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7 Ways To Survive As A Watch Lover On A Budget

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Love luxury watches but can’t afford them? Feeling slighted that all the cool timepieces you seem to be interested in are out of your budget? Frustrated when people with more money and less taste than you get to enjoy the finer watches in life? You aren’t alone. One of the most difficult parts of being a watch guy (or woman) for many people is reconciling with the fact that a lot of the products you want to buy are more expensive than you can afford. This is tough to deal with, and we can’t pretend that we can teach you secret ways to own your favorite high-end watches without having to pay for them.

Having said that, we’ve put together 7 ways to survive as a watch lover on a budget so that you can enjoy as many of the best watches possible for your hard earned money. It is possible to be a serious watch lover while also being relatively economical – and you don’t even need to resort to becoming a watch blogger to do so! It will just take a bit more time and energy, but for many timepiece aficionados it will be more than worth it for the results.

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1. Change Straps To Liven Up Existing Watches

Experienced watch lovers will tell you that a sure way to spruce up a boring watch or one that you’ve had for a while is to change the strap. Sometimes this can even mean swapping out a strap for a bracelet – or vice versa. Of course, you need to start with a watch whose straps can be easily changed (no proprietary strap connections, etc…) and you’ll need to measure the width of the strap (often 18mm – 24mm) in order to know what strap or bracelet to buy. Furthermore, you’ll need a bit of good taste and an eye for matching colors to make sure you select the right straps.

Ideally, you can consult with a “strap professional,” but that can quickly take you out of budget territory. Remember, you pay less when doing things yourself, generally. With that said, you can always take pictures of your watch with its current strap and ask members of the watch community on forums or via social media to ask for advice on what types of straps to get for your watch. Often this comes down to just strapping a nylon NATO-style strap on an existing timepiece, but we tend to suggest investing in some nice animal skin straps which tend to look more classy in more situations.

I also want to add a statement that I think needs to be made clear: a lot of cheap watches come with terrible straps. Terrible straps that, if removed and replaced, will make your cheaper watch look so much better. Actually, this even applies to not so cheap watches that can sometimes come on boring or just plain ugly straps. Some watch makers are masters at matching their timepieces with great straps, but too many are not. The “on-a-budget” watch lover needs to master to art of “strap reclassification” so that they can wear watches that appear to be above their pay scale.

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2. Troll The Forums & eBay For Deals

Allow me to say right off the bat that when it comes to getting a good watch deal, “too good to be true” probably is. You can find cheap watches, but you can’t find that many watches which are too cheap. If they are, well – then you probably don’t want them. I say all this first because there are a lot of really inexpensive watches from brands that you’ve never heard of produced to look okay in pictures, but that are really disappointing when you get them hands-on. So when searching places to buy watches from other owners on watch-related forums or on eBay, you have to know what you are looking for.

Watches On eBay

It used to be, back in the “good ‘ol days,” that you could find amazing deals on eBay from people who didn’t really know what they were selling or when there simply wasn’t that much competition for cool but obscure watches. While you might be surprised at the volume of people just like you searching eBay for watches on a regular basis, there are deals to be had. For the best watches, you’ll get “fair deals,” and occasionally amazing ones. The trick to eBay is using its “saved search” function so that eBay e-mails you when new watches you are interested in show up. This way, you don’t have to endlessly look for the same models or brands over and over again.

Saved searches tell you when new stuff comes around and you can get a good idea of what things are worth as well as how many are around. If something is popular, you can wait around for “just the right deal,” and not potentially waste money. eBay is also about understanding seller trust and reliability. This means buying from private owners might get you a slightly better price, but the condition of the watch might not be as good as when you buy a watch on eBay from a dealer.

While eBay has competitors when it comes to online watch auctions, they are still the best deal around when it comes to selection and fair pricing. For more on watch auctions in general, read our article here.

Watch Forums

People who love watches and often buy and sell them prefer to work within their own community when dealing with buyers and sellers. This is because of the inherent feeling of trust and mutual understanding – though, it can be risky. However, for the most part, if you are in an established watch forum community dealing with a known entity, you are going to be okay. Watch forums are very often the source of some of the best pre-owned watch deals around, because owners want to quickly sell them to fund something else. The fact that many sellers are on a time crunch is to your advantage. This is especially true when they lower the price a few times due to lack of interest.

