Editor’s Pick – 10 Best Everyday Watches For Men, Under 2 Lakhs11:41 am
You don’t always buy a watch to tell you the time, do you? Even if you do, there are tons of other reasons to strap one on. Whether you’re meeting an old group of friends after a long time, hiking in Himachal or putting the finishing touch to your business party attire, a good watch goes a long way. And we would (obviously) always encourage you to have a healthy watch collection.
But while we believe every man should own a few good watches, not necessarily as a collector or ‘connoisseur’, he should definitely own one that goes with every occasion: one that can be strapped on every day. I think we can all agree that a battered/seasoned Rolex on someone’s wrist is something we all admire because each scratch on the watch has a story to tell. It’s a watch that’s been with you through thick and thin. We call these ‘companion’ watches.
But the trouble with finding that perfect companion is that we’re bombarded with sensational new timepieces every year that tempt us to burn a month’s salary or two. It’s tempting but you never know when you’ve got the right one. But we’ve done our homework and found 10 watches (call them companions) we believe you can have on your wrist every day, that will easily last you a lifetime. Don’t take our word; all these timepieces have got positive reviews from their owners who believe they’ve found ‘the one’ for themselves:
1. Titoni Airmaster Day-Date
Cool, quiet and an understated design that can make a lasting impression. I’m sure most of you might not agree that this is the most practical choice for everyday wearing, but ask anyone in the corporate world and they’ll tell you that they would totally rock this every day. No questions asked. There’s a reason why the Airmaster Day-Date has done so well in India and particularly among businessmen – it’s a no-nonsense watch that looks great and has just the right complications that punctual people look for the most, i.e., a full Day-Date display.
2. TAG Heuer Formula 1
If having a well-recognized daily driver is what you’re looking for, the new TAG Heuer Formula 1 is your entry into the world of luxury watches. The new Formula 1 is one casual timepiece that gives you a well-known luxury brand without the price tag (if that’s important to you). Why does this watch work as an everyday watch? One reason: the nato strap.
There’s no better way to refresh a watch and kill the thought of buying a new one than by swapping straps. Nylon for summers, leather for winters, you’re covered for a long long time!
3. Baume & Mercier Classima
An everyday watch should be one that you’ll enjoy strapping on every morning. Sure a 48mm bulky diver’s watch you saw in the store looked cool, but how will you feel about it in a year or two (or ten) when the trend for bulky watches seizes to exist? Classima is one that’s built to last generations, is affordable and if you like classy-understated timepieces, you’re going to enjoy strapping this one on every day.
4. Oris Divers Sixty-Five
The Divers Sixty-Five is a watch that tells people there’s more to it than what meets the eye. It’s a watch that’s meant to play the role of the sidekick in your movie of ‘life’. But the main reason why the Oris Divers Sixty-Five watch works as a “companion” timepiece is because of its versatility. It’s a watch that can rock your wrist from office to a cricket match to a beach vacation equally well. Even ‘at rest’ it will suggest a life well lived more than your delicate dress watch. Don’t even get me started on how ruggedly built this watch is.
5. Rado Diamaster Grande Seconde
The Grande Seconde is not one you’d necessarily think of as an “everyday” watch. For one thing it’s fairly big (at 43mm) and secondly it has two separate dials to deal with! But could you call it a companion watch? Certainly. It’s totally wearable but what really makes it great for everyday wear is its uniqueness and a definite bit of attitude, especially with the two-dial layout. And because it’s a Rado watch we’re talking about, this one will be a conversation starter for sure.
6. Longines Master Moonphase
It’s okay to have a modest watch, you’re allowed to own as many as you want. But make sure you have one watch that you come back to season after season, year after year. The Master Collection Moonphase from Longines has been the go-to timepiece that watch lovers have relied on for years. And with its moon phase complication, it’s a watch that has memorised a hundred stories of stars even before you could have read up on them.
7. Raymond Weil Tango 300
Sports watches are primarily built for comfort, which is why they tend to be wearable day in and day out. Don’t get me wrong, dress watches are pretty wearable too. But for everyday rough wear, we would suggest you go for a sports watch that’s either a dive or a chronograph watch. Or how about having both? The Raymond Weil Tango was launched as the “versatile chronograph” that vows to never let its wearer down under the sea (as deep as 300 feet) or when you’re on the racing track, with its super accurate chronograph. The perfect companion, we’d say.
8. SevenFriday P2/02
For some people, owning two watches isn’t an option. They want to stick to just one and use it for a long long time, or maybe they just don’t see the need to have more than one watch. And more importantly, they want their watch ready to take on the future. The SevenFriday P2/02 is one we believe that meets the needs of the man in the suit to the guy playing in the field, from this moment to the future. Coming from a relatively new brand, that has developed a loyal following around the world, and rightly so. The P2/02 is very unconventional and equipped with an NFC chip to which the brand promises to bring in new features as the technology evolves. Marty McFly, you hear me?
9. Movado Series 800
Apart from being one of the most accessible Swiss Made sports watches, the Series 800 from Movado is also a favourite among Movado loyalists for years now, because of its sheer robustness and affordability. If you live on the edge and need a watch that can take a beating, without burning a hole, this one will keep coming back ticking.
10. Montblanc Heritage
Montblanc is a brand well known for their pens & accessories, but not so much for their watches. However, this round dress watch is a great exception to the rule. It’s a classically styled timepiece with the backing of a prestigious brand. At Rs. 179,200, it might be the most reasonable Montblanc watch out there, and it’s well worth every penny.
All the above-featured watches are available at ethoswatches.com.
Which is your daily driver? Let us know in the comments section below!
(Image courtesy: Calibre 11 and Time & Tide)