The Best Dress Watches for Every Budget

For men, finding the right dress watch is similar to finding the right suit. It should fit you well, reflect your personal style, and elevate your look in formal settings. But even if you don’t put on a suit very often, having a solid dress timepiece is a must.

“Every man needs very few accessories to look great in a formal setting—but a dress watch is one of them,” says stylist and watch expert Paul Frederick. “Instead of the bells, whistles, and bulk that come with sportier watches, a slim, classic dress watch adds polish without stealing the show.”

Also like a suit purchase, doing your research before you make the plunge is critical. Here’s what you need to know when adding a polished dress watch to your time-telling arsenal.


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What Makes a Dress Watch
Most dress watches are recognizable by their slim profile and clean aesthetic, free of the many complications you’d find in a dive watch or a pilot watch. Many have a leather strap of some kind, be it calfskin, crocodile, or other exotic hides. However, there are some exceptions for finer steel bracelets, which typically give off a sportier vibe.

What to Look for in a Dress Watch
A dress watch should be around 40 millimeters in diameter or smaller. Look for a clean dial—darker is typically more formal—that’s simple and elegant but still eye catching. Unique leather straps will elevate your look, whether they’re embossed or real. Black and brown are the safe choices, but try a green or blue strap if you dare.


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What to Consider Before Buying
First, think about how often you’ll wear this watch, and let that dictate your budget. However, you don’t want to drop a grand or more for a watch that you’ll only wear with a suit. Consider buying a more casual bracelet or strap as well so you can swap it out for a more laid-back vibe.

And although there are tons of modern dress watches to choose from, don’t forget vintage options. They tend to be compact and easy to wear with more formal attire. Sites like Chrono24 and Tourneau are good places to start.

How to Wear a Dress Wristwatch
Fit is crucial with dress watches because you’ll often be wearing it with long sleeves. “The slimmer a watch, the better, as these watches need to fit under your tailored sleeve cuff,” Frederick says. If you get custom shirts made, tell your tailor which wrist you wear your watch on so they can leave more room in the cuff.

If you’re right-handed, your watch’s crown and part of the case should barely peek out when standing at rest. When you bend your elbow 90 degrees or more, your jacket and shirt should reveal your whole watch. If this isn’t the case, wear your watch and suit to your tailor, and they can adjust it accordingly.

But don’t worry too much about breaking any style rules. The most important thing is loving the watch you buy.

MVMT Atlas

Simple. Elegant. Affordable. These are three great virtues of any dress watch—all in one. Its sleek, minimalist dial and superthin bezel give it a simple feel that will look good with any outfit.

[$ 140; mvmt.com]

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Larsson & Jennings LJXII Norse Leather

This handsome, square-cased watch is a classic, timeless pick. Its gold roman numeral hour markers give it a sophisticated vibe, while the black case and bracelet lend a formal feel.

[$ 178; larssonandjennings.com]

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Withings Steel HR

Who says a dress watch can’t also be functional? This sleek black dress watch doubles as a full fitness tracker that monitors seven metrics—including heart rate in the subdial—and comes in a dozen strap variations. 

[$ 179.95; withings.com]

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Tissot Heritage Visodate

Modern watches are great, but sometimes looking to the past is a surefire path to killer style. This vintage-inspired piece has an old-school vibe with modern details like a cool stainless steel mesh bracelet. 

[$ 350; us.tissotshop.com]

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Timex American Documents 41mm Leather Strap Watch

As part of its new made-in-America line called American Documents, this watch from Timex is as classic as they come and features all-American parts and assembly (save for its ever-accurate Swiss movement).

[$ 495; timex.com]

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Martenero Kerrison

Meet the most affordable automatic movement you’ll find just about anywhere. For work, the weekend, or anywhere in between, this sharp watch is a solid choice. Bonus: You’ll never need to change a battery. 

[$ 595; martenero.com]

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Movado Ultra Slim

Stand out in a sea of black suits and watches with this tonal watch that will show your style chops, while still maintaining an elegant vibe that will set your style apart from the pack.

