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Affordable Alternatives to 6 Classic Luxury Watches

Including popular models like the Cartier Tank and Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

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For those who are just getting into watches, you may be intimidated by the prices of classic designs from luxury brands like Rolex, Cartier and Audemars Piguet. With a fair bit of research, however, you’ll be able to find a number of homage options that won’t necessarily break the bank. Speaking to watch collector Jaclyn Li (who goes by @a.dose.of.time on Instagram) for recommendations, here, we’ve compiled a list of affordable alternatives to some of the most iconic timepieces.

If the octagonal Royal Oak or the Rolex Daytona feels out of reach, consider similar-looking styles from the Middle Eastern label Furlan Marri and New York-based brand Bulova. According to Li, Seiko also offers a budget-friendly watch model that resembles the timeless Cartier Tank.

Read on to learn about the affordable alternatives to six popular luxury watch models, and check out the collector’s guide to investing in entry-level watches while you’re at it.

Furlan Marri Tasti Tondi vs. Patek Philippe 1463

Furlan Marri
Tasti Tondi
$350 USD
Furlan MarriFurlan Marri 

Similarities: Dial configuration, case design, pusher design, hands, two-tone dial.
Differences: Movement, size.

Bulova Royal Oak Quartz vs. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Bulova
Royal Oak Quartz
$3,636 USD
Chrono24Chrono24 

Similarities: Dial, case, hands, indices, date-window.
Differences: Level of finishing on case, movement finishing, movements are different (quartz vs. automatic).

Baltic Bicompax 001 vs. Rolex Oyster Daytona

Baltic
Bicompax 001
€540.83 EUR (approximately $639 USD)
BalticBaltic 

Similarities: Dial, dial configuration, both chronographs, case design.
Differences: Bezel, lume, movement. Rolex has stick hands, while Baltic uses leaf hands.

Manawa M1 vs. F.P. Journe Chronomètre Bleu

Manawa
M1 Myrtille
€890 EUR (approximately $1,052 USD)
ManawaManawa 

Similarities: Shiny blue dial, indices layout, subsecond location on the dial.
Differences: Case material, lug design, crown design, thickness, movement material and finishing.

Seiko Tank vs. Cartier Tank Louis

Seiko
SUP880 Tank
$129.69 USD
AmazonAmazon 

Similarities: Time only, dial configuration, roman numerals for indices, white dial, black indices, case shape, similar crown.
Differences: Movement finishing, movement type (some are quartz, some are mechanical), size.

Tissot PRX 40 205 Powermatic 80 vs. BVLGARI Octo Finissimo

Tissot
PRX
$375 USD
TissotTissot 

Similarities: Type of bracelet, dial color, case shape.
Differences: Complication – one is time only, the other has a date. One has lume, one doesn’t.

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