It’s a new year, which means it’s a great excuse to pick up a new watch. The clock has a way of ticking no matter how crazy life gets, of course, so timepieces are very much a continuous part of everyone’s repertoire. Plus, splurging on a luxurious watch just feels plain good. We’ve rounded up a few of the best of the moment, all “clocking” in at under $1,000. Here are the best of the best.
Yema Flygraf Pilot M2
Take flight with the Yema Flygraf Pilot M2. Inspired by the military field watches worn during the second World War, this handsome timepiece features a crisp black dial that pops from its steel brushed surrounding. The watch offers water resistance up to 900 feet, and thanks to its historic influence adds virtually timeless style to any wardrobe.
Few watches are as stunning at a glance as the Baltic Aquascaphe. Its luxurious blue gilt dial alone sets it apart, lending it inherent sophistication. Coupled with details like water resistance up to 650 feet and your choice of either a glossy stainless steel strap or a handsome rubber strap, it’s the perfect choice for anyone with a taste for the finer things.
Seiko Prospex Alpinist SPB121
The Seiko Alpinist range is legendary in watch circles. The new Prospex Alpinist SPB121 is a bold interpretation of the classic field watch, with a more spirited design that comes courtesy of the crisp green dial with an on-trend matte finish. It exudes a sense of rugged appeal, finishing with a timeless brown leather strap that perfectly complements the verdant hue.
Junghans Max Bill Hand-Winding Watch
There are few timepieces as enduring as the Junghans Max Bill Hand-Winding Watch. Since the early 1960s, Max Bill and Junghans have produced flawless accessories known for their simple, pure designs. The newest interpretation follows suit, featuring clean lines and domed glass that calls attention to the subtle round dial.
Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic 38mm
Featuring distinctive elements, the Timex Giorgio Galli S1 Automatic 38mm is a true study in fashionable watchmaking. Design Director Giorgio Galli introduces unique concepts to each of his timepieces, and this is no different. With its four-part case, it honors Galli’s appreciation for photography and is available in three beautiful colors: green, blue, and stone grey.
Seiko Prospex Alpinist Limited Model SBDC091
The classics are classics for good reason. The Seiko Prospex Alpinist Limited Model SPDC091 captures the essence of what makes this legendary lineup so masterful. With its handsome green dial and gold-plated indices, it stands out for its inherently timeless beauty. The brown leather strap is a downright dreamy companion.
Alpina Swiss Quartz Sport Watch with Leather Strap
Accessorize your sporty lifestyle with the Alpina Swiss Quartz Sport Watch with Leather Strap. This iconic piece is especially versatile thanks to its smooth nubuck tan leather strap and flawless blue dial framed by stainless steel. While it’s great for active individuals, this watch is so stylish that it will just as easily complement your suit.
For an inarguably classic pilot’s watch, look no further than the Farer Bradfield. This handsome watch offers more than just a pretty face. It’s designed with anti-magnetic properties that prevent it from stopping or losing its integrity when surrounded by everything from laptops to phones to mechanical equipment.
Swatch SISTEM51 Petite SECONDE Watch
Often associated with the 1980s, the legendary Swatch brand needs no introduction. But the Swatch SISTEM51 Petite SECONDE Watch puts an extraordinary chic spin on the old standard. Featuring bold stainless steel construction, it’s finished with a sleek leather strap and a glossy ivory-white face. It’s perfect if you seek a simple yet stylish timepiece.
Bulova Archive Series Lunar Pilot Watch
The Bulova Archive Series Lunar Pilot Watch is a refreshed interpretation of some of the storied label’s most beloved watch designs of the 20th century. Featuring a six-hand calendar chronograph, it’s made with stainless steel and features a contrasting black dial. It includes two interchangeable straps: one made with textured black leather, the other black nylon with nubuck leather.
Unimatic Modello Uno U1-FDN
Combining form and function, the Unimatic Modello Uno U1-FDN features a matte black dial and a sharp stainless steel case. Military-inspired design additions set it apart, including ladder hands and a screw-down caseback featuring engraving of a dive conversion table.
Certina DS Super PH500M Orange Dial
The Certina DS Super PH500M Orange Dial is just as distinctive as you might imagine. This vintage-influenced design puts a fresh spin on the beloved dive watch. Its bold orange dial alone steals the spotlight, but this watch is also distinctive for its European-inspired edge. Once unavailable in the United States, today this vintage style is readily available.
Tissot Seastar Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Water resistant up to 1,000 feet, the Tissot Seastar Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Watch is ideal for anyone who enjoys spending quality time in the water. While not suited for diving or snorkeling, you can certainly wear this standout piece if you’re taking a shower or going recreational swimming.
With a name like Doxa Sharkhunter, you expect greatness — and you would be right to do that. The triple-hand diver’s watch is made with stainless steel and features a scratch-resistant dome and a reflective coating. Perfect for your undersea adventures, this sleek and stylish watch is available in a number of colors that range from neutral to bright.
Mühle Glashütte Panova Blau Leather Strap
From leading German watchmaker Mühle Glashütte comes the Panova Blau Leather Strap, a dynamic timepiece that may well be the very last watch you purchase. Made with buttery whiskey-toned leather and featuring a crisp navy dial, this exquisite watch sets a new standard with its stainless steel case and stunning finish.