Here’s our summary of 10 watches which we think are worth considering if you are looking for a high quality luxury watch.
Some of these timepieces have won awards whilst others include several features which you’d associate with the best watches.We’ve include prices from about £100, up to watches which cost tens of thousands of pounds. Hopefully we’ll show that you don’t need to spend thousands of pounds to get fancy features and a watch which should last for decades.
Our top 10 watches guide includes several of the biggest names in Swiss and Japanese watchmaking, including Rolex, Omega and Citizen.
1. Seiko 5 (SNZF15K1) – £125
OK, so you won’t get the world’s finest watch for £125, but you can get a well built watch with some features that you would associate with big name luxury men’s watches. It also happens to have a similar styling to the Rolex Submariner, which will set you back about £5000.
Japanese companies like Seiko have a reputation for quality and accuracy, although they don’t carry quite the same prestige as a Swiss watch in my opinion.
This particular model – the Seiko 5 – is one of the cheapest watches we’ve found with automatic movement. That means it doesn’t take batteries and relies on your own motion to keep it ticking (which is a must-have feature for most watch nerds). It is water resistant to 100m, so it would be OK for a swimming pool but not for diving (the 100m rating doesn’t relate to how deep you can take it…confusing eh?).
The front of the watch (the crystal) is made from mineral rather than the more robust sapphire which more luxurious watches use – but, come on, it’s only £125.
2. Citizen Eco Drive (AT4008-51E) – £300
This Citizen watch is a clever hybrid which is both a super accurate quartz watch whilst also not needing a battery. Normally, you need to choose between one of those two features (even a £10,000 chronometer watch will get out of sync eventually).
Instead of a battery it is powered by a small solar panel on the watch face (the ‘Eco Drive’) and thanks to ‘Atomic Timekeeping’ it can claim to be the ‘most accurate watch in the world’. Does it matter if other watches go out of time by a couple of seconds each week? Not really, but it’s still an appealing feature.
It is made in Japan – not the centre of world watchmaking (which is Switzerland) but still a country known for making high quality timepieces.
It’s also got a sapphire crystal – which means that the front of the watch (the transparent bit) is very tough and unlikely to get badly scratched. The water resistance rating is 200m, which is superior to the Seiko 5 and means it *should* be fine for diving.