To celebrate our partnership with Jomashop, we've put together a list of 8 super affordable hand wound watches, all of which are actually on sale! The watches we've chosen are predominantly quite dressy, bar the illustrious and iconic Omega Speedmaster. From Cartier's Santos-Dumont to IWC's Portofino and Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso, every single piece encompasses what we love and expect from a classical manually wound watch that won't break the bank. Enjoy!
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Classic
An unabashed generational legend of watchmaking, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is a staple in any serious collection, with the hand wound Reverso Classic being a supremely affordable and accessible option.
The sportiest model here, Omega's Speedmaster has seen much change over the years, but what has stayed the same is its distinctive aesthetic, clean lines and classical look. The quintessential manually wound sports watch, period.
Panerai Luminor 8 Days PAM797
Panerai's Luminor 8 Days PAM797 may not be the stuff of legend that Omega's Speedmaster or Jaeger-LeCoultre's Reverso Classic might be, but it's still an intriguing and highly affordable prospect that can be dressed up or down with a simple strap change.
IWC Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days
One of the more classical pieces on this list, the Portofino Hand-Wound Eight Days looks and feels every bit the dressy manually wound watch. It's available in a variety of dial colours, but I find that the black dial paired with a stainless steel case looks the best.
Louis Erard Excellence Regulator
A hand wound regulator from a Swiss watchmaker for under $5,000? Yep, the Louis Erard Excellence Regulator ticks the box as being the bargain of the century. Really like that exposed movement, too.
Glashütte Original PanoReserve
The PanoReserve from Glashütte Original is a serious bit of kit. A large date window, an off-centre hour/minute register and an overlapping sweeping-seconds sub-dial, as well as a power reserve indicator. And then you turn the piece around and look at that immensely gorgeous, highly detailed movement. Seriously special stuff.
From Cartier we have another consideration for you in the shape of the Santos-Dumont. Like the Reverso Classic, the Santos-Dumont is a generational icon and carries with it the air of being something a little bit more special than your average hand wound watch. The crowning jewel here is that elaborate blue crown, no pun intended.
Last but certainly not least is the Blancpain Ultraplate. Slimline, ultra dressy and with a dial chock-full of horological data, I struggle to think of a hand wound dress watch that has more bang-for-your-buck than Blancpain's Ultraplate. Massively discounted, too.
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