Not long ago it was a commonly held belief that to be truly first-rate, a watch had to be Swiss. However, that hasn't been the case for some time, and in fact, you may not even be aware that some of your favorite watch brands are actually based in Germany, France, and even the United Kingdom. Here are 10 of the best:
Pilot's watches are this British brand's specialty, and this limited edition chronograph ticks all the boxes in terms of looks and functionality.
One of the sportiest pieces this understated German brand makes features an automatic movement and a 40-hour power reserve.
This German watch brand's creations now rank alongside the likes of Patek Philippe in the eyes of its many fans and collectors.
Cartier Tank watches might be made in Switzerland but their design is an icon of French style, and in fact, echo the very first men's wristwatches.
If subtle yet design-forward is your preference in wristwear, this German watchmaker's pieces will suit you to a T.
Most people don't realize that Bell & Ross actually hails from France, and retro-styled pieces like this are a relative bargain.
UK brand Graham's oversized pilot's watches have an outsized personality too, and though they aren't for everyone they certainly make a statement.
While Panerai's watch manufacturer is based in Switzerland, the design is uniquely Italian and was originally created for elite underwater commandos.
This British brand's signature style has brought it to the attention of watch collectors who appreciate its vintage-inspired looks.
Cartier's now-discontinued Roadster models offer an excellent value proposition and are bound to become highly coveted collectibles.