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Teddy's End of the Year Gift Guide 2021

As we head into the final weeks of 2021, I wanted to share with you some of my picks for this year's curated end of the year gift guide. It's a mix of 100 of our top sellers as well as some of the best under-the-radar models we offer. I have divided the list up into price categories in ascending order to make what you're looking for a little bit easier.

To make navigation more convenient, you can jump to the categories here: under $500 here, from $500 to $1000, $1000 to $2000, $2000 to $3500, and $3500 and above.

I hope this guide helps you find the perfect gift for the watch enthusiast in your life (even if you're gifting something to yourself) and if you need further assistance, be sure to book a consultation with our sales specialist here

Thank you for the wonderful year and happy shopping!

Teddy 

 

$500 and Under

 

Timex 80 Silver Tone Bracelet

Reference: TW2R79300; Case Size; 34 mm, Case Height: 10 mm; Lug to Lug: __ mm; Movement: Digital Quartz; Price: $65.00

A budget friendly, grab it and go, mid sized digital quartz watch with an easy to read display and Indiglo back-lighting. Case constructed from resin and attached with an adjustable steel bracelet. 

 

Orient Defender II

Reference: RA-AK0403N10A; Case Size: 42.4 mm; Case Height: 12.2 mm; Lug to Lug: 49.5 mm; Movement: Automatic F6722; Price: $245.00;

One of the best mechanical military watch values on the market. A ion plated stainless steel case gives it a matte black finish to pair with the matte black dial which contains a healthy amount of lume. 

Sternglas Naos

Reference: SNQ01/100; Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 6 mm; Movement: Rhonda 714 Quartz; Price: $229.00;

 A Bauhaus influenced dial design in a moderate case size with an ultrathin profile comes together for a minimalist dress watch execution. The Rhonda 714 movement provides a high level of accuracy and a better than expected 50m of water resistance points to the Naos everyday capabilities.

 

Orient “Bambino” RA-AC0003S10A

Reference: RA-AC0003S10A; Case Size: 40.5 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.3mm; Movement: Auto F6722 ; Price: $185.00; 

A cult classic dress watch that epitomizes the value proposition Orient brings to the table. Modern sizing with classic looks combined with in-house movement F6722 within makes it hard to beat for the money. 

Orient Kanno

Reference: RA-AA0916L19B; Case Size: 44 mm; Case Height: 12.9 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 51mm; Movement: Auto F6922 ; Price: $235.00;

The Kanno is a large diver with a solid in-house movement with the caliber F6922 to pair with the 200m of water resistance and with solid lume making it a respectable dive watch with solid real world utility. 

Timex Falcon Eye

Reference: TW2T80800; Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Movement: Quartz; Price: $179.00;

Stemming from the Q Timex lineup, the Falcon Eye is a historical reissue with the dial as the showcase feature here. An interesting wave pattern across the blue dial and gold elements is an appealing look while a quartz movement powers the watch inside. 

 

Timex Marlin Auto

Reference: 753048824915; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 13 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.9mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 8215 ; Price: $249.00;

Quickly becoming a gateway automatic watch for enthusiasts around the globe, the Timex Marlin auto features classic good looks, a case size sweet-spot and solid Miyota 8215 powering it inside makes for one of the better value propositions you’re going to find. 

 

Timex Navi XL Automatic

Reference: TW2U10000/TW2U09800/TW2U09900; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 13.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 51mm; Movement: Auto ; Price: $259.00;

Coming in an assortment of options, the Timex Navi XL automatic boasts more than just dive watch designs. Capable of 100m of water resistance and lots of dial lume makes for an intriguing, budget friendly diver with everyday versatility.

 

Bulova Hack

Reference: 96A246 Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 13.45 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 82S0; Price: $276.50;

As one of the most popular mechanical field watches on the market today, the Bulova Hack represents one of the best ways to get into mechanical watches for the money. Miyota supplies the movement and its nearly universal case size makes it wearable on almost any wrist.

 

Orient Kamasu

Reference: 96A246; Case Size: 41.8 mm; Case Height: 12.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.3mm; Movement: Auto F6922; Price: $280;

Like the Kanno, the Kamasu offers quite a bit in terms of value as an entry level mechanical diver. The most notable upgrade over the Kanno here is the choice of a sapphire crystal versus the mineral crystal supplied to its collection mate. 

Citizen Promaster Diver

Reference: BN0151-09L; Case Size: 44 mm; Case Height: 11.6 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.2mm; Movement: Eco-Drive E168; Price: $280;

The Promaster Diver is one of those models that transcends the watch enthusiast community and into the professional watch community as a fan favorite. Powering the Promaster Diver is the hassle-free Eco-Drive technology that makes it an easy pick for non-watch enthusiasts and enthusiasts alike. 

 

Marathon General Purpose

Reference: Sage Green: WW194003SG-NGM Desert Tan: WW194003DT-NGM Black: WW194003BK-NGMIg; Case Size: 34 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 41mm; Movement: Auto Seiko NH35; Price: $288;

 

A field watch for small wrists, the Marathon General Purpose is built to withstand whatever you throw at it. The case is a tough composite material that comes in black, sage green, and desert tan and the dial features tritium gas tubes for reliable lume in low light situations.

 

Bulova Oculus

Reference: 96A248; Case Size: 39 mm; Case Height: 12.3 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 45mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 82S0 Price: $297.50;

 

Bulova partners with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to help support and preserve the historic Taliesin Estate where the famed architect spent much of his life living and working. The dial borrows Wright’s December Gift designs which were used for magazine covers in the late 1920s.

