It’s been a while since the last installment of our popular Three-Watch Collection Under $5,000 series. We’ve already seen picks from Ilya, Mark, Hung, Sean, Christoph, Brad, ZQ and Zach. Today, Jon Gaffney—Worn & Wound’s resident adventurer—breaks down his three choices.
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.
I thought about this exercise every time I read one of my colleague’s take on the prompt. What would make the cut for me? Not such an easy question to answer. Over and over again I ran into the same two problems: one, that I’d end up with a very diver-heavy trio, which seemed at odds with the spirit of the prompt (my preference for the durability and functionality of a good dive watch is well-documented), and two, one of the watches I wanted to include would blow the majority of the budgeted $5,000 and leave me with one great watch and two middling picks. Not optimal.
After talking at length about my current collection on a recent episode of The Worn & Wound Podcast and deciding to trim a few pieces from my stable, I was finally able to zero in on watch trifecta. Here they are.