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Expensive Watches Worth Their Price Tag

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We’ve rounded up our top five expensive watches that are worth the price tag! When we say expensive, we mean a high quality, Swiss made timepiece that costs upwards of $10,000 or more.  There are great reasons why these watches have big price tags: the materials used, the craftsmanship and extertise behind it, the time it takes to make (upwards of 1 year!), and the warranty are all why we believe these price tags are a great value for what you are getting. Keep reading for a closer look at some of our favorite, top-quality models that are sure to last a lifetime.

1. Rolex Sky-Dweller

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Launched in 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller is the ultimate traveler’s watch, perfectly blending mechanical sophistication and ease of use. It’s most notable features are the dual time zone and calendar functions. Local time is indicated by the conventional hour, minute and second hands while reference time can be read on a rotating off-center disc. A fixed inverted red triangle points to the wearer’s reference time. Originally only available in gold, the Sky-Dweller is now available in a choice of yellow Rolesor or white Rolesor, a combination of 904L steel and 18 kt yellow or white gold. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, this is the perfect watch for any frequent flyer (Retail: Starting at $14,400 in steel and 18 white gold)!

2. Rolex Yacht-Master II

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The Rolex Yacht-Master II is bold. This is a watch that makes a statement and dares you to live larger than life. Inspired by the world of sailing, the Yacht-Master II blends function and style to create a regatta chronograph built for yachting competition. Even if you’re not a sailor, any watch fanatic can get behind this technical masterpiece. The Yacht-Master II has a programmable, flyback regatta timer. It allows you to select a countdown interval of anything from one to ten minutes, and, if you started the countdown early or late, you can synchronize your watch “on the fly” by hitting the re-set button. The seconds hand will fly back to the zero mark and the minute countdown hand will fly back to the nearest minute to start counting down again. It is a feature that gives the Yacht-Master II much of its utility and technical interest, and is definitely not something to miss out on (Retail: Starting at $18,750 in all steel).

3. Cartier Drive de Cartier Dual Time

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Looking for that perfect every-day timepiece? The stunning Drive de Cartier, a vintage inspired driving watch, is all you need. As compatible with a suit as it is with jeans and a t-shirt, this watch is the perfect match for the well-traveled man. Its large, cushion shaped case and clean dial make room for some useful features including large date, retrograde second time zone and day/night indicator. The retrograde second time zone, positioned at 11, shows twelve hours, making it easy to read and cleaner looking than a round sub-dial. A quick look at the day/night indicator, which adds a nice, soft color to the dial, can easily tell you if it’s too early or late to call home when traveling abroad. We love this model in steel with a leather band (Retail: $8,750).

4. Omega Grey Side of the Moon Speedmaster

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The Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” is a head turner. Its grey ceramic case, sand-blasted platinum 950 dial, and leather strap give it a traditional look and make is easy to wear with anything. It is water resistance up to 50 meters, and features a chronograph, chronometer, date, small seconds, tachymeter, and transparent case back. We love the pop of red from the “Speedmaster” logo, which breaks up the monochromatic design and matches the red threading on the inside of the strap. This is definitely a watch you’ll want to wear everywhere (Retail: $12,000).

5. TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T

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TAG Heuer is marketed as the gateway brand into the world of luxury watchmaking, and with its Carrera Heuer-02T they have delivered. The Carrera Heuer-02T is the most affordable Swiss-made tourbillon chronograph available on the market. The classic yet contemporary sports watch was inspired by car racing. It has a 45 mm, titanium case with a dial that is a hybrid between a full skeleton and traditional dial. Functions include a 30-minute chronograph, a 12-hour chronograph, and, of course, the tourbillon. Our favorite model is the brushed titanium case with black, ceramic bezel. A unique aspect of this model is the red “COSC” lettering, which is white on all other models (Retail: $15,900).

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