CONTEST: Best 5 dress watches under $5000.

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by LA Guy, May 20, 2014.

Who has the best list of dress watches under $5K

Poll closed Jun 13, 2014.
  1. mimo

    12 vote(s)
    26.1%
  2. DIJr

    18 vote(s)
    39.1%
  3. CHRK33

    9 vote(s)
    19.6%
  4. Fred G. Unn (top 4 and 1 slightly over, ahem...)

    7 vote(s)
    15.2%
  1. emptym

    emptym Moderator Moderator

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    Great choice. I was just about to post it. Of all the new watches at any price, this is my favorite. With a new daughter, it's def. over my budget, but I love it.

    I like your others a lot too, particularly the mention of the Vulcain alarm. I wish Vulcain, JLC, and Tudor would all bring back their alarms in 36-38mm with really plain dials (incl. no date). An alarm is the most practical complication imo. I have an old Vulcain that I use as a backup in case of power outage.
     
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  2. johanm

    johanm Senior member

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    For a $5k dress watch budget, I would not consider any brand except Nomos. That Gangreserve is great, as is the Tangomat:

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  3. DLJr

    DLJr TWAT Master.

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    Nomos really does rule this range. However, they do have a specific look which some people may not care for. I know for me, I have issues with their lug length. It's basically Orion or bust due to the lugs on several models, which is depressing. But I think you could put any of their models on this particular list. Basically, if you are looking for a clean, simple design in this price range, Nomos should be your first stop.
     
  4. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I like the purity of the Zurich in the <$5k, but it's definitely too big for some. I'm with DL on the Orion - simple perfection, and less than half the budget for the standard size.
     
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  5. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Ok, this isn't an entirely serious entry to Fok's contest as I'm a complete watch noob. Since I probably don't know enough about watches to come up with 25-50 words I thought I would just post these 5 (which haven't been posted already) and let others chime in why they are good, ok, or awful choices, especially if they are awful. I'm looking to pick up something in the under $5K range too, so this has been a very helpful thread for me so far anyway. The Tangomat Datum is probably my current fave of the above.

    1. Mühle-Glashütte Antaria Kleine Sekunde
    42mm. Not sure of list price, but around $2,500 online.
    http://www.muehle-glashuette.de/en/...al-timepieces/antaria/antaria-kleine-sekunde/
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    2. Eberhard & Co Extra-Fort Reserve de Marche
    39mm. $3,612? (old list, might be higher now)
    http://www.eberhard-co-watches.ch/?product=extra-fort-reserve-de-marche-41036-41136-1
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    3. IWC Portofino
    40 mm. $4,500.
    http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/portofino/IW3565/
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    4. Zenith Captain Central Second
    40mm. Maybe this is cheating since the suggested retail looks to be over $5K, but it can easily be found under $4K.
    http://www.zenith-watches.com/en_en...ntral-second/captain-central-second-5543.html
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    5. Oris Artelier Jumping Hour
    40.5mm. $4,100 CHF ($4,580 USD) Just for something completely different, a jumping hour.
    http://www.oris.ch/en/watches/oris-artelier-jumping-hour/01-917-7702-4051-07-1-21-73fc
    [​IMG]

    Again, feel free to educate me if any of these are terrible choices. There may be something completely obvious to most of you that I'm just unaware of as a watch noob. Thanks!
     
  6. DLJr

    DLJr TWAT Master.

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    If the Zenith Captain was under $5K retail it would have been on my list over the Longines. Lovely watch.

    I highly recommend finding a Nomos AD to try on the watches first. You can't go wrong with any of them. There is also a lovely dual time zone/GMT in the tangomat line up I suggest taking a look at, you change time zones via airport code I believe.
     
  7. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Didn't realise the Portofino was so accessible at list price - interesting call, though I personally have a thing about the 3 o'clock date, especially on a dress watch.

    The Muehle one is a nice addition. I always think of the sporty/dive watches when I think of Muehle because I really like some of them, but I'm sure their dress watche are just as good. I have to agree with DL that in that price range, though, for a dress watch with that kind of style, Nomos is the way - Orion the classic, Zurich for the big boys, Tangomat for a kink. But no date, please. :)
     
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  8. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Senior member

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    Fok, feel free to DQ me for including it. That's one I'm really interested in so I just wanted to see others opinions. I like the blue second hand and date at 6 o'clock too. I actually use the date on my current watch so I personally am looking for a watch with a date even if it's not as dressy. Another "complication" is that my wife just took a job with a company that is headquartered in Basel, so a Swiss made watch might be preferred over German if I ever "tag" along with her on a trip. (Ugh, sorry.)
     
  9. Cant kill da Rooster

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    Agreed a great choice. Very thin, a good size at 37mm and from what I understand the new lugs allow for a quicker strap change. Nice design.
     
  10. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I really like this Nomos watch as well. No, it's not the most conservative watch. But I hardly ever wear a suit, and I don't have a boss. I think that I just like the Bauhaus style design, since I really don't know anything about movements.
     
  11. DLJr

    DLJr TWAT Master.

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    Have you taken a look at the Nomos Zurich Welzeit? It's out of the price range of this contest at retail($6100USD), but I think it's the best designed watch in their lineup. If you have need for a 2nd time zone function (you can get around the world quite quickly with it's functionality), I'm not sure there is a better value or design out there currently. It's not conservative, and can easily be dressed up or down depending. Something I would definitely look at if your budget is around $5K, as I found pretty decent discount when searching around at AD's.

    I'm also surprised by how many people are digging the Metro. It might be my least favorite of their round case designs. I think between the lugs, the extremely thin bezel, and the crowded bottom half of the dial with the seconds and date it was a miss for me. I do have to give them credit for once again creating a dial that is quite easy to read at a glance as far as minutes and hours are concerned. It's something they do quite well. The design itself seems to fall between their Ahoi & Club, two of their sportier models, and the Tangente. It's definitely interesting.
     
  12. CHRK33

    CHRK33 Senior member

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    Were the various lists put up for a vote? Just curious if I missed it. Hope we all successfully enabled a few purchases. Enjoy the start of your weeks!
     
  13. papa kot

    papa kot Senior member

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    Thread in one.

    Nomos is a true manufacture that attempts to source as many parts as possible from Germany. The designs are pure awesomeness and service is great. What else could you ask for?
     
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  14. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The Under $1000 Sports Watch got KeithT the much wanted "TWAT Master" title. This one, not quite yet. I've been swamped, but will get the poll up soon, so that we can get people titles, bragging rights, and a watch strap.

    Cheers,

    Fok.
     
  15. CHRK33

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    Thanks, Fok. No rush!!! Just didn't want to miss it.
     

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