These Are Some of 2020's Best Watches, According to Experts

We examine the watches from our favorite categories from this year's GPHG watch awards event.

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Every year, the watch industry celebrates itself with pomp and circumstance in an awards ceremony called the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (or GPHG). It's more or less akin to the Oscars of watchmaking. For 2020, there are 84 nominees across 14 categories — many of which are somewhat esoteric. So, let's drill down and check out some of the more fun categories: specifically, dive watches, chronographs and best mens overall watches.

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Diver's Watch Nominees

Breitling Superocean Automatic 48 Boutique Edition

black dive watch with green dial
GPHG

In black DLC-coated titanium, this boutique version of Breitling's dive watch has a deep green dial and matching strap.

Diameter: 48mm
Price: ~$5,895

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Doxa SUB 300 Carbon Aqua Lung US Divers

black carbon watch with yellow highlights
GPHG

Doxa's famous SUB 300 takes on quite a unique character with a lightweight, strong and striking-looking carbon case.

Diameter: 42.5mm
Price: ~$5,275

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Grand Seiko 9RA5 Spring Drive Diver’s 600m

steel diver watch with black dial
GPHG

Featuring Seiko's innovative Spring Drive technology, this luxury dive is water-resistant to 600m.

Diameter: 46.9mm
Price: ~$13,650

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Ming 18.01 H41

design dive watch with steel bracelet
GPHG

Design-focused independent brand Ming released its first dive watch this year with some unique features.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: $3,250

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Reservoir Hydrosphere Bronze Maldive Edition

bronze dive watch on black strap
GPHG

Produced in collaboration with watch magazine Revolution, this bronze Reservoir watch features the brand's signature retrograde display and jumping hour indicators.

Diameter: 45mm
Price: ~$4,790

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Ulysse Nardin Diver X Cape Horn

black dive watch
GPHG

Made for the Vendée Globe sailing race, Ulysse Nardin's dive watch is light and tough in titanium and carbon.

Diameter: 44mm
Price: ~$10,900

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Chronograph Watch Nominees

Atelier de Chronométrie #8 Split-Seconds Chronograph

black chronograph watch
GPHG

Housed in an 18k "gray gold" case, this split-second chronograph is based on a vintage Venus movement recreated and decorated by hand.

Diameter: 39.8mm
Price: ~$121,630

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Breitling Top Time Limited Edition

chronograph watch with retro dial
GPHG

Brietling created this retro-styled limited edition in homage to its Top Time watch, which was originally produced in the 1960s.

Diameter: 41mm
Price: ~$5,450

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H. Moser & Cie. Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic

steel chronograph watch with simple dial
GPHG

When H. Moser & Cie. introduced its new Streamliner collection this year, it took the form of an unexpectedly sporty offering.

Diameter: 42.3mm
Price: $39,900

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Kurono Chronograph 1

art deco chronograph watch on black leather strap
GPHG

Aside from Seiko, Japanese watchmaker Hajime Asaoka's affordable brand Kurono is one of the few non-European brands at the GPHG.

Diameter: 38mm
Price: ~$4,050

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Louis Moinet Memoris Superlight

blue and orange chronograph with exposed mechanics
GPHG

Louis Moinet traces its history to the invention of the chronograph, and the brand's technical and colorful entrant is one of the most visually striking of the show.

Diameter: 46mm
Price: ~$28,600

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Parmigiani Tondagraph GT

steel watch with black dial
GPHG

One of the independent Swiss brand's sportiest watches, Parmigiani's Tondagraph is made entirely in-house.

Diameter: 42mm
Price: $19,500

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Men's Watch Nominees

Bulgari Octo Finissimo S

bulgari watch with blue dial
GPHG

The complicated but impressively thin (6.4mm) case of the Octo Finissimo is complemented by a steel bracelet and blue dial.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: ~$12,650

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De Bethune DB28XP Starry Sky

blue watch with tourbillon on white background
GPHG

De Bethune's typically sci-fi inspired and artistic angle is here expressed with a signature blue hue, skeletonized lugs and a tourbillon at 6 o'clock on the dial.

Diameter: 43mm
Price: ~$85,300

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Laurent Ferrier Classic Origin Green

green watch on white background
GPHG

Independent watchmaker Laurent Ferrier's take on classical watchmaking is subtle and understated, with a green dial but high refinement and haute horlogerie all around.

Diameter: 40mm
Price: ~$33,800

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Petermann Bédat Dead Beat Second

gold watch on brown strap
GPHG

Though classical in design and proportions, Petermann Bédat's Dead Beat Second represents a tough horological feat — it's a mechanical watch with a seconds hand that ticks every second rather than sweeping.

Diameter: 39mm
Price: ~$70,850

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Romain Gauthier Insight Micro-Rotor Squelette Manufacture-Only Carbonium

skeletonized carbon watch on blue dial
GPHG

Romain Gauthier's boldly styled and skeletonized micro-rotor watch has a case in a carbon composite and striking blue highlights.

Diameter: 42m
Price: ~$182,700

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Voutilainen 28SC

blue watch on black strap
GPHG

Celebrated watchmaker Kari Voutilainen presents a classical look in restrained sizing with horological details to die for.

Diameter: 38.5mm
Price: ~$81,475

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