We’ve already looked at the best men’s watches under £4000, now it’s time to look at more realistic budget for the average working guy. £1000 is a decent amount of money, but it will not buy you a second-hand Rolex for investment, you probably need £3,500 for that. Still, £1000 is going to get a you decent looking watch that your friends will envy…if you choose right.
Here’s my take on the best men’s watches you can buy for under £1000. Note, all men’s watches were under £1000 at the time of writing, but may vary slightly.
We previously included the Seiko PADI dive watch in our under £500 list, the Seiko Prospex dive is the next model up at £999.00.
The key difference between this model and the cheaper models is the movement, this is automatic with the option for manual winding. This makes a huge difference, especially when battery replacements can be 10% of the watch cost. You may need to buy a luxury watch box which acts as a winder if you don’t intend to wear this watch every day.
The case and bracelet are made of stainless steel with a clasp mechanism to secure the fit. The face is quite large at 44mm making it easy to read, with the Lumibrite paint on the hands for night time.
The glass is sapphire crystal and also has an anti-reflective coating, so you don’t just see yourself in the face.
The caliber number is 6R15 and is accurate to -15 to + 25 seconds per day, more accurate than the PADI version in our previous article.
This has the same diving capabilities as the PADI with a max limit of 200m.
Ebel is a luxury watch brand founded in 1911 by a husband and wife team. In 1932, their son expanded the companies sales team, heavily focusing on the USA market. Ebel built their reputation as a fine watch maker over the years and by the 1970s started making watches for Cartier.
Ebel have a strong connection with the design industry and used to sponsor Le Corbusier, who were both based at La Chaux-de-Fonds. Le Corbusier became a famous architect, who also designed some iconic furniture like the Barcelona chair.
The men’s Ebel Discovery has a beautifully clean design with unusual number sequences. Only the 3 and the 9 are present on the face, the 12 being the Ebel logo. The watch is solid stainless steel with a 41 mm case.
The Ebel Discover uses the Swiss quartz movement and has date functionality.
The watch is water resistant to 100m and comes with a decent warranty.
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Maurice Lacroix is another fine Swiss watchmaker founded in 1889 by Desco von Schulthess. Desco worked with a lot of top Swiss watch brands like AP, before he actually started his own company. He acquired a watch assembly business in 1961 and started making watches white label for 3rd parties. It wasn’t until 1975 that Desco thought he could market his own luxury watch brand and Maurice Lacroix was born.
The Maurice Lacroix Aikon is a men’s chronograph under £1000, which means times can be recorded to tenths of a second with dedicated stop watch.
Maurice Lacroix Aikon Chronograph uses a Swiss Quartz movement, which is a little disappointing for the price – a manual movement would have been nice.
The watch is made of stainless steel with a tough 44mm case and has a leather strap, which many people prefer over stainless steel, me included.
The watch comes in a gorgeous box very similar to that of Rolex – it looks like all the luxury watch boxes are produced from the same company these days.
Oris was started by Paul Cattin and Georges Christian in 1904 in Holstein, Switzerland. They bought a watch making factory which had gone bust, renamed it Oris and started producing large quantities of bespoke wristwatches.
In 1952 Oris produced it’s first automatic watch using Caliber 601, which was highly accurate compared to many competitors at the time. By the late 60s Oris was one of the biggest watch makers in the world.
In 1991, Oris decided to make only watches with mechanical movement. Frowned upon at the time, this was a great move.
The ‘Big Crown’ is the classic watch created in 1938 for pilots. The watch is made of stainless steel with a 40 mm case. The watch is fully mechanical with an automatic date pointer. I love how clean the face is on this watch and now considering buying one after writing this review.
If you like this model but want added functionality, you can buy the big crown with a day/date functions. They also produce the match in many design options and offer limited edition models which will likely cost you more. I particularly like the retro looking 1917 model and GMT model.
The watch comes with a 2 year warranty.
Admittedly, I had never heard of this brand until I was doing research for this post and found it on Jura Wacthes. The company is German based and produces around 10, 000 pieces per year.
The MeisterSinger Neo watch only has one hand, which is it’s USP. I like it. The face is super-clean looking and stylish – would make a really good dress watch.
The watch has a mechanical movement, which is always a big plus in my book. The watch is only 36mm thick and light weight, a great watch if you are not a fan of the bulky Rolex look.
Disclaimer: I own a Rado chronograph so may be slightly biased towards Rado watches!
Rado are known in the watch industry for pioneering new materials and futuristic designs. Rado use a lot of tough ceramics in their casing which is durable and lightweight.
The Rado watch brand was manufactured by Schlup & Co, a watch-making factory which dates back to 1917. After producing movements for other 3rd party watches, they decided in the 50s to produce their own line under the Rado brand. Within a ten year period, Schlup had created a global brand being sold in of 60 countries worldwide.
Rado created the first scratch proof watch in 1962, pioneering the use of Sapphire Crystal.
The Rado Coupole Classic is what I call a ‘dress watch’, with a very similar look to the MeisterSinger Neo. I like the design and colour scheme of the face, but prefer the model reviewed on Watch paper.
The Rado Coupole Classic is made of stainless steel with a 38mm diameter and sapphire crystal glass – which has an anti-reflective coating on both sides.
With a £1000 budget, you will not get the high-tech ceramic bracelet Rado are know for, but a very comfortable leather strap which compliments the minimal face design.
The watch has a 25 jewel ETA C07.611 automatic calibre. The watch can store power mechanically created for up to 80 hours.
The watch is waterproof to 50m and comes with a 2 year warranty.
Best Men’s Watch Under £1000 Winner – The Oris Big Crown for it’s mechanical movement, history and clean look