Watches for ~$1000

Now that I'm making money, want to buy myself a decent watch. I'm not a huge watch guy, but some other analysts or Analyst2's have already received or bought themselves an omega speedmaster or rolex datejust. I'm not looking to spend that much. I'd rather max out my IRA and 401K and save as much as I can, but I worked hard to get the offer at a BB bank from a non-target and wanted to know suggestions of classy, well regarded and good quality watches for ~$1000.

Shinola is too preppy, I want something timeless and can keep for 10 years or more. Tag? Longines? 


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  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Oct 8, 2021 - 11:39am

Thanks. I was thinking something more classy - I'd rather get the bottom range of a classy brand, then the most expensive of a cheaper brand.

Tissot is another brand. I have one, it's very solid looking and seems good quality, but it's really like a $300-$700 brand and I don't want to buy the most expensive watch of a cheaper brand

  • Investment Manager in HF - Other
Oct 8, 2021 - 11:59am

$1k is nowhere near the top of seiko (search grand seiko). Among watch fans they are highly regarded for their quality and precision (and considered a "top" brand)  

But it sounds like you want something that'll be recognized by an everyday person. You'll be hard pressed to get a "lower" watch of a recognizable brand for $1k. For $3k or so you can start getting into entry level omegas and pre owned JLC or IWC. At $1k you have nomos Glashuttte (really a bit more) but again not a highly recognizable brand. I would probably get whatever looks good to you from a "quality" entry level brand (nomos, Hamilton, etc) and save up for a higher quality piece if you end up getting into watches. 

Oct 12, 2021 - 11:52am

If you think Seiko is a cheap brand, I wouldn't bother buying a nice watch because you clearly do not know anything about watches and just want to flex and would not appreciate any watches in the 1k range.

As others have said the 3-5k range is where you really start getting into some of the real entry level luxury watches.

  • Prospect in IB - Cov
Oct 8, 2021 - 12:01pm

For my first months on the job, I bought one from the Longine Master Collection. One of my favorite watches.

Given your budget, I would recommend the Flagship or the Conquest.

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Oct 8, 2021 - 12:24pm




But I'd really just save up to buy a $3K + watch. More exciting options when you get to that bracket.

Oct 8, 2021 - 1:05pm

Definitely go with an automatic, tag isn't a bad option I have one that's decent around the $1800 mark. I would suggest stepping up to something in the omega realm, they have really stepped up their quality and ADs will usually throw a pretty good discount. Was mentioned above, but grand seikos are incredibly legit and plenty in the 3-5k range and dollar for dollar you would be hard pressed to find a better watch.

  • Analyst 1 in RE - Comm
Oct 8, 2021 - 3:21pm

Totally agree, I would also go vintage. Vintage Omegas in decent conditions go for a little more than OP's budget, but I think a vintage Zenith or Longines might do the trick ;)

  • Intern in PE - Other
Oct 8, 2021 - 1:29pm

You can also check out Tag Heuer. Really good and durable watches in my opinion. You should find some starting at €1,000

Oct 8, 2021 - 3:57pm

Used NOMOS, Dekla or a similar german brand using ETA movements. 

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Oct 12, 2021 - 1:33pm

I know that this probably not the answer you want to hear, but I would wait until you are comfortable expanding your budget. 

One thing I learned about having a nice watch is that it makes all your previous choices look like "toys". I'm almost embarrassed at the watches I had compared to now and it makes you realize that the money you spent on them (even a modest 1K) is just not worth it. There's just no substitute for the feeling a really nice watch gives you and image it projects.

Of course, I'm saying that being much later in my career compared to yours and my watch is a Rolex Daytona and you might not be ready for that (and that's OK). But I really think you'll be happier getting something that is more globally recognizable. 

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