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67 Best Watches for Men 2020 - A Complete Guide

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In my line of work, I am privileged, spoiled really, to get to spend time with a lot of watches. Over the course of this year, I handled literally hundreds of different watches from the industry’s biggest brands as well as many smaller independents and microbrands. As we approach the end of 2020, a year many of us won’t miss, I’m keeping it positive, looking back on some of the best watches I reviewed this year as well as some of my favorite new releases, because, despite the global pandemic and all the challenges that came with it, 2020 has been a pretty good year for watches.This list will be long, so to break it up, I’ll start by taking a look at some of my favorite watches I reviewed as well as some great releases from this year organized by their categories: diver, dress, everyday, and chronographs or complications, before finishing with my top ten watches I reviewed in 2020, all things considered. To reiterate, not everything on this list was released this year. Many of these are just watches I really enjoyed this year, despite being older models. I’d much rather spend time talking about watches I’m really familiar with than judge new models solely by their press photos.In each category, I’ll start with the most affordable watch and work my way up toward the most expensive. I’ll definitely include links to video reviews where applicable and, as always, be sure to also check out some of our other blogs such as 45 Best Watches Under $5000 and The 40 Best Automatic Watches Under $500.So, sit back, relax and enjoy the best watches of the 2020.

Best Diver Watches:

Orient Kamasu

Specifications: Price: $280, Case Size: 41.8mm, Thickness: 12.8mm, Lug-to-Lug: 46.3mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Orient F6922, Crystal: MineralOrient watches are an absolute mainstay across all of my watch content for a reason. With a wide range of watches all offering an impressive value proposition, Orient deserves the attention. Orient’s Kamasu is a perfect example of what they do best, putting a reliable automatic movement (that hacks) of their own manufacture into a well-sized, highly wearable diver case that looks a lot more expensive than it is. Frankly, for the money, I don’t think you can do better in an automatic diver’s watch than the Kamasu, and that’s the reason I so often recommend this watch as an entry-level automatic diver.

Seiko "Built for Ice" SPB179

Specifications: Price: $900, Case Size: 45mm, Thickness: 12.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 52.6mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Seiko 6R35, Crystal: SapphireSeiko debuted a new version of their beloved Sumo collection last year, upgraded most prominently in the form of a new Seiko-made 6R35 caliber (with a 70 hour power reserve) as opposed to the 6R15 used in older Sumo watches. The SPB179 I reviewed is from a new limited series called, “Built for Ice”, with three references that have eye catching patterned dials in grey, green, and light blue. While the Sumo case is a bit large for the bracelet, and the lug to lug is long, frankly, the Sumo wears pretty well for most people with a larger-than-tiny wrist. For me, the star of the show is this beautiful waffle-patterned dial executed in light blue, making the SPB179 a special option for Seiko fans who want a bit larger watch with an interesting, upgraded caliber.

Doxa Sub 200

Specifications: Price: $950, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 14mm, Lug-to-Lug: 45mm, Movement: Auto ETA 2824-2, Water Resistance: 200 m, Crystal: SapphireAs a brand more closely associated with the $1,500-3,000 price range, Doxa took a lot of enthusiasts by surprise when they unveiled the Sub 200 at the end of 2019, way back when the world still made sense. By any metric, the near $1,000 package offered by the Doxa sub is a good deal, and allows for more enthusiasts to get in on Doxa’s colorful designs, diving heritage, and excellent beads-of-rice bracelet. With dial colors and matching bezel inserts to satisfy nearly any color preference, the Doxa Sub 200 has very wearable dimensions, is simply a lot of fun, and is easily one of the better recent affordable diver’s watches to grace the scene.

Marathon Government Search and Rescue (GSAR) Anthracite

Specifications: Price: $1,200, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 13.6mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto ETA 2824-A2, Crystal: SapphireKeeping up with the no-nonsense tool watch thread, we have the Marathon GSAR, this time in the new anthracite black-coated version. This is a diver’s watch that almost looks more like a piece of equipment that it does a watch. With tritium illumination and a deeply set dial, the 41m GSAR is standard issue for Canada’s military search-and-rescue technicians. This new IP-coated version gives a more tactical overall feel and should also help with scratch resistance. This is a watch for tool watch fans in the know. For a true diving tool used around the world by military organizations, the GSAR Anthracite is about as good as it gets, especially for the price.

Seiko SPB143 and SPB145

Specifications: Price: $1,200, Case Size: 40.5mm, Thickness: 13mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.6mm, Lug Width: 20mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Seiko 6R35, Crystal: SapphireFor a lot of collectors who have been wanting a somewhat smaller set of dimensions in a Seiko diver, the beloved Japanese brand killed it in 2020 with both the SPB143/145 collection as well as the SPB151 Willard watches, which I’ll discuss later. With a 40.5mm case and only 47.6mm from lug to lug, the new SPB series combines a vintage Seiko feel with the most wearable set of case dimensions we’ve seen from the brand in a long time. Also, the 6R35 movement is a nice upgrade, with 70 hours of power reserve, which helps to justify the higher than average cost for a Seiko diver’s watch. The SPB in either of the two standard colors is very clean, very simple, really well done, and great evidence that Seiko is not only hearing their consumers but also really listening.

Seiko SPB151 and SPB153

Specifications: Price: $1300 and $1100, Case Size: 42.7mm, Thickness: 13.2mm, Lug-to-Lug: 46.6mm, Lug Width: 20mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Seiko 6R35, Power Reserve: 70 Hours, Crystal: SapphireFor some, the new Seiko “Willard” SPB151 and SPB153 are polarizing, with a curvy cushion case design derived from Seiko’s 6105 diver’s watch, which famously appearch on Martin Sheen’s wrist in Apocalypse Now. However, with an updated movement, smaller case dimensions compared to the original watch, and just the right amount of vintage charm, the new Willard is an excellent option for someone looking for a modern diver with a proven aesthetic. For the money, the 70 hour reserve of the 6R35 caliber is a nice addition to what is a solid overall design with some interesting film and military heritage. Available either in black with a bracelet or an on-trend military green color on a rubber strap, the Seiko Willard is one of my favorite classy tool watches from this year.

