The Top 10 Best Men's Watches

Updated April 17, 2017

Selecting a watch for men can be overwhelming, due to the numerous choices available. From luxury brands to everyday watches, diving and aeronautical watches, there are many types of styles, material and timekeeping technologies that you can choose from. Pick a watch that best suits your lifestyle, budget and personal style.

Luxury Watches

One of the top luxury watch brands is Breitling. The Breitling Emergency line is a sturdy watch that features a Titanium casing and bracelet, and is fully equipped with a timer, calendar and an alarm. You can get the Breitling Emergency watches for around £3,250. Another combination of sports and luxury is the Rolex Sea Dweller watch, which retails for about £5,525. It can withstand dives to around 4,000 feet. Another top model of the Rolex family is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, which retails for £20,800. This particular model has waterproof screw-down pushers with options for 18 carat gold or stainless steel dials and bracelets.

Affordable Watches

Casio's G-Shock line became popular in the late '90s, when wearing a plastic watch was fashionable. The G-Shock boasts of water resistance up to 600 feet and has complex digital operations, including alarms and calendars. The Casio G-Shock retails from £39 to £97. Timex is also one of the more recognisable men's watchmakers, and its Easy Reader Watch, which retails for just under £32, has an Indiglo night-light. This helps you see the dial even in the dark without resorting to glow-in-the-dark digits.

Sports Watches

The Omega Seamaster, otherwise known as the James Bond watch, has a recognisable blue rotating bezel, and comes in a 007 edition. The watch is chronometer-rated for accurate timekeeping and comes with a helium escape valve for diving. The Omega Seamaster retails for £1,040. The Tag Heur Formula 1 series of watches retails for £357 to £585 and comes with a stainless steel or titanium bracelet and a chronograph with a scratch-resistant dial. The Omega Speedmaster Professional model comes with a tachymeter, suitable for those on the racing circuit, with additional dials for small seconds. This watch starts at £1,755 for the stainless steel variety.

Classic Watches

One of the more classic watches is the Patek Philippe Calatrava, with a golden frame and black leather strap. The new version of this model has an enlarged face measuring 36mm and retains the guilloche hobnail pattern from the original 1980s design. The frame can be in rose, yellow or white gold and retails for around £9,100. The Panerai Radiomir 1936 edition is a combination of classic good looks and submersible function. This watch has a distinct dial using Roman numerals on the upper half and Arabic numbers at the bottom half. The Panerai Radiomir retails for £2,990.

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About the Author

Based in Winton, New Zealand, Heilyn Cabrera has been writing travel-related articles since 2002. Since 2010 she has worked for an online journal as a Channel Steward for the African, Asian and Middle Eastern History Channel. Heilyn holds a Master of Arts in journalism from Memorial University, Mount St. Vincent's.