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Our Favorite Watches for Any Budget

Collectively, we have a lot of wrists at the Cool Material office. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough wrists for all the watches we want. Instead of asking each guy here for a list of all their favorite timepieces they’d buy if they grew more arms, we told them to select the one they would buy for under $200, for somewhere between $201–$750, $751–$2,000, and if money were no object. Here are the picks:




Tim Jacobsen – Founder

Under $200

A Vintage Soviet Military Watch

$201 – $750

Seiko SARB029

$751 – $2000

1960s Lemania Navy Chronograph

Money is no object

Rolex Chronograph 4113



Jeff Drumheller – Web Manager

Under $200

Tokyo Bay Grant Watch

$201 – $750

Marathon TSAR Divers Quartz Medium

$751 – $2000

1960’s Omega Seamaster DeVille in 14K Gold

Money is no object

42mm 18-Karat Gold Case with Black Classic Buckle Apple Watch Edition



Mike Newman – Managing Editor

Under $200

Timex® For J.Crew Vintage Field Army Watch

$201 – $750

Shinola Detroit The Runwell 47mm

$751 – $2000

Nomos Tangente

Money is no object

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Up/Down 234.032



Kevin McCauley – Auto Editor

Under $200

Seiko Adventure Solar Classic Chronograph

$201 – $750

Garmin Forerunner 920XT

$751 – $2000

Tag Heuer Formula 1

Money is no object

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph



Vince Avila – Graphic Designer

Under $200

Komono Magnus Watch Gold Black

$201 – $750

Junghans Max Bill Watch Model 3700

$751 – $2000

1959 Omega Seamaster De Ville- 14 kt.

Money is no object

Rolex Day Date President Mens 18K Yellow Gold Watch



Ben Dahl – Senior Editor

Under $200

Form.Function.Form Button-Stud Chronograph

$201 – $750

Helgray Silverstone White

$751 – $2000

Hamilton X-Wind Auto Chrono

Money is no object

Richard Mille RM 056 Tourbillon Chronograph Sapphire



Mike Thiewes – Shop Manager

Under $200

Nixon Ranger 45 Leather Gun Metal Surplus

$201 – $750

Hamilton Khaki Field Officer Auto

$751 – $2000

Longines Heritage

Money is no object

IWC Big Pilot TOP GUN Miramar




Comment To Win

If money was no object, what watch would you buy? Leave a picture of it below, and one lucky winner will receive a Timex Weekender with Custom Leather Strap.

Winner will be selected at random. Contest ends on Monday, May 4th.

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