The Best Watches to Buy Under $3,000 (2019)

best watch under $3000

Today, we will be reviewing the best watches in 2019, that you can purchase NOW for under 3,000 dollars.  Let’s face it, watches can be extremely expensive. Our job today is to find our readers not only some good watches under 3,000; but the BEST watches under this price point, period.

How the Review Works

First of all, the term best is a relative term to most. However, when it comes to watches, the term may hold more truth. Watches come in all designs, sizes, shapes, movements, and functions. What typically makes a watch “better” is the design, movement, value, and durability. These will all be accounted for in today’s review to give everyone the VERY best choices for 2019.

Continue on to find out what are the best watches under 3,000 dollars in 2019. We will give you a hint on which one is the best; the Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre 5!

Best Watches Under $3000

Best Watches Under 3,000 What Makes it Great Overall Ranking
Tag Heuer Carrera -Skeleton case back, formal and polished stainless steel design, automatic movement ★★★★★

 

Breitling Superocean II 42

-Beautiful Mariner Blue Dial, Reliable 25-Jewel Movement, Polished Stainless steel case ★★★★★
Omega Mens Seamaster Black Dial Comfortable and slim design, durability, water resistance up to 300M ★★★★
Tudor Heritage Ranger Classic design, comfortable leather strap, perfect dress watch ★★★★
Henry Jay Limited Edition “Aquamaster” Silver and gold two-toned bracelet, 120 Click Unidirectional Rotating Coin Edge Bezel, 316L Surgical Grade Stainless Steel Case ★★★★

Tag Heuer Carrera 

The Tag Heuer Carrera Calibre definitely deserves a top spot for today’s review. It is a handsome and flawless dress watch that pops on the wrist.

Where the Carrera Calibre really shines (literally), lies in the design. At first glance, it is a pretty classic dress style watch. But further investigation it is not hard to see how precious and unique this watch is.

A 39 mm stainless steel case, with a bright, light silver dial and a hand applied Tag Heuer symbol greet those who dare to glance at this masterpiece. The sapphire crystal protecting the dial is not only shiny but keeps the dial from acquiring scratches and smudges.

It’s all in the design

Behind the beautiful case, you will find a skeleton view of the precise movement. Although the case back is not visible at all times, it is a great feature to be able to take off your watch and see the movement in action.

Other highlights of the Carrera Calibre 5 include (but are not limited to): water resistance up to 100M, 38-hour power reserve, automatic movement and the polished link bracelet with a deployment clasp.

Top Features

  • Magnificent silver dial
  • A reliable movement that keeps time extremely well
  • Amazing value for a Tag Heuer Timepiece

With all that said. This is hands down one of the best choices in this price range. Tag Heuer’s are known as one of the top watch brands on the market. And it is easy to see how they outdid themselves with the Carrera Calibre 5!

Breitling Superocean II 42

Now to be completely honest, the Breitling Superocean II 42 may have been chosen for the number one spot if it wasn’t for one factor. It is slightly over the 3,000 dollar mark.

This one has many relating it to one of the most classic dive watches of all time: The Rolex Submariner. What makes the Breitling SO MUCH better, in this case, is it is A LOT more affordable (That was hard to say, I am a Rolex FANATIC)!

Follow this link to see our review of the Breitling Superocean II vs. Rolex Submariner.

The Breitling Superocean II has a perfect sized 42mm case, that is not as big as it sounds. It is on the smaller size compared to many Breitling models, which makes it more desirable for those who were not blessed with bodybuilder sized wrists (Aka: have baby wrists like me). Sitting very low on the wrist, the watch has a nice comfort to it and not a bulky feel like many other watches with cases over 40mm.

One of the most noticeable (and awesome) features of the Superocean II, has to be the mariner blue dial. Blue dials are highly sought after, since they are not as common as black and white, and give watches more contrast.

Blue Dial For the WIN

What is better than a watch with some contrast? Nothing at all! The blue dial and blue bezel go perfectly with the high polished, stainless steel dial, to give buyers a watch that is versatile yet classic.

Some of the other qualities of the Superocean include water resistance up to 300M, a Caliber 17 movement ETA 2824 (Which is one of the toughest movements on the market), Mariner blue, bi-directional bezel.