[$ 695; movado.com]

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Shinola The Bedrock Chrono 42mm

As part of Shinola’s first dress watch, this model is one of the few on this list with an elegant chronograph. It also features a supple leather strap and subdials that track elapsed time—all made in Detroit.

[$ 900; shinola.com]

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Hamilton Spirit of Liberty Auto

This classic dress watch celebrates Hamilton’s American heritage—it was founded in Pennsylvania in 1892—with an engraving on the leather strap that reads “without liberty, life is a misery.”

[$ 995; hamiltonwatch.com]

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Rado Diamaster Thinline

A quality watch should never lose its luster. This model uses a ceramic and metal alloy for its case, which will never fade. And its sapphire crystal will never scratch or scuff either. 

[$ 2,250; rado.com]

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Frederique Constant Slimline Power Reserve Manufacture

With a 28-jewel automatic movement, 50-hour power reserve, an elegant date subdial, and a navy crocodile leather strap, this show-stopping dress watch is the right choice when you mean business.

[$ 3,195; frederiqueconstant.com]

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Nomos Glaschuette Tangente Neomatik 41 Update Ruthenium

Known for its slender watches and modern aesthetic, Nomos Glaschuette makes standout watches with unique features like its date ring that uses two red dashes to frame the day’s date.

[$ 4,100; nomos-glashuette.com]

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Tudor Black Bay 41 S&G

With its sleek, classic dial and iconic snowflake hour hand, this Tudor watch is a smart choice for any guy. Its steel and gold design means it will go well with any black or brown suit you wear.

[$ 4,150; tudorwatch.com]

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Breitling Premier Automatic 40

Add a fun pop of color to any outfit with this bold blue automatic, which features an eye-catching croc strap and a convenient 38-hour time reserve, so you can always stay on time. 

[$ 4,200; breitling.com]

 

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IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII Edition “Le Petit Prince”

As part of its recurring Mark series, this IWC watch combines the brand’s pilot heritage with its elegant precision—all in a sophisticated blue-dialed timepiece that’s every bit as beautiful as it is accurate. 

[$ 5,150; iwc.com]

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Omega Constellation Globemaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer

This watch is so insanely accurate, it was the world’s first Master Chronometer. Its signature pie-pan dial in blue is a nod to Omega’s first constellation design in 1952—and this model is just as cool.

[$ 6,900; omegawatches.com]

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Rolex Datejust 36

Part mechanical marvel, part status symbol, Rolex watches are indelibly popular for a reason. This model is a certified chronometer rendered in steel and white gold with an understated 36-millimeter black dial to match. You simply can’t go wrong.

[$ 8,200; rolex.com]

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Weiss Executive Issue Field Watch

Each of these 18-karat gold Executive Issue watches is made to order by founder Cameron Weiss and fitted with a shell cordovan strap that makes for an impressive watch befitting any executive, current or aspiring.

[$ 8,950; weisswatchcompany.com]

 

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Patek Philippe 5146J

If you want even more than the best, this is the watch for you. Aside from a case made from yellow gold, it has day, month, date complications, as well as an elegant moonphase complication. In short, it’s one of the most impressive dress watches money can buy. 

[$ 39,580; patek.com]

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The Best Dive Watches for Every Budget

Whether you’re looking to save or splurge on a new watch, the smart way to get your money’s worth is to find one that’s not only sharp, but versatile, too. If you’re not sure where to start, dive watches are always a smart choice. “They’re built to withstand the pressures of a deep-sea dive, but are often inspired by classic designs,” says watch expert and stylist Seth Howard. “So, they look just as good with a two-piece suit as they do with a dive suit.” Whether you’re looking for something sporty or sophisticated, we’ve assembled a comprehensive list of the coolest amphibious timepieces on the market—from most affordable ($ 100) to the most luxe (around $ 5,000).

