Entry-level watches are über popular. Why? Because of the ever-increasing prices of some brands, a lot of watch enthusiasts search for affordable (luxury) watches. Watches that they can wear on an everyday basis. We’ve put together a Top 25 of 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 watches under 1000 Euro have the high demand from the watch consumer. With the help of Chrono24 we focused on the on-line consumers from Switzerland, Austria and Germany and their demand for mechanical and quartz watches up to 1000 Euro. The Top 25 watches overview below is based on millions of consumers in Q2 2016 from these countries.

The First Top 10 of watches below 1000 Euro

1. Seiko Prospex

On the first position we find the Prospex divers watch from Seiko. This manufacture from Japan is most famous for the excellent price-quality ratio they are able to deliver. Their SRP787K1 has a list price (in Europe) of 439 Euro and brings an awful lot of bank for the buck: the automatic caliber 4R36 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.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

2. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Quartz

The Formula 1 watch shows TAG Heuer’s connection with motor sports. Just recently, they introduced a special edition of this watch for Red Bull – TAG Heuer driver Max Verstappen. However, this model is the blue bezel version with stainless steel case. This Formula 1 is priced at 995 Euro, just below our 1000 Euro. The watch measures 43mm in diameter, is water resistant to 20 bar and has a Ronda-based quartz movement.

 Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

3. Tissot PRS 516 Automatic Gent

A 42mm watch using a carbon bezel and a black PVD steel case. A day and date complication are functions of its ETA caliber C07.111 movement, as well as a power reserve of 80 hours. The movement is visible through the sapphire caseback. Priced at 890 Euro.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

4.Seiko 5 Automatik SSA283K1

Another Seiko, this time it is a model from their 5 collection. The Seiko 5 collection goes all the way back to 1936 and is still one of the most popular collection of the brand. This automatic model has a 24 hour indicator and comes on a stainless steel bracelet. Priced at 359 Euro.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

5. Tissot PRC 200 Automatic

Ranked 5 in our Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro is this 44mm chronograph from Tissot with an ETA C01.211 movement. This Tissot PRC200 has a stainless steel case, bracelet and is priced at 930 Euro.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

6. Longines Conquest

Another Swatch Group company on the 6h position: the Longines Conquest reference L3.659.4.58.6. The Conquest line-up is already in the Longines collection since 1954. We covered it often, like this article about the Conquest Heritage watch that actually commemorated the 1954 – 2014 period of Conquest watches. This Conquest is a sporty edition of the collection, with a 41mm case. This particular model is powered by an ETA quartz movement. Water resistant to 30 bar. Price is 650 Euro.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

7. Casio G-Shock Frogman

Yes, a Casio! Remember our big interview with Mr. G-Shock himself? We love G-Shocks and the Frogman is no exception. It seems that a lot of people love it, with this 7th position in the Top 10 watches under 1000 Euro. This GWF-D1000 retails for 999 Euro and is capable of showing the tides, depth indicator, compass, etc. and has a diving computer on board.Water resistant to 200 meters.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

8. Longines HydroConquest

Another diving watch, and another Longines in this Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro. The HydroConquest reference L3.740.4.96.6, priced at 830 Euro. This 44mm watch in stainless steel comes with a quartz ETA caliber E64.111 movement. It is water resistant to 30 bar and has a uni-directional diving bezel. Our review of its automatic brother can be found here.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro9. Casio Edifice EQB-600D

The only connected watch in our Top 10, the Casio Edifice EQB-600D (Apple only sells directly, which we couldn’t measure). This Casio communicates with your smartphone and has a 3D globe positioned at 3 o’clock. This globe is connected to a worldtimer function and makes a full turn in 24 hours. You need a dedicated Casio app on your phone to communicate with your watch. Priced at 399 Euro.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

10. Maurice Lacroix Eliros Chronograph

On no. 10 of our Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro we have this Maurice Lacroix. It has become a bit silent around this brand, but there still seems to be demand for them in the category below 1000 Euro. This Eliros is powered by a quartz movement and has a 40mm diameter case. The typical ‘M’ on the leather strap is back from the past, after years of absence it has been brought back.

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

Positions 11 to 25 of the most wanted watches under € 1000 Euro

Besides the Top 10 above, we will show you the other 15 positions of our Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro. Again, Seiko, Tissot, Longines and Maurice Lacroix are popping up in these additional 15 positions. Other manufacturers that appear are Glycine, Junghans, Victorinox, Technomarine, Frédérique Constant and Alpina. 9 spots in total are given to Swatch Group brands Certain, Tissot and Longines. Swatch Group is a strong player in this price range. Seiko is as well, with 5 models in our Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro.

