This guide to some of the best watches under $1000 showcases everything from sports tools to chronographs to exquisite Bauhaus-inspired dress watches. Choose from brands including TAG Heuer, Tissot, and Hamilton, as well as a myriad of choices in terms of dial colors, strap materials, and innovative features. Whether you’re a fan of the quartz watch or the automatic watch, this guide to watches under $1000 is sure to provide you with a clear overview of some of the best models dominating the market right now.
Bulova Lunar Pilot
Description: It wasn’t just Omega who was involved in Apollo’s Space Missions. When David Scott and his Apollo 15 crew began their mission in the Hadley-Appennius, a Bulova watch was used to reference and log the time of the landing, hence the beautiful Bulova Moon Watch, which pays homage to this milestone in the brand’s history. This stunning Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph, however, is powered by a high-performance quartz movement. The Super-LumiNova hands and hour markers are applied against a black chronograph dial, surrounded by a surgical-grade stainless steel casing. Integrated lugs lead to a classic-looking nubuck leather band, making this Bulova watch the perfect accompaniment for pairing with any smart attire.
Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto
Description: The Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic is a watch of understated elegance. Taking influential cues from the brand’s historical ties to American style, the dress watch embodies simplicity and refinement on a whole new level. For under $1000 you get an automatic movement - the ETA 2892-2, which provides a 50-hour power reserve whilst protected inside a robust 50-meter water-resistant stainless steel case. As classic as ever, the watch’s black leather strap marries just as well with formal attire as it does something more relaxed at the weekend. A clean silver dial with a black coated minute and hour hand makes for a nice touch alongside a practical date window at 6 o’clock. This is a watch for all occasions that proves classic style never goes out of fashion.
Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC
Description: For just under $1000 you can get your hands on a Tissot watch from the renowned Ballade collection. The Powermatic movement at its heart is developed in-house by master engineers in Tissot’s manufacturing house. It provides a staggering 80-hour power reserve making this a timepiece to take away with you on business or vacation. The watch has a beautiful beaded bezel spanning a 41mm diameter and a timeless three-handed black stick index dial that is set to increase in appeal over time. Tissot is associated with Swiss precision of the highest standard, so a watch for under $1000 from this industry-leading brand is incredibly good value. Additional features are its Arabic numeral hour markers at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a practical date aperture at 3 o’clock.
Junghans Max Bill Automatic
Description: It might be a few dollars over the $1000 mark, but if you’re looking for a watch that communicates a sense of traditional elegance, a Junghans Watch from the Max Bill collection is the perfect option for you. Its design is inspired by Germany’s Bauhaus movement and communicates the time via a set of slender hands against a minimalist dial. Its hands have even been coated with Super-LumiNova treatment to assist with easy timekeeping during the darkest hours of the night. Unfortunately, the beautiful performance of the Automatic J880.1 isn’t put on show through a transparent glass caseback, but its authentic calfskin strap more than makes up for that. This 40mm steel dress watch is the ultimate way to express a refined taste in beautiful mechanical wristwatches.
Alpina Horological Smartwatch Bluetooth Hybrid
Description: The Alpina Horological Smartwatch Bluetooth Hybrid is a work of art on the wrist. It also packs a lot of features into its appealing price tag. With MotionX technology it can pair with any Android or iOS phone to measure things like sleep, activity, calories burned and total distance achieved each day. It also comes equipped with sleep cycle alarms, date, and active alerts. Style-wise – this watch under $1000 looks sleek and modest on the wrist. It wears comfortably thanks to a supple black leather strap and replicates the look of a traditional timepiece via its dial design. Reference the time the authentic way, or review all your personal tracking details on your phone app to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle with this versatile Alpina Horological Smartwatch.
Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic 80 Special Edition
Description: The great thing about modern dive watches is that they double-up perfectly as a dress watch and pair with pretty much every outfit. At least that’s certainly the case for this Certina DS Action Diver Powermatic watch. It boasts a sports-driven aesthetic combined with innovative features like a 300-meter water-resistant steel case, a protected crown, and a screw-down caseback to ensure it’s fit for venturing down to impressive water depths with you A sporty black rubber strap combines nicely with a vivid blue colored second hand. Luminous hands and indexes around the dial work harmoniously with a black luminous aluminum turning bezel for measuring elapsed time underwater. For under $1000 you also get a beautifully operating automatic movement, equipped with an 80-hour power reserve.
TAG Heuer Formula 1
Description: For a little under $1000 you can get your hands on a TAG Heuer watch from the iconic Formula 1 collection. Blue is a timeless color for a luxury wristwatch, and this design accentuates the deep sporty blue tones of this Formula 1 watch’s dial with a stunning blue leather strap. The simple three-handed dial design has luminous coated hands and baton indexes, combined with a date window at 3 o’clock for keeping on track of the days throughout each month. This watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and comes equipped with an anti-glare sapphire crystal glass lens with scratch-resistant properties.