In most instances, when it comes to buying a watch from an owner on a watch forum, the buyer has the advantage – though you do often need to troll the sales corner of watch forums on a regular basis – and you never know what will show up. A good way to help is by doing something like the saved search for eBay, only using Google Alerts. Forum posts selling watches often use language such as “FS” (For Sale) or “FSOT” (For Sale Or Trade) next to the name of a watch and model. So using Google Alerts you can have Google e-mail you when it detects new content on the internet that matches (for example) “FS Rolex Submariner.”

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3. Take Risks On Kickstarter And Crowd-Funded Watch Campaigns

aBlogtoWatch currently gets about 1-5 emails a week from people excited about their new watch campaigns on crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. We can’t cover them all, and in fact, we don’t cover most of them. Not fair, you say? There are some awesome watches on Kickstarter, you say? Maybe, but we prefer to write about mostly watches that we know for sure will be made or are currently available. A lot of the stuff on Kickstarter is there because it hasn’t been made yet – and sometimes it never gets made, because either the campaign doesn’t get fully funded or because technically the projects proved too challenging.

So unless something is really interesting or noteworthy, aBlogtoWatch tends to not cover watches on Kickstater. Having said that, don’t let our editorial reflectance stop you from being a crowd-funding campaign backer. I know a lot of people who are really happy with some of the watch projects they backed on sites like Kickstarter. You generally have to wait a while to receive your watch, and sometimes the final product isn’t exactly as you imagined it would be (“final production changes” aren’t uncommon).

With some risk can come great reward. Assuming you’ve identified a truly interesting watch project on Kickstarter for a good price, you are going to get a lot of watch for your money if you “back” it. This is because as a consumer, you are taking a risk, and being rewarded not only with a good value, but often something very exclusive or unique. One of the best ways to get an inexpensive and interesting limited edition watch is by backing a watch project on Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

Just be prepared to wait it out sometimes. In consideration of this last point, I know a lot of people who “invest” in a new watch project on Kickstarter each few months so that they know over time they will be getting new watches delivered to them on a frequent basis. To sum up, you can get a lot of watch for your money and some incredibly inexpensive watch deals by backing Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowdfunding campaigns – but they aren’t without some risk and a wait.

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4. Why Not Pre-Owned Watches? But Perhaps Not Vintage Timepieces.

It goes without saying that if you don’t want to pay full price for a new watch, you can try to locate a used one. The pre-owned watch world works similarly to that of the used car world. Items lose value and depreciate after their initial purchase but given their inherent values live on to be sold and sold again after the original owner has let go of them. Pre-owned watches can be purchased from individual sellers or, more commonly, from dealers who compete to offer consumers the best watches as the best prices.

Looking for pre-owned watches can be an excellent way to get the watch you want for less money, and often in a condition you can live with. Of course, you won’t be buying a brand new watch, and it won’t come with that new watch factory warranty, but in many respects, you are getting much of the same experience.

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The caveat to advising you to purchase a pre-owned watch in lieu of a new watch in order to save money must be tempered with the advice that buying a vintage watch is not always a good way to save money. aBlogtoWatch goes back and forth discussing the merits of buying vintage timepieces. Vintage watches can be cool, have wonderful stories, and offer a special ownership experience that might not be matched by a new timepiece. Having said that, many vintage watches are like vintage cars – and with that comes all the servicing and maintenance headaches. Furthermore, depending on how old or rare a vintage watch is, it might not be something that can be serviced at all.

Be weary of purchasing vintage watches with unique technology or parts. Chances are that if it breaks (or it might even arrive broken) you will never be able to get it repaired at any price. If you happen to find that one person around the world that can fix your rare vintage watch, good luck getting a price that isn’t insane.

Remember, if your goal is to save money or spend as little as possible, then that interesting vintage watch with its attractive price can quickly become a money pit when it comes to repairing or servicing it. You are far better off purchasing watches that are less than 20 years old if you are looking to get a pre-owned timepiece as a way of saving money on buying a new one.

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5. Save Up, Sell, & Trade Watches

People with deep pockets have the luxury of buying many of the new watches they want without having to think too much about it. That is just a fact and something the luxury watch industry is well aware of. Because these types of people are more concerned with “cool, exclusive, new, etc…” versus mere price, many high-end watch makers seek to appeal to them in areas outside of offering a good price for a good watch. What has made this worse is that watches that were once much more affordable 5 to 15 years ago are now sometimes two to four times their historic prices.

