Top 10 Most "Attainable" Watches

Top 10 Most "Attainable" Watches

A little while ago I put together 'The Ultimate Watch Collection'. A collection where money is no object.

But, what if money is an object?

In other words, if we wanted to build a watch collection of 'attainable' watches, where attainable isn't necessarily cheap, but that a person making an average salary could, with time, save up to buy at least a couple, what would that look like?

Well, I'm about to tell you (in no particular order), and yes there are watches in this list that overlap with the "ultimate watch collection", and thats because money isn't everything.

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The 6 Master Complications

The 6 Master Complications

A watch's primary function is to tell us what time it is. This is why telling the time is not considered a "complication".

But anything beyond that is.

And some complications are much more difficult to make than others. And combining more than one of these complications into one watch is absolutely spectacular, hence, it's own category: Grand Complications (minimum 3 complications to qualify).

But even doing one of these things well is a challenge, and making them all, even in individual watches make for quite the repertoire.

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Icons: IWC Portuguese

Icons: IWC Portuguese

The IWC Portuguese is a watch icon.

And has been, since it's inception.

But how did it come to be? Why the name 'Portuguese'?

As the story goes, a couple of Portuguese business men commission IWC for a wristwatch that had the "precision of a marine chronometer".

This was back in the 1930s, and by 1939 IWC launched the first ever Portuguese.

What makes this watch such an icon can easily be identified by the process IWC followed to get it made. And as you will see, the idea that 'form follows function' is at the core of this wonderful watch.

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The Ultimate Watch Collection: Summary

The Ultimate Watch Collection: Summary

Today, a convenient summary!

I think the following summary, in chart form should be a lot of fun. And as you will see, it makes it real easy to visualize alternative combinations. I.e., if you prefer the Calatrava to the Reverso, cool. In your personal chart/list, you could just swap them, and it'd still make sense...

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It's a Watch, not a "Timepiece"

It's a Watch, not a "Timepiece"

I have a huge pet peeve when it comes to the watch hobby/industry and its the word timepiece.

A watch is a watch, not a friggin' timepiece. If you insist on saying timepiece, then you need to know and accept you're an horological douchebag.

Remember, watches are first and foremost machines, tools, instruments, but they are not jewelry or art, therefore, they are not timepieces. Sure, watchmakers have taken their craft to levels that definitely rival great works of art, the same way a Ferrari does in the automotive industry. But just like a Ferrari is still a car not a travel-piece, a watch is still a watch. Not a timepiece.

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The Ultimate Watch Collection: Dress Watch

The Ultimate Watch Collection: Dress Watch

Of all the categories, if I only had one great watch, it'd be in the Dress Watch category.

This is for a few reasons.

First, a dress watch today isn't just a dress watch. It can definitely cross over. As such, it can be quite practical for most people.

Second, it's the most likely of watches to transcend all generations (in my opinion). Dress watches are usually simpler, so their overall design tends to be the kind that will most likely still be relevant in the future.

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