No one is born rich. Okay, some are, but for the rest of us spending an obscene amount of money on a watch is simply out of the question. However, a quality watch is a staple for the modern man; especially one that has water resistance, quartz movement, or automatic movement, and a genuine polished stainless steel or leather strap.
If you’re willing to part with a little of your hard-earned cash you can easily get a high-quality watch with all these features; a watch with distinct character and sophistication. We’re talking about that magic $500 – $1,000 mark; which when considering that you’ll most likely wear your new watch every day for years to come, the cost per wear works out to be the same as a cup of coffee.
Men’s Watch FAQs
How do I pick a men's watch?
It is important that you choose the right size. If you have a smaller wrist, go for timepieces with small or thin dials. Measure the circumference of your wrist. If it is between six to seven inches, choose a watch with a case diameter of 38-42 mm wide.
How is a men's watch supposed to fit?
If your watch leaves imprints in your skin, it is too tight. Ideally, it should be loose enough to slide more than two inches down your wrist when your arm is perpendicular to the ground.
How many watches should a man own?
Most men only own one watch, but fashion experts say you should have three – an everyday watch, a workout watch, and a dress watch for special occasions.
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If you’re after a new watch that’s durable, reliable, and stylish but won’t break the bank, take a look at these suave brands.
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William Wood Watches
Founded in 2016, William Wood Watches is an award-winning luxury watch company that’s renowned for including upcycled rescue service materials in all of their pieces; embedding every watch with a piece of British firefighting history.
William Wood Watches are extremely well-crafted and represent more than just a timepiece; they are a statement of unity, respect, and bravery. William Wood Watches' Valiant collection is comprised of extremely sophisticated watches that retail for US$970.
Adorned by those who love a bit of outdoor adventure, and thousands of US military service people, Luminox makes solid durable watches. Renowned for building 100% swiss watches that are made for the most rugged of conditions, if you’re after a stylish yet hard-wearing watch, Luminox is the brand for you. Prices start at around US$295 but can go upwards of US$500.
In 2015, Farer set out to make a range of vintage watches inspired by great explorers and adventurers; those who pushed the limits in their respective fields. To combat an overpriced market, they create exceptional timepieces of great value. With multiple styles, colours, and features on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Farer’s extremely sophisticated and well-crafted watches, most of which are under US$1000.
Timex, which prides itself on quality timekeeping, has been doing so for over 150 years, making it a safe bet when buying a new watch. Their watches are expertly crafted and drip finesse but are affordable. From traditional swiss quartz to more modern digital watches, Timex has always been dedicated to value which is why you can expect to spend as little as US$50 but no more than US$850.
Hamilton watches are innovative, iconic, and known for American Spirit and Swiss Precision. Known for the highest performance standards, Hamilton can proudly claim to have made the first battery-powered electric watch, along with the world’s first digital LED creation. Stylish and extremely well-crafted you can expect to spend roughly US$500 on a Hamilton watch, although they do have cheaper (and more expensive) options on offer too.
Longines has earned a reputation for exceptional function and style since 1832. Their motto is "elegance is an attitude," and this philosophy is reflected in their pieces. Each model is crafted to the highest standards of quality, with exclusive Swiss movements. Longines watches start at roughly the US$500 mark.
Alpina is a Swiss watch company renowned for producing high-quality sports watches. To guarantee accuracy and reliability, Alpina designs each timepiece to the most exacting horological standards. With multiple styles and colours on offer, all of Alpina’s stylish watches are durable and reliable; and of course under US$1000.
Adolf and Alfred Kurth created Certina in 1888, and the brand has since gone on to become a mainstay in Switzerland’s hugely competitive watch industry. Every Certina watch is produced to the highest of standards with attention to detail and an eye toward technical innovation, and has a rather timeless aesthetic; perfect for everyday use. Best of all, you can expect to pay well under US$1000 for a Certina watch.