5 German watches priced below $5000

German watches are all the rage for their timeless appeal, amazing simplicity from their Bauhaus roots and value proposition. In this article, we have carefully selected 5 of our favourite German watches below $5000. The brands include, Junghans, StowaNomos, Sinn and MeisterSinger. Our selection criteria dictates that the watches have to be smaller than 42mm, are fully mechanical and possess design longevity; designs steeped with tradition that will stay relevant for its wearer in the long run.  

1. Junghans Max Bill Automatic Anthracite-Grey Dial

A classic by Max Bill for Junghans, the patina look numerals and lume works perfectly with the off black anthracite dial for a timeless vintage appeal.


Measuring 38 mm in width and 10mm in height, the slim cased watch uses an ETA based 2824-2 movement and a plexi crystal display with sicralan coating. It is priced at approximately SGD$1354. We love the clean dial, minimalist design and vintage look of the watch. Full review here from our friends at W&W.


2. STOWA 1938 chronograph black

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The Stowa 1938 chronograph in black dial. Other dial variations are also available. We particularly enjoy the discrete pump pushers, neat dial layout with beautiful railroad track minute markers and polished leaf hands.


The chronograph measures 41 mm by 14.7 mm. Great heft for someone who prefers tough watches. The movement used is a Valjoux/ETA 7753, bicompax with date at 6. The design of the Stowa 1938 is traditional and takes design cues right out of its heritage. The beautiful leaf hands work perfectly with the minute track markers. The watch retails at approximately SGD$2400.


3. NOMOS Tangente

Nomos Tangente handwinding on the left and a newer version automatik on the right.
Caseback reveals the beautiful movement finishing, complete with 3/4 plate movements, anglage, blued screws and even snail polishing on the barrel. Cote de Geneve finishing on balance wheel bridges and bridge plates look particularly fascinating considering the low price point.

The NOMOS Tangente is a great watch to have for approximately SGD$3300. Sized at 35mm, it uses a NOMOS inhouse handwinding calibre. We thoroughly enjoy this piece, which also happens to be an amazing conversation starter given how the Tangente is now world famous. The movement is beautifully finished complete with cues of fine German watchmaking; the 3/4 plate, blued screws and anglage finish. For a full review, check out our friends at Deployant.


4. MeisterSinger Pangaea 

The MeisterSinger Pangaea, an automatic single hand watch. The single hand is used to tell both the hours and minutes. The time displayed here is about 10:17.

The MeisterSinger Pangaea hails from a line of single handed timepieces which MeisterSinger is famous for. Sized at 40mm in width and 10.1 mm in height, the cream dialed watch uses a sw300-1 movement which beats at 4 hz with 42 hour power reserve. We like how the dial is so clean and the arabic military type font works brilliantly. The stainless steel case is set with a domed sapphire glass. Retail price is approximately SGD$3,521.00.

 5. Sinn 903 Navigation Chronograph

The Sinn 903 Navigation Chronograph
Beautiful lacquer dial with great colour contrast. Note the patina lume on the hands and indices.

The Sinn 903 comes closest to the $5000 mark, but is nonetheless an amazing timepiece rich in heritage. If you are thinking that its a rip off of Breitling’s Navitmer, feel free to check out the full debate at Deployant. The timepiece is sized at 41mm and uses the SW500 movement from Sellita. The capable Sinn Navigator is equipped to do anything necessary for a historical travel, from stopwatch calculations to log and ln arithmetic. The watch retails at approximately SGD$4700.

We hope you have found our picks useful. Feel free to weigh in with comments!



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