Nomos watches are known for their sleek, minimalist styling. Nomos timepieces exude a classic yet contemporary look, the cases are famously svelte, a feature that has helped Nomos garner popularity amongst those who do not like a bulky timepiece. Nomos Glashütte watches are manufactured in Germany, as a brand, they are one of several stand-out watchmakers not based in Switzerland, proving that a timepiece doesn’t have to be Swiss in order to be top quality. The typeface on the dial is one of the signature features of Nomos watches, an elegant touch that truly helps this brand stand out amongst so many other premium watchmakers.
The Nomos Glashütte range of watches use premium materials such as sapphire crystal and top grain leather. Nomos watches, however, are not all show and no go; with a range of in-house hand wound and automatic movements, Nomos produce heirloom quality timepieces that will bring years of enjoyment to whomever wears them.
Best Nomos Homage
The a.b.art FN41-001 is a like for like Nomos homage, almost identical in appearance to the Nomos Glashütte Tangente. With striking similarities, down to minute detail, from the numeral font and position, right down to the blue hour and minute hands. The a.b.art is presented in rose gold tone stainless steel, and measures in at 41mm. It is available with nylon or calfskin straps.
The a.b.art FN41-001 is powered by a Swiss quartz movement, is water resistant to 50 meters, and almost unique amongst watches at this price point, features a sapphire crystal window, for excellent scratch resistance.
Stührling Original also produce the ‘Ascot’, another excellent Nomos homage, with its numeral-free dial, with simple black lines to mark the hours, the Ascot most closely resembles the Nomos Orion, it features a stylized date window at the 6 o’clock position, similar to many of the Nomos models with date windows, and it is bordered with a black circle for a unique look. The Stuhrling Ascot is presented on a black, leather band, and its case measures in at 42mm. It features a Swiss quartz movement for excellent timekeeping.BUY NOW
The Rodina R005 is an automatic Nomos Tangente homage. It features a Seagull ST17 movement, and an exhibition caseback.LEARN MORE
Best Nomos Alternative
The Orient Bambino is a simple dress watch, and is definitely a viable Nomos alternative. The ‘no-numerals’ dial is reminiscent of the Nomos Orion, differing mainly in that the Bambino has a center mounted second hand, vs. the offset second hand of the Nomos.
The Orient Bambino features a quality, Japanese automatic movement, the case is presented in stainless steel and measures in at 41mm. The Orient Bambino’s case is just a hair under 50% thicker than the Nomos at 12mm. The Bambino features a 3 o’clock date window, a calfskin leather band, a white dial, and is water resistant to 30 meters, just like the Orion.
Junkers Bauhaus 6060
The Junkers Bauhaus 6060 is a high quality, German made, automatic timepiece, as a Nomos alternative it ranks high! The Junkers 6060 most closely resembles the Nomos Glashütte Lambda, with its power reserve indicator sitting proud of the hour/minute hands. Where they mainly differ is that the Junkers features a centrally mounted second hand and a 24 hour display just north of 6 o’clock, whereas the Lambda has the second hand offset above 6 o’clock.
The Junkers 6060 features a white dial with Junkers branding at the 9 o’clock position, similar to the branding on the Nomos. It is presented in a 40mm stainless steel case vs. the gold cases available from Nomos. The Junkers 6060 comes on a leather band, is water resistant to 30 meters, and, unlike the Lambda, features a date window at the 3 o’clock position.BUY NOW
Junkers Bauhaus 6070-5
Junkers also produce another Nomos homage; the Bauhaus 6070-5. This model features similar styling to the Nomos Glashütte Orion, with simple lines as hour indicators, and a round, 40mm stainless steel case. The Junkers 6070-5 is a timeless dress watch, its ivory dial and brown leather band make this piece perfect for all occasions.
Unlike the Nomos, the Junkers 6070-5 is powered by a Swiss Quartz movement, and features a central second hand, again differing from the Nomos. It is water resistant to 30 meters, features a date window at the 3 o’clock position, and a domed hesalite crystal.
Junghans Max Bill
The Junghans Max Bill represents a fine Nomos alternative, much like Nomos Glashütte, Junghans watches are German made, and built to the highest standard. The Max Bill is unique on this list in that it is a manual wind watch, perfect for those with a taste for the nostalgic. It is similar in design to the Nomos Orion, its dial is white and features slim lines to mark the hours. Unlike the Orion, it features a centralized second hand. The dial of the Max Bill is adorned with small touches of lume at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions for visibility in the dark.
The Junghans Max Bill is presented in stainless steel, and measures in at just 34mm across and 9mm deep. It sits upon a high quality leather band and is water resistant to 30 meters. The second hand features a frequency of 28800 A/h, for a smooth sweeping action.
Stührling Cabaletta 778
Stührling Original are a company looking to shake up preconceived notions surrounding watches, they’re out to prove that watches don’t have to be expensive to be stylish and well made. The Stührling Cabaletta 778 is a Nomos homage that takes its style cues from the Nomos Glashütte Lambda; it features a 24 hour sub dial above the 6 o clock position, and a seconds sub dial beneath the 12 o’clock position.
The Stührling’s dial features stylized numerals, much like the signature Nomos font. It is presented in stainless steel, with a 42mm case diameter and a depth of 10mm. The Stührling sits on a luxurious Horween leather band; designed to get more comfortable with age, is water resistant to 50 meters, and is powered by a quality, Japanese quartz movement.
The Bulova 96B104 is a classic dress watch, bearing more than a passing resemblance to the Nomos Glashütte Orion. The Bulova features a slim line design with a white, numeral-free design. The date window is at 3 o’clock, differing from the Nomos, which doesn’t utilize a date window at all. Like the Nomos, the Bulova sits on a leather band, however it is ‘croc’ textured, adding another subtle difference.
The Bulova is presented in stainless steel, the case is 37mm wide, and is even slimmer than the Nomos at only 5.9mm, and the window is mineral crystal. The Bulova, unlike the Nomos is powered by a Japanese quartz movement.BUY NOW