Without a doubt $5,000 is a big chunk of change. Especially so when you consider parting that hard earned cash that you undoubtedly saved and sacrificed for on something as small and, in a way, as obsolete, as a mechanical watch. But if you've done just that, created a bit of a kitty to draw from for a new watch, for your first watch, or for something just to spruce your collection up, then take a look at these incredible watches.
Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm
The Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm is a bona fide triumph of utilitarianism. Rated to a depth of 300m, boasting the ultra modern calibre UN-816 and featuring elements of durability and wearable you'd be hard pressed to find like-for-like in this price range, the Ulysse Nardin Diver 42mm is in a league of its own.
Zenith Captain Power Reserve
Zenith's Captain Power Reserve walks the fine line between a daily wearer and a classical dress watch. It's a beautifully packaged watch that plays many beats and covers lots of bases. From the asymmetrical dial to the subtle colour palette, the Zenith Captain Power Reserve is a tough nut to beat.
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono
The esteemed Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chrono is a brilliant little piece you can pick up for not that large a chunk of change. It offers lovely styling, beautiful finishings and a balance that you would typically find in more expensive chronographs. That steel bezel is immensely satisfying against the black dial, too.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m
Of course an Omega Seamaster was going to feature in this sub-$5,000 list of watches. This particular model, reference 220.127.116.11.06.001, is a certifiable bit of high watchmaking kit. It boasts Omega's Co-Axial calibre 8500, has a subtle aesthetic and offers lots of bang for your buck.
The second Tudor is the acclaimed Pelagos. When it was released it was lapped up by everyone looking for an affordable and accessible alternative to the Submariner. And in 2022, it remains a crowd favourite. Hard to look past that stunning blue aesthetic and titanium construct.
Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Chronograph Annual Calendar
The mouthful that is the Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Chronograph Annual Calendar is a highly commendable watch that seems to have fallen off the radar in the past few years. It boasts an annual calendar and a chronograph in its 42mm wide, almost 14mm thick stainless steel case. Not bad for a watch under $5,000.
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46
Breitling is another crowd favourite in the sub-$5,000 category, with the Superocean Heritage 46 holding its own as a very viable consideration. Love its super blue look, its highly legible dial and its quintessentially Breitling aesthetic.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Annual Calendar 150m
What's that, you say? An annual calendar from Omega for under $5,000? Here you go. Needless to say, this now discontinued reference is perhaps the best kept secret this side of the 21st century.
Grand Seiko Heritage SBGE281
Last but most certainly not least is the fantastic Grand Seiko Heritage SBGE281. Inconspicuous styling with some pops of colour make for an intriguing introduction into the world of truly high-end Japanese watchmaking.
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