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Timex Allied Coastline Dive Watch

This classic dive watch combines all the features you need—100-meter water resistance, a rotating bezel to track your oxygen, and INDIGLO backlight—with the sporty blue dial and sweat-proof fabric strap. Best of all, it’s under $ 100. [$ 99; timex.com]

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Hugo Boss Men’s Ocean Edition Dive Watch

If you’re more of a landlubber than an ocean explorer, opt for this watch that looks great with a casual denim jacket—or a polished wool top coat. The secret is the mesh stainless steel bracelet that’s sure to catch eyes and garner compliments at your next outing. [$ 245; macys.com]

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Nixon Descender Sport Dive Watch

Even the smallest innovation can make a watch stand out from the rest. This one packs a few: a hardened mineral crystal with anti-glare treatment, sweatproof thermoplastic strap, and a crown placed at 9 o’clock so it won’t hit your wrist when you’re breaking a sweat. [$ 350; nixon.com]

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Luminox Navy SEAL Chronograph Dive Watch

This might be the most badass, functional watch on this list. But don’t take our word for it. Navy SEALs have been wearing Luminox watches for decades. Its carbon compound case is nearly indestructible, its crystal unscratchable, and its hour markers will glow for up to 25 years. [$ 495; luminox-usa.com]

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Mido Ocean Star Caliber 80 Titanium Dive Watch

Not only does this watch have a sweatproof orange rubber strap that pops on your wrist, it’s also one of the most affordable automatic watches out there. That means it’s powered by the movement of your wrist, so you’ll never need to replace the battery. [$ 1000; us.shopmido.com]

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G-Shock Master of G Dive Watch

Want to pack as many features into your watch as possible? Go digital. In addition to your standard complications, this shock-resistant, solar-powered model features key dive features like a digital compass, thermometer, and G-Shock’s first-ever depth gauge. [$ 1,050; gshock.com]

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Oris Aquis Date Dive Watch

This sharp and sporty automatic dive watch has a classic stainless steel exterior and a modern blue dial. Its day/date corrector means constant adjusting your watch is a thing of the past, and it’s water resistant up to roughly 1,000 feet. [$ 2,000; oris.ch]

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer Quartz Dive Watch

Equal parts polished and performance-focused, this dive-inspired chronograph will help you keep time with swagger. Its three sporty subdials give it a sharp, complex feel, and its bracelet has a built-in extension to help it fit comfortably over your suit—dive or not. [$ 2,200; tagheuer.com]

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Seiko Prospex Dive Watch

Sure, people will notice this limited-edition watch’s stylish green dial and bezel, but what they won’t see at first glance are the scratch-proof, anti-reflective crystal, illuminated hands and hours indexes, or the 27-jewel, automatic movement with a 50-hour duration. [$ 3,250; seiko.com]

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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Dive Watch

This classic diver’s design was inspired by the very the first Tudor dive watches from the 1950s, with their signature snowflake hour hand and gold detailing on the dial. Bonus: It comes with your choice of stainless steel bracelet, brown leather strap, or black fabric strap. [$ 3,575; tudorwatch.com]

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Panerai Radiomir Black Seal Logo Dive Watch

First made for the Italian Royal Navy, Panerai watches are made with divers in mind. Its illuminated hour markers are plainly visible from any angle, and its large crown is easy to wind—even with a dive suit on. But fair warning, it’s 45-millimeter case is not for the faint of heart. [$ 4,300; panerai.com]

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Bremont S500 Blue Dive Watch

Typically an aviation watch brand, Bremont has been making performance dive watches for the past decade, and they stand up to the very best in the industry. This model features a scratch-resistant case, anti-shock mount, and a movement so precise it’s a certified chronometer. [$ 4,495; us.bremont.com]

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Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Dive Watch

You might recognize the Seamaster as the watch James Bond has worn in every movie since the mid-’90s. This version has a PVD ceramic case with engraved wave details, illuminated skeleton hands, and a helium escape valve to withstand even the deepest of dives. [$ 4,850; omegawatches.com]

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Breitling Superocean Héritage II B20 Automatic Dive Watch

This automatic, 44-millimeter beauty’s design is brilliantly inspired by the original from 1957. Its precise movement makes it a certified chronometer, with your choice of classic stainless steel mesh bracelet or a sporty black rubber strap with easy-off folding clasp. [$ 4,885; breitling.com]

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IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Automatic Edition “Expedition Jacques-Yves Cousteau Dive Watch

