The fashion accessories a man chooses to wear say a lot about what kind of personality he has and what sort of place he sees himself in the world. One of the best ways to showcase a worldly and sophisticated image is by taking advantage of a premium wristwatch.
Watches have been something of a status symbol ever since the first pocket watch was created.
Their intricacies make them quite unique, and no two in the world are alike. These humble little devices have continued to be one of the most useful accessories on the market despite numerous technological advances that might have hurt their prevalence.
While watches have continued to provide the same level of stunning class that they always have, their overall prevalence has diminished slightly as a result of smartphones and other pieces of tech. That isn’t to say that world-class watches haven’t enjoyed a resurgence, though. Many of the more utility-based watches that weren’t really considered fashion accessories were the first to feel the affects of a new technological market, but top-tier watches have thrived.
This is because those watches, while brilliant forms of technology in their own right, are seen as more than a mere tool. Their functionality is only a part of their splendor, and the balance between perfect working order and aesthetic detail is what places these accessories on a different level.
Deciding on a world-class watch can be a daunting task, but this list of the best men’s watches available anywhere can help start your search. These exquisitely crafted works of modern art and science are second to none in the men’s fashion arena, and this list contains examples from numerous styles and brands.
A true gentleman is never satisfied with his watch collection.
Armani Exchange AX2190
Armani is one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world, and this watch continues that tradition with stunning iridescent blue detailing, a textured face featuring three sub-dials, and water resistance up to 50 meters.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
This beautifully fashioned stainless steel watch is a triumph of art and utility. It’s made with durable sapphire crystal, and it’s constructed with classic Swiss watchmaking techniques that have made the area so famous for watchmaking.
Baume & Mercier 8733 Classima XL
Powered by the natural movement of your arm, this watch is quintessentially classic in its design and aesthetic. It uses Roman numerals for the face, two sub-dials for hours and minutes, and a scratch resistant sapphire crystal face cover.
Baume & Mercier A10142 Classima Swiss Automatic
The elegance of this watch is exemplified by its sharp detailing, Roman numeral markings, and sapphire crystal window. This analog motion watch is powered by Swiss automatic movement, and it includes a black leather strap with alligator embossing.
Baume & Mercier Moa08589 Classima Executive
Self-winding watches like this are top-of-the-line devices, and their features are world-class. This watch includes a black chronograph, a brown leather strap with crocodile design, and three inlaid sub-dials. No other executive watch is as expertly made.
Bulova 96B230 Military Analog Display Japanese Quartz
This military-style watch uses UHF quartz frequencies with unparalleled precision, Arabic-inspired hour markers, and a beveled edge similar to a coin. This bold timepiece will instantly add a flare of individuality and civility to any watch collection.
Bulova 98B104 Marine Star Calendar
The striking contrast between the rose gold stainless steel case and the black dial of the face make this watch a treasure of aesthetic beauty. It has luminous skeleton hands and uses Roman numerals for hour markers.
Citizen AO900006B Eco Drive Stainless Steel
The Citizen brand has continued to provide exquisite watches since 1930, and this premium example of a casual, anytime watch is sure to turn a few heads. It features a white dial, shimmering blue hands, and a leather band.
Citizen BI501059E Quartz Stainless Steel
Simplicity and elegance come together in this beautiful piece to create a stunning effect. It has a crystalline window that protects the minimalist silver hands and black dial. A small date window is included at the 6 o’clock position for convenience.
Citizen BJ700052E Nighthawk Stainless Steel Eco Drive
The Nighthawk has an integrated inner chapter ring controlled by a secondary crown at the 8 o’clock position, and it has the ability to display multiple times at once. The folding clasp is easy to operate with its push-button design.
Citizen Eco Drive AU106051E Axiom Silver Tone
Citizen is a brand of world-class watches that demands respect. This simple yet gorgeous device is exemplified by its Eco-Drive technology that powers the device with any ambient light and a lone 12 o’clock marker on the face.
Citizen Eco Drive BN015109l Promaster Diver With Blue Pu Band
Like all the new Eco-Drive watches in Citizen’s arsenal, this watch is powered entirely by ambient light, either natural or manmade. It is suitable for water sports and general marine activities, but serious scuba divers should choose something more water-resistant.