Formex Reef

Specifications: Price: $1,790, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 11.4mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW300, Crystal: SapphireThough a newer brand compared to many other Swiss brands which measure their history in centuries, Formex has established itself as an independent brand to watch since its 1999 inception. With the new Reef diver’s watch, it feels like Formex are using the momentum from their popular Essence collection to take a new step up into the diver and sport watch market. The Formex Reef, especially with this green sunburst dial, is a fun new take on an often stale genre from an interesting newer brand. A chronometer grade movement and an excellent bracelet only add to the powerful value proposition being made in the Formex Reef.

Rado Captain Cook 42mm

Specifications: Price: $2,000, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 12.1mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48.2mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto ETA C07.611, Crystal: SapphireRado’s modern Captain Cook collection, released in 2017, has garnered a lot of well-deserved hype. By updating one of their historic models with modern tech and sizing, Rado really hit it out of the park with this model, allowing the brand to grow in recent years. For most, the 42mm variant of the Captain Cook will fit the best, though the smaller wristed out there have the option of the 37mm variant. It’s capped off by a cool rotating logo at twelve, a concave bezel, an impressive 80-hour-power-reserve Swiss movement, and a domed sapphire crystal. For its size, the Captain Cook wears a bit smaller, in part thanks to a slim profile, a fact which helped to make this watch one of my favorite reviews from 2020.

Sinn U50

Specifications: Price: $2,180, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 11.2mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47mm, Water Resistance: 500m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW300-1, Crystal: SapphireOne of the most welcome releases from Frankfurt, Germany-based Sinn in a long time, the U50 is a tastefully downsized version of the brand’s much-loved U1 diver’s watch. Finally available with Rolex Submariner-esque dimensions, the U50 allows those with smaller wrists, myself included, to enjoy the minimalism, Sinn technology, and low-key tool watch vibes built into the U series. Powered by a reliable Sellita SW300, the U50 is also a solid value when you consider what you get for the price, especially compared to many Swiss brands. For a bead-blasted diving tool watch that feels very German, the new U50 is an excellent choice for a tool watch with easy wearing dimensions.

Mühle Glashütte S.A.R. Rescue Timer

Specifications: Price: $2,499, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 13.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.3mm, Water Resistance: 1000m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireIf you guys haven’t picked it up from some of my other content, I’m a Mühle Glashütte fan, and watches like their somewhat ridiculous yet awesome S.A.R. Rescue Timer are a great example of why. With one of the most form-follows-function designs out there, the S.A.R. Rescue Timer is all business, all the way down to a rubber bezel bumper and center bracelet links to help the watch stand up to the abuse meted out by the German Maritime Search and Rescue service, for which it was designed. Capped off with no less than 1000 meters of water resistance, a 4mm thick sapphire crystal, and an extremely well done clasp on either the rubber or steel bracelet, the Rescue Timer is one the most different and interesting maritime sport watches you can get, period.

Oris Aquis Calibre 400

Specifications: Price: $3,500, Case Size: 43.5mm, Thickness: 13.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 50mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Automatic Oris 400, Crystal: SapphireOf all the watches on this list, perhaps none represents a larger leap for its maker than the Oris Aquis Calibre 400 does for Oris. As their first widely-available watch equipped with a manufacture movement, Oris is following an industry-wide trend and consumer preference for brands who make their own calibers. What’s more, it isn’t just an ETA clone produced in an Oris facility but rather a completely from scratch, brand new caliber with two mainspring barrels, which allow for a massive 120 hour or five-day power reserve. The Calibre 400 also boasts a 10 year warranty and 10 year service interval, impressive claims for a new movement from any maker. As an Oris fan, I’m happy to see the new movement go into one of the brand’s most recognizable designs in the Aquis, but I’m also excited to see the new caliber in some smaller cases and different models.

Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue

Specifications: Price: $3,700, Case Size: 39mm, Thickness: 11.7mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.5mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Tudor MT5402, Crystal: SapphireIn some ways, I’m tired of covering the Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue, but that’s mostly because it’s tough to keep saying how good the watch is and how fair the pricing is on this in-house equipped, tastefully-sized diving watch from Tudor. Tudor’s MT5402 is actually a pretty interesting movement and has a 70 hour power reserve. Add to that one of the best wearing experiences from any watch in the Rolex or Tudor family, and the BB58’s hype is completely justified. These are a bit hard to get at the moment, and I probably wouldn’t pay over retail, but if you’re looking for one watch to do it all while feeling a bit more youthful and casual, and your budget is somewhere around four grand, I’m not sure you can do better.

Omega Seamaster 300

Specifications: Price: $6,800, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 14.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto Omega 8400, Crystal: SapphireAs the vintage-inspired craze charges ever forward, Omega has deeper reserves than most in terms of having a backlog of beautiful designs to reimagine with modern materials and movements. Their Omega Seamaster 300 harkens back to the 1960s, an era when diver’s watches were essential tools used to track a diver’s bottom time. This design and especially this dial are icons in the watch world, thanks to their good looks and legibility. The modern Seamaster 300 pairs that near-perfect vintage design with all the good things about modern Omega, most prominently with the 8400 co-axial movement. While the vintage-tinted lume and 41mm width isn’t for everyone, I think this watch, along with the Tudor Black Bay 58, is among the best heritage designs out there.

Rolex Submariner 41

Specifications: Price: $9,150, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 12mm, Lug Width: 21mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto Rolex 3235, Crystal: SapphireWhile I think everyone is rightfully a bit tired of hearing about it, I can’t not include Rolex’s new Submariner 41 on this list. While the updates in terms of case size aren’t crazy, amounting to a 1mm increase in width both in the case, lug to lug, and interestingly, the lug width, the new Caliber 3235 with a 70 hour power reserve is a legitimate upgrade over the previous Submariner movement. Even though the changes are subtle, even the smallest moves by Rolex tend to influence the entire watch industry to some degree, so it’s important for enthusiasts to keep their ear to the ground where the Crown is concerned. And, whether you or I agree with how Rolex does business, the new Submariner is an excellent watch by virtually any metric.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Specifications: Price: $15,700, Case Size: 45mm, Thickness: 15.4mm, Lug-to-Lug: 50mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto Blancpain 1315, Crystal: SapphireAmong the most historic dive watch makers is Blancpain, perhaps one of the more under-appreciated early diver designs considering their contribution to nearly all who came after. Arguably the first ever diver’s watch, the modern Blancpain has DNA that has held up over the last seven decades or so, thanks to a straight-forward dial designed for underwater legibility. The modern Fifty Fathoms I reviewed this year (Ref. 5015-12B30-NABA) is somewhat more luxurious compared to its ancestors, with a 45mm titanium case, sapphire crystal, sapphire bezel, and an auto in-house 1315 caliber. Despite being pretty large, the new Fifty Fathoms wears well and presents an interesting argument for an extremely luxurious diver with a rich heritage.