 

Orient Sun & Moon

Reference: RA-AK0301S10A; Case Size: 41.5 mm; Case Height: 13 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.3mm; Movement: Auto F6B24; Price: $320.00;

Another value-packed mechanical watch offering from Orient. The Sun & Moon features a day/night indicator to go pair with a pointer day sub dial and a date window. It’s a somewhat large and versatile design powered by a modern, in-house movement.

 

Tissot Gentleman Quartz Stainless Steel

Reference: RA-AK0301S10A; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 8.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Quartz ETA F06.115; Price: $350.00;

A stylish and versatile quartz dress watch is what the Tissot Gentleman Quartz offers up. For a few hundred dollars more, you could jump into the extremely well equipped Powermatic options, but if it’s a grab-and-go piece you’re looking for with good brand equity and equally good looks, this is a solid choice. 

Bulova Frank Sinatra My Way

Reference: 98A261; Case Size: 29.5 mm x 47 mm; Case Height: 9 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47 mm; Movement: Quartz Miyota 1L45; Price: $346.50;

For the Frank Sinatra lover in your life, Bulova offers the “My Way”, a rectangular dress watch that sports the iconic entertainer’s likeness. It’s moderately sized with a quartz Miyota movement within with a battery life of 3 years.

Sternglas Chronographs Panda

Reference: SCH03/316; Case Size: 43 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Movement: Quartz Miyota 0S21; Price: $349.00;

Sternglas mixes mechanical and quartz options throughout their lineup and with this panda style chronograph you get the later movement type to go with the minimalist black and white dial design in a large yet stylish 43mm case. 

 

Tissot PRX

Reference: T1374101104100; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 10.4 mm; Movement: Quartz ETA F06.115; Price: $349.00;

One of the most exciting and sought after releases for 2021, the Tissot PRX is a value packed steel sports watch that comes in a 40mm case with a sapphire crystal, an integrated bracelet and water resistance capabilities of 100m. The quartz model is still a great choice, but for a few hundred more you can jump into the outstanding automatic version.

Citizen Nighthawk

Reference: T1374101104100; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 12.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.7 mm; Movement: Eco-Drive B877; Price: $396.00;

The Citizen Nighthawk has had a quite yet welcomed refresh with a more modern case and a cleaner dial execution making one of Citizen’s most popular choices even better - in my opinion. Dual time capabilities and a slide rule make this piece a good choice for an aviation enthusiast!

 

Laco Augsburg

Reference: 861988/861688.2/862102/862100 ; Case Size: 39/42 mm; Case Height: 11.5/11.7mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.5/50 mm; Movement: Automatic Miyota 821A; Price: $410.00;

Coming in either 39mm or 42mm and in either blue or black dials, the Laco Augsburg is one of the best values you’re going to find for a mechanical Flieger. Laco isn’t just a brand that just decided to start making this style of watch, they actually have a long history of producing high quality German Aviators. 


Sternglas Naos Automatic

Reference: SNA21/108; Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Movement: Automatic Miyota 821A; Price: $439.00;

Sternglas’ use of Bauhaus design principles is on full display with the Naos for a sharp mechanical dress watch. The Naos is proving to be a solid alternative to the upmarket minimalist brands like NOMOS and Meistersinger. It doesn’t skimp on the specs either, with a sapphire crystal, exhibition case back, Miyota movement and water resistance up to 50m.

 

Bulova Lunar Pilot

Reference: 96A225; Case Size: 45 mm; Case Height: 13.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52 mm; Movement: Quartz NP20; Price: $476.00;

One of Bulova’s best reissues over the past few years, the Lunar Pilot is a quartz powered chronograph that has historical significance tied to the Apollo 15 moon mission. There is a limited edition model specifically designed for that event, but this model is closer to the original. It comes on either a strap or bracelet and is stated to be accurate within 10 seconds per year with its ultra high frequency movement.


Bulova Chronograph A

Reference: 96A252; Case Size: 40.5 mm; Case Height: 14.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47 mm; Movement: Quartz Miyota 6S21; Price: $486.50;


Inspired by popular chronograph styles from the 1970s, the “surfboard” dial speaks to the fashionable nature of this model. It’s powered by a high-precision quartz movement and has real underwater chops with a water resistance rating of 200m. Comes in several cool color combinations.


Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical

Reference: H69439931; Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 9.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47 mm; Movement: Handwinding H-50 (ETA 2801-2); Price: $495.00 on NATO;

Simply put, the Khaki Field Mechanical is one of the best Swiss mechanical watch value propositions to date. It’s the prototypical military field watch: a no-nonsense design, excellent overall specs, and reliability you can count on. Get it with a NATO, leather strap, or a bracelet. 


Tissot Gentleman Quartz Titanium

Reference: T1274104408100; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 8.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Quartz ETA F06.115; Price: $495.00;

Coming in either a blue or titanium grey dial, the Tissot Gentleman Quartz packs the same good looks as the steel version, only this time in lightweight titanium with a bracelet. It combines these good looks, nice proportions, an accurate quartz movement, and solid 100m of water resistance for an excellent daily wearer. 


Timex American Documents

Reference: 753048833283/753048833290/753048833306/753048833313; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 10.0mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.5 mm; Movement: Quartz ETA F06.115; Price: $495.00;

An American made Timex with historical roots here in the States, the American Documents collection combines classic good looks in a modern case size that offers excellent versatility. Several dial choices to choose from and all exhibiting quality craftsmanship that may surprise some of those who have looked past Timex over the years. 


