Who says luxury watches have to be expensive? Here’s our round-up of some amazing ones that cost less than US$1,000!
Here’s the thing about luxury watches: though they can be great investments, they can also deal a severe blow to the wallet. After all, many sell for six-figure sums that, to many, might seem like an unnecessary spend. Your desire to own a luxury watch does not always have to come at a significant cost. In fact, you can get a taste of luxury while staying well within your budget with our lowdown on the top affordable luxury watches that do not compromise on their form or function.
Seiko Prospex Diver SPB087
Japanese watchmaker Seiko is known for its affordable yet eye-catching designs and functional timepieces. This one in particular lends an aesthetic feel while still retaining the watchmaker’s characteristic high quality when it comes to diver watches. Made by partnering with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), the watch boasts 200 meters of water resistance, perfect for a swim or scuba diving.
The dual-toned bezel, featuring the brand colors of PADI (i.e. red and blue), rotates and complements Seiko’s robust arms. The 44 mm stainless steel watch comes with a snug silicon strap and a dial befitting your adventurous persona. At only US$950, this timepiece is the perfect opportunity to get your hands on a luxury vintage watch without breaking the bank.
Frederique Constant Classics Business Timer FC-270SW4P6
Featuring a moon phase, date-day display and week number along with the seconds display, this classic Frederique Constant timepiece gives you your money’s worth and then some. A sleek simplicity underlines the robustness of the 40 mm case in stainless steel or yellow gold.
Belonging to the Business Timer collection, the watch’s matt-finished dial and quartz movement take you seamlessly from a business meeting to a casual lunch. Finally, to round up, the watch features a black leather strap. Through this timepiece, the Swiss watchmaker makes a visually striking luxury watch with coveted elements, like the moon phase, accessible at a pocket-friendly price.
Tissot PRX Powermatic 80
Reminding a wearer of the coveted Patek Philippe Nautilus (Ref. 7118) timepiece, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 features a blue waffle-patterned dial and a satin finish. Its quality finish is deceptive, making the beholders believe that this must be a highly-priced item. The timepiece is ideal for a no-nonsense person who likes functionality with a touch of fashion. Its flat case, wide angular lugs and rounded caseband give a beautiful structure to the watch, complemented by artistic feats, such as the raised bezel.
Encased in stainless steel, the 70s-inspired automatic watch is a must-have for those with a penchant for affordable classics. Plus, the sapphire crystal glass on the dial and its back keeps the timepiece scratch-free and impact-resistant, thus boosting longevity.
Swarovski Octagon Bracelet Watch
If you are casting around for a timepiece that boasts a rich sartorial taste while being within budget, this is it. This jewelry watch by Swarovski has all the trappings of a Great Gatsby novel, featuring splendor, style and substance.
It is created using octagon-cut crystals with a sapphire crystal center bearing the dial. Plus, you get to choose from five colors—white, green, brown, blue and pink, thereby allowing you to match the watch to your personality. At only about US$430, this watch is a great way to up your style quotient affordably.
Casio G-Shock GMW-B5000D-1 Full Metal
Shock-resistant and smartphone-enabled, the Casio G-Shock watch is for those on the go. The stainless steel watch is solar-powered, thus making a case for sustainable luxury. It can be connected to your mobile using Bluetooth, enabling you to use the G-Shock app which functions much like a smartwatch.
The sporty timepiece is equipped with a stopwatch, timer, alarm, LED light, alarm clock, calendar and more. It has a date-day display and also has power-saving features. The watch is like a luxe iteration of the beloved FitBit but without the steps counter.
There’s a pocket-friendly luxury watch out there for every taste and personality. These are just the tip of the iceberg.
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