The world of watches is an expensive one. All of the time, energy, and expertise that goes in to making these instruments ends up costing consumers a lot of money. But if you truly appreciate the craft, what may seem like an absurd amount of money to some can feel more like a modest step up.
This particular price range that we’ve assembled a list around is perfect for those who have spent a good deal of time in the watch world and are ready to level up. You may already have one or two watches that are a bit more expensive than that Timex you got as a kid – but they’re not quite the watches that you pine after. This love you harbor for watches and watch making may may have been sparked by a relative or mentor that you’ve come to love. Or possibly this is something you’ve discovered yourself as you’ve gotten older and experienced a level of success in your life that has allowed you to make more expensive purchases. Whatever the reason – you’re sure to find more than a few good examples of top quality timepieces here in our list of the best men’s watches under $2,000.
Martenero Edgemere Watch
If you are on the market for a watch with bright, loud colors and a sophisticated look and feel – the Edgemere is well worth consideration. The watch comes in four different unique colorways, but they all share the same basic build. The case measures at 40mm in diameter and features a minute and hour hand that rotate around a face adorned with Arabic indices while a smaller second hand traverses a subdial located between 4 and 5. The entire timepiece is powered by a Miyota 8245 movement and comes with a handmade leather strap with a hypoallergenic lining.
Bulova Curv Chronograph
For those that like watches that show off their inner workings – Bulova’s CURV is a fun pick. This, the first watch with curved Quartz Chronograph movement, has a titanium and stainless steel case with rose gold indices and hands. While the watch’s movement won’t drop many jaws, it is an undeniably fun piece for the price.
Shinola Bedrock Chrono 42MM
Looking for something on the more affordable end with a clean, sharp look? The Shinola Bedrock Chronograph is a great pick. It features an hour, minute, and second hand with two subdials alongside a date window just above the 6. The strap on the watch is made from a hand-sewn premium American leather, and the watch is powered by an Aragonite 5020 Quartz moment. And of course, like all Shinola watches, this one comes with a lifetime guarantee.
Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch
We try our best to support domestic manufacturing, so including this timepiece from Weiss was a no brainer. While no watch is truly, 100-percent made in the U.S.A., this one comes pretty darn close. The small shop in Los Angeles hand-assembles the watches themselves, including the Caliber 1001 movements, and the leather strap. More than just being proudly made here within the states, the watch looks great, too. It boasts a simple, clean white face with Arabic indices and a subdial at 9. The black oxide hands have luminescent treatment, and the watch comes with both a Horween leather and a Cordura canvas strap.
TAG Heuer Connect
A lot of watch nerds will turn up their noses when it comes to smart-watches. We get it. It’s like the difference between a manual transmission and a self-driving Tesla. They’re barely even in the same field save for the fact that they have four wheels. But that isn’t to say smart watches aren’t cool. Quite the opposite. This watch from Tag Heuer, for instance, boasts a crazy amount of functionality in one small package. Thanks to its Android operating system, it can help the wearer track fitness goals, get updates from their apps, and much more.
Nomos Glashutte Tangente 33
When you consider how well regarded Nomos Glashutte is, the fact that you can get one of their watches for under $2,000 feels like a steal. This timepiece from the German horologists has a case that measures in at 33 millimeters in diameter, a galvanized white silver-plated dial, and three steel, tempered blue hands that are powered by a NOMOS caliber Alpha movement.
Longines Heritage 1945
While some like to go for wristwatches with hands and indices big as big and bold as the price they paid for it, others prefer more understated, and almost elegant looking watches. We would put this watch from Longines in that category. The 40mm case has two blue hands that move around a copper face featuring small Arabic numerals. The watch is powered by a 609 automatic movement and has an impressive power reserve of 42 hours. A striking watch for the guy looking for a business-ready look.
Autodromo Monoposto Chronograph Black Dial
Watch maker Autodromo has a unique skill-set – blending the aesthetics and functionality of timepieces with the instruments used in classic racing cars. This particular wristwatch from the brand is an homage to the old-school technique of placing a literal red line on the rev counter to let the driver know at a quick glance how far he could push his engine before destroying it. A re-release of a popular limited version first put up for sale in 2012, this Monoposto watch is powered by a Seiko NE88 Automatic column wheel chronograph movement, features a domed sapphire crystal, and an exhibition caseback.
Bell & Ross BR S Steel
It is funny how a simple deviation from the common and expected can garner so much attention. Take Bell & Ross’ BR S Steel for example. The use of a square case with circular dial makes the timepiece pop out on the wrist without being gaudy or too flashy. The watch is powered by a Calibre BR-CAL.102 Quartz movement, boasts a date window, a small seconds subdial, and an hour and minute hand. The tips of those hands, along with the Arabic indices, are all marked in Superluminova and set beneath an anti-reflective sapphire crystal for easy legibility at night and during the day.
Oris Divers Sixty-Five
On the hunt for a great dive watch under that $2,000 mark? This one from Oris is a stand-out pick. The 40mm multi-piece stainless steel case features a domed sapphire crystal that sits just above a blue and grey face with Superluminova on both the hands and indices. It is rated to 100m and comes with a stainless steel strap.
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