In this particular article, we’re going to focus on watches between $10,000 and $100,000. Obviously, there are many watches that fit into this category. As we couldn’t include them all, here are a few of our favorite watches currently on the market.
A Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Model 101.025
One of the world’s most iconic watch companies, A. Lange & Sohne introduced this timepiece back in 1994. Quite possibly their most popular watch on the market today, the Lange 1 is truly a horological masterpiece. Featuring the Lange Caliber L901.0 movement this German made timepiece is one I highly recommend for anyone serious about owning a quality timepiece.
Armin Strom One Week Fire Model RG10-WF.5N
This is a really interesting timepiece in my opinion. It has a unique design that really separates it from other watches while still maintaining a classic Armin Strom appearance. Using the ARM09 caliber movement, the watch has a black semi-skeletonized dial made with PVD and 18k gold. It has a sporty appearance but still works well with business attire and will pair nicely with a suit. If you already have a fairly in-depth watch collection, this might be the timepiece you’re looking for.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Model 26300ST.OO.1110ST.07
Exceptionally popular, Audemar Piguet has long been considered a member of the trifecta of watchmakers. Along with Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin, it has been heralded as one of the greatest watchmakers of all time. Of their many models, the most iconic is of course the Royal Oak collection. Featuring the automatic winding caliber 2385 with a column wheel and vertical clutch, this timepiece is certainly one worthy of your attention.
Daniel Roth Papillon Chronographe Model 319-Z-50-390-CB-BD
Daniel Roth is a fairly new watchmaker only launching in 1989. What separates them from the pack is that they only produce a handful of really incredible timepieces each year. Since their complications are so revered amongst collectors, they often sell out before they even hit the market. This particular timepiece is one of my favorites by Daniel Roth both stylistically and due to the build. It features the DR 2319 automatic movement and should really be priced higher in my opinion. Daniel Roth is certainly a company that you’ll want to pay attention to. For them, this is just the beginning.
Girard-Perregaux 1966 Full Calendar Model 49535-52-151-BK6A
Another well respected master watchmaker, Girard-Perregaux has long enjoyed a reputation for their exquisite craftsmanship and ultra-thin timepieces. In fact, many attribute the invention of the wristwatch to Constant Girard in 1880. This particular timepiece is one of the less expensive watches produced but nevertheless a fantastic investment.
HD3 Slyde Model HD3SLYDERG
One of the most interesting and unique timepieces on the market today, HD3 has taken a uniquely contemporary approach to timekeeping. The Slyde is actually a touchscreen that allows the user to change the display with a swipe of the finger. It offers various time complications and gives the user similar abilities that new smart watches offer including photos, videos and various other options. If you are in the market for a smart watch this might be the one that is most deserving of your praise.
Hublot Big Bang Model 301.SX.130.SX
When most people think of Hublot, they don’t think of it being a nautical brand. In fact, it is. Designed to look like the porthole of a ship, this watch separates itself from the other nautical designed timepieces in an effort to keep it unique. The timepiece uses a very bold metal design and was the first to be paired with rubber straps which make it extremely resistant to the elements. Instantly recognizable, there aren’t many watches that can take hits the way the Big Bang can.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Calendar Model Q3752520
Originally invented for use by polo players, the reverso is one watch that pairs well with almost any attire. If you’re looking for a durable watch that works as well with a tuxedo as it does with jeans, this is your pick. The face, as the name suggests, flips back which gives you the ability to protect the dial from the elements, as polo players did during the match. From a horological perspective it’s a marvel and is deserving of all the praise it’s received since being introduced. One of my favorite watches in this list, I urge you to consider it for your next timepiece.
Patek Philippe Calatrava Model 5119R
Patel Philippe is without question, equivocation or mental reservation, my favorite watchmaker in the world. If you’ve read any of my work chances are you already knew that. Patek Philippe has long enjoyed a position in the top tier of all watch makers due to its ingenuity, exquisite craftsmanship and lineage. It is, all things considered, the very best watchmaker and the Calatrava is it’s most iconic line. The epitome of the classic dress watch, it is simple, yet refined and, if you can afford it, the one watch I encourage you to buy. Despite it’s simplicity, the Calatrava is one of my favorite watches ever made.
Patek Philippe World Time Model 5130G
If you do a considerable amount of world traveling for work or pleasure, this is the watch for you. A world timer, it gives the wearer instant access to all of the world’s time zones, with the prestige and reliability of the Patek Philippe name. An automatic timepiece, it features the Patek 240 HU caliber movement which is sure to keep you on time, every time. When you can’t afford for your watch to stop, you need something that has the guarantee behind it. No watch is more reputable than Patek Philippe.
