Not every watch brand will look the same on just any man. It’s all about your style and phase of life. Many brands seem to have a life of their own and different personalities, which are, many times, a reflex of their designer or even customers, who evolve and change along the time.
Everything starts with a plastic Cassio. Next, you get an Invicta. Then a Tag Heur, followed by an Omega Speedmaster. Next thing you know, you got a Rolex or, who knows, a Patek Philippe….The sky is the limit.
And if you’re considering getting to the next level when it comes to watches, here’s a list of the best men’s watch brands by price range.
From US$ 30 to US$ 200
Timex Weekender – US$ 31,68
Its 24-hour time format and night light INDIGLO® turn this “Weekender” into something unique.
Protected by a mineral crystal, its dial comprises the luminous hands fed by analog quartz movement. We’re talking about a very cool style here, along with the craft and quality tradition of a brand that’s been selling since 1894.
Invicta Pro Diver – US$85,05
Put some classic style and high performance together, and you get a sport watch that’s excellent for your adventures in the water or on the ground. The automatic Invicta Diver, of the Invicta Pro Diver series, is basically a big stainless steel case on a robust triple-link steel bracelet.
The black dial is projected for a quick and easy read even under low light conditions. Besides, it offers a three-hand function with luminous hands covered in Trinite, as well as the time and the date displays.
Still about the dial, that’s covered with a resistant mineral crystal and framed by a black unidirectional bezel, whose edge resembles a coin. The Invicta Diver is activated by a Japanese automatic movement that can be seen at the back of the skeleton case.
This watch is water resistant to 660 feet.
Skagen Klassik – US$109.99
Classic, functional and high-quality design are Skagen’s commercial features. For the model Klassik, Skagen has come up with a subtle case highlighted by black and orange bright hands over a mesh bracelet.
This watch, which is timeless and brings the best of the Danish design, also features analog-quartz movement with a mineral crystal dial window.
Its push button on the fold-over clasp makes closure safe.
Obs: this model withstands rain and splashes of water, but not showering or submersion.
Orient Mako – US$ 142,50
This diver series is the most popular collection Orient has ever manufactured. What makes this model a professional Diver is its 660-feet water resistance. That is perfect to enjoy a good dive when you’re laying back in Hawaii on vacation.
You’ll notice that this watch matches its dial timeless design with the sport style of the background, making a true artwork on your very wrist.
The Diver collection is mechanical, that is, it runs on the watch spring and the dial comes with the day and date displays on the 3-o’clock position.
Another feature that adds value to this watch is the unidirectional bezel, a function that allows adjusting the time according to minute hands, so it’s possible to track how many minutes have passed.
The time hands, as well as the time displays, are both luminous, so that it’s okay to see the time at night.
This series band can be stainless steel or black urethane. In its first, the links come in matte finish.
You can see there’s a double-locking clasp to give you added protection so that the watch won’t come off unexpectedly. As for its urethane bracelet version, that features a fold-over clasp.
Fossil Haywood – US$ 165,00
Well, this model Haywood is a proof of that. Made of stainless steel, it has a 45mm stainless steel case with tachymeter, date window and three chronograph sub dials.
This watch has also got quartz movement with analog display, leather band with contrast stitching and buckle closure, besides being water resistant to 50 meters (165 feet).
Obs: In general, it’s recommended for short periods of recreational swimming, but not for diving or snorkeling.
Seiko Diver – US$183,99
The 22 mm band features a fold-over clasp, which makes the transitions around a 45 mm classic case smooth. Both in stainless steel, with a polished silver tone.
Safely wrapped in Hardlex, a scratchproof crystal, its navy blue dial accentuates light capture, the LumiBrite hands and hour markers surrounded by two hues of blue and red, and rotary bezel to track time.
Sophisticated, this model also brandishes a date and day window. As resistant as it is sophisticated, the Seiko Diver is analog and run by automatic movement, fed by your wrist movement. Plus, its water resistant to 660 feet.
