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10 of the Best Watches Under $5,000

By: B.A Morley, Editor, TheWatchIndex.com
10 of the Best Watches Under 5000

10 of the Best Watches Under 5,000 Dollars

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when looking at the price tag of luxury watches. High-end watches can cost upwards of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, you don’t need to break the bank in order to purchase a luxury watch.

We’ve compiled our top 10 watches under 5,000 dollars. All of these watches are powered by highly accurate mechanical movements, and each watch was designed and manufactured by a trusted watch brand. So you can be sure that these watches will be worth the investment.

To give you as many options as possible, we’ve gathered a wide variety of watch styles, such as dive watches, chronograph watches, dress watches, minimalist watches, and more.

Please note that the watches we chose have multiple variations with different straps, dials, and case materials. We chose our favorite variations, but you'll need to visit the brands' websites to see all of the options and to choose which variation best fits your style. 

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII

The IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII provides a clean, clutter-free dial to improve readability. Buyers can tell the time immediately with a quick glance at their wrist. This model features a black dial and a black leather strap; however, you can choose between a black or white dial and a leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet. This pilots watch has a classic look that will never go out of style. 

Price:  $3,950

Brand:  IWC Schaffhausen
 
Collection:  Pilot Watches

Model:  Mark XVIII

Reference Number:  IW327001

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  40 mm 

Height:  10.8 mm

Movement:  Automatic 30110-calibre

Power Reserve:  42 hours  

Water Resistance:  6 bar 

Strap:  Black calfskin strap 
 
Features:  Luminescent hands and indices, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a soft-iron inner case for protection against magnetic fields. 

Breitling SuperOcean II 42

Breitling SuperOcean II 42

The Breitling SuperOcean II 42 is a dive watch with an ultra-sporty appearance. Divers will appreciate the 50 bar water resistance, the unidirectional rotating bezel, the large numerals, and the luminescent hands and indices. However, this sports watch isn’t limited to divers. This watch can be worn by anyone who is looking for a high-end sports watch to add to their collection. 

Price:  $3,900

Brand:  Breitling
 
Collection:  SuperOcean

Model:  SuperOcean II 42

Reference Number:  A17365C9-BD67-161A

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Thickness:  13.30 mm

Movement:  Self-winding Breitling 17 caliber
 
Power Reserve:  40 hours

Water Resistance:  50 bar

Strap:  Leather, Diver Pro, Ocean Racer, or Professional III

Case Back:  Screwed in
 
Features:  A unidirectional rotating bezel, visible large numerals, and luminescent hands and indices. 
 

TAG Heuer Carrera

TAG Heuer Carrera

Although this TAG Heuer Carrera doesn’t quite make it under our $5,000 limit, we felt it necessary to include this incredibly popular watch in our top 10 list of watches under $5,000. This sports watch will be sure to impress with its skeleton dial, black ceramic bezel, and luminescent hands and indices. This high-end sports watch is an everyday watch that can be worn to the gym, the pool, the race track, or the office. 

Price:  $5,200

Brand:  TAG Heuer
 
Collection:  Carrera

Model:  Calibre Heuer 01 Automatic Chronograph 100 M

Reference Number:  CAR201V.FT6046

Case:  Steel case, black ceramic bezel

Diameter:  43.00 mm

Movement:  Self-winding TAG Heuer Caliber 01
 
Power Reserve:  50 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Black rubber strap

Case Back:  Alternate finishing steel screw-down sapphire case back

Features:  Chronograph, date display with rapid date correction, luminescent hands and indices, and tachymeter scale

Panerai Luminor Marina

Panerai Luminor Marina

Panerai is known for producing highly legible watches, and this Panerai Luminor Marina is no different. This watch features Panerai’s signature large Arabic numerals, luminescent hands and indices, and high-end leather strap. The watch comes in at the top of our budget, but it’s a watch that will never go out of style. Plus, this watch is powered by a C.O.S.C certified hand-wound movement, so you can be sure that the time will be accurate. 

Price:  $5,000

Brand:  Panerai
 
Collection:  Luminor

Model:  Marina Logo

Reference Number:  PAM01005

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  44.00 mm

Movement:  Hand-wound Panerai OP II caliber
 
Power Reserve:  56 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Calf Monte Carlo, Gold

Case Back:  Driven, steel
 
Features:  Luminescent hands and indices, Incabloc anti-shock device, C.O.S.C tested and certified, small seconds at 9 o’clock 

Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic

Bell & Ross Heritage Aviation Chronograph

With its square ceramic case and calfskin leather strap, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Ceramic is one of the most unique watches on this list. Similar to Panerai watches, this Bell & Ross watch offers enhanced readability with its large Arabic numerals and luminescent hands and indices. Plus, the calfskin leather strap is sure to hold up with wear because on the inside of the strap is a heavy-duty black canvas.   

