Luxury watches are a status symbol. They allow you to show the world that you have enough money to purchase what most people cannot afford. We all know that most luxury watches are expensive, but what if I told you there were some affordable ones out there? In this article, we will discuss 8 of the most affordable luxury watches on the market right now!
Cartier – Tank Solo
Starting at: $2,410
Tank Solo is a line of affordable luxury watches, which make it easy to turn heads with the perfect timepiece. These Tank Solo watches are designed in France and made with top quality materials for durability and style. This means you can wear your Tank Solo watch from day to night without looking out of place! From timeless classics like the Cartier Tank Francaise, which is a modern classic look that never goes out of style, or an elegant timepiece like the Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Stainless Steel Men’s Watch-36mm, these beautiful watches will be sure to impress everyone around you.
The Tank Solo’s dial is incredibly legible thanks to the sizable roman numeral hour markers, railway track index and blue-steel sword-shaped hands. Certain Tank Solo watches are designed to allow for interchangeable leather straps which Cartier provides in a wide array of colors, allowing wearers to have a watch that perfectly suits their style.
Tag Heuer – Carrera
Starting at: $4,500
Next on our list of the top most affordable luxury watches is Tag Heuer’s Carrera. The Carrera collection was named after the Carrera Panamerica, a perilous car racing event during the 1950s in Mexico. This automatic chronograph is sure to become a favorite thanks to its outstanding durability and multiple complications. At 3 o’clock sits an angled day and date window, with rapid date correction to make setting the date painless.
This Carrera provides three easy to read subdials including a minute chronograph counter, hour chronograph counter and permanent second indicator. With the SuperLuminova coating, you will be able to read your watch in even the darkest of settings. This Carrera also provides a tachymeter scale on the bezel for additional functionality and a 42-hour power reserve.
Rolex – Air King
Starting at: $5,050
Rolex Air King watches have become a staple in the luxury watch industry. These timepieces are affordable but still represent Rolex quality and design with their durability, accuracy, and iconic style. If you’re looking for an affordable luxury watch that will last your lifetime without sacrificing on style or class, then check out Rolex’s full line of Air King watches!
The Air King is Rolex’s most popular watch and comes in both gold or steel cases. One thing to note about this timepiece is its simplicity- with a clean dial devoid of any complicated features like date windows or chronographs, it stands out from other luxury watches. With so many styles available to purchase, there’s sure to be one that will suit your needs!
Omega – Speed Master
Starting at: $5,150
Omega’s Speedmaster Professional unites horological innovations with the spirit of adventure. Made in 1957 as a sports and racing chronograph, the Speedmaster Professional has proven itself to be an outstandingly accurate and durable timepiece. This Omega watch is so greatly dependable that it is the only watch approved for all of NASA’s missions. And is credited with saving the lives of astronauts on various missions thanks to its incredibly precise timekeeping where other timekeeping devices failed.
The dial’s indexes and central hour and minute hands are coated in Super-LumiNova to ensure legibility in the dark. The 30-minute recorder, 12-hour recorder and small seconds are all perfectly balanced, so the dial never feels overwhelming. The tachymeter on the bezel can also be used for calculations.
Breitling – Colt
Starting at: $2,550
The Colt was originally designed to be a dependable and easy to read military watch. The dial features Arabic numerals at 6, 9 and 12 o’clock as well as a date window at 3 o’clock. The Colt also provides a 24-hour scale and 1/100s hour scale for even greater functionality. The unidirectional bezel feature four raised “riders” at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock.
The Colt is a COSC certified Chronometer thanks to its Superquartz movement which Breitling claims is 10 times more accurate than the standard quartz at a mere deviation of 10 seconds a year for impressive timekeeping.
Bremont – U-2
Starting at: $5,095
Next up on our list of the top 8 most affordable luxury watches is Bremont’s pilot watch, the U-2. The dial has Arabic numerals at 12, 6 and 9 o’clock with a day and date window at 3 o’clock. The hour markers and hands are coated with Super-LumiNova allowing for visibly in the dark.
The watch is made with a Trip-Tick construction which consists of three parts: the central body, bezel element and case back. Our head horologist, Tom Pozsgay, stated that Bremont has, “One of the best cases I have ever seen in my decades in the luxury watch industry.” The COSC Chronometer tested movement is well protected within the anti-magnetic Fraday cage and anti-shock mount. With Brement’s U-2 timepiece, you can rest assured that your timepiece can endure the roughest of conditions.
Bell and Ross – BR 01-92
Starting at: $4,100
For a true aviation lover, Bell and Ross’ BR 01-92 is the perfect timepiece. The BR 01-92 is aviation watch inspired by the instruments found on cockpit display panels. As Bell and Ross is known to take, “from the cockpit to the wrist,” this distinctive square timepiece looks as if it was lifted straight from an aircraft’s control panel.
The BR 01-92 has an exceptionally legible dial with large Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, 9 o’clock as well as stick hour markers, all of which are coated in SuperLumiNova. With one of Bell and Ross’ most iconic and captivating timepiece’s, the BR 01-92 is sure to delight.
Chopard – Happy Sport
Starting at: $5,300
The final entry on our list of the top 8 most affordable luxury watches is for those who wish to splurge a bit with Chopard’s Happy Sport. Designed by Caroline Scheufele, the Artistic Director and Co-President. As well as her brother Karl-Friedrich Scheufele, the two understood what a new generation of luxury lovers would want. Caroline explained, “I design with the emotions and head of a woman, starting with the aesthetics and then looking at the mechanics.”
The Happy Sport was created in 1993 as a more casual version of the Happy Diamonds watch collection. This sophisticated watch has 5 bezel set diamonds that seem to float over the dial, adding an air of whimsy. As the diamonds are held between two panes of a sapphire crystal, they will never tip over or scratch the dial. The dial features Roman numeral hour markers and select models have date windows.
Wearers can select between a round, oval or square case for the Happy Sport, with an amazing array of colorful straps and bracelets, allowing wearers to find their ideal match.
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The watches in this article are the most affordable luxury watch brands on the market. And they can be bought for just a few thousand dollars. All of these timepieces have excellent reviews from previous buyers. And some even come with warranties that protect you if anything happens to your watch within a certain amount of years!
If you’re looking for an exquisite gift or something special to treat yourself, take a look at one (or all!) of these eight great options. Don’t worry about paying too much money; it’ll be worth it when people ask where you got such an elegant piece.
We hope that this list of affordable luxury watches has given you some ideas for your next purchase. If you have any questions about anything we talked about, or if you are interested in a custom watch package, please get in touch with us at SenseOrient!