It’s nice as watches from the likes of Rolex and Patek Phillipe. But everyone not everyone’s fortunate enough to have the budget for them. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t some fantastically affordable substitutes out there. So here are three expensive watches and three alternatives for expensive watches
under 1,500 pounds.
First but it’s certainly one of the most famous watches, this is the Rolex Submariner. And it just might be the most ubiquitous watch ever created, that watch people think of when they think of the word watch. 904 L steel a proprietary blend that offers greater saltwater corrosion than regular boring 316 L steel. We’re talking a solid ceramic bezel insert, polished to a high mirror finish and inlaid with platinum. We’re talking an in-house caliber 3 135 movements, a certified Swiss chronometer. These things are lovely in all. But they come at a cost quite specifically six thousand two hundred and fifty pounds.
It would be a shame if this barrier to entry prevented. Those of lesser means from enjoying the spirit the Submariner stands for. And thankfully it doesn’t because Oris is on hand with the divers, 65 inspired fairly obviously by an Oris dive watch from the modern package. Replete with such contemporary features as a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Quick set date and 42-millimeter case unlike the Submariner, which is all modern it’s the classic touches. That makes the Auris and attractive purchase the skinny bezel, aged luminous paint crown guard las’ crown. And domed sapphire nods to the era in which the design originated. The addition of a distressed leather strap or the optional riveted bracelet. Keeps the vintage theme going and the Seletar SW 201, keeps the price reasonable. It may not have the spec of the Submariner but it certainly, gives it a run for its money.
When it comes to charm big bulky and built solely for ultimate legibility. The IWC big pilot is by this point in time an icon, it’s not just the 46-millimeter case. That means you can tell what it is from a mile off the classic pilots’ dial with
bold numbers triangle at 12. And sword hands sweeping over it are synonymous with this baya moth. It may be the most famous pilots watch, but it certainly wasn’t the first. In the infancy of the aviation age, there were a number of interpretations of what made the ideal aviation timekeeping companion.
The Montblanc 1858 small II takes inspiration plus a much smaller bite out of your credit card than the ten thousand six hundred pound IWC from those. There are little tells that pinpoint the moment in history. This watch draws down from such as the cathedral hands six o’clock sub seconds dial. And probably most unusually for a modern watch the hand-wound movement, it’s a nice touch for the enthusiast. Who’s as interested in the moving bit as they are the watch itself the sapphire case back offering a great view of the big lazy balance wheel.
At fifty thousand three hundred and fifty pounds this 596 O share the same retail bracket as of BMW m3, or a sizable house deposit. And sits in the upper echelon of those watches. We’d like but we’ll be lucky to even see through a jeweler’s window. It has an annual calendar power reserve indicator chronograph day/night indicator all. Neatly packaged into a case forty point five millimeters wide and the caliber CH 28 5 2-0 movements. What else is there to say other than, look at it behind the solid gold rotor lies an example of why Patek Phillipe is considered the master watchmaker of master watchmakers. .
The lounging heritage Colin Weilchronograph and that’s no bad thing right, there’s no annual calendar or power reserve that much is clear. But there is as the name suggests a column wheel chronograph which is very impressive at this price point. Your average chronograph is cam actuated that is to say it has a flat irregularly-shaped piece. that coordinates the levers and wheels which offers a vague Nachifeel to the pushers the column wheel a complicated little part that looks a little bit like a castle turret. Takes the place of the cam and gives the chronograph better precision and feel it’s a nice feature to have it’s a movement neatly packaged up in an elegant 41-millimeter case with a dial. That pops with a dash of color in the hands and markers only the date at 4:30breaking up – the clean symmetry.
It’s no Patek Phillipe but then you could have 30 of them for the price money no object. We all have collections fit to bursting with Rolexes IW C’s protect for loops and alike but sometimes reality gets in the way. And throws a spanner in the works its brands like horas Mont Blanc and longing. That comes to the rescue offering a tidy slice of watchmaking for a fraction of the price