Top Features

  • Mariner Blue Dial with large white numbers
  • High Polished stainless steel; all around the watch
  • Impeccable, 25 Jewel Swiss Chronometer movement

If you are willing to go slightly over the price point of 3,000. This is the watch for you!

Omega Men’s Seamaster Black Dial

Omega is another watchmaker who creates some great timepieces, that can be very pricey. Take the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra for example, which costs way more than the Omega Men’s Seamaster Black Dial.

Let it be known, this Seamaster model has one of the most enduring looks in the Seamaster family. This watch is easily a favorite among Omega fanatics.

The watch has a case diameter of 41mm, with a rotating, low-profile ceramic bezel insert as well as a handsome black dial, are some of the top qualities of the Omega Seamaster.

A Modern Classic

As previously mentioned, the Rolex Submariner is a known powerhouse in the dive watch category for Rolex; as is the Seamaster for Omega. You simply cannot beat the durability, design, and versatility of this timepiece. Just as it can be worn for a sporty dive in the sea, it can also be worn in the most formal of events. This is a watch for a professional who also enjoys vacations and being adventurous!

Some other qualities that make the Omega Seamaster a unique and distinguished piece are the skeleton second and minute hands, charming 5-link bracelet and the impeccable durability.

Top Features

  • Upgraded, “looser”, Ceramic Bezel insert
  • 48-Hour Power Reserve
  • Extremely Tough and durable

Omega made a watch that is as formal and elegant, as is tough and sporty. The Omega Superocean literally hits on all cylinders.

Tudor Heritage Ranger Automatic

It was very necessary to add an “outlier” to today’s list. The Tudor Heritage Ranger Automatic is a watch that is not as well known, but functions well, is very durable, and makes a great dress watch.

Interesting enough, all the materials used to create the 41 mm stainless steel case, come from the same place as Rolex!  So for the price, you know you are getting insanely great quality. The Tudor Heritage has a military style look, combined with some features that usually identify a “dress watch”.  Simply oput, it is as rugged as is handsome.

The Tudor Heritage Ranger is in no way a flashy watch. It has a minimal look, with MAXIMUM features. Some favorite features of Heritage owners include; luminous hands, automatic movement with 38-hour power reserve, brown leather strap and the folding, slip through clasp.

Simple Design, with Amazing Quality

It’s not every day you see a watch in this price range using Rolex materials. With the Tudor Heritage, you can go to sleep at night knowing you have a durable and high-grade watch that goes beyond its name.

The Tudor Heritage is a perfect pick for those who enjoy watches that are simple. If durability is important, again, the Tudor is a great pick. Lastly, if you are looking for a true “Dress watch“, then look no further.

Top Features

  • Reliable, rotor, self-winding movement
  •  Rolex grade stainless steel case (don’t believe me, look it up)
  • High quality, brown leather strap, with extra green toned camouflage strap

Don’t count out Rolex’s sister brand. This is definitely a brand that many should do more research into, because they create some great watches, with accurate and reliable movements.

Henry Jay “Limited Edition” Specialty Aquamaster

One of the most attractive pieces is the last watch for the review today- the Henry Jay Aquamaster. Talk about last but not least.

Henry Jay is not one of the top contenders in the watch world. But don’t think that means they don’t create some legit timepieces. The two-toned specialty Aquamaster is a true beauty. 23K gold plating center link goes perfectly with the high polished stainless steel band and deep blue ceramic bezel with gold tick marks.

The Aquamaster has a handsome 42mm blue dial with gold hands and gold tick marks. A date window with a magnifying cyclops gives the Aquamaster a Rolex look to it. Overall, this LOOKS like a very expensive watch.

Owners swear by the quality of this watch. There are some complaints about the movement, that does not seem to keep time the best. It is equipped with an automatic, self-winding movement. But it is on the lower end of the spectrum in the review for reliability.

A Great Look, Affordable Price

Overall the Aquamaster is a good deal. You do not see many watches as beautiful as this, at such an affordable price point. If resetting the time quite often is not a huge deal, then this is a good pick.

A perfect watch for business, formal or casual environments. You will always find a reason to pull out the flashy Aquamaster. It will definitely be a conversation starter!

