02/01/2022
 2 minutes

NOMOS Glashütte: High-Quality Entry-Level Watches From Germany

By Thomas Hendricks
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NOMOS Glashütte is a German brand located in the country’s watchmaking capital, the quiet mountain town of Glashütte, Saxony. This is also where you’ll find brands like A. Lange & Söhne, Moritz Grossmann, and Glashütte Original.  

The modern incarnation of NOMOS Glashütte began in 1992 when Roland Schwertner revived the original NOMOS company after decades of the business lying dormant. Fun fact: Schwertner is still helping run the company almost three decades later.  

The brand is well known for their clean designs at affordable prices and impressive engineering feats like their proprietary Alpha caliber and in-house escapement known as the “swing system.”  

NOMOS Glashütte: Iconic Models 

Let’s talk about some signature NOMOS Glashütte watches. Simply put, you know a NOMOS when you see one. Their design language is clean, often Bauhaus-inspired, with thin cases and just the right touches of color. Perhaps the best example of this is the NOMOS Glashütte Tangente. The brand also has the sportier Club and Ahoi lines, as well as playful models like the NOMOS Metro or the NOMOS Autobahn. And the great thing about NOMOS is that they’re always experimenting with new color palettes and bringing in top designers to work on fresh collaborations.  

NOMOS Glashütte: Price Range 

Pricewise, journalists and enthusiasts often cite NOMOS watches as offering the best value between $1,000 to $2,000. At this price range, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better alternative to these inspired designs and in-house movements. For customers with refined aesthetic tastes and who aren’t necessarily hardcore watch nerds (think modern architecture fans drinking expensive coffee), NOMOS is often the first and only serious watch they’ll ever buy.  

NOMOS Glashütte: Brand Perception 

NOMOS is more popular in Europe than in the US, although that’s changing thanks to publicity in different media outlets – most notably, of course, on social media. NOMOS appeals to creative types who like watches with clean lines, precise typography, and sleek case profiles. Plus, the brand’s focus on unisex case sizes below 40 mm and affordable pricing makes them a popular choice for a wide range of buyers. However, you can also rest assured that in the watch community, NOMOS timepieces get just as much respect for their engineering as they do for their designs.  


About the Author

Thomas Hendricks

I didn’t grow up a watch guy, but a few years after graduating from university, I landed a job at the online publication Watchonista as a writer and marketer. “Welcome to the watch world,” my colleagues told me half-jokingly, “no one ever leaves!” Now at Chrono24, I work as a private client advisor, helping people find the perfect watch for major life moments.

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