Despite what the majority think, there’s no compelling reason to accumulate an incredible financial plan to appreciate the “tic-tac” of a mechanical watch on the wrist. Truth be told, the past years have been great for watch sweethearts, even those with a limited financial plan. The ascent of crowd-financed projects (the majority of them not deserving of being referenced however) and the exertion of certain brands to offer section level pieces allow youthful ages or lovers with a lower financial plan to get to the universe of mechanical watches. For our most recent purchasing guide, we’ve gathered 5 cool, all around made and unique mechanical watches priced below EUR 1,000. More cash, more pleasure? Not sure!
Note: the following rundown depends on an agreement among the MONOCHROME redaction group. In the event that you have other examples of recently dispatched, reasonable watches (under EUR 1,000) that impressed you, don’t hesitate to share them with us in the comment box.
Hamilton Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical
Hamilton has consistently been known as the passage level brand of the Swatch Group, with strong proposals in the mechanical watch field. What’s new is the great “touch of cool” found in the most recent creations. This began with the Khaki Field Mechanical in 2018 and half a month prior, the brand did it again with the Khaki Pilot Pioneer Mechanical , a re-issue of the 1970s W10. It comes for certain strong pros: pedigree, dedication, great generally relevant measurements (33mm x 36mm), attractive textured dial, very much built case and an improved hand-wound ETA development with a 80h power reserve and a reasonable EUR 745 price tag. In the event that you like vintage-inspired military watches, you know what to do!
Quick Facts: 33mm x 36mm steel case – solidified mineral precious stone – 100m water-resistant – Caliber H-50 – hand-twisted with 80h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds – storm-dim material NATO with steel hardware – H76419931 – EUR 745
MeisterSinger Urban Day-Date
MeisterSinger is a brand that we love here at MONOCHROME for the simple reason that it offers unique displays at reasonable prices. The brand is known for its “single-hand” watches, where time is depicted in an unordinary way. No minutes or seconds hands, only one enormous hand displaying the hours and minutes to the nearest 5-minute stretch. Recently, MeisterSinger presented another section level assortment , still dependent on this display yet powered by Japanese Miyota developments, allowing at a cost below 1K. Two renditions of this “Urban” are accessible: a period in particular and a second model with extra schedule signs (day-date), which makes it a practical piece on a day by day basis.
Quick Facts: 40mm x 13.25mm hardened steel case – sapphire precious stone – 50m water-resistant – Miyota 8285 – programmed – single-hand with hours, day and date – calfskin leather strap with pin clasp and extra NATO strap – EUR 995
Ollech & Wajs OW P-101
Ollech & Wajs is a brand that is just known by a little part of the watch community yet that comes with an incredible pedigree. A Swiss brand devoted to instrument watches established in 1956, the brand created multiple cool and pleasantly planned mechanical pieces and even purchased stock and equipment from Breitling when it shut down its operations. The brand, tragically, didn’t endure the quartz emergency and stopped its production. However, we’re in 2019 and Ollech & Wajs is in the groove again, with new, open and truly relevant watches. This incorporates the OW P-101, a strong apparatus watch with cool vintage/military plan, 39.5mm steel case with 300m WR, domed sapphire precious stone and programmed ETA development. What’s more, the price remains truly reasonable too.
Quick Facts: 39.56mm hardened steel case – domed sapphire gem – 300m water-resistance – ETA 2824 – programmed – hours, minutes, seconds and date – common leather strap – CHF 956 (approx EUR 865)
Seiko Samurai SRPD23K1 “Save the Ocean”
It is difficult to compose a purchasing guide on reasonable watches without referencing Seiko… The Japanese brand is the expert of this classification, with many cool watches priced from EUR 400 to EUR 1,000 – and jumpers as well as rich watches (Presage), chronographs or adventure pieces. For this choice, we picked the most recent edition of the notable and cherished Prospex Samurai, a currently shaped plunge watch with 200m water-resistance and a programmed in-house development. The present ref. SRPD23K1 is part of the “Save the Ocean” project and features a specific shading plan – blue and dark – just as a pleasantly finished dial. A decent watch for a decent motivation, for just EUR 479.
Quick Facts: 43.8mm treated steel case – solidified mineral precious stone – turning bezel – 200m water-resistance – development 4R35 – programmed – hours, minutes, seconds and date – steel arm band with collapsing clasp – ref. SRPD23K1 – EUR 479
Vario Empire Automatic
When you think exquisite, dress watch you generally partner it with an exorbitant cost. In any case, as this purchasing guide is focussing on available watches, we figured it is acceptable to incorporate a watch that addresses this classification. Recently, Singapore-based brand Vario presented the Empire , an Art Deco-inspired model with programmed (or hand-wound) mechanical development. We had the watch in our grasp and it impressed us by its general quality. The case is proportional and all around amassed and the dial is brimming with pleasant subtleties. Exquisite with a contort, it is powered by a programmed Seiko development and is accessible through crowd-financing for just USD 278…
Quick Facts: 38mm x 11.5mm treated steel case – sapphire gem – 50m water-resistance – Seiko NH38A development – programmed – hours, minutes, seconds – Italian leather strap or Harris Tweed strap – USD 278 for Early Bird (retail will be USD 348)