It never fails to amaze me how beauty can come in simplistic or elaborate detail. I’m attracted to both which is not a surprise coming from the eclectic personality I possess. Another way for me to gauge this is I can go bananas over a $400,000 high end piece and have the same gut wrenching feeling staring at a piece a fraction of the cost. For me it’s an easy explanation, design means everything and  I get pep in my step either way regardless of price.

Perhaps this is why I’m having just as much joy writing about watches that are clearly affordable as I am writing about those most people will never own.

Steinhart – A brand that resonates with me in ways words won’t explain. Why you ask, just look at the photos and appreciate what you get here, then compare it to the pieces that cost 10 to 15 times the price.

This PREMIUM LINE pilot watch made by STEINHART was designed using historical models. The beautiful brushed stainless steel case with the large crown makes every watch lover’s heart beat faster. The domed sapphire glass with double anti-reflecting coatings on the interior side and the dial with blued hands put this pilot watch in the limelight. It will be hard to find a comparable watch in this price category with such an excellent price/performance ratio. A must-have for every pilot watch enthusiast!

ETA Unitas 6497 Swiss Made
Geneva stripes round “circulaire”, very rare..
Swan neck regulation
Screw balance
Circular-grain finish below the screw balance
blued screws
sunray-brushed “decor soleil”
Engraved logo on the bridge plate
17 jewels

840 EUR

The Triton 30 ATM Dual Time is the proverbial rock solid: massive, robust, resilient, a reliable companion, not only for demanding dives. And yet the watch also radiates a subtle elegance with its fine-brushed stainless steel case, chrome-framed luminous indices on the shimmering metallic gray dial. The unidirectional rotating diver’s bezel, date display at six clock and the individually adjustable second time zone, which can be read clearly via the yellow hand can, in turn, leave no doubt that the Triton 30 ATM Dual Time is a very versatile sports instrument.

ETA 2893-2 elabore, automatik Swiss Made
Jewels: 21 jewels

490 EUR

This pilot watch Nav. B-Chrono II black DLC is another chronograph made by STEINHART with the tried and tested ETA VALJOUX 7750 elabore automatic movement. The series of Nav.B-watches II is completed by this watch with its beautifully crafted stainless steel case with black DLC coating, with matt finish and the large historical diamond crown. The Nav.B-Chrono II black DLCmakes every watch enthusiast’s heart beat faster. The domed sapphire glass with double anti-reflecting coating on the interior side and the dial with vintage “old radium” hands make this pilot watch so special. The design of the dial should be particularly pointed out. All Arabic numerals are fully readable on the dial and the two sub-dials on 6 and on 9 were used twice. A comparable pilot watch with such an excellent price/performance ratio will be hard to find. A must-have for every lover of pilot watches!


ETA Valjoux 7750 élaboré, Swiss Made, automatic

Jewels: 25 jewels

820 EUR