Does it have to be a Rolex or Patek?
One of the common mistakes done by watch collecting newcomers is directly purchase a Rolex or a Patek Philippe for their very first collection. Admittedly both brands have recently the most hyped wristwatches among watch lovers. From Rolex GMT Pepsi/Hulk/Batman or Rolex Daytona to Patek Philippe Aquanut. But does it have to be a Rolex GMT or Patek which cost more than EUR 8,000 ? Those global players are not only high priced brands, but their WAITING LIST is incredibly long. For some Rolex models you need to wait up to 5 years until you got one.
Catchy, fashionable, beautifull (automatic) watches do not have to be expensive. In order to give you some ideas which brand and modell you may purchase next (probably for the upcoming Christmas gift?) and surely without a long waiting list, I have been searching the 8 most popular watches under EUR 1,000 on the world’s biggest online watch market place Chrono24. But why only 8? Because EIGHT is considered to be the lucky number and symbol of prosperity in some countries such as in China, Japan, Indonesia (Where Chronondo founder Danar Widanarto comes from).
The following brands listed in this article are based on the amount of clicks gained in 2019.
Et voila! Here are the Top 8 affordable automatic watches under EUR 1,000
1. Eterna Super KonTiki Date € 999
This over-sized watch measures 45 mm and has surely a WOW effect, not because of the size, but the whole optic of this timepiece. The black and orange hour markers and luminescent hands remind us of retro style. www.eterna.com
2. Mido Baroncelli III Heritage € 910
It is one of my favourite watches under € 1.000,-. Moderately sized (39 mm), classically and elegantly designed. The brown dial harmonises with the rose gold coloured case. This timepiece would be a perfect accessoire for your dapper or elegant outfit. www.midowatches.com
3. Tissot T-Sport V8 Chronograph € 780
The name says it all: a sporty timekeeper. This watch is featured with black bezel which matches perfectly to the white dial. The date window is decently designed – well proportioned to the chronograph. A robust and reliable companion with 45 mm case! www.tissot.com
4. Certina DS Caimano Powermatic € 620
A real beauty from Certina which has 3 characters: pureness, classiness and elegance. This minimalist designed watch features a steel case which is well highlighted in rosé-gold optic. Perfected with golden index and hand which give this watch an elegance look. Including a date display at six o’clock which is beatufully presented in a golden „box“. The highlight of this watch ist the Powermatic 80 Caliber, which keeps this watch running even if you do not wear this 80 hours long. www.certina.com
5. Seiko Blue Samurai Special Edition € 501
Japanese highlight! One oft the most beautifull diving (affordable) watches. Optically, this timepiece is the catchiest one on this list because of the deep blue coloured dial – perfectly combined with the two tone bezel. With the case width of 43 mm, I think this is not only a must have for XXL watch lovers, but also a perfect diving companion. www.seikowatches.com
6. Elysee Dual Timer 87000 € 395
The only GMT among the watches under 1,000 Euros. What I love about this timekeeper Made in Germany is the “cool” effect. The steel bracelet matches perfectly to the silver dial. Elysee Dual Timer is a perfect companion for business travellers around the world as you can set 2 different time zones at the same time – the one of your origin country and the other one of the country where you are working in. www.elysee-watches.com
7. Citizen Promaster Marine Diver’s € 379
Once you wear this timekeeper, people will definetely look at you! Because this diving and sporty watch is designed in enormous 46 mm size. Featured with day date and a rotating bezel. Water resistance of 200 meters makes this timepiece a robust diving companion and their two tone bezel is as beautifull as the (over)hyped Rolex GMT Master. www.citizenwatch.com
8. Laco BLACK AUTOMATIC 42 € 340
Black is the new gold! The second watch Made in Germany on this list. Simplicity, diversity and clarity are the credo of this Laco Family. The deep black dial, white hour/minute hands and red second hand are gorgeous contrasts to the green indexes. The case measures 42 mm and this watch can be categorised as a sporty/elegant timepiece, which you can wear at any time.
So, I hope this article The Best 8 Affordable Watches Under EUR 1,000 helps you in some ways in purchasing your next timekeeper for 2019. Remember, Christmas is coooooming!