability. Moreover, it is imbued with anti-scratch and anti-reflection properties which helps with the watch’s capability of telling time regardless of how strong the light source is.
However, what makes it a cut above the rest is the power it brings to the table. A watch does not get that label unless it is powerful enough to have it. Moreover, it has a water resistance rating of 300M which gives you the ability to use it underwater and dive in deeper depths. The Seamaster also has a Helium escape valve which helps prevent the watch from blowing up when underwater. This normally happens because of the accumulated Helium bubbles inside, and it is this valve that solves the problem.
We all know that Rolex is one of the best luxury brands, and they also have an entry level model that is far from “entry level” quality wise, but is affordable for a luxury watch.
At first glance, the Oyster Perpetual looks simple. Rolex made it so that it can create a classic look in spite the simplicity of its design. What makes this all the more compelling is how they created different colors of its dials to accommodate the different styles that every person has a liking to. They created some that are grey in color. Others are in electric blue, and one more in red grape and white, and for every variation of the dial’s colors, there are subtle changes in the design like the way each marker is presented. Some are presented with its corresponding roman numeral, while others are simply indicated by longer indices. However, in both models, at the 12 o’clock demarcation, the Rolex’s symbol sits.
Its hands are shaped with blunt ends while the second hand looks like a needle. It does not have any complication, but that goes with the goal of the company for a simple but classic look.
Aside from the beautiful aesthetic that Rolex created, the company also made sure that the Oyster Perpetual is as durable as possible as it is made with Oystersteel. It is still unsure what it truly is, but there is a debate that it is simple stainless steel but rebranded by the company to make it its own. Regardless, it retains the same properties as stainless steel making it invincible to any form of corrosion. In addition, it has been given the water resistance rating of 100M, which allows for swimming, and possibly snorkeling, but never go dive with it and never use the pushdown crown when submerged in water.
Among the selection that has been presented so far, this Black Bay from Tudor has to be the most unique of them all. This is mostly because of the color scheme that is used. Although, you have choices.
Color scheme wise, the only thing that is consistent among all variations is the black dial. Craft wise, the hands are similar in all of them. Other than those two, the similarities stop. In some makes, the Black Bay has a wine-red color around the bezel and the indices are copper or brown. On the other hand, the indices are white when it came to the blue colored versions. Although, the hour markers are presented in similar ways across both versions.
Its case is made out of stainless steel, and in some, including its band. However, you have the option to swap it with either leather or fabric that matches the color scheme of your chosen model.
It is powered by a self-winding mechanism that, when fully turned, is able to last for 70 hours, approximation. In addition, it was rated to have water resistance of 200M meaning it can be used for diving.
Luxury is always expensive, as you may have noticed with all the watches that were mentioned. They have a well established brand, and the features to back their price tags. However, when it comes to quality, they are second to none and either of them can be argued to be the best. So, regardless of which one you choose, you are guaranteed to have the best of the best.