Best Men’s Watches 2022 from Rolex, Omega, Longines and Casio

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Investing in a classic watch is a must.

You can usually reach for your smartphone to tell the time, but nothing beats a good old-fashioned watch to keep you on time. They look great, quickly correct any casual outfit, and when properly cared for can last for decades and be passed down from generation to generation.

The amount of brands, styles and features (also called “complications” in the world of watches, which is itself known as “watchmaking”) on the market can be overwhelming. And when you spend hundreds of dollars on a watch (even thousands…), you want to make the right decision.

First of all, what motivates them? On the affordable side of the scale you have the quartz watch powered by, you guessed it, a piece of quartz and a battery, while the automatic watch, which is held in high esteem, is extremely complex, requires a expert craftsmanship, and is powered by the kinetic energy obtained by moving your wrist. Even the movement of the hands is different – while quartz is similar to a wall clock with one ticking per second, the automatic has a smoother sweep that is more aesthetically pleasing.

Then you have the design to consider. Do you want a dress watch with a leather strap that slips comfortably under your shirt cuff, or do you prefer a bulkier masculine design with a metal strap, perfect for enhancing a casual weekend look? More so, there are the endless extra “complications” to think about, like the “chronograph,” a stopwatch feature, the “GMT,” which displays times in different time zones, or even a simple date display.

So to help you through this complicated maze of choosing a watch, we’ve rounded up the best in the business that are available to buy now, with which we’re sure you’ll be telling time for years to come.

Over £1,500

Pre-Owned Rolex Watch Rolex DateJust Ref 16233

There is nothing more classic than a Rolex. Featured on the wrist of Paul Newman in The Color Of Money, worn by Roger Federer when he broke the Grand Slam record, and given to JFK as a gift by Marilyn Monroe in 1962, Rolex is a brand that will forever remain avant-garde of culture from sportsmen, to movie stars, to politicians.

This DateJust is a pre-owned style, costing a little less than the RRP today, and looks just as classic with the two-tone stainless steel and gold bracelet. If you prefer a brand new style, you can order one from their website.

Buy Now £5499.00, Ramsdens

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional 2021 Men’s Watch

As the first watch worn on the moon by Buzz Aldrin, Omega’s Speedmaster has a rich and interesting history. Having been part of six moon landings, the legendary chronograph is a representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit. This version was introduced in 2021 and is a presentation of how the 150-year-old brand deftly combines flair and timekeeping precision.

Buy Now £6480.00, Ernest Jones

Over £1000

Longines Elegant Collection 39mm Automatic Men’s Watch

With a Swiss-made automatic movement, classic design and slim form, this 39mm watch from Longines’ elegant collection is the perfect dress watch for any formal occasion. With a glossy white face, black leather strap and sophisticated date window, it will work with any sharp suit in your wardrobe, as well as a casual and elegant look for a date night. Dating back to 1832, they are known for their fine craftsmanship and elegant designs.

Buy Now £1480.00, Goldsmiths

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Alarm Quartz 40.5 mm steel watch

Creating watches since 1860, Tag Heuer has a uniquely bold style that is instantly recognizable. This sports watch is Swiss made with quartz movement, a sophisticated black dial and luminous hands that stay visible even underwater – you don’t have to be a professional diver for this sleek design to look great on your wrist. With a date window, rotating bezel and alarm calendar, you’ll never miss an appointment again.

Shop Now £1350.00 Mr Porter

Over £500

Bulova curve

With watches that have been used on no less than 46 NASA missions and a stopwatch that was placed in the “Sea of ​​Tranquility” during the first moonwalk, the Bulova story is out of this world (sorry…). Designed to be noticed, their Curv design is fully gold-plated, from case to strap to dial. This five-hand chronograph uses quartz technology, has a skeleton dial and is protected by a domed sapphire crystal. Water resistant up to 30 meters, you can use it anywhere.

Buy now £799.00, Bulova

Certina DS POWERMATIC 80

Dating back to 1888, Certina is associated with explorers and champions, from being the first watch to climb the Dhaulagiri in the Himalayas in 1960, to being Muhammad Ali’s brand of choice. Their DS Powermatic 80 has classic vintage appeal with a gold dial and brown leather strap, and would look just as good on an octogenarian as on their grandchildren. With an 80-hour power reserve and 100-meter water resistance, it’ll take you through even the toughest expeditions, even if it’s just a trip to the pub.

Buy Now £780.00, The Watch Hut

Under £500

Hamilton Khaki Field King Auto Men’s Watch

True to the brand’s military heritage, Hamilton’s Field watch is a nod to vintage military style and is the perfect everyday automatic watch at a great price. Created in 1892, they have not only been worn by countless soldiers, but have also appeared in over 500 major films, from shanghai express with Marlene Dietrich at Matt Damon’s The Martian. Now owned by Swatch, they combine American spirit with Swiss precision, and they do it well.

Buy now £465.00, Beaverbrooks

Casio AQ-230GA-9DMQYES

Perhaps the most iconic affordable watch, a digital Casio with a gold metal strap is a classic. This version is enhanced with a white dial analog display, and also benefits from the same useful features of a stopwatch and an alarm. Ideal for everyday wear, pair it with gold jewelery for maximum impact.

Shop Now £34.99, Amazon

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