- Beloved models: Rolex Submariner, Rolex Daytona, Omega Speedmaster, Breitling Navitimer, Panerai Luminor
- Countless watches for every budget and taste
- Retro watches are currently in trend
- Vintage Rolex timepieces make excellent investments
- Beautiful dress watches from Jaeger-LeCoultre
- Patek Philippe and Hublot models are the most expensive
Men's Watches: The Perfect Accessory for Every Occasion
If you're looking to purchase a new men's watch, then you have almost unlimited choices. There's a wide range of watches for men to fit every taste and budget. Citizen watches are particularly affordable and a popular brand. There are also affordable quartz watches from brands such as Festina, Fossil, and Swatch; moderately priced automatic watches
from Tissot and Certina; and prestigious luxury watches from name brands like Rolex
, and Omega
, if you prefer an expensive gold watch.
An important deciding factor when purchasing a watch for men
is the type of watch, or what you want to use the watch for. If you're looking for an everyday watch, a sports watch such as a chronograph
, which you can use as a timer, is a good choice. Diving watches with rotatable bezels to keep track of your dive time are also popular for men. Pilot's watches are currently trendy thanks to their simple, legible dials with luminous hands and numerals. Many consider these, along with diving watches, the ideal tool watches. Since most sports watches are waterproof to at least 100 m (10 bar), you can wear them while swimming without a problem.
If you require a wristwatch for wearing at the office, then a dress watch
is exactly what you need. This type of watch is often thin and rather small so it fits easily under your shirt cuff. Dress watch designs are often classic, and gold cases and leather straps are often used. However, there are also sporty-elegant men's watches such as the Rolex Explorer
and the Rolex Datejust
, which also go perfectly with a suit. Many men's watches make great gifts for business partners or grooms.
How much do men's watches cost?
You'll find high-quality luxury watches
at the upper end of the price range. These watches are from long-established and well-respected manufacturers such as Patek Philippe
. For example, their intricate Sky Moon Tourbillon
wristwatch, featuring a minute repeater
, perpetual calendar
, and tourbillon
, costs 1.5 million euros new. Patek Philippe watches are considered the epitome of high-quality watchmaking.
Rolex produces some of the most beloved men's watches in the world. At least one person in the upper tiers of most companies has a Rolex. However, Omega also competes on the same level with their Speedmaster and Seamaster models. If you prefer a distinctive watch with a technical design, then you'll enjoy Hublot timepieces. You'll catch everyone's eye with a Hublot Big Bang on your wrist.
Prices for men's watches vary greatly. On the more affordable end of the spectrum are less expensive quartz watches with an analog or digital display, which you can buy for less than 100 euros; digital watches from the Japanese manufacturer Casio are good examples of this type of watch. However, if you place a lot of value on a mechanical watch
, either manual or automatic, then look at offerings from Seiko. Timepieces from this brand are considered very reliable, robust, and affordable. While all of these companies offer men's watches, they also produce watches for women.
||Diving watch with unidirectional rotatable bezel
||Legendary chronograph, stainless steel models beloved by collectors
||Elegant sport watch with date display and Cyclops lens
|Breitling Navitimer 01
||Chronograph with slide rule bezel
|Breitling Chronomat 44
||Chronograph with rotatable bezel and bezel rider tabs
|Hublot Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold
||Scratch-resistant Magic Gold case, in-house chronograph caliber
|Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium
||In-house chronograph caliber, titanium case
|Hublot Classic Fusion Ceramic King Gold
||Automatic caliber with date display, ceramic case, red gold bezel
|Omega Speedmaster Professional
||First wristwatch to reach the Moon, chronograph
|Panerai Luminor Base Logo
||Diving watch with distinctive crown-protecting bridge
|Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days
||In-house caliber and 8-day power reserve
|Patek Philippe Sky Moon Tourbillon
||1.5 million euros
||White gold, minute repeater, tourbillon, perpetual calendar
|Patek Philippe Calatrava
||Classic gold dress watch
Rolex Timepieces: Symbols of Luxury and Prestige
Whoever wears a Rolex simultaneously displays their social status and career success. There's no other brand in the world that represents luxury like this Geneva-based Swiss manufacturer. Any lover of gold can find plenty of gold watches for men made by Rolex. Some of Rolex's most beloved timepieces are the Submariner
diving watch, available with or without a date display; the Cosmograph Daytona
chronograph; and the Datejust, an elegant automatic watch originally introduced in 1945.
A pre-owned Submariner can be purchased in good or very good condition for around 4,300 euros. New models start at 6,200 euros. A pre-owned bicolor Daytona costs around 8,500 euros; new, the chronograph costs around 12,000 euros. The stainless steel version is especially beloved by collectors. It costs at least 10,500 euros pre-owned and 13,000 euros new. The list price of a new stainless steel Daytona is a bit over 11,300 euros. However, seeing as this model is extremely desirable, collectors and fans of the brand are more than willing to pay a few extra thousand for this rare timepiece.
