For a while there, the rise of the Big Watch seemed unstoppable. Hulk watches gained popularity during the 90s and 2000s, apparently getting bigger and bigger until they were big enough for Flava Flav’s neck. And while wall clocks for your wrist have not disappeared anywhere, smaller, thinner watches have seen a major resurgence.
So why wear a small watch? On the one hand, smaller watches are less ostentatious. A small watch is always a flex, but it’s not a watch that demands attention. Small men’s watches can also be more comfortable – you can forget you’re wearing a watch, until you need to check the time. And you don’t have to sacrifice the features you’re looking for just because you’re downsizing. Many smaller watches have day / date functions, water resistant cases, and luminous hands or luminous faces.
Certainly, what defines a “small watch” has changed – what would once have been considered large is now more of a means. But as a rule of thumb, we stick to watches that are less than 40mm. The largest watch on this list has a face diameter of 38.5mm.
These are some of the best little ones mens watches to buy, ranging from affordable quartz beaters to luxury heirloom watches, organized from the bottom up.
1. Casio Stainless Steel Digital Watch
Casio watches are cheap, but not cheap – the Japanese company has a rich history in technology and watchmaking. This square stainless steel digital watch has a 33 x 36.8mm case, and there’s a lot in its small package. It has an alarm and stopwatch function, as well as an LED backlight.
2. Quartz silicone strap
If you are looking for a fun little watch, Swatch is the brand to turn to. Swatch, short for Swiss Watch, was founded to help the Swiss watch industry pivot after the âquartz crisisâ. This vibrant watch features a blue case with red, yellow and blue dials and oversized numerals. There is also a day-date function.
3. SEIKO 5 stainless steel automatic watch
It’s no secret that Seiko 5 is one of – if not the – best deal in the world of watchmaking. For a Benjamin (or less), you can get an automatic watch from one of the most reputable watch brands in the world. This sleek watch is inspired by country watches and has a military inspired look including the fabric strap. The 37mm watch has a day and date window.
4. VOID WATCHES Date Quartz White Dial Man
You’ve heard of Swiss watchmaking, but what about Sweden? VOID Watches is a low-key micro-brand run by Swedish designer David Ericsson who largely avoids any obvious branding. This makes this little watch elegant and simple enigmatic, but certainly not anonymous. The quartz watch has hands for hours, minutes and seconds, as well as a date window.
5. Timex Q 1978 watch
Timex is one of America’s most iconic watch brands, with origins predating heavy hitters like Rolex, Seiko and Breitling. It’s also one of the more affordable brands, reliably producing watches under $ 50 that are known to “take a lick and keep moving.” This small men’s watch from the Timex Q line is a reissue of a 1978 model, with a sleek and simple look with a date window, leather strap and small 35mm case.
6. Hamilton Swiss Field Watch for Men
Small watches tend to be dressy, but they don’t have to be. This rugged Hamilton watch is a modest 38mm, but no one would call it dainty. It has a substantial stainless steel case with a black military-inspired dial with three hands and a day window.
7. Longines HÃ©ritage Brown watch
With its understated cream-colored dial and textured brown leather strap, the Longines HÃ©ritage watch is the pinnacle of class. It has a 38.5mm case with a date window at 6 o’clock. It’s automatic, so you don’t have to worry about winding it up by hand all the time or changing the battery.
8. TAG Heuer Monaco watch
Tag Heuer makes some of the most distinctive and iconic racing watches in the world, including the Monaco Square Case Watch. While most “square” watches are in fact rectangular, this watch stands out for its vertical and horizontal dimensions of 37 x 37 mm. The sporty shape is offset by the black and silver color, which makes it well suited for work and play.
9. Nomos Glashutte Metro Datum watch
In the rather rigid world of watchmaking, long pedigrees and decorated stories are generally preferred. But every now and then a new brand like Nomos can break through. Nomos was founded in Saxony, Germany, in 1990, and has gained an esteemed reputation among watch enthusiasts. This small men’s watch has a simple dial inspired by the Bauhaus movement, and the power reserve indicator ensures you’re always on time.
10. PIAGET Altiplano watch
Looking for a gift for someone really, really special? Give them the Piaget Altiplano watch, which is a spectacle from the first glance. The dial and hands are tucked away in the upper left portion of the watch, while the rest of the face is dedicated to the exposed mechanics of the watch. This 38mm watch is also incredibly thin.
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