After yesterday we presented our editors’ first picks for different budgets, now it’s time to present their picks for a budget between €501 and €2,000. Although initially not implied, it was decided not to repeat brands, in order to maximize the range of available options.
Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto
As we know the Hamilton brand is probably the brand that more watches has placed in the seventh art and so it is not difficult sometimes to associate watches with certain films, Interstellar we hardly forget the scene where Matthew McConaughey in the role of “Cooper” gives to his daughter “Murphy” his Hamilton Khaki Field Murph before departing. The watch with a 42mm steel case comes with a black dial with Arabic hour markers and cathedral hands filled with Faustina-toned lume to accompany the accents on the dial, giving it a vintage look. Inside it comes equipped with the Caliber H-10 which offers an interesting 80 hours of power reserve and is offered with a black calf leather strap. Although it seems to me more consensual that the watch would be presented in a case between 38/40mm, I think that even so it is still a good option and that it complements well with my previous choice.
Doxa SUB300T Professional
Doxa is one of those brands that you like it or not, almost like the ugly duckling, there are those who only see defects in it and then there are those who see enormous potential in it. Doxa is not exactly a first-timer on these journeys, with a huge history of proven diving watches, it was in 1967 through its SUB300T that this watch was chosen by Jacques Costeau to equip his crew, even preserving today the main lines of its retro design that sets it apart from the competition. After yesterday choosing the Baltic MR01 as my first option and having a dress watch connotation, it seems to me that the Doxa SUB300T with the traditional orange dial and rice beads bracelet is an inevitable choice, as today it seems essential that each collection has at least one diver watch.
Certina DS PH200M
Despite having an Omega Seamaster in my collection that I inherited from my father, I’ve been thinking for some time to acquire a new diving watch, as I don’t venture into the water with my vintage diver, whose tightness it must have lost long ago. One of my possible choices would be the Certina, not only for its rich diving watch past but also for presenting an incredible value-price ratio, confirming this was the launch this year of its incredible DS Super PH500M, a mechanical diver watch with 500m of water resistance for a price below €850. But my choice would be rather the DS PH200M because of its more retro design, namely its domed bezel and its black dial with gilt accents, complemented by a vintage mesh bracelet.
What is the woman who never dreamed of having a Cartier Tank on her wrist? Rectangular watches that had another dimension in the past, conserved the elegance of their lines over time and that is why they are still seen today mostly as dress watches, I consider it essential for women to have at least one “tank” in their collection, of course, that a Cartier isn’t within the reach of all budgets, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t other equally interesting options, like the Longines Evidenza, which despite having a quartz movement, as many Cartiers, comes with a dial with Roman numerals, small seconds at 6 o’clock, sapphire glass and steel bracelet accompanying the case. I opted for the smaller case, but if you prefer the larger one there are much more variants available, or if you prefer straighter lines like Cartier Tank you can always choose the Longines DolceVita which seems to me also an excellent option.
Nomos Glashütte Tangente Ref. 101
Choosing Nomos for my second watch seems to be the natural choice as a professional designer as the link between the German brand and the Bauhaus art school. What I like most about the watch is its minimalist style, from the polished steel case to the white dial with Arabic numerals and some precious details like the small seconds at 6 o’clock and the blue hands, which do not interfere in any way with the balance of the watch. This variant comes in a 35mm case, which ends up looking less slim thanks to the 45mm lug-to-lug distance.