Best Dress Watches For Men

25 Best Dress Watches For Men

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If you’ve found yourself going through the year so far with a great watch on your wrist, it’s time to change that. Our roundup of the 25 best dress watches for men features picks both expected and unexpected, each worthy of consideration for purchase.

While it’s great to have a durable casual watch on hand — say, with a classic NATO strap — a dress watch is just as essential. In matters of both refinement and style, it’s a must-have for big meetings, board presentations, business trips and regular days at your 9-to-5. That doesn’t even begin to cover the fact that a great timepiece is the perfect accessory to special occasions or plain situations when you just feel like dressing up. Some of these picks are investment-worthy, some are more attainable and all are worthy of a spot on our list of the best dress watches for men.

Zodiac Sea Wolf

Zodiac Sea Wolf

Lest you think a tough dive watch can’t get the job done in terms of being a dress accessory, think again. The Zodiac Sea Wolf is immaculately designed and constructed, featuring a dress watch-appropriate 39mm face and the sort of pared-down, yet smart design that works in multiple style situations. It’s the type of watch Daniel Craig would wear with a tuxedo as James Bond — the modern man’s dress watch built for action. With a high price tag, it’s a leap of faith — but this purchase is definitely an heirloom. – Buy It

Withings Activité Steel Activity Tracker Watch

Withings Activité Steel Activity Tracker Watch

Rarely do you find a watch worth wearing for dressier style situations that also features a rubber strap — and the same functionality as more technically inclined watches. Yet, that’s what Withings provides in terms of its Steel Activity Tracker Watch. With a black dial and what the brand calls an “elegantly minimal face,” the watch also tracks everything from steps taken to calories burned swimming or running. It also automatically syncs to your phone sharp style that can cross time zones — and look great in the process. – Buy It

Komono Winston Watch

Komono Winston Watch

Whereas you could easily go wild and drop over two grand on a stylish, refined men’s dress watch, there’s an argument to be made for getting similar style without going over your budget. In that regard, the KOMONO Winston Watch could very well be the timepiece you need, complete with sharp looks and one-of-a-kind design touches, to boot. The blue dial, cognac strap combo is unique in the watch world, and that means it works with everything from a light grey suit to an electric blue blazer in spring and summer. – Buy It

Hamilton X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT

Hamilton X-Wind chrono Quartz GMT

Hamilton has an enduring legacy of building heritage watches that have been worn for decades in the field and around the country by great men. The X-Wind Chrono Quartz GMT might be the latest timepiece to add to that lineage, with great features aplenty. Starting with the substantial 46mm case diameter and finishing with the rich brown leather strap, it’s a timepiece for a new age — and it comes in at under $1,000, so it’s certainly worth a second look. Buy it now, wear it every day — and particularly cherish it for big-time, tailored style situations. – Buy It

MVMT Classic Series Watch

MVMT Classic Series Watch

For under $100, it absolutely doesn’t get any better than what’s being done by MVMT Watches. In a simple-yet-effective combo of white with tan leather, this is a dress watch that could certainly turn into an everyday timepiece. It features a larger 45mm case size, and it’s a watch that wouldn’t look out of place with your best blazer and slim grey chinos when spring weather hits. In the meantime, feel free to pair it with a knit tie and cardigan for chilly early spring weather — just try to keep from buying a few more given the price. – Buy It

Tsovet SVT-SC38 38mm Stainless Steel And Leather Watch

Tsovet SVT-SC38 38mm Stainless Steel And Leather Watch

Some watches elicit an immediate — and positive — reaction, and the Tsovet SVT-SC38 is definitely one of those watches. Mixing a stainless steel case with a handsome leather strap, it builds off the brand’s penchant for super details. From the crisply designed dial to the rich brown leather of the strap, it’s a next-level dress watch to pair with a blue Oxford and a grey blazer for a sharp business-casual combo. It’s also the type of watch to wear as you head into your next big meeting — Tsovet definitely means business, and watches like this one prove it. – Buy It

Timex + Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph

Timex + Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph

If you’re seeking a one-stop shop for the best menswear around, Todd Snyder is the place to go. From vintage-inspired crewneck sweatshirts to classic shirting and suits that guys love, the brand does it all. Count among that lineage a slew of great timepieces — the Timex +Todd Snyder Red Wing Leather Chronograph features a tough Red Wing leather strap in a unique hue of grey, along with a vintage-inspired, yet highly functional, design and the type of styling potential that works in spring, summer, fall … really, any time you need a great watch. – Buy It

