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20 best luxury sports watches for men

Sports watches are the epitome of durability, comfort, and elegance.

Whether you want to play a racket game, race at the derby, frolic in a pool or wear your watch every day, luxury sports watches adorn your wrists while you sweat it out.  They tell the time with superior accuracy and carry energy-conserving movements that can make or mar victory in particular sporting events. 

Regardless of your intentions…

You will surely find a befitting timepiece in our review of the most iconic ultra-luxury to entry-level sports watch collections.  No favoritism zone here. Only the best. There are superb options from Swiss to German to Japanese models with incredible complications and prestigious history. 

Go through our list of the 20 best luxury watches to see which ones are worth your time, and don’t forget to bookmark this to periodically weigh in on your options.

What’s A Sport Watch?

A luxury sports watch is a rugged, comfortable timepiece with significant water resistance. There are no dedicated mechanical sports watches, except if you’re considering a smartwatch or a digital watch. A sports watch typically has a strong case, significant water resistance, a tachymeter, or a stopwatch (if it’s a chronograph). Interestingly, one fits the description – although quartz – and adds a smartphone connectivity function to our list.

Why Choose A Luxury Sports Watch?

As mentioned earlier, luxury sports watches are more than sports-specific. With various features, watch styles, and price points, men are guaranteed to find a watch that fits their preferences, budget, and lifestyle. So whether you enjoy activities like golf, polo, triathlons, or even watersports, get the most out of your day-to-day with a high-end luxury watch.

Unrivaled Accuracy

The best luxury sports watches use movements with certified high accuracy that keeps up with your ever-changing needs. Their movements usually last for at least 40 hours, giving you enough space before the next wind-up or activation. But more specifically, you can expect a sport to be accurate to +2/-2 to around +7/-7 a day.


A luxury sports watch will have reinforced bracelets and tough casing to repel scratches and jerks from wear. It also offers water resistance to reach great depths during fun activities like scuba diving, swimming, or watersports. Alternatively, even if you don’t intend to dive with your sports watch, its corrosion resistance prevents rusting and skin irritation from daily use.

Befitting Straps

Men’s sports watches typically have a stainless steel strap to handle rugged use and some comfort. It’s a super comfortable material that’s unlikely to irritate your skin from extended use. Plus, stainless steel watches are better immune to scratches than gold, are cheaper, and won’t draw unwanted attention. 

Nonetheless, titanium, a stronger and lighter than strap material than SS, is the ultimate metal sports watch strap (though more expensive). The most notable drawback of the SS strap is that it collects dirt over time. But most sports watch also have the option of a rubber or sailcloth strap that is highly functional for physical activities. You don’t risk scratching the band, plus it’s washable and won’t fade from cleaning. 

On the downside, though, rubber straps are best for sports, but not versatility. As a result, many watch enthusiasts avoid wearing them on night outs, business, and even casual outings.

Takeaway: If you’re getting a sports watch strictly for rigorous, sweaty activities, a rubber, sailcloth NATO, or Perlon strap is your best option. 

This is especially useful for a wearer with thick wrists that experiences steel bracelets digging into their skin. Ultimately, it’s logical to have multiple sports watch straps to style your timepiece conveniently all seasons.

Top 20 Men’s Luxury Sports Watch Models

1. Patek Philippe Nautilus

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Starts from approx. $30,000

The Nautilus is the most iconic sports watch collection of the prestigious swiss watchmaker. It was released in 1976 as a luxury sport and dress watch for executives and high-class individuals. The Nautilus was a proverbial sword in the hands of a knight to slay dragons in the boardroom. 

There are 5 different Nautilus models for men: Steel case and bracelet, Nautilus Ref 5712 with a moon phase, power reserve display, and pointer date, Time Travel Chronograph Ref 5990 with two time zones, stopwatch display in steel, rose gold, or white gold. 

The Nautilus 5726 has the most complications Nautilus, carrying an annual calendar, moon phase, and chronograph.Ref 5980 had the first chronograph movement and is available only in rose gold and two-tone steel. 

Pro tip: Patek Phillipe Nautilus is the apex luxury sports watch for the classic man, either in steel or precious metal.

2. Rolex Submariner Date/No Date 

Rolex Submariner Date/No Date

Price starts from approx. $14,000

The Submariner has arguably been the most iconic Rolex since its release in 1954. In fact, Bloomberg tagged it the most legendary watch of all time in 2019.  Renowned as the “King Sub,” it was designed as a diving tool watch with a 300 feet water capacity. Since its induction over a half-century, Rolex has preserved its timeless design, only available in 40mm or 41mm. 

It keeps the simple time-only or time-and-date dial throughout the 10 references in the modern Submariner collection. But any of its steel, stainless gold variations. This sports watch is also battle tested and stylish. For example, Sean Connery’s James Bond wore a Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 in Goldfinger. And Loren Janes’, ref. 1655 gifted to him by Steve McQueen, survived a wildfire.

