Top 15 Best Entry-Level Luxury Watches [List & Guide]

best entry-level luxury watches

Top 15 Best Entry-Level Luxury Watches [List & Guide]

What is an entry-level luxury watch?

Technically, we could say that an entry-level luxury watch is a bit different from a regular entry-level watch – obviously meaning the lower end of the range when it comes to watches. So an entry-level watch would naturally be the lower-end of the luxury watch spectrum.

In addition, there are also two definitions for an entry-level luxury watch. The first definition is the entry-level models from a luxury brand. This is usually the most affordable, most simple, and basic watch from a luxury brand’s collection. For example, an entry-level Rolex would be their most basic model, the Oyster Perpetual, but it still comes in at around $6000, which, to most people, is an insane amount of money to spend on a watch.

The other definition is that it is a watch that is one step above the most basic and affordable timepieces, but not quite in the segment that it can be classified as a full-on luxury watch. But since there is no official definition for either ”luxury watch” and ” entry-level watch”, it all depends on the individual and how you define it. For some people, a watch that costs 500 dollars may be far above what they are used to paying for one and is thus considered a luxury for them. But for others, it may be seen as extremely cheap and certainly too cheap to be called luxury.

Still, there is a general idea about what an entry-level watch is, although the details can be debated.

So for the sake of simplicity, we’ll create a set of criteria before we dig in to make it easier to define which watches earn a spot on this list and which don’t:

  • It should be more well-made and qualitative than themes affordable timepieces.
  • It should have a sense of luxury and quality to it (remember, luxury is not just a term but it’s also a feeling)
  • It should not just be a basic watch, but it should also have luxury elements to it, meaning details, finishing, and overall quality (both quality and the visual parts are important here)
  • It should cost at least just under 1000 USD (generally it’s not about the price, but in general, the price also reflects quality, and luxury is usually associated with a high price)

Best entry-level luxury watches

Below, we’ll have a look at some of the most popular entry-level luxury watches in the price range of 500 to 2000 USD. These are great choices for those who are looking to buy their first ”real watch” and want something qualitative and well-made.


Hamilton Khaki Aviation Automatic

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Hamilton has grown to become an ”enthusiast’s brand”. It is a given choice for those who want something classic and high-quality, but without having to pay thousands and thousands.

The Hamilton Khaki Aviation is, as its name suggests, an aviation watch designed according to classic pilot’s watches. It has all of the signature design elements that you expect in a pilot’s watch.

The watch has a relatively large case with a diameter of 42mm, beautifully finished with polished beveled lugs. To leave room for a large dial which is crucial for a pilot’s watch (for legibility purposes), the watch has a thin polished bezel. The crown is also protected by large crown guards giving it a sportier look, but also for practical reasons. On top of the case sits a sapphire crystal.

To go with the sporty theme, the watch is presented on a robust three-link stainless steel bracelet.

Something that watch enthusiasts will appreciate about this timepiece is that it is powered by an automatic Swiss movement. This is a robust and durable movement that has proven itself able to continue to tick for many years to come.

Whilst this isn’t a dive watch, it’s still a sports watch, hence its water-resistance of 100m/330 feet which is quite decent for an everyday watch. The dial is also well-made and beautiful with a black background with a discreet yet beautiful sunburst finish paired with large Arabic numerals and markers which provide excellent contrast. The hands are sword-shaped and quite huge, with a skeletonized design and luminescence applied to them. Positioned at 12 o’clock, it has a day window, and at 6 o’clock, it has a date window – both of which can be practical and useful to have for everyday wear.

If you don’t mind larger watches, this is an appropriate choice as an everyday watch, or for sportier occasions. But overall, the improvement in quality and finish is still highly noticeable compared to the most basic entry-level watches, with everything from case finish, to dial details, to the movement.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Swiss automatic
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Crystal: sapphire

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto Chrono H38416711

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If you want a classic, stylish, and iconic chronograph as your first ”real watch”, the Hamilton Intra-Matic Chrono American classic H38416711 has a lot to offer.

It has a very traditional and classic design with inspiration from early vintage chronographs, giving it a retro yet timeless look. It is presented with a 40mm stainless steel case with a thickness of 14.45mm. The case has a thin bezel with straight, rectangular lugs for a distinct and stylish look. On top of the case is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The dial is the most retro part of this watch with its white background and contrasting ”panda” black sub-dials. The outer part of the dial is black as well, featuring a tachymeter scale. It also has a date window positioned at 6 o’clock which is quite convenient. 

