Best Built Under $2.5K

During any watch review on YouTube, for a piece under the $3K - $2.5K range, people love to throw around the “value for dollar/price” description. 

I completely get why watch reviewers and content creators often use this phrase…they list off specs to justify why they think a certain piece is a great deal...they’re essentially telling the viewer that “you’re getting a lot of watch for a good price”. 
 

Does anyone else feel like watch reviewers focus too much on specs/materials and not enough on build quality? 

I’m curious to hear what people think about the best “entry level“ pieces are from a build quality perspective...usual suspects: U1/50, Aquis, etc.  

Very interested in ya’lls opinions! 🤠

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I feel they just cater to what the audience wants, I want to know which watches are good value for money too.

And yes, in my experience, Oris is tons of value for money and and a great starting piece.

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This is not entirely too different than your last thread on build quality with some of the same brands you mentioned, granted it’s cool you’re expanding. Build quality can be subjective as what one considers quality another may not care.

Strictly build quality, I’ll always plug Monta in this space; over Sinn, Oris, and many other micro competitors. Nomos would be my second. Weiss is also a heck of a build for the money and hard to appreciate until you handle one.

All that said, Oris, Sinn, Longines, Farer, and a host of others from the micro tournament have very well built watches under $2500 USD.

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Glycine makes great watches generally for under $1K.

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At the price range, you could almost certainly source a gray market entry level Grand Seiko quartz.

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And even GMTs 

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If you don't care about quartz ( and I'd argue GS quartz is a different beast than most quartz), then Grand Seiko punches well above their weight in finishing and build quality at the range.

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AllTheWatches

This is not entirely too different than your last thread on build quality with some of the same brands you mentioned, granted it’s cool you’re expanding. Build quality can be subjective as what one considers quality another may not care.

Strictly build quality, I’ll always plug Monta in this space; over Sinn, Oris, and many other micro competitors. Nomos would be my second. Weiss is also a heck of a build for the money and hard to appreciate until you handle one.

All that said, Oris, Sinn, Longines, Farer, and a host of others from the micro tournament have very well built watches under $2500 USD.

I own an Oris and Sinn; they both have excellent build quality. I’ve heard great things about Monta, but never handled one. Last weekend I was at the Wind Up Watch Fair, but never made my way to their both. 

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My Sinn I like, but not crazy about the build quality. Sure it feels like it can take a beating, but the bezel action is just okay, bracelet was immediately swapped. The Aquis I had was a level up quality wise IMO.

The separator, to, me is the Monta feels like a $3K+ watch and the bracelets are hard to beat at its price point.

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Edge168n

At the price range, you could almost certainly source a gray market entry level Grand Seiko quartz.

Sbgv235

Sbgx261

Sbgp013

And even GMTs 

Sbgn011/13

If you don't care about quartz ( and I'd argue GS quartz is a different beast than most quartz), then Grand Seiko punches well above their weight in finishing and build quality at the range.

Excellent call.

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I think you should expect very good build quality after passing 1000$ and the finishing should be great after passing the 2000$ point!!

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I should be interested in Monta, but their dial designs just don’t gel for me. I can’t quite put my finger on it. 🤔 

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$3k is a hell of an "entry level" watch.

I would counter with a preowned Orient as the best =value/price.

Within the price in the OP, I was very pleased with a PO that I paid $2100 for, and the BB36 at about $1700.

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Just about any Sinn