Linjer Minimalist Watch

Linjer Minimalist Watch

For starting with a small run of leather goods, Linjer has expanded its approach quite nicely — including with its Minimalist line of sharp timepieces ready for dressy situations aplenty. The Linjer Minimalist Watch uses a full-grain vegetable-tanned leather strap, a unique design touch that’s both durable and crisp in its aesthetic. Between the clean white dial and the contrast between the leather, it’s the right watch to team with brown leather wingtips and your best suit any day of the week. A bonus — it’s sold by Huckberry, so you’re getting great quality. – Buy It

Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph

Uniform Wares C41 Chronograph

While a watch like the Hamilton X-Wind is positively packed with features right from the get-go, Uniform Wares takes a more scaled-back — but no less admirable — approach to crafting great watches. This particular Swiss-made chronograph teams a minimal, sleek dial with a 41mm case diameter for sizing that hits the sweet spot for pairing with your favorite tailored looks. The British shell cordovan leather strap is part of a design approach that ends with a hand-finishing process in London — it’s one of the best dress watches you can get across the pond. – Buy It

Armogan Le Mans Chronograph

Armogan Le Mans Chronograph

If a brand calls a watch “iconic” and “resilient,” you’d do well to listen up. Inspired by the spirit of racing and designed with the sleek, one-of-a-kind detailing to match, the Armogan Le Mans Chronograph — as sold by the great team at Huckberry — gets a lot of things right. From the agreeable price to the sharp black leather strap and PVD-coated black dial with chronograph functionality, it’s sure to become one of the more unique timepieces in your collection — and maybe the coolest. Wear it with black Chelsea boots, a leather jacket and a knit tie-Oxford shirt combo for unique style. – Buy It

Breitling Transocean Day & Date Watch

Breitling Transocean Day & Date Watch

Few watches are as subtly handsome and crisp as the Breitling Transocean Day & Date. And certainly, few watches are as equipped for long-distance travel — and then tailored adventures on the ground. With both a day and date display and an accessible, easily wearable 43mm case diameter, this watch is sharply offset by the 18K red gold-and-steel case — try that on for size. It’s a premium pilot watch that harkens back to the old days of air travel, and you might just be inspired to fly more yourself — in style, of course. – Buy It

Skagen Ancher Leather Watch

Skagen Ancher Leather Watch

While there’s definitely some excellent merit to buying a high-level, expensive dress watch, not every purchase need be that complicated. The Skagen Ancher Leather Watch clocks in (pun intended) at under $150, and it does so while competing with the best of them in terms of looks and design. Even a design detail as simple as the blue seconds hand adds a stylish touch to a watch that works with your favorite white Oxford, a navy knit tie and brown chukka boots for classic, everyday style. You’re getting excellent value, and that means you’ve got a watch worth dressing up. – Buy It

Orient Bambino Watch

Orient Bambino Watch

Watches that call to mind the timepieces worn by our fathers and grandfathers are a welcome sight when so many companies produce gaudy, overly large watches. In this instance, the Orient Bambino successfully channels vintage style updated for the modern man. With a brown crocodile leather strap and a clean white face with the brand’s classic design touches, this watch is one to wear alongside a light grey suit and deep brown wingtips for your most important days at the office. And after you close that big deal, you can wear it out just as readily to dinner. – Buy It

Rolex Explorer Watch

Rolex Explorer Watch

In the lexicon of classic watches, Rolex holds particularly grail-worthy status. Its watches are renowned for their durability, their classic looks and their blend of timeless style and tough functionality. Yes, even for being expensive timepieces, they’re still tough and well-made — a tricky balance, it seems, with more delicate watches. The Explorer has a unique look all its own — it’s made for everyday wear with items ranging from your best suit and a richly colored knit tie to more laidback, business casual looks. Even early Fridays at work call for wearing a watch like this. – Buy It

Braun Gents Classic Watch

Braun Gents Classic Watch

Braun has developed a legacy that centers around creating functional products with sleek designs fit for everyday use. The Gents Classic Watch is one such watch that nails things on the head in terms of functionality, yet also looks sleek and sharp. The minimal 38mm case diameter is a callback to dress watches of old, and the black leather strap is more unique when so many reach for brown leather watches — this timepiece will definitely set you apart the next time you’re in need of a nice dress watch for a day at the office or an evening out. – Buy It

Ted Baker London Watch

Ted Baker London Watch

With a focus on irreverent style and a blend of classic British prep, Ted Baker gets right to the point in terms of helping you switch up your style. Such is the case with the Ted Baker London Watch, featuring a striking brown leather-gunmetal case combo and orange accents designed to show off — in a good way, that is. The triple chronograph functionality gives you a lot of bang for your buck for just under $170, and that’s useful — with a sizable 42mm case diameter, you can wear this in dressy situations and with rugged gear. – Buy It

