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05/03/2024
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Five Luxury Watches Under $5,000

By Sebastian Swart
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Five Luxury Watches Under $5,000

Many people entering the market for luxury watches set themselves a $5,000 budget for a myriad of reasons. However, the watch enthusiast keen on staying within this budget doesn’t have to compromise on quality. At this price point, you can still get a great deal of vertical integration from a well-known manufacturer, including – perhaps most importantly – an in-house caliber.

In this article, we’re looking at five luxury watches, four of which feature in-house calibers and all of which cost less than $5,000 on Chrono24.

1. Omega Seamaster Diver 300M 210.30.42.20.01.001

We’ll kick off our list with the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M. Omega offers this sporty diver with a black, white, blue, or olive green dial, as well as with various material and bracelet combinations. The Seamaster Diver 300M ref. 210.30.42.20.01.001 features a black dial on a stainless steel bracelet. This 42-mm timepiece boasts a helium escape value at 10 o’clock, making it suitable for saturation diving to depths of 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft). Of course, its specs also make it perfectly suited to desk diving as well.

Hält bis 300 m (30 bar) wasserdicht – Omega Seamaster 300M.
Water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar, 984 ft) – the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M

The Seamaster Diver 300M is powered by the in-house automatic caliber 8800, which has a 55-hour power reserve. The movement boasts Omega’s patented co-axial escapement and a silicone balance spring. These features ensure the movement is resistant to magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Moreover, the caliber comes with a chronometer certificate from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).

The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M ref. 210.30.42.20.01.001 can be found on Chrono24 for just shy of $5,000.

2. TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Chronograph CBN2013.FC6483

Next up is a sporty, elegant chronograph from TAG Heuer, the Carrera ref. CBN2013.FC6483. The dial of this 42-mm stainless steel watch was inspired by the classic Carrera design introduced by Heuer in the 1960s. The silver dial with a bicompax layout does without any bells and whistles, but features rose gold hour indices, a tachymeter scale around its edge, and a date display at 6 o’clock. The Carrera is paired with a handsome brown alligator leather strap.

Die klassische Heuer Carrera neu interpretiert – Carrara Heuer 02 Ref. CBN2013.FC6483.
The classic Heuer Carrera reimagined – the Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 ref. CBN2013.FC6483

Inside the watch, you’ll find the automatic in-house caliber Heuer 02, which first debuted in 2018. It was initially used in a new edition of the TAG Heuer Autavia. When fully wound, the movement has a power reserve of 80 hours.

Again, you can find an unworn TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Chronograph (ref. CBN2013.FC6483) for just under $5,000 on Chrono24. Expect to pay even less for a pre-owned example.

3. Zenith Defy Classic 95.9000.670/51.R584

Le Locle-based manufacturer Zenith has an exciting range of timepieces with in-house calibers for under $5,000 in their catalog. One example is the Zenith Defy Classic ref. 95.9000.670/51.R584 with a blue dial. This three-hand watch stands out with its subtle dial featuring bar indices and a date display at 3 o’clock. The 41-mm titanium case is water-resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). In keeping with the style of the 1970s, the Zenith Defy Classic has an integrated metal bracelet.

Klassischer Look mit einem Gehäuse aus Titan – Zenith Defy Classic Ref. 95.9000.670/51.R584.
Classic look with a titanium case – Zenith Defy Classic ref. 95.9000.670/51.R584

The case houses the in-house caliber Zenith Elite 670 SK, which offers a power reserve of 50 hours. The star-shaped titanium rotor visible through the sapphire crystal case back is certainly a sight to behold.

In addition to leather, the Zenith Defy is also available on a rubber strap (ref. 95.9000.670/51.R790). With a bit of searching, you can find examples of both variants under the $5,000 mark.

4. Breitling Classic Avi Chronograph 42 P-51 Mustang A233803A1B1X1

The history of Breitling is inextricably linked to aviation. In honor of the pilot watches that Breitling produced in the 1950s and 60s, the watchmaker unveiled the Classic Avi collection, a series of chronographs that pair the spirit of a bygone era with modern technology. One model from this line is the Avi Chronograph 42 P-51 Mustang ref. A233803A1B1X1.

Eine Hommage an frühere Zeiten der Fliegerei – Breitling Classic Avi Chronograph 42 P-51 Mustang A233803A1B1X1.
Homage to early aviation – the Breitling Classic Avi Chronograph 42 P-51 Mustang A233803A1B1X1

Measuring in at 42 mm, this model is well-suited to larger wrists. The case and 12-hour bezel are both made of stainless steel. The black dial has the classic aviator look that we’ve come to know and love from Breitling. Arabic numerals serving as the hour indices are only interrupted by the subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.

At the heart of the Classic Avi Chronograph 42 P-51 Mustang is the caliber B23. This movement is based on the ETA caliber Valjoux 7753. Breitling adjusts the movement to its own specifications, fitting it with a rotor engraved with the Breitling logo and getting it chronometer-certified.

You can purchase an unworn copy of the 42 P-51 Mustang on a brown leather strap for $4,900 on Chrono24.

5. IWC Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire IW326805

The final watch on our list is another pilot’s watch, this time from the International Watch Company Schaffhausen (IWC). Like Breitling, IWC has a long tradition of creating timepieces designed for use in the cockpit. This model has a particularly striking name: the Pilot’s Watch Automatic Spitfire, and can be found under the reference number IW326805.

The concept behind this watch is simple: three hands and a date. The legible black dial features printed Arabic numerals, and the 39-mm stainless steel case makes the watch a great unisex option.

Die schlichte Toolwatch für Flieger – IWC Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire IW326805.
A streamlined tool watch for pilots – the IWC Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire IW326805

The Spitfire is powered by the in-house caliber 32111. This automatic movement boasts a remarkable power reserve of 120 hours, i.e., 5 days! The watch comes mounted on a two-piece green textile strap, which underscores the tool watch character of the model.

If you’re lucky, you can find the IWC’s Pilot’s Automatic Spitfire unworn on Chrono24 for just under $5,000. Pre-owned copies are closer to $3,850.

Tips for buying a watch under $5,000:

  • Buy from an established brand
  • Look for a watch with an in-house caliber
  • Buy a full set where possible, ideally on a stainless steel bracelet

About the Author

Sebastian Swart

I've been using Chrono24 for years to buy and sell watches, as well as for research purposes. I've had an infatuation with watches for as long as I can remember. As a …

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