The best men’s watches under £5,000

If you've got your starter watch, but are looking to upgrade to intermediate level, what do you buy?

There are plenty of folk out there who struggle with the idea of a luxury watch. The argument is typically that there can be no point in spending thousands of pounds on a device that performs a function done just as well, if not better, by a phone or a slab of black battery-powered plastic on sale for a tenner at Argos. Which is true – assuming you have no appreciation of craft, aesthetics, heritage or quality, and you prefer your accessories banged out in a Bangkok sweatshop than a state-of-the-art Swiss manufacture.

But even then, there are those who do have time for a luxury watch, yet still struggle with the notion of watches that cost tens, if not hundreds of thousands of pounds. Either because they can’t afford them, or because they simply can’t rationalise buying a watch that costs more than a car, a new wardrobe and a year’s worth of school fees combined. Fair enough.

However, there is plenty out there to satisfy, nay excite, the ‘affordable’ luxury watch buyer – especially if your budget stretches to around £5,000. For that kind of money (as opposed to, say, spending £2,000 or below on your watch), you can still get a properly designed, hand-assembled, Swiss Made watch from one of the great dial names – and even a watch with the kudos of an ‘in-house’ movement, one designed, produced and assembled by the company taking your money. Pick any one of these, and you’ll have spent wisely.