When you’re looking to purchase a luxury watch, you may not have the budget to go straight for a high-end or even mid-range watch. The good news is that even entry-level luxury watches are made to an extremely high standard, with excellent craftsmanship, high-quality materials and stunning designs that echo the watches at the top of the scale.
If you’re going to be entering into the watch lover’s market and are not sure what to look for, here are the five must-haves an entry-level luxury watch should possess.
1. 316L Stainless Steel
One of the top signs of a quality luxury watch is that it is made from 316L stainless steel. Stainless steel is comprised of a mix of metals, which provides resistance against staining, corrosion or rust from water. Watches are made from this alloy because of its durability and strength.
There are different grades of stainless steel, each with its own benefits and negatives, but 316L remains the most popular for luxury watches. Grade 316L stainless steel also includes 2-3% molybdenum, which makes it averse to corrosion from chlorides. You may have heard the term ‘surgical grade stainless steel’ before, and this is because 316L is used for many medical functions as well.
2. Japanese Movement
When you hear the term ‘movement’ in relation to watches, your mind likely goes to Swiss watchmakers. However, Japan is home to one of the world’s biggest movement product factories - Miyota.
Movements from Miyota are popular around the world, known for being easy to assemble and disassemble, durable, and with a high level of resistance to impacts. Their quality checks before delivery are incredibly strict, and combined with their highly precise technological manufacturing processes ensures high-quality movements that look luxurious and provide extraordinary function.
3. Sapphire Crystal
The clear, protective cover of a watch dial is called the crystal, and there are usually three varieties of crystal that watchmakers use: Plexiglas/plastic, mineral and sapphire. Cheaper watches and those that don’t require resistance to tough conditions are often made from Plexiglas, while luxury watches typically use sapphire crystals. It is the most costly crystal option but is also shatter- and scratch-resistant, making it the top choice for luxury watchmakers who aim to provide durability in their watches.
4. Solid-Feeling Construction
When you’ve invested in a luxury watch, no matter whether it is an entry-level or high-end watch, you want to ensure that it feels well-made. It should feel solidly constructed, fit you well and have a buckle or clasp that moves smoothly and does not feel frail or flimsy. Trust your instincts when feeling and examining your potential new luxury watch - even the entry-level watches will feel well-constructed.
5. Designed by actual, passionate watchmakers
When you purchase a luxury watch, you are not just paying for the look but for the function as well. Fashion watches may look stylish, but are likely also poorly-made and won’t stand up to repeated use like a luxury watch made of high-quality materials. Watchmakers who are passionate about their craft produce entry-level luxury watches that combine style, functionality and premium parts.
James Wani Timepieces contain all these features - and more
For an entry-level luxury watch that includes all of these things in one attractive, stylish and high-quality package, you cannot go past a timepiece from James Wani.
Each luxury watch from James Wani is solidly-constructed and made from 316L stainless and sapphire crystals for durability, with Miyota movements GM15 and 1L45 for precise timekeeping. Our watchmakers are passionate about designing luxury watches at an entry-level price point, so you can rest assured that you’re investing in a timepiece of the highest quality.