Whether it’s time to spring for your kid brother’s graduation gift, drop hints about a wedding present to your betrothed, or upgrade your own wrist candy, we’ve got you covered with the best men’s watches under $1,000. Dropping five or so “C notes” may not get you that vintage Rolex you’ve been eyeing, but these shiny toys guarantee some serious face time. While there’s a definite trend towards period pieces, tech fans, do not despair — these retro facades hide next-ten capabilities. The ghost in the machine may pair with your phone … and much, much more.
Shinola presents a timepiece that strikes just the right note between complexity and simplicity. The Canfield Sport features ceramic details and a dial punctuated with three sub-dials, creating a sporty look that looks great with everything else in your wardrobe. Here we lead with the metal bracelet in a 45 mm case, but it’s also available with leather straps and in 10 colorways and two watch face sizes to make a tailor-made statement. The movement is, of course, built in Shinola’s Detroit factory. Pair it with other American-made goods for extra points.
It’s almost summer and time to think about swimsuits, sunblock, and … sharks? The Alsta Nautoscaph’s claim to fame is that it was worn by Richard Dreyfuss in Jaws, but if that doesn’t strike quite the right note, it still rocks a clean, mid-century modern design with streamlined, stainless steel construction. It ships with a stainless mesh bracelet, has a screw-down crown, and is water resistant to 999 feet. It’s also a fave of our buddies at Huckberry, who thought enough of it to import it from Alsta, a classic British watch brand that was resurrected in 2014.
The Tissot Chemin des Tourelles takes its name from the street in Le Locle, Switzerland, where the Tissot factory was established in 1907, and where the company can still be found today. It’s the classic Swiss watch, and Tissot is the official timekeeper of the NBA, so you know they got game.
For the vintage auto enthusiast, Autodromo presents this sporty number, an homage to Ford endurance racing, featuring wide white stripes on a bold blue ground. The GT Endurance Chronograph makes reference to racing watches of the 1960s, but is equally inspired by the avant-garde design language of the latest GT Supercar. It is so choice. We’re showing it off here in the blue-and-white Ford Racing Stripes colorway, but it is also available in Le Mans Blue, a Le Mans Blue 2016 Dial with red detailing, a black Heritage 66 Dial, and a bold Heritage 67 Dial with white straps and a red face.
The Montblanc Summit features the cutting edge soul of a smartwatch, but is housed in a vintage body. It’s touch-screen display is covered by curved sapphire glass for a more traditional look. The watch features a microphone for voice commands, heart-rate monitor, sensors for measuring steps and activities, gyroscope and compass to measure orientation, barometer for altitude, and an ambient light sensor that automatically adapts the brightness of its screen. It connects via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and features 4GB flash storage to sync and play music, so you can leave your phone behind. Additional apps for both iOS and Android are available, but it comes preloaded with a selection for immediate use. It also comes in six different colorways.
Kronaby’s Sekel collection celebrates clean Scandinavian design that stands the test of time. (“Sekel,” it turns out, is Swedish for “century.”) Perfect for career travelers, the Sekel smartwatch adjusts time zones automatically, gives reminders to stand up, has a silent alarm function, and offers the ability to decline calls with a tap. Two of our favorite features: the watch can be located with the help of the phone app and it uses a standard watch battery, so there’s one less charging cable to pack. It also offers the ability to track speed, count steps, and be used as a camera remote. There are Android and iOS apps available that allow the watch to be used for everything from turning on lights to opening the garage door. No word on whether the Sekel will help with assembling Ikea furniture. We’ve featured the Sekel in a blue face and silver strap, but this beautiful watch is also available in black and silver faces, a variety of leather straps, and rose gold.
Article originally published September 5, 2016. Last updated May 2, 2018.