There will always be a market for watches. Whether it’s more upmarket or entry-level, timepieces are always a sought-after piece of accessory. It could be for something simple or dressy, there will be a watch made for everyone. Of course, sometimes you will have to pay through the nose to get your hands on it. Dress watches, in particular, are known to be particularly pricey, especially if it’s from a renowned Swiss watchmaker.

Dress watches will always be a popular choice when it comes to collectors as well with the ability to wear it on more than one occasion. But some of these watches can fetch up a crazy price tag.

Sure, one can always go for the popular watchmakers like Longines, Omega or Jaeger-LeCoultre, all of which has a great collection of dress watches. Brands like Seiko of Japan or Tissot of Switzerland are more than capable of getting the job done, and for a fraction of the price to boot.

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Tissot Chemin des Tourelles

Tissot as a brand itself has plenty of collections on offer, giving you a greater choice of timepieces to choose from. The latest pieces to come out from the Swiss watchmaker is the Tissot Chemin des Tourelles collection with its prices averaging between RM2,000 to RM3,000. The collection itself encapsulates the very history of Tissot with the name taken from a street in le Loche, Switzerland where the Tissot factory was established in 1907. The Chemin des Tourelles Powermatic 80 GMT comes with an 80-hour power reserve and is available in a host of colours.

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Mido Baroncelli

Mido is another Swiss made watch group that is part of the Swatch Group, much like Tissot. When it comes to its dress watches, the Baroncelli collection from Mido is its most popular collection, inspired by classical and sophisticated movements. There are many variations to the Baroncelli with a total of three different collections. However, a classic would be the Mido Baroncelli Tonneau with its automatic movement as well as a transparent caseback. The price of the watch goes for RM3,790 with many other variations available at a similar price range.

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Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

Seiko is one such brand that has been sort of a revelation within the watchmaking industry due to its timepieces. When it comes to its dress watches, it doesn’t get any better than the Seiko SARB065, also known as Cocktail Time for obvious reasons. A closer inspection of the watch showcases its guilloche sunburst dial radiating from the centre of the watch. Overall it has a nice clean touch to its aesthetics with its stainless steel case as well as a transparent case back. Currently, the watch ranges between RM3,000 to RM4,000.

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Frederique Constant Classics Index

Technically, Frederique Constant is considered to be part of the luxury Swiss watchmakers list. However, it does have plenty of affordable dress watches in tow, mainly from its Classics Index collection. These watches range from 850 euros to 1,050 euros, which comes up to below RM5,000. The Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic is one such luxury, featuring a 38-hour power reserve alongside an automatic movement with 26 jewels in total. There are a total of four different variations for the Classics Index Automatic featuring different colour combinations.

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Daniel Wellington Dapper

Daniel Wellington is the youngest brand on this list and it hails from Sweden. It gained popularity through the use of social media and millennials, along with the fact that its watches are very affordable. Its most expensive collection is the Dapper range of watches, which comes in two pricing points — RM870 for the 34mm and RM990 for the 38mm. All five of the Dapper watches also come with two case colours, rose gold or silver. The names of the entire five-piece collection features the same naming convention as cities around the United Kingdom. The names are St Mawes, Bristol, Durham, York, and Reading.

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.