What this means for many watch buyers is that people need to be much more considerate with their purchase choices. The majority of watch collectors today are buying fewer watches and being smarter with their money. This inherently also means saving up for new watches, and selling watches in order to fund new purchases.

Some aBlogtoWatch writers as well as people I know actually spend relatively little new money on watches when they acquire new items. They do this buy selling and trading what they have for what they want. aBlogtoWatch has a good article on how to trade watches here, but the basic idea is simple: work with a dealer or private individual to trade a watch you have either wholly – or with some money for something else you want. Sure this makes it difficult to “grow” a watch collection, but you do get the benefit of variety and being able to explore many more watches than you’d otherwise be able to afford. Even a lot of “rich guys” engage in frequent watch selling and trading – only with watches that are at levels most people might never be able to afford in the first place.

The moral of the story is that if you invest wisely in watches that are known to retain value well and have ongoing desirability, you can move value around in clever ways without having to resort to buying new watches outright when you want something new. Becoming skilled at trading watches as well as selling unwanted pieces from your collection is a time-honored approach for enjoying a lot of luxury watches without needing the full budget for them all.

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6. Japanophilia: Japanese Watches Are Easy To Love And Mostly Inexpensive

When people ask me about getting new mechanical watches for under $500, the first thing out of my mouth is always “get something from a Japanese watch maker like Seiko, Orient, or Citizen.” I say this because for the most part, these companies produce the best quality “cheap” mechanical watches. I suppose that also goes for quartz watches, if you are into that. When I talk of quality, I don’t just mean the movements, but also the cases, dials, straps, etc… Japanese watches are often the first “real” watches most watch lovers end up getting, and many people (even though seriously into luxury Swiss watches) find themselves buying Japanese watches for years.

Why are we mentioning Japanese watches versus “Asian watches?” The latter term incorporates Chinese watches as well – and this is a bit of a contentious topic. Allow me to explain. Chinese suppliers produce many of the parts that go into a lot of the watches people love – even very high-end ones. This is one of the Swiss watch industry’s dirty little secrets, but it is a fact of life. When it comes down to it you should only be concerned with quality, and not where things come from.

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Having said that, I cannot testify to the ongoing reliability of Chinese-made mechanical movements. Some are fine, but many are not. There are too many problems with Chinese movements for me to wholeheartedly recommend them. Even if they work for a while, Chinese movements are currently far too likely to break over time compared to Swiss or Japanese movements. If looking for an economical mechanical movement, your best best is still something from Japan – and the major producers of Japanese mechanical movements are Seiko, Orient, and Citizen (Miyota).

aBlogtoWatch previously published an article on how Orient dress watches are a solid choice for budget lovers, and we’ve regularly recommended the Seiko Monster dive watch as one of the best “first mechanical watches” for people just starting out. Citizen is producing more and more mechanical movements in their own collection, and their company Miyota produces the majority of Japanese-made mechanical movements found in third-party watches. For a few hundred dollars, you can easily get a fantastic mechanical watch made in Japan that would be unthinkable at Swiss Made prices.

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7. Look For Harder To Find, Small Indie Watch Makers

Some of the best new watch deals out there are from smaller, often new independently-owned watch brands. We at aBlogtoWatch try to cover these companies as often as we can – and most of them have new watches that range from a few hundred bucks to a few thousand. The kicker is that because they are made by watch lovers for watch lovers, you are going to get pretty good deals by people who attempted to produce watches “that they want to personally own.” That is a win-win situation in many instances.

The problem with buying watches from smaller companies is that you have to deal with all the issues that comes from working with less organization and budget. Very few of the smaller independently run watch companies produce their own products – which is universally true for all watches priced at under $1,000. It is only when you get into extremely high-end watches from small brands do they produce their own parts and thus have more control over when they can deliver products – and such brands are way outside the scope of this article.

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Smaller watch makers work with third-party suppliers to make what they feel are cool watches at prices that they hope will excite customers. Some of these watches are beautiful, and many are just plain ugly. What you are often buying is the taste and attention to detail of the founder. So just make sure your own tastes and attention to detail match theirs.

