Well, after much deliberation, I’ve found what I subjectively consider the three best watches under €1,000 today. As Fratello’s resident list nerd, that should be a walk in the park, right? I have made tons of lists, including multiple ones about watches in this price category. But finding the five or ten best currently available watches in a certain price bracket is inherently different than finding the three watches that I love and would buy. The truth is, we are simply spoiled for choice. Now, let me explain my picks for this list.

Thomas, RJ, and Daan already had a go in this series of articles. After reading their lists, I was happy to find that they picked none of my options. Robert-Jan did pick the brilliant Christopher Ward C65 Dune Automatic. It deserves to be one of the watches we pick, but I’d prefer to buy it on the bracelet. Unfortunately, doing that brings the price to €1,165, making it too expensive. So what watches would I go for, then?


Picking the best watches under €1,000

First, I had to solve two puzzles. If you were to wake me up in the middle of the night and ask me what watch I would buy for €1,000, the answer would be the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80. It’s the obvious answer because the watch is truly extraordinary. I own a black-dial version and love that watch dearly. It looks amazing, has a reliable movement, and punches way above its weight class. As I said in my review, the watch gives you the feeling of wearing a proper luxury watch three times more expensive than its current €795 list price. But in the intro to this article, I mentioned that I wanted to pick watches I would buy. As I already own a PRX and have featured it many times before, I decided to skip it for this list.

The second puzzle to solve was whether I would want to pick three watches sharing a theme. Some of you will know I am very interested in GMT watches, so that would be an easy theme for this list. But that would also mean I’d close my eyes to many other great options, which I didn’t want to do. Unsurprisingly, GMTs are a part of the list, but I chose to keep an open perspective. All right, I have rambled for too long already. Without further ado, here is my list of the best watches under €1,000!

best watches under €1,000 RZE Fortitude GMT

RZE Fortitude GMT

My immediate first pick was the RZE Fortitude GMT. I had the pleasure of wearing this watch not too long ago for a hands-on review. As I explained in the article, I wore this watch constantly despite having the chance to review some heavy hitters in the office. Everything about the Fortitude GMT is done right, making this a no-brainer as the perfect sub-€1,000 travel watch.

best watches under €1,000 RZE Fortitude GMT

The Fortitude GMT features a 41mm satin-finished Grade 2 titanium case with a 12mm thickness, 47mm lug-to-lug length, 20mm lug spacing, and 100m water resistance rating. It comes on a super comfortable titanium bracelet with a fully machined clasp and an easy-to-use toolless micro-adjustment mechanism with four positions.

best watches under €1,000 RZE Fortitude GMT

The design of the Fortitude stands out thanks to its many details, which give it a distinct presence that I fell in love with. The knurled bezel immediately draws the eye, but so does the sandwich dial with its grainy texture and crosshair flowing nicely into the date window’s frame. Additionally, the oversized crown balances out nicely against the round-shaped case.

RZE Fortitude GMT NightHawk

The 24-hour GMT scale is placed on the rehaut, with the yellow GMT hand indicating the home time. Overall, there’s quite a bit going on here, but it all makes perfect sense once you have the watch on your wrist. Inside the case, RZE equips the watch with the Miyota 9075 flyer-style GMT movement, which offers 42 hours of power reserve. I suggest you read my review to find out more about this brilliant RZE Fortitude GMT, and you will understand why this watch was my immediate first pick at a spectacular pre-order price of US$649 (roughly €600).

2024 Watch Resolutions best watches under €1,000 Traska Venturer GMT

Traska Venturer GMT

My next pick is the Traska Venturer GMT. Yes, it’s another GMT, but it’s an absolute beauty of a watch. Traska has quickly become a well-known name among watch fans. The Floridian microbrand released the Venturer in late 2022. Vincent’s review of it came online in early 2023, and he was impressed by what the watch had to offer.