Best Chronographs and Complications:

Zelos Horizons GMT V2

Specifications: Price: $899, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 13.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 45mm, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto ETA 2893, Crystal: SapphireZelos made their name with oversized, some of them really oversized, bronze-cased diving watches that also had really cool lume applications. However, at their core, the Zelos design language was always not only interesting, but also truly unique. It would be fair to call Zelos a rare brand making original designs in a watch industry where almost every new thing is simply a rehashed old thing. When Zelos announced a smaller GMT watch with an ETA movement, I was immediately impressed by the looks and dimensions. On the wrist, the Zelos Horizons GMT is a comfortable fit with striking aesthetics that tastefully combines a modern design with just enough vintage feels. And for the price, it’s perhaps the best Swiss-powered diver’s GMT watch you can get.

Monta Atlas GMT

Specifications: Price: $1,950, Case Size: 38.5mm, Thickness: 10.2mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47mm, Water Resistance: 150m, Movement: ETA 2893-2, Crystal: SapphireTo me, the GMT is one of the most useful, least-utilized complications in the watch universe today. Luckily, I think some brands, and especially some microbrands, are beginning to catch on to the true utility offered by an unobtrusive second time zone hand. Monta, based in St. Louis, gets it, and has quickly developed quite a following despite their youth. The Atlas GMT is Monta’s GMT sport watch, equipped with a level of finishing far above their price point and a well-regulated Swiss ETA 2893-2. The closer you get to a Monta watch, the better they tend to look. In addition, the overall design of the Atlas feels new, not just another homage to a watch from years past. Yes, the Monta Atlas GMT is expensive for a microbrand watch, but I can tell you from direct experience it’s worth every penny.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

Specifications: Price: $1,995, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 13.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 42mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto Valjoux 7750, Crystal: AcrylicAs some of you who watch my videos will know, I’m an unabashed fan of Junghans. Part of that stems from my innate love of minimalism in watch design, a preference that also often has me waxing poetically about Nomos and Sinn, two other excellent German watchmakers. The Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope is one of my absolute favorite watches, and is also the watch I get the most comments on when I wear it. Though somewhat wider at 40mm, the shockingly short 42mm lug to lug distance makes the Chronoscope wear about as well as anything I own, especially for a chronograph. With almost no bezel, the Chronoscope looks like a big, clean, minimal watch dial on the wrist, a fact that highlights the excellent overall design scheme.

Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $2,195, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 14.4mm, Lug-to-Lug: 49mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Valjoux 7753, Crystal: SapphireHamilton is another brand that has the luxury of a rich catalog of vintage designs to reach into to inspire their new collections. The Intra-Matic Chronograph is an excellent example of a watch that, other than it’s dimensions, would pretty seamlessly time travel to the pre-digital 1960s. Still, the modern Intra-Matic is wearable, thanks to a reasonable lug-to-lug for the width and frankly looks great, balancing the black and white of the panda colorscheme in a restrained and tasteful way. It’s powered by the Swiss Valjoux 7753, adjusted and modified by Hamilton to enable a longer 60 hour power reserve, an upgrade which makes the watch feel special while further justifying the reasonable price point. Outside of maybe just the thickness, I love everything about this watch.

Marathon CSAR Search and Rescue Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $3,420, Case Size: 46mm, Thickness: 17.2mm, Lug-to-Lug: 55mm, Water Resistance: 300m, Movement: Auto Valjoux 7750, Crystal: SapphireFor most people, the Marathon CSAR is a little bit crazy. By any measure, it’s a huge watch, but as is the case with other Marathon watches, each element of the design has a purpose. Pilot’s watches have always been big to enable at-a-glance viewing for pilots with their hands on the controls. So, the size makes sense. And, if you can pull it off, the CSAR is a really interesting and distinctive watch that looks extremely tactical and purposeful while still feeling like a high-quality watch on the wrist. The combination of a reliable Valjoux 7750 caliber, maybe the

Oris Holstein Edition Chronograph 2020

Specifications: Price: $5,200, Case Size: 43mm, Thickness: 16.9mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Sellita 510, Crystal: SapphireBuilt to celebrate Oris’ roots in Holstein, Switzerland, the Holstein Edition 2020 is a watch based on the Diver 65 collection that makes use of two popular watch industry trends, vintage styling and bronze. As the only completely bronze chronograph that also has a bronze bracelet, this piece is unique and also a little bit funky. Though the bronze used in the case and bracelet will eventually patina to a less gold-like color, the press photos make it look very bling bling. Also, the price point of around five grand is a big ask for Oris, considering the Sellita-based caliber within but, even with all of that in mind, I can’t help but like this thing. I always respect Oris for going their own way in watch design, and this wild-looking panda-dialed bronze chunk of a chronograph is a perfect example of how Oris gets down.

Tag Heuer Autavia Chronograph Calibre 02

Specifications: Price: $5,200, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 15.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 50.4mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Caliber 02, Crystal: SapphireWhile some people just can’t get excited about Tag Heuer, I think the brand’s more recent efforts have earned them a second chance among watch enthusiasts, especially in the case of this new Autavia chronograph. With an overall aesthetic all but perfectly carried over from an original 1960s Autavia, the watch still has a modern feel thanks in large part to its somewhat substantial size. Further, the inclusion of a Tag Heuer in-house movement in the Calibre 02 only adds to the special-sauce Tag Heuer have been serving up as of late. Though definitely a thicker watch, the new Autavia, with its well-executed vintage styling and in-house movement, is a solid choice for anyone seeking a sporty chronograph, especially considering the price compared to many other luxury brands out there.

