We’re back with the fifth installment of our popular Three-Watch Collection Under $5,000 series. We’ve already seen Ilya’s, Mark’s, Hung’s and Sean’s picks. Today, Christoph–one of worn&wound’s longstanding writers who is perhaps best known as Instagram’s @vintagediver–breaks down his three.
A quick refresher on the parameters before we get started. We chose $5,000 as the cap for the simple reason that $5,000 is generally regarded as a point of entry into luxury. So rather than drop all that coin on a single watch, we thought it’d be interesting to see how our team plays around with that number. Furthermore, the choices aren’t limited to specific categories of watches. Our contributors can choose watches they’d like based on their needs and personal preferences. Finally, for the sake of consistency, all watches currently being produced have to be valued at their MSRP. Vintage or recently retired models should be based on the average market rate.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
When I first learned of the prompt I immediately began thinking of which three vintage gems I would pick. Those who know me and my collecting habits know that if I had $5,000 to spend on three watches, I would certainly go vintage. However, we decided that it would be best to limit our vintage pieces to just one pick out of the three since acquiring specific and highly-desired vintage watches can be an arduous and sometimes near-impossible task. We wanted to make these lists more attainable for our readers.
So, for a three piece, well-rounded collection, I feel one needs a diver, a chronograph, and a dress watch. That pretty much covers all the bases, right? I picked two modern watches with vintage DNA (surprise!): the Seiko Marine Master SBDX017 diver and the Sinn Flieger 358 chronograph. For my vintage piece I chose the mid-1960s Grand Seiko Chronometer 5722-9990–a beautiful dress watch and a timeless classic.