The water resistance is 100m/330 feet which is quite good for this type of timepiece and it is powered by an automatic movement. The impression of quality when it comes to this watch is also surprisingly good considering its price. If you enjoy classic designs and are looking for a chronograph, it ticks a lot of boxes.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 14.45
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Movement: automatic

Hamilton H77616533 Khaki Black X Chronograph

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If you want a sporty and bulky pilot’s inspired timepiece as your entry-level watch, the Hamilton Khaki H77616533 is a great watch to consider. This timepiece has a lot to offer in terms of design elements and functions, but at the same time, it retains a classic and iconic design. Since this is a more premium timepiece, it has a sapphire crystal.

The watch features a stainless steel case with a diameter of 44mm and has a rotating pilot’s bezel. It incorporates a chronograph function and has three sub-dials on the dial displaying: 60 seconds, 30 minutes, and 12 hours. Powering this watch is the automatic caliber 7750 movement which is a great automatic movement that watch enthusiasts will appreciate. Another nice feature is that this watch has a see-through case back which allows you to view the movement inside. The water resistance is 100m/330 feet.

The dial is black but two of the chronograph sub-dials are white which creates a nice contrast. At 9 o’clock, we find both a day and a date window which can also be useful.

For a more rugged and classic look, it is presented on a brown leather bracelet with contrast stitching. 

Specifications

  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Diameter: 44m
  • Movement: Swiss automatic
  • Crystal: sapphire

TAG Heuer ‘Formula 1 Quartz CAZ1011.BA0843

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For many, Tag Heuer is the go-to brand as their first luxury watch. Tag Heuer makes many watches in the entry-level price range, but at the same time, is seen as a luxury brand. And of the TAG Heuer, the Formula 1 is probably the most popular entry-level luxury watch soldiering the relatively low price.

The watch has an iconic and sporty design with a stainless steel case that measures 43mm. The crown is protected by crown guards and the lugs are squared-off for a more sporty look. And for contrast, the bezel is black. Since it is a chronograph and not built as a dive watch, it also makes sense that the bezel has a tachymeter scale on it. The bezel has a black ceramic insert, and it is details like these that you’ll find in the more premium watches since most affordable watches would opt for an aluminum insert which is cheaper. To go with the sporty theme, it has a stainless steel bracelet with black ceramic center links. Of course, it uses a sapphire crystal on top.

The dial is also really well executed. It has a grey background with a beautiful sunburst finish and black contrasting sub-dials with a circular pattern. At 4 o’clock, there is also a date window tucked in.

The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement which offers accuracy and reliability, but some may prefer an automatic movement. At the same time, if you would prefer an automatic Tag Heuer, the price would naturally be higher.

The water resistance is also quite good despite the fact that it is technically not a dive watch. It is resistant to 200m/660 feet which means you can go diving and swimming with it as well.

All in all, its sporty nature yet stylish design makes it a suitable everyday watch that works for many different occasions. If you’re looking at getting just one watch that you can wear all the time, you’ll find that it can be a trusted companion for many years to come.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Water-resistance: 200m/660 feet
  • Crystal: sapphire

Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Chronograph

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The Victorinox Maverick Chronograph is a great entry-level luxury watch that has a great price in relation to the quality and value that it offers.

The watch has a 43mm stainless steel case and is designed to be rather bulky and robust, more on the sportier side. The case has beautifully beveled edges which enhance its appearance and shows that Victorinox has really paid attention to the details and finishing. And to go with the sporty look, the case is equipped with relatively large crown guards which protect the crown. On each side, there are chronograph push-buttons, since this watch also has a chronograph function. For the crystal, Victorinox uses a sapphire crystal.

This watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet which gives this watch a classic and sophisticated look with a touch of sportiness.

Since this is essentially a dive watch and a chronograph combined in one, it has a unidirectional rotating bezel with a beautiful domed black insert and a luminous pip at 12 o’clock. 

Moving on to the dial, we find a dial that is well-made and clean yet sporty. Around the outer edge of the dial, it has a tachymeter scale which is obviously used together with the chronograph. The dial is black but has different finishes, patterns, and raised/recessed elements which make it more interesting and give an impression that it is well-made. For convenience’s sake, it also has a date window at 6 o’clock. Powering this watch is a quartz movement. Since it is more of a versatile and sporty everyday timepiece, it’s not the best water resistance at 100m/330 feet, but it is enough for everyday wear.

