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Price Guide: Best Dress Watches Under $1K

Dress watches can get expensive – here are some great options for less than $1,000!

The Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer Small Second Auto H78465553 is a great all-around dress watch for those looking to save money. Inside, its 40 mm case features an ETA 2895-2 with a solid 50 hours of power reserve and 100 meters of water resistance. Its white dial is complemented with arabic numerals that give the watch a distinctive look – and the variety of leather straps to go with the watch provide something for everyone. Although its MSRP is over $1K, it sells at a market average of just $680, making it a great entry-level dress watch.

The Seiko SARX055, nicknamed the Baby Grand Seiko Snowflake, is one of Seiko’s takes on the popular “snowflake” dial of the Grand Seiko SBGA211. While the watch’s defining feature is its textured white dial, it also provides great value with other features like an in-house Seiko caliber 6R15 movement with 50 hours of power reserve and 100 meters of water resistance. At a market average of $830, the SARX055 is a great option for those looking for a Grand Seiko-esque watch without paying Grand Seiko prices.

Finally, the Nomos Club 701 is a compact, 36 millimeter watch that provides a sporty yet elegant feel at a low price. The clean white case is decorated with small orange hour markers, black and red hands, and numerals that are reminiscent of US highway signage. Inside, the watch features an in-house Nomos caliber Alpha manual movement with 43 hours of power reserve. Although its MSRP is quite a bit higher than the other watches at $1,550, its price on the secondary market has depreciated at just ~$920. This watch is a great option for those looking for an unconventional yet affordable dress watch.

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