We get it-- being bit 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 sixth 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.
RA-AK00 Version 4 – Every collection needs a statement piece, and this rendition fits the bill. It features bold Arabic Numerals, a multi-dimensional dial, an eye-catching day and night display, and even a slightly domed sapphire crystal. Every time you look at it you’ll find something new. $290
Kamasu – The elements might not be kind to a wristwatch, so we built the Kamasu to be able to take a beating. It also is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal up top, a screwed-down crown, 200m water resistance, and a solid center link bracelet. It’s the watch you wear when you’re off duty or even off the grid. $280
Contemporary Mesh – A watch like this rounds out this collection nicely, especially with its comfortable mesh strap and uniform look. We love its mixture of contemporary and classic design. It does so much with so little, and with a collection of eye-popping designs to choose from, you’ll be able to wear your personal style in no time. $265
The total for this 3-piece collection comes in around $835, a whole $165 under budget. It’s a collection that provides you options for every occasion.