Entry-level watches are über popular. Why? Because of the ever-increasing prices of some brands, a lot of watch enthusiasts search for affordable mechanical watches. Watches that they can wear on an everyday basis. We’ve put together a Top 25 of mechanical watches below € 1000 Euro (list price) based on demand. In this price segment it is definitely possible to buy a watch with an individual or even unique design, solid and well-finished case and small complications. We asked ourselves which mechanical watches under € 1000 Euro have the high demand from the watch consumer. With the help of market research company Chronolytics we focused on the on-line consumers from Switzerland, Austria and Germany and their demand for mechanical watches up to € 1000 Euro. The Top 25 watches overview below was established based on the click-behaviour of millions of consumers in Q1 2015 from these countries.
The First Top 10 of mechanical watches below 1000 Euro
1. Seiko SKX007K1
On the first position we find the SKX007K1 divers watch from Seiko. This manufacture from Japan is most famous for the excellent price-quality ratio they are able to deliver. Their SKX007K1 (part of the Seiko 5 collection) has a list price (in Europe) of 299 Euro and brings an awful lot of bank for the buck: the automatic caliber 7S26 movement featuring a day and date, a water resistance of 20 bar, uni-directional bezel and a very legible dial due to the luminous markers and hands.
Another divers watch in the first ten of the Top 25 Watches is this Ternos Ceramic from Davosa. With a list price of 698 Euro you’ll get an automatic winding watch (ETA 2824) with a ceramic bezel, water resistance of 20 bar and a stainless steel bracelet with divers extension.
3. Seiko Prospex SBDC027J
Seiko rocks the 3rd spot as well with one of their divers watches: the Prospex SBDC027J (we reviewed it here) with a list price of 699 Euro. A robust divers watch that is very suitable for everyday use. A serious watch with professional specifications (hence ‘Prospex’) under € 1000 Euro with enough change to buy the No.1 Seiko in this Top 25 Watches overview as well. If you want.
4. Certina DS Action Diver
From the Swatch Group we see this Certain DS Action Diver on the 4th place. Yet another divers watch, also the 4th in row, with a list price of 730 Euro. The DS Action Diver has a self-winding ETA 2824 movement, a water resistance of 20 bar and a date feature.
5. Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium
Ranked 5 is this Khaki Field Titanium watch from Hamilton (also belonging to the Swatch Group). A 42mm case made of titanium, featuring a 24-hour indicator as well as a date feature. This watch with ‘military’-look comes on a black soft strap. The Hamilton Khaki Field Titanium has a list price of 750 Euro.
6. Sinn 556I
Finally, a German watch manufacturer in this Top 25 Watches overview based on German speaking countries. Sinn, well-known for the use of useful innovations and technologies in their watches, offers this 556I for 850 Euro. This Sinn 556I is anti-magnetic according to the DIN 8309 standard, shock-resistant according to the DIN 8308 standard, water resistant to 20 bar and has a legible dial. Even with the stainless steel (optional) bracelet this watch doesn’t hit the 1000 Euro mark, but 5 euro less.
7. Union Glashütte Viro Datum
After 6 (mainly) sports watches, #7 is reserved for a more classic looking timepiece: the Union Glashütte Viro Datum. A watch from the famous Glashütte village where you’ll also find a number of other manufactures. With a list price of 980 Euro, it just made it to this Top 25 Watches under 1000 Euro overview, but very well-deserved.
8. Glycine Combat Sub
Number 8 is another sporty watch: the Combat Sub from Glycine. Besides the design and mechanical movement, the attractive price of 945 Euro also plays a role of course. A non-nonsense vintage looking timepiece that gets a lot of praise.
The second Hamilton watch in this Top 25 Watches overview is the Jazzmaster Viewmatic. A stainless steel watch with a 44mm diameter with an ETA 2824 movement inside. The sapphire crystal in the case back gives the owner a nice view on its mechanical heart. List price of this classy looking Jazzmaster Viewmatic is 645 Euro.
10. Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer
Swatch Group – and Hamilton – is heavily represented in this overview. Number 10 in this list belongs to the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer timepiece. A nice looking watch with a dial inspired by marine chronometer clocks and a self-winding ETA 2895 movement. Beautiful blue hands give a nice contrast to the silver dial and the brown leather strap is attached to the case by these wire lugs. List price of the Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer is 895 Euro.
Positions 11 to 25 of the most wanted watches under € 1000 Euro
Besides the best 10 above, we still have 15 more positions for watches under 1000 Euro. You will see that Seiko, Hamilton, Certina and Davosa will pop-up once more in these last positions. Furthermore, the list includes watches from Tissot, Revue Thommen, Longines and Junghans. In this price range, Swatch Group clearly shows a strong presence with 5 of its brands (Certina, Hamilton, Union Glashütte, Tissot and Longines). In total, these Swatch Group brands take up 15 positions in the Top 25 Watches under € 1000 Euro. Hamilton takes the lead with 8 positions. No wonder – movement maker ETA also belongs to the Swatch Group.
This article was written by Melanie Feist and appeared on the German based WatchTime.net first.