The budget I get asked about the most when it comes to purchasing a watch is $3,000-$5,000. Under AU$5,000 is a sensible amount to spend on a watch – an amount you can comfortably tell your partner you spent, without signalling to your boss that he’s paying you too much. Fortunately, there’s also a lot of quality brands to be consumed in said budget. Here’s my list of the 14 best watches under $5,000 that you can acquire today.
Bell and Ross Military Beige – $4,200 ($4,700 On Bracelet)
We recently spent a week with the Bell & Ross Military Beige V2-92 and V2-94 watches and loved the overall aesthetic and versatility in handsome 41mm cases. Check out our coverage via the link below.
Grand Seiko SBGN007 – $4,200
I recently attended a lunch with Grand Seiko and was captivated by the dials and finishing across the board. What I love about the SBGN007 is how accessible it is for GS, achieving that price point through the use of the brand’s Calibre 9F movement, developed to be the ultimate quartz movement. Better yet it’s a GMT.
Longines Hydroconquest Ceramic – $4,850
Longines really need to take a bow on this Hydraconquest Ceramic. I still haven’t seen one in the flesh but every time I look at the bezel I’m dazzled by it. Ceramic cases don’t come cheap from other brands, which makes this buy even more appealing.
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date – $2,215 (CHF1550)
2019 was the year of the Burgundy dial but unlike the JLC Reverso, the Oris Big Crown Pointer Date is a tad more accessible. It’s not only under $5000, it’s less than half the price, which scores you a timeless daily featuring Oris’s iconic pointer calendar movement.
TAG Heuer Autavia Isograph – $4,700
While TAG claims the Autavia Isograph combines design elements from both automotive and aviation watches, I see it as a successful interpretation of the contemporary allrounder. And at this price point, with easily interchangeable straps, it really is.
Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight – $4,570 ($3,910 On Leather)
The fact that people are still buying Rolex sports watches for double RRP when Tudor not only exists, but creates watches like the Fifty Eight, for a fraction of the price, further confirms the thoughts I shared in my overhyped watches article.
Feature image sourced from Worn & Wound’s great review of the Black Bay Fifty Eight. Check it at wornandwound.com.