Best Men's Minimalist Watches

The 20 Best Minimalist Watches

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As far as finishing off a great outfit, there are few things that can help that along like a crisp, clean, minimalist watch. It shows a little extra effort and attention to small details — never a bad thing as far as style goes. And the right watch can be worn with everything from a slim pocket T-shirt and chinos to your best suit — sometimes in the same day.

While there’s a time and place for every sort of watch — from sportier rubber-strap options to tough dive watches — there aren’t many timepieces as versatile as a minimalist watch designed thoughtfully and carefully. The same design principles that apply to a great suit or a solid T-shirt also apply to a well-crafted timepiece — sharp looks, solid construction and limitless styling potential. Our picks here should definitely have you covered when it comes to buying your next minimalist watch — or two, or three.

MVMT Chrono Watch

MVMT Chrono Watch

Normally a chronograph watch can sometimes feel a bit cluttered. MVMT Watches solves that problem with a triple chronograph watch that’s super clean and uncomplicated. Featuring the brand’s straightforward approach to modern, stylish design and a sturdy 45mm case, this watch conveys both crisp, dressy style and yet also packs in tons of functionality. The three sub-dials will definitely ensure you don’t miss a beat. – $135+

Miansai M24 Noir Watch

Miansai M24 Noir Watch

When it comes to watch brands that know a thing or two about minimal design, Miansai absolutely sets itself apart — in the best way. For just $215 ( a steal for the quality and style), the M24 Noir Watch combines a brown leather strap and a sharp black dial in an unexpected way for a dose of style that you won’t want to take off — maybe ever? – $215

Minimalist M1 Classic Watch

Minimalist M1 Classic Watch

There’s something both vintage and modern about a rose gold watch — it’s the perfect blend of old-school cool and new-school style, able to be dressed up or down with ease. In particular, the Minimalist M1 Classic blends a lightweight 40mm case diameter with a refined white dial, a versatile brown leather strap and a price that won’t come close to breaking the bank. – $100

Ted Baker London Watch

Ted Baker London Watch

For a brand that excels at producing continental style staples, it should perhaps come as no surprise that Ted Baker can also craft a heck of a watch. Featuring triple chronograph functionality that should have you running very early no matter where you go, the gunmetal case is also equal parts sturdy and sharp. The brown leather strap should also be versatile and easily wearable, to boot. – $165

Skagen Hagen Watch

Skagen Hagen Watch

Inspired by super-sharp Danish design principles, Skagen delivers with its Hagen Watch, a clean iteration available in a just-right 40mm case diameter. The subseconds eye adds a nice touch of visual interest, too. To finish things off, the watch is molded with a technique designed to mimic the horizon’s arched lines, and the results are just as stunning. This watch is definitely boardroom-ready. – $175

Braun Ceramic Analog Display Watch

Braun Ceramic Analog Display Watch

Like Miansai and others, Braun is another brand that knows what it’s doing in regards to crafting refined, minimal watches. It’s been a leader in the category thanks to its distinctive looks, and the Ceramic Analog Display Watch is no different. The 39mm case diameter should be just right, and the construction of this watch should definitely be sturdy — and stylish — enough to handle everyday wear. – Buy It

Komono Winston Regal Watch

Komono Winston Regal Watch

A sturdy, minimal watch for under $100? That’s what you’re getting with the Komono Winston Regal, a timepiece that definitely gives you bang for your buck. Komono’s watches are an excellent value for the price, built with style and longevity in mind. The brushed black metal case is subtle and the understated dial markings make this piece the perfect complement to everything from a polo and shorts to a blazer and chinos. – Buy It

Breda Belmont Watch

Breda Belmont Watch

The sharp style of a great black dress watch is often overlooked in a style world that places emphasis on standing out. But Breda nails that tricky balance with the Belmont, a watch that simultaneously can be both casual and dressy. Rock this one with black leather Chelsea boots and a grey suit year-round, or feel free to pair it with a simple T-shirt and dark denim on casual days. – $70

Tsovet JPT-CO 36 Watch

Tsovet JPT-CO 36

Tsovet is at it again with a minimal watch that packs a heck of a punch for being under $225. The gunmetal case and black strap pair perfectly together, and the refined dial markings make this watch a surefire conversation starter. When you reach for a watch to pair with a classic navy suit on big days at the office, definitely make it this timepiece. – $225