Omega Speedmaster CK 2998

Specifications: Price: $6,500, Case Size: 39.7mm, Thickness: 14mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47mm, Water Resistance: 50m, Movement: Manual Omega 1861, Crystal: SapphireOmega’s Speedmaster is without a doubt one of the most iconic watches of all time and with that, Omega uses the general design a lot, with new limited editions and special versions releasing all the time. My personal favorite and one of the more underappreciated Speedy references is the reference CK 2998, a watch whose design stems from the first Omega in space from back in 1962, long before all the Moon watch excitement that made the Speedmaster NASA connection what it is today. Importantly, the panda-dialed CK 2998 is smaller than the regular Omega Speedmaster with a 39.7mm case size as opposed to the standard 42mm, a reduced dimension which really lets the small-wristed get in on the Speedmaster experience. Add to that the solid Omega 1861 caliber and you have my favorite Speedmaster and one of my favorite chronographs from 2020.

Habring² Chrono-Felix Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $7,200, Case Size: 38.5mm, Thickness: 12mm, Lug-to-Lug: 45.6mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Manual Habring A11C-H1, Crystal: SapphireFor the most part, our review watches come directly from the brands who made them, but in the case of the Habring², the watch was purchased by a fan of our channel and sent to me first so I could take a detailed look at the Chrono-Felix with its striking salmon dial. With a founder who spent decades at IWC in Richard Habring, the Chrono-Felix is an excellent example of a smaller artisanal watchmaker assembling their own movements from a variety of parts manufacturers. While we could debate the true meaning of “in-house” until we’re red in the face, suffice to say the A11-H1 manual winding caliber is stunning and compliments the incredibly charming Chrono-Felix very well. If you’re a think-outside-the-box watch enthusiast looking for something truly different, this is absolutely a brand and watch to check out.

Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $8,400, Case Size: 42mm, Thickness: 13.6mm, Lug-to-Lug: 49.5mm, Water Resistance: 100, Movement: Auto Breitling B01, Crystal: SapphireNormally, I’m not all that much of a Breitling guy. I often find their watches to be a bit much, too flashy or big to fit my low-key personality and style. However, the Breitling Premier B01 may just be the watch that changed all that for me. Compared to a lot of other Breitling designs of late, the Premier has a timeless look, thanks to a 1960s-inspired aesthetic. Speaking in terms of watchmaking, the B01 caliber inside the Premier is an interesting, respectable, column-wheel movement that only assists in the argument for the Premier. While the Premier is still a bit large for my taste at 42mm, it does wear a bit smaller and worked well even on my 6.25” wrist. As sort of a Breitling for the non-Breitling watch enthusiast, the Premier B01 is a solid pick.

Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover Edition

Specifications: Price: $13,600, Case Size: 44mm, Thickness: 14.4mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto El Primero 9004, Crystal: SapphireBuilt to commemorate a partnership with British truck maker Land Rover, this particular Zenith El Primero has some interesting features that come together to make it one of the coolest chronographs that came out in 2020. With a bead-blasted titanium case, utilitarian looking rubber strap, and an excellent in-house El Primero 9004 caliber with a 1/100th of a second chronograph feature, the Defy El Primero 21 Land Rover brings a lot to like, especially if the Land Rover connection means something to you.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Calendar Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $15,000, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 11.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.5mm, Water Resistance: 50m, Movement: Auto JLC 759, Crystal: SapphireOf course, anything JLC makes is going to be expensive, but when you see Rolex Daytona chronographs trading for double their retail value, I can’t help but wonder why more people don’t head in this direction. The JLC Master Control Calendar Chronograph is pricey at $15,000 but I also think it’s one of the most beautiful in-house chronographs being made today. With an automatic JLC 759 caliber with a chronograph as well as a complete calendar, the Master Control Chronograph has one of those timeless designs from a great brand that will hold up for the next bunch of decades. Add to that the fact that you’re getting some real watchmaking from a brand that’s often called the “watchmaker’s watchmaker” for having made movements for many other prestigious brands, and the JLC Master Control Chronograph becomes one of the most desirable complicated watches of 2020.

Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $39,900, Case Size: 42.3mm, Thickness: 14.2mm, Water Resistance: 120m, Movement: Auto HMC 902, Crystal: SapphireThough we tend to spend more time talking about watches that are at least somewhat affordable, the world of high horology also had some really interesting releases this year, with Moser’s Streamliner Flyback Chronograph high on my list for most interesting watches of 2020. With a center seconds chronograph function enabled by an incredibly complex movement with 434 components and 55 jewels, this is a giant leap from the Valjoux-based chronograph watches seen elsewhere on this list. Though self-winding, the Streamliner’s rotor is actually between the dial and the rest of the HMC 902 caliber, located there to preserve the view through the sapphire caseback. Of course, most people will never be able to buy something like this, but lovers of watches can’t help but to respect the novel design, forward thinking watchmaking, and funky charm of the Moser Streamliner Flyback Chronograph.

Audemars Piguet [Re]Master01 Chronograph

Specifications: Price: $56,800, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 14.6mm, Water Resistance: 20m, Movement: Auto AP 4409, Crystal: SapphireEven among modern reissues of vintage designs, which almost all the big brands are doing these days, AP’s [Re]Master01 feels especially unchanged, at least visually, compared to the 1943 reference upon which it was based. Still, an upsize of the stainless steel case with its pink gold bezel from 36mm to 40mm, as well as sapphire crystals both front and rear, help to bring the classic Audemars Piguet design into the modern world. Complementing the timeless design is the real star of the watchmaking show, the Audemars Piguet manufacture caliber 4409, an automatic movement built from 349 components and with a 70 hour power reserve. Though AP are without question best known for their Royal Oak collection, this vintage inspired chronograph is a great reason to give the brand a broader look.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton

Specifications: Price: $115,000, Case Size: 41.5mm, Thickness: 8.1mm, Water Resistance: 50m, Movement: Auto 1120 QPSQ/1, Crystal: SapphireFor many, Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas is the brand’s most beloved model. Recent years have seen the release of highly-complicated versions of the Overseas including the Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin, which debuted in 2016 and has been updated a few times since. Again expanding that successful collection in 2020, Vacheron Constantin debuted its (deep breath) Overseas Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin Skeleton, an open-worked version of the already incredible Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin. With an astonishing 8.3mm case thickness and an even more impressive 4.05mm thick automatic in-house caliber 1120 QPSQ/1, this is perhaps the most impressive model from this collection thus far. For me, watches like this are what define Vacheron Constantin right now, sporty yet elegant watches absolutely packed with true high watchmaking tech and craftsmanship.

