Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watches for Under... Part 2

Mechanical watches are something of a relic.  They feel like a piece of history.  The best men's watches for under is all about this, we love what mechanical watches symbolize, and these lists, for the best mechanical watches are my favorite lists.

After The watches I was able to find for the Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watches for Under... Part 1, I am worried I will not be able to repeat that performance for part 2.  These watches are going to cover the ultra high end spectrum, going from 2000 dollars to 20,000 dollars.

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watches for Under... Part 2

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watch for Under 2000 dollars

Artelier, Hand Wind Small Second
Model: 01 396 7580 4051 07 5 21 05
Case: 40mm, Stainless steel
Band: Leather
Movement: Oris 396 (ETA 7001)
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Water resistance: 20M/66ft

Best men's mechanical watchOris is a company I often forget about, I have no good reason for that either.  I rank them in the same category as companies like Hamilton or Shinola, but for some reason, I just never look at them.

Today I am giving Oris a spot with the Artelier Hand Wind, Small Second.  The Artelier has a 40mm stainless steel case with the crown at the 3 o'clock position and a sapphire lens on both the front and the back of the watch.  The silver dial has Arabic numerals at the 3, 6, 9 and 12 o'clock position and dashes at the other hours, it also has small Arabic numerals for the 5 minute markers, and a small seconds dial at the 6 o'clock position.

The Oris Artelier uses a Oris 396 Movement, which uses a ETA 7001 for its base.  This means it is a modified ETA 7001.  The movement is a 17 jewel, manual winding model, with a running speed of 21,600 bph.  It also has a 42 hour power reserve.

I like the look of the Oris.  There are a couple of watches in this price range that also use the same ETA 7001 so, the final decision came down to looks and ease of getting the watch.  The Oris can be found on Amazon for around 1845 dollars, and looks like a good buy at that price.

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watch for Under 5000 Dollars


Speedmaster Moon watch limited edition 
Model: 311.
Case: 39.7mm, Stainless steel
Band: 22.9mm Leather
Movement: Omega 1861 Manual Wind
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Chronograph
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 50M/167ft

Best men's mechanical watchOmega has made my lists again.  This is not a real surprise, considering this watch was on my 5 best men's watches for under 5000 dollars, and the best men's chronograph watches for under... part 2.  And considering that it is an Omega, you had to expect it to be on this list.

I love this watch.  I love the fact that it is a manual wind chronograph.  That is a whole lot of fancy in one little package.  This watch may be my most very favorite on this list.  At 39.7mm, the stainless steel case is not over large,  It has the crown at the 3 o'clock position and the chronograph function buttons at the 2 and 4 o'clock positions.  The Moon watch has a tachymeter bezel and a sapphire lens on the front.  The back is etched with the classic Omega seahorse.  The black face is marked with dashes at the hour markers.  Polished hour, minute and second hands are imbued with luminous material.  The watch has 3 sub dials for the chronograph.

The Omega 1861 Movement, which, unfortunately is not actually an in-house movement.  It is a Lemania base.  Regardless, this is a awesome watch.  I found it cheapest on Amazon for around 3700 dollars, and I think it is well worth that.  Great watch.  I cannot say that enough.

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watch for Under 8,000 Dollars

Navitimer Cosmonaute
Model: AB0210B4.C917.447A
Case: 43mm, Stainless steel/Red Gold
Band: Leather
Movement: breitling 02 Hand wound
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date, Chronograph
Water resistance: 30M/100ft

Best men's mechanical watchThe Breitling watches are not for the faint of heart.  They tend to offer a whole lot of information on their faces, and the Navitimer Cosmonaute is no exception.  This watch has a whole lot going on, and it may not be for everyone.  But for a 7,000 dollar watch, I assume most people are either looking for a watch that offers a lot or is encrusted with diamonds.  I tend to favor function over flare, which is why I am putting a Breitling on this list, in this spot.

The Navitimer is a 43mm stainless steel and red gold cased watch with the crown at the 3 o'clock position and the chronograph buttons at the standard 2 & 4 o'clock positions.  The lens is sapphire and it has a functional, bi-directional slide rule.  The face of the watch is blue and has Arabic numerals for minutes, hours and the 24 hour clock.  The three chronograph sub dials are located at the 4, 6 and 8 o'clock positions and the date window is located at the 4:30 position.  The steel band has a folding style clasp.

The Breitling 02 movement is the power behind this watch, It has 39 jewels and runs at 28,800 bph.  It has a hearty 70 hour power reserve, and is quite a piece of machinery, considering it is a chronograph, and it has a date function as well.

This watch is an extreme time piece, it is all the things above, as well as a tribute to Scott Carpenter, who wore the watch as he orbited the Earth in the Aurora 7 capsule.

I added the under 8000 dollar category, for two reasons; 1) This watch was cool enough to warrant it, and 2.)Because I could not find a 20,000 dollar watch I liked enough to go that high on the price scale.  Panerai has some watches that near that mark, but, reality is, they are not much different than the Radiomir I have already added to this list.

The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watch for Under 10,000 Dollars

Radiomir 8 Day Titanio
Model: PAM00346
Case: 45mm, Titanium
Band: Alligator
Movement: Manual Wind P.2002/9 calibre
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Water resistance: 100M/330ft

Best men's mechanical watchSeriously cool, it is one of my favorite watches on any of my lists, the Panerai Radiomir has also made an appearance on the 5 best mens watches under 10,000 dollars.  This one along with the IWC 8 day were the two manual wind watches on that list, and this one got the thumbs up, mostly because of its looks, it is unique, in a good way and the IWC is very classic looking.

The Radiomir 8 day Titanio has a 45mm Titanium case with the crown at the 3 o'clock position.  It has sapphire on the front and back, and it has a brown dial with Arabic numerals at the top and bottom of the watch (the 12 & 6).  It has a small seconds at the 9 o'clock and a date window at the 3 o'clock position.  The watch also sports an alligator band with a buckle style clasp.

The Panerai manual wind P.2002/9 movment is a 23 jewel, in house movement.  It runs at 28,800 bph and it has, of course, an 8 day power reserve.

I love this watch, I find it priced anywhere from 9,000 to about 12,000.  I do know that Amazon sells it for 9675 dollars.

Wrap Up

These watches on The Best Men's Mechanical Hand Wind Watches for Under... were fun watches to research.  They are some of the most impressive wristwatches I have ever looked at, and in the process I was able to make myself a wish list of wonderous watches for my future purchases.

I hope it helps you in finding the perfect timepiece for you.


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