Finding small independent “indie” watch makers is also tough. Forums, blogs, and social media are the best places to find them. I say forums because many of them poll active watch communities there for feedback on upcoming models and designs. However, more and more of this is occurring on social media. By the time a small brand is covered on aBlogtoWatch, chances are that the products are available for sale – though given the amount of these projects out there, it can be difficult to learn about them all or constantly be on the look out. Just be aware that getting timepieces from established small brands with a direct to consumer sales model (no middleman) is often a very healthy way to get a great watch at a good price – and many are priced at under $1,000.

These seven points conclude our suggestions and ideas for watch lovers out there on a budget – as most of us are – but we are looking forward to hearing your relevant ideas and experiences as well, so don’t hesitate to share them in the comments!

About the Author

Fueled by an unshakable love for horology and a general curiosity for intricate things, Ariel Adams founded aBlogtoWatch in 2007 as a means of sharing his passion. Since then, ABTW has become the highest trafficked blog on luxury timepieces, and Ariel has become a contributor to other online publications such as Forbes, Departures and Tech Crunch, to name just a few. His conversational writing style and inclusive attitude brings a wider appreciation for watches the world over, and that's just the way he likes it.

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  • storkchen

    Another, much more effective, way of being a watch lover without being very rich is realizing that a watch does not have to be absurdly expensive in order to be beautiful. I have 8 beautiful watches and they are all under $500. Not that’s not cheap, but it is much *cheaper* than the watches that tend to get reviewed here. There is a difference between wearing a nice watch on the one hand, and conspicuous consumption on the other.

  • storkchen Agree with you 1000%. I have a gamut of watches from amazingly cool vintage CDM (Chinese domestic market) to a nice old Seiko column wheel chrono and “Lord Marvel” 36k beat to Rolexes, IWCs and Pateks. All are equally cherished.

  • storkchen

    Chaz_Hen storkchen Great! Would love to see your collection!

  • I completely agree with the other 2 comments.  I found over the years that you better get exactly what you want in a watch,  the exact movement, material………  even if it is out of your budget.  I realize that may be easier said than done, but if you don’t approach buying that way over time you end up with a drawer of paperweights either because the water resistance is sketchy after its opened or the battery is nowhere to be found……. that’s a  big waste of money.  What I suggest look for sites that have promo codes, keep going to all your favorite watch sites every day and check prices.   Try Paypal credit a way to get a larger budget to pay over time, Allot of TV/online sites offer interest free payments and you get you watch now.  This doesn’t mean you even have to have great credit.  I try only buying Swiss Auto’s Crono’s They last a lifetime are a great gift to pass down to family and friends and may cost more on the outset but are more of an investment.  I have about 10 of these type watches and none of  them were more than $600 but started/retailed for 4 to 5 times that amount. It takes allot of digging, and waiting but you can get exactly what you want if persistent.

  • I might be a little biased, but I can’t agree more with point #1. I have no idea how many times I’ve put a new strap on someone’s old watch and turned it back into something they want to wear on a regular basis. Also, as mentioned, sometimes great watches come on terrible straps or bracelets. Seikos awesome mechanical dive watch armada on eternally dissapointing folded metal bracelets are an excellent example of this. Throw a picture of your watch up on a form and ask for opinion, and you’ll get a big spectrum of ideas, some good and some not so much, but maybe a few interesting ideas worth expiring that you never considered. Friends don’t let friends wear NATO straps though…

  • baruno

    What is the Seiko model on the first picture?

  • MarcTravis

    SuperStrapper You took the words right out of my mouth. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve added a bevy of NATOs, leather, shark mesh, milanese, rubber, etc., to spruce up my options. It’s amazing how a new strap can breathe life into a watch that has fallen into the rarely worn column. Plus, it’s a lot more financially palatable to “miss” on a strap than to buy a watch only to discover you really don’t like it that much.

  • Fraser Petrick

    I have had some success with the “puppy in the pet store window” method; that is, the little one at the back of the display, a little modest, a little lonely will turn out to be a gem, while the pushers and shovers at the front of the window are still wonderful, and will still find good homes.

  • maitrehg

    aBlogtoWatch Rule no. 1: Orient watches!

