A few years back, we ran a popular series titled, “5 watches for $2,000.” The thinking behind that exercise was relatively straight-forward—one of our readers emailed us asking about creating a well-rounded collection under a budget, lamenting that such guides were few and far between. So, to that end, we got the editorial team together to offer up their individual takes on such a collection.
The rules were simple. Working with a budget of $2,000, each writer had to pick one watch from the following five categories: chronograph, sports/diver, dress, quartz/digital, and tool/beater. The resulting articles can all be found here. All in all, it was a fun thought experiment. Due to the restrictions imposed, it really highlighted some of the best value-driven options–new and vintage–available in said categories. Speaking for myself, it really made me consider what I prioritize in a watch, and looking back at my picks I can still say I stand by most of them.
Today, we’re kicking off a similar series. The prompt is this: if you had $5,000 to build a well-rounded, three-watch collection, what watches would you choose?
Some explanation. 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. We also scaled it down from five watches to three to minimize some of the restrictions created by the price cap. Furthermore, the choices aren’t limited to specific categories of watches. Our contributors can choose watches 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.
So, that’s about it. To get things going, I’ll be offering my three picks first.