Komono Magnus Black Watch

Komono Magnus Black Watch

Once again, for under $100, Komono makes each purchase worth the money. The large, black metal case and contrasting seconds hands play off each other nicely, while the construction of this timepiece should be very solid for the price. The 46mm diameter is definitely larger than other minimal watches, ensuring you’ll stand out in a good way when rocking this piece with a tee and jeans or a classic blue Oxford. – Buy It

Larsson & Jennings Lader Watch

Larsson & Jennings Läder Watch

It goes without saying that the Swiss certainly know their watches from start to finish, top to bottom.. And with the Lader Watch, they’ve proved that once again. From the all-black case and leather strap to the understated logo, Larsson & Jennings offers you excellent value and the perfect way to work in some crisp style if you need another watch in your collection — and honestly, who doesn’t? – $360

Void VO1EL Watch

Void V01EL Watch

Swedish designer David Ericsson launched Void about eight years ago with the aim of crafting the perfectly minimal watch. The eye-catching V01EL timepiece definitely achieves that goal admirably, among the brand’s other offerings. Combining time and date functionality, the 42mm case offers the ideal in-between as far as case diameter — it should sit, as the brand says “perfectly on your wrist.” Not bad for one watch, right? – Buy It

TID No. 1

TID No. 1

TID is looking to reduce the watch down to what the brand calls “the barest essentials,” and the TID No. 1 does that with style in mind. From the vegetable-tanned Swedish leather strap to the smartly designed black dial with white case markings, this timepiece is all class. The durable black ion coating adds another dimension to a watch that should be able to stand up to whatever you can throw at it. – Buy It

Hygge Watches 3012 Series

HYGGE Watches 3012 Series

The brand name might be a bit unusual, but the construction and style of the 3012 Series from HYGGE is anything but strange. The eye-catching style is the winner of multiple design awards, which certainly says something compared to other timepieces. The range of color combinations available should suit every style, and the super-unique look should still offer plenty of styling potential, no matter the situation. – Buy It

Tsovet SVT-SC38 Watch

Tsovet SVT-SC38 Watch

Tsovet describes its SVT-SC38 as a merger of “simplistic form and function,” and one glance tells you all you need to know. This watch is field-ready and features a stainless steel case, to boot. On top of that, a refined 38mm case diameter and an eye-catching cognac strap are complemented nicely by blue dial markings that should stand out against any outfit, day or night. – $200

Uniform Wares M40 Watch

Uniform Wares M40 Watch

Some watches are just worth investing in. That much is clear from Uniform Wares and its M40 Watch. The PVD-plated stainless steel case is exceptionally tough and stylish, and the brown leather strap is sufficiently dressy to rock with a shirt and tie at the office. The Swiss Quartz movement also offers reliable timekeeping no matter where you go — and that’s a very good thing for the price. – $600

Junghans Max Bill Watch

Junghans Max Bill

Based on the watch collection of legendary designer, sculptor, architect and painter Max Bill, Junghans nails simplistic, stylish design with this offering. Stainless steel cases and self-winding movements characterize these timepieces, all crafted to ensure you just might draw some double-takes when wearing one. From a suit and tie to a lightweight rain jacket, these timepieces are exactly what you need as far as versatile styling potential goes. – Buy It

Triwa Falken Watch

Triwa Falken Watch

For situations when a crisp watch is a must, Triwa has you covered with a timepiece that strikes the perfect balance between dressy and casual. The rich brown leather strap is just one stunning feature of a timepiece that gets all the details right, from the contrasting chronograph to the subtle dial markings. It’s sometimes hard to find a watch that nails both the design and the styling potential, but Triwa’s done just that here. – $200

Alessi AL13003 Out Time

Alessi AL13003 Out Time

With only a small logo on the right side of the dial, the Alessi Out Time is so subtly designed that it might be tough to pick it out of a lineup. For fans of minimal watches, that’s the perfect timepiece to reach for when you want to project understated style. The price is excellent, and the Japanese quartz movement should be accurate, durable and reliable. Not too bad for about 150 bucks, right? – Buy It

William Strouch Black Watch

William Strouch Black Watch

Playing off the idea that luxury watches should be affordable, reliable and well-crafted, the Black Watch from William Strouch gets a lot of things right. That includes the Swiss-made stainless steel case, the tough 40mm case diameter and the smart Swedish design. That also includes its water-resistant qualities and its versatility, suitable for both men and women to wear. You might not want to take this watch off given all of its subtle style. – $193

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