  • pfranze78

    aBlogtoWatch Man, how I wish the #Seiko #Recraft series came to Europe. I like them.

  • DanW94

    Very interesting and informative article.  While we all like to read articles about the latest minute repeater or flying tourbillion from Vacheron, Patek or A. Lange (my personal favorite) those watches are strictly fantasy. I really like number 6 on this list as I’m a new watch enthusiast on a limited budget.   I personally like the Orient watches also, great asthetics with a mechanical movement. Seiko makes a wide variety of watches starting in the very affordable range of 100.00 or so dollars.  If you scour the internet you can also find deals from reputable makers such as Limes. Bruno Sohnle or Victorinox.  Great article, keep it up!

  • tcalimlin

    @aBlogtoWatch what is the model in the top right of the first picture?

  • shinytoys

    My first quality watch was a Seiko automatic. Still keeps beautiful time and has never been apart. Not bad for a 35 year old watch.
    If you start someone with a Japanese product, it really is a fine beginning that will last a lifetime. 

    Seiko, Orient, Citizen.

    Great values all, and I don’t deem them cheaply made compared to their more expensive brethren.

    They are valued just the same way.

  • Johnny C

    Good article, Ariel.  Always appreciate that you guys bring something different & interesting & useful to the table.

  • C_Turk

    tcalimlin Its on kickstarter now, called Seals Watch Company. They also have a website, seals-watches.com

  • bichondaddy

    SuperStrapper I totally agree with you!  Putting a new strap on a watch you’ve grown tired of is the best way to fall in love with it again!  Since I have such a large wrist….if I purchase a new watch with a leather strap…I know I am going to have to put an XL strap on it before I can even put it on my wrist.  Sometimes…I get lucky and the AD carries XL straps…but most of the time I go online to one of my favorite strap makers, and get a nice XL strap made for the watch.  My wife sometimes get frustrated with me because I sometimes spend as much, or more, on the strap as I did the watch.  ( I have a real love for alligator/crocodile straps…and a XL custom made strap will usually run me about $200 and I won’t discuss how much my Hornback Crocodile strap cost me…..my wife might read this post!! ) 

    I don’t have a problem with purchasing a watch with a Chinese movement in it…as I have 3 or 4 with Seagull automatic movements in them…and they keep great time.  I also have a couple of Android watches…..Wing Lang makes a pretty nice watch for not a lot of money…..and for guys who don’t like the larger sizes….he has plenty of models in the more normal 40 – 42 mm size that are really nice looking…and not a lot of $$$$.  Plus…if you are looking to try the Miyota 9015 automatic movement….he has those also.  

    There are a lot of options for us guys on a limited budget….sometimes you just have to take the time to do some research…and it will pay off in the end.  The home shopping channels aren’t the only place you can find a watch on a budget….and you’ll see it doesn’t have to be the dreaded “I” brand either.

  • sidney004

    I agree with all of the above and I’ll add the expanding array of excellently built Chinese mechanical watches, I’m wearing my 1963 Chronograph project watch($250 delivered) right now and it looks(after I changed the strap) and runs superbly.  http://forums.watchuseek.com/f72/expression-interest-new-1963-chronograph-project-watch-1069351.html , please edit it if I’m not supposed to reference other sites. At the higher end of the scale ($1000) Celadon hhttp://www.maisonceladon.com/home.html and Perpetual out of Hong Kong http://www.perpetual-watch.com/collection.html ( the best watch I ever bought for $170!)

  • Shawnnny

    I was wondering about the one at the top of section 6?

  • csoulellis

    + 1 on the Japanese watches. I have a really decent collection of swiss watches and am hunting for my grail watch right now, yet I find myself spending more and more time on the Orient and Seiko forums. They’re cheap playful, well designed, and usually sport in-house movement. I finally sprang for a black Orient fleiger, dressed it up with a green NATO, and it’s generated nothing but compliments. Next up is an Orient Mako until I find the JLC Duometre or VC Quay de L’Isle I’m looking for.

  • Shawnnny

    I like finding nice indie brands. You can get a unique watch at a good price. This is an Athaya Vintage Type B Pilot Watch with a custom made ammo strap.

  • Jamsie

    I like to use Watchrecon.com to scour multiple forums at once, great tool for finding that deal or building your collection.