$500-$1000

Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph

Reference: T1204171104102; Case Size: 45.5 mm; Case Height: 12.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50 mm; Movement: Quartz ETA G10.212; Price: $525.00;

An oversized quartz diver that emphasizes legibility and accuracy, the Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph is capable of 300m of water resistance and is a bit of a lume monster. This collection has several gradient dial options including blue, green, and red with the option of a bracelet or a rubber strap. 


Sternglas Marus

Reference: NA; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 14 mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 8215; Price: $529/$579;

Simplicity and minimalist designs are the name of the game for the Marus. However, just because it’s simply designed doesn’t mean it’s short on quality. A true sports watch in the 42mm case and rotating bezel, the Marus is serviceable underwater up to 200m and is supplied with a sapphire crystal to pair with the Miyota 8215 providing the power. 


Zelos Mako V3 Ti

Reference: NA; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11.5 mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 9015; Price: $549;

One of the best micro-brand values on the market, hands down. The Zelos Mako V3 is an impressive package of design, functionality, performance, and price. Beautifully textured dials in burgundy, teal, and black compliment the high quality titanium case and bracelet construction and Miyota 9015 automatic movement. Plus you get a sapphire crystal and 300m of water resistance making it a true bargain in the $500 price range.  


Bulova Devil Diver

Reference: 96B322; Case Size: 44 mm; Case Height: 14.6 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 45.9 mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 821D; Price: $556.00;

With uniquely retro good looks and a devilish backstory, the reissued Bulova Devil Diver is a very good mechanical diver that has real underwater utility that wears smaller than you’d expect. The teal green dial is one of the standout colorways available. You get a choice between a rubber strap attachment or a three linked bracelet.

 

Hamilton Khaki Field Auto 38

Reference: H70455533; Case Size: 38mm; Case Height: 10 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47 mm; Movement: Auto H-10 (ETA C07.111); Price: $575.00;

As good as the handwinding Khaki Field Mechanical, but with the added bonus of having an automatic movement inside and a power reserve of 80 hours. It’s the standard bearer of Swiss-made mechanical field watches, especially in the 38mm case, and it should be able to take on whatever you throw at it.


Tissot Visodate 42 Powermatic 80

Reference: T118.430.16.021.00; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 12.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 49 mm; Movement: Auto Powermatic 80.121; Price: $650.00;

A refreshed look for 2021, the Tissot Visodate’s case has been bumped up to 42mm and the case now has turned lugs, elevating the overall appearance. Plenty to like here from the wearing experience to the Powermatic 80 movement inside. Dial options are silver, blue, champagne, and black.  


Tissot PRX Auto Powermatic 80

Reference: T137.407.11.041.00; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Movement: Auto Powermatic 80.111; Price: $650.00/$675;

 

The quartz PRX costs about half of this model, however in some ways, the automatic version feels like twice the watch. It’s an impressive piece in either of the three dial colors with that Powermatic 80 movement beating away inside. It’s reasonably sized and the level of finishing punches above its price point. Another great value from a brand that consistently delivers in this price range.

 

Tissot Seastar 1000 Powermatic 80

Reference: T118.430.16.021.00; Case Size: 43 mm; Case Height: 12.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.3 mm; Movement: Auto ETA C07.111; Price: $695.00/$725;

A seriously cool, 300m dive watch that’s large, but not unwearable, coming in at 43mm diameter with a sub-48mm lug-to-lug length. More Powermatic goodness powering this piece and there is a wide array of configurations available. Two different bracelet styles plus the rubber strap option can be paired with several good looking dial colors. 


Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto

Reference: H82375961; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 13 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto ETA H-10; Price: $695.00/$745;

Coming in an assortment of dial and bezel configurations, the Khaki Navy Scuba has some real world utility underwater but also is versatile enough to wear on a daily basis to work and on the weekends. The size makes it conducive for most wrists and your choice between NATO, rubber strap, or a bracelet provide an opportunity to make the watch your own.  

 

Hamilton PSR

Reference: H52414130; Case Size: 40.8 mm; Case Height: 13.3 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Digital Quartz ETA H200.400.337; Price: $745;

A reissue of one of the most important watches ever made in America, the Hamilton PSR brings back to life the Pulsar, the world’s first digital watch. Modern touches like a sapphire crystal and a LCD/OLED display bring the retro design to life. The case finishing is better than you’d probably expect and so is the bracelet. A very good reissue.


Mido Ocean Star Captain

Reference: M0264301705100; Case Size: 42.5 mm; Case Height: 11.5 mm; Movement: Auto Caliber 80 (ETA C07.651); Price: $890;

With a more subdued look than the Seastar, the MIDO Ocean Star Captain taps into a more traditional design and the result is an underappreciated final product. Easy to read with plenty of lume, a Powermatic 80 movement inside, and water resistance capabilities to a respectable 200m, this piece is a bargain under $1000. 


Mido Multifort Patrimony

Reference: M0404071606000; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Movement: Auto Caliber 80 (ETA C07.621); Price: $890;

If a stylish yet versatile watch with a Swiss made movement is what you're after, the MIDO Multifort Patrimony is packed with value. It relies on the Powermatic family for the movement and does not disappoint when it comes to everyday wearability. Two color gradient dials are available, blue and anthracite, and both are quite good. 