Traska Venturer GMT Mint Green best watches under €1,000

It has a 38.5mm stainless steel case that is around 12.5mm with the domed crystal, 46mm long, and 20mm between the lugs. The watch is also water resistant to 150 meters and has a screw-down crown and case back. For a watch with this movement and specs, a 12.5mm total thickness is quite reasonable, and it’s only about half a millimeter thicker than the Rolex GMT-Master II.

best watches under €1,000 Traska Venturer GMT

The Venturer GMT was one of the first non-Citizen Group watches equipped with the Miyota 9075 caliber that also powers the RZE Fortitude. This flyer-style GMT caliber seems like it’s gradually taking over the microbrand universe. Traska was an early adopter of this movement, and it helped make the Venturer GMT a big success.

Traska Venturer GMT Mint Green

The watch was initially available with four dial options (white, black, blue, and dark green) and fitted with a stainless steel bracelet with an on-the-fly micro-adjustable clasp. Later, the brand added a mint-green dial option that looked super sexy. If you have followed Traska, you know that all Venturer models sold out quickly. However, the brand will bring back the first four dial colors on April 7th. That is when you can reserve your Venturer GMT for US$720 (approximately €677). I will probably join some of you to ensure I can get one.

Serica 6190 Field Chronometer best watches under €1,000

Serica 6190 Field Chronometer

My last pick is the Serica 6190 Field Chronometer introduced last year. This updated version of Serica’s 4512 field watch features a series of great updates that make a great watch even better. The most important changes are the redesigned case and dials and the updated COSC-certified automatic movement that replaces its predecessor’s hand-wound caliber.

Serica 6190 Field Chronometer best watches under €1,000

What has stayed is that incredible vintage charm that made the 4512 such a great watch. In my opinion, Serica updated the design brilliantly while connecting the new 6190 to the brand’s 5303 diver and 8312 GMT through the new chamfered lugs. The case has become less chunky at 37.7mm wide and 10.4mm thick. It’s a nice case with a slim profile that sits nicely on the wrist.

When it comes to the dials, Serica offers three variants. The first is the Commando dial, which has a full set of Arabic-numeral hour markers. The second is the Denali dial, featuring the brand’s trademark lume dots placed further toward the dial’s center. Lastly, there is the updated California dial. My favorite is the pictured Denali dial with the typical Serica style that adds more charm.

Serica 6190 Field Chronometer best watches under €1,000

Inside the case, the COSC-certified automatic Soprod M100 has a 42-hour power reserve and replaces the manual-winding STP1-11 of the 4512. The 6190 Field Chronometer comes with an updated stainless steel Bonklip bracelet that is comfortable and has a distinct presence. At €990, this is the full package. Most of all, the 6190 Field Chronometer has a ton of standout character, which is crucial in a universe of watches with similar designs.

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Two quick honorable mentions

Besides my top three picks, I have two honorable mentions. The Certina DS Action Diver Titanium is a fantastic modern dive watch with plenty of character to stand out from the crowd and deliver gloriously on specs. There’s just one problem: on the bracelet (as pictured), the watch costs €1,095, so it doesn’t qualify. However, on the black and turquoise NATO strap, it comes in at €995, making it the perfect honorable mention. Sure, you’d want to get this watch on the bracelet, especially since it’s only €100 more expensive. But seeing those amazing looks with the combination of the darker titanium color with the brown bezel insert and the blue lume, there is no reason not to mention it.

Hands-on: The New Nezumi Aviera Is Here

Another option I would love to mention is the Nezumi Aviera GMT. Thor reviewed the watch last June, and at the time, it used the Seiko NH34 caliber. But the Swedish brand recently updated this watch with the Miyota 9075 flyer-style GMT movement that powers the first two picks on this list. Nezumi offers this incredible vintage-inspired watch with a great set of hands that looks stunning, especially when paired with the off-white Malta FKM rubber strap that matches the lume color. At €490 (before taxes and shipping) on the rubber strap, it is worth mentioning the Aviera GMT to close out my subjective list of the best watches under €1,000.

There you have it — my list of three options plus two bonuses. What are your thoughts on the watches I picked? Let me know in the comments section, and keep an eye out for more articles in this series soon.