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Guide to the best watches between $1000 and $2000

Watches under $2000 bridge the gap between a budget timepiece and something a little more luxurious.

        
Guide to the best watches between $1000 and $2000

Watches under $2000 bridge the gap between a budget timepiece and something a little more luxurious. Renowned watch brands like Longines, Baume & Mercier, Junghans, and Oris pitch many of their models in between this price range. This guide includes mechanical hand-wound movements, automatic timepieces, moonphase models, and simple three-handed dress watches with a practical date window. Choose between wristwatches finished on stainless steel bracelets to comfortable leather bands. This guide outlines some of the best manufacturers of watches under $2000 currently on the market right now.

Nomos Club Campus 38 735


Nomos Club Campus

Reference: 38 735
Price: $1400
Winding:Hand-wound mechanical
Case Diameter: 38.5mm
Style: Dress Watch

Nomos is a small independent manufacturer that is renowned for creating quality timepieces at an affordable price. The mechanical movements secured into the heart of each model are made in-house, making these wristwatches great value for money. The design of a Nomos watch like the Club Campus 38 combines a nice compact size with a minimalist dial design. The Campus collection was intended by Nomos to provide the modern gentleman with a timepiece that will always look good no matter whether it’s paired with a suit or an elegant ensemble by night. This Nomos Club Campus is 38.5mm in diameter and crafted from stainless steel with a screwed caseback to uphold its 100-meter water resistance. The Arabic galvanized, white silver-plated dial features rhodium-coated hands with blue luminescence for night-time reading. An orange subsidiary second hand at 6 o’clock is controlled by the in-house Alpha manual movement with a 43-hour power reserve.

Longines Legend Diver



Longines Legend Diver

Reference: L3.774.4.50.6
Price: $2019
Winding: Automatic
Case Diameter: 42mm
Style: Diver watch

This diving watch embodies everything you’ll need in an accurate underwater tool for under $2000. Longines has achieved the archetypal diver’s look with this rugged timepiece which features a 300-meter water-resistant stainless steel case. The 42mm model exudes a vintage aesthetic but goes without the bulky unidirectional rotating bezel, enabling it to look elegant enough to marry with professional attire. Instead this Longines Legend Diver watch with a sleek black leather strap, is kitted out with an internal diving flange nestled under the surface of a sapphire crystal glass lens. The automatic watch is governed by the L888 self-winding movement complete with a 64-hour power reserve.

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date


Oris Big Crown Pointer Date

Reference: 01 754 7749 4064-07 8 17 22
Price: $1650
Winding: Automatic
Case Diameter: 36mm
Style: Pointer Date


The Big Crown Pointer Date was released by Oris in 1938. It was celebrated once again in 2018 when the collection reached its 80th anniversary, proving its popularity as a classic and elegant design. This Oris watch priced under $2000 wears comfortably on a slender wrist with its unimposing 38mm case width. The Oris 754 self-winding movement is modified from the base SW 200-1 movement. It provides a 38-hour power reserve. Its beautiful performance of 28,800 vibrations per hour is put on show through the back of the case – decoration and finishes included. The pointer date hand is executed in a bright red hue for optimum readability against the date ring running around the edge of the watch’s sophisticated anthracite grey dial.

Sinn 556 I


Sinn 

Reference: 556 I
Price: $1248
Winding: Automatic
Case Diameter: 38.5mm
Style: Dress watch


Precise German engineering lies at the center of this practical and functional Sinn watch, which comes with an appealing price tag of under $2000. White glow-in-the-dark markers deliver the time clearly at night via an hour track represented in chunky baton indexes and Arabic numerals. You can keep track of the days throughout the month with a handy date aperture at 3 o’clock, whilst enjoying a stylish, supple black leather strap with white contrast stitching up the sides. This is a clean and bold-looking timepiece for those who like their timepieces stripped back to the basics. The in-house self-winding mechanism inside this 200-meter water-resistant Sinn 556 I watch is capable of 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour and has been constructed using anti-magnetic technology for enhanced performance.

Junghans Watch Meister Handaufzug

Junghans Watch Meister Handaufzug

Reference: 027/3504.00
Price: $1400
Winding: Small seconds
Case Diameter: 37.7mm
Style: Dress watch


If you like contemporary, minimalist designs, the Junghans Meister Handaufzug watch is worth some serious consideration when looking to invest in a dress watch under $2000. It features a dramatic blue dial surrounded by an ultra-thin stainless steel bezel that opens up the dial to a straightforward and well-balanced dial. The slim baton indexes exude a timeless look, and the watch is equipped with a small seconds dial at 6 o’clock. Completed on a smooth light brown leather strap, this timepiece communicates a subtle vintage aesthetic. Powered by the J815.1 movement, this German-made Calibre ensures it will keep perfect time for you, even in those situations where it can’t be worn.

Baume & Mercier Classima


Baume & Mercier Classima

Reference: M0A10332
Price: $1700
Winding: Automatic
Case Diameter: 42mm
Style: Dress watch


This 42mm Classima watch from Baume & Mercier is an affordable automatic with some really nice touches. The black markers around the outer track in 5-minute increments combine effortlessly with polished Roman numerals. The well-proportioned dial features a date window at 3 o’clock and the hands have been shaped into a beautiful dauphine style. This is a modern timepiece equipped with a Swiss-made Sellita SW200. With a 38-hour power reserve, you can alternate this watch with another favorite whilst the Classima watch keeps accurate time for you.

Frederique Constant Watch Classics Moonphase

Frederique Constant Watch Classics Moonphase

Reference: FC-335MC4P6
Price: $1900
Winding: Hand-wound mechanical
Case Diameter: 40mm
Style: Moonphase


This complication watch from Frederique Constant provides the time via a set of beautifully sculpted Breguet-style hands and a traditional Roman numeral hour track. The phases of the moon can be tracked at 6 o’clock whilst at the top of the dial, a slice of the mechanical beating heart is put on show. This wristwatch is the perfect companion for the wrist whether you’re spending most of your time in the office or attending business meetings. It also adds a sophisticated finish to smart attire outside of work. Junghans’ beautifully crafted hand-winding movement allows you to appreciate the charm in twisting the crown and enjoying a tactical dimension to timekeeping.