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a.b.art swiss made This German/Swiss watch brand was founded 1991 in Germany by the designer Alexander Burhans. www.abartwatches.com

Accurate This Swiss watch brand was founded 1989 in Bienne, Switzerland. www.accuratewatch.com

Accurist This UK watch brand was founded 1946 in Londen, United Kingdom by Asher and Rebecca Loftus. www.accurist.co.uk

Ad Chrono This German watch brand was founded in Melle, Germany by A. Dräger.

Aegler This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1878 in Biel, Switzerland by Jean Aegler.

Aerowatch This Swiss watch brand was founded 1910 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. www.aerowatch.com

Affluence Watch This watch brand was founded in Newchatel, Switzerland.

Agassiz Watch Co. This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1876 Geneve, Switzerland by Georges Agassiz.

Agir Watch This watch brand was founded 1926, Biel, Switzerland.

Akteo This French watch brand was founded by J.C. Mareschal. www.akteo.fr

alain LE mondial This Swiss watch brand was founded in Kestenholz, Switzerland. www.alain-le-mondial.de

Alain Philippe This Swiss watch brand was founded in Lausanne, Switzerland. www.alainphilippe.com

Alain Silberstein This French watch brand was founded at the end of the 80’s in Besançon, France by Alain Silberstein. www.a-silberstein.fr

Alfex This Swiss watch brand was founded 1948 in Lugano, Switzerland by Ferdinand Gindraux and is now part of SSIH group. www.alfex.ch

Alfred Dunhill www.dunhill.com

Alpina This Swiss watch brand was founded 1883 in Winterthur, Switzerland by Gottlieb Hauser Everything started in 1883 when Gottlieb Hauser, watchmaker in Winterthur, founded the Swiss Watchmakers Corporation (“Corporation d’Horlogers Suisse”). In 1901, the name “Alpina” was registered as a trademark. www.alpina-watches.com

Altus This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1920 Biel, Switzerland by Hans Troesch.

Ambre (Montres S.A.) This watch brand was founded in Morteau Cedex, France. www.montres-ambre.fr

Amundsen Oslo This Norwegian watch brand was founded 2002 in Oslo, Norway by Jergen Amundsen (a relative of Roald Amundsen, the first man to set a food on the South Pole). www.amundsenoslo.com

Andersen, Svend This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1979 Geneve, Switzerland by Svend Andersen (born in Danemark). www.andersen-geneve.ch

Andre le Marquand This Swiss watch brand was founded by André Le Marquand. www.lemarquand.ch

Andreas Strehler This Swiss watch brand was founded in Winterthur, Switzerland by Andreas Strehler. www.astrehler.ch

Angelus This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1891 Le Locle, Switzerland by Stolz brothers (Stolz Frères S.A).

Angular Momentum This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1999 Bern, Switzerland. www.angularmomentum.com

Anonimo This watch brand was founded 1997 in Florence, Italy by Federico Massacesi. www.anonimo.com

Antima This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1919 Switzerland. www.antima.ch

Antoine Preziuso This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1990 by Antoine Preziuso. Part of the e-prod distribution ( www.eprod.ch ). www.antoine-preziuso.com

Appella This watch brand was founded in 1943 at Porrentruy, Switzerland by Jahre Paul Glocker, the legendary Swiss horologist and Chairman of EBOSSA group. www.appella.com

Aquanautic This Swiss watch brand was founded 2002 in Geneva, Switzerland. www.aquanautic.com

Aquastar This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1962. www.aquastar.ch

AquaSwiss www.aquaswisswatch.com

Arbu This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1937 Biel, Switzerland by A. Bueche.

Archimede Uhren This watch brand was founded in Pforzheim, Germany by the Ickler GmbH. www.archimede-uhren.de

Ardath Watch Co. This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1935 Geneve, Switzerland by Edmond Dreyfus.

Aristella This German watch brand was founded in Pforzheim, Germany by ARISTO VOLLMER GmbH. www.aristella.de

Aristo This German watch brand was founded in 1907 Pforzheim, Germany by Julius Epple. www.aristo-watch.de

Armand Nicolet This Swiss watch brand was founded in Tramelan, Switzerland. www.armandnicolet.com

Armin Strom This Swiss watch brand was founded 1983 in Biel-Bienne, Switzerland by Armin Strom (father of Daniel Strom). www.arminstrom.ch

Arnold & Sons This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1764 (London, United Kingdom) by John Arnold and is now part of the The British Masters SA. The British Masters SA is a private Anglo-Swiss owned firm founded in 1995 by Swiss watchmaking engineer Eric Loth in the Neuchatel canton, Switzerland’s watchmaking heart.

