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The Best Dive Watches for Under £500 to £10,000

So the time has come, you’ve saved up, you’ve decided it’s a dive watch you want …

But here comes the tricky part … which one?

You’ve got your budget sorted, and we’ve got the rest covered …

Under £500

Shock horror … get a seiko!!! We know it’s not the most unconventional decision, but that’s because they make the best dive watches under £500!!! Now which one to get? The SKZ009? No way, yes there’s so much nostalgia behind the watch but let’s be real, the turtle and the samurai are much better made watches … both bullet proof, both very well made …

Our best …

Seiko, Prospex ‘Save The Ocean’ Automatic Divers 200M SRPD21K1 Mens Watch

Next best …

Seiko, Prospex, Save The Ocean, Samurai, Automatic, SRPD23K1, Diver’s

Under £1,000

So you’re starting to get slightly braver? Maybe looking for something with a Swiss movement? Don’t worry we have you covered – you might be surprised here but if you look hard enough you can get an Oris for under £1000, yes an Oris!!! Don’t hesitate pull the trigger , you won’t regret it! Grab yourself a Oris Aquis Date!!!

Our best …

Oris Aquis Date Relief 43.5MM Grey Dial Automatic Rubber Strap Watch

Next Best …

Oris Diver ‘Sixty Five’

Under £2,000

The easiest decision of the day … Shock Shock horror, it’s the Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited edition 3, Limited to just 2000, all the AD are sold out but if you look carefully you might just find one … BUT BE QUICK, these will shortly be going at a premium

Our Best –

Oris Great Barrier Reef Limited Edition 3

Under £3,000

Things are starting to hot up , our expectations are growing with our budgets, well don’t fear … we got just what you need … and again no surprises IT A TUDOR!!! But no , it’s not the Black bay heritage ( although the burgundy/ Red bezel is one our our favourite watches available right now) you’d guess it , it’s the pelagos!!! This stunner comes in 3 different variations, the back face, the black face LHD ( Left hand drive – aimed at lefties or people who like to wear there watch on there least dominant hand without the crown diving in their hand) and our personal favourite the blue face. Now the LHD version is numbered which leads us to believe they will discontinue it soon meaning the price will prob rise … something to think about surely. The Pelagos is the perfect Holiday watch!!!

Our best –

Tudor Pelagos Blue dial

Next Best –

Omega Seamaster 300m – Grey wave dial, blue rubber strap

Under £5,000

Alright big time … chill out!!! This is where things start to get super serious, and you aren’t going to believe what you can get if you dig a little deeper than the stuff on the surface… ok are you ready for this – you can get a Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk for under £5000, yes you’ll have to to search or message us to find you one !!! But you need to understand what your getting here …. a freakin Girard-Perregaux!!! I’m not gonna go into the details of the company but , this watch was launched with owe at Basel world 2013 , and you can really see why … The Sea Hawk is an iconic watch for GP and the 2013 version maintained the visual characteristics that have created the legend: rubber strap, crown at 4 o’clock and specific layout of the dial. The case is also part of the appeal generated by the Sea Hawk, with its octagonal rubber ring underneath the bezel and the angular, and rather bulky, rugged case.

Our Best –

Girard-Perregaux Sea Hawk in Cobalt Blue

Under £10,000

Guys … I’m not gonna waste mine or your time here , if you’re gonna buy a diver at £10k , your gonna buy a Rolex Submariner … you just are, I know it!!! But be careful, yes Rolex has the best wrist presence at this price point, yes everyone will know what your wearing but Rolex is a luxury brand – if they are telling you it’s a £6k watch, don’t be a sheep and pay double just because your local club hostess knows what it is!!!

Our Best …

Who cares , we all know what you’re gonna do!!!

Final thoughts –

So we hope you enjoyed this insight , and it’s helped you on your way, as always the most important thing is “buy the watch you can’t take your eyes off” yes some watches have better financial prospects than others, but ultimately it’s yours, make sure you love it. And please, please, please don’t buy a watch to impress others, if they’re impressed by your watch and not your dashing good looks … they’re defiantly not worth it!!!

Peace out,

Mike

The Perfect Watch Collection for Under £5,000!!!

Yes you read that right , it’s really possible !!!

So let’s break this down a little, ‘this little’ problem we all have can get a little bit out of control, because there are just so many watches to choose from. Well don’t worry we are here to help. We are going to give you the perfect watch collection, and for under £5,000!!! 

