It used to be that most best replica watches could be clearly delineated into two categories: fashion and luxury. This has changed as the market has diversified, and today’s market is increasingly defined by men who are shooting for a price point that sits somewhere in the middle. We’ve collected together some of our favourite time instruments that sit in the mid-range price bracket, from bespoke mechanical watches inspired by early modern nautical maps, to slick quartz-powered dress watches.
GC Esquire Men’s Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
This silver and blue chronograph from GC is stylish, subtle and – perhaps most importantly – Swiss made. It’s also water resistant to 100m, meaning it’ll go as well with your rash vest as it does your business suit.
Seiko Prospex Divers Solar Powered Watch
Did someone say rash vest? Japanese stalwarts Seiko have raised the game with this red and blue diving watch. It’s suitable for scuba diving and can plunge as far as 200m, and since it’s powered by light energy and has illuminating hands, it’s as suitable on land as it is in the watery deep.
Marloe Watch Company Derwent Nautical Watch
Continuing with the nautical theme is Marloe Watch Company’s Derwent. Oliver Goffe – the company’s co-founder – was inspired to begin making mechanical watches by a love of his father’s old timepieces. Featuring a high-quality Japanese Miyota mechanical movement that requires winding, and a compass-like dial, this striking blue watch is the product of a great deal of care and craftsmanship and was inspired by nautical maps of the 17th Century.
Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80
Michael Ayres, Head of Valuations at H&T advises considering the material your watch is made from. “Ideally the steel should be made from at least 316L”, he says. This Swiss made silver watch from Tissot is made of that exact grade of steel, and also boasts a sapphire crystal dial for increased scratch resistance and durability.
Shinola, The Runwell 47mm
Jack Sears, founder of U.S watch brand Throne, credits Shinola with “convincing people that this [mid-market] price point makes sense”. With their trademark Argonite movement, sapphire crystal glass and a smoky leather strap, it’s easy to see why. More than just a hipster affectation, the Runwell represents the brand’s commitment to high quality manufacturing for the savvy consumer.
James McCabe The Victory Watch
With a hole in the dial, The Victory invites you to look under the hood, and for good reason: it’s powered by an automatic (self-winding) Japanese movement.
Such movements are generally considered more desirable, and are thus more expensive, than quartz movements. They’re not for everyone, however. As Anna Lyly, buyer at Watches2U notes, it’s worth considering how often you’re likely to wear an automatic replica watch: “If you don’t wear yours all the time, the charge will run out”. Resetting is simple, but does requires a degree more effort than a quartz watch.
Heritor, Automatic Men’s Ganzi Semi Skeleton Watch
Heritor’s Ganzi watch turns a tendency towards displaying the inside of a watch into a key design feature. With a hole in the dial complimented by a stripped-back strap, it’s a skeletal timepiece that justifies its loss or gain of around 45 seconds a day with the cachet of having an automatic movement and an opulent aesthetic.
Mondaine, Mini Giant Watch
This paradoxically titled update from minimalist favourites Mondaine is Swiss-inspired as well as Swiss made. Building on the functional simplicity of the Swiss railway clock, its strength is rooted in the materials of its construction, with a stainless steel Milanese bracelet and sapphire crystal covered dial.
Luminox Navy SEAL Colormark 3051 Carbon-Reinforced Watch
A watch should be one of those investments that lasts a good while, and this high performance model from Luminox is likely to. It’s modeled on the toughness of Navy Seal watches, and boasts a movement made in Switzerland and a self-illumination system with a potential lifespan of twenty five years.
Victorinox Men’s I.N.O.X Rubber Strap Watch, Black
This hardy watch has been through the wars. In testing, the I.N.O.X from Swiss brand Victorinox underwent a full-spin washing cycle, a ten-feet drop and the crushing treads of a sixty-four ton tank. If that’s not enough to prove its worth, perhaps a glance at its simple and elegant design is.