  • Movement: Rolex caliber 3135/3130
  • Case size: 40mmWater resistance: 300 meters

3. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch

Starts from approx. $6500

The Apollo 11 astronauts wore the Omega Speedmaster to the first moon landing and accompanied subsequent NASA expeditions into space. You don’t need any more field testing for a watch that’s been to space and back (in one piece and with its precision intact). You can still buy the same Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch model Buzz Aldrin wore on the moon.

It’s the reference 105.012-66 which costs around $35,000. Speedmasters are chronographs (stopwatch function) built for daily, energetic use. But you’ll also find them in the display case or wish list of seasoned collectors. You must have also seen one in a James Bond movie, so they carry a high social validation and are as likely to hold value as a Submariner. 

Unlike most watches that use a sapphire crystal, the Moonwatch uses plexiglass, which allows it to withstand heavy pressure in space or land. Its hand-wound calibers are designed by Lemania, a world-class movement maker for luxury brands. 

Pro tip: Adorn the Omega Speedmaster to make a statement or have a story to tell anytime you step out without breaking the bank. 

  • Movement: Omega caliber 3861
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Water resistance: 50 meters

4. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Starts from approximately $50,300

Any watch enthusiast looking for a high-end sports watch most likely has the Royal Oak on their list. When AP released this timepiece, designed by Georges Golay in 1972, it was the first luxury sports watch made of steel. 

Not much has changed since, with its plain yet classy octagonal bezel and interchangeable strap system. Interestingly, the case’s 50 meters water resistance results from the bold-looking, “fluid-tight” screws on its bezel. Its designer, Georges Golay, drew inspiration for this design from the old diver’s helmets. 

Although Royal Oak first carried Jeager-LeCoultre manufactured movements, they now use the spectacular AP caliber 2385 with a humble 40-hour reserve. It’s also the world’s thinnest automatic chronograph movement, measuring only 5.5mm. 

  • Pro tip: Wear an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak if you want a sleek, dressy, and bold sports watch.
  • Movement: Rolex 3230 Automatic
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Water resistance: 300 meters

5. Zenith Defy Skyline

Zenith Defy Skyline

Starts from approx. $7,000

The Zenith Defy, with its stainless steel/titanium build and interchangeable rubber and steel bracelets, is perfect for everyday use. Launched in 1969, the Defy has maintained its sporty and dressy mix with its “toolsy” octagonal watch face.

In addition to a streamlined watch lug and bracelet, it’s a more affordable but capable alternative to the AP Royal Oak. Inside the Defy is the El Primero 3620, which is Zenith’s first movement that’s accurate to 1/10th of a second. As if to honor the caliber, there’s a 1/10th second indicator at 9 o’clock, plus a date indication at 3 o’clock.

Pro tip: Zenith Defy is an entry-level industrial-style watch you can rock every day in style.

  • Movement: El Primero 3620 with 60 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

6. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538530

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538530

Starts from around $9,000 

The Q1538530 is an exquisite timepiece from the Master Control line. It maintains the beloved round case that exudes modern elegance. 

Its polished “bezeless” stainless steel case also gives off a relaxed character that passes for daily use and still slays elaborate occasions. Yet its triangular hands, chronograph, and in-built tachymeter on the sun-brushed dial tell of a tool watch.

Compared to several luxury watch brands, we love that you can easily acquire a set of bracelets from Jaegar. While the Master comes with a calf leather strap, you can order an alligator skin or stainless strap. The only drawback to the Master Control, depending on who’s wearing, is its superior movement is hidden under Jaegar LeCoultre’s medallion case back. 

Pro tip: Master Control Q1538530 is for the gentleman who’s bold enough to carry the dressy masterpiece on any occasion.

  • Movement: JLC Caliber 751G
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

7. Nomos Glashutte Autobahn Director’s Cut A3

Nomos Glashutte Autobahn Director's Cut A3

Starts from approx. $5,000

Unique. That’s what you see when you shop a Nomos Glashutte collection. In typical Glashutte style, it has a striking two-tone dial with white background and bright orange accents. Strikingly, the seconds hand is in a separate window from the hour and minute hands. 

The Director’s Cut A3 also has a different stainless bracelet – two holes cut out on either side of the pre-bent bracelet – that you’d rarely see elsewhere. Combined with its flat folding clasp, the A3 is super-comfortable, easy to adjust, and won’t ride up the wrist. 

Only Breitling has ever produced a similar steel band. Moreover, this German work of art is limited to 175 pieces to celebrate Glashutte’s 175th anniversary. 

Pro tip: Nomos Glashutte’s Director’s Cut A3 is a true limited-edition sports watch with a one-of-a-kind bracelet. 

You can find silvery white and blue dial models on Exquisite Timepieces. 

Alternative models: Director’s A7 and A9

  • Movement: In-house caliber DUW 6101 up to 42 hours 
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

8. Grand Seiko SBGA211 Spring Drive Power Reserve

Grand Seiko SBGA211 Spring Drive Power Reserve

Starts from around $6,200

The Grand Seiko Spring Drive Power Reserve packs a ton of functionality for a sporting watch in its price range. It is another timepiece that rivals top luxury brands at a competitive price. 

Its standout features are its power reserve indicator and a mindblowing 72-hour power reserve. You can keep track of the movement’s energy reserve right on the dial, so it never dies. Plus, take in the magnificent engineering of the caliber through the transparent case back. 

