Spending anything up to $10.000 on a wristwatch is a considerable commitment. Whilst $10k isn’t the most you can spend on a luxury watch, it’s certainly worthy of some in-depth research and consideration before parting with your money. The great thing about luxury watches under $10,000 is that you’re guaranteed to bag yourself a wristwatch that is either powered by a beautifully manufactured mechanical movement or a supreme quartz movement from some of the most prestigious watchmakers in the world.
This guide to the best watches priced between $5000 and $10,000 features top-end names like Breitling and Rolex to lesser-known brands who are considered experts in their field of expertise, crafting watches from equally superior materials and technology. Let’s begin…
Breitling Navitimer 02 Chronograph AB012721-BD09-761P-A20D.1
The Breitling Navitimer is a chronograph that has been in development for 50 years straight and there’s a good reason for that. It’s a sophisticated tool for a professional and comes equipped with an innovative slide rule bezel that enables you to carry out various calculations that you’d need if you were a pilot. That doesn’t mean to say that you have to be a pilot to own one of these. The Breitling Navitimer 01 Chronograph has luminous markers for reading the time in the night, a date feature, and 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour chronograph functions. It also features an automatic movement that provides a 70-hour power reserve, a 30-meter water-resistant steel case, and a push-pull crown with two gaskets.
Rolex Submariner M114060-0002
A watch that originally provided divers with an innovative tool for diving during the ’50s but now the ultimate statement for anyone with the finest taste in luxury watches. The Rolex Submariner has a distinct design and is governed by a tried and tested in-house made Calibre – the 3130. Waterproof to 300 meters, this timepiece can be worn underwater but looks equally as stylish in the boardroom. You can easily pair it with a suit thanks to its sophisticated three-link Oystersteel bracelet. The 40mm Superlative Chronometer-tested Rolex Submariner is made from the brand’s Oyster case, which comprises a screw-down crown, screw-down caseback, and monobloc middle case - all crafted from 914L stainless steel.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 6000M Co-Axial Watch 18.104.22.168.01.001
This Omega Seamaster watch is perfectly geared towards divers but doubles-up as a great dress watch for wearing every day of the week. Inside its impressive 600-meter water-resistant steel case is a Co-Axial Calibre which offers unbeatable precision. This is certainly a watch you’re going to want to make the most out of for its underwater capabilities. Lume on the appliques of the dial makes it easy to reference the time whilst under dark depths of the ocean. It works in conjunction with an anti-glare sapphire crystal glass lens for enhanced readability when checking the time under torchlight or direct sunlight. You can use its unidirectional rotating black bezel to measure elapsed time underwater, along with a helium escape valve for pressure diving.
El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph 03.2041.4052/69.M2040
With an instantly noticeable tri-color and tri-compax dial, watches from the El Primero collection by Zenith mix contemporary proportions with an avant-garde design. The sub-counters are a signature feature of these models, injecting a subtle vintage vibe to the wrists of watch connoisseurs since 1969. Several variations of the coveted caliber have been worked into these iconic designs. For under $10,000 you can enjoy the Zenith Calibre El Primero 4052 B working meticulously behind a skeletonized caseback crafted from sapphire crystal glass. The blue, grey and anthracite chronograph sub-counters of this Zenith El Primero Striking 10th Chronograph watch combine with a date feature at 6 o’clock for keeping track of the days of the week in true style.
Longines Master L2.622.214.171.124
Longines watches are associated with elegance and performance. This complication watch combines chronograph features with a date ring and a moon phase indicator located at 6 o’clock. The blue elements on the dial of this Longines watch priced under $10,000 combine beautifully with an 18k rose gold case and push-pieces. There’s also a dual time function which can be referenced in a 24-hour sub-counter located at 9 o’clock, sitting against the watch’s white Arabic dial. This stylish Longines Chronograph watch for under $10,000 comes complete on a traditional brown leather strap and is powered by the self-winding L678 Calibre which makes keeping track of a busy schedule a complete delight.
Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control 168566-3001
The racing-inspired Mille Miglia watch collection by Chopard embodies the adrenaline experienced on the side of the track as well as the speed endured behind the wheel. This Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Power Control watch communicates 90 years of the famous race in this sporty watch, complete with a tyre-tread inspired rubber strap. The bold 43mm GTS Power Control houses the Chopard Calibre 01.08-C movement at the center of its 100-meter water-resistant case. A matt black dial with black and white flange, sporty red accents, and rhodium-plated Arabic numerals create a masculine-infused design that is ready for action whenever you need it.
Nomos Zurich World Time Midnight Blue 807
Despite the complexity behind the design of this watch, the Nomos World Time Midnight Blue watch looks as minimalist and as refined as ever. You can travel the world in style with this multilingual automatic watch strapped to the wrist. The world cities are located around an inner ring that cleverly incorporates a 24-hour display at 3 o’clock. As well as this, the small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock donates more space to straightforward timekeeping via the two main hands. The DUW 5201 movement with 24 time zones promises a 42-hour power reserve whilst looking slick on the wrist thanks to a classic black leather strap.