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Best Watches for Men 2020February 22, 2020 - Watch Articles
With the endless array of luxury watches on the market, where is the best place to start? Tag Heuer, Omega, Apple watch, automatic watch, quartz movement, dress watch?
We decided to put together the definitive list of the top best watches for men.
Here’s our picks of the best watches for men:
1. Rolex Submariner
Retail price: $7,500 – $40,250
Why: Classic, durable and versatile watch that retains good value.
Topping our list of the best watches for men is Rolex’s iconic Submariner. This diving watch originated in 1953 and it’s a diver’s greatest asset. The Submariner is built to endure the tough conditions of deep sea diving thanks to some key watch features:
- its 300 meter water resistance
- scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
- waterproof oyster case
- solid link Oyster bracelet
- Oysterlock clasp which prevents accidental openings
Its Chromalight display offers long lasting blue luminescence on the watch face. This is great for deep sea divers and anyone who wants to check the time in the dark. Rolex’s Submariner is a certified Swiss Chronometer so you can depend on its accuracy on land or sea.
2. IWC Portugieser Perpetual Calendar
Retail price: $20,000 +
Why: Elegant, high complication watch
Next up on our list of the best watches for men is IWC’s Portugieser Perpetual Calendar. For those looking for an elegant timepiece that does it all, look no further than the Portugieser.
This sophisticated watch comes with a wide array of complications, all well balanced on four sub dials. Wearers of this watch can easily read the perpetual calendar’s date, day, month, four digit year window. As well as its beautifully illustrated moon phase indicator.
3. Jaeger LeCoultre Master Chronograph
Why: Incredibly accurate and durable, available in a wide range of price points.
Another excellent addition to our collection of the best watches for men is Jaeger LeCoultre’s Master Chronograph. The Master Chronograph has been described as the “union between lightness, finesse, and functionality.” This sleek watch is well deserving of its accolades as it has passed Jaeger LeCoultre’s strict 1,000 hour test.
What makes a great watch?
According to our horologist, Tom Pozsgay, the best watches for men have the following 3 attributes: outstanding durability, accuracy and value. Let’s take a closer look at what these terms really mean:
Durability: A watch needs to be durable to ensure that it can successfully operate for many years to come. Durability is very important for watches in order to protect their delicate movements. Not only must a timepiece be able to endure the motions of everyday life but also:
- Accidental bumps
- Water exposure
Keep in mind that $40,000 watch won’t necessarily be more durable than a $10,000 model. Depending on what you plan to do while wearing the timepiece, you may need a watch that is:
- Substantially shock resistant
- Vibration resistant
- Water resistant
Accuracy: At its most basic function, a watch is a tool to tell time. Naturally, you would want to have an accurate timepiece, especially if it costs thousands of dollars. An inexpensive quartz watch from the department store will actually keep better time than a mechanical watch. However, cheap quartz watches do not have the appeal and artisanal complexity of mechanical watch movements:
- Their hundreds of delicate components must operate simultaneously.
- They can have a deviation of just a few seconds a day which accumulates to about a minute a month.
The Swiss Chronometer Certification Office (COSC) tests the accuracy of movements in various settings and temperatures. Watches that pass their rigorous test have no greater deviation of -4 or 6+ seconds a day. This tight range is impressive considering that there are 86,400 seconds in a day that the watch accounts for. There are of course watches that meet this strict deviation standard that have not taken part in the chronometer certification process.
Value: Not all watch brands retain their value equally. Even if you bought a watch that costs $50,000 dollars, a less expensive watch may have a better return percentage. It is important to understand that luxury watches do not necessarily increase in value with age.
There are certain brands, such as Rolex, that have successfully maintained the second-hand value of their watches. Rolex, in particular, has achieved this because:
- All of their timepieces are of excellent quality
- They produce a limited number of pieces a year to increase demand
- They maintain tight collections which have become house-hold names such as the Oyster Perpetual and Submariner
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