The 12 Best Watches of Baselworld 2018

Tudor 1926

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Why It Matters: Tudor has been filling its entire lineup with in-house movements in recent years, but it’s new entry-level model keeps the workhorse ETA 2824 movement inside. That keeps things affordable and, for well under $2,000, you can buy a brand new Tudor watch, which is amazing. But this is more than just an entry-level piece. It’s expertly finished, especially on the dial which carries a “waffle” textured pattern that calls back to some early Tudor references.Who It’s For: Given the vast amount of dial colors and case sizes on offer, the 1926 should appeal to a lot of different men and women looking at entry-level luxury watches.

Key Specs: Waffle dial. Available steel and rose gold two-tone. Water-resistant to 100 meters.

Seiko Presage SJE073


Why It Matters: It’s not every day that Seiko unveils a new caliber; the brand usually sticks with what works. So the introduction of the new 6L35 movement is reason enough to be excited about Seiko’s latest addition to its Presage lineup. At 3.7mm, it’s notably slimmer than the 6R15 Seiko has traditionally used in Presage watches. That’s on full display in the SJE073’s sharp, sleek 9.8mm case. The fact that the brand added a beautiful textured white dial is just icing on the cake. It’s a shame this is just a limited edition piece of just 1,881 watches, but we’ll likely see more watches like it using the 6L35 in the future.

Who It’s For: This is one for the Seikoholics, given its limited nature. But if you can get your hands on one it’ll make a great everyday watch that can double as a dressy watch for more formal occasions.

Key Specs: Thin, in-house automatic movement. Textured dial. A 100-meter depth rating.

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