Patek Philippe 5270J

Specifications: Price: $176,240, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 12.4mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Manual CH 29-535 PS Q, Crystal: SapphireOne of Patek’s most recognizable models is the 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph, a watch descended from the iconic Ref. 1518 from way back in 1941. In a still relatively svelte 41mm by 12.4mm case, the modern 5270J houses a perpetual calendar and chronograph functions both powered by the CH 29-535 PS Q caliber, composed of no less than 456 parts, and which is obviously produced by Patek Philippe in-house. While the 5270 family traces its roots to 2011, 2020 saw the release of this particular reference 5270J, the first from this collection in yellow gold, and easily one of the most beautiful examples of high watchmaking in existence today. Of course, watches like the 5270J are beyond the means of the common man to a ridiculous extent, but even the casual watch enthusiast can still appreciate the incredible craftsmanship, heritage, and artistry that goes into a piece like this one.

Best Dress Watches:

Timex Marlin Automatic

Specifications: Price: $250, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 11mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.9mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto Miyota 8215, Crystal: MineralTimex is a brand which has caught on with enthusiasts in a big way in recent years, producing great value propositions for both new entrants and salty veterans of the watch collecting game. One of their most successful watches is their Timex Marlin Automatic, with its highly wearable 40mm diameter. Built with a vintage-style domed mineral crystal, a reliable automatic Miyota movement, and a clean, highly legible dial and handset, the Timex Marlin Automatic is one of the best options for a new watch enthusiast with somewhere around $250 in his pocket. Who said watch collecting has to be expensive?

Seiko SRPE53

Specifications: Price: $275, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 11.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44.6mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Seiko 4R36, Crystal: HardlexProving that Seiko is still a heavy hitter in the affordable space despite expanding their over-$1000 collection as of late, the SRPE53, lovingly known as the “DressKX” is a more refined, slimmed down dress watch take on Seiko’s well-known SKX diver’s watches. With an extremely wearable 40 by 44.6mm case, the SRPE53 works on almost any wrist and has a dressy overall feel aided by a polished, non-rotating bezel and applied logo. The bracelet is also pretty good for the reasonable price, and the 100 meters of water resistance makes this a watch on the sportier end of the dress spectrum. I think the entire SKX-inspired Seiko 5 collection is killer, and the SRPE53 just might be the best of the lot.

Orient Maestro

Specifications: Price: $285, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 12mm, Lug-to-Lug: 45.3mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Orient F6722, Crystal: MineralStraddling the line between everyday and dress watches, the Orient Maestro is simply one of the best watches you can buy for around $200, and can be easily dressed up or down with different straps and bracelets. As Seiko has begun to play harder in a more mid-level price range, Orient has really taken the lead with true entry-level mechanical watches, and the Maestro, with a wearable case size, attractive looks, and vintage charm, is a great example of why more enthusiasts are starting with Orient watches.

Seiko SRPD37 and SRPB77

Specifications: Price: $425, Case Size: 40.5mm, Thickness: 12mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.2mm, Movement: Auto Seiko 4R35, Water Resistance: 50m, Crystal: HardlexStill oftentimes the brand to beat in the sub $500 mechanical watch arena, Seiko’s Cocktail Time collection represents an interesting look for a fair price. My personal favorites I reviewed this year are the green dialed SRPD37 and the white dialed SRPB77, which I think have the best dials for any watch for less than $400. Add to that comfortable dimensions and charming vintage-style domed mineral crystal and you have one of the most appealing affordable dress watches you can buy. You can’t really appreciate these watches until you get up close, where the sun-ray textured dial surface really comes to life. Seiko’s 4R35 caliber is nothing fancy, but it does hack and handwind, which makes it a step up from the 7S26 calibers included in watches like the SKX collection. If you’re looking for an affordable dress watch, you should really look here.

Seiko SARX045

Specifications: Price: $540, Case Size: 39.5mm, Thickness: 11.3mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Seiko 6R15, Crystal: SapphireThere are a few Seiko watches you always hear about. The SKX, Sumo, SARB series, and Cocktail Time collection are some of the brand’s best known affordables. However, Seiko’s collection is nothing short of huge, and there are some other gems in there for those in the know. Take for example the SARX045, one of my favorite dress watches from the brand, and certainly one of their under-appreciated models. With a case shape almost reminiscent of the Seiko Samurai with angular wide lugs, the SARX045 is on the sporty end of the spectrum for a dress watch, but can easily be dressed up even more with a different strap. The large onyx-capped crown aids in the dressy department, and the reliable 6R15 rounds out one of my preferred affordable dressy watches from Seiko.

Junghans Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus

Specifications: Price: $1,325, Case Size: 38mm, Thickness: 9.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 39.6mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto J800.1, Crystal: SapphireFans of my content know I’m a sucker for anything with minimal design principles as well as German watches in general, so the Junghans Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus was always going to be a watch I thoroughly enjoyed. While this looks like a pretty straightforward, dressier design like other Junghans watches, the Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus is all about the details, from the subtle application of red on the hands and date to the elongated hour markers. The caseback on this piece is also absolutely badass. Like other Junghans watches, the bezel is tiny and the lugs are short, so the well-executed dial gets a lot more attention. Making this watch just a little bit more sporty are a few drops of SuperLuminova at the cardinal point hour markers, always a welcome addition in my book. For a German-made dress watch with a few subtle attributes that make a big impact, I really like this Junghans Max Bill Automatic Bauhaus.

