C. Best Watch Brands – Entry Level Luxury: $100-$500
19) Victorinox Swiss Army Watches, $100+
The history of Victorinox Swiss Army goes back to 1884, to the opening of a cutler’s workshop for knives in Switzerland’s Ibach-Schwyz.
Over the years, the workshop became a global company dealing in Swiss Army knives, domestic and commercial cutlery, apparel and various other segments including watches.
Victorinox Swiss Army started manufacturing watches in 1989. The company continues to manufacture its watches in Switzerland, and features collections catering to sports, aviation, and business and casual wear, among others.
The I.N.O.X. Collection comes with an ultra-robust design to tackle extreme conditions. The watch can withstand impact from a 10-meter fall and comes with a water resistance depth of up to 200M.
Victorinox watches feature a Quartz movement and a stainless steel case; model-specific features include anti-reflective/scratchproof sapphire case crystal; red/green/blue/black dials with analog pointers and markers; and stainless steel bracelets/ rubber straps/ textile bands.
The Chrono Classic line provides accurate measurements to a tenth of a second. Victorinox Swiss Army models come with an anti-reflection-treated sapphire case crystal, screw-in case back, tachymeter, and 100M-water resistance capability. Steel bracelets and leather straps are band options.
The Victorinox AirBoss watch collection has mechanical self-winding models with a transparent case back, date display and 100M-water resistance. The Night Vision collection comes with a flashlight and dial illumination feature.
20) Orient Watches, $100+
Founded in 1950, this Japanese watchmaking company is well-known for its line of mechanical watches. Orient is one of the top best watch brands that use in-house expertise for developing watch movements.
Apart from its mechanical line of watches, Orient’s current watch range features purpose-oriented collections- you can find a sports range, divers, and a classic line, among others.
Orient’s diver watches come with a 200M water resistance and are available in stylish designs. The latest Orient Star collection is a remake of the Brand’s 1992 skeleton model.
The watch employs in-house movements, and was released in 2013 as a limited edition series. Models included gold-coating and stainless steel variations.
The Full Skeleton collection in this series is the brand’s flagship model. Models feature automatic movements with a 50-hour power backup; a full skeleton case back that lends a fine view of the internal movements.
Orient Skeleton watches also come with a two-layered face design involving a sapphire glass case that offers increased readability of the movements; and a model-dependent leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.
The Orient Star Retrograde distinguishes itself with a unique pointer-movement calendar that ticks from Monday through Sunday, and returns to Monday at the start of another week; this returning motion gives the Series its name -Retrograde.
Sports line includes sturdy models, including pilot watches and rally types. The Star Seeker sports a GMT feature displaying different time zones while the Open Heart is a modernly stylish design in mechanical watches.