Watchlist: the best timepieces for up to £1,000
Elliot Brown Tyneham
Like Farer and Helgray, Elliot Brown – a no-nonsense UK maker founded by two surfer dudes – is growing up fast, along with its loyal fans. And with age comes sophistication and the desire for a proper watch with proper mechanics. Step forward the self-winding Tyneham.
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Seiko Presage Multi-Hand
On the one hand, Seiko makes solid, cheap, classy, but yes, cheap watches; on the other, its Grand Seiko division handcrafts beauties to rival Rolex. In between is Presage, a mechanically driven series of dress watches only available in Japan… until now. You really can’t go wrong.
Hamilton, like its Swatch stablemates Tissot and Certina, is all about fantastic-value watches, but with an added touch of behind-enemy-lines, out-in-the-fieldness. So thank goodness it's made a rugged, harpoon-proof diving watch suited to the needs of your typical Navy SEAL.
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It was only a matter of time before UK newbie Farer ventured into Swiss-mechanical territory, as it’s a brand inspired by the pluck of explorers past. Plus, its manufacturing partner is Roventa-Henex, which makes (anonymously) for some of Switzerland’s biggest players.
Ball Fireman Enterprise
No, not that sort of fireman – we’re talking about the bloke in charge of the steam trains of the US’s 19th-century railroad. Mr Ball himself was charged with keeping the conductors of his country’s rapidly growing network on time (within 30 seconds of each other, in fact) and crash-free. They’d certainly whistle twice at this tribute to the pocket watches of yore.
Junghans Meister Driver
Look at it. Just… look at it. You want it, don’t you? Of course you do. Especially if, like Erhard Junghans himself, you’re a fan of Maybach, whose 1932 DS8 Zeppelin’s dashboard and cream paintwork have directly informed this gorgeous dial. Yes, it’s 50 quid over £1,000, but who’s counting?