Vacheron Constantin, Patek Phillip, Rolex – depending on your knowledge of watches, you might not have understood all of those names I just mentioned. To some, it might sound like gibberish. To others, it might sound like [gibberish], [gibberish], Rolex.

With knowledge comes taste, and to ask the question “where are the best watches made?” we’ll have to ask a few, even-more-precise questions:

  • What types of watches are considered the “best”?
  • What do we like – gold? Silver? Platinum? Electronic?
  • Does “most expensive” mean best?
  • In this article, we will attempt to answer those questions, as well as provide some answers to the title question: where indeed are the best watches made? Hopefully this article will serve as an introduction for you into the world of expensive, interesting watches and a greater appreciation for the kind of advanced thinking and craftsmanship that go into these simple tools.

    What types of watches are considered the “best”?

    If we’re going to simply go on reputation – on “what watches are considered the best” – then we have a couple of places to look to. In this case, it’s simple. Ask anyone where the best watches are made.

    You might get an answer like Switzerland. Switzerland produces some of the world’s most famous brands, including Rolex. Like cheese, knives, and bank accounts, the “Swiss watch” carries with it an air of top-of-the-line production and craftsmanship. With its dozens of brands – aside from Rolex, think Oris, Omega, and Maurice Lecroix – the Swiss-made watch is widely considered to be among the best in the world.

    To others, the Swiss watch isn’t among the best in the world, it’s simply the best in the world.

    This, of course, usually refers to a type of watch – the extravagant wristwatch or even the pocket watch. If you want to ask “where the best watches are made,” Switzerland may indeed be a satisfactory answer to you. But what if your tastes run different than the typical fare offered by brands like Rolex? Then read on.

    What do we like? Gold? Silver? Platinum? Electronic?

    Companies from all over the world import their precious metals, so there’s no specific “place” where gold watches are made, or where silver watches are made. But our preferences in our watches does say something about our taste in them.

    Perhaps the gold Rolex watch from Switzerland represents the finest in wrist-wear to one person. But to another person, a watch with computer-like features might actually be the “best.”

    If this is the case, we have another type of watch to consider the “best” – the electronic watch.

    With electronic features come ever-advancing technology, including Global-positioning-system features. Are you looking to never get lost in the woods? Than perhaps the Suunto GPS watch is the watch for you. Where are Suunto watches made? Finland. Many people view the Suunto GPS watch to be among the best for keeping tabs on your location, and this gives another reason to turn to Europe for the “best” watches in the world.

    Does “most expensive” mean best?

    If so, it’s fair to say that most of us won’t ever get a chance to experience the “best” watch available. If you want the “best” GPS watch, you might do well with a Suunto GPS watch, but if you want to most expensive watch, period, then you’re going to have to dig deep into your wallet.

    In 2008, Forbes Magazine named the Henry Graves Supercomplilation watch as the most expensively-purchased watch in history. What did it fetch on the market? Well, it wasn’t exactly purchased in the market – but rather at an auction. And it fetched an astounding $11,002,500.

    By “most expensive” watch standards, this watch is the world’s best, and completely outshines most other watches, from the computerized electro-watch to the diamond, gold, and platinum watches.

    Have you decided what kind of watch is your favorite? Do you see yourself wearing an expensive Rolex from Finland, or a computerized, satellite-linked watch from Finland?

    What you consider to be the world’s best watch depends on your criteria of a watch. Now that you’ve seen where some of the world’s best watches are indeed made, you’ll have a better idea of the kind of watch you prefer, as well as where to find them in the future. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled, and you may seem some of the world’s best watches available somewhere near you.

    Even if they’re not necessarily produced or manufactured near your hometown.