Skip to content


Your cart is empty

Article: [Summary by budget] Good taste! 8 recommended watches under 36mm for men in their 50s [500,000 yen to 1.6 million yen]

[Summary by budget] Good taste! 8 recommended watches under 36mm for men in their 50s [500,000 yen to 1.6 million yen]


This is Seno from Belle Montre.

In today's video, I will explain the 8 best watches under 36mm for men in their 50s with good taste, categorized by budget, for the range of 500,000 to 1,600,000 yen.

If you wear a stylish watch that is appropriate for your age in your 50s, you will look like a cool, sophisticated man, and you will probably feel more motivated in your daily work.

In my opinion, large watches are cool, but when it comes to style and style, smaller watches really show off their true potential.

Belle Montre is a store that specializes in small pre-owned watches.

If you like small watches, have slim wrists, or are interested in dress watches, please subscribe to our channel.

In addition, we will contact you via our official LINE to let you know about new arrivals and stock information, so please add us as a friend via the description section.

So let's get started right away.

[Summary by budget] Good taste! 10 recommended watches under 36mm for men in their 50s [600,000 yen to 1.5 million yen]

1. Cartier Tank Francaise 18K WG Model Ref. 2366

First up is the Cartier Tank Française in 18K white gold.

The case diameter is 28mm.

Wearing a watch that is different from others allows you to create your own unique style, and knowing that difference will make you feel even more attached to the watch.

The Française is a model that has a sophisticated image, but if you are in your 50s, you will be able to bring out its beauty even more by having a WG model rather than the standard line stainless steel.

I will talk about the difference in shine between stainless steel and WG.

White gold is an alloy made of pure gold and nickel- or palladium-based metals, and is a material often used in jewelry.

One of the major features of white gold is its beautiful, shining silver color.

Because of its subdued color, it is easy to match even for those who are not fond of flashy colors such as yellow gold or pink gold, and it can be said that it is a metal that goes well with both casual and formal fashion.

The big difference with stainless steel is that stainless steel can also be made to have a brilliant shine, but white gold naturally produces this effect, and this can be said to be the metallic texture, luxury, and weightiness that white gold possesses.

The actual weight is about 1.5 times that of stainless steel.

The comfort and weight that only high-quality materials can provide are also highlights of the 18K model.

The case is made of this high-quality material, while the dial features silver-based guilloche engraving, adding a glittering accent to the wrist.

For the Française, the standard is for the bracelet to be integrated into the watch, but the 18K model comes with no bracelet and is a belt type.

Another attractive feature of this watch is that you can create a special watch that is unique to you by using your favorite colors and materials for the strap.

If a man in his 50s were to wear a watch like this, I think it would show great taste.

Prices range from around 900,000 to 1,000,000 yen.

2. IWC Ingenieur Jaeger-LeCoultre Model Ref. 3521-003

The Ingenieur is a long-running hit model among IWC models.

The name Ingenieur comes from the German word for "engineer."

The Ingenieur was originally based on the classic Mark 11, which was delivered to the Royal Air Force, and was created out of the need for a watch with improved magnetic resistance in cockpits, where there were many electromagnetic waves.

The Injunior is a civilian version of the Mark 11, and is a model designed for doctors, engineers, and researchers who work in environments with a lot of electromagnetic waves.

The Ingenieur has been produced since 1955, so many models have been produced over the years.

Among them, the one we would like to introduce this time is the 5th generation Injunior.

The case diameter is 34mm.

The fifth-generation model is characterized by its movement, Cal. 887, which was converted by IWC based on Jaeger-LeCoultre's Cal. 889, and the fact that it was designed by Gerald Genta, who is famous for designing the Nautilus for Patek Philippe.

As IWC has its own quality standards department, their watches often do not receive external precision testing as "Chronometer" certification. However, as this movement is based on Jaeger-LeCoultre, it has been certified and is marked "OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED CHRONOMETER."

Although it has a beautiful design that never gets old, it has become a popular model because its production period was short at only three years and it was the only model made at this time to be equipped with a Jaeger-LeCoultre movement.

Whether you work in a job that requires resistance to magnetic fields or not, wearing a stylish watch like this one will make you look very stylish.

