11 classic watches you can buy instead of an Apple Watch

11 classic watches you can buy instead of an Apple Watch
Now that the Apple Watch is up for pre-order, a lot of us will have a decision to make – "Do I dole out a couple hundred on a smartwatch, or should I instead just get a normal, classic timepiece for that kind of dough?" It's only natural that you ask yourself if an investment in an Apple Watch is worth it, especially if you don't dig sporty watches. That's because the cheapest Apple Watch, at $349, comes with a fluoroelastomer band that reminds a lot of rubber, and doesn't go well with fancier outfits. Anything more premium (like leather or stainless steel), and you quickly get into the thousands of dollars.

Admittedly, Apple is likely the only tech brand right now that can allow itself the audacity of asking for as much for a gadget that will likely become obsolete in a matter of two or three years. Given how the most expensive, 18-carat gold version of the Watch will run you the whopping $17,000, it's worth asking the question if you aren't better off with a Breitling or a Patek Phillipe that will likely last you decades and never go out of style. We picked a few of those, and across the price spectrum in order to match the Apple Watch's price points, and we have to say that unless you really want a smartwatch, you should definitely consider a classical timepiece.

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29 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6641; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You should've included a couple of Invicta Venom watches.

6. maherk

Posts: 6641; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Just watched a hands-on video for the Apple Watch, and man, Apple "borrowed" Android Lollipop's animations for that watch.

20. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

I'd still go for conventional watches. I mean it's one of those accessories that you'll look good and not some nerdy geeky techie or whatever terminology.

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Plus, everyone of the 'dumb' watches will outlast any iWatch. There is a reason the U.S. Navy still uses sextants.

2. Rhinoface

Posts: 179; Member since: Dec 05, 2014

The Cadence one looks like it inspired the Moto 360 design. Very nice.

3. Be_Mine

Posts: 193; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

The First and the Last please.

13. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yah. The price on the last one is steller

4. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Wow these actually look more attractive than the apple watch.

5. Dr.Hye

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

No matter people will still buy apples garbage.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1625; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

bought a griffin emblem watch with miyota movement with sapphire screen for only 250.

8. simoco

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

what about a ----CASIO G-SHOCK---- .....have a lot to offer for a nice watch.... anyone ???

9. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Watches for adults. Children can get theirs from cereal boxes or the Apple Store.

11. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Lol good one

10. HildyJ

Posts: 329; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

I highly recommend the Omega line - not quite the prestige or the markup of the Patek but mine is still perfect after two decades. They offer an elegant design between steel and gold for half the price of the Apple iGold - steel outer case with a gold inner case and steel bracelet links with gold connectors. A good watch is something you can give to your grandchild and it will still be functional. Apples, OTOH, rot.

15. izzzy

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I agree my speedmaster is at least 15 yrs old and I still get compliments on it.

12. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

TISSOT T-COMPLICATION SQUELETTE

14. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

What about rado and Citizen?

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummmmm......can they open my garage door? Pay for my goods? Turn on my lights? Control my car? send me text? Yea, you get the point. I'll take the Apple watch in stainless please. oh yes, I own plenty of dumb watches that I will keep in the rotation.

26. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

Each watch has different purpose (and price). Your iWatch might turn on your lights when you're in Arctic but you don't even need to concern regarding the battery in your classic watch.

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummmmm......can they open my garage door? Pay for my goods? Turn on my lights? Control my car? send me text? Yea, you get the point. I'll take the Apple watch in stainless please. oh yes, I own plenty of dumb watches that I will keep in the rotation.

18. a_tumiwa

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

ouchh.... u didnt mention Seiko?

27. TechNerd

Posts: 66; Member since: May 03, 2014

No seiko or casio g-shock I'm also dissappointed.

19. p51d007

Posts: 697; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Casio G-Shock atomic....130 bucks or less. Battery version will last 4-5 years, solar powered version will last 10+ years. Rugged, tells time. About all you need with a WATCH.

22. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Is this a troll article? None of those are smartwatches lol.. Gotta say I like the black fossil though.

25. EcoCare

Posts: 444; Member since: Jul 30, 2014

The title said Classic Watches. They are not intending to mention smartwatches. Learn to read before making extreme implications.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 6139; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The first and the last are not watches...

24. osanilevich

Posts: 287; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

Both Breitlings look tacky, I'd get a rolex submariner instead. Cheaper and a far better investment (way better resale value)

28. ojz0r

Posts: 21; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

The best thing about these watches are that they are automatic = no charging or changing battery. (I have a Certina btw)

29. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

#11 is a beautiful watch, and i hate watches lol

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