If you have the budget for a dress watch under (or around) $5,000, one of the biggest challenges will be finding the design you absolutely love as there will be a multitude of high quality options.
Finding the perfect dress watch is a very exciting project, so we compiled a list were we feature the best of the best. Happy hunting!
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Cartier Santos Quartz
The Cartier Santos watch was born in 1904, the first ever men’s wrist watch, which also happened to be a pilot watch. The Cartier Santos is a fantastic timepiece, with design integrity, and construction quality. This is truly one of the most iconic timepieces.
Omega De Ville Prestige
With its timeless, exquisite appearance, the OMEGA De Ville Prestige range has gained a sizable and devoted following. These watches reflect a timeless style and are distinguished by their clean, traditional styling and luxurious finishing.
The sun-brushed blue dial is marked with vintage Roman numerals. The stunning dial, which has a date window at 3 o’clock, is shielded by a sapphire crystal that resists scratches.
A 39.5 mm stainless steel case makes it a perfect size for all wrists in all situations. The Co-Axial calibre 2500 is the movement at the core of this timepiece.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
Clean, classy, and balanced. That’s our preferred way of describing the Seamaster Aqua Terra watches. All of the models have received elegant updates, and as Master Chronometers, they are simply unbeatable.
These Aqua Terra models’ cases have been redesigned with an additional focus on a symmetrical design to provide a sense of balance. Similar to the very first OMEGA watch with a date window, which was released in 1952, the date window has been shifted from 3 to 6 o’clock to support this concept.
A very classy choice.
Breitling Premier Automatic
The Premier, created by Willy Breitling in the 1940s, was the company’s first timepiece specifically focused on fashion. This Premier reimagining lives up to its forefathers’ reputation as “a watch of great taste” with its fine accents and modern-retro features. The grooves on the case-side are one of several exquisite design elements found on the Premier. The watch is driven by the Breitling Caliber 37, a chronometer that has received COSC certification. It’s a beautiful and classy watch for all gentlemen.
Tudor Style Silver
The Tudor Style collection might be underrated as the beloved Black Bay and Pelagos collections are usually in the spotlight. Sometimes Tudor Style watches are considered a more affordable Rolex Datejust alternatives, but we think it’s more than that. The Tudor Style comes with Tudor’s own in-house automatic movement, which is based on the ETA2824 movement. The silver dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers make this timepiece a very sleek and elegant piece, and the 38 mm case width brings an additional layer of classical design.
Baume et Mercier Hampton Rectangular
The rectangular Baume & Mercier Hampton watch has a traditional yet modern appearance. Arabic numerals and a delicate sunburst pattern on the dial give the watch a classy appearance with an intriguing depth. The automatic ETA 2895 movement gives a power reserve of 42 hours.
Nomos Tetra Neomatik Automatic Midnight Blue
The square NOMOS Tetra Neomatik 39 has an ultra-thin and very accurate automatic caliber. The movement itself is only 3.2 millimeters in height, and case is 7.2 millimeters, which allows the watch to fit very elegantly beneath the cuff.