11 Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro



GlycineCombat SUB Phantom (Automatic)940 Euro
12 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroSeiko5 Sports Automatik SRP557K1 (Automatic)279 Euro
13 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroHamiltonKhaki Field Auto695Euro

Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro

SeikoMonster Prospex Automatik Diver`s SRP581K1 (Automatic)409Euro
15 Top 25 watches under 1000 Euro
LonginesLa Grande Classique de Longines (Quartz)870 Euro
16 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroSeikoSportura Perpetual Solar Alarm-Chronograph SSC429P1 (Kinetic)519 Euro
17 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroJunghansJunghans Max Bill Automatic875 Euro
18 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroVictorinoxI.N.O.X. Titanium (Quartz)599 Euro
19 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroTechnomarine Cruise TM 115346 (Quartz)750 Euro
20 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroFrédérique ConstantClassics Business Timer (Quartz)825 Euro
21 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroAlpinaSeastrong Diver 300 Quarz Big Date Chronograph (Quartz) 995 Euro
22 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroTissotLe Locle Regulateur (Automatic)815Euro
23 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroTissotCouturier (Automatic)590 Euro
24 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroMaurice LacroixAikon (Quartz)880 Euro
25 Top 25 watches under 1000 EuroTissotT-Race (Quartz)620 Euro

This article was written by Melanie Feist and appeared on the German based WatchTime.net first.

*This article first appeared on Fratello Watches in May 2015. We then used data from Q1 2015. This article is updated on a regular basis. Currently, Chrono24 search data from Q2 2016 is used for the results in this article.

  • Gabe

    Skx007 is for sure the best buck for buck

  • Melanie Feist

    Thank you for translating and publishing my article. This is an honor for me.

    • JC

      Nice work Melanie…

  • I find it odd that Oris isn’t represented in this list. The Oris classic date automatic is an awesome watch that definitely deserves a place in this list in my opinion.
    Also, I like the Longines HydroConquest better than the Conquest.

    • @alexkrancher:disqus We had the same questions. The answer is easy, these watches have a list price of over 1000 Euro these days (recent price increases made them just a bit more expensive).

      • I see… When I bought mine prices were a bit lower. Lucky me I guess!



    • @AUSDAVIDZ:disqus
      Not sure how things are with mechanical Casio and Citizens these days. We requested mechanical watches only. Perhaps Citizen has a few, but they fell-out the Top 25 obviously.

  • lozza

    lots of submariner copies…?

    • Yes, that’s apparently what people love. No wonder of course, as the Rolex Submariner is one of the watches with most demand in general.

  • JC

    Well thought-out articles like this are really appreciated. Despite having zero interest in owning one I welcome that Apple et. al. will now competing for wrist-space and $€¥£… if for nothing more than it should give that >€1000 category a much-needed and overdue shake-out, and it’s nice to see articles like this listing watches that should endure.

    Regarding the list… I thought it was really good… and confirms my belief that the SKX007 is by far the best bang-for-the-buck watch, period. And it was no surprise seeing that beautiful Sinn high up on the list.

    For having a few real dogs in their portfolio, Swatch seem super well positioned going forward particularly with ETA & a really strong line-up by Hamilton.

    QUESTION: Is the takeaway here that buyers should stick to the big houses (Seiko, Swatch, etc…)? I would have thought that brands like Steinhart or even Christopher Ward would have snuck a watch into the list. Steinhart particularly seem to offer great value… although perhaps that wasn’t enough. Can you comment on the rationale there…

    Anyway… Great content & super helpful. Cheers…

    • @okayjc:disqus

      This can go two ways basically. People prefer a big brand name on the dial over a watch that – perhaps – add more bang for the buck or people love to have a watch that has more to offer instead of a big brand label and go for a micro brand or a brand like CW or Steinhart. Being more individual by not owning the same Longines, Hamilton, Seiko etc as all the others. This also might explain why there are so many ‘modded’ Seikos out there. To be more exclusive/unique.

      However, this data was measured over millions of people, your average watch consumer, who seem to be in the first group. Preferring a familiar (or famous) brand name on the dial. It could also be a bit of lack of knowledge. How long did it take you to learn about these micro brands and smaller watch manufacturers? Since below 1000 Euro is often considered entry-level, it might be their next step after their Hamilton, Seiko, Tissot etc.

      Basically, it needs a survey to answer these questions properly.

  • Sheel

    Why Oris is not Included?

    • @Sheel

      See my other answer to Alex Krancher. Oris does not have watches under 1000 Euro List Price.

  • silkhead

    4 Hamilton and the Squale 1520 blue dial with mesh bracelet (905 EU) did not make the list…are you people mad?

  • daes

    The SARX015 is surely missing here. A good piece of dressed watch for low budgets who like precision without having to wear bulky diver’s watches.

  • Mikita

    No single Orient Star – the list is not complete IMO.

  • EdipisReks

    I would have the Junghans near the top of the list. I used to own a Chronoscope (sold it to a friend who fell in love with it), and it’s a great watch. I should buy another Max Bill.

  • Никита

    No Orient Star? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92c02d0d5baa8c358bf913cc9654f0df74609bccab08e69cb32f27a17b379631.jpg

    Got mine for 300 eur. The finishing is on par with some 1.5k watches.

    • Great choice! However, we didn’t pick the brand and watches in this list. It is based on the search behavior by German, Swiss and Austrian visitors of Chrono24, as can be read in the article. Orient isn’t widely available in these countries, or perhaps known… There is still a lot to do 🙂

  • Chris Bannocks

    HI Guys, why don’t we see any Christopher Ward watches in this list? I see below that it is based on the search behaviour from Chrono 24, which disadvantages some real choices as they operate an online only business. The CW brand make very good watches that would certainly compete with the above.