Five Affordable Zenith Watches for New Collectors. They are known for their El Primero movement. They had early aviator watches. Leon Morane wore a Zenith when he flew faster than 100km/hour. The French Air Force during WWII chose Zenith’s Montre d’Aeronef Type 20. The Zenith Pilot Type 20 Extra Special is someone that one could consider. It comes on a 45mm case with an oversized crown. The Captain line started in 1952. The Captain Power Reserve has a 40mm and a power reserve indicator and 50 hours of power-reserve. It also uses an in-house caliber. It has a very classical and dress watch look. The Pilot Big Date Special runs with the 5Hz movement and has 50 hour-power reserve. It is a chronograph watch in a 42mm case and there are only 2 counters. The first El Primero chronograph was launched in 1969. The El Primero Original is a remake of the classic one in 1969. The case size is 38mm and there are 3 dials. If you prefer a 42mm case, consider getting the El Primero 36,000 VPH as it also has the tri-compax look, similar to the El Primero Original.
Five Affordable Rolex Watches for New Collectors. Rolex is one of the most renowned brands in the world. The Oyster Perpetual 36mm range is the entry point into the brand. Rolex also uses 904L high grade stainless steel. It has a patented Twinlock clasp and has a sapphire crystal. Their movements are all chronometer grade and also contain the blue Parachrom hairspring. There is also a free-sprung balance. The Rolex Explorer is a rugged timepiece and comes in a modern 39mm. It uses the caliber 3132 and has blue Chromalight hour markers. The Rolex DateJust II fits about any outfit. The DateJust II in 41mm was launched in 2009. The watch features a cyclops lens for the date and some of them feature a fluted bezel. Rolex Submariner, in 40mm, is one of the most iconic watches around. It was the first watch to hit a 100m water resistance in 1953. It was essentially a tool watch. The watch comes with the Triplock crown and has a rotatable 60-min bezel. The clasp has the glidelock system. The Rolex Milgauss, in 40mm, was created in 1956 for engineers and technicians. It is renowned for its magnetic shielding and the watch can withstand up to 1000 gauss. In 2007, the orange second-hand were introduced. Some of the latest models come with the green sapphire crystal.
Three Affordable Omega Watches for New Collectors. The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional was introduced in 1957. It is iconic, in 42mm, and has a black dial with a hesalite crystal. It is a 3 dial hand-wound chronograph, with no-date. The Constellation series was launched in 1952. Omega is known for their chronometric achievements. In 2007, the Co-Axial calibres were introduced. These movements had better chronometric performance over time and are COSC certified. Consider getting the 38mm Omega Constellation Co-Axial. The Seamaster Aqua Terra has 150m water resistance. The 41.5mm one has the 8500 calibre and can withstand up to 15,000 gauss. It also has a transparent case-back.
Five Affordable Montblanc Watches Under $5,000 (SGD 7,000). Montblanc is a master of fine watch-making. The first wristwatch was launched in 1997. The Montblanc Star Traditional Collection Date Automatic comes in 39mm and has a classic style. The dial has an intricate spiral guilloche pattern. Next, consider the TimeWalker Collection Voyager UTC in 42mm. It has a GMT feature for keeping track of a second time zone. This is a good watch for travelers. The Meisterstuck Heritage Moonphase comes with sun-burst dials and both polished/satin surfaces on their 39mm case. It has the moon-phase complication. It has a very classic styling. Next, consider getting the World-Time GMT Automatic. All displays are set via the crown only. It comes on a 42mm case. Lastly, do consider getting the TimeWalker World-Time Hemisphere in 42mm. The mechanics behind it is phenomenal.
Five Affordable Luxury Watches from SIHH 2014. There are affordable watches with a price range between SGD 8,390 to SGD 16,780 that were released. The first is the IWC Aquatimer Automatic in 42mm with an internal rotating bezel. It comes with 300m water resistance. Panerai launched the Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio in 44mm. It uses the 8 day movement P.5000. It has a 44mm case and the classic crown-protection system and the sandwich dial. There is also an exhibition caseback. The Calibre de Cartier Diver received a lot of attention at SIHH. It is ISO 6425 certified and has 300m water resistance. Very few dive watches have met this certification. JLC launched their 38mm Master Ultra Thin. It is only 7.58mm thick and is available in steel. Montblanc released their Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar in 39mm. It is a huge bargain for a watch with so many features.