Editor’s note: This 3 watch collection for $5,000 is brought to us by reader Mark E. who spreads the love almost equally across a trio of incredible tool watches. Tools they may be, but they’ve each got a classy element not too far under the surface, making this a truly great three watch collection within our $5,000 budget.
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Three watches for $5000 is a challenge. Micro and value brands offer tons of options below $1,000, and the $5,000 to $10,000 price range is filled with truly superb options. The middle ground is a little trickier. My goal for this collection was to achieve balance – I didn’t want to pick one high-end selection and be forced to choose very low cost selections for the other two. In addition to balance — any one selection a legitimate candidate for a one-watch collection — I also wanted coverage of a wide range of styles including pilot, diver, military, and chrono cues. Finally, I wanted each selection to be a legitimate archetype for its genre. I think I succeeded, which says a lot about the vitality of the market in this price range.