Pitching any ‘best of’ list is always more effective when you have very strict parameters and are forced to think sideways to come up with creative suggestions. Being asked to come up with a list of the best classic watches for different budgets is not easy. Less so, when one considers how open to interpretation the term ‘classic’ is. The TAG Heuer Monaco is a ‘classic’, but it is no dress watch, nor does it have ‘classic’ styling. For that reason I’ve chosen three price points, and decided to pick one sports and one dress watch that fits the bill in each. Feel free to @ us your agreement/disagreement/other options. Two choices under $5000 – Tudor and Oris For less than $4000 Australian, it is actually possible to get your hands on an ETA-powered Tudor Black Bay 41mm watch with a stainless steel bracelet. It’s a preposterous value proposition from a brand whose star is set to shine brighter and brighter as their presence continues to be bolstered by the mythic power that Rolex (the brand’s big brother) wields over the industry. At this price point my sporty suggestion is the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, on a bi-colour bracelet. In terms…

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