Five new watches un­der $6,000 that punch far above their weight

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OMEGA: AN AD­VANCED ME­CHAN­I­CAL MOVE­MENT IN AN EV­ERY­DAY PACK­AGE

These watches at 40mm are a highly ver­sa­tile size and have at­trac­tive vin­tage in­spired styling.

The move­ment is Omega's in-house cal­i­bre 8806 and it's Master Chronome­ter cer­ti­fied: That means it can with­stand mag­netic fields of up to 15,000 gauss with a co-ax­ial es­cape­ment and a 55-hour power re­serve. Ex­pected in stores this Fall.

US$4,900 on a strap.

US$5,100 on a bracelet.

TU­DOR: A COL­UMN WHEEL, VER­TI­CAL CLUTCH CHRONOGRAPH

The styling for the Black Bay Chronograph may or may not be ev­ery­one's cup of tea, but no­body's ar­gu­ing about the qual­ity of the move­ment. An au­to­matic chronograph move­ment with a host of in­ter­est­ing fea­tures, in a watch that re­tails for a lit­tle over US$5,000, is in the cur­rent cli­mate for watches some­thing of a mir­a­cle. US$5,050

JAEGER-LECOULTRE: A WATCH THAT SHOWS SOME­ONE STILL MAKES 'EM LIKE THEY USED TO

It's an up­graded ver­sion of JLC's cal­iber 889, which is a flat, high-grade move­ment that was first in­tro­duced in the 1980s. The 899/1 has a free-sprung ad­justable mass bal­ance, ce­ramic ball bear­ings, uni­di­rec­tional wind­ing, and in gen­eral is a great ex­am­ple of the sort of well made, well fin­ished, re­li­able work­horse move­ment. US$5,700

GRAND SEIKO: SOME­THING IN­TER­EST­ING AND IN­NO­VA­TIVE

This par­tic­u­lar in­car­na­tion is model SBGA211, us­ing the Grand Seiko Spring Drive cal­i­bre 9R65, with a 70-hour power re­serve and ac­cu­racy of bet­ter than a sec­ond a day. The case and bracelet are Seiko's "high in­ten­sity" hardened ti­ta­nium.

US$5,800 for this model, on a match­ing ti­ta­nium bracelet.

ROLEX: THE FIRST AND LAST WATCH YOU'LL EVER NEED

The Rolex Oys­ter Per­pet­ual has a 39mm in di­am­e­ter. It lacks many of the el­e­ments: No date cy­clops, no fluted bezel; just the hands, dial, and the crown. This watch is not an ex­er­cise in min­i­mal­ism, but an ex­er­cise in es­sen­tial­ism. US$5,800

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