Prices range from around 1.2 million to 1.6 million yen.

3. Rolex Air-King Ref. 5500

From Rolex, we would like to introduce the Air-King, which has the oldest "pet name" in the history of Rolex models.

The case size is 34mm.

This model was born in the late 1950s, but it was a long-selling model that was manufactured until around 1988, undergoing minor changes over time.

The reason it has been such a long-lasting hit is that, despite its simple and timeless design, it is instantly recognizable as a Rolex design, which has made it popular for a long time.

Actually, the design is quite simple.

It has a non-date, smooth bezel, a beautiful white sunray dial, a Rolex logo at the 12 o'clock position, and thick bar indexes at the 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions.

The strap is a genuine Rolex triple-link bracelet, and the crown mark on the buckle, which was made during this era, is sophisticated, giving it a sense of unity with the case.

Although the design is simple, the appeal of this type of watch is that you will never get tired of it and you can use it for a long time.

It seems like a good choice for a first Rolex, and even Rolex connoisseurs will enjoy this model.

A man in his 50s who wears a watch with a simple, no-frills design is a man of great taste.

Prices range from around 600,000 to 800,000 yen.

4. Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Extra-Thin

The Patrimony from Vacheron Constantin, one of the world's three major watch brands, has a case diameter of 33mm.

With a white dial, silver case and bar indexes, it follows the classic style of a dress watch, but when you look closely at the details, you'll see that it's a very deep model.

First of all, the case material is white gold.

The appeal of white gold is the same as what was explained in the Française section above, but the indexes of this Vacheron watch are also in white gold.

At the 6 o'clock position there is a sigma mark 'σ/σ' on either side of SWISS, which indicates the country of manufacture.

This notation can be seen on watches from around 1973 to around 2000, and was used by manufacturers that belonged to an organization called APRIOR.

This is a quality standard created by the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry in 1973, which states that "when precious metals such as gold are used in watch parts (indexes and dials), this mark indicates that the watch is a high-end, high-quality Swiss-made watch."

This feature can be found in watches from six companies: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, Omega, and Jaeger-LeCoultre, but it is not present in all watches made during this period.

For this reason, Sigma dials are highly valued for their rarity.

Also, please take a look at the shape of the index. Only the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock positions are Roman, while the rest are diamond shaped.

Instead of the usual bar indexes, the indexes are diamond-shaped, giving the watch a stylish and sophisticated impression, and the fact that only the 12 and 6 o'clock positions are Roman is also fashionable and shows good taste.

Prices range from around 800,000 to 1,000,000 yen.

5. Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse Ref. 3948

From Patek Philippe, we would like to introduce the Golden Ellipse Ref. 3948.

The case diameter is 27mm.

This model was first created in 1968, and due to its popularity it has become an extremely long-selling model with a design that combines circles and rectangles, which continues to the current model.

The name Golden Ellipse comes from the fact that it was designed based on the golden section, which is considered the ideal proportion in classical European architecture.

This "golden section" was given this name because it was designed using the ratio 1:1.6181, which people find to be the most beautiful.

It has a beautiful white dial, a white gold case, and black hands and Roman indexes, making it a stylish and exquisite piece.

What's particularly noteworthy is that the dial is made from porcelain.

I'm sure you've heard the term "porcelain dial" before, but in our daily lives, it is something we often see on tea bowls.

Porcelain is pottery (the material used to make our everyday tea bowls), and the pure white, transparent dial is created by coating this porcelain with a glassy enamel called glaze.

For this reason, just making the dial requires a lot of money and effort, and porcelain dials are often used on watches of rare and prestigious brands and models.

Because it is a Patek watch with such high design quality, I think it would make a man in his 50s look like a more attractive, sophisticated older man.

Prices range from around 1.2 million to 1.6 million yen.

6. Breguet Classic Ref. 3980

The Breguet Classic Ref. 3150 is part of a collection based on the traditional designs that date back to the brand's founding.

This model is a perfect example of Breguet's distinctive character, combining technical expertise in a small size.

The case size is 32.5mm.

The dial features beautiful guilloche engraving.

