New to watches? Thinking about starting a collection? Lets face it, watch buying and collecting can be addicting and time consuming. But once you’ve gotten bit by the watch bug, it is hard to stop, and there will always be one more watch you need to ‘complete’ your collection. As many a WIS can attest to, this can get expensive–especially when dealing with mechanical watches–but it doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you how you viable it is to start a fantastic watch collection (with a limited number of quartz pieces mixed in) for under $1000, a price that would probably net you only one watch from another brand.
Lets start off with a so called ‘variety pack’. This variety pack would be perfect for someone who has just started wearing watches and/or collecting and wants to have all their bases covered. It would also be wonderful for someone who has an eclectic personality and participates in a variety of activities.
First up is the Orient Ray (on rubber). It dons a sporty vibe that’ll look great while taking a dip in the pool, hot tub or afternoon on the beach. With its rubber strap it’s lightweight and easy to clean. It is also a prime candidate for strap swapping (just think: with a black leather strap, it’ transformed to a dressier watch!) Available in blue and black for a classic diver look or in orange for a very sporty but old school 70s diver feel. $260.
For the more formal occasions, the Orient Symphony is a must. With classic designs and a modern flair, the Symphony is a watch that is both timeless and up to date. Sharp dauphine hands and tapered indices keep the classic styling and the 41mm case makes the watch very practical for the modern wearer. Add on the date complication and the Symphony is ready for daily wearing whenever you want to add class to your outfit. Available in a multitude of dial colors and case materials, from stainless steel to gold tone to rose tone. Starting at $210.
No watch collection is complete without a bona fide pilot’s watch. The Flight is an ode to the B-type flieger watches of the past but with generous amounts of lume, making it ideal for those late nights. The 42mm case will provide a great wrist presence and high contrast dial is perfect for quick glances and telling time. Outside of the Orient Ray or Mako, this might be the ultimate casual sport watch. Available in a multitude of colors. Starting at $295.
Many collectors debate if you should have at least one chronograph in your collection or if it’d be better to spend that money on a vintage piece. The Focus Chronograph is a two for one. It’s got a look that’s straight out of the 1970s (check out those hands!) but with the modern convenience of a 39mm case and date window. The Focus’ chronograph tri-compact layout will meet all your timing needs. The faceted crystal works perfect with the subtle dial gradient on the dial that truly makes for a unique timepiece. Available in four distinct colors! $225.
Add all of these up and we are $10 shy of our limit– the total is $990, which is completely unheard of when dealing with three mechanical pieces and one spiffy quartz.