All in all, this sporty timepiece makes for a good everyday watch that makes it a reliable and durable everyday companion which looks great on virtually any occasion.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Movement: quartz

Seiko Marinemaster Prospex SBBN031

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For those who are looking for a high-quality dive watch with great performance, the Seiko Prospex SBBN031 is a popular choice. Seiko is greatly appreciated for its affordable dive watches, which undeniably offer great value for money. But for those who want a more premium feel, and a more qualitative watch, this is Seiko’s answer. The case is naturally quite large at 47.7mm and with a thickness of 14.7mm, but since this case design essentially has no lugs, it wears a lot smaller than what its dimensions may suggest. Also, for additional durability, Seiko has treated the case with a hard coating.

This watch has Seiko’s iconic rounded Tuna case shape with shrouds that work as integrated crown guards but also protection for the case. Of course, it has a unidirectional rotating bezel as well as a black bezel insert. Since this is a dive watch, it also has a great water resistance of 300m/1000 feet. A key improvement, amongst many others, compared to Seiko’s most affordable watches, is that the stainless steel bracelet feels more qualitative and robust.

For perfect accuracy and reliability, it is powered by the quartz caliber 7C46. The dial of this watch has a nice and clean vintage-inspired look with a black background and painted luminous hour markers. The hands are of course large and broad to offer exceptional contrast and legibility. For practicality, it also has a day and a date window positioned at 3 o’clock.

Specifications

  • Water-resistance: 300m/1000 feet
  • Movement: quartz caliber 7C46
  • Diameter: 47.7mm
  • Thickness: 14.7mm
  • Crystal: Hardlex

Bulova Moonwatch 96B258

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The Bulova Moonwatch 96B258 is a popular choice amongst those who want a high-quality entry-level luxury watch, but aren’t prepared to spend thousands of dollars on the iconic Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. The Bulova has a similar design, but in my opinion, it is by no means a ”poor man’s Speedmaster”, because the Bulova also has its own set of history similar to that of Omega.

In fact, this watch is inspired by the Bulova chronograph worn by Apollo 15’s mission commander in 1971, and Bulova was one of few selected brands during NASA’s try-outs for a watch during the space missions.

The watch has a distinct and iconic case design with a diameter of 45mm and a thickness of 13.5mm. The case is satin finished for a sporty look and has a thin bezel which leaves all the room for the dial. In addition, it has a rather unique and iconic crown guard design on the right side of the case. On top of the case, it has a sapphire crystal. The watch is also presented on a nice satin finish stainless steel bracelet.

If you are familiar with the Omega Speedmaster, the dial design will feel quite familiar with a black background and three sub-dials. Around the outer edge of the dial, it also has a tachymeter scale which is used together with the chronograph.

Powering this watch is a high-quality analog quartz movement that operates at 262 kHz. In other words, it is not just any movement, but rather a high-quality and high-performing such. Or, in Bulova’s own words it is a ” high-performance quartz movement with a frequency of 262 kHz for unparalleled accuracy”.

The water resistance of this timepiece is 50m/165 feet – not the best, but at the same time, this isn’t a dive watch.

All in all, if you like history and in particular the history of moon watches and lunar missions, this Bulova chronograph makes for a good option to the much more expensive Omega Speedmaster.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Thickness: 13.5mm
  • Water-resistance: 50m/165 feet
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Movement: quartz

Longines Conquest Automatic L37784586

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Longines is another popular brand for those who are looking to buy their first entry-level luxury watch since the brand is closely associated with high-quality watches and does have a somewhat luxurious reputation to it.

The Longines Conquest L37784586 is a sporty timepiece with design cues inspired by the dive watch Hydroconquest, but with a more versatile look and design to it. As a result, this makes for a timepiece that works great for virtually any occasion, both formal and casual.

The watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 43mm, a thickness of 12mm, and a distinct crown guard design with pointy crown guards which protect the crown. The case is designed with a combination of brushed and polished elements which gives it a versatile look.

It features a simple and clean dial with a black background and applied hour markers filled with luminescence. As a result, not only does this watch appear classy, but it also gets a very classy look. On top of the case, it has a sapphire crystal.

Another great thing about this timepiece for the watch enthusiast is that it is powered by an automatic movement – a high-quality Swiss such.

Despite the fact that it is designed as more of a versatile version of the Hyudroconquest, it still retains the great water resistance of 300m/1000 feet.

