The 10 Best Watches Under $50,000

Any time you buy a watch, you want every dollar of your purchase to carry the weight of both tradition and innovation while also being a point of pride on your wrist. But when you reach the $50,000 range, you also become an investor. That adds a lot of extra pressure: to ensure you’re not wasting dollars on a flash in the pan, stylistically; to avoid falling for a watch that looks great but hides subpar mechanical quality; to make sure you’re buying a watch that you’ll still want to wear in 20 years, because that’s the bar for a watch that costs more than some people’s annual salary.

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

Rolex’s latest iteration of the Daytona is powered by the Swiss stalwarts’ calibre 4130, self-winding chronograph movement. Developed and manufactured entirely in-house, the 4130 employs a Parachrom hairspring, which is made from a combination of niobium, zirconium and oxygen alloys, to ensure accuracy and stability under all conditions. This movement also ensures that the Cosmograph Daytona is also a Superlative Chronometer, meaning its precision is guaranteed to within -2/+2 seconds per day.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked

While it’s not Audemars Piguet’s first “skeletonized” Royal Oak to go on display, the new Openworked was created to showcase the inner workings of AP’s exquisite new calibre 3132 movement — in particular, the unique double-sided balance-wheel structure that was developed to improve the accuracy of the flagship Royal Oak. Created with two balance wheels, each with their own weighting and fixed to a central pinion, the 3132 all but eliminates the natural tendency for the device’s performance to be altered based on positioning, temperature and the other, myriad variables that affect a timepiece’s precision.

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