A lot of our favourite watches at Gentleman’s Journal — and the ones that, as a result, we tend to show you — have hefty price tags. There’s usually a good reason for this. They may be limited editions of already-stunning timepieces, constructed using complex techniques or cast in precious metals, such as platinum.
"Here are the best watches that are worth your time, but won’t break the bank..."
But many of us aren’t looking to wrap tens of thousands of pounds around our wrist on a daily basis. Instead, we want something that will look good in the boardroom without worrying us every time we take it on the tube.
So here are the best watches that are worth your time, but won’t break the bank. From a Baume et Mercier to a Bell & Ross, each of these timepieces have a fantastic movement, great provenance and the ability to catch a compliment or two around the office. Take a look…
For the desk divers: Baume et Mercier Clifton 10378
If there’s nothing you like more than the look of a divers watch peeking out from below your suit cuff — a style move that will tell everyone around the office that you’re actually an adventurer — then this offering from Baume et Mercier is perfect for your.
With its sporty blue dial and bezel combination set on an integrated 3-row stainless steel bracelet, this Clifton contains a Swiss-made Sellita movement that delivers accuracy and a trustworthy watch for a modest price.
Baume et Mercier Clifton 10378
For the heritage lover: Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Black Steel
There’s a trend in modern watchmaking where manufacturers are selling new watches that look old. We’re not sure about some of the releases to fall into this fad, but Bell & Ross have offered up a new spin on the idea. With this BR V1-92, the watchmaker has given us a watch that takes its styling cues from heritage pilots watches, but with all the benefits of modern manufacturing.
It boasts a sapphire crystal, bright white lume, modern automatic movement and skeletonise Superluminova-filled hour and minute hands. The best of both worlds.
Bell & Ross BR V1-92 Black Steel
For the classic man: Montblanc Heritage Spirit Date Automatic
With their chic lines and flat profile, very little beats a classic dress watch. And that’s obviously a mentality with share with Montblanc, as they have delivered the silver dial, hands and bright blue second hand of the Heritage Spirit Date Automatic.
With a slim-line case that helps it slip under your tuxedo cuff, and a black leather strap that’ll go well with any dinner suit, this automatic watch also features a stainless steel case with fixed bezel, silvery-white coloured bombé dial with sunburst pattern and rhodium plated appliqué.
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Date Automatic
For the precisionist: Longines Master Collection L2.618.104.22.168
Although the rest of our rundown may have you thinking that a quality chronograph is out of reach for £2,000, Longines are on hand to set the record straight. Part of their Master Collection, this chronograph not only looks the part, but is a top class timepiece.
With a self-winding mechanical movement with 42 hours of power reserve, it’s a mean piece of kit. And, on a brown alligator strap, with a silver ‘barleycorn’ strap and blued steel hands, it’s got the beauty to back up its brains.
Longines Master Collection L2.622.214.171.124
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