Great Watches Under $5,000
Omega Speedmaster Professional 322.214.171.124.01.005
You may have heard by now that Omega has rolled out a brand new Speedmaster Professional line. These new models are upgraded versions of the now-discontinued Speedy. Due to a large number of improvements, the price of the new Omega Speedmaster Professional has also increased, which gives us even more reason to consider the retired ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.005. Prices for these watches are still below $5,000, but as is the case with most discontinued models, things may not stay that way. Plus, if you’re a fan of the “original” modern Omega Speedmaster design, this is the reference for you. While the newest models have features resembling vintage Speedmasters, this reference has all the qualities that so many of us fell in love with. It is always a good time to buy a Speedmaster: The design is timeless, the hand-wound chronograph movement is bulletproof, and the wrist presence is amazing.
Enthusiast’s Corner: Rare and Exceptional Timepieces
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000
Some will tell you that the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 116000 is simply a great alternative to the Explorer, but it is actually so much more than that. In contrast to most steel Rolex sports models, you can actually buy the Oyster Perpetual at authorized dealers without the need to join insanely long waiting lists. This watch has a beautiful 36-mm stainless steel case like the Explorer, but what really sets it apart is its dial’s simplicity. Beyond its large applied indices, it features only the name, logo, and a chronometer certification inscription, making the watch easy to read. If you don’t fancy a simple black dial, Rolex has offered the Oyster Perpetual 116000 with several different dial variations in the past, so you’re likely to find something that suits your tastes. This is a highly underrated modern steel Rolex that makes a perfect everyday watch.
Iconic Timepieces: Great Value for Money
Breitling Super Avenger A13370
We often wonder whether contemporary watches will become icons like their vintage counterparts. The Breitling Navitimer 806 is a true legend, as are many other models from the Swiss brand. But what about the modern Colt, Chronomat, or Super Avenger? Many people think this particular Super Avenger is set to become a future classic. This sports watch has a great, distinctive look, useful functions like a chronograph, and a chronometer-certified movement. Yes, at 48 mm, the Breitling Super Avenger A13370 isn’t a small timepiece. I would even argue that it is too large; however, this was the trend when the watch debuted in the 2000s. Time will tell whether it will become an icon or not, but I think it has huge potential.