A lot of people think watches and then equate that thought with tens of thousands of dollars. But that isn’t always the case. There are some great value-proposition watches out there made by top-notch brands. Those watches don’t always have to cost a fortune. With the holidays around the corner, you might be looking for the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. You might even be looking for yourself. Here we take a closer look at five great watches for under $5,000.
Swiss brand Montblanc, known also for its writing instruments and leather goods, has a great line of timepieces that begs for a closer look, especially if you want added features and functions such as a chronograph to time your laps around the track. The Timewalker Chronograph Automatic watch is a perfect example of good looks and function combined. This particular stainless steel 43mm watch with steel bracelet offers a chronograph with 12-hour and 30-minute counters. The chronograph seconds hand is a center seconds hand in bright red with the brand’s iconic Minerva arrow tip. The red accents against the brushed silver dial with precision minute track in black and black bezel really makes the watch pop aesthetically. It house a mechanical chronograph movement and boasts a precision minute track on the outer edge of the dial. Further ensuring the performance of this watch, Montblanc subjects it to the brand’s rigorous Laboratory Test 500 (for 500 hours). The Timewalker walks our price line – retailing for exactly $5,000.
Into water sports? Check out the Tudor Black Bay Pro watch, which is water resistant to 200 meters thanks to screw-down winding crown. This brand, the younger sibling of Rolex, is all about offering form and function, and is known for its dive watches and has several collections dedicated to the sport. The Black Bay Pro watch is a 39mm stainless steel timepiece with a 24-hour bezel, a black dial with luminous hands and markers for easy underwater readability. The watch is powered by an in-house movement that is a mechanical self-winding caliber with a Bidirectional Rotor System – meaning the watch is wound in both directions automatically with the sway of the wrist. In addition to great function, the Black Bay is recognizable by watch lovers as a top-notch, reputable brand that also offers great aesthetics. This particular watch retails for $4,000.
For the fashion-minded person who loves to express individuality, you might want to take a look at the Gucci Grip watch. Offered in steel or in yellow gold PVD (physical vapor deposit) steel, this super cool watch almost doesn’t even look like a watch. Devoid of a typical dial, the Grip is a cushion-cornered barrel shaped case with two arched apertures at 12:00 and one round aperture at 6:00. They indicate the hours, minutes and the date. The unisex watch is powered by a Swiss-made Ronda quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 meters. The 38mm watch boasts the famed Gucci G logo on the case back. Even better than the swanky look, is the cool price: $1,900.
Always dream of being a pilot? IWC Schaffhausen has a look that will have you feeling like an aviation buff. While much of this brand’s line is over the $5,000 spot, the Pilot’s Watch Mark XVII Heritage watch flies in at $4,650. And it has the perfect look of vintage pilot timepieces with a rugged leather strap with white hand stitching. Inspired in design by the brand’s beloved Big Pilot’s watches, this retro looking piece boasts contrasting colors for the dial and the hands, markers and numerals. The dial is an army green, white the displays are luminescent khaki color. Instead of the numeral 12 at the top, the watch features a triangle for easier orientation in the dark, and a date window at 3:00 adds a touch of modernity. The watch is powered by an automatic movement.
Sporty style never came easier than it does with the quartz-powered TAG Heuer Aquaracer watch. This 32mm piece offers great versatility thanks to the two-tone steel and yellow gold-plated case and bracelet and the bold ocean blue sunray brushed dial. Water resistant to 300 meters so it can accompany its wearer from the beach to the waves, or from the office to the happy hour, this Aquaracer features applied markers that are coated with SuperLuminova, like the hands, for easy reading under water or in the dark. It offers hours, minutes, seconds and date. Stylish yet highly functional, it retails for $2,500.
So, if you are in the market for that special watch and don’t want to break the bank, stop in anytime and see the great selection we have in our three locations.