Looking for your Next Big Watch Purchase? Here are 3 Underrated Options for You
What constitutes an underrated watch? For aficionados and connoisseurs worldwide, underrated watches can mean different things. One of the most common is the absence of mass appreciation over it.
If you’re a collector looking for your next big purchase, here are some of the best, less talked about underrated options you can check out:
Baume et Mercier Clifton Baumatic
If you’re a watch collector just starting out and don’t have the necessary capital for big purchases, you look into some affordable and budget-friendly options.
Once you get out of that phase, you set your eyes on Swiss brands and will probably dive headfirst into the craze.
Every collector will have a Swiss-made phase, where the only thing that they only consider buying are Swiss watch brands.
Most collectors never really leave or get over this phase, as Swiss watchmakers truly are the best in the world.
But in a world where Rolex, Omega, even Patek are the talk of the town, getting something unorthodox, and out of the left-field, like the Baume and Mercier Clifton Baumatic, may just be the thing that will instantly diversify your existing collection.
The Clifton Automatic is every bit a dress watch that transitions well into being a daily driver.
Under the hood, depending on the reference you decide to invest in, is an automatic movement with 50-meter water resistance and a whopping 120-hour power reserve.
If you get the one with a moon phase complication in a stunning white dial, you get top of the line versatility that pairs well with most of your outfit choices.
A.Lange and Söhne Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
Arguably the premier German watchmaker, A. Lange, and Sohne are popular with hardcore watch collectors. The company has turned itself into an icon on its merit, a departure from the Swiss greats.
Getting a Lange, as the initiated would call it, will set you back a couple of thousands of dollars—we are talking tens of thousands here—so if it is a once in a lifetime purchase, better choose well.
When we talk about A. Lange and Sohne watches, one can never go wrong with the Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon.
This is from the infamous Saxonia collection, a collection that’s so exclusive only ones with connections can get a viewing appointment.
On top of the premium materials used for this watch, you also get a tourbillon, with the perpetual calendar complication the icing on the cake.
Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope
Another underrated German watchmaker, Junghans arguably is the affordable luxury counterpart of A. Lange, but that doesn’t mean that the timepieces from the brand are slouches.
Quite the contrary, in fact, as the Max Bill Chronoscope is arguably the best-looking and best value luxury chronograph watch for budding watch collectors.
This is a stunning watch for starters and the perfect daily driver for most corporate types!
The watch features several colors in terms of the dial, but the white one with the day-date complication on the three o’clock marker beats out its brothers in terms of symmetry and attractiveness.
The movement inside the watch is based on the legendary Valjoux 7750, which instantly increases the value of this watch tenfold.
You do get a compromise on the glass—it’s not the expected sapphire crystal, but you can retrofit one to your liking. The default glass is by no means a slouch and is developed in-house.
These watches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the hordes of underrated timepieces that are out there.
If you’re looking for something truly astounding and not at all a typical choice, doing your research is key.