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15 of the Best Watches Under $10,000

By: B.A Morley, Editor, TheWatchIndex.com
15 of the Best Watches Under 10000

15 of the Best Watches Under $10,000

Watch collectors generally agree that watches under 250 dollars are consumer watches, watches under $1,000 are brand and enthusiast watches, and watches between $1,000 and $10,000 are luxury watches. Anything above $10,000 is classified as an ultra-luxury watch. 

Today, we're looking at the luxury watches, meaning that all of these watches are priced between $1,000 and $10,000. This may seem like a hefty price to pay for a timepiece, but if you do your research, you'll find a watch that will last you a lifetime. These luxury timepieces include some of our favorite complications, designs, and movements.

We've compiled a list of the best watches under 10,000 dollars. If you're looking for your next luxury watch, we suggest you start your search here. These fifteen luxury watches are worth every penny. 

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

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra

The dial on this Omega Seamaster features Omega’s signature Teak Concept pattern, which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. This watch can be both casual and dressy, depending on what you pair with it. 

Price:  $6,000

Brand:  Omega

Collection:  Seamaster

Model:  Aqua Terra

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  41.5 mm

Movement:  Omega 8500 Automatic Movement

Power Reserve:  60 hours

Water Resistance:  15 bar

Strap:  Steel

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Anti-magnetic, chronometer, date window at 3 o’clock

Omega Constellation Globemaster

Omega Constellation Globemaster

The Omega Globemaster has recently been updated to become the world’s first Master Chronometer, making this watch incredibly accurate and reliable. This Globemaster variation features a steel case with a Sedna gold bezel. The hands and indices are also crafted from Sedna gold, and they appear on top of the “Pie Pan” style, sun-brushed blue dial. 

Price:  $8,600

Brand:  Omega

Collection:  Constellation

Model:  Globemaster

Case:  Sedna gold and Steel

Diameter:  39.0 mm

Movement:  Omega 8900, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  60 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Leather strap

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Anti-magnetic, chronometer, date window at 6 o’clock

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date

This list of the best watches under 10,000 dollars wouldn’t be complete without including the iconic Rolex Submariner Date. As one of the most popular luxury watches, you’d be hard pressed to find an office without at least one Rolex Submariner owner. This watch has become popular because of its classic look, masculine features, and respected brand name. 

Price:  $8,550  

Brand:  Rolex

Collection:  Oyster Perpetual

Model:  Submariner Date

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  40.0 mm

Movement:  Caliber 3135, Manufacture Rolex, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  48 hours

Water Resistance:  30 bar

Strap:  Steel

Case Back:  Screw-down case back
 
Features:  Unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown, instantaneous date with rapid setting, Superlative Chronometer certification

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II

Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II

Although the Rolex GMT-Master was initially designed for professional use, it has become a common everyday watch for many watch collectors. Combining functionality and design, this watch appeals to many. The watch offers a second time zone, a 24-hour display, a day-night indicator, and a date window at 3 o’clock.  

Price:  $8,950

Brand:  Rolex

Collection:  Oyster Perpetual

Model:  GMT-Master II

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  40.0 mm

Movement:  Caliber 3186, Manufacture Rolex, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  48 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Steel

Case Back:  Screw-down case back
 
Features:  Bidirectional rotating bezel, second time zone, screw-down crown, instantaneous date with rapid setting, Superlative Chronometer certification

Panerai Luminor 1950

Panerai Luminor 1950

Panerai first produced luminescent watches in the 1930s and 1940s for the use of the Italian Navy commandos. The luminescent hands and indices increased their watches’ nighttime and underwater visibility. Today, Panerai continues this tradition by designing and manufacturing incredibly legible watches, and this allows the watches’ time to be easily read in less-than-ideal conditions. 

Price:  $9,100

Brand:  Panerai

Collection:  Luminor 1950

Model:  Luminor 1950 3 Days Acciaio

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  47.0 mm

Movement:  P.3000 caliber, hand-wound movement

Power Reserve:  3 days

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Movement executed entirely by Panerai, and it includes 160 components and 21 jewels. 

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster

Zenith El Primero Chronomaster

The Zenith El Primero Chronomaster is a sporty watch that can be dressed up or dressed down. The watch offers a chronograph with a 12-hour counter, a 30-minute counter, and central chronograph hand, as well as a small seconds sub-dial, date window, and tachymeter scale. Buyers can choose between a brown alligator strap, a black rubber strap, or a stainless steel bracelet. 

Price:  $8,100

Brand:  Zenith

Collection:  El Primero

Model:  El Primero Chronomaster

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  46.0 mm

Depth:  14.05 mm

Movement:  El Primero 400 B, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  50 hours

Water Resistance:  20 bar

Strap:  Steel

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Hands and hour markers coated in SuperLuminova; chronograph with central chronograph hand, 12-hour counter at 6 o’clock, and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock; small seconds at 9 o’clock; tachymeter scale; date window at 6 o’clock 

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second

Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second is a classic watch with a streamlined appearance and clean dial. The black leather strap perfectly accentuates the silver grained dial. This sophisticated watch is ideal for dressier occasions such as business meetings or formal events.

Price:  $9,100

Brand:  Jaeger-LeCoultre

Category:  Geophysic

Model:  Geophysic True Second

Case:  Steel  

Diameter:  39.6 mm

Depth:  11.8 mm

Movement:  Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 770, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  40 hour

Water Resistance:  5 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  True second and date window. Movement includes 275 components and 36 jewels. 