Patek Philippe Complicated Perpetual Calendar Model 5140G
Patek Philippe watches have been called recession proof. They routinely sell at auction for the million dollar mark and the complications are the pinnacle of their collection. For many of their complicated watches you need to apply to own one. You can’t just walk into their boutique store and say “I’d like a Sky Moon Tourbillon please”. There’s an application process and minimal ownership requirements that have to be met – unless of course you’re buying it second hand. If you are in the market for a complicated timepiece but don’t have the budget for a grand complication, this might be the watch you’ll want to consider. Under the $100,000 mark, this timepiece is really quite spectacular. With 275 parts, it has the Patek Philippe Caliber 240 Q movement and a perpetual calendar complication. It’s really a thing of beauty.
Piaget Emperador Model G0A33070
Known for it’s high quality, ultra-thin movements and well made parts, Piaget is actually less known for their own watches. However, that doesn’t make them any less worthy than their competitors. This particular Piaget Emperador is truly a work of art. It pairs very well with a dinner jacket or casual wear and has a classic appearance with uniquely rounded lines that make it easy to spot. The Piaget Caliber 551P movement is well respected by watch aficionados and for the price, you really can’t go wrong.
Richard Mille RM 010 Model RM010-RG
This avant grade watch really shook heads when it came out. In a good way of course. Richard Mille has developed a reputation for having some of the most fascinating and well built watches in the luxury market, and trying to find one for under $100,000 can often be a feat in itself. This particular time piece is one you might want to consider if you want to be able to say you own a Richard Mille.
Roger Dubuis Excalibur 42 Model RDDBEX0351
Classic design with an art deco style, this Roger Dubuis is a great choice if you’re looking for more of a whimsical watch that can really help showcase your personality. Certainly, not for everybody, this uniquely decorated timepiece has what can only be described as a superb movement buried inside it. The 198 components that make up this Roger Dubuis RD640 movement are exceptionally well crafted. For an artist, an art collector or just someone who loves art, this is possibly a watch for you.
Rolex Daytona Model 116520W
The Rolex Daytona has long been one of Rolex’s top selling watches, some fetching upwards of $1 million at auction. Made famous by men like Paul Newman, the Daytona is one watch that’s synonymous with automobile racing. If you are in the need for a chronograph, this entry level Daytona might be a great option for you. At just over $11,000, it will put the Daytona name on your wrist and save you a significant amount of money in comparison to many of the more expensive versions on the market. In the end, you’re still getting a Rolex and the quality that comes with the name.
Rolex Submariner Date Model 116618LB-BLU
Let it be known that you can buy a Submariner for less than $30,000. You can also buy them for much more. This particular model is sold in 18k yellow gold and features an automatic COSC
Rolex Caliber 3135 movement. A classic diving watch, it can be worn to 300m / 1000ft below sea level. If you are a diver by trade or pastime, this is an excellent watch for you. Of course, the Submariner is an exceptional choice for anyone who enjoys being on the water.
Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Model T.222BB.00.BB
Made from actual parts of the historic ship, the Titanic DNA is easily recognizable as a well regarded collectors piece by famed watchmaker Romain Jerome. Known for using parts from unusual and historic materials, they have enjoyed success as one of the more collectible watches. They also offer watches made from parts of the moon as well as an active volcano.
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Model 266-33-3A-925
The award winning watchmaker is well regarded for producing some of the most advanced timepieces in the world. So advanced that each timepiece comes with an operating handbook. Produced in limited quantities, Ulysses Nardin makes some really exceptional dive and sport watches, this particular model being no exception. With the automatic COSC Ulysse Nardin UN26 engine moving it, this watch is rated for diving up to 1000ft. For those water babies out there, it’s a great pick.
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Model 81180.000J-9118
Next to the Patek Philippe Calatrava, this is my favorite dress watch on the market today. Simple, yet sophisticatedly elegant, this timepiece has all the marks of a great watch with exceptional craftsmanship and only the very best materials being used. It truly is a work of art worthy of being coveted.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this edition in our series on watch guides for various budgets. Of course, few of us can afford a time piece in this category. Therefore, I urge you to take a look at our low budget and medium budget watch guide for some timepieces that are far more affordable. Stay tuned for our next article on the highest priced watches sold today.