Junghans Meister Classic

Specifications: Price: $1,495, Case Size: 38.4mm, Thickness: 9.4mm, Lug-to-Lug: 42.8mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto ETA 2892, Crystal: AcrylicWhile the majority of Junghans fans are familiar with the Max Bill collection, Junghan’s Meister collection is underappreciated considering I think it’s one of the brand’s best looking watches. Like many Junghans watches, the Meister Classic has a slim 9.4mm thickness and a relatively short lug to lug. However, compared to the Max Bill collection, this watch has a more prominent bezel and lugs that give the watch a different look overall, as well as a vintage-feeling acrylic domed crystal. As a brand known for design, the Meister Classic dial is refined and dressy, with a white or silver color depending on lighting conditions. Aided by a versatile 20mm lug width, the Meister Classic is one of the best options, especially for the money, for a dress watch right now.

Oris James Morrison Academy of Music Limited Edition

Specifications: Price: $2,100, Case Size: 38mm, Thickness: 11.3mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireOris has a habit of doing interesting limited edition versions of their core collection, a trend I quite frankly like as it allows for a lot of variety and a feeling of specialness in the affordable price range Oris often plays in. In terms of funkier minimalist dress watches, it’s tough to beat the (deep breath) Oris James Morrison Academy of Music Limited Edition for the price of around two grand. Whether Australian jazz musician James Morrison is important to you or not, this design from Oris is visually interesting and built into a highly wearable case size with an especially pleasing 44mm lug to lug. The gold handset over a vignette-style domed blue dial makes a classy impression, and a well done deployant clasp bolsters the comfortable wearing experience. For something dressy and Swiss that actually looks different from most of what’s out there, this limited edition from Oris was a refreshing release from the brand late last year.

Longines Heritage Sector Classic

Specifications: Price: $2,150, Case Size: 38.5mm, Thickness: 11mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.3mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Auto ETA A31.501, Crystal: SapphireAs I’ve mentioned many times in my videos, Longines is really leading the league in terms of heritage reissue styled watches, thanks to their immense archive of handsome designs. Though Longines has made a bunch of vintage style watches, this Heritage Sector Classic might be their best yet. Based on a 1934 reference, the new Heritage Sector's overall look is almost unchanged compared to the original watch, other than a modern movement, updated case size, and a sapphire crystal. The silver Sector dial on this piece is maybe the best out there, with strong lines breaking up areas of different texture, giving this watch a lot of visual interest. Blued steel hands and a slightly domed sapphire crystal complete the very vintage look. For a beautiful dress watch that can also easily be considered an everyday piece with a very strong vintage design, you can’t do much better than Longines and their Heritage Sector Classic.

Grand Seiko SBGA413

Specifications: Price: $6,300, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 12.8mm, Lug-to-Lug: 46.5mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Spring Drive 9R65, Crystal: SapphireThough I initially received this watch from Grand Seiko’s Four Seasons on accident, having asked for the SBGA415, I immediately fell in love with the less-pink-than-I-imagined SBGA413 dial, designed to represent Spring in Japan and the iconic cherry blossoms that bloom there every year. Like other Grand Seiko models, the finishing on this piece is exceptional and proof of why Grand Seiko is such a beast in macro photography. While visually very cool, I’m just as excited any time I get to spend time with a Spring Drive watch, as I think it represents some of the most interesting watchmaking happening right now. For Grand Seiko, which is often considered something of a sleeper brand, the SBGA413 is the kind of watch people will notice from a distance and for good reason.

Grand Seiko SBGH269

Specifications: Price: $6,400, Case Size: 39.5mm, Thickness: 13mm, Lug-to-Lug: 46.8mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto GS 9S85, Crystal: SapphireFinally, over the last few years, Grand Seiko has begun to garner the level of attention it has long deserved. With a level of finishing to match (much) more expensive brands from Switzerland and Germany, an interesting set of design elements, and truly excellent in-house movements, Grand Seiko deserves all the love and more. This year, I was blown away by the SBGH269 for several reasons, most notably the incredible red dial with a red teakwood style texture, meant to conjure up images of fall leaves and changing colors in Japan. The SBGH269 also has beautifully crafted lugs, with a sharp bevel and a lot of finely-finished architecture and Zaratsu polishing to enjoy. Capping the watch off is Grand Seiko’s hi-beat in-house 9S85 caliber. Any Grand Seiko watch is likely a good buy, but this SBGH269 with this dial is something truly special.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duoface

Specifications: Price: $10,100, Case Size: 28.3, Thickness: 10.3mm, Lug Width: 20mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47mm, Water Resistance: 30m, Movement: Manual JLC 854A/2, Power Reserve: 42 Hours, Crystal: SapphireFor me, the JLC Reverso is one of the best looking dress watches there is. Add to that the cool factor and extended utility of having an extra watch dial on the reverse side, and you have what may be my favorite dress watch all things considered. I also love that the Reverso Tribute Duoface isn’t flashy like many ten-thousand dollar watches, instead making a powerful but subtle statement for those in the know. When you factor in the quick-change hour hand on the reverse side dial and the added utility as a travel watch that enables, you begin to understand why this watch has become one of JLC’s most iconic pieces. Sure, it isn’t cheap, but considering the well executed aesthetics, quality of finishing, and high-level watchmaking going on, I think this is a case where you just about get what you pay for.

Best Everyday Watches:

Laco Pilot Augsburg

Specifications: Price: $410, Case Size: 42 mm, Thickness: 11.75 mm, Lug-to-Lug: 49.9 mm, Water Resistance: 50 m, Movement: Auto Miyota 821A, Crystal: SapphireOne of the icons of watch design with a more interesting history is the German Flieger, initially produced by five different brands for the German Luftwaffe in WWII. One of the original makers of those watches was Laco of Germany, which is still a great and authentic source for Flieger watches today. My personal pick in terms of value and everyday wearability is the Laco Augsburg, a 42mm version of the Flieger design that originally featured a 51mm case that might make it a bit difficult for daily wear if you’re not Arnold Schwarzenegger or wearing the watch outside your pilot’s jacket. When it comes to this Laco Augsburg, there is a lot to like. For just north of $400 you get multiple case sizes to choose from, an iconic dial design, and it is made in Germany by one of the original five brands that produced these watches. Viewed together, the Laco Augsburg is the best Flieger I think you can buy for the very reasonable price of around $400 and an excellent daily wearer for the aviation enthusiast.