In comparison to the Daytona and Submariner, the Datejust is a bit more classic. Models with a riffled bezel and jubilee bracelet, a five-link metal bracelet, have an especially elegant look. This model has a distinctive date display at three o'clock with a Cyclops lens that improves legibility. Seeing as retro watches are currently incredibly popular, a bicolor stainless steel/18-karat gold model is a fashionable choice. A Datejust is a comparatively affordable entry into the world of Rolex, seeing as you can buy some pre-owned versions for as little as 1,500 euros. The price for new Datejusts starts at around 4,300 euros.
Breitling: The Chronograph Specialist
The Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Breitling produces world famous pilot's watches and chronographs. One of their most famous models is the Navitimer
, which features a bidirectional rotatable bezel and a slide rule, which you can use to perform calculations. The Navitimer has a classic mechanical movement. However, Breitling also offers quartz watches which cost less than 1,000 euros pre-owned. A pre-owned automatic chronograph is available starting at 2,000 euros. A current pre-owned version of the Navitimer 01
with the in-house caliber Breitling 01 costs around 4,500 euros, and 5,000 euros new.
Another famous men's watch from Breitling is the Chronomat
. Its distinctive feature is the presence of four so-called "bezel tabs" at three, six, nine, and 12 o'clock. These tabs are small bumps which make it easier to turn the bezel. This feature is especially practical when you're wearing gloves. A pre-owned Chronomat chronograph costs as little as 900 euros. The price for a new model with an in-house caliber starts at 4,200 euros.
The Moon Watch: The Omega Speedmaster Professional
The Omega Speedmaster Professional was the first wristwatch to reach the Moon, appropriately going down in history as the "Moonwatch." Buzz Aldrin had the Omega chronograph with him when he set foot on the Moon on July 21, 1969. Today, the Biel/Bienne-based manufacturer still offers a model that remains close to the original, utilizing hesalite glass and a manual caliber. Current versions with hesalite can be found under the reference number 3126.96.36.199.01.005. You should be prepared to spend at least 3,000 euros for a new version. If you prefer scratch-resistant sapphire glass, take a look at the version with reference number 3188.8.131.52.01.006, which costs around 3,500 euros new.
Panerai Luminor: A Masculine Watch with an Italian Design
The Panerai Luminor is one of the most distinctive watches out there. It features a unique crown-protecting bridge which pushes the crown down tightly against the case, making it waterproof. It's quite a large watch that looks best on larger wrists, measuring in with a diameter of 44 mm. However, there are also smaller 40-mm versions. The smaller versions have an automatic caliber with a date display at three o'clock and can also be worn by women
. These automatic watches from Panerai
can be found under the reference number PAM00048 and cost at least 4,000 euros pre-owned and 5,000 euros new.
The Luminor has a classic manual caliber which powers the hour and minute hands. Models with a small seconds at nine o'clock are known as the Luminor Marina. A Luminor Base Logo made of stainless steel with reference number PAM01000 costs around 3,700 euros new. Its caliber, the OP I, is based on the Unitas 6497 and has a 56-hour power reserve. If you want an even more impressive power reserve, however, then the Luminor Base 8 Days (PAM00560) is a good choice for you. This timepiece is powered by the in-house caliber P.5000, which has an 8-day power reserve. New, the watch costs around 4,500 euros.
Classic Dress Watches from Patek Philippe
Patek Philippe is famous for their traditional wristwatches. The Calatrava, first introduced in the 1930s, is one of their most renowned models. Its name was inspired by the Order of Calatrava, whose symbol was a cross fleury, which now serves as Patek Philippe's logo. The dress watch's design is Bauhaus-inspired and thus rather simple. The manufacturer mainly uses white, yellow, and rose gold for their cases. You can purchase a pre-owned men's watch from the Calatrava collection for around 4,500 euros; new, they start at 10,000 euros. However, some rarer models cost significantly more, such as the Calatrava 175th Anniversary Exhibition (5088/100P-001), which costs around 130,000 euros.
Hublot's Big Bang
Hublot, founded in 1980, is still a relatively young brand. However, their top model, the Big Bang, has made quite a splash. Most versions have a diameter of 45 mm, a large size for a men's watch, making them stand out. Made of materials such as carbon or the gold alloy Magic Gold, they feature an eye-catching porthole design with screws set into the bezel. Magic Gold is an in-house alloy manufactured by Hublot. It is scratch-resistant due to the addition of ceramic. A new Big Bang Unico Full Magic Gold with reference number 411.MX.1138.RX costs around 23,000 euros.