The following is a simple list of my 5 favorite mechanical watches for the money right now (and links to where I would buy them online):
$3,175 – Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch – Probably the most iconic chronograph for the money. Classic design that fits its original intent (space), great brand, rich history, and a perfect size (42mm) for a modern chronograph sports watch. Only downside or consideration is its limited water resistance compared to a Rolex or Tudor with screw down crowns and pushers; however, screw down pushers aren’t practical if you plan on using the chronograph frequently.
$2,775 – Tudor Pelagos with Blue Dial – Lots of dive watch for the money. Doesn’t get the attention it deserves which makes it a great value. Rugged quality and innovative utility build.
$1,850 – Weiss 38mm Automatic Issue Field Watch White Dial – As mush as I love Nomos (and want one), why not buy this American beauty instead? Especially, if Nomos is out of your price range and you need something that can bridge the gap between utility and modern a little better.
$1,395 – Oris Divers Sixty-Five Automatic Navy Blue – One of the best looking modern vintages dive watches from a brand that has revamped itself over the past few years.
$438 – Steinhart Ocean 1 Bronze Green – Sometimes I miss the trend of Yellow Gold, and someday I will own a Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust. For now, Bronze is an authentic way to get a similar color, and I love the green bezel, black dial, and canvas strap combo on this one. Steinhart is primarily known for their homage designs, but I think this one is unique enough to stand out on its own. And that case should patina nicely depending on how you treat it.