From US$ 350 to US$ 700
Hamilton Pilot – US$355,36
With a brushed and polished stainless steel case, the Pilot features a black dial with white printed Arabic numeral markers and silver tone arrow luminous hands applied over luminescent indices and markers.
It brings a leather band with pin buckle, sapphire crystal and Swiss quartz movement caliber 955.422.
The Pilot is also water resistant to 660 feet.
Bulova Precisionist – US$ 425,18
Made in stainless steel with curved crystal, multiple layer black carbon fiber, silver dial and chronograph measurement of hours, minutes, seconds (1/10 seconds, 1/100 seconds and 1/1000 seconds).
It’s got luminous markers and its case is screw back, screw-down crown, patterned black rubber band and water resistant to 300 meters.
Victorinox I.N.O.X – US$ 625,00
This way, following the blue, black, green and red versions, there’s now the I.N.O.X. with a steel bracelet, which required two years of research and development to attain the same qualities as the case and be able to withstand 130 quality control tests, according to the brand.
Made in Switzerland, this watch has, among many other features, quartz movement and a 43 mm case protected by an antireflective sapphire crystal extremely durable, water resistant to 660 feet.
Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar – US$ 669,00
It was the pioneer spirit of Tissot that lead it to the creation of touch screen timepieces in 1999. That’s the reason why the brand was now the first to create a watch with a touch screen display fed by solar power, which has established them as leaders in this kind of watch making technology.
The rays of light on the dial allow to recharge the watch and to offer essential functions for everyday use. All that in one only stylish, modern and dynamic watch.
Made in the US, it features an unidirectional and textured bezel, with a digital and analog display.
Its 43 mm titanium case comes with an antireflective sapphire dial window and Swiss quartz movement with analog display. Plus, it comes with a genuine-leather band and a water resistant to 100m (330 feet).
Obs: In general, it’s suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not diving.
From US$ 1,400.00 to US$ 3,000.00
Oris Divers Sixty-five – US$1,494.99
And one of the brands that have been showing they can come up with a great variety of well-made divers with a touch of vintage is Oris, with the Divers Sixty-five.
With a caliber 733 (Sellita SW200), it’s got sapphire crystal tall dome screen with a double AR coating. It also features some subtle changes in relation to the current crop of divers in vintage style, which makes it a centerpiece.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II – US$4,262.50
Decorated with a touch of color, the Speedmaster 2014 Mark II has a central chronograph with fluorescent orange details – a design resource that distinguishes the new model from its antecessors.
The Speedmaster Mark II is available in discreet stainless steel or 18K coroa Sedna ™ gold and buttons, besides sub dial rings and an internal ring that highlights the tachymetric scale.
This model also features a two-color 18H Sedna™ bracelet, gold and stainless steel, and an equipped case with a brushed stainless steel band, with the patented extendable fold-over rack-and-pusher OMEGA clasp.
It can be adjusted to five different positions, plus the 9,60 mm long alternative.
Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 7 Twin Automatic – $2,900.00
All Tag Heur watches are equipped with sapphire crystal, cut from a polished slice of solid sapphire created by the fusion and crystallization of Alumina. The sapphire is so hard that only diamond could scratch that.
The high-level quality of Tag Heur is based on a careful choice and continuous monitoring of all their suppliers and products. Along the manufacturing process, each part withstands various quality control tests in order to carefully verify its production.
Black Twin Time Dial
- – GMT 2nd Time Zone Feature
- – Self Winding Automatic Caliber 7 Movement
- – Sapphire Crystal Exhibition Case Back
- – Guaranteed Authentic
- – Certificate of Authenticity
- – Manufacturer Box & Manual
- – Brushed with Polished Steel Case & Bracelet
- – Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal
- – 100 Meters / 330 Feet Water Resistant
- – 41mm = 1 5/8″ Case, 6.5″ Adjustable Bracelet
- – Deployment Buckle
- – Fixed Bezel
- – Luminescent Hands & Markers
From US$ 6,000.00 to 20.000,00
IWC Portugieser – US$6,190.00
Changing to a watch by the international brand IWC certainly puts you in an elite status. Created by a watchmaker in 1868, the company parades the fact that they are the only Swiss watchmakers based in the Eastern part of the world.