Top Features

  • Two-toned, 23K gold links
  • Luminescent, detailed hands
  • Attractive, blue dial

The Final Verdict

At the end of the day, the final decision is up to you, the beautiful reader. Our review is meant to guide you, to find top valued watches that fit certain criteria. ANY choice that you decide is a great one and you should not be disappointed!

When it comes down to value, durability, reliability, and attractiveness; the Tag Heuer Carrera is the ultimate winner. But really, every watch is a winner!

Shop From a Reliable Source

The last thing to leave you all with today is to remember one thing. When shopping for watches, make sure you are purchasing from a reliable source, like Amazon. There are many fakes on the market, so please do not fall victim to any scams!

Thank you for reading the review today. Hopefully, we made your watch shopping experience easier and provided more clarity. Happy shopping!

Best Affordable Seiko Watches 2018

We know that watches are important. Perhaps looking at them every few minutes makes the work day drag a bit faster? However, good watches can also be quite expensive. You don’t want to purchase a Rolex if it means spending your life savings. Likewise, you don’t want to buy a cheap, unreliable watch that somehow never seems to tick!

I am here to solve this problem. Today, this watch lover will be looking into the best SEIKO watches that are under $200! My goal is to find you a Seiko that meets your criteria for design and style, durability and of course, price!

The Best Watch Overall

Instead of having you read every single word that I have typed up (although it would be great for you to do so), I am going to make it easy for you and let in you on the best watch you can buy! The Seiko 5 SNK793 is a GREAT automatic watch, with a sleek, formal, and simple design, and it just happens to be EXTREMELY affordable! Read on to find all of the other great watches by Seiko!

Top Affordable Seiko Watch Why It’s Awesome Affordability Rating
Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic Corrosion-resistant stainless steel build, beautiful design, BEST value ★★★★★

 

Seiko 5 “Diver Style” Dive Watch design, 100m water resistance, very durable ★★★★
Seiko 5 Field Watch Rugged, durable design, automatic movement, military grade ★★★★
Seiko SNKN01 Unique design, brown leather strap, large 43.5mm dial ★★★★
Seiko SGF204 Two-Toned Two-toned, gold bracelet, crisp white dial, large date window ★★★

Best Affordable Seiko Watch

Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic

This is a great looking, comfortable and automatic timepiece. What looks even better? The price tag!

The reason this watch is ranked number one today lies deep within, hidden under the dial. Yep, I’m talking about the movement. It is not every day that you can find an automatic, 21-jewel timepiece for such a great price. Current owners boast that “nothing in the price range can compete with this watch!” And I second that statement. As an avid watch collector, I am exposed to watches with expertly crafted movements all the time. In no way is the Seiko 5 SNK793 movement spectacular, but for the affordability of this timepiece, it gets the job done and continues to function throughout continued use. Just make sure to wind your movement every few days, to keep the watch functioning properly!

A True “Steal”

When accounting for the simplistic, yet attractive design, the amazing movement, and the durability of this piece, it is easy to see why I say it’s a “steal!” Just know you cannot go wrong with the look: stainless steel bracelet, dark blue dial with a 36mm case, and a large date window that displays the day of the week and number.

Top Features

  • 21 Jewel, automatic movement
  • Dark blue dial
  • Polished, stainless steel bracelet

Seiko 5 “Diver Style”

Those who love the look of dive watches will appreciate this piece!

A great watch by Seiko that is as nice looking as it is durable. It is considered a diver style watch- it has the aesthetics of a diver watch, but not the workings. It has a water resistance of up to 100m. True divers are at least 200m.

Despite not being a true diver, the watch is still great! It features a 42mm case, with a dark black dial. It also has an aluminum unidirectional bezel and a hardlex crystal for increased durability.

A Dive Look, With a Low Price

Ironically, many dive watch prices are flying over many watch seekers’ price points. Well, you almost have what you need here. The Seiko 5 “Diver Style” is definitely suitable for swimming and light snorkeling. Just please, don’t go pull out the wetsuit!

Top Features

  • Beautiful dial and case
  • Push button deploy clasp and safety lock
  • Water resistance up to 100m

Seiko 5 Field Watch SNZG15

Field watches are great for everyday wear, due to the rugged design meant for durability. And you can bet that the Seiko field watch is a great choice!

