Expert In Watch Buying Offers 5 Luxury Examples To Buy For Under $1000

5 Stylish Luxury Watches To Buy For Under $1000

It’s long been said “Everyman should have at least one good watch” the same goes for shoes and suit but in this day and age the opportunity to go out suited and booted has been somewhat diminished in this casual age. Thankfully, this does not yet apply to a gentleman’s’ watch, possibly the last bastion of the males ability to show off their sartorial taste. Afterall it’s probably the only piece of jewelry a man will wear apart from a wedding, band unless he’s Mr ‘T’.

Take Advantage

Staying with the theme to take advantage of a gentleman’s ability to sport a classy timepiece it’s important to understand a luxury timepiece that’s going to add to his overall look can run into many thousands of dollars. While this is certainly true, it’s still possible to dodge this particular bullet by working smart and looking in the right places.

Let’s just say we want to grab the attention of our peers with a quality branded luxury watch, we know it could come with a major price tag, but what if we could find the status symbol that achieves the level of sophistication without the enormous bill?

The good news is $1000 can get you a really nice watch from some of the biggest names in the market like Tag Heuer, Tissot, Longines, and don’t forget the Japanese brands like Citizen that are nothing to be sneezed at. There are a couple of ways this can happen, firstly, there are the brand entry-level models that give the first timer the ability to wear their brand, secondly, there are online discount stores offering brands at marked down prices.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a Dress Watch, Sports Watch, or Diver Watch, you can find pretty much anything you want at the right price to suit your pocket. To give you an idea of what I’m saying here are 5 pieces I really like that have been sourced from a discount store and all come in under $1000.

I should say at this point if you’re are serious about buying a luxury watch online, be careful and do your homework. To make things easier for you to start your journey of discovery, read the online watch buyers guide here.

Tag Heuer Formula One

TAG Heuer has a long history of supporting the sports and has seen some of the most famous brand ambassadors from Huhammad Ali and Steve McQueen, to more recently “Tiger” Woods and Lewis Hamilton. Continuing its Motorsports connections the TAG Heuer Formula 1 series inspired by motor racing features the most advanced watch technology offering extreme performance developed in partnership with the Red Bull Formula 1 team.

This example features a fine brushed stainless steel case and bracelet. The contrast of black dial and white hour markers gives a beautifully clear and precise view, and the uni-directional rotating bezel adds to the date function at 3 o’clock.

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Details

BRAND Tag Heuer SERIES Formula 1
MODEL WAZ1110.BA0875
GENDER Men’s
WATCH LABEL Swiss Made
MOVEMENT Quartz

CASE SIZE 41 mm
CASE THICKNESS 16 mm
CASE MATERIAL Stainless Steel
CASE SHAPE Round
CASE BACK Solid

DIAL TYPE Analog
DIAL COLOR Black
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire
HANDS Luminous
SECOND MARKERS Arabic Numerals mark the 6 and 12 o’clock positions.
Minute Markers around the outer rim

MARKERS Index
LUMINESCENCE Hands and Markers
BEZEL Uni-directional Rotating
CROWN Screw Down

BAND TYPE Bracelet
BAND MATERIAL Stainless Steel
BAND COLOR(S) Silver Tone
BAND LENGTH 8.5 inches
BANDWIDTH 20 mm
CLASP Deployment

Tag Heuer Formula One, $950 (Originally $1,200) At time of writing

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph

Longines represents a real multi-faceted yet sort after collection that’s reflected in the wide reach across many disciplines. Its ambassadors come from many different walks of life while encompassing the same successful perfectionism from the world of performing arts to sports. The list of ambassadors is long but includes Andre Agassi, Kate Winslet, Simon Baker, and Stefanie Graf, making it a pan European/US brand.

This lovely example of a Divers watch is attractive in blue against white giving a clear and vivid look and feel. The sub dial features for 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 1/10 seconds is delightful to look at even though the overall feel is relatively busy. With a 1000 feet water resistance, there’s no doubt it fits in well with its environment.