The British Masters continue to write the history of two legendary watchmaking names: Graham and Arnold & Son. www.arnoldandson.com

Arsa This Swiss watch brand was founded 1898 in Tramelan-dessus, Switzerland by Auguste Reymond. www.a-reymond.com

Astboerg This watch brand was founded Berlin, Germany. www.astboerg.de

Atlantic This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1888 Bettlach, Switzerland by Eduard Kummer. www.atlantic-watch.ch

Aubert-Piguet, A. This Swiss watch brand was founded in 1895 Le Brassus, Switzerland by Paul Piguet-Capt.

Audemars Piguet This Swiss watch brand was founded 1875 in Le Brassus, Switzerland by Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet. www.audemarspiguet.com

Auguste Reymond This Swiss watch brand was founded 1898 in Tramelan Switzerland by Auguste Reymond. www.augustereymond.ch

Avier www.avierwatch.com

Axcent of Scandinavia This watch brand was founded in the late 1990’s in Stockholm, Sweden. www.axcent.se

Azimuth This watch brand was founded in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. www.azimuthwatch.com

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Top 10 Affordable Watches That Get A Nod From Snobs ABTW Editors' Lists 185 Comments May 31, 2015 by David Bredan Top 10 Affordable Watches That Get A Nod From Snobs

You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money on a timepiece that will earn you respect or even praise from a dedicated watch snob. While most "lower-end" watches will not satisfy the particular attention to detail or value that serious enthusiasts are keen to notice, there are a number of superlative "everyman" watches that will nevertheless garner a nod from the horological elite.

Why is it, however, that watch snobs are hard to please? Are they merely measuring up other watch lovers by how much money they are spending? It often appears that way, but that isn't the precise truth. More accurately, it would be safe to say that most of the timepieces available that have unique or very refined designs and excellent materials, as well as features, tend to be much more expensive. Timepieces are often an inherently expensive item (hence why they are in the luxury category), so it isn't surprising that cost is often associated with how "nice" something is.

Everyone would love to enjoy deep pockets when it comes to purchasing watches, but the reality is that finding a good watch that is also a really good value takes some work. Fortunately, the aBlogtoWatch team has compiled this list of 10 affordable watches that get a nod from snobs so that you can mingle with the elite timepiece collectors of the world and not feel as though your choice of watch is being immediately dismissed.

1. Seiko Monster , Seiko Sumo and Seiko SKX007

That is quite the trifecta: three world renowned dive watches. In some sense, they all represent some of the best in the segment. With extremely competitive prices, solid build quality, and a manufacturer like few others on this planet, one or more of these have more than likely made it to the "must-have" lists of beginner – and seasoned! – watch enthusiasts alike. Neither the Monster, with its unquestionably unique looks, the Sumo, with its standard modern dive watch style, nor the SKX007 with its fantastic legibility could have been omitted from this list - so we put all three in here. Solid cases, reliable, workhorse automatic movements, and excellent lume are just some of the key features that make these pieces really stand out. With suggested retail prices of around $450-$550 , these watches would already be a remarkable value proposition, but since they are often available at discounted prices, any one of these truly is a lot of watch for the money.

2. Swatch Sistem51

Although over two years have passed since its debut at Baselworld 2013, the Swatch Sistem51 still very much means a new dimension for mechanical watches – and for that, it must be held in high esteem by every watch enthusiast. Comprising 51 parts and  completely assembled by robots, the Sistem51 brings the mechanical timepiece into the third millennium in a way no other ever has. With a price tag of just $150 , and a selection of five new designs for 2015, the Swatch Sistem51 easily can – and perhaps should – be a part of any watch collection.

3. Victorinox Airboss Mechanical Black Edition

The Victorinox Airboss Black line encompasses three models, with the three-hander Mechanical Black Edition being the most affordable version, followed by two chronograph iterations. Despite its blacked-out design it offers exceptional legibility, made visually more interesting by a few splashes of red here and there – including the underside of the crystal. The Airboss proves why Victorinox Swiss Army is one of a handful of military-themed watch manufacturers: the Victorinox Airboss ticks most all boxes when it comes to judging a modern field watch – including legibility, build quality and modern, dare we say, trendy aesthetics – with a price tag of $995 .

4. Dietrich OTC Watches

Dietrich's Organic Time watches not only look highly unusual in their dial and case design – a respectable achievement for a brand's first offering - but they are some of the most comfortable watches ever created, something one can only really tell when going hands-on with one of their creations. The special lug structure and case back design, paired with excellent strap materials, renders the Dietrich wearing experience almost like no other. Price for this complete package of unique design and wearability goes from $1,430 to $1,960 with a carbon case.