Bulova MIL SHIPS Standard

Reference: 98A266; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 15.1 mm; Movement: Auto Miyota 82S0; Price: $895;

The Bulova MIL SHIPS is one of the brand’s most anticipated releases of the year, and for good reason. It’s a historically accurate tribute piece to honor a 1957 prototype that was designed for the US Navy. A great option for vintage dive watch lovers. 


Bulova Commodore Black Dial

Reference: 98B325; Case Size: 38.4 mm; Case Height: 11.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200-1; Price: $906.50;

Handsome and elegant, the Commodore has some early 20th century vibes going with the wire lugs, the art deco font, and the luxurious black dial. A part of a collection dedicated to brand founder Joseph Bulova, it sits at the higher end of the brand’s pricing spectrum with the Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 within. 


Mido Ocean Star Tribute Green

Reference: M0268301809100; Case Size: 40.5 mm; Case Height: 13.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.3 mm; Movement: Auto Caliber 80 (ETA C07.621); Price: $950;

More retro inspired than the Ocean Star Captain, the Tribute model goes with a classic approach to the dial, ditching the applied indices for printed luminous indices instead as well as classic style hands. Size is also scaled back slightly to 40.5mm in diameter and a compact 46.3 mm lug-to-lug. Powering it, again, is the MIDO Caliber 80 based on the Powermatic format.


Lunar Pilot Apollo 15 50th Anniversary LE

Reference: 98A285; Case Size: 45 mm; Case Height: 13.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52 mm; Movement: Quartz NP20; Price: $995.00; Limited Edition to 5000

The limited edition version of the Lunar Pilot pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 15 mission and comes in a gold and grey color scheme along with a higher price point. It’s limited to 5000 units for the world. 


Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Blue/White

Reference: H38425540; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 10 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 45 mm; Movement: Auto ETA 2892-A; Price: $995.00;

In the same vein as the MIDO Multifort Patrimony, the Hamilton American Classic Intramatic is one of those watches that does a little bit of everything and can be made to work in nearly any social situation. A few different dial colors and strap options are in the catalog, but the blue dial might be the best variant.


Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto 

Reference: H70605731; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52 mm; Movement: Auto H-10 ETA C07.111; Price: $995.00;

Larger than the classic Khaki Field models, the “Murph” goes dateless and does better at accommodating a larger wrist. The nickname comes from its cinematic debut in the blockbuster epic “Interstellar”, worn by the character Murphy Cooper. 


Muhle Glashutte Panova 

Reference: M1-40-72-LB-II; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 10.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.5 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200-1; Price: $999.00;

In the pantheon of current German watchmakers, Muhle Glashutte is at times overlooked relative to some of the bigger Germanic names. The Panova is a stylish, minimalist field type watch with a modified Swiss made SW200-1 movement inside of the properly proportioned 40mm case.


$1000-$2000


Junghans Form A 

Reference:  027/4833.44; Case Size: 39.1 mm; Case Height: 9.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 44 mm; Movement: Auto J800.2; Price: $1000;

Leaning into the minimalist design approach, the Form A stands out as one of the more interesting dress watch options at $1000 due to the properly sized case, styling, and strap options. 


Bulova Breton

Reference:  96B332; Case Size: 32 mm; Case Height: 10.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200; Price: $1095;

Like the Bulova Commodore, the Breton is a model paying homage to the company founder Joseph Bulova with its early to mid 20th century art deco styling and mechanical movement. Powering it inside is the popular and reliable Swiss-made Sellita SW200.


Zodiac Super Sea Wolf

Reference:  ZO9270; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 13.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.7 mm; Movement: Auto STP 3-13 (Soprod); Price: $1095;

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf collection comes in a wide range of beautiful colors, including this white dial variant with blue and orange accent colors, demonstrating you can make a seriously nice watch and have fun at the same time. It still features a solid Swiss made automatic movement, a sapphire crystal, good lume and in-water capabilities up to 200m. 


Laco Original Heidelberg

Reference:  862094; Case Size: 39 mm; Case Height: 12.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Auto Laco 24 (ETA 2824.2 elaboré); Price: $1130;

Positioned in the Laco brand a step above  the Augsburg with its Swiss ETA movement, the Heidelberg still backs a lot of value in this minimalist Flieger approach that emphasizes clear legibility with Superluminova C3 applied to both the dial and hands. 


Laco Pilot Kempten 

Reference:  862093; Case Size: 39 mm; Case Height: 12.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Handwinding Laco 01 (ETA 2801.2 elaboré); Price: $1130;

With identical case specs as the Heidleberg, the Kempten offers a bit more visually on the dial but still prioritizes legibility. Lume is plentiful and the hand-wound ETA 2801.2 is easily operated by the big crown format.  

Hamilton Pan-Europ Day-Date

Reference: H35405741; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Auto H-30 (ETA C07.111); Price: $1195;

A modern interpretation of 1970s styling with a splash of Americana, the Pan-Europ Day-Date leans into the red, white, and blue. In typical Hamilton fashion, it’s a value-driven model with a sapphire crystal, 50m of water resistance, and 80 hour power reserve. 


Longines Conquest

Reference: L37764586; Case Size: 39 mm; Case Height: 11.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto L888 (ETA 2892-A2) Price: $1225;


One of best “all-arounder” options available at this price point. The Longines Conquest comes in several case sizes to accommodate nearly any wrist and there are several dial colors from which to choose as well. It should handle anything you throw its way, including underwater activities with its 300m of water resistance.


Hamilton Jazzmaster Skeleton

Reference: H42535610; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 10.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto H-10 (ETA C07.111); Price: $1245;

The skeletonized dial variant of Hamilton’s signature dress watch offers up the signature flared lugs and exposed movement from both the front and the back of the case. A good dress watch alternative if you’re looking for a little bit more flair than you normally would get from the Jazzmaster collection.