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Details

BRAND Longines SERIES HydroConquest
MODEL L37434966
GENDER Men’s
WATCH LABEL Swiss Made
MOVEMENT Quartz
ENGINE Longines Calibre L400

CASE SIZE 41 mm
CASE MATERIAL Stainless Steel
CASE SHAPE Round
CASE BACK Solid

DIAL TYPE Analog
DIAL COLOR Blue
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire
HANDS Luminous Silver-tone
SECOND MARKERS Arabic Numeral appears at the 12 o’clock position.
Minute Markers. 1/100th Markers around the outer rim
DIAL MARKERS Dot
SUB DIALS Three – 60 Second, 30 Minute and 1/10th of a Second
LUMINESCENCE Hands and Markers
BEZEL Uni-directional Rotating Stainless Steel
CROWN Screw Down
WATER RESISTANCE 300 meters / 1000 feet
CALENDAR Date display at the 4 o’clock position
FUNCTIONS Chronograph, Date, Hour, Minute, Second
FEATURES Calendar, Chronograph, Stainless Steel

BAND TYPE Bracelet
BAND MATERIAL Stainless Steel
BAND COLOR(S) Silver Tone
BANDWIDTH 21 mm
CLASP Fold Over

Longines HydroConquest Chronograph, $970 (Originally $1,400) At time of writing

Citizen Satellite Wave World Time GPS Watch

When looking for a luxury watch it’s all too easy to overlook The Japanese brands such as Citizen and that would be a mistake. When it comes to competing with Swiss Made brands the Japanese excel in offering the same quality with more features for a lower price. This is due to mass production and modern technology which means it’s a slightly different approach while offering a great product.

The Citizen Satellite Wave is probably one of the most unique mechanical watches you can find. While this is not a ‘SmartWatch’ it does offer smart options such as GPS Satellite technology helping you to keep the time in 27 cities worldwide. This piece packed with technology features the classic two-toned silver and rose gold color combo that obscures its true potential. Essentially, this little beauty packs a hidden punch.

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Details

BRAND Citizen
MODEL CC3026-51H
GENDER Men’s
WATCH LABEL Japan Movt
MOVEMENT Eco-Drive
ENGINE Citizen Caliber Eco-Drive F150

CASE SIZE 44 mm
CASE MATERIAL Stainless Steel
CASE SHAPE Round
CASE BACK Solid

DIAL TYPE Analog
DIAL COLOR Grey
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire
HANDS Luminous Rose Gold-tone
SECOND MARKERS Minute Markers around the outer rim
DIAL MARKERS Index
SUB DIALS Day of the Week- Charge Indicator
LUMINESCENCE Hands BEZEL Fixed Stainless Steel

BAND TYPE Bracelet
BAND MATERIAL Stainless Steel
BAND COLOR(S) Gold Tone, Pink, Silver Tone, Two tone
CLASP Deployment with Push Button Release

WATER RESISTANCE 100 meters / 330 feet
CALENDAR Date display at the 3 o’clock position
FUNCTIONS Perpetual Calendar, Atomic Timekeeping, Satellite GPS, World Time, Date, Day, Second Time Zone, Hour, Minute, Second, Power Reserve Indicator
FEATURES Atomic Timekeeping, Calendar, Gold, GPS, Perpetual, Power Reserve Indicator, Solar, Stainless Steel, Time Zone, World Time.

Citizen Satellite Wave World Time GPS Watch, $629 (Originally $1,250) At time of writing

Tissot Le Locle Automatic Chronograph

Tissot is a true Swiss Made brand that has always been on the more affordable scale of Swiss watches. This in no way means the quality is any less, the movements are built within all the defined parameters and the attention to detail is second to none in their price point.

This Tissot Le Locle Automatic model is great value for money, coming in at under $1000 it offering a Rose Gold/Stainless Steel case with black dial and three subdials plus day/date complication at 3 o’clock.

