How to Start a Collection for Under $1,000 - Part 8

We get it-- being bitten by the watch “bug” can be both exciting and overwhelming. Watch collecting may not seem like the most accessible hobby in the world (especially in the realm of mechanical watches), but with Orient Watch, starting a well-rounded collection doesn’t have to cost a fortune. This is our eigth installment on how we would start a fantastic mechanical watch collection for under $1000. And we’re not talking about just one watch; here are three mechanical pieces to get you started. Prices seen below are from our website without promo codes.

The AK03 Version 5, in white, on leather – We’re starting it off on the classier side of the spectrum. Featuring a shimmering silver sunburst dial and calfskin black leather strap, the silver/black combo is a watch you can't go wrong with. With a sapphire crystal to protect that shimmering, complication-rich dial this watch will be a mainstay in your budding collection for years to come. ($290)


The Contemporary Classic Version 6, in champagne, on mesh - The AC00 Version 6 is one of the first contemporary classic on a mesh strap. With the mesh bracelet, this model is a bit dressed down in comparison to the rest of the collection which makes it the perfect everyday watch and for all occasions. ($245)


The RA-AA08, in burgundy, on stainless steel. - Rounding out our starter collection suggestions we have the newest colorway in our RA-AA08 diver series in burgundy. Every fledgling watch collection needs at least one sports watch. From desk diving to the great outdoors this is truly wear anywhere watch. ($295)

The total for this 3-piece collection comes in around $830, a whole $170 under budget. It’s a collection that provides you options for every occasion.