Daniel Wellington 0109DW Classic Bristol
This stainless steel watch is both elegant and simplified, creating a minimalist effect that is perfectly suited to many styles. It features an Italian leather band, notch hour markers instead of numerals, and an eggshell white face.
Fossil CH2573 Decker Stainless Steel Chronograph
This sleek and stylish watch from Fossil is as sharp as it is accurate. The silicon band comes with a silver stitching pattern that contrasts the dark black material nicely, and the face mirrors the black and silver motif.
Guess U0247G3 Rigor Blue Rose Gold Tone Silicone Casual Sport
Style and unique design form a brilliant merger with this watch. Its case is rose gold, and the crystal window is outlined in a rigor blue ring. The same blue is used for the band.
Hamilton H64455533 Khaki King Series Stainless Steel Automatic
This sophisticated piece of nostalgia is both informative and classic. It has a day and date display at the 12 o’clock position, and it has sword-shaped hands and a sapphire crystal dial display.
Hamilton H64515133 Analog Display Swiss Automatic
The stainless steel case and band for this watch is both durable and finely polished, and the skeleton window on the back of the case allows you to see the inner workings of the watch while in action.
Hamilton HMLH70455533 Khaki Field Black Dial
This imported masterpiece features a thick sapphire crystal display and a leather band in luscious auburn. It is powered automatically by the wearer’s movement, and it can survive up to 100 meters of water, so it’s great for swimming.
Hublot Big Bang Gold Automatic Chronograph
Luxury is the first thing that comes to mind when viewing this Hublot watch. Its casing is made from authentic 18 karat rose gold, and it has a dense rubber strap. It’s resistant to water up to 100 meters, and it has three inlaid sub-dials for minutes, hours, and seconds.
IWC Portofino Silver Dial Chronograph Brown Leather IW391007
The finest men’s watches in the world can hardly compare to this elegant device from IWC. The day and date dial is located at the 3 o’clock position, and the dial is finished with a shimmering silver.
Maurice Lacroix Eliros Analog Display
This recently relaunched collection of highly popular watches features a new woven metallic band and a refined yet elegant dial. It takes advantage of Swiss chronograph movement to power its workings, along with movement from you.
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Grey Dial Calendar
This watch is made from polished and brushed stainless steel of the highest quality, and its luminescent hands and dial markers are plated with Rhodium. A red arrow hand encircles the stationary date markers outside the dial’s rim.
Michael Kors Watches Gage
This classic watch encompasses all the most prized features of other watches. Its band is made from fine calfskin leather, the case is contrasted with a polished stainless steel and a black dial, and it has three sub-dials with a date dial.
Nautica N13530GNSR01 Stainless Steel
Friends of the sea will love this water-resistant premium watch from Nautica. It has a resin band with buckle closure, and the built-in tachymeter dial is quite convenient. The three sub-dials also make themselves quite useful on the ocean.
Nautica N14536NST Stainless Steel With Black Resin Band
This rugged men’s watch is highly useful and deeply masculine at the same time. Its design is meant for utility and sharp beauty, which it easily accomplishes thanks to the engraved multifunction dial and the unidirectional bezel engraved with numerals.
Omega 21230362003001 Seamaster 300
The subtle and sophisticated design that is the hallmark of the Omega brand has earned them a reputation as a world leader in premium watches. This luxury watch features polished stainless steel and a royal blue dial.
Omega O21230412003001 Seamaster
This watch will instantly improve even the most impressive collections. It is built with premium polished stainless steel, and the deep blue engraved dial contrasted with white and red markers is both inspiring and highly aesthetically pleasing.
Panerai Pam00323 Radiomir Analog Display Swiss Automatic
This exceptional watch stands out immediately as an example of the best luxury watches available anywhere. It has a unique midnight black dial contrasted with silver and white markers, and the supple leather strap is extremely comfortable.
Patek Philippe 5975J001 Yellow Gold 175th Collection
Some watches go above and beyond the call of a standard premium timepiece, and this watch by Patek Philippe is one such device. Its made of 18 karat gold, and its fine leather band is second to no other.