The hands and markers stand out will against the jet black dial making it an enjoyable watch to wear.

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Details

BRAND Tissot SERIES Le Locle
MODEL T41.5.317.51
GENDER Men’s
WATCH LABEL Swiss Made
MOVEMENT Automatic
ENGINE ETA-Valjoux Caliber 7750
POWER RESERVE 44 hours

CASE SIZE 42.3 mm
CASE THICKNESS 13 mm
CASE MATERIAL Rose Gold PVD Stainless Steel
CASE SHAPE Round
CASE BACK Skeleton

DIAL TYPE Analog
DIAL COLOR Black
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire HANDS Rose Gold-tone
SECOND MARKERS Minute Markers around the outer rim
DIAL MARKERS Index
SUB DIALS Three – 60 Second, 30 Minute and 12 Hour
BEZEL Fixed Rose Gold PVD

BAND TYPE Strap
BAND MATERIAL Leather
BAND COLOR(S) Brown
BAND LENGTH 7 inches
BANDWIDTH 18 mm
CLASP Butterfly

WATER RESISTANCE 30 meters / 100 feet
CALENDAR Day of the Week and Date display at the 3 o’clock position F
UNCTIONS Chronograph, Date, Hour, Minute, Second
FEATURES Chronograph, Gold, Leather, Stainless Steel

Tissot Le Locle Automatic Chronograph, $795 (Originally $1,575) At time of writing

Gucci Dive Watch

Gucci the fashion house is well known for its leather goods and accessories as well as its watch collections. Once the reserve of the wealthy fashion conscious this brand has come along way and now offers some reasonably priced high-quality timepieces.

The particular piece has been included in the list because it has two important elements that make it a winning timepiece. Not only is the build quality good and the movement used ‘Swiss Made’, but the design of this piece is simply stunning, looking every penny worth its initial $990 price tag.

The black on silver with nato style canvas strap give this piece an everyday casual wear look, that will look at home in jeans and T’shirt, shorts on the beach or even a casual suit.

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Details

BRAND Gucci
SERIES Dive
MODEL YA136209
GENDER Men’s
WATCH LABEL Swiss Made
MOVEMENT Quartz
CASE

CASE SIZE 45 mm
CASE THICKNESS 11 mm
CASE MATERIAL Stainless Steel
CASE SHAPE Round
CASE BACK Solid

DIAL TYPE Analog
DIAL COLOR Black
CRYSTAL Scratch Resistant Sapphire
HANDS Silver-tone
SECOND MARKERS Minute Markers around the outer rim
DIAL MARKERS Dot / Arabic Numeral
LUMINESCENCE Hands and Markers
BEZEL Uni-directional Rotating Stainless Steel

BAND TYPE Strap
BAND MATERIAL Nylon
BAND COLOR(S) Green, Red
BAND WIDTH 23 mm
CLASP Tang

WATER RESISTANCE 200 meters / 660 feet
CALENDAR Date display at the 6 o’clock position
FUNCTIONS Date, Hour, Minute, Second
FEATURES Calendar, Stainless Steel

Gucci Dive Watch, $575 (Originally $990) At time of writing

Take Take Away

The take away here should be the scope of opportunities out there for anyone looking for a luxury watch while constrained by a budget. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t have a suitcase full of money because there are plenty of places to find great value, it’s just a case of knowing where to look and how to shop online safely.

If you would like to avoid all the problems I experienced online you can read the online buyers guide on this site, and don’t forget to check out the online watch stores comparison pages.

 

So, if you’re looking for the perfect Watch at the perfect price, from a trusted source, you know it can be a stressful experience, with the right help and advice, you too can find your dream timepiece. As I’m considered an expert in my field and I write for other publications like Wrist Review I know you’ll benefit from my experience and avoid the pitfalls.

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carl scutt
carl scutt

Carl’s the founder and editor of discountwatchstores.com. His background’s in Technology and Internet Marketing. He currently lives in southern Spain. Learn more about him here, and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.


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