Often when setting out to acquire a new timepiece you will determine the maximum amount you can afford, and then discover that it isn't quite enough to get the watch you really want. However, buy applying a bit on intelligence to the process and shopping for pre-owned pieces from a reputable retailer you may well be pleasantly surprised at what you can strap to your wrist.
Here are 10 great watches for under $2,500 that fit the bill:
This is simply a steal on the iconic square-cased TAG made famous by Steve McQueen in Le Mans.
This rare chronograph produced in partnership with Ferrari is sure to be much more valuable some day.
An under-appreciated piece from Cartier and one of their rare diving models, this will certainly stand out from the crowd.
Brit brand Bremont is one of our favorite up-and-comers, thanks to simple, elegant and beautifully built watches like this.
As close as you can get to a Moon Watch without breaking the bank, this racy Speedmaster has a lot going for it.
A great buy for this "baby Rolex" which is made to the same exacting standards and isn't short on style.
One of Breitling's best-looking pieces, the SuperOcean Heritage has adventure flair and tool watch chops.
Different that either the instrument-derived pieces they're famous for or the more traditional vintage ones, this pilot packs a punch.
A seriously underrated watch for the person who doesn't want his wrist to look like every other Omega owner, this dressy Omega De Ville Prestige carries a lot of impact.
This throwback to the pre-TAG days has a lot of vintage appeal and the right mix of sportiness and decorum.