With this said, if you’re looking for a timepiece that can work just as well with a suit as with a t-shirt and jeans, but also want something qualitative with a sense of luxuriousness, this timepiece is one of the best choices out there in my opinion. And the stainless steel bracelet with polished center links also goes very well with that.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Thickness: 12mm
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 300m/1000 feet

Longines Master Collection L2.673.4.78.3

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For the true watch enthusiast who appreciates complications and wants an entry-level luxury watch with a classic appeal, I would struggle to find a better alternative than the Longines Master Collection L2.673.4.78.3.

The watch has a beautifully finished stainless steel case that measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of 14mm. The case has a nice domed polished bezel with elegantly curved lugs with polished bevels on both sides. To go with the classic look, the dark brown alligator leather band is a perfect match.

Longines has done a great job with the finish and details of the dial. It has a silver textured dial with large black Arabic numerals printed on it. The blue leaf-style shaped hands also contribute to the classic look. The watch is equipped with an additional hand that points at the date printed at the outer part of the dial. Three sub-dials are positioned at 6, 9, and 12, o’clock and all present interesting key information. At 6 o’clock, it has a beautiful moon phase function and at 12 o’clock, it also has a day and date window discreetly tucked in.

Perhaps best of all is that considering all of these complicated functions, we’re normally used to seeing a quartz movement, but this watch is powered by an automatic movement which is really impressive, especially considering that it ”only” costs just above 2000 USD. Whilst that is a bit in the higher spectrum, it’s still, in my opinion, exceptional value for money considering all of the different complications that this watch has. The automatic movement can also be viewed through the see-through case back.

The water resistance is 30m/100 feet, but we don’t expect the best water resistance in a dress-watch style timepiece anyway.

This watch radiates pure class and a passion and interest in complicated wristwatches. This is a watch for the true connoisseur who wants a complicated timepiece that feels, looks, and is luxurious.

Specifications

  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 30m/100 feet
  • Movement: automatic
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 14mm

Longines HydroConquest Automatic L3.741.4.56.6

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Moving on to what may be the most popular entry-level luxury dive watch on the market, the Longines HydroConquest automatic L3.741.4.56.6. This watch is more affordable than both the Omega Seamaster and the Tudor Black Bay, which both tend to be popular candidates for those who are looking to buy their first ”real watch”. But despite the lower price, it’s still a really great watch for the money. First and foremost, it has great performance and quality, made by a reputable and well-respected brand. And secondly, it has a beautiful, classic, and iconic design.

The watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 39mm and a thickness of 11.85mm which is a size that should fit most people. Of course, it also integrates Longines’ iconic pointy crown guard design. Since this is a dive watch, it is also equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel with a nice black aluminum insert. Of course, it uses a sapphire crystal also.

The dial is sporty yet clean and offers great legibility as a dive watch should. It has a black background with applied hour markers filled with luminescence as well as large Arabic numerals applied at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock for a distinct look. Positioned at 3 o’clock, it also has a date window. As a touch of color to the otherwise monochrome design, the arrow-tip of the seconds hand is painted red.

This watch does not only have a nice design but also great performance. The water resistance is 300m/1000 feet which are really great. It is also powered by a robust and durable automatic movement.

If you have a budget of about 1000 USD and are looking for a high-quality dive watch, the Longines Hydroconquest is, in my opinion, one of the best, if not the best choices out there.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 39mm
  • Water-resistance: 300m/1000 feet
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Thickness: 11.85m

Hamilton Khaki Field H69439931

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The Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical H69439931 is a popular timepiece that has great value for money and also a beautiful design. It is priced higher than, for example, Seiko’s similar field watches, but this is because the Hamilton watch is so much better in so many ways – most importantly in quality and finish.

First and foremost, the watch has a really nice classic, vintage-inspired military design which is inspired by the original military watches that Hamilton manufactured back in the days for the military. So if you like military field watches and history, this one should definitely be on your list. Another reason why this watch is so popular is that it is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement. There are few watches that have these, but they are greatly appreciated by watch enthusiasts, and it is also appropriate since it means it is done just the way the originals were made.

The watch has a relatively small case with a diameter of 38mm which stays true to the originals, and it has squared-off lugs with a satin finish and a large crown at 3 o’clock. On top of the case, it has a sapphire crystal.

The dial is also very well-executed with a matte black background and white printed Arabic numerals for both 12-hour and 24-hour time (military time). For a cleaner look, and to make it more like the original, the date window has been omitted.

