Best watches: watch buying guide

Best watches: Watch Buying Guide

A great watch is something that every man (and woman) should own. Not only is it a reflection of you and your style, but it’s something you probably wear every single day. If you’re going to wear something everyday, it should be something that you love, and something that is both functional and suits your personality. So, if you’re still wearing a worn out watch from high school or college, now’s your chance to upgrade to something a little more sophisticated, whether your style is classic, casual, or on the minimal side. We’ve rounded up some of the best watches for each personality, so take your pick and don’t look back. 

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Classic

If you’re the kind of guy who likes to dress well in a classic style (suits at the office, khakis on the weekend), stick with a similarly classic watch that’s not too out there. Stay away from trendy styles or anything too blinged-out for your wardrobe. This Fossil Chronograph watch (left, $115) has a brown leather strap, classic dial, and chronograph functions. Rose-gold accents and a dark brown face make this watch more interesting than your grandpa’s version, but still classic. If you prefer a metal bracelet watch, try the Nixon 42-20 Chrono watch (middle, $400), which has the basic looks of a fine luxury watch without the price tag or the extra bells and whistles. For those who wear black accessories instead of brown, the Boss Black Round Case Leather Strap watch (right, $175) has a sophisticated look with Roman numerals, a black face, and a croc-embossed black leather strap. 

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Minimal

If the minimalist aesthetic is your thing, there are plenty of watches that fit in with your sleek style. The newly re-issued Braun Analog watch (left, $180) is a vintage design that’s a perfect example of simple modern style. This watch won’t grab attention from miles away, but it will look good with everything. For a metal design that’s about as sleek and simple as they come, try the Nixon Spencer watch (middle, $250), which combines a gunmetal finish and a black face that has both digital and analog readouts. You have to be a bit more daring for this one, but if you consider yourself a bit of a minimalist fashion plate, take a risk and go for the Movado Large Bold watch (right, $350) in white. The unusual color scheme makes this watch stand out, but the simple design keeps things sophisticated. If you like this watch, get the white version for summer and the black for the colder months. 

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Casual

These watches are for the guys who hardly ever don a tie and prefer camping to a night out on the town. For a man with several watches, any of these would also make a great weekend alternative to a flashier weekday timepiece. We love the rugged, all-black looks of the Fossil Chronograph watch (left, $115), which has a dark three-chronograph face and a chunky silicone band. If you’re looking for a casual watch and happen to care about the environment, try the Sprout Multifunction watch (middle, $75) or any other watch from the eco-friendly line. This sporty green and grey watch is made from biodegradable materials like corn resin, bamboo, and mineral crystal. If you’re a man of casual simplicity, the Timex Camper (right, $35) is a great everyday option. The watch comes in black or olive green and features a durable fabric strap, luminescent hands, and water resistance up to 100 meters. 

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Luxury

If you’ve got some big bucks to spend, it can be worth it to invest in a luxury watch that will last for decades. If you’re going to spend that kind of money, however, it’s best to stick to something without too many unnecessary bells and whistles. We chose just a few of our favorites in the $1,000-and-up price range. While just about any Rolex will give you major status points and look good on your wrist, we particularly like the classic looks of the Submariner Date (left, about $5,000) in steel with a black face and black cerachrom disc. As its name suggests, the watch is waterproof up to 300 meters. For a sportier look, luxury watch buyers can get their hands on the Tag Heuer Formula I Indy 500 watch (middle, about $1,200), which was inspired by the legendary race. The watch features sporty chronographs, a brushed steel finish, the Formula I and Indy 500 logos, and red accents. For a luxurious monochromatic look, we suggest Nixon’s The 51-30 Automatic Ceramic watch (right, $2,600), which boasts an all-black design and lightweight ceramic and steel construction. The watch has a simplified modern face, is water resistant to 300 meters, and has an exhibition caseback. 

What do you think of our Watch Buying Guide? Did we miss any of the best watches? Let us know in the comments below.

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