The beauty of modern horology is that you don’t have to break the bank just to slap some incredible style around your wrist. Indeed, the best mid-range watch brands prove that great things can still come in (relatively) affordable packages. And while these killer timepieces might not be packing tourbillon and other luxury specs under the hood, they remain optimal, fashionable and beautiful inside and out. In fact, the best mid-tier watch brands are so brilliant and eye-catching that should you buy one, you could probably lie and say it cost twice as much. Perception is reality after all.
We’ve listed the best mid-range watch brands in no particular order below.
Luminox is undoubtedly one of the most unique affordable luxury watch brands in the market today simply for their dedication towards the armed forces and the toughness of their timepieces.If you’re looking for a resilient timepiece that boasts the accuracy and style quotent too, this American watchmaker would be your best bet. Their most recent collection boasted pieces that were the official tactical watches for the U.S. Navy Seals. While these timepieces come under luxury sportwear genre of watchmaking, they also come at very reasonable price-range in India, between Rs 30,000 to Rs 80,000.
When it comes to watchmaking, young watch collectors look for two simple factors – precision and style. And it’s the very same reason why we think GC Watches have such a large demand today. Combing the efficiency of Swiss watchmaking and the elegance of French design, GC Watches boast a unique collector’s appeal in watchmaking today. Their European heritage comes with a singular expression “Empowering people to find their own style and to lead where others follow” In terms of price, they range between Rs 35,000 to Rs 60,000.
We haven’t found a single brand that boasts the watchmaking diversity that Rado does. We’ve selected this Swiss watchmaker simply for their wide range of silhouettes and their guarantee that it caters to all tastes of watch collectors. Whether you’re looking for something minimal, extensively complicated, sporty, dressy or simply an everyday piece, Rado is one of the best affordable luxury watch brands to begin with in India. In terms of price, they are diverse too. They start off at around Rs 30,000 and go all the way up to Rs 4.5 lakh.
If you’re willing to spend or rather invest in an actual luxury brand, Maurice Lacroix would be a great one to start with. While they’re quite synonymous with some of the great luxury watchmakers out there, their pricing does start at a considerable mid-range. Being a quintessential Swiss watchmaker, they obviously take pride in their movements and the attention to detail. On the outside of the timepiece, they’re dedicated to the use of premium materials as a unique traditional aesthetic. In terms of price, their watches begin at about Rs 50,000 but climb all the way up to the price range that matches the rest of the ultra-luxe Swiss watchmakers.
On the shoulder of their ultra-luxe watchmaking elder brother, the Grand Seiko, the we picked Seiko for two simple reasons – the unique precision of Japanese watchmaking and the exquisite style statement they make. This is the brand responsible for introducing the world to the mechanical beauty and efficiency of Quartz movements. Being one of the most stylish affordable luxury watch brands globally too, we think Seiko expresses a very self-confident, bold and time notion with their watches. They cater to the minimalist, classy and sporty types. In terms of price, the average Seiko could start off at about Rs 20,000 and go high up from there.