The water resistance isn’t the best at 50m, but it is enough as an everyday watch.

All in all, this timepiece is a great entry-level luxury watch that wants something qualitative at a reasonable price but still wants Swiss craftsmanship and a mechanical movement. It is also appropriate for those who want a rugged timepiece with a nod to the past and the history of military field watches.

Specifications

  • Water-resistance: 50m
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Movement: mechanical

Oris Divers Heritage Sixty-Five Automatic 733-7707-4064RS

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The Orient Divers Sixty-Five 733-7707-4064RS is another highly popular candidate amongst those who are looking to buy their first ”real watch” – their first entry-level luxury watch.

And the reason is simple – this watch not only looks amazing, but it also reflects quality and luxuriousness and has great quality.

The watch has an iconic case design with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of 13.14mm with a design that is inspired by Oris’ vintage dive watches. It has a large crown without crown guards just like many vintage dive watches had. Being a dive watch, it is of course equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel. The dial is black and slightly domed for that vintage look, and the painted lime on the dial and on the hands has a beige/faux patina color to give it more of a vintage appearance. To match the dial and the vintage theme, it has a domed sapphire crystal on top.

A nice feature about this watch is that it is powered by the Swiss automatic Orient caliber 733 with a power reserve of 38 hours,

The water resistance is nothing special at 100m/330 feet.

All in all, this is a really beautiful watch with a classic design reminiscent of classic vintage dive watches, and most importantly, it has great quality and a feeling of luxury which the most affordable options do not have. So if you like the style of vintage divers, this is definitely one of the best choices out there.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Thickness: 13.14mm
  • Movement: Oris caliber 733 automatic
  • Power reserve: 38 hours
  • Crystal: sapphire

Oris Big Crown Propilot Automatic 01 752 7698 4065-07 1 22 72FC

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If Oris is a brand that speaks to you but you aren’t really fond of dive watches, this Orient Big Crown Propilot 01 752 7698 4065-07 1 22 72FC is a great alternative. It offers the same quality and attention to detail that Orient has become known and appreciated for, but instead has a pilot’s watch design.

As a pilot’s watch should have, it has a relatively large case with a diameter of 45mm with a satin finish for a sporty look, but also a ”striped”, or ”fluted” pattern around the bezel as a nice touch. As the name suggests it also has a big crown at 3 o’clock which is used to make it easy for pilots to set the time whilst wearing gloves.

The highlight of this watch is still the dial which is blue and has a beautiful sunburst finish which reflects the light in a striking way. It also has large white Arabic numerals printed on the dial which help provide excellent legibility. At 3 o’clock, it has a day and date window. The hands are elegant with a rounded sword-shaped design, of course, filled with luminescent material.

The watch is also powered by an automatic movement which is something that many people are looking for in their first entry-level luxury watch. The water resistance is quite good as well at 100m/330 feet.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet

Tissot Powermatic 80 T1274071104100

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The Tissot T1274071104100 Powermatic 80 has received a lot of praise since it was released recently. And I can’t do anything else than agree because this watch is really great in all aspects. And if you consider everything that it has to offer, it offers amazing value.

The watch has an elegant yet simple case design with brushed and polished elements and discreetly polished beveled edges on the lugs. Unlike the most affordable watches, the brushing and polishing really stand out by being extremely crisp and well-made, giving an immediate impression of quality. It is also presented on a nice stainless steel three-link bracelet with polished center links giving it a versatile appearance. The case measures 40mm in diameter and has a thickness of 11.5mm which should also fit well for most men.

You may think that the highlight of this watch is the dial, but I would actually say that it is the new movement that Tissot has invested great resources in developing. What makes the movement stand out is the silicon spring which is used in the new Powermatic 80. In addition, it has a staggering power reserve of 80 hours which few other competitors in this price range offer. In addition, the watch has a see-through case back with a beautifully engraved rotor. On top of the case, it has a sapphire crystal.

The dial is blue with a striking sunburst finish and well-finish applied metal hour markers which are both brushed and polished. The hands are also beveled as well. At 3 o’clock, it has a date window which is convenient to have as an everyday watch.

