Nick Senn inspired me to make this top ten list as he mentioned the Omega 8500 calibre on my last top ten post. In my eyes these are brands offering excellent in-house movements.
My goal here is to show you only new 2013 watch models and to give an overview of brands I would recommend to buy when you look for an in-house movement below 10.000 Euro. Yes, it´s hard to believe, but the league of real good in-house calibers you can´t get for less.
All the brands mentioned here offer of course more then the one model shown, so the one watch shown is only a placeholder for a lot of others.
And, I did for good reasons do NOT mention exotic brands. I could haven mentioned others here of course ….
I took under consideration the fact that all these manufacturers produce affordable movements in bigger quantities and that they are active on the market for some years now. I also want to show you only brands have an impeccable history, offer a good and world wide after sale service and are, as mentioned above, not what I would consider to be an exotic brand.
Breitling “Transocean Chrono GMT”: The chronograph specialist has shown with its in-house calibre “B01” and all the meanwhile executed declinations that hard work pays off. The price of the watch start with a leather bracelet at 7560 Euro including 20 % Austrian VAT.
Cartier “Montre Calibre de Cartier chronographe”: Cartier has done lot efforts recently to become a real manufacture. The brand is offering all kind of in-house movements to its clients. The chronographe is equipped with the caliber “1904-CH MC”. The price of the watch shown with a steel bracelet: 9050 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Chopard “Superfast Power Control”: With the new Fleurier Ebauches calibers Chopard now has a range of much more affordable in-house movements then the L.U.C ones. The “Superfast” models are the first to be equipped with. Other collections, as the Mille Miglia”, will follow soon. The price of the watch shown with a rubber bracelet: 7990 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Glashütte Original “Sixties blue”: The Saxon manufactory offers a wide range of in-house calibers. The automatic caliber “39-52” in the new Sixties with a blue dial is a good deal. The price of the watch shown with a leather bracelet: 5700 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Jaeger-LeCoultre “Master Calendar”: If you consider buying an in-house caliber you must see and check all the offers from the manufactory in the Vallée de Joux. The caliber “866” in this “Master” is just one example. The price of the watch shown with a leather bracelet: 8450 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Montblanc “TimeWalker TwinFly Chronograph”: The renowned pen maker has become a real watch manufacturer. The brand offers several in-house calibers for a reasonable price. The caliber “MB LL100” with second zone time indication and fly-back function is only one of them. The price of the watch shown with a leather bracelet: 6590 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Omega “Seamaster Aqua Terra >15.000 Gauss”: Omega offers a huge range of incredible good calibers all having an USP with the Co-Axial-Escapement and now even with a second USP by being totally amagnetic. Real value for money in my eyes! The price of the watch shown with a steel bracelet: 4550 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Panerai “Luminor Submersible 1950 2500m 3 Days Titanio”: The Italian “Swiss made” brand has an impressing portfolio of in-house movements. Whatever you want, you will find it. This impressing divers watch is equipped with the automatic caliber “P.9000”. The price of the watch shown with a rubber bracelet: 9200 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Rolex “GMT-Master II”: Even when the Rolex prices have gone up dramatically in the last years (that´s by the way why they keep their value), I would say that almost all steel Rolex are still a good deal. The new 2013 GMT is equipped with the in-house caliber “3186”. The price of the watch shown with a steel bracelet: 6800 Euro including 19 % German VAT.
Zenith “Pilot GMT”: Since CEO Jean-Frederic Dufour took over he brought Zenith back to its roots. Today the manufacturer offers a wide range of excellent and affordable in-house calibers. The new Pliot is equipped with the “Elite 693”. The price of the watch shown with a leather bracelet: 6000 Euro including 19 % German VAT.