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

The IWC Portugieser Chronograph serves multiple purposes because it offers a chronograph complication on a dress watch. Although the chronograph function is typically found on sport watches, this IWC pairs the complication with a clean-cut dial and professional leather strap. This watch offers the best of both worlds. 

Price:  $7,600

Brand:  IWC Schaffhausen
 
Category:  Portugieser

Model:  Portugieser Chronograph

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  40.9 mm

Depth:  12.3 mm

Movement:  Caliber 79350, automatic chronograph movement

Power Reserve:  44 hour

Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Solid
 
Features:  Small hacking seconds, chronograph with minute and second counters  

Breitling Navitimer 01

Breitling Navitimer 01

Known for their pilot watches, Breitling keeps their reputation in tact with this Breitling Navitimer 01. The Navitimer 01 features a bidirectional rotating bezel with slide rule and a chronograph with ¼-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters. These features, as well as the overall appearance and legibility, appeal to both pilots and pilot-enthusiasts. 

Price:  $7,965

Brand:  Breitling

Category:  Navitimer

Model:  Navitimer 01

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  43.0 mm

Depth:  14.25 mm

Movement:  Breitling 01 Manufacture, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  70 hours

Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Screwed-down case back
 
Features:  Bidirectional rotating bezel, slide rule, chronograph with ¼-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour counters

Girard Perregaux 1966

Girard Perregaux 1966

The Girard Perregaux 1966 offers another luxury watch with a classic dial and professional appearance. This dress watch is on the larger side with a 44 mm diameter; however, the incredibly thin case and integrated strap make this dress watch appear not too large. The dial features a date window at 3 o’clock, leaf-shaped domed hands, and baton-type hour markers. 

Price:  $8,600

Brand:  Girard-Perregaux

Category:  1966

Model:  1966 44 mm 

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  44.0 mm

Depth:  9.82 mm

Movement:  Caliber GP01800-0008, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  54 hours

Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Date window at 3 o’clock. Movement includes 190 components and 28 jewels.

TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11

TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11

With its unique case shape and sub-dials, the TAG Heuer Monaco has made a name for itself in the luxury watch industry. The Monaco boasts being the first water-resistant timepiece with a square case as well as being the first automatic chronograph. This TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 is one of TAG Heuer’s best sellers. 

Price:  $5,900

Brand:  TAG Heuer

Category:  Monaco

Model:  Monaco Calibre 11 Automatic Chronograph

Case:  Steel  

Diameter:  39.0 mm

Movement:  TAG Heuer Calibre 11, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  40 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Black perforated calfskin strap

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back 
 
Features:  Chronograph with minute counter at 9 o’clock and a red chronograph central second hand, a running second counter at 3 o’clock, angled date window at 6 o’clock, and rapid date correction.

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

The TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 01 is another one of the brand’s best sellers. This watch represents TAG Heuer’s racing heritage with its accurate chronograph and easy-to-read tachymeter scale. The rubber strap makes this an everyday watch that can be worn to the racetrack, to the gym, or to the store. 

Price:  $5,300

Brand:  TAG Heuer

Category:  Carrera

Model:  Carrera Calibre Heuer 01

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  45.0 mm

Movement:  TAG Heuer Calibre Heuer 01, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  50 hours or 40 hours with chronograph running

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Rubber

Case Back:  Closed
 
Features:  Black skeleton dial with 3 counters: chronograph minute at 12 o’clock, chronograph hour at 6 o’clock, running seconds at 9 o’clock; skeleton date disc at 3:30; hour and minute hands include luminescent markers; tachymeter scale on the bezel

Cartier Tank MC

Cartier Tank MC

The first Cartier tank was designed and created in 1917, and its shape was inspired by World War I tanks. Today, the Cartier tank has become a staple in the luxury dress watch industry, and the brand produces both men and women’s models of the classic watch. 

Price:  $6,750

Brand:  Cartier

Category:  Tank

Model:  Tank MC

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  34.3 mm

Length:  44.0 mm

Height:  9.5 mm

Movement:  Caliber 1904-PS MC, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  48 hours
 
Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Leather

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Date window at 3 o’clock and small seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock 

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT

Grand Seiko Hi-Beat GMT

Seiko is known for producing high-tech solar-powered watches, but Grand Seiko takes the brand into a more refined route. Grand Seiko focuses on making every detail —from the movement, to the dial, to the strap— work together to create a beautiful hand-finished watch. There's a reason why this Grand Seiko watch made our list of the top 15 best luxury watches under 10,000 dollars. 

Price:  $7,400

Brand:  Grand Seiko

Category:  Hi-Beat GMT

Model:  SBJ213

Case:  Titanium

Diameter:  40.0 mm

Depth:  14.0 mm

Movement:  Caliber 9S86, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  55 hours

Water Resistance:  10 bar

Strap:  Titanium

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Date window at 3 o’clock, GMT hand to track a second time zone, anti-magnetic

Nomos Glashutte Tangente Automatik

Nomos Glashutte Tangente Automatik

Nomos may not be one of the top dogs in the watch industry, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a place in our top 15 watches under 10 thousand dollars. The German brand specializes in everyday watches with modern designs, easy-to-read dials, and incredibly thin cases. 

Price:  $3,460

Brand:  Nomos Glashutte

Category:  Tangente

Model:  Tangente Neomatik

Case:  Steel

Diameter:  35.0 mm

Depth:  6.9 mm

Movement:  Caliber DUW 3001, automatic movement

Power Reserve:  42 hours

Water Resistance:  3 bar

Strap:  Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black, remborde, handstitched

Case Back:  Transparent sapphire case back
 
Features:  Running seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock, stop-seconds mechanism 

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