Patek Philippe Grand Complication Platinum 5496P001
Patek Philippe has created an amazingly unique creation in this platinum men’s watch. The watch is handcrafted with the finest care, and the black leather band perfectly accentuates the white dial. In the center lies a moon, date, and day dial.
Raymond Weil 5578STC00300 Tradition Analog Display Swiss Quartz
This starkly beautiful watch features white and black duality within the same dial, and the hands are a midnight blue that nearly fools the eyes into seeing black. It also features a date dial for convenience.
Rolex Submariner Black Dial Ceramic Bezel Steel 116610LN
Rolex is a pivotal name in the top-tier watch industry, and this stainless steel timepiece continues with proud Rolex reputation. It features an oyster bracelet of stainless steel and an engraved rotating bezel with silver numerals and markings.
Salvatore Ferragamo FF3210015 Ferragamo 1898 Sport
This sporty watch features a woven canvas band and a stainless steel case. The outer window is made from sapphire crystal for a scratch-resistant finish, and the large numerals and markers are easy to see.
Salvatore Ferragamo FQ2030013F80 Stainless Steel With Black Rubber Band
Multifunction watches are given a new standard with this watch from Salvatore Ferragamo. It has a built-in tachymeter, luminous hands and markers, and a durable black rubber band. This watch is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors in style.
Seiko SKA371 Kinetic Dive Analog Japanese Quartz Stainless Steel Silver
Seiko has a resounding popularity within the watch community, and this timepiece shows the reasons why. Its body and band are made from polished stainless steel, and the hands are striking and easy to read.
Seiko SNN241 Stainless Steel With Brown Leather Band
Premium luxury is brought to the surface of this watch, and it presents a number of elegant features unlike many other similar watches. It has two sub-dials with an integrated date window, and the leather band is contrasted with offset stitching.
Skagen SKW6053 Ancher Analog Quartz Black Stainless Steel
The widely open dial and stark contrast between the white column markers and the midnight black face are what define this subtle timepiece. Its adjustable steel mesh band is finished with the same premium black gloss coating.
Skagen SKW6066 Holst Stainless Steel With Dark Brown Strap
This watch offers the same simple elegance and refined design as many of the more expensive brands, but it remains affordable for a larger group. It features two sub-dials along with gold and silver complements along the case and dial.
Stuhrling Original 541331X2 Tourbillon Aureate
The most noticeably distinct feature of this watch is that it has exposed tourbillon movement on the bottom half of the face. The inner workings are fascinating, and the blue hands are beautiful.
Stuhrling Original Monaco Quartz Chronograph Date Stainless Steel
Sophistication oozes from every portion of this exquisite timepiece. Its black dial and band are perfectly contrasted with the silver numeral markers around the rim, and the centered sub-dials are sharply detailed and eye-catching.
Tag Heuer CAN1010BA0821 Aquaracer Stainless Steel Chronograph
This device is highly readable at a quick glance thanks to the single primary sub-dial and the two secondary sub-dials. Its window is a beautifully clear scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the engraved outer bevel includes the 60-second markers.
Tag Heuer CAP2110BA0833 Aquaracer Black Dial Chronograph
The four primary quadrants of the inner face of this watch are all integrated with either a sub-dial or the date window, making the space usage in the device excellent. It also includes a fold-over stainless steel clasp.
Tag Heuer CAT2011BA0952 Link Chronograph
Impressive watches have nothing that can beat this ultimate watch. Its pinstriped face and subtle beige undertones help bring about a feeling of wisdom and civility, and the wide sub-dials are both readable and inconspicuous when you need the time.
Tag Heuer WAY1110FT8021 300 Aquaracer Stainless Steel With Black Rubber Band
The textured midnight black dial and the engraved outer bezel will instantly draw the eye to this watch, and its luminescent hands and indices are perfect for all occasions. Its band is durable and malleable black rubber material.
Tissot Couturier T0356171605100 Black Leather Swiss Quartz
This watch includes a synthetic sapphire crystal window and strong leather for the black band. The supreme elegance from this accessory is enough to perfectly complement any style, and it is powered by the movement of the wearer.