About Vintage 1844 Chronograph

About Vintage 1844 Chronograph

The best watches call back to a simpler time, when timepieces served a real function and complemented a man’s sense of style — in the days of the iPhone, the same nuance can be tough to find, but the About Vintage 1844 Chronograph pursues that aim admirably. It’s inspired the year 1844 itself — a reset feature was added to the traditional chronograph, allowing for successive measurements. That’s not all this watch packs in — the pearl white dial is unique and striking, and the overall look is one that would perfectly complement your khaki blazer and grey chinos this spring. – Buy It

Armogan Spirit Of St. Louis Chronograph

Armogan Spirit Of St. Louis Chronograph

Leave it to Huckberry to continually stock and sell a wide array of standout watches. The Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph is one such watch, built with effective looks and an agreeable price. It merges a chronograph pilot’s design with a slim case and the prime design you need in a stylish dress watch. The 5-year battery life is just what you need in the way of durability — given the value this watch provides, you’ll definitely want to wear it all the time, all spring and summer long. – Buy It

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope

If you want to step away from the conventional looks — and price — of a stylish dress watch, perhaps a timepiece from Junghans is in your future. With an extremely exquisite dial design, crisp markings and two chronographs for readability and functionality, it’s the rare blend of refinement and utility. Don’t leave heirloom quality out of the mix, either — it’s a tribute to noted design luminary Max Bill, and is sufficiently stylish enough to warrant that you wear it as much as you can in tailored scenarios aplenty. – Buy It

Miansai M24 Noir Watch

Miansai M24 Noir Watch

Known for providing men with the type of upgraded leather goods and accessories — from bracelets to watches like this one — Miansai knocks another one out of the park. The M24 Noir Watch blends two unexpected colors — black and tan — in a refined way, starting with the Italian-made leather strap and finishing with a unique, crisp dial. The one-handed movement breaks the hours into 15, 30 and 45-minute intervals, and the 39mm case diameter offers up pleasingly dressy style ready to pair with crisp blazers and classic Oxford shirting. – Buy It

Minimalist M1 Classic Watch

Minimalist M1 Classic Watch

While some watches are made for those who love gaudy style, there’s something applause-worthy about the Minimalist M1 Classic Watch, a surprisingly affordable and simplistic dress watch. Don’t let the simplicity fool you — it’s a great dress watch for a number of reasons, including the gold dial markings, handsome brown leather strap and refined white dial. The M1 Classic Watch is lightweight and features a 40mm case diameter, making it the type of easy-to-wear watch when you need to focus on dressing well — and killing that big presentation. – Buy It

Larsson & Jennings Lugano Leather Strap Watch

Larsson & Jennings Lugano Leather Strap Watch

The phrase “murdered-out” often refers to all-black menswear ensembles, but it’s just as fitting when used in the context of the black dial, black leather strap watch crafted by Larsson and Jennings. Playing off the brand’s penchant for accessible, minimalist styles, the Lugano takes a new approach to the dress watch — this timepiece is both sharper and made with more edge than other iterations, thanks to the black colorway. Wear it with sleek black Chelsea boots and a no-nonsense navy suit to let the watch stand out the next time you need to dress up. – Buy It

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto

Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto

Although Hamilton excels at making watches for the field, they also excel at making timeless classics just as ready for your next black-tie event. The Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto is one such watch, featuring a modern dial design, a stainless steel case and the sort of sharp looks that would help it pair stylishly with a tuxedo or your best suit. It’s definitely an investment-worthy watch, coming in at nearly $1,000. Given that sort of price tag, it should be a go-to every time you need a solid timepiece — even with something more casual, like a blazer and a polo. – Buy It

Orient Sentinel Watch

Orient Sentinel Watch

Watches that effectively blend a sporty sense of style with unique cool are hard to find — particularly if you want a watch that blends a dressier dial with a black rubber strap. Leave it to Orient to find a way to bridge that gap, especially when it comes to the Sentinel Watch. Featuring the brand’s reliable automatic movement and small design touches like a wider minutes hand, it’s the watch to wear on more casual days when you don’t feel like letting your style slip — which should be a goal every day, truly. – Buy It

Throne x Brooklyn 1.5 Watch

Throne x Brooklyn 1.5 Watch

Inspired by the grit of New York City’s Brooklyn borough and featuring a distinct air of big-city cool, the Throne 1.5 Brooklyn Watch manages to retain its sharp edge, tailored appeal and crisp looks. Featuring a stainless steel case and black leather strap finished in the brand’s instantly recognizable fashion, it could just be the last black leather dress watch you need to buy. Only 100 were made, instantly setting you apart from other watch collectors — and wearers — out in the city (and well beyond), no matter what you’re wearing. – Buy It

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