  • mgennone

    Just saw a great rose gold JLC Duometre on eBay

  • JacquesClarijs

    aBlogtoWatch #greatarticle anyhow you can identify the SEIKO watch… Will greatly appreciate it. #ThankYou http://twitter.com/JacquesClarijs/status/564532590380847104/photo/1

  • mgennone

    I definitely employ these methods to add and change my collection. That said there are rarely if any options to have a high complication, with amazing finishing, quality materials for a solid price. Is a seiko diver comparable to a Rolex sub…..definitely….pilot watches, field sure you can get great value for money…..but how about a precious metal annual calendar, power reserve….w beautiful movement on display?

  • GBD

    Shawnnny I think it’s a mod, but it’s fantastic looking.

  • Shawnnny

    Yes, it is nice!

  • socabaptist

    Great article. One of my favorite companies is Crepas Watches from Spain. They make great watches, well finished and they do make some interesting complications. One a double barrel, 5 day power reserve, technotime movement. They also make a watch for their sister company tactico watches with a gmt and a power reserve complication. These cost anywhere from 700 to 1400 dollars. And by the way they are all limited editions. Latest:

  • BAwristwatchfan

    aBlogtoWatch Excellent article! Thanks so much!

  • LapYoda

    Great post, Ariel.  With my watch addiction in full swing and my financial situation disallowing the possibility of blowing tens of thousands of dollars on grail watches (supposedly I have to feed, clothe, and shelter my children), I’ve been spending a lot of time looking at Seikos, Kickstarter campaigns, and microbrands.  While they may not have the cachet of the Swiss brands, they typically offer tremendous bang for the buck.  And when you reach the higher stages of WISdom, it doesn’t really matter where the watch comes from or how expensive it is; what matters is that it makes you happy.

  • One more thing about popular Japanese watches–they retain value (and even increase in some cases) more than 90% of Swiss watches! Just look up the Seiko 6105 with all original components, and how much it sells for.

    Also, put up a Seiko monster for sale @ 20% below street price it and it will disappear in a flash! Same holds true for SKX007 for example.

    Japanese watches are easy to own and maintain, offer great VFM and can be easily sold/exchanged! Combine that with a wide strap/nato selection and you could be a happy camper for life, with less than 2k.

  • iamcalledryan

    Glad you guys posted this; the discussion section of almost every single review you do ends up with the same old comments about how expensive the watches are, usually with a reverse engineered price-to-value exercise that assumes watches are just man hours and materials and concludes that it is simply outrageous. I think some people need to be reminded that to admire a watch you do not have to be able to afford it, and that watches are not water, it is not an inalienable human right to be able to access luxury products. I can’t afford these watches either. I have a collection of 3 modest ones, I would have 20 if I could. I admire the firm that can design a nice case and whack an ETA ebauche in and charge $2k, but I also want to soak up every detail of the ones that do so so much more, and invariably charge so so much more.

  • Lonck

    aBlogtoWatch : What is a Seiko model on pic 6? Thanks so much for your answer

  • Spaceguitar

    baruno That my friend is a Seiko SNKN01, part of their recently launched Recraft series. $195 MSRP!!!!

  • Spaceguitar

    socabaptist Man…that’s a killer looking piece! I need to investigate Crepas now. Thank you!

  • Spaceguitar

    Joining the chorus here. Not only do I appreciate the article, but I find it so cool how many people are chiming in with comments. It can be intimidating just *reading* about some of the watches on here. Very cool to know I’m among the majority of “someday” types w.r.t. grails, and in the meantime am trying to be clever with what I have and can afford.
    And I will join the chorus and always hope you guys sprinkle a few more from this pricepoint into the mix 🙂

  • baruno

    Thanks spaceguitar. Cool.

  • Noodlefish

    Re Point 2: I’m not sure trolling the watch forums is such a great idea 😉

  • paulester17

    Useful article! Thanks.

  • RLaR

    Can anyone give me a list of respected independent watchmakers who offer automatic watches for under $1500?  Weiss in Los Angeles is the only one I know of.  Thanks.

  • DharyAlRasheed

    What’s the model for the pictured Seiko watch above?