Formex Essence

Reference: 0333.1.6600.710; Case Size: 39 mm; Case Height: 10 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 45.5 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200-1; Price: $1280;

Coming in two different case sizes of 39mm and 43mm, the freshed Formex Essence is a formidable sporty option with excellent attention to detail from the finishing, to the movement, to the dial options. It’s a model that is under the radar at the moment (but maybe not for long) yet offers very good value for money. 

 

MeisterSinger Neo Blue

Reference: NE908N; Case Size: 36 mm; Case Height: 9.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 38.8 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200-1; Price: $1295/$1345;

A signature single hand defines the MeisterSinger collection, making it almost instantly unique in the watch space, particularly in this price range. The Neo collection has several striking dial options with blue, red, silver and white options available. 



Hamilton Ventura XXL Auto

Reference: H24655331; Case Size: 45.5 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46 mm; Movement: Auto H-10 (ETA C07.111) Price: $1345; 

Iconic and futuristic, the Ventura’s most recent and most profound pop culture crossover appeal can be traced back to the Men In Black movie franchise. The diamond shaped case is unmistakable and stands out against the endless round or rectangular case models everywhere around us. 


Ball Watch Fireman Nightbreaker

Reference: NM2188C-P13-BE; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11.3 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.5 mm; Movement: Auto RR1103 (ETA 2824-2); Price: $1349; 

A stylish and versatile everyday wearer, the Fireman Nightbreaker is a little more refined than some of the other Ball Watch offerings, but you still get the signature tritium gas tubes across the textured dial. 


Nomos Club Campus Future Orange 36
Reference: 710; Case Size: 36 mm; Case Height: 7.9 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.5 mm; Movement: Manual “Alpha” Caliber; Price: $1500; 

With moderate case dimensions, the Club Campus 36 is a great option for smaller wrists (even with the long lugs) and the “Future Orange” version is definitely an attention-grabber in color and the Cali-style layout. It’s manual winding with the in-house Alpha movement further adds to the value proposition at the $1500 price point.

Longines DolceVita 

Reference: L57574733; Case Size: 27.7 x 43.8 mm; Case Height: 10.1 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 43.8 mm; Movement: Auto L592 (ETA 2681); Price: $1575;

Rectangular - or tank - case styles are starting to see a resurgence in demand and while few companies fully commit to this direction, Longines has an excellent option with the DolceVita. Its dressy, well-proportioned, and well-priced, especially when compared to Cartier or Jaeger-LeCoultre. 


Raymond Weil Maestro Open Salmon

Reference: 2227-STC-00808; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 9.2 mm; Movement: Auto Caliber RW4200; Price: $1590;

Salmon is a hot color right now and salmon and blue might be even hotter. The Raymond Weil Maestro Open provides the color palette as well as an open-heart aperture to view the beating balance wheel of the Swiss automatic movement inside. 


Longines HydroConquest 41

Reference: L37814069; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 11.9 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 51.1 mm; Movement: Auto L888 (ETA 2892-A2) Price: $1600;

Building off of the impressive Conquest platform, the HydroConquest is more purpose built for underwater activities with its rotating bezel. This model comes in many different versions between the case size options, dial colors, and attachments. The 41mm and 39mm case options are going to be the most universally wearable, but several larger cases are also in the collection.


Oris Big Crown ProPilot Date

Reference: 01 751 7761 4063-07 3 20 03LC; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.6 mm; Movement: Auto L888 (ETA 2892-A2) Price: $1700;

Although it’s not a Flieger style pilot watch, the ProPilot Date has the characteristics you’d expect from an aviation time teller: an easy to read dial, plenty of lume, a dark matte dial, and a brushed case. Of course, you don’t have to be a pilot to enjoy this piece every day. 


Ball Engineer III Marvelight

Reference: NM2026C-S23J-BK; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 13.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.5 mm; Movement: Auto RR1103-C (ETA 2824-2 COSC) Price: $1749;


Possessing a familiar case and dial design that’s more or less Oyster Perpetual-esque, the Marvelight is a much more accessible and budget friendly alternative to the OP and is constructed to withstand harsh wear, despite its refined looks.


Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

Reference: 01 754 7741 4068-07 5 20 50; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.2 mm; Movement: Auto Cal 754 (Sellita SW200-1) Price: $1750;

An iconic design and a fan favorite from Oris, the Big Crown Pointer Date collection has developed into a lineup of colorful and interesting executions in several case sizes. They all carry on a bit of the vintage aesthetic that makes the collection revered by enthusiasts. 


Ball Engineer III Starlight

Reference: NM2182C-S12-BE1; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 13.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.5 mm; Movement: Auto RR1102-C (ETA 2836-2 COSC) Price: $1799;

The Engineer III Starlight offers more of the classic Ball Watch aesthetic than either the Fireman or the Marvelight, in that it employs 48 micro gas tubes across the dial (and hands) to create the blocky Arabic numerals. The Caliber RR1102-C is a COSC certified chronometer and like the other models, this piece can take on challenging environments with confidence. 

Rado Golden Horse Auto

Reference: R33930153; Case Size: 36.5 mm; Case Height: 10.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 40.6 mm; Movement: Auto ETA 2824-2; Price: $1800;

Another moderately sized option with the 36.5mm case, the Rado Golden Horse comes attached with a nice beads-of-rice style bracelet for a more refined wearing experience. A Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2 is the powerplant for this model. 


