Watches are an accessory that we all like to flaunt. If you want to have a complete wardrobe including the accessories, a watch is certainly a must have, and if it is from one of the top 5 companies, what more can one ask for. This is even more mandatory for men as watches are amongst the few accessories they can adorn. The first wrist watch was a creation of Mr. Patek Phillipe in the year 1868 and these gained a lot of popularity and fame around the 1880's. Since then, watches have evolved as one of the most elegant and luxurious accessories of all times. Today's contemporary watches can also be included in the jewelry segment, as the dials and straps of these watches are customized to hold gemstones. Fortunate men who are blessed with riches can indulge in these, and add some charisma to their personality. However, when it comes to nice watches for men, we need to talk about all the watches that men from various economic backgrounds can buy. Given below are the top 5 watch making companies, some interesting watch-facts and a list of 'affordable for all' watches too. Check it out!
The Big Boys
Before I proceed to the companies that present us with some of the best watches for men, a mention of pocket watches is a must. After all, they were the daddies of their times, weren't they? Even today, collectors have their eyes open for these. Today, the costliest watch is a pocket watch, that costs a bomb of $734,000, known as the Breguet pocket watch 1907BA/12. Next is the Blancpain 1735, Grande Complication which is considered one of the most complex watches ever made. This one would come at a price of $800,000. The last one in my list of special mentions would be a watch that is made from moon meteorite (Uh huh!) and that too 2000 years old. This one is the rare Louis Moinet Magistralis that would be yours in $860,000. Now that I've done by bit and given these guys the place they needed in this write-up, let's take a look at the present top 5 watch making companies.
This Swiss luxury wrist watch manufacturer, has a record of producing 2,000 watches every single day. This company is also credited with five innovations in wrist watches which add to the value of all its watches. Now, each watch made by this company is a piece of art, but if you want to make a noteworthy collection, go for one of the innovations, preferably the Rolex Submariner, which was the first waterproof watch up to a depth of 100m. My personal pick for you would be the THE YACHT-MASTER II priced at approximately $40,000.
Mr. Patek Phillipe did design the first wrist watch but it was just one watch and that too for a woman. It was Louis Cartier who came up with the first wrist watch collection for men called 'Santos'. Another Cartier innovation was the mystery watch collection where the dials were transparent. With operations in more than 125 countries, this is one brand you should watch-out for. The timeline of Cartier watches is something that would impress anyone. Cartier has some collections you can choose from, my favorite pick would be the Rotonde De Cartier Central Chronograph priced at $36,200 on their official website as on 1st April '11.
Another brand of Swiss watches that are primarily manufactured for aviators. They have a lot of functions that help during flying. These watches are known for bigger dials and clear visibility of all functions. All the pieces of this brand are made solely in Switzerland and that too only from Swiss components. The Breitling Emergency is a watch that also boasts of a radio transmitter. This company was the first to make a 24-hour watch for the famous astronaut Scott Carpenter. My personal pick here would be the A1335611/A569 Chronomat Evolution 746 Watch priced at approximately $5,500 or any version of the Chronomat GMT.
The popularity of this brand just can't be questioned. From James Bond to Nicole Kidman to even John F. Kennedy and Prince William, everyone has sported this watch once in their lifetime. Just like Rolex and Breitling, Omega too is a Swiss brand and is based in Bienne. It was the first watch to be worn on the moon and has been also used at the Olympics as the official time keeping device. The famous Omega Speedmaster or the Moonwatch was a watch that was officially used throughout all the Apollo missions. With such a fantastic history, the watches by this brand must really be something, isn't it? My favorite for Omega would be the 2920.80.91 Seamaster 300M Chrono Diver James Bond Watch priced at approximately $3,200.
Also known as Bulgari, this brand is Italian and deals in jewelry and luxury items as well. The watch making part for Bvlgari is handled by Bulgari Time S.A. which is the Swiss subsidiary of the company, however the headquarters still remain in Rome, Italy. The collections are mainly Bulgari-Bulgari, Assioma, Ergon, Diagono and Rettangoloand. Bulgari watches have been sported by Tom Cruise and Tony Stark in the movies Minority Report and Iron Man respectively. These watches are renowned for their unique styling. My pick here for you would be the BVLGARI BVLGARI chrono automatic Ref.BB42BSLDCH priced at approximately $6,000.
Other Top Rated Watches for Men
Some other watch making brands that are worth more than just a mention are, Fossil, Tag Heuer, Seiko, Guess, Mont Blanc and Emporio Armani. These companies are almost as well-known as the ones mentioned above, if not just as much. The collections showcase some of the top watches for men and each piece calls you to own it. Fossil and Emporio Armani are two brands owned by the same company called, Fossil, Inc.
G-Shock: G-shock is a collection of watches by Casio. These are called so because they are resistant to certain shocks. The first watch of this kind was designed by Kikuo Ibe, an engineer working at the company and was called the DW-5000C. They are completely sports utility and the demand for these is increasing by the day. The G-Shock Cockpit Racing series is the official timekeeper for Nismo Racing. The variety in these is as good as the variety in any luxury watches.
Nike's Typhoon: Though there is not much information about the Typhoon, it's said that these watches give sports watches a completely new look. They take the definition of sports watches to a completely new level. Some of the features in these watches include, water-resistant up to 100m, digital display, background light and two alarm system. We'll just have to wait and watch for more about these.
A Few More Nice Watches for Men
If the above mentioned watches are not what you're looking for, at the moment, you can have a look at these. These watches aren't high-end luxury pieces and can be bought casually. These can also be given as gifts, at times when you don't want to spend much. Most of these are also available on online shopping sites, though i suggest checking the authenticity of such sites. Check them out!
- Orient Men's CFT00007Y Power Reserve Semi-Skeleton Yellow Automatic - $600
- Torgoen Swiss Men's T06103 Pilot Computer E6B Dual Time Zone - $275
- TX Unisex T3C296 400 Series Perpetual Weekly Calendar Watch - $550
- Mondaine A132.30303.11SBB Official Swiss Railways EVO Automatic - $535
- Torgoen Swiss Men's T28101 T28 3-Hand Stainless-Steel Aviation - $295
- Casio Protrek Men's Watch Triple Sensor Yellow PRG-110C-9DR - $200
- Tissot Men's T0144271108100 PRC200 Automatic Gray Chronograph Dial - $850
- TechnoMarine Unisex 110066 Cruise - $450
- Citizen Men's BL1220-56E Eco Drive Stainless Steel - $350
- Colibri Black and Silver Pocket Watch Model PWQ098895C - $100
Now that you know all these nice watches for men, you can surely zero in on a few of them. Watches are nowadays an essential accessory, so choose need over luxury if price is an issue. With these best watches for men, it won't be that difficult, would it? Another tip I would like to share here, is that, these companies have their sales and discounts from time to time, so watch out for those. Hope you find the perfect fit for your wrist and pocket!