Whilst a watch might not maketh the man entirely, it will certainly go a long way to showcasing his style credentials so if you’re looking for the perfect timepiece for some discerning chap and have a budget up to £1000 then you’re going to want to take a shufty at our list of 5 of the best watches under £1000 below. And, trust us, there are some belters on this list:
Relative newcomers to the watchmaking industry, British brand Farer are a bunch of good eggs and certainly know a thing or two about producing high end quality watches that, pleasingly, can be picked up without breaking the £1k barrier. The Farer Beagle Watch is unquestionably one of their most striking and dapper and will look the part on the wrist of any discerning chap. With a polished 316L stainless steel case and Swiss made ETA 2824-2 movement, this watch is quality from top to bottom and is a snip at £875.
Boasting an impressive Swiss heritage, the Alpina 4 Automatic Watch only just squeaks in under our £1000 mark but squeak in it does. Stylish and with a diving style aesthetic, this first class timepiece from Swiss watchmakers, Alpina, has an in-house AL-525 automatic movement, a black dial with sunray finishing and 100m water resistance. The ideal choice of watch for any adventurous chaps out there and comes in at around the £990 mark.
Another renowned watchmaker, Hamilton, who are famed for their well made, stylish timepieces, make it onto our list and this stunning Hamilton All Black Field Watch is almost obscenely affordable. Costing under £400, which belies the quality on offer, you’ll definitely have plenty of change from your £1000 if you opt for this one but you’re not compromising on quality. This striking and stealthy timepiece from Hamilton has a black Stainless Steel PVD, quartz movement and a robust black rubber strap that adds considerable comfort to the wearer. A stand out performer in our list for both price and performance.
Italian automotive style is the call of the day with the devilishly handsome Stradale Automatic Watch from Autodromo. This exemplary timepiece is a bold and eye-catching offering that is ideally suited as a gift for those men who like to stand out from the crowd and it has taken design inspiration from the dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s. A spectacular watch that boasts a Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movement, sapphire crystals to the front and rear and it is available in three different colourways. You can pick one of these beauties up for around £675.
Heralding from Detroit, Shinola have done a lot to put US watchmaking on the map and for those men with a love of understated and traditional styled timepieces, their Bedrock collection is going to fit the bill. Described as not requiring bells and whistles — because it is the bell and whistle – speaks volumes about the classiness of these watches. The Bedrock is Shinola’s first dress watch and the ensured the most vital details were incorporated into the design and then refined. A slimline profile drove the design, meaning the watch can slide effortlessly underneath a finely tailored sleeve. Dapperness personified and yours for a sniff under £700.
Leo is the creator of The Gent's Gift guide and takes inspiration from many a terrible gift both given and received over the years.