It has a clean white dial, stainless indexes, sword minute and hour hands, and a blue seconds hand. The latter drifts over the white dial in an intriguing gliding movement. But that’s not the kicker.

The SBGA211 Spring Drive watch face is enclosed in a non-destructible titanium case and bracelets. 

Pro tip: Perfect for outdoor tool watch to swim, adventure, or statement maker. 

  • Movement: Grand Seiko caliber 9R65  
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

9. Hublot Big Bang 301.SX.1170.RX

Hublot Big Bang 301.SX.1170.RX

Starts from approx. $13,000

The Big Bang is Hublot’s earliest innovation from its commitment to the “Art of Fusion.” under Jean Claude-Biver. The brilliant infusion of multi-layered materials that make up the case won an award for Best Sports Professional watch in 2005 (the first year of its release) at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de la Ville de Geneve. 

This 301.SX.1170.RX model in stainless steel is arguably the most affordable, at about $13,000 upward. Other Big Bang models like the Unico Magic Gold – the world’s first scratch-resistant 18k alloy – cost around $35,000. And the MP-11 with 2 weeks power reserve is worth over $90,000 new. 

There’s no denying the durability of the case and comfort of the rubber bracelet of any Big Bang. 

Not to sound cheesy, but you’d enter a room with a bang wearing a Big Bang on your wrist. Its “toolsy” and unique appearance draws attention to your wrist within seconds, but it is also one of the most expensive “non-iced” sports watches.

  • Movement: Hublot caliber HUB4100 6101 up to 42 hours 
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

10. Piaget Polo GOA41002

Piaget Polo GOA41002

Starts from approx. $11,000

Thinking of durable sports watch that’s slim but not as expensive as Patek Philippe Nautilus or Richard Mille RM UP-01 Ferrari? Well, Piaget is revered as one of the best ultra-slim luxury watchmakers. In fact, Piaget’s Altiplano once held the record for the world’s thinnest watch for three months, measuring only 2mm. 

But you’ll need a much more reliable Piaget, like the Polo series. And as its name implies, it is remarkably comfortable if you play polo or any intense sport. Its polished stainless steel case is only 9mm thick, which is impressive compared to the 8.4mm thick and $30,000 more expensive Patek Phillipe Nautilus. 

Pro tip: Grab a Piaget Polo if you want a cheaper alternative to the slim, octagonal, and sporty design of the Patek Philippe Nautilus.

  • Movement: Piaget 1110P with up to 50 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 100m

11. Bremont Argonaut Automatic

Bremont Argonaut Automatic 

Starts from approx. $3,600

Like an adventurer engaged in a quest, the Bremont Argonaut Automatic is another true sports watch. Its name is inspired by the Greek mythology of a band of heroes on conquest and has a history with the Royal Navy. 

Built as a military-grade dive watch, the Argonaut can be used for formal or casual occasions. Its polished steel case and internal ten-minute marker bezel are particularly striking. Save your hands from fatigue or scuff marks with its lightweight sailcloth strap, which is ideal for extensive use under wet or sweaty conditions. 

Pro tip: The case, blue dial, and strap are a befitting watch for every man. 

  • Movement: BE-92AV automatic chronometer with up to 42 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 42mm
  • Water Resistance: 300m

12. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m

The Omega Aquamaster is a versatile collection that can be sported as a tool or dress watch. You’ll find many dial, case, and strap variations, so you have options tailored to your lifestyle. 

But it’s stainless steel models like the ref. is a simple sporty watch with 150 meters of water resistance. It has a round case with dark silver dials and a striking blue accent from its hands and indexes. And a day date function on its six-o’clock. 

The Seamaster Aqua Terra collection is similar to Rolex’s Datejust line. It’s one of Omega’s affordable lines, and like DateJust can become ultra-luxury level expensive depending on the model you pick. 

Pro tips: This is one of the best entry-level luxury sports watches for men looking to hold considerable resale value.

  • Movement: Master Co-axial caliber 8900 with 55 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 150 meters

13. Breguet – Marine 5817

Breguet - Marine 5817

Starts from approx. $15,000

The Breguet Marine 5817 is a rugged tool watch with a beautifully hypnotic face. It has a guilloche pattern dial that’s breathtaking when glanced under a light. You can also spot a sun ray etching on the side of the watch case. In addition, the dial has three layers of black, gold, or silver indicating roman numerals and a black outer layer holding the indexes. 

By the way, the black dials are actually gold – black rhodium gold, to be precise. The 5817 also has a magnificent grande date at 6 o’clock. It’s a joy to watch it cross into a new day. Also, the Marine 5817 has prominent welded lugs that give you a sense of added security and actually provide it.

Instead of spring bars, the straps are joined to the case with screw pins, which are extra durable but more rigid to change bracelets. Breguet pays extra attention to details on virtually every part of the 5817, from case to straps, which are all hand-made. And you can tell almost immediately, as the watch is 11mm thick.

Pro tip: Get a Breguet Marine 5817 in stainless steel or rubber strap if you enjoy admiring the intricacies of your timepiece. 

  • