For centuries, each major evolution of the timepiece has represented a unique blend of practicality and style. Despite time-telling advancements in digital technology, an innovative interplay between fresh and traditional influences continues to allow the modern wristwatch to remain as essential as it has ever been.
The right wristwatch makes an impressive statement about the man who wears it, and will add an distinctly classy and authentic touch to his profile. An investment in a high quality, world class, wristwatch that is priced between $500-1000 is an investment in yourself; a valuable commitment to casting a striking shadow, making a strong impression, and fulfilling your potential to look great.
We have compiled a list of ten of the absolute best wristwatches that are available on the market today.
Hamilton is one of Switzerland’s most esteemed watch producers; the Navy Pioneer offers an exemplary sample of why that is. Put simply, this is an incredible wristwatch, and at this price it is an absolute steal. It is not uncommon for this watch to be sold for over $1000– and people still feel like they are getting a bargain. The Navy Pioneer is an authentic, marine chronometer style watch. It is conveniently sized, which makes it a welcome, complementary addition in both your business, and casual wardrobes. Complete with anti-reflective glass, it is always extremely pleasing to the eye. Functionally, it is perfectly smooth.
This fine example of a 40mm watch features a slick silver dial, as well as fine, Arabic style hour markers. The steel blue hands make poetry with the matte silver complexion of the dial . It is also built with scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Completing the aesthetic, the brown leather strap adds another classic touch to a watch that is sure to make a lasting impression.
Tissot is a truly iconic brand in Swiss watchmaking. Their reputation and quality standards ensure that each and every product they produce is at the top of the line for the range that it is priced in. The Visodate, of course, is no exception. The design goes beyond simplicity and into something that that bears all of the distinctive marks of quality. The whites and silvers of the case, hands, and dial are accented with quiet, subtle black marks which indicate the minutes. Also, the brown leather strap contributes even moreso to a watch that is no no way quiet or plain, but finds a fresh, unique sort of stylistic worth within the framework a classic, basic, and traditional design.
There is something timeless about the style, which makes sense, considering this model blends the signature elements of some of Tissot’s most popular models of the past, but invigorates them with a burst of contemporary vigor. At this price, for a watch like this, you can’t go wrong. If you are looking for a watch that moves toward luxury, but is unpretentious enough that it can effortlessly, naturally be worn in almost any situation, the Tissot Visodate is a wise decision.
There are a lot of reasons to admire this watch. Sinn has created quite a name for themselves in the world of wristwatches; they are among the industry leaders for creating modestly luxurious, beautifully slick, masterfully crafted, and expertly engineered wristwatch for an affordable price. The 556 by Sinn is, quite simply, perfectly sized. The only major difference between the 556i and 556a is the dial; both are based in black, but the glossy dial of the 556i does not feature numbers, only lines, whereas the 556a is numbered in the aviator style; featuring 12, 3, 6, and 9. Both have their sterling qualities, and it is a matter of preference. However, after admiring the bold simplicity and pronounced minimalism of the 556i’s dial, it is clear that this watch has been ingeniously designed. The word “elegance” comes to mind when handling and examining this watch. All of the components of the case, dial, and strap work work together in perfect harmony. This watch is so versatile that you’ll have to make some strong choices about when, where, and how you want to wear it; it is suggested to cherish and appreciate this wonderful work, which, in many regards, brushes on absolute perfection.
The Speedbird GMT by Timefactors is a stylish, cost-effective option that delivers great value. Made from stainless steel with a brushed finish, this 46mm watch boasts an attractive, semi-matte black dial with white painted numbers. This is a basic, quintessentially classy high-end choice if you are looking for a safe bet to significantly improve your style– but that’s not to say the watch doesn’t have personality. The frosted, luminous hands contrast a quirky, orange, arrowed GMT hand. This offering by Timefactors comes highly recommended, and this Pilot watch is often commended for its subtle style and delivers a lot of value for your dollar. The Speedbird by Timefactors is as aesthetically efficient and mechanically advanced and refined as any of its competition; in many cases, it is a better watch than what other brands are offering for the same price. With the Speedbird, you are paying less for an incredible watch, rather than paying more for a “pretty good” watch with a big name brand attached. So, if you care more about comfort, style, effectiveness, and intelligence in design than you care about a “famous” brand history and name– this is the right watch for you.
Squale’s watches are made in Switzerland, but their design and business operations based out of Italy. When you combine Italy’s demand for cutting edge design, with Switzerland’s world-class watchmaking, you get Squale’s 50 Atmos watch. This unabashedly vintage dive watch is among the best in this price range. Since the mid-20th Century, Squale has been earning a highly esteemed reputation for superior dive watches, and the 50 Atmos is no exception. Smaller than your average dive watch, the case is the very model of efficiency and proportion; other companies should be taking notes. This is a stylish, refined, and impressively functional dive watch, that should be considered by anyone looking for a smaller-sized, fashionable choice. The genuinely classic dive style is accentuated with a matte black dial, and artistically pleasing combinations of lines and circles on the face. The touch of orange on the hour hand adds a slight, subtle burst of flavor to a tastefully vintage style. The rubber strap is a bit quirky, but it looks great, and is far more comfortable than your average watch strap. However, a brown leather is an option, too, and it matches beautifully. The case has been made that this is the best dive watch in the price range; that’s a claim that would be very difficult to argue.
The Trident Pro has been specifically designed and engineered to look good in any situation. It’s a big claim, but the this watch does it justice. Water-resistant, scratch-resistant, and shatterproof, the 43mm Trident Pro is a rare example heavy duty dive watch that will naturally contribute to almost any style, while allowing the man who wears it to live an active lifestyle. There is nothing delicate about the C60 Trident Pro; in fact, if it had to be described in one word: bold. The light, artfully designed bright hands and numerals shine like stars from the black patterned background of the dial; all of which contrasts the sizeable silver linked bracelet greatly. The dark red bezel adds a vibrant touch, but a more low-key, black bezel is also an option. Christopher Ward is a British company, but all of their watches are Swiss Made. Christopher Ward’s watches have earned a solid reputation, and the C60 Trident Pro not only lives up to their previous reputation, but exceeds it. As a finishing touch, the Trident design on the caseback is absolutely incredible and artistic. A remarkably manufactured, thoroughly comfortable bracelet ensures that this watch catches eyes and makes a stylish statement.
Among Stowa’s prominent contributions to high-end watch scene, it is widely agreed that the traditionally-styled Partitio offers something that is truly underrated and valuable; embodying the epitome of classic charm in a wristwatch. This 38mm piece is stunning in its simplicity, and is one of the most generally remarkable wristwatches available in this price range. Although the smallest markings are, debatably, unnecessary in their signifying each 1/5th of a second, there is certainly nothing to knock about the aesthetic design of this grounded timepiece. The typography of the numbers contributes to the warm, smooth amiability of the timepiece, and in general, contributes to the effortless Bauhaus style that the watch is so clearly inspired by. The radiant glow of the hands and dial contribute to the Partitio’s way of being beautiful without being flashy, and charming without being diminutive. This watch is perfectly sized to organically fit in with nearly any business or casual outfit.