Mid-range luxury watches have a special place in the industry. There is a big market for people who don’t want to shell out tens of thousands of dollars for mechanical Swiss timepieces but want to upgrade their collections to something seen as more substantial. In this article, we’ve listed down the best mid-range luxury watches you can buy:
Baume et Mercier Clifton Automatic
Baume and Mercier is part of the Richemont Group and is one of its top dogs in the mid-range market. It sits comfortably in the $2,000 to $7,000 price range, with a leg up on its contemporaries. Every collector will have a phase where he’ll focus on Swiss watchmakers and will buy exclusively from these brands. If you are in this phase, there’s no shame! There’s plenty of watches to go around for everybody!
The best watch in this category from Baume et Mercier is arguably the Clifton Automatic. There’s quite a number of references on this collection, but the overarching story aesthetic-wise is a dress watch that can transition effortlessly from casual to a special occasion. The automatic movement inside is certainly not the best in terms of class and innovation, but it’s more than enough for this price range.
You may want to look at the splendidly stunning 10549 with a crisp white dial and a moon phase complication paired with a blue leather strap. It has a whopping 120 hours of power reserve, a respectable 50-meter water-resistance, and a sapphire crystal case back.
The movement is Swiss-made, of course, and although it’s not hi-beat, it certainly toes the line at 28,800 vph. If you’re looking for a watch that has the elegance, heritage, and history of a great Swiss timepiece, the Clifton Automatic is a shoo-in.
Longines is a mid-range luxury watch brand. This is the brand to look into when you start to want serious watches from a Swiss watchmaker. In recent years, the brand has upped their pricing, especially on their latest releases, but there are still watches from previous collections that are in the mid-range pricing.
Take a long look at the Conquest, for example. This is your quintessential sports watch, a typical, if not standard Longine watch that has all the bells and whistles of an excellent mechanical watch, but also lacks the very thing that would differentiate it against its contemporaries. But that’s not to say that the Conquest is not an excellent watch – because it is, and you’re a fool if you don’t seriously consider this timepiece before settling on your final choice.
The Presage presents budget-friendly king Seiko in a different light. While most of us recognize Seiko from their 5 Sports series, the company has also been killing it in the dress watch category. To say that the Presage line is a stunning collection is underselling it. The Japanese watchmaker knows how to make a watch that’s not only good-looking but is capable enough for a value proposition as well.
Popular in the Asian region, the Presage line is currently enjoying an increased interest in Western markets. If you don’t know the first thing to look for from this wonderful brand, start with the SPB17J1. Under the hood, this beauty is powered by the 6R27, a scrappy automatic movement developed in-house that has a manual-winding capacity. Unlike the 5 Sports line, you get top of the line sapphire crystal glass instead of a mineral.
These mid-range luxury watches will change your collection. Trust us when we say that starting to go serious on your watch purchases will make you more attuned to your taste, not just as an individual, but as a budding collector.