Looking for a watch that’s not from a mainstream Swiss brand? Well then, you’re in luck because in this article we’ve collated five of the best Swiss watches that most people won’t even think about buying. These watches are from Swiss brands that have been in the industry for quite some time now but haven’t had the notoriety the likes of Rolex, Cartier, among others.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
One of the most underrated Swiss brands, Blancpain has been killing it in the past few years with new iterations of classic watches under its helm. If you’ve been looking for a Blancpain watch for a while now, we recommend that you check out the Fifty Fathoms collection. It’s the brand’s diver watch collection, and every watch on it does not disappoint.
The Fifty Fathoms has been touted as the first modern diver’s watch, with the first edition having been launched in 1953 as a testament of the brand’s dedication to the marine world. Today, the Fifty Fathoms line is constantly rated as one of the best divers watches in the world. Look for the Bath Escape from this collection, and you should be good to go. The watch has a caliber automatic movement that has a 120 hours power-reserve.
Girard-Perregaux Vintage 1945
Girard-Perregaux is not a brand that most people know when it comes to watches, but the brand has been in the industry for quite some time now. It’s one of the oldest Swiss watchmakers, too, dating all the way back to the 1800s. Getting a Girard-Perregaux watch can be seen as a maverick choice nowadays, but it would also mean a carefully selected choice.
If you ever get anything from the brand, make no mistake – it’s the Vintage 1945 that you should be buying. With an open heart set-up in a rectangular dial, the watch is automatically a conversation-starter. Under the hood, you get a self-winding mechanical movement with a moon phase complication and at least a 46-hour power reserve. Perfect for the weekend parties!
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronometer
Audemars may be popular among enthusiasts for their Royal Oak line, but the Jules Audemars Chronometer is often overlooked among the several collections that the brand has. It’s a classic-looking watch packed with features that are expected of high-end Swiss luxury watches. To fully appreciate the beauty of the Jules Audemars Chronometer, you need to see it in person.
The chronometer inside the watch is powered by a mechanical movement and is unique among chronometers from other brands because it has the brand’s proprietary escapement model. The 18k white gold case, sapphire crystal, and satin-brushed hands, you’ll never get a better-looking tourbillon chronograph watch.
Hamilton is usually overlooked because of the top luxury Swiss brands, but what the company has perfected to capture is the affordable luxury audience. With a Swiss watchmaking heritage and an American-focused aesthetic, the collections within the brand are nothing short of spectacular. Plus, you likely won’t spend your entire savings buying one!
The Hamilton Jazzmaster is a great watch to sport every day. With an inhouse caliber movement, the watch’s dial, whatever you choose, features great lines, and classic styling. The power reserve of 80 hours means that you can substitute it for swankier timepieces for the weekend and would still find the Jazzmaster ticking when you pick it up on Monday.
Tudor Black Shield
Rolex’s offshoot brand, Tudor isn’t as popular as its mother company, but the brand has not only manufactured and produced stunning timepieces over the years, it also has stayed true to its aesthetic and design language. The Snowflake Sub is a great example of this, displaying the horological prowess of the company while standing on its own feet.
Another great example is the Black Shield, which has an iconic matte finish. The collection is done in entirely black materials, and if you’re one for that aesthetic, you’d surely gasp on the sheer elegance that Black Shield possesses. Under the hood, you get a caliber self-winding chronograph movement, a winding crown, a black ceramic case, among others.
While the Swiss watchmaking industry has had a rough couple of decades, it seems like watches with mechanical movements will be having a comeback. This is why if you’re looking for some great recommendations, check out the listed timepieces above. We are sure that you won’t be disappointed.