Watches: aordable style
Stylish and functional diver’s watches for a fraction of the price of a new or used Omega or Rolex
OW MUCH DO you want a benchmark diver’s watch from one of the big Swiss names? Omega’s Seamaster has almost trebled in price since 2000. Back then, it cost £1050. It is now £2920. Its new co-axial movement is more sophisticated, but not enough to justify a price hike like that alone.
And buying used won’t help. The classic watch market has been hit by the same super-inflation as the classic car market. A Seamaster bought new in 2000 will cost you £2500 from a dealer now if it has its original box and papers.
Plainly, we still want these watches, or the manufacturers wouldn’t be able to keep putting the prices up. But you can have a classic, automatic diver’s watch on a stainless-steel bracelet from a brand with a long history of making them for a tiny fraction of what you’d pay for essentially the same thing from Omega or Rolex. BEN OLIVER @thebenoliver