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Watches 2015: the best watches you can buy for under £250

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  • Larsson & Jennings CM Black

    Like Daniel Wellington, Shore Projects or Uniform Wares, this wildly successful Scandi/Brit enterprise is at the vanguard of “Fashion Swiss”, rocking up-to-the-minute style without compromising on build quality.

    £225; larssonandjennings.com

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  • Swatch Gran Turismo

    Arguably the most democratic watch out there, as both perennial fashion accessory and respectable badge of Swiss watchmaking nous (its launch in 1983 saved the industry during a slump). Speedo styling is right up our street.

    £44.50; swatch.com

  • Daniel Wellington Dapper

    The DW craze has bordered on phenomenal, thanks to the fashion brand’s canny uptake of the nylon NATO strap trend before most else. But now it’s grown up, and doing a fine line in classical timekeeping.

    £219; danielwellington.com

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  • Accurist Vintage Chronograph

    Just how Accurist manages to design and make something as classy as this for that pricetag beggars belief, but here we are: a homegrown oldie that Mr Draper himself would happily ‘don’.

    £100; accurist.co.uk

  • Bulova Military UHF

    Beyond a robust throwback to the US maker’s WWII past, your buck gets considerable bang thanks to a third prong on the quartz crystal eliciting a vibrational frequency of 262kHz, meaning far higher accuracy than standard.

    £199; bulova.com

  • Omologato Hesketh

    The best bits of Ron Howard’s Rush were the scenes involving James Hunt and his team principal, Lord Hesketh. Forty years on from their heyday, this watch remembers one of racing’s greatest underdog victories at Zandvoort in 1975.

    £249; omologato.myshopify.com

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