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Five affordable Swiss watches

by Michael Weare
25 October, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Rotary Evolution TZ2 Chronograph

Far, far away from the world of high-end minute repeaters and double tourbillons, fancy metals and new age ceramics, glistening with the exquisite craftsmanship of over 3000 man hours per watch, there resides the bread and butter business of the Swiss watch industry. These are the watches that keep the whole industry ticking over. The watches for the unassuming man in the street, who hasn’t the budget or the faintest desire to break the bank with a £3,000, never mind a £300,000 watch.

But even on a budget you don’t have to compromise on quality, performance or looks to own a Swiss made watch. Here is a selection of Swiss made watches that have plenty of appeal without plenty of price tag.  It pays to shop around for the watch model you want because prices can vary greatly for the exact same watch. Example, the Rotary Evolution Chronograph can retail anywhere from £505 to £1,000, so affordability is at your fingertips.

Prometheus Recon 5 Swiss Made Flieger

Prometheus Recon 5 Swiss Made Flieger

Portuguese watchmaker Prometheus was founded in 2008. They design a range of watches including this Swiss Made mechanical men’s flieger watch. A flieger is essentially an aviation watch, hence the large dial for ease of legibility. It’s powered by an ETA Unitas 6497-1 with côtes de genève finish and is made in the Swiss Jura mountains in order to assure absolute performance.

With its engineered design look and appeal the Recon 5 is a pure man’s watch with a price and quality that makes it one of the best watch buys. A Swiss-made aviation watch at a very down to earth £322.

Christopher Ward C3 Malvern Chronograph MKII

Christopher Ward C3 Malver Chronograph MK II

Inspired by the dashboards of vintage Aston Martin’s there is an unmistakeable English feel to this C3 Malvern Chronograph. Christopher Ward specialise in making excellent Swiss made watches without the Swiss made price tag. Many a watch aficionado gets a little sniffy about the idea of quartz, but outside of the watch world, it simply isn’t an issue. Great performance and looks at a great price. This 39mm quartz chronograph is priced at just £300.

Maurice Lacroix Miros Chronograph

Maurice Lacroix Miros

The Miros Collection is a wide range of sporty, contemporary watches from Swiss brand Maurice Lacroix. The Maurice Lacroix Miros watch collection fuses technical ability, high-quality aesthetics and a sense of character. Automatic and quartz analogue movements function across bracelet and strap models, offering a wide choice of models pitched at around the £700 to £995 mark.

Rotary Evolution TZ2 Chronograph

Rotary Evolution TZ2 Chronograph

Rotary is a Swiss/British success story, and Rotary is considered a British ‘superbrand.’ The watches are Swiss made but the company headquarters is in Oxford Street London. Rotary’s biggest market has been the UK ever since the 1920s. The company is still family owned.

The Rotary Gents Evolution Reversible Dial Watch is reversible with two timezones and dual movements. One side features a white chronograph dial with date display and orange accents. Complemented by a classic white dial with black and orange detailing. Watch is Swiss-made with a lifetime guarantee. Priced to sell at £505.

 

Xetum Stinson

Xetum Stinson

California designed, Swiss made Xetum Swiss automatic watches blend modern design with Swiss precision and craftsmanship. Each Xetum men’s watch is painstakingly crafted in Switzerland’s Jura Valley, using time-tested watch making methods. The styling is clean, unfussy and cool. Xetum believes old-world craftsmanship doesn’t have to mean old school design.

The Stinson men’s Swiss automatic watch is all about the basics. A sweep second hand powered by an ETA Swiss automatic watch movement glides effortlessly around the minimalist dial. For those who appreciate uncluttered functionality and design, the Stinson represents timekeeping at its basic best. £620.

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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