Tony W. from London, UK asks:
A two-part question. If money were no object which single watch would each member of the aBlogtoWatch team own? If money were tight and you had only $1000 to spend, which watch would you own?
Tony, the best way we can answer this is by offering what a few people on the team have responded to your (quite difficult) question. It is hard to love one watch when you love “watches.”
Ariel Adams: No limit: Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon Technique. $1000 limit: Most likely something Japanese due to their value to function and quality ratio. Some great indie dive watch brand out there and from large Swiss brands I like stuff from Traser, Swiss Army Victorinox, and Hamilton.
James Stacey: No limit: Patek Philippe 5270G. $1000 limit: An indie diver like the Halios Laguna or Tropik, or a Benarus Remora (so many to chose from).
Max: No limit: Patek Philippe 5960R in rose gold. $1000 limit: Casio ProTrek (especially the new PRW3000 that was announced this year at Basel) and for a bit more, say $1500, I’d get a Nomos Club.
Paul Hubbard: No limit: Kari Voutilainen Observatoire. $1000 limit: Helson Shark Diver 40.
Patrick Kansa: No limit: Rolex Explorer II white dial. $1000 limit: Archimede Bronze 42.
Adam Morin: No limit: De Bethune DB28. $1000 limit: The Halios Laguna would certainly be at the top of my list but current offerings from Deep Blue, Margrette, Hexa, and Crepas should not be overlooked.
There are so many fantastic <$1K micro brands out there that make terrific-for-the-price watches. Lots of hidden gems. And for me, someone who likes to fly under the radar with my choices, am leaning towards those brands these days.
Really interesting choices.. Ariel's choice was expected.. What really impressed me was Kristin's choice for the unlimited budget watch.
I'd welcome some coverage of the sub $1000 watches you mentioned. Some of the brands I don't remember having heard of before at all.