OK, so we’re technically cheating with the price of this one, but we couldn’t leave out this gorgeous timepiece made by IWC in partnership with the Cousteau Society. Not only does it look sharp as hell, but it’s built to perform with an automatic movement, chamfered dial, and a two-bezel SafeDive system. Additionally, part of the proceeds of each Cousteau watch go toward protected marine areas in the late diver’s honor. [$ 5,600; iwc.com]

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The Best “Unusual” Lipsticks on a Budget

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L-R: Barry M 129, Kiko 923, Topshop “Boardroom,” Stargazer 208, 130, 106, MakeUp Revolution “Vice”

Although looking “pretty” is sometimes the aim of doing makeup, you’ll be amazed to hear that it isn’t usually my primary goal. I like makeup that is either interesting and challenging or ridiculous and ugly, depending on who you’re talking to. More often than not, the lip colors which tend more toward the bizarre appear primarily in expensive brands – Illamasqua, MAC and LimeCrime spring to mind. But when I want a lipstick which everyone in my life is going to hate, my first port of call is furious googling for something cheap and cheerful. These lipsticks are not everyday staples, and won’t necessarily make you look “better,” but they are unusual and fun and sometimes that is all you want from lipstick.

Barry M, a British drugstore brand available on ASOS.com, make some great silly lipsticks. My favorite is “129 Palest Lavender,” which is like an extreme version of a baby pink. Baby pink for lipstick wearing experts, if you will. Because it is such a girly color, it sort of undermines its own girlishness, going past the point of pretty and into the territory of crazy. But in a good way, of course.

Kiko is another brand which is great for crazy colors. There are stores in London and around the New Jersey area, and a website with UK and European shipping. I have the catchily named “923” lipstick, a bubblegummy electric purple. It applies with quite a sheen, toning it down very slightly into an almost-not-crazy bright pinkish-purple. I like this worn with an almost bare face and an all-black outfit, as it perfectly walks the fine line between Disney Princess and teenage witch.

Everyone knows Topshop makes great ridiculous lipstick colors, right? They are a “fashion” brand with high street prices, so their lipsticks fit that brief perfectly. I am in a committed relationship with the color “Boardroom,” a taupey-brown. It has absolutely no warmth to it and makes you look like the HBMIC (head bitch most in charge). Patted on lightly, this lipstick removes any warm, pink tones from your lips in a surprisingly wearable way – but I’m not here to talk about wearability. I apply this like I mean it, with lots of mascara and highlighter to counteract the somewhat corpse-y vibes.

MakeUp Revolution is another brand which does a great job at less-wearable lipsticks – and they all cost an unbelievable £1. They have some shads which even I find a little bit “out-there” – a dark green called “Serpent,” or an egg-yolk yellow called “Felony”. I have the shade called “Vice” which is a true orange without any of that red-toned nonsense. It applies like a much more expensive lipstick, and lasts pretty well with even fading. Think of it as an intense peach color to trick yourself into finding it easier to wear. This is a great summer color for those bored of the usual pinky-corals.

But my personal favorite brand for lipsticks shades that just don’t exist anywhere else is the pre-teen favorite, Stargazer. They do lipsticks which are pretty high quality (albeit in uber-crappy packaging) and the colors are just nuts. Three of the maddest are 208, a matte chocolate brown; 130, a navy-purple, and 106; the most neon red-pink I’ve ever seen. I don’t know what is in this color which makes it appear to be incandescent on the lips, and I don’t know why every lipstick doesn’t contain it. When I wear these I very much let them be the focus of my look, allowing me to care little about what else I’m wearing (bonus!). If you like unusual colors, but don’t like dropping a dime on them, Stargazer pretty much has you covered. I get mine from Amazon.

From one mad lipstick fanatic to another: some hot tips for what I deem unusual-but-still-wearable lipsticks. And the price tag means that even if you only wear them a handful of times, it isn’t a fiscal tragedy. So, am I missing out on anything big in the cheap, ridiculous lipstick game? I have an appetite for lip colors which make my dad visibly wince, and that appetite is insatiable.

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