See here the list of Top 10 best dress watch under 2000. Read the buying guide and other important factors before selecting a dress watch for you.
A quality watch does not have to cost the annual rent of a three-room apartment in the city. Already with a budget of 1.000 – 3.000 EUR you are involved in the serious watch league, where it starts to become really exciting with in-house works and mechanical complications. Here are our 5 value picks for newbies and all those deluxe aficionados who are also a bit puritans.
First Junghans Max Bill Automatic
After turbulent years, the traditional German brand Junghans is rebuilding itself. In this way, the legacy of the Max Bill series is gently carried forward into the present, initially clinging to the design heritage of the Swiss Bauhaus artist. The watches are equipped with the proven calibres of the factory supplier ETA. At the Junghans Max Bill, the midcentury look and status as a timeless design icon that sets them apart in the midcentury classics such as the Eames chair or the Artichoke pendant light is particularly appreciated. One thing is clear for the watch lover coming from the design corner: It must be the original. One of the many replicas in the style of the Swiss Bauhaus artist, who only carry the name “Max Bill” for sale, is therefore out of the question.
The nice thing about it: With prices starting from the middle three-digit euro area the entrance from cost-benefit view is particularly attractive. As soon as the next step towards the pure manufacture is planned at Junghans, in a few years time, one will also try to achieve higher contribution margins with the popular model classics from the Max Bill collection. If you look at the prices that are charged for vintage models, then the prices for the new Max Bill models will also rise.
Second Tudor Grantour
It’s no coincidence that Tudor’s sports models are among our absolute favourites in their entire range of models. They seamlessly continue the heritage of steel watches in the tradition of Rolex. Compared to the Heritage models Black Bay and Pelagos, the Grantour looks much more contemporary and the overall picture is as harmonious as a sports watch can be. The beauty of Tudor is that they are basically oeuvres from the Rolex sphere of influence, with some (but no longer exclusively) ETA works being used. The Tudor Grantour is probably the most attractively priced option to get to a Rolex watch. Even if the ETA 2824 is not manufactured by Rolex / Tudor, it has the same features that are there: robustness and precision. In addition to the two-tone dial, the stripe finish of the variant shown below is particularly appealing, giving the sporty style of the Grantour a harmonious tone.
Third Longines HydroConquest Chronograph Cal. L688
For the price of less than 2.000, – EUR you get with the HydroConquest Chronograph a ratchet chronograph from one of the most traditional Swiss watch manufacturers. In addition, it is here with a waterproofness of 300 meters and a unidirectional rotating bezel to a true Diver. While most of the chronograph movements in this price range are based on the famous ETA / Valjoux 7750, the L688 built here can already speak of a premium movement. Instead of a simple gear shift, it was equipped with an elaborate ratchet wheel calibre and with the register arrangement at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock the watch differs optically from the standard chronographs based on the Valjoux 7750. All in all, you get a lot of the clock here for the money. The predestined entry-level watch for those who interpret the starting point of their watch game in a sporty way.
Fourth Frederique Constant Slimline Moon Phase Blue
With the Moonphase version of the Slim Line collection, Frederique Constant has launched a manufactory-style dress watch in the style of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin and Zenith Elite. The main difference lies in the price: For example, the Frederique Constant Slim Line with the calibre FC-705 developed in-house is already well below 3.000, – EUR. Particularly attractive are the moon phase display with pointer date and the deep blue dial that reminds of a clear night sky.
That Steve McQueen had a penchant for beautiful watches is well known. However, rarely does the name Hanhart fall in this context. In fact, a Hanhart 417 was next to the Submariner 5512 to Steve McQueen’s favourite watches, with which he was often spotted, especially at the beginning of his career. The MonoControl presented here from the Pioneer collection has great visual similarity to the Hanhart 417 and is reminiscent of the great history of the traditional brand for the production of single-button chronographs and aviator watches. While horrendous prices are being achieved for Hanhart’s single-button models in the vintage market, the new model is priced at just over € 2,000, giving the reinterpretation of a German model classic.
Fifth Nomos Club manual wind
Even though NOMOS watches have gained some in price in recent years, other manufacturers still have a long way to look for watches with in-house production at prices just above the one-thousand-euro mark. As in recent years, increasingly relied on a more diversified price portfolio, offer in particular the entry-level models with manual wind still an outstanding price-performance ratio. Above all, this applies to the Nomos Club with the manual wind movement Alpha and small seconds. If you can not do without an automatic lift as well as a sight glass bottom and you are looking for a smaller dress watch with a pinch of eloquent funkiness you will find your ultimate fit here.