The Seiko SNZG15 is a great choice for those on a budget and those who put their watches through more than just “wear and tear.” Field watches are known for being durable. This watch features a tough nylon band with a strong hardlex crystal protecting the dial. Not to mention the 42mm stainless steel case that is built to handle drops, bumps, bangs, and anything in between.

A Watch Curated for The Hulk

We all know good old Bruce Banner was on a tight budget. Also, any clothes he wore got destroyed whenever he was angry. Seems counterintuitive. Oh well. If the Hulk truly did exist, this would probably be his go-to. Not only is it very affordable, but it is the definition of durable. I just told you all the durable features of this watch, but WAIT! There’s more! You can also go swimming in this watch because it has a water resistance up to 100m! I think we all know which watch takes the gold in the durability category.

Top Features

  • Robust, nylon bracelet
  • Automatic movement
  • Luminescent dial (VERY bright in the dark)

Seiko SNKN01

The Seiko SNKNO1 was added to this review because of it’s unique look. And the great price of course!

With the Seiko SNKN01, you are getting a watch that is a bit different than the others reviewed today. For one, the squared, cushion shape adds a unique, but luxurious look. The case is large, at 43.5mm, and features a sunray blue dial protected by a hardlex dial window.  The distressed leather band is also durable, but also gives the watch more of a fashionable look.

Now like I mentioned-this watch is large. It is more suitable for someone with a large wrist. But once you own it, you will never want to take it off. It is comfortable enough to wear every day, and stylish enough to wear to formal events or business meetings.

Out of The Ordinary

Who really needs a round shaped watch anymore? Cushioned shaped watches are all the rage! While that statement may not be completely true, it is to some degree. To those who want a different look, one that stands out: this is your watch.  The large display makes it so this watch is easily seen by anyone who glances your way. Anyways, don’t just listen to me. You can find many happy owners who rave about this watch on Amazon.

Top Features

  • Cushion-shaped, large, stainless steel case
  • Beautiful sunburst blue dial
  • Automatic, self-winding movement

Seiko SGF204 Two-Toned

I am in love with the design and look of this watch. I know it is “copying” the two-tonedRolex Datejust, but not everyone can afford a Rolex.

Seiko did a great job when designing this watch. It truly looks like a high-grade, expensive watch at a more than affordable price.  The great-sized stainless steel 35mm case perfectly complements the two-toned silver and gold link bracelet. What enhances the look is definitely the gold coin-edged bezel that exemplifies what a luxury watch looks like.

What I am not so happy about in regards to this watch is the movement. This is the only watch on today’s review that is a quartz movement. Not that quartz watches are terrible, but if you want to appreciate the skill it takes to create a mechanical movement, you’ll see why battery powered quartz cannot compete.

A Rolex Look at a Low Price

Some people will be upset that this watch looks similar to a Rolex. Others will be extremely happy that this watch looks like a Rolex because it is much more affordable.

Overall the Seiko SGF204 is nothing short of beautiful. Everything from the light, shiny silver dial, to the polished two-toned bracelet. Even the Seiko name looks great on this watch. It is beautifully etched into the top of the dial and proudly displays the Seiko brand name.

Top Features

  • Gold, coin edged bezel
  • Two-toned, silver and gold link bracelet with fold over clasp
  • THE PRICE

The Final Word

I apologize in advance if my review led you to purchase every watch that I mentioned. That was not on my agenda; I’m trying to save you money!

The review was created to display Seiko watches, under $200, that are actually worth it. This means that the timepieces are durable, accurate, and have good-looking designs.  Although I have a love for every watch on this review, I have to pick a best watch. When accounting for value, price, durability, comfort, design, and movement, there is no question that the Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic is the best decision.

The Decision Is Yours

So which watch is it going to be? Are you going for the classic look? Is the dive style watch a must buy in your opinion? No matter what you choose, I am sure you will be happy with any watch that you decide to purchase. All of these watches have been approved by myself (the watch master) as well as MANY happy customers on Amazon.

Keep in mind, when purchasing a watch at any price point, make sure you buy from a reliable source. You do not want to risk getting scammed or purchasing a watch with no warranty. Use a reliable marketplace like Amazon so you don’t have to worry about any issues.