Bulova MIL SHIPS Limited edition

Reference: 98A265; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 15.1 mm; Movement: Auto Sellita SW200; Price: $1990;

Like its non-limited counterpart, the Bulova MIL SHIPS limited edition model takes a swing at an early commercial dive watch aesthetic that Bulova ultimately never launched, while elevating the movement from a Miyota to the higher-end Swiss Sellita SW200. Production is limited to just 1000 examples. 


Ball Engineer II Moon Phase blue

Reference: NM2282C-SJ-BE; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 14 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.5 mm; Movement: Auto RR1801 (ETA 2836-2 COSC) Price: $1999;

The Engineer II Moon Phase captures a dressier side of Ball Watch while still maintaining the signature tool watch format that makes their watches a good value. Dark environments don’t just light up the tritium microgas tubes at the hours, the entire moon phase is luminous as well. 


$2000-$3500


Rado Captain Cook 37

Reference: R32500203; Case Size: 37 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 43 mm; Movement: Auto ETA C07.611 (ETA 2824-2) Price: $2000;

Reasonably sized with a well finished case and nice beads-of-rice bracelet, the Captain Cook 37 is a bit of a sleeper as a total package which includes the ETA movement, 100m water resistance, and substantially lumed dial. Several configurations are at your disposal, too.


Oris Aquis Date

Reference: 01 733 7732 4135-07 4 21 64FC; Case Size: 39.5 mm; Case Height: 12.6 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto Cal. 733 (SW200-1) Price: $2000;

Like the Longines Conquest collection, the Oris Aquis Date collection offers a ton of variety in terms of configuring a model. One thing is for sure, it’s one of the better built and spec stacked dive watch models in this price range with the ceramic bezel insert, sapphire crystal, Sellita movement and 300m of water resistance capabilities.


Oris Divers Sixty Five

Reference: 01 733 7707 4055-07 5 20 45; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 12.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.1 mm; Movement: Auto Cal. 733 (SW200-1) Price: $2000;

Quickly becoming Oris’s best selling collection, the Divers Sixty Five comes in a myriad of options from 36mm to 42mm case sizes and many different dial choices to sort through. It’s more of a desk diver than a hardcore underwater tool watch, but with 100m of water resistance it’s still capable of being put through real world challenges.


Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo

Reference: L23304930; Case Size: 38.5 mm; Case Height: 11.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50 mm; Movement: Auto L893 Price: $2000;

If you’re in the market for a classy, near formal dress watch, the Longines Heritage Classic Tuxedo offers up impressive looks that marry retro styling with some modern touches. How about a 38.5mm case with drilled lug holes and “aged” lume to pair with a contemporary automatic ETA movement inside.


Nomos Tangente 38 

Reference: 165; Case Size: 38 mm; Case Height: 6.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 44.5 mm; Movement: Manual “Alpha” Caliber; Price: $2030;

“Thin” is probably the best word to describe the Tangente 38. It has a thin profile, thin lugs, thin hands, and uses long thin dial text elements to emphasize the Bauhaus style. It’s also a classic Nomos model that features their manual winding Alpha caliber. 


Hamilton Intra Matic Chrono H

Reference: H38429710; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 14.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 49 mm; Movement: Manual H-51 (ETA 7753 derivative); Price: $2045 on leather, $2095 on bracelet;

The Intra-Matic Chrono H is a fantastic bi-compax chronograph execution coming in either a “Panda” and “Reverse Panda” colorway. It features the manual winding H-51 movement, an ETA 7753 variant that has been modified for an 80 hour power reserve. Add $50 to go from the leather attachment to the mesh bracelet.


Longines Silver Arrow

Reference: L28344722; Case Size: 38.5 mm; Case Height: 9.9 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.2 mm; Movement: Auto L888 (ETA 2892-A2); Price: $2100

A vintage inspired dress watch from Longines’ excellent Heritage collection, this piece leans hard into the retro aesthetic. Modern touches, such as the upgraded boxy sapphire crystal and the very good L888 movement make this an intriguing dress watch at this price point. 


Longines Heritage Sector Dial 

Reference: L28284730; Case Size: 38.5 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.2 mm; Movement: Auto L893 (ETA A31.L91); Price: $2150

Arguably one of the best Heritage executions Longines offers, the Sector Dial walks a tightrope between casual and dressy and looks more expensive than it is. Its relatively compact size makes it an easy wear for almost all wrists. 


MIDO Multifort Patrimony Chronograph

Reference: M0404271605200; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 15.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 49 mm; Movement: Auto MIDO Cal 60 (ETA A05.H21); Price: $2160

If you like automatic, dual register chronographs, the MIDO Multifort Patrimony Chronograph is a handsome execution in a slightly larger case than the comparable Hamilton Intra-matic Chronograph H at 42mm in diameter and a hefty 15.2mm thick. Size aside, the old-school aesthetic is very appealing.


Junghans Meister Kalender

Reference: 027/4505.45; Case Size: 40.4 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 45 mm; Movement: Auto Caliber J800.3; Price: $2195

Something a little different from Junghans, the Meister Kalendar is a minimalist take on the complete (or full) calendar complication, including the moon phase aperture. The anthracite dial goes great with the steel silver case and other dial elements.