  • DDugganWatches

    We have created the post named ‘advantage of buying a pre-owned luxury watch’ on our One to Blog

    http://www.daviddugganwatches.co.uk/one-to-watch/2015/01/20/the-advantage-of-buying-a-pre-owned-luxury-timepiece.aspx

  • omega595

    A great resource for those of us who can only gaze longingly at the mid-level and high-end masterpieces featured on the site. Call me a pedant, but a little sub-editing wouldn’t go astray…

  • JPonce

    Really nice writing! I am a poor WIS so money is the big issue here. Unfortunately, I realized the more I understand watches the more I’m drawn into more expensive watches. There are just not that many interesting watches under 1-1.5k. Buying watches is not just about getting the bang for your buck but also about history of the brand, uniqueness of the design, technical advancements…etc. Watch really is a luxury item.
    So for me the key is always “take your time, save money to buy; buy less but buy what you absolutely love, and if you can’t stop buying as least keep the cash coming by selling your collection”.

  • Jef_in

    Nice article Ariel.

  • socabaptist

    Spaceguitar socabaptist I think this one is limited to 55 pieces but send them an email! I have it in hand and it is a beautiful and solid piece.

  • egznyc

    Thanks for the article.  It’s one I will probably return to when I have a little more time to devote to exploring ways of getting the most watch bang for my buck.  A lot of these ideas are not new but it’s nice to have them all in one place, and it’s also a source of inspiration, believe it or not, which can indeed get those of us on a budget (and that’s most of us!) a little inspiration for our next watch search.  And surprisingly, the search can be quite satisfying.  It’s not only the purchase at the end of the sometimes long journey that I enjoy; it’s often the journey itself, considering all the options and weighing the pros and cons before pulling the trigger, that are both edifying and satisfying.

  • daveyhiltz

    I actually might go for the Kickstarter option actually. It doesn’t sound like that bad of an idea. Really what I need to do is get a new band for my old watch, but I think I’ve been itching to get a new watch for a while. I can afford it right now, so I think it would be a good expense to keep up my class. A good man needs a good watch.
    http://www.hayesjewelers.net

    • Robert Ogborn

      I don’t know what type of watch you are looking for, but if you are looking for quartz watches, i will be running a kickstarter campaign in the coming months, to raise money for my watch brand, MGTHA Watches. This will be to bring more models and variations of our current line of watches. If you are interested in this, please email me at business@mgtha.com. If you wanted to take a look at the current watches we have, our website is https://mgtha.com

  • mat3ricu5

    Shawnnny

  • I like the included crowd funded companies. These companies are often overlooked and are a great source to find solid affordable watches.

  • Pronoy Dasgupta

    built specifically keeping the outdoor person in mind http://columnm.com/the-best-field-watches-that-you-can-buy-today-17341-2/

  • anybody knows which Seiko is this model ? comon several people have asked, you posted the picture so I hope you have some information about it for us 🙂 thanks https://www.ablogtowatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/watch-mod.jpg

    • Muhammad Yasar

      This is a modified Seiko SKX007 with a Seiko Monster dial and probably a bezel insert from yobokies.

  • Robert Ogborn

    My name is Rob Ogborn and i own a fairly new watch brand called MGTHA Watches. If any of you are looking for minimalistic, quartz movement watches, take a look at our website at the end of this comment and see what you think. We offer 24 months guarantee on all of our watches, and also accept returns within 60 days, so you don’t have to worry about shopping with us! https://mgtha.com

    • Robert Ogborn

      I am also thinking of running a kickstarter campaign in the coming months, to raise money for more models. Please email me at business@mgtha.com if you would be interested in backing this campaign! Thank you very much for your time

  • I’d like to be able to do simple repairs/maintenance on my watches. I
    usually enjoy mechanical stuff and would save some money. So, is there
    anything specific you can recommend? I did google a bit, but figured
    more than a couple people here have done exactly the same thing and some
    others might appreciate the info a well.
    http://www.w1watches.com/

  • Lord Dunsany

    “Be weary of purchasing vintage watches”

    Wary, or leery, but not weary. That means tired.

    Good article!

  • Cassandra

    Hi so I have never bought a watch for someone nor do I know very much about watches. My boyfriend has this beautiful vintage watch face passed down from the men in his family and he’s told me in conversation before how the band broke. I want to get him a reallllly nice crocodile watch band for his birthday but not sure about brands/such! If anyone has recommendations I would very much appreciate!!! xx

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