First, everybody needs a daily beater … a bomb proof watch that you can strap to your wrist and get on with whatever the day has to throw at you, work, play or pleasure. Ok what does a daily beater need to be – Tough, waterproof, fun and cheap!!! Well we have you covered and of course it’s a seiko!!! 

Our choice – 

Seiko Turtle Save the Ocean – £400

Next, a dress watch. Something for those fancy parties, sophisticated get togethers and of course that time we throw on the blue 3 piece suit. Now as a few of you might know dress watches have taken a back seat in recent years with the growing popularity of the dive watch (with so many of them now being smart casual as well as being practical) but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t own and love one. 

Our choice – 

Tudor Black Bay Heritage Red Bezel – £2,200

A last but certainly not least, THE WATCH!!! This one is your baby, it’s where most of your hard earned money Is spent. It’s the watch you want to wear, the one you love. It should be a watch you can wear to most occasions… smart, casual and stunning. I’m sure it comes with no surprises … we’ve gone with a TUDOR , because let’s be honest … they are just … WOW!!! 

Our choice – 

Longines Master Collection Chronograph – £1,800 

Final thoughts – 

So here it is, our perfect 3 watch collection for under £5,000, well actually £4,400 to be precise. We are super confident this collection covers all the main bases (fun, versatile, great value but most of all absolutely stunning…)  remember guys watches are meant to be bought with your heart not your heads – enjoy them.

Take care 

Mike

3 Reasons Not to Buy that Watch!!!

So guys… honesty time, I’ve fallen foul of a couple of these in the past. In fact just this week 2 people have been in touch with us to help them get out of watches purchased for these exact reasons …

So let’s just put this out there, don’t fall into these traps-

Number 1 – Because of the watches amazing features …. 

Let’s be honest you don’t need a watch that is waterproof up to 1000m to splash around the pool or wade in the sea. Let’s be honest those watch brands are pretty damn good at marketing, they’ll have you thinking you need it … when you don’t, remember pick a watch you love and suits you!!!

Number 2 – Investment!!! 

We all know that stainless steel sports Rolex models go above retail, take for example if you can get a Rolex Submariner Hulk for £6,600, yes you will double you money over night!!! But … things can happen, the watch market is volatile. Most watches do lose money, but there are the odd few that ‘MIGHT NOT’. 2 thinks on this subject, buy the watch you love, the one you can’t take your eyes off and keep your eyes peeled for our investments watches guide!

Number 3 – To impress anyone

So this is the single worst reason to buy a watch or anything to that fact!!! Whether it’s your boss, friends or the local cocktail waitress. Let’s get straight to the point, if someone is impressed by the things you own and not the things you do, they really aren’t worth any effort!!! 

To sum up –

Basically as we always say … buy watches for the right reason (and let’s be honest there are loads of those…) buy with your heart … a watch should be something you love, something that makes you smile.

Take care 

Mike

Should You Stay Away from the Shop Front Watch?

It’s so hard to resist! The lights are bright , the displays are bold … and sitting there is a stunning watch , glistening in all its beauty … screw it I want it, I need it … 

But hold your horses … step away from the display !!! 

Now don’t get me wrong occasionally you might walk past your local ADs and he has the one in the window, magically the stars have aligned and there’s it is in the window. But generally, the ones in the window are the easy ones, the one that don’t hold much resale value, the ones that are available to everyone. 

Let’s take the time to make a few important points here … if you’ve done your research, you’ve already decided on the watch you wanna strap to your wrist, you’ve checked the market and your ready … and magically it’s there sitting in the shop window, GREAT DO IT … but don’t let that impulsive needs sway you. 

I know it’s hard, I know you want it right now!!! But trust me, you’ll thank me later… walk away, get online and check the pre owned prices, because if the shop front watch nearly got you, I’m sure it’s got other people who regretted there decision and have since got out the watch at a loss, so there’s no point two of you losing on the same watch, is there!!! 

Noticeable absences from the shop front watch mistakes – 

  • Stainless steel Sports Rolex models (any steel Submariner/Air King) 
  • Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi Bezel 
  • Patek Philippe Nautilus
  • Zodiac Aerospace GMT 

And most importantly the biggest reason to buy the store front watch … because it’s the one you LOVE!!! 

Take care,

Mike