Whether you’re looking for a cutting-edge smartwatch or something more traditional, we’ve rounded up some great men’s watches for every budget and style.
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The fact that we’re perpetually glued to our screens raises an interesting question about the need for a watch.
Before we had more computing power in our pocket than it took to send a man to the moon, a watch was essential for keeping track of the day. Now almost all devices tell us the time.
Despite this, the watches did not go out of style.
This may be because they often have sentimental value or they mark a milestone as many require a big investment.
Whatever the reason, a watch is an elegant and – pardon the pun – timeless accessory.
Whether it’s your first watch purchase or your tenth, buying a watch can be tricky. Digital or analog, leather or stainless steel, smart or classic, the options are an endless source of excitement (or anxiety, depending on how you look at it.)
Whether you’re an Omega fan or prefer something a little more subtle, I’ve rounded up a few options that I hope will really get your heart racing at a million miles per minute.
EDITOR’S CHOICE: BEST OVERALL MEN’S WATCH
Nixon Spectra, the iconic, $560
I am convinced that a great watch should pay homage to the true classics of history, and the Nixon Spectra is a remarkable synthesis of tradition and modern innovation. The watch has impressive features like Japanese automatic movement, stainless steel exterior and 40 hour power reserve. The hero here, however, is the skeleton dial: a real chef’s kiss moment.
Tissot Chrono XL Classic, the iconic, $600
If you want good ol’ reliable then this is it. Tissot is known for great products at great value, and the Chrono XL Classic exceeds expectations. With its stainless steel case and water resistance to 100 m, it is extremely resistant.
Apple Series 7, Amazon, $597
Apple is far from an apprentice in the smartwatch game, and there’s good reason it should continue to reign supreme as the tech leader. The crack-resistant screen protects a host of features including a blood oxygen sensor, ECG, voice assistance and sports tracking. I’m afraid this watch is smarter than me.
Amazfit GTR 3 Pro, Amazon, $324
With up to 12 days of battery life, I’m confident this watch has its own heartbeat. Don’t worry, you’re not skimping on features.
BEST SPORTS WATCH
Garmin Forerunner 645, Amazon Australia, $535.94
Garmin knows the sport, and the Forerunner 645 is quick to make that clear. This watch provides the kind of stats that will make you feel like a pro, regardless of your PB. The crowning glory of this watch is its ability to download up to 500 songs for phone-free listening.
Fitbit Sense Smartwatch, Sport Rebel, $449
Long gone are the days when the FitBit graced only the wrists of the fitness-conscious mom, the extensive features of the Fitbit Sense extend to ECG, heart rate monitor, Google Assist (or Alexa, your choice), built-in GPS, plus a 6-month trial to Fitbit premium. The Fitbit Sense is really very powerful.
BEST CASUAL WATCH
Daniel Wellington Petite Sterling, The Iconic, $219
Without plundering your wallet, Daniel Wellington is a leader in providing high-end timepieces that can carry you from brunch to wedding. The interesting part of this piece is its interchangeable bracelets, allowing several looks with the same classic dial.
Nixon Sentry, the iconic, $349
Luckily for us, the Nixon Sentry is a high end of everyday luxury. Don’t let the premium looks fool you, the Nixon Sentry can withstand 100m of submersion and has a hardened crystal mineral face, so you know it can withstand the real world.
BEST DESIGN WATCH
Seamaster Diver 300 M, Omega, $8,250
Designer is synonymous with status, and nothing says it more than Omega. Far from being camera shy, the Seamaster graced the wrists of US President Joe Biden and Pierce Brosnen in Goldeneye.
The Master Longines Collection, Longines, $3,150
Longines knows luxury and the brand has pulled out all the stops for its most revered range. The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal houses the refined chronograph that has been a mainstay of the brand since its inception.
Kurt Hughes is a Sydney-based journalist who has his finger on the trigger when it comes to trends and styles. He has worked for brands such as We Are Kindred, General Pants and Ksubi, as well as articles for Fashion Journal, GQ and iD, and is deeply committed to the brands that shape our culture. You can follow him on Instagram at @kurthughes.