Hamilton Intra Matic Automatic Chrono 40

Reference: H38429710; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 14.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 49 mm; Movement: Auto H-31; Price: $2195 on leather, $2245 on bracelet;

While the Chrono H is a manual movement only, the Intra-Matic Auto Chronograph is, well, automatic. It comes with the same case, but the movement has an additional date function. In the looks department it’s just as appealing as either the Chrono H and the MIDO Multifort Chrono, but with slightly more appropriate sizing versus the latter option. 


Ball Engineer II Green Berets

Reference: NM2028C-L4CJ-BK; Case Size: 43 mm; Case Height: 12.4 mm; Movement: Auto RR1103-C; Price: $2199;

Oversized and rugged, the Engineer II Green Berets features a TiC coated titanium case to give it the flat black aesthetic which pairs with the matte black dial. Legibility is clearly a focus, and just like the other Ball Watch models, this piece is going to be able to handle whatever comes its way.

 

Oris Propilot Bronze Date

Reference: 01 751 7761 3164-07 3 20 03BRLC; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 12.4 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.2 mm; Movement: Auto Cal 751 (Sellita SW220-1); Price: $2200;

Oris’s latest addition to the ProPilot collection is a sharp bronze variant. Oris is no stranger to using bronze as a case material as they deploy it across many of their other collections, particularly within their Diver models. Pairing the bronze case with a matte black dial is a winning combination. 


Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Bellytanker

Reference: BRV192-BT-ST/SCA; Case Size: 38.5 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.302 (Sellita SW300); Price: $2300;

Well known for their square instrument panel style case designs, Bell & Ross pivoted away from that look several years ago and pursued more traditional designs with vintage influence with their BR V1 models. Overall these are underrated designs, and the Bellytanker may currently be the most interesting of them all. 


Longines Legend Diver Brown Dial

Reference: L37744602; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 12.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52.3 mm; Movement: Auto L888 (ETA 2892-A2); Price: $2300;

The Legend Diver quickly became one of Longines best received models and the brown dial execution is really good. Running somewhat large at 42mm in diameter, it’s the 52mm lug to lug that might be difficult for some smaller wrists. It’s maybe best suited as a dress diver, but with 300m of water resistance, it does have real underwater capabilities.


Oris Aquis Date Upcycle

Reference: 01 733 7766 4150-Set; Case Size: 41.5 mm; Case Height: 12.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto Cal 733 (Sellita SW200-1); Price: $2300;

A new release from Oris this summer, the Upcycle is intertwined with the brand’s “Change for the Better” mission to address ocean pollution. In doing so, the dial for this Aquis is made from recovered PET plastic for a very unique look. 


Longines Master Collection Sunray Blue

Reference: L29094920; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11.1 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 49 mm; Movement: Auto L899 (ETA A31.L91); Price: $2350;

Despite the lack of a formal name, this model has a pair a beautiful blue sunray dial with a pointer date and moon phase complication for a look that leans more dressy than casual, making it a great choice for the office. 

MeisterSinger Pangaea Day-Date Blue

Reference: PDD908; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 10.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.7 mm; Movement: Auto SW220-1; Price: $2395;

Taking on a more sophisticated design than the Neo or Neo plus, the Pangaea offers fully exposed day and date wheels to go along with the single hand time telling display. It comes in a prototypical modern 40mm case with a slender 10.5mm profile that wears well.

 

Nomos Metro 38

Reference: 1108; Case Size: 38.5 mm; Case Height: 7.8 mm; Movement: Auto SW220-1; Price: $2560;

One of the more stylish offerings from NOMOS is the Metro 38. The use of color and space on the dial give the Metro its distinctive character, but it’s the thin bezel and wire lugs that make this model stand out.


Longines Skin Diver bracelet

Reference: L28224566; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 13.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52mm; Movement: Auto L888; Price: $2600;

A companion to the Legend Diver within the Heritage collection, the Longines Skin Diver drops the internal bezel for the more widely used external bezel while still maintaining that iconic dial design, those very cool hands, and 300m of water resistance. 


Bell & Ross V2-92

Reference: BRV292-BL-ST/SCA; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 11.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 47.7 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.302 (Sellita SW300-1); Price: $2900;

An all arounder that blends sporty case design with tool watch features and that classic Bell & Ross dial configuration for a versatile utility much like the Longines HydroConquest yet with better case proportions and a slightly more refined look. 


Raymond Weil Freelancer Bronze Skeleton

Reference: 2785-SBC-60000; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 11.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50.5 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.302 (Sellita SW300-1); Price: $2900;

One of the best and most interesting Raymond Weil models in some time, the Freelancer’s take on a skeleton watch is very nicely executed and it features a bronze bezel to give it a subdued two toned look.


Longines Legend Diver Bronze

Reference: L37741502; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 12.7 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52.3 mm; Movement: Auto L888; Price: $3000;

A bronze version of the excellent Longines Legend Diver, this model comes in the 42mm case for a substantial wrist presence, especially with those long lugs. The combination of the gold color case and the forest green dial pair very well together. 


Longines Avigation BigEye Blue 

Reference: L28161932; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 14.5 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50 mm; Movement: Auto L688; Price: $3225;

Easily one of Longines best models, the Avigation BigEye with the black eyed-blue dial is a fan favorite and for good reason. It’s executed in a titanium case with large pump pushers and features a brand-specific column wheel chronograph movement developed by ETA, making this piece a very good value for the money. 


Longines Master Collection Calendar Chrono

Reference: L26734786; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 14.3 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 46.3 mm; Movement: Auto L687; Price: $3325; 

One of the more complicated watches you can get for the money, this piece gives you a complete calendar and a chronograph in addition to the traditional time telling duties. Moderately proportioned case measurements make this an easy wear for most wrist sizes.