Their design is classic, luxurious and totally timeless. And if you’re lucky enough to get an IWC, especially a valuable vintage one as the Portugieser, the company states that their support department has any replacement parts to repair and restore all kinds of defects in the watches since its foundation.
Panerai History Luminor 1950 PAM – US$ 6,975.00
Always elegant, the Italian diver is robust and virile, which makes it attractive not only to the heroes of action moves, but also to watch lovers around the globe.
Their fame contributed to the rise of the prices by Panerai after it was acquired by Richemont, a luxury items specialist group founded in 1997.
Rolex Submariner – US$ 6,995,00
In their cases, Rolex uses stainless steel 904L, a material used mainly in high-technology industries, like aerospace and chemical, in which maximum resistance to corrosion is a key.
The 904L alloy is extremely resistant, highly polishable and keeps its beauty even in the most severe environments.
Its innovative Chromalight display on the dial pushes the boundaries of visibility in the dark.
The blue glow lasts up to eight hours with a uniform luminosity throughout, practically twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials.
Now, the Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology.
Designed to be both robust and comfortable, it is equipped with an Oysterlock clasp, which prevents accidental opening, and an ingenious Glidelock, allowing fine adjustments of the bracelet without using any tools – and allowing it to be worn comfortably over a diving suit.
This model is equipped with a caliber 3135, self-winding mechanical movements entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex.
With all the movements Rolex Perpetual, the 3135 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests.
Its spiral spring Parachrom offers higher resistance to shocks and to temperature variations, whereas its design, which is shared by all the movements of the Oyter, makes the piece uniquely reliable.
The rotatable bezel of the Submariner is a key functionality. Its engraves 60-minute graduations allow a diver to accurately and safely monitor diving time and decompression.
Manufactured by Rolex from a hard, corrosion-resistant ceramic, the Cerachrom bezel is nearly scratchproof.
The dial luminosity assures legibility, no matter how dark the environment is. While the knurled edge of the bezel has been carefully projected to offer excellent grip under water, even with gloves.
From US$ 20,000.00 to US$ 80,000.00
A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1– US$ 27,000.00
The company was founded in 1845, the year in which Ferdinand Adolph Lange started making pocket watches, in Glashütte, near Dresden, in Germany.
Along the years, the Langes started making wristwatches for the German pilots in the Second World War.
Their present watches haven’t changed much (at least in terms of aesthetics) in decades, but they are always innovating. This is what makes them so highly respected to these days.
The Lange 1, for instance, has a resource in which all the hands zero when the power reserve is used up, which makes the restarting process of the watch even easier.
Besides that, they’re still developing their own calibers, unlike other manufacturers.
Audemars Piguet Milenary 4101 Automatic Rose Gold – US$ 34,255.00
Its creators redesigned and changed the escapement and the balance wheel to the left of the dial, displaying its components completely attached by a gold screw.
The Caliber 4101 movement assures the 28.800 VPH beat, made of 284 parts, 34 jewels and a power reserve of approximately 60 hours.
Patek Phillipe Grand Complication – US$79,568.97
Like the A. Lange, the Patek is considered an ultra-luxurious brand, with the priciest disclosure of watch rights ever sold in auctions. The pocket watch Supercomplication was sold for $ 24 000 000 in 2014.
Its predominant automatic and hand wound mechanics is a piece of art, including its insane Caliber 89 with 39 complications, 1728 exclusive parts, a 2800-star letter and the capability of adding one more day in February of each leap year.
So, what’s your favorite out of our list? With so many options I’m sure you’ll find 99 problems. But a watch won’t be one.
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