Every man and his dog wants to tell you what are the 5 best watches in a certain price bracket (in their less-than-humble opinion). We're a bit different here, because you shouldn't be choosing a watch based on what other people say, but for your own reasons. So, with that in mind, today we're going to have a look at 5 watches under $8,000, and what each of them has to offer to a potential owner.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, and of course there are plenty of watches in (and under) this price range that are also excellent, but a list to keep in mind when you''re about to pull the trigger on your new toy.
This is an interesting price range, because it gets you in the door with a lot of higher-end brands, and more recently, will even get you that coveted watch with the five-pointed crown on it, if that's your thing. Read on for more.
Rolex Oyster perpetual 39mm
New for 2015 is the up-sized version of the classic Oyster Perpetual by Rolex. With a new 39mm sizing, this is a lot easier for men to wear than the previously available models (which topped out at 36mm). This makes a great daily watch, and with 100m water resistance, you can pretty much do anything whilst wearing it that your day-to-day life will throw at you. The addition of the new dial colours means that you're sure to find one you like (the grey dial with blue indices is a winner).
The humble Speedy Pro is a staple in many collections, but whether you're looking for something classic to add to your stable, or you just want a go-anywhere-do-anything sort of watch, it's pretty hard to look past one of these. It looks at home with your work suit, and just as good with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt on the weekend. Another pretty cool fact to know is that this watch was also worn during the first land landing, so unless you're one of those conspiracy theorists, it's easy to see how good this watch it.
2015 was a big year for Rolex's little brother, and they've come out guns blazing with a brand new watch, and (almost more importantly) a brand new movement. The much-loved Tudor Pelagos got a colour update (it now comes in a gorgeous blue), and also a new in-house movement (a first for Tudor), which can be yours for under 6k. That's a 300m-rated, titanium diver, with an in-house movement and a proven pedigree. Once you put this on, you'll never want to take it off, and the good thing is, it can take virtually anything you throw at it, so you won?t have to.
In a few short years, British brand Bremont has gone from virtual obscurity to being one of the leading watch brands around today. Their iconic Martin-Baker series has certainly been instrumental in the development of the brand. The MB-II models are famously shock-resistant, and have been tested to withstand the force of deploying a Martin-Baker ejection seat out of a fighter plane. Badass enough for you? They also look terrific and have a tried-and-tested Swiss movement under the hood, with a GMT function to boot.
Bell and Ross: BR03 range
If you want something that'll get you noticed, Bell and Ross have been making cockpit-instrument style timepieces since they started in 1992. The BR-03 is a great aviation-themed watch with excellent build quality and well-made Swiss movements. There are plenty of colour combinations to choose from, so you'll definitely find something you like, but it's pretty hard to go past the classic stainless steel case with black and white dial.