All of these things come together to create a watch that truly punches well above its own weight and looks far more luxurious than what its price tag may suggest.  Its clean and elegant design combines with a touch of sportiness makes this a perfect everyday watch for any occasion, and its water resistance of 100m/330 feet also means you can go swimming with it if you want.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Movement: Swiss automatic
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet

Tissot Powermatic 80 T1274071105100

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If you liked the Tissot above but prefer a different and perhaps more colorful dial, the Tissot T1274071105100 is a great alternative. We won’t go through all of the specifications again, because they are exactly the same, but instead of a dark blue dial, it has a more classic and discrete black sunburst dial for a more refined and classy look.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 11.5mm
  • Movement: Swiss automatic
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet

How much does an entry-level luxury watch cost?

Again, the answer to that question depends on which definition is used. But in general, entry-level luxury watches are cheaper than those that are known as ”luxury watches” but more expensive than the cheapest alternatives. We can say that an entry-level luxury watch costs somewhere between just below 1000 USD and up to about 2000 or 3000 USD.

Many entry-level luxury watches, we find at around 1000-2000 USD, but some would consider between 500 to 1500 USD for an entry-level watch. And these are also the price range we’ll focus on in this article, although we’ll look at both more expensive and more affordable alternatives.

Why buy an entry-level luxury watch?

As mentioned, an entry-level luxury watch in the sense that you buy the most basic watch from a luxury brand is one thing, but these are still usually quite expensive for those who are not yet ready to spend that kind of money for a watch. For example, the entry-level Rolex watches still cost at least around 5000 to 6000 USD which is a lot of money to spend on a watch for a lot of people.

But if you’re reading this article, it probably means that you have started to dip your toes in the waters of the world of watches and want your first ”real watch” as a lot of people say. Buying an entry-level luxury watch is for those who want to invest a bit more money in a watch that they can have for a long time and which gives them a special feeling every time they put it on – something they can also be proud of.

Most people start with the most affordable timepieces and then decide they want to buy a high-quality luxury timepiece but are perhaps not quite prepared to spend tens of thousands of dollars just yet, and so buying an entry-level luxury watch is a great place to start.

Which are the best entry-level luxury brands?

As mentioned, what a luxury watch and a luxury watch brand depend on how you view it. But to follow our definition of an entry-level watch in this article which is by looking at it from a broad perspective, then these are some of the most popular and best watch brands that are considered to make entry-level luxury watches:

  • Tissot
  • Longines
  • Hamilton
  • TAG Heuer
  • Bulova
  • Oris
  • Seiko (top models)
  • Tudor (if you’re willing to spend a bit more. Some would call Tudor a full-on luxury brand, but in the grand scheme of things, it could classify as an entry-level luxury brand
  • Maurice Lacroix

How much should I spend on my first luxury watch?

This completely depends on your financial situation and requirements for a luxury watch. A lot of people have the criteria that their first watch needs to be Swiss-made. It’s understandable why, because Swiss watches are most closely associated with luxury and is the country in which the most prestigious watches in the world are made.

But whilst it is a good criteria to have, it’s important to emphasize that a watch can certainly be considered luxury or entry-level luxury even though it is not made in Switzerland.

It is completely up to you how much you want to spend, but in general, you can expect to spend somewhere between $1,000 – $3,000 for an entry-level luxury watch depending on which brand you choose, the design, its movement, and also its functions. This budget will get you a high-quality Swiss watch that can last for a long time and is built with great craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Is a luxury watch worth it?

The answer to that question depends. But there are definitely many advantages and reasons for buying an entry-level luxury watch because a lot of people choose to do so.

One important reason is quality. When you buy a cheap and affordable timepiece, you generally don’t expect it to last more than a few years. But entry-level luxury watches are built to a much greater quality meaning that they can last for decades with the proper care and maintenance.

Then we have the fact that luxury watch naturally becomes more special. There’s a special feeling attached to buying your first luxury watch and this is a feeling that buying an affordable watch doesn’t quite bring you. This is why a lot of people choose to buy their first entry-level luxury watch after an achievement in life to mark the occasion and to make it so much more special and meaningful.

Another reason is an appreciation for quality and nice things. Most people appreciate quality and nice things, but not everyone is willing to pay for them. But there is a big difference between an affordable watch and an entry-level luxury watch in so many ways. With an entry-level luxury watch, you’ll be able to truly feel and appreciate the quality, whereas an affordable watch can feel rattly and cheap. In addition, you’ll also be able to see the details throughout every single detail of the watch, from the finishing of the case to the details of the dial. This gives a much greater sense of pride and joy when wearing it, and allows you to appreciate your watch to a greater extent.

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