Price:  $3,800

Brand:  Bell & Ross
 
Collection:  BR 03

Model:  BR 03-92 Heritage Ceramic

Reference Number:  BR0392-HERITAGE-CE

Case:  Matte black Ceramic

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Movement:  Self-winding

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Calfskin with hot stamping and black heavy-duty canvas
 
Features:  Hands and indices coated with sand-colored Superluminova, antireflective sapphire glass, and a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock. 

Tudor Pelagos

Tudor Pelagos

The Tudor Pelagos is a dive watch that won’t disappoint. The watch features a 50 bar water resistance, a helium escape valve, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and white luminescent hands and indices for enhanced readability. This watch not only comes with a titanium bracelet, but it also comes with an additional rubber strap. This allows for the buyer to dress up the watch with the titanium bracelet or keep it casual with the rubber strap. It’s almost like you’re getting two watches for the price of one!

Price:  $4,400

Brand:  Tudor
 
Collection:  Pelagos

Model:  Pelagos

Reference Number:  M25600TN-0001

Case:  Titanium and steel

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Movement:  Self-winding Manufacture Caliber MT5612
 
Power Reserve:  70 hours

Water Resistance:  50 bar

Strap:  Titanium, additional rubber strap and extension piece supplied with each watch
 
Features:  Helium escape valve at 9 o’clock, date window at 3 o’clock, unidirectional rotating bezel, white luminescent hands and indices

Seiko Presage Chronograph

Seiko Presage Chronograph

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of their first automatic watch, Seiko released this Seiko Presage Chronograph. This watch features an enamel dial and a highly accurate 12-hour chronograph. The watch is powered by the self-winding 8R48 caliber, and you can see this movement at work through the sapphire crystal back. If you want this watch, then you’ll have to move quickly. This is a limited edition timepiece, and only 1,000 watches will be sold. 

Price:  $2,300

Brand:  Seiko
 
Collection:  Presage

Model:  Presage Chronograph

Reference Number:  SRQ019J1

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Movement:  Self-winding 8R48 caliber
 
Power Reserve:  45 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Crocodile leather strap

Case Back:  See-through case back
 
Features:  Chronograph up to 12 hours, enamel dial, date window, magnetic resistance up to 4,800 A/m
 

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer

Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer

Frederique Constant is known for producing high-end watches with affordable price points, and this Manufacture Worldtimer is no different. The watch features a 24-hour time display with a day-night indicator, a pointer date at 6 o'clock, and the time in 24 time zones simultaneously. Plus, this variation features a world map in the center of the dial. This Frederique Constant watch is a classic timepiece with high-end complications, yet it costs less than $4,000. 

Price:  $3,995

Brand:  Frederique Constant
 
Collection:  Manufacture

Model:  Manufacture Worldtimer

Reference Number:  FC-718WM4H6

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Thickness:  12.10 mm

Movement:  Self-winding FC-718 caliber
 
Power Reserve:  42 hours

Water Resistance:  5 bar

Strap:  Alligator leather strap  
 
Features:  Worldtimer, pointer date at 6 o’clock, worldmap, applied white luminous indexes

Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42

Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42 may be the least expensive watch on this list, but that doesn’t show in the quality of the movement or the design of the watch. This vintage-inspired watch celebrates the brand’s iconic dive watch from 1965. The Oris Divers Sixty-Five 42 revives the retro look of the vintage watch, but it’s been modernized using 21st century watchmaking techniques. This dive watch will appeal to both professional andamateur divers with its 10 bar water resistance, luminescent hands and indices, and easy-to-read display. 

Price:  $2,000

Brand:  Oris
 
Collection:  Divers

Model:  Divers Sixty-Five

Reference Number:  01 733 7720 4055-07 5 21 02

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  42.00 mm

Movement:  Self-winding Oris 733
 
Power Reserve:  38 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Dark brown leather strap

Case Back:  Screwed in
 
Features:  Luminescent hands and indices, date window, instantaneous date, and date corrector

Nomos Tangente

Nomos Tangente

We would be remiss if we didn’t include Nomos on this list of the best watches under 5,000 dollars. Launched in 1990, Nomos is a rather new watch brand, but they’ve quickly made a name for themselves. Nomos watches are known for their easy-to-read dials, simplistic style, and modern appearance. The Nomos Tangente made our list because it features a self-winding in-house movement with a 42-hour power reserve. There are very few watches with in-house automatic movements that are sold for $3,460! 

Price:  $3,460

Brand:  Nomos Glashutte
 
Collection:  Tangente

Model:  Tangente Neomatik

Reference Number:  175

Case:  Stainless steel

Diameter:  35.00 mm

Height:  6.9 mm

Movement:  Self-winding DUW 3001 NOMOS caliber
 
Power Reserve:  42 hours

Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Horween genuine shell cordovan black, remborde, hand-stitched  

Case Back:  See-through sapphire crystal  
 
Features:  Seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, stop-seconds mechanism, and Incabloc shock protection 

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