Lorier Falcon II

Specifications: Price: $499, Case Size: 36mm, Thickness: 11mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Miyota 90S5, Crystal: AcrylicWhen it comes to solid everyday watches built around that Rolex Explorer type of design concept, you can’t go wrong with Lorier, a newer microbrand on the scene founded by a husband and wife team. Their Falcon II is a vintage-inspired sport watch with a really intriguing silver waffle dial, warm feeling domed acrylic crystal, and a very appealing set of case dimensions. Finishing on the case and bracelet is better than you’d expect at this price, and Lorier is always working with their fans to improve their watches from one version to the next. Another powerful argument in the value proposition is the upgraded, hacking and handwinding Miyota 90S5, a big step up from their entry level calibers like the 8215 included in many less expensive watches. While there are a lot of great Seiko watches right in this price range, I think the Lorier Falcon II is an excellent option for the micro brand who wants something different with a vintage feel for a reasonable price.

Seiko SARB037

Specifications: Price: $499, Case Size: 38mm, Thickness: 11.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44.6mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Seiko 6R15, Crystal: SapphireIn the world of affordable everyday watches, the Seiko SARB may indeed rule the roost, presenting an excellent value proposition with solid aesthetics that punch well above the price point. If anything, a drawback to the model is just how popular they are. It makes the SARB feel a bit less special. The SARB037 is the antidote to that illness, being both hard to find and strikingly different compared to its more pedestrian siblings. A sunburnt finished, salmon-colored dial steals the show on the SARB037, and is a good example of how Seiko still saves some of their best stuff for the Japanese domestic market. Add to that the features that made the SARB series famous, including the 6R15 caliber, wearable case dimensions, and a decent-for-the-money bracelet, and you can see why this watch is one of my favorites from this year, even if you can’t easily go and buy one.

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80

Specifications: Price: $775, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 11.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Powermatic 80.811, Crystal: SapphireTissot is a brand I often recommend in my content for newer enthusiasts who are interested in getting into Swiss watches. In particular, Tissot does an excellent job in producing dress watches and everyday watches, all made in Switzerland and powered by Swiss movements. Their Gentleman Powermatic 80 is a close-to-ideal everyday watch, thanks to a modest size, sapphire crystal, classy looks, and useful lume. The real star of the show and center of the value argument here is the Powermatic 80.811 caliber, a modified ETA 2824 with a lower than standard rate of 21,600bph as opposed to a regular ETA 2824’s 28,800bph, enabling an impressive 80 hour reserve. Add to that the wearable modern case size, glossy blue dial, and handsome applied indices, and you have one of the best entry level Swiss everyday watches on the market.

Mühle-Glashütte Terrasport

Specifications: Price: $1,000, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 10mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireAnother everyday piece I really enjoyed this year is from Mühle-Glashütte, a German maker of mostly tool-style watches, and a brand more people should be aware of. Earlier this year, I checked out the Mühle-Glashütte Terrasport, an aviation-themed watch with everything you need for a solid daily wearer, including a legible dial with a lot of pilot DNA, sapphire crystal, brushed case with solid dimensions, and an appropriate-for-the-price Sellita SW200 caliber. While there’s nothing crazy that stands out with this piece, it just does everything well, from wearing comfortably to being highly legible in all conditions while looking pretty smart. If you want an everyday watch with some aviation vibes that checks all the boxes for a fair price, you should check out Mühle-Glashütte.

Formex Essence

Specifications: Price: $1,265, Case Size: 43mm, Thickness: 10.6mm, Lug-to-Lug: 50mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireIn recent years, Swiss independent Formex has been gathering some steam thanks to some tasteful releases and a solid value proposition. The Formex Essence is one of their everyday watches, with a distinctive, modern, not vintage inspired watch, which is refreshing. While a little bit on the larger side, downswept lugs and a thinner case add up to a comfortable wearing experience, and the COSC certified Sellita caliber inside the Essence come together to create one of my preferred modern-styled everyday watches from this year, especially when you consider the reasonable price point. A charmingly textured blue dial with applied indices, an excellent bracelet, and a novel case design top off this impressive everyday option from a brand more enthusiasts should consider.

Sinn 556 I

Specifications: Price: $1,510, Case Size: 38.5mm, Thickness: 11mm, Lug-to-Lug: 45.5, Water Resistance: 200m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireWhen I first took a look at the Sinn 556 I, I called it the best watch for $1,000, a claim I stand by today even though they’ve gone up in price slightly since then. Coming from one of my favorite brands in Frankfurt, Germany’s Sinn, the 556 I is a classic everyday tool watch with a comfortable case size and a no-nonsense overall design scheme highlighted by a bead-blasted case and bracelet finish and a highly legible dial. The 556 I is one of Sinn’s best selling watches for a reason, offering a solid field or everyday style in a highly durable package for a fair price considering the tech and thought Sinn pack into all their watches.

Rado Golden Horse 1957 Limited Edition

Specifications: Price: $1,800, Case Size: 37mm, Thickness: 10.8mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44mm, Water Resistance: 50m, Movement: Auto ETA C07, Crystal: SapphireA lot of everyday watches are going for a subtle look, casually telling the time without calling too much attention to themselves. Rado’s Golden Horse, on the other hand, is an everyday watch with a lot of small unique details that beg for a closer look, all presented at an affordable price with really solid dimensions. As a sort of vintage-inspired rerelease, as every new watch seems to be these days, Rado has made a faithful homage to one of their 1957 designs, keeping in place the majority of the visual elements of the older watch while equipping the new version with modern conveniences like a sapphire crystal and higher-spec movement in the ETA C07 with 80 hours of power reserve. Other elements that make the Golden Horse special are the rotating Rado anchor signature at twelve, as well as an applied seahorse logo at six o’clock, all set over a domed blue sunburst dial finish. While the 19mm lug width is a bit of a letdown for strap changers, the overall look, value for money, and excellent bracelet more than make up for it.

Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition Big Crown Pointer Date

Specifications: Price: $1,950, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 11.8mm, Lug-to-Lug: 48mm, Water Resistance: 50m, Movement: Auto Sellita SW200, Crystal: SapphireSome of you may not know this, but I am a huge sports fan, and Oris’ Roberto Clemente Edition Big Crown Pointer Date is one of my favorite watches from this year, not only for the connection to one of baseball’s greats (and an exceptional humanitarian) but also for the fact that it’s just a great looking watch. Designed around Oris’ regular Big Crown Pointer Date, a watch I already love, the Roberto Clemente Edition has a few elements that make it special, namely Clemente’s number, 21, executed in gold on the date track as well as a leather strap styled and stitched like a baseball glove. In addition, part of the proceeds from this watch benefit the Roberto Clemente Foundation, so you can buy a great Oris and support a great case all at the same time. I’m in.

Ball Engineer M Marvelight

Specifications: Price: $2,799, Case Size: 40mm, Thickness: 13mm, Lug-to-Lug: 46.5mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Ball RRM7309-C, Crystal: SapphireHailingfrom the great city of Cleveland, Ohio, I’ve always had a soft spot for Ball Watches, which was founded in 1891 right here in Cleveland by Webb C. Ball. Though the brand is now located in Switzerland and Hong Kong owned, Ball still produces a lot of unique pieces with some of the American railroad history from decades past. This year, I spent some time with the Ball Engineer M Marvelight, one of Ball’s modern everyday watches, featuring an in-house, COSC-certified, anti-magnetic caliber complete with 80 hours of power reserve, pretty cool stuff. In addition, Ball’s signature tritium gas-filled tubes provide incredible nighttime luminescence, and the Engineer M Marvelight is also equipped with an excellent bracelet that only enhances the watch’s comfortable width and length.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41

Specifications: Price: $5,900, Case Size: 41mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.3mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Rolex 3230, Crystal: SapphireWhile some enthusiasts were downtrodden to see the beloved Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 replaced, the new 41mm variant adds some wearability to a wider range of wrist sizes, especially when you consider the Oyster Perpetual already comes in (a lot of) other smaller sizes. Now equipped with the 3230 caliber, the new Oyster Perpetual also benefits from 70 hours of power reserve as well as expected COSC certification. For the Rolex enthusiast who enjoys a bit of color, the OP is also available in six colors, a trait the fashion conscious might appreciate. And, slightly larger or not, the Oyster does retain wearable case dimensions which are helped out by the reasonable 47mm lug to lug. As the gold standard in everyday watches, the Oyster Perpetual is still tough to beat.

Omega Railmaster Trilogy 1957

Specifications: Price: $6,350, Case Size: 38mm, Thickness: 12.5mm, Lug-to-Lug: 47.8mm, Water Resistance: 60m, Movement: Auto Omega 8806, Crystal: SapphireOmega’s often overlooked Railmaster collection suffers from one of Omega’s best problems, the fact that the storied Swiss brand has so many desirable watch designs in their collection. Still the Railmaster, and especially this Railmaster 1957, built to evoke the design of a watch from exactly that year, is worthy of a closer look. Keeping strictly to the original design formula, but updated with a modern Co-Axial caliber and Sapphire crystal, the new Railmaster 1957 is a worthy successor to the original design. For me, this watch rivals anything out there in the everyday luxury watch space including a certain Explorer from a brand you may know, thanks to wearable case dimensions, a clean, legible dial, and a Master Chronometer rated caliber. For some, the faux-vintage lume might be off-putting, but given the spirit in which this piece was designed, it makes sense to me, and does nothing to dampen what I think is a great watch.

Zenith Defy Classic

Specifications: Price: $7,200, Case Size: 41mm, Thickness: 10.9mm, Lug-to-Lug: 44.9mm, Water Resistance: 100m, Movement: Auto Zenith 670, Crystal: SapphireIn the luxury everyday watch conversation, the most common watches of conversation are probably the Rolex Explorer, Milguass, and Oyster Perpetual as well as Omega’s Aqua Terra collection. While those are all solid choices in their own right, Zenith’s Defy Classic, a watch I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing, is another one to take a look at. With an extremely clean dial executed in a glossy blue, applied three-dimensional indices, and an interesting chapter ring, all built into a well-sized titanium case with a true in-house movement. While the watch’s look is restrained from the front side, the exhibition caseback shows off one of the more beautiful and interesting automatic movements on the market, complete with a very cool signed rotor. For a luxury alternative that will stand out from the usual choices, I can’t recommend the Zenith enough for a luxury daily-driver.

Final Round Up: My Top 10 Watches of 2020 All Things Considered (In No Particular Order)

1. Grand Seiko SBGA413: This dial is simply stunning and really elevates what is already an impressive piece from one of my favorite brands in Grand Seiko.
2. Longines Heritage Sector Classic: Longines is untouchable in the heritage-inspired game lately, and the Sector Classic is a perfect example of why, looking like a watch ripped right out of a 1950s advertisement.
3. Seiko SPB143: Is it heavily hyped? Yes, but the combination of a smaller Seiko wearing experience and some trademark Seiko design elements come together to make this one of my favorite ever divers from the brand.
4. JLC Reverso Tribute Duoface: Perhaps the classiest watch you can put on your wrist, the Reverso is my favorite dress watch, full stop.
5. Oris Roberto Clemente Limited Edition: For lovers of sport or just really well done watches with a fun complication, it’s tough to beat this limited edition from Oris.
6. Zenith Defy Classic: For me, the Zenith Defy Classic is one of the best luxury everyday watches on the market, given its titanium construction, understated dial, and beautiful in-house caliber.
7. Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph: Other than the thickness, which isn’t that big of a deal, this is the best chronograph of the year for me.
8. Tudor Black Bay 58 Blue: Again setting the hype aside, you absolutely cannot argue with the looks and value proposition for a luxury diver presented by Tudor with their BB58 Blue.
9. Omega Railmaster Trilogy 1957: For a vintage-inspired alternative to the near ubiquitous Rolex Oyster Perpetual or Explorer, the Omega Railmaster Trilogy 1957 is a fun choice with timeless good looks and a nice movement.
10. Seiko SRPE53: Seiko’s “DressKX” is my favorite watch from the SKX-inspired Seiko 5 series and the best everyday watch available for the price.