As always everyone, happy watch shopping! I hope I can help you pick the perfect watch that is in your budget!

The Best Freediving Watches for 2019

Best Freediving Watch

Dive watches are not only big in the Scuba market. These are timepieces that have become extremely desirable in the last few years.  Beautiful, high-class dive watches have been around for decades, like the Rolex Submariner for example. There is no doubt that watches like the Submariner are TOP NOTCH timepieces, however, I will not be reviewing the “luxury” dive watches today. Sorry Rolex fans!

Today, I will be focused on more affordable freediving watches. More specifically, the watches being reviewed today can almost be called computers. Read on to find out why the SUUNTO D6I is today’s ultimate winner and holds the title of the BEST freediving watch of 2019!

Top Freediving Watches What Makes it Great Diver Rating
Suunto D6I Tilt-compensated 3D compass, wireless air integration. Overall the technology is great with a clean design ★★★★★

 

Garmin Descent Mk1 Futuristic desgin, great value, dive log up to 200 dives ★★★★
Suunto Zoop Novo Affordable, easy to use, large screen ★★★★
SuuntoD9Tx Trimix support, three dive modes, continuous decompression ★★★★
Dive Watch By Pyle VERY affordable, more classic dive watch design, multiple color ways ★★★

Best Freediving Watches

Suunto D6I Dive Computer Watch

If durability, design, technology and specific “dive features” are important to you (they better be), this is the perfect watch for you!

Suunto is a brand that may not be mainstream (yet). But they are definitely increasing popularity. And for a very good reason, they create great, innovative timepieces.

The D6I Novo Zulu captures features a textile strap, which is built for strength and durability. This NATO strap was originally designed for military use! To ensure extra protection, the D6I is built with a high grade, steel case, and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. An awesome feature is also the logging, video, and image capturing abilities of the D6I. Once you take the image or video, you can easily sync to Suunto DM5 software, so you can share your underwater adventures with the world!

Robust “All Around” Dive Watch

Why the Suunto D6I is the best dive watch for 2019, in my opinion, is because of its all-around features. Not only do you get extreme durability, but also advanced technological features, a nice design and loads of other useful perks. These perks make the watch a PERFECT choice for any professional diver as well as those who dive as a hobby. The D6I hands down has the most dive modes and features to ensure a smooth dive every time.

Top Features

  • Durable, army-style textile Zulu strap
  • Camera and Video options to sync with a computer
  • Great Design
  • Recommended for Freediving and Scuba diving
  • 5 Modes: Air, Nitrox, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch
  • Wireless air integration
  • Best for breath hold training

Garmin Descent MK1

Garmin is a brand that many people know about. They produce high-quality tech gear and did not disappoint with the MK1 Diver.

The MK1 is an innovative masterpiece. Garmin has merged a technologically advanced smartwatch look, with the durability and some physical features of a typical dive watch.  If this is a watch you decide to purchase, know that it has great reviews from current owners and is known to last for a very long time.

Innovative Diver

With the MK1 you are receiving a watch with a full-featured GPS, a fully functional  Bühlmann ZHL-16c algorithm that ensures you stay within your dive limits and a heart rate monitor that keeps track of your heart rate throughout your whole dive. The watch was designed for serious divers who take the sport seriously and want a RELIABLE and BEAUTIFUL device to tag along through every journey they encounter. You will always be confident where you are with the reliable GPS feature, so you will not have to worry about getting lost at sea.

Top Features

  • ABC sensor capabilities (altimeter, barometer, and compass)
  • Elevate wrist-based heart rate technology
  • Futuristic look with high-quality materials

Suunto Zoop Novo

The Zoop Novo is not as flashy as the other watches being reviewed today. But do not let that count this one out, it is powerful.

Isn’t the name in itself just fun? Imagine telling people what kind of watch you are wearing.

“Hey man, what kind of watch is that?”

“Oh, just a Zoop Novo dive watch by Suunto!”

It sounds straight out of a fictional cartoon story, so you know this has some interesting features to it. For one, you are not limited by color. With 4+ colors to choose from, you are sure to find a color that fits your underwater personality. Even better is the Zoop Nova is affordable. This is a diver that does not break the bank. Easily flip through the five-dive modes (Air, Nitrox, Gauge, Free and Off) while smiling because you were able to save money with this purchase!

