Nomos Glashütte, established in 1989 by Roland Schwertner, is Germany’s largest manufacturer of mechanical timepieces, but it’s the brand’s design philosophy that draws the most attention. Nomos watches are known for their Bauhaus-inspired design and offer some of the best value on the market.
While the brand does manufacture some more complicated pieces, it is the dress watches in particular that are widely regarded as among the best values in the world. Nomos’ brand values are embodied in these classic designs: superior quality components with minimal, timeless aesthetics. Furthermore, each of them has an in-house mechanical movement that was developed and manufactured. Here’s a list of a few of the finest Nomos watches.
1. Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch
One of the finest Nomos Watches is the Nomos Club Sport Neomatik 42mm Watch. This incredible sports watch has a steel bracelet and is water-resistant to 1,000 feet. While the 42mm size is the largest Nomos has produced, they have shortened the long lugs on the Club, so it wears less dressy and is on the smaller end of its measurements. Its steel case has an exhibition caseback and a domed sapphire crystal with a double-sided anti-reflective coating on the dial.
This, together with the white hour and minute hands that contrast with the black dial, contributes significantly to legibility. Lume is liberally applied to the hand and hour markers. To match the rest of the dial, they keep the date disc background black and the digits white. At 6 o’clock, beneath the seconds subdial, is the gold text that simply reads “1000ft.” The 145-piece horizontally brushed bracelet is hand-screwed together and has an easy-to-use and solid-feeling deployant clasp. It is powered by an in-house automatic DUW 6101 movement. The movement has a 42-hour power reserve and runs at 21,600 vph.
2. Nomos Club Campus Amsterdam Limited Edition Watch
For a limited-edition timepiece, Nomos collaborated with Ace Jewelers. Ace Jewelers was established in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1975. The owners of Ace Jewelers decided to create a set of features for the watch that could be used on different templates, with the potential to grow into something resembling a signature design. After much deliberation, they decided to take their cue from the beautiful city they love and call home: Amsterdam. They incorporated the shield’s iconic colors from the Amsterdam Coat of Arms – red, black, and white – as a primary starting point.
The watch has a 38.5mm stainless steel case that houses the in-house, hand-wound Alpha movement. Club Campus Amsterdam is inspired by the city shield, has red indexes with a white outline and a contrasting silvered subdial with a red seconds hand. As a final complement to the city, the rim of the see-through caseback is engraved with the limited edition number and the text ‘LIMITED EDITION AMSTERDAM FOR ACE JEWELERS,’ and the crown is engraved with three crosses rather than the usual ‘NOMOS.’
3. Nomos Lambda Limited Edition Watch
The inclusion of a blue dial was the first and most significant design change for Lambda. They chose gold-colored writing on the dial to create a pleasing contrast. The massive power reserve subdial is the most distinguishing feature of every Lambda. This is to draw attention to the DUW 1001 manual wind movement’s incredible 84-hour power reserve. It has a lovely 39mm rose gold case that is slightly larger than most modern watches, but it is still quite restrained by current standards. The width is only 9.1mm. Its thinness is due to the lovely DUW 1001 manually wound movement, which is only 3.6mm thick. This work of art is unmistakably German, with its sunbeam-polished 34 plates spanning the majority of the movement and focusing your attention on its balance wheel. Take note of the chatons and hand-beveled edges, both of which are hallmarks of high-end movement design. Underneath are the Lambda’s twin mainsprings, which provide the watch with an impressive 84-hour power reserve.
4. Nomos Red Dot Zürich Weltzeit Watch
The Zürich Weltzeit, a traveler’s favorite due to its thoughtful dual timezone complication, is the company’s most complicated watch. The Nomos Red Dot has the same 39.9mm stainless steel case as the original Nomos Zürich Weltzeit and Zürich Weltzeit Nachtblau, with straight lugs. The thickness of the watch remains the same at 10.85mm, making it quite slim, and the water resistance remains at 30m. The in-house Nomos caliber 5201, which showcases the company’s own Swing System escapement, powers the Nomos Red Dot Singapore. The rhodium-plated movement, visible through a sapphire caseback, has Glashütte ribbing on the bridges and main plates, as well as heat-blued screws.
More importantly, it has an easy-to-use dual timezone complication. The dual timezone complication is well thought out. Aside from the different dial colors, the UTC +8 timezone will be represented by Singapore rather than Hong Kong, with the word “Singapore” written in red.
5. Nomos Ludwig Limited Edition Watch
Ludwig is a vintage watch, an idea for a connoisseur’s wristwatch for it is smart, traditional, and sleek. True watch enthusiasts will enjoy winding this timepiece every morning before admiring the slim hands, classic railroad minute markers, and roman numerals. This incredible watch has a white lacquer dial that gives every element of the face a subtle blue tint. The hands, of course, remain heat blued, a Nomos tradition, but the Roman numerals and hour markers have been updated to a deep, dark blue inspired by the elegant Credor Eichi II.
Less important markers, such as the railroad indices around the dial, are lighter in color, which helps to highlight the Roman numerals and hour markers. It uses the legendary customized Alpha hand-wound caliber, which has been improved by Nomos’ most recent swing application system. The modified Alpha is also very thin, measuring only 2.6mm, letting the Ludwig case be only 6.8mm thick, a pleasant surprise in a world increasingly dominated by 14mm (or more) thick cases. The 38mm Ludwig case serves as the foundation for the watch.
Nomos watches are known for their Bauhaus-inspired design and offer some of the best value on the market. Although the brand creates more complicated pieces, it is the dress watches in particular that have the best quality in the world.