Wasn’t sure if I had to actually own these watches or simply choose 3 I liked within the budget. I decided to go with the former, as I guess one would assume it would suit both conditions. Having surveyed the previous entries, I also wanted to be sure I wasn’t overlapping anyone else’s group of 3, and the industry’s growth having raised the prices even for some of the previous entries. It’s really funny to see what could now be considered a bargain, especially in the likes of the Vintage Orfina Porsche Design Chronograph for ~$2,000….that’s now more than doubled in price according to recent eBay listings.
When a “budget” comes into play in anything in my life, be it watches, or cars, Bang For Your Buck and perhaps more important: versatility, is essential and this is a major component of the below collection. Availability is not a bad trait either, and lucky for everyone, these are all watches still sold and available!
Living in San Diego, it’s safe to say it’s far from the fashion capital of the world, yet I started an apparel brand here. T-shirts and shorts is an extremely common uniform around here, so having a cool watch almost becomes a way of (dare I say) dressing up. Not only am I fan of dressing down nicer watches, I also buy watches to serve a function, and given my outdoor lifestyle and affinity for cars, here are my three watch choices for (far less than) $5,000!