$3500 and above


Bell & Ross BR03-92 Diver Blue

Reference: BR0392-D-BU-ST/SRB; Case Size: 42 mm; Case Height: 9.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 51.5 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.302; Price: $3700 

While Bell & Ross has a much more diverse selection of cases, the instrument panel case design is still an important part of the overall collection and the latest collection is made up of some of the best references yet, including this BR03-92 Diver model that blends signature styling with a nice color scheme for a totally different take on the dive watch.


Meistersinger Lunascope White

Reference: LS901; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 12 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48.7 mm; Movement: Auto ETA 2836-2; Price: $3900 on rubber, $4100 on bracelet;

Perhaps the most unique piece in the Meistersinger catalog, the Lunascope is a showstopper with its enormous moon phase aperture and, of course, the single time-telling hand. It may appear a little larger on the wrist than 40mm because of the aesthetic, however the inward tapered case and short lugs provide a compact wearing experience.


Oris Aquis Depth Gauge 

Reference: 01 733 7755 4154-Set RS; Case Size: 45.8 mm; Case Height: 15 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 55 mm; Movement: Auto Cal. 733 (SW200-1); Price: $4000;

The Oris Depth Gauge isn’t going to be for everyone - it's an absolute wrist monster, but if you love large, high-quality Swiss made watches that do have real world utility, you’re getting a lot with this piece: a ceramic bezel solid action, mechanical depth gauge, a decent amount of lume, an adjustable rubber strap and 500m of water resistance.


Oris Divers Sixty Five Chrono on leather

Reference: 01 771 7744 4354-07 5 21 45; Case Size: 43 mm; Case Height: 16.2 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 52 mm; Movement: Auto Cal. 771 (SW510); Price: $4000 on leather/$4250 on the bracelet;

An oversized chronograph piggy-backing off of the very popular Divers Sixty Five design, this piece is best suited for larger than average wrists. It has a dress diver vibes and comes on either a cool rivet bracelet or casual leather strap. 


Tangente Neomatik 41 Midnight Blue

Reference: 182; Case Size: 40.5 mm; Case Height: 7.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto DUW 6101; Price: $4100;

An updated version to one of NOMOS best models, the new Tangente Neomatik 41 in midnight blue gets a reimaged date function that integrates incredibly well into the design language. The in-house and impressive DUW 6101 movement is tasked with powering the watch.


Bell & Ross BR V2-94 Bellytanker 

Reference: BRV294-BT-ST/SCA; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 14 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 48 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.301 (ETA 2894-2); Price: $4400

Just like the non-chronograph BRV2-92 Bellytanker, this is a very cool bi-compax chronograph with a refreshing take on a vintage sports chronograph. The dial color combination is one of the more appealing designs in a world of black and white panda and reverse panda models out there.


Bell & Ross BR05

Reference: BR05A-BL-ST/SST; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 11 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 40 mm; Movement: Auto BR-CAL.321 (SW300-1); Price: $4900 on the bracelet/$4400 on the rubber strap

The BR05 is the debut integrated bracelet sports model for Bell & Ross and quickly became one of the brand's more popular models. The case isn’t quite square and not quite tonneau, but there is some very obvious traditional Bell & Ross design DNA on display here. Can also be had on a rubber strap. 


Zenith Elite Classic BLue

Reference: 03310067002C922; Case Size: 40 mm; Case Height: 9.4 mm; Movement: Auto Elite 670 ; Price: $5800

A striking piece with a signature radial guilloche dial, the Zenith Elite Classic compliments the popular El Primero lineup with a dressier three-hander plus date. The Elite 670 movement is a step above many of the movements on this list in terms of finishing and overall quality, which should be expected at this price point. 


Nomos Zurich World Timer

Reference: 807 & 805; Case Size: 39.9 mm; Case Height: 10.9 mm; Movement: Auto DUW 5201 automatic; Price: $6100;


The one most complicated NOMOS offerings, the Zurich World Timer is a terrific world time travel companion, offered in a midnight blue or a silvery white dial and the in-house DUW 5201 movement demonstrates excellent German ingenuity and watchmaking prowess.


Oris Big Crown Propilot Caliber 115

Reference: 01 115 7759 7153-07 5 22 04TLC; Case Size: 44 mm; Case Height: 12.8 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50mm; Movement: Manual In-house Caliber 115; Price: $7200;

At the high end of the Oris pricing spectrum, we have the ProPilot Caliber 115, which features Oris’s impressive in-house movement, Caliber 115. A skeletonized dial and exhibition case back puts the entire movement on display. It’s manual winding and offers up a massive 10 day power reserve. 


Zenith Defy Classic 

Reference: 95900067078M9000; Case Size: 41 mm; Case Height: 9.45 mm; Lug-to-Lug: 50mm; Movement: Auto Elite 670SK; Price: $7700;

The revamped Defy collection has breathed new life into Zenith under the LVMH umbrella and cornerstone to this collection is the Defy Classic. The old Defy collection was, well, not so good, but this new generation of models is carving out an impressive niche in the luxury sports watch segment. Available in a couple colors and strap configurations. 


Zenith Chronomaster Original El Primero

Reference: 03.3200.3600/21.C903; Case Size: 38 mm; Movement: Auto El Primero; Price: $8400;

There are a lot of ways you can go if you want to pick up a Zenith El Primero, but if you wanted a model that really embraces the original A386, the Chronomaster Original El Primero is the modern heir to the iconic chronograph’s legacy.