With so many choices in the world of horology, we wanted to put together our ideal, yet attainable version of a 5
Even entry-level watches—just one!—can set you back a good $8k. Building the perfect 5-
And so, with a bit of creativity, we managed to round up our choices for the ideal 5
Our Picks for The Perfect 5
There’s a piece for every situation, whether you need something to mindlessly slap on for a Tuesday morning, or whether you want mix-and-match options for a date at that exclusive restaurant you had to book last year.
Here we go:
Omega Seamaster Automatic
It’s shocking (and exciting!) that you can get in on such legendary provenance and elite technicality at less than $1800. This alpha dog of the collection doesn’t even take up half the budget.
The 2005 edition features all of the classic designs of the Bond Seamaster: Wavy lines on the face, red second hand, luminescent stick markers, and the scalloped bezel edges.
With a case at 36.25mm though, this version
Since James Bond switched over to the Seamaster in 1995, this timepiece has been on the path to classic 007 status next to the Submariner.
Two Bonds, eight movies and 25 years later, it’s safe to say the Seamaster has been knighted, even having been name-dropped in Casino Royale.
Moreover, the switch happened because the movie’s costume designers preferred that the Omega Seamaster had a historical association with the British military’s Special Boat Service, where Bond fictionally served.
So, the Omega Seamaster not only has enduring pop culture street cred, but a role in real-life world history as well.
Alternatives to this pre-owned Omega Seamaster
By the way, if you’re interested in other Omegas (or any luxury
DETAILS of the Seamaster Automatic:
|Band Material Type||Stainless Steel|
Movado Museum Black
The Movado Museum Black is a piece of contemporary art – literally. It was created by industrial artist Nathan George Horwitt and its design is in the permanent collection of New York’s MOMA.
Truly, this distinct timepiece is less like its fellow watches in this roundup, than it is akin to Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe portrait.
Its black face is modeled after an ancient sundial, with only one silver-toned concave marker for hour 12. The strap is made out of fashionable black calfskin, giving this simple dresswatch an upscale elegance that is still bold.
The Movado Museum Black is best worn in formal situations, but is also a fashion-forward option for semi-formal occasions. Not too shabby for $210.
It has a sapphire crystal and a stainless steel case, so it’s durable for a dress
DETAILS of the Movado Museum Black:
|Band Material Type||Leather|
TAG Heuer Formula 1
I like to think of this chronograph as the second in command of this collection. Like the Seamaster, the Formula 1 is versatile… and like Omega, TAG Heuer has a renowned heritage.
This is a real racing
The Carrera may be its flagship line, but TAG Heuer has a specific and historic dedication to the Formula 1 line.
It was created in the 80s as an answer to the demand for quartz movement watches. The Formula 1 was built using more reasonable materials than TAG Heuer was typically known for, but with the same horological expertise.
The Formula 1 is closely associated with legendary driver Juan Manual Fangio who won the Formula 1 world championship five times. And of course, this piece is the official timekeeper for Formula 1.
This tough and sporty
DETAILS of the TAG Heuer Formula 1
|Band Material Type||Stainless Steel|
Nomos Club Campus
The Nomos Club Campus is unconventional, but not so crazy it doesn’t belong in your core
Its playful style will catch the interest of
Many design components are fun and irreverent: The mixed Arabic and Roman hour markers are outlined in red so light it’s almost pink. The lugs are noticeably elongated and your wrist is exposed between the case and the strap. The second hand is neon orange on top of muted colors.
However, the backdrop of soft, quiet colors, the suede strap and overall thin and polished smoothness of the Club Campus keep the piece from looking like a boy’s
It has a sapphire crystal and is water resistant at 100m.
This is a smart-casual
The Club Campus is a great option for a night at the game with the guys, whether you’re in a box suite or making the most out of nosebleed seats.
DETAILS of the Nomos Club Campus:
|Band Material Type||Velour leather|
Undone Basecamp Cali Green with Perlon Band
An homage to the vintage field
Design highlights, which are historically accurate, include a 3mm domed crystal, patinated hands for ruggedness, a unidirectional bezel, and an overall deco look.
The bright orange hour hand is definitely inspired by the Rolex Explorer II, but the combination of best practices in design (Omega-inspired second hand, bezel reminiscent of Blancpain) keeps the
The Basecamp Cali Green has a display case back, is 100m water resistant, and is powered by the Seiko NH35 automatic movement AKA Seiko’s workhorse movement!
I recommend getting this
DETAILS of the Undone Basecamp:
|Band Material Type||Perlon|
What if you could only pick THREE watches?
Is $5,000 a bit more than you’d like to spend? Do you want a collection with less moving parts?
Pulling from our five watches, here are the only three watches you need, and why:
- The Movado Museum Black. Fulfill the dress
watchrequirement with something unique and artful.
- The Undone Basecamp Cali Green. Go a completely different direction than the Movado to add variety, and also fulfill the tool
watchrequirement with this throwback.
- Either the Omega Seamaster or the Tag Heuer Formula 1. Ground your 3
watchcollection with a Swiss icon based purely on which you love!
Do you prefer the Seamaster’s automatic movement, or the Formula 1’s chronograph style? Do you love car racing? Maybe you’re a die-hard James Bond fan?
Either of the two will round out the collection as an upscale but everyday piece that can go from the football field, to the office, to a fancy evening out. It’s the when-in-doubt
What do you think of our ideal 5
watch collection for under $5,000?
When putting together a core
I hope you liked our choices. I also hope this roundup showed you that starting a