This dial has a pyramid-shaped decoration in the center; this is called "Clou de Paris" and is a technique that is applied carefully by hand by craftsmen, down to the smallest detail.

This manual work shows Breguet's advanced craftsmanship.

The indexes are Roman indexes, and there is a date display at the 6 o'clock position, giving it a sophisticated design.

The sides of the case are also decorated with Breguet's characteristic coin-edged decoration.

It also features blued steel Breguet hands, and Breguet features are scattered throughout the watch.

The case is made of 18K white gold and, despite its relatively small diameter of 32.5 mm, exudes an elegant and understated presence.

The price ranges from around 1.2 to 1.4 million yen.

7. Omega Constellation 18K Gold Model Ref. 168.009

Omega's Constellation REF.168.009 is a model that features a sophisticated C-line case with a case diameter of 35mm.

This is the second generation Constellation designed by Gerald Genta, who we explained earlier in the IWC section.

The case is made of 18K yellow gold and the dial is champagne, but those who are averse to yellow gold throughout may find it a bit over the top.

However, when you actually put it on your arm, that's not the case.

Won't the image of yellow gold take over and give it a vulgar feel?

That's what I tend to think, but when I put it on my wrist, it actually looks surprisingly stylish.

This is because the luxurious 18-karat gold material is expressed in a sporty design, and only the bezel part has a mirror finish, while the other parts have a hairline finish that reduces reflections, so it has a matte gold feel.

The dial has a sunburst finish, giving it a stylish and delicate texture.

The Constellation is a long-selling model that continues to this day, and this is because it is an excellent model that combines Omega's highest precision and automatic winding.

Born in an era when precision was of utmost importance, this model remains one of Omega's flagship models and is still highly regarded today.

Although it has a slightly different approach from the current Constellation, this second-generation Constellation, made in the 1960s, is a fantastic model that pursues precision while also having a great design, so a watch like this worn by someone in their 50s would look very stylish.

Prices range from around 500,000 to 650,000 yen.

8. Jaeger-LeCoultre 1990s Master Ultra Slim Ref.145.8.79

Jaeger-LeCoultre presents the Master Ultra Slim.

The case diameter is 34mm.

This is the Master Ultra Slim, a dress watch collection.

Although the appeal is somewhat diminished in videos and images, I felt that the actual watch was a very stylish model, so I chose this one from Jaeger-LeCoultre.

This is the simplest and most streamlined model in Jaeger-LeCoultre's Master Series.

With a case diameter of 34mm and a thickness of just 5.3mm, this model is incredibly thin and demonstrates Jaeger-LeCoultre's high level of technical expertise.

This model has a transparent silver color and two hands of the same silver, but because the case diameter is small and extremely thin, it will match even men with thin wrists.

We believe that thickness has a significant impact; the thicker it is, the less stable it will be when you place it on your wrist.

Therefore, people with thin arms will find that a smaller watch is more comfortable than a larger one, but if you go further and choose a thin model, it will fit your wrist better.

The movement is the ultra-thin Caliber 849, which is just 1.85mm thick, a feat that only Jaeger-LeCoultre can pull off.

Just because it is thin does not mean it has no presence, and the slimness allows it to fit comfortably on the wrist, making it a comfortable fit that will make you a man with shining taste.

Prices range from around 450,000 to 560,000 yen.

So today we have introduced some stylish watches under 36mm, but perhaps as a reaction to the recent huge watch boom, new watches that are around 36mm are increasingly being released by various brands.

In my opinion, large watches are cool, but when it comes to style and style, smaller watches really show off their true potential.

As watch users, it's good to see that the options are expanding beyond large watches, so I'll continue to spread the word about the appeal of small watches.

Other articles

Breaking News: SEIKO's New Watches for 2024 - WATCHES & WONDERS 2024 -

Now, SEIKO's new products have been unveiled at Watches Wonder 2024, so we would like to introduce them to you. Many watches with modern sizes have been released, but we will pick out and introd...

Read more

[Summary by budget] Stylish! 7 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 to 1.6 million yen]

Hello. This is Seno from Belle Montre. In today's video, we will be delivering the following: [Summary by budget] Stylish! 7 recommended square watches for men in their 50s [500,000 to 1.6 mil...

Read more