Simple and Easy to Use

When hundreds of feet under the great abyss, you can be easily distracted by a watch with hundreds of buttons and features. Not with the Zoop Novo. The simple interface has 4 buttons that control the whole watch. Readability of the dial is also simple, with a bright backlight display, that is meant to be read in the darkest of areas. So although the Zoop Novo does not have the most innovative and advanced features like other watches on the list today, it is a watch that will function with ease.

It is a nightmare when you are one hundred feet under the ocean and struggling to get your watch to function properly. With the Zoop Novo, it is as easy as a push of a button.

Top Features

  • Easy use/simple design
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Multiple colorways

Suunto D9TX

Wow! A lot of Suunto watches made the list today! Time to find out what makes the D9TX a great choice!

Anyone who glances at this watch will be intrigued. The full body, titanium design is as durable as it looks. Add the protective sapphire crystal and you got yourself a durable watch. Even the bracelet on this watch is titanium. It was literally built with strength in mind. I am pretty sure it was tested out on Bruce Banner while he was angry…..

Other than the beautiful physical features, there are also great aspects that are inside of the watch.  You can easily plan or log any dive straight from your PC or Mac. A full continuous decompression algorithm is installed to ensure a safe dive every time you take a dive. And this watch even has a tilt compensated 3D-compass.

Strong and Complex

No, I’m not describing a Bourbon whiskey; save that for after you purchase a watch!

It is easy to fall in love with this watch by sight. The watch is bright, shiny and made for any type of dive. The titanium build sets this watch apart from many of its counterparts. Titanium gives the watch a futuristic, yet lustrous look. This may be one of the more pricey of watches being reviewed today, but if you like the design and materials more than the others; than there is nothing wrong with purchasing the D9TX. Current owners are MORE than happy with their watch. It is not easy to find negative reviews about the D9TX, simply because it is a great watch.

Top Features

  • Titanium case and bracelet with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal
  • 5 modes to choose from while freediving (Air, Trimix, Free Dive, Gauge and Watch)
  • 3D compass with wireless air integration
  • Recommended for advanced freedivers in the commercial or technical diving
  • Memory up to 80 hours

Dive Watch By Pyle

The Dive Watch by Pyle definitely has a more “classic” dive watch look to it, rather than the dive computer style.

Now, to be honest, this watch was added to today’s review because of its INSANE affordability. You are losing many features because of the cheaper price point, however, it is still a notable mention against the other watches.

The bezel on this piece looks exactly like one on a Submariner.  What is different on this dive watch is the rubber band and its digital features.

This watch has a built-in stopwatch, thermometer, countdown timer, and has multiple time zones. It also has an automatic dive mode that sets in when in depths of more than 5 feet.

A Functional Watch at a Great Price

You get what you pay for. That is exactly what I say to describe the dive watch by Pyle. It is a decent dive watch that has multiple colors and designs to choose from and many digital features for diving. Is it the MOST reliable watch? No, not at all. But for the insanely great price you pay, it is what you should expect. If only it worked like a Rolex….

Go with Pyle if you are a new diver and want to try out how dive watches work, to see if they are helpful for you. After that you can move up to the big leagues!

Top Features

  • The amazing price
  • Automatic dive mode
  • Multiple colors to choose from/ Good to wear out, other than just for diving

Final Verdict

Freediving watches, or more appropriately, freediving COMPUTERS, are very important devices for serious divers. If you plan on diving professionally, or for fun, it is always a good idea to have a trusty dive watch. My review today was to show some of the BEST freediving watches of 2019, of all different styles and price points.

Any watch you decide to purchase should fit your needs if you look closely at all the features that the watch includes. At the end of the day, my suggestion would be to go with Suunto D6I. But hey, who am I, I’m just a watch fanatic. The final decision is up to YOU! 

Buy From a Reliable Source

Always remember when buying a watch online, especially ones with higher values. Buy from a trustworthy marketplace like Amazon. I hope I was able to make your search for the perfect freediving watch easier today. Happy watch shopping my friends!