5. Tempest Viking Diver

Tempest is one of those modern indie watch brands who merge the vision, ideas, and taste of their founder with exceptional build quality. The Tempest Viking Diver features 2000 meters of (excessive) water resistance, thanks to a heavy-duty package that is complete with unique design elements. Its case, bezel, and crystal look and feel as solid as just about any dive watch manufactured today, while their design proves that no components are off-the-shelf, but rather crafted to meet the requirements and taste of the brand's founder. With a Miyota 9015 automatic movement inside, the Tempest Viking Diver is priced between $740 and $870 , depending on the case and dial color combination.

6. SevenFriday P-Series

What SevenFriday has achieved within just a couple of years was to create a virtually brand new market for more unusual, "designer" watches priced around or below $1,000. To say that it has spiced up the low-to-mid range segment of watches would be an understatement: SevenFriday brought to a much wider audience design elements and aesthetics previously exclusive to high-end, luxury watches. The SevenFriday P-Series proves that point perfectly, as its unique dial and large, lugless case design dress up a no-frills Japanese mechanical movement like we have hardly seen before. Average price for the SevenFriday P-Series watch is around $1,050 .

7. Junghans Max Bill Series

The Junghans Max Bill series is inspired by the work of a Swiss architect, product designer, painter, sculptor, academic, and educator, Max Bill, who worked during the mid-20th century. In 1956, Bill collaborated with Junghans to launch the Max Bill Kitchen Clock which was an instant classic and an enduring success. Further collaborations followed, and a long, mutually beneficial relationship ensued. Today, the series features beautifully clean, sleek, and yet never boring designs that make for a most welcome alternative for those looking for a timeless dress watch that is, nonetheless, a bit more unusual. Prices for the three-hands versions range between $655  for the gents quartz, topped by the automatic version, which comes in at $1,050 .

8.  Autodromo Stradale

Driver's watches may very well be popular today – as we see countless brands have a go at creating one or a few – but the ones who manage to successfully capture the unique styling of iconic vehicles and  recreate the emotional connection one tends to develop with an automobile are few and far between. Autodromo is a brand that set out to dedicate itself to just that: creating exclusively automotive themed watches. It may just be this dedication that allowed the brand to create a variety of constantly improving and mostly vintage speedometer or tachometer inspired designs that successfully resemble some of the "vibes" of driving a vintage car. The Autodromo Stradale is one of their latest models, and while it reproduces the design of a cool tachometer with uncanny ease, it remains easily legible. With a Miyota 9015 automatic inside each of the numerous colorful versions, price for each is  $875 .

9. Orient Dress Watch Options

Late last year, we discussed in great detail how Japanese watch manufacturer Orient's dress watch offerings are among the best budget options. Why is that? Well, Orient dress watches offer some of the best priced entry-level options out there – especially if you want something mechanical. A freestanding subsidiary of Seiko – but with its own history, heritage, and innovations – Orient is Japan’s largest producer of mechanical watches, and a true in-house manufacture. Everything on Orient’s watches – the case, the strap, and one cannot forget the robust movements – is created in-house, with typical Japanese quality control despite their affordable price point. The watch you see above is the Orient FER27002B0, priced at $235 , with other models featuring power reserve indicators being priced at around $465 .

10.  Mondaine Stop2Go Swiss Railway Watch

On a white background, these incredibly legible watches have black hands and hour and minute indicators, along with a red seconds hand tipped with a large circle, bringing the design of tried and proven Swiss railway clocks to wristwatches. Mondaine wristwatches have for long been among the quintessential Swiss watches to get for their accuracy and extremely legible designs – more often than not, spiced up with a neat detail under the hood. The seconds hand of the Stop2Go, like Swiss railway clocks, measures 58 seconds and for the last 2 seconds, the hand stops, the minute hand advances, and the seconds hand catches up. All, to mimic how synchronized railway clocks work. The Mondaine Stop2Go goes for a price of $675 .

In our top 10 affordable watches that get a nod from snobs list we actually showed you over a dozen different timepieces which, given their value proposition, build quality, and unique design, you can trust with being some of the best "safe," or rather, "must" picks among all the timepieces that are offered for sale today. While the aBlogtoWatch team has discussed the nominees for this list in great detail before arriving at this final selection, we of course look forward to hearing your suggestions on what other pieces would be worthy of a spot in there.

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