They say a man can be judged solely by his shoes. Well, allow us to posit another tell: A man can be judged by his watch, too. Wearing a good watch shows that you cherish both form and function. A good watch serves as both a style statement and a finishing touch. And if it checks off all the aesthetic boxes—nice size, clean look, zero frills—it can be both timeless and timely.
Thankfully, the watches of today check off all of those boxes and more. From dress to sport, extravagant to wallet-friendly, here are the best ones around. And for more ways to look your absolute best, check out the 15 Killer Style Accessories You Never Knew You Needed.
Tudor Black Bay GMT, 41MM
$3,575; buy now at tudorwatch.com
Tudor’s hi-tech, handsome diving watch is waterproof up to 200 meters and has a built-in function that automatically establishes local time, so you never have to finagle with a frustrating dial after a transatlantic flight.
Seiko Presage Shippo Enamel Limited Edition, 41MM
$1,600; buy now at seikowatches.com
This limited edition—only 2,500 were made—Seiko is water-resistant and personifies a current trend of elegant, slimmer, bluer watches.
$270; preorder (available in September) at casio.com
Casio’s new EDIFICE chronograph is the type of plugged-in smartwatch that doesn’t skimp on style. In addition to a pristine all-stainless construction, the watch is equipped with Bluetooth and even comes with a hi-tech phone tracker to keep an eye on your device at all times.
Tissot Everytime Swissmatic, 40MM
$395; buy now at tissotshop.com
Tissot’s water-resistant Everytime Swissmatic is sporty but also refined. You won’t find a fine Swiss-made watch at a better price than this.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8, 44MM
$9,750; preorder now at omegawatches.com
Come September, Omega’s iconic Apollo series will get an update with a sleek, all-black ceramic case and a transparent back that displays the inner workings.
Movado Museum Classic 40MM
$695; buy now at movado.com
Movado’s streamlined Museum Classic now comes with a stainless steel mesh bracelet, for ultimate modernity.
Bulova Archive Series Oceanographer 666 Limited Edition, 41MM
$1,495; buy (available in the fall) at bulova.com
Bulova’s Archive Series Oceanographer is aptly nicknamed the “Devil Diver,” as it’s water-resistant up to 666 feet. And what makes the name even more appropriate is that the watch is limited edition—and yes, only 666 were made.
$800; buy now at gshock.com
No watch on the planet tells better time than the MTG-B1000-1A. Always connected, the watch syncs time with computer servers to deliver perfectly calibrated reading, down to the second. Plus, it can juggle readings from two cities at once (you choose from a selection of 300 global urban locales). It’s the perfect accessory for any guy who plans on trotting the globe—without ever missing a flight again.
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