June 21, 2024

Tony W. from London, UK asks:

Tony, the best way we can answer this is by offering what a few people on the team have responded to your (quite difficult) question. It is hard to love one watch when you love “watches.”

Ariel Adams: No limit: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique. $1000 limit: Most likely something Japanese due to their value to function and quality ratio. Some great indie dive watch brand out there and from large Swiss brands I like stuff from Traser, Swiss Army Victorinox, and Hamilton.

James Stacey: No limit: Patek Philippe 5270G. $1000 limit: An indie diver like the Halios Laguna or Tropik, or a Benarus Remora (so many to chose from).

Max: No limit: Patek Philippe 5960R in rose gold. $1000 limit: Casio ProTrek (especially the new PRW3000 that was announced this year at Basel) and for a bit more, say $1500, I’d get a Nomos Club.

Paul Hubbard: No limit: Kari Voutilainen Observatoire. $1000 limit: Helson Shark Diver 40.

Patrick Kansa: No limit: Rolex Explorer II white dial. $1000 limit: Archimede Bronze 42.

Adam Morin: No limit: De Bethune DB28. $1000 limit: The Halios Laguna would certainly be at the top of my list but current offerings from Deep Blue, Margrette, Hexa, and Crepas should not be overlooked.

Kristin Kramer: No limit: Grieb & Benzinger Black Tulip or Pearl Blossom Ariel wrote about them here ».

$1000 limit: I’m looking at two watches for my next purchases: 1) Victorinox Swiss Army Watch, Women’s Chronograph White Leather Strap 241511 (LOVE the LUME on Victorinox watches) and 2) Frederique Constant Women’s FC-235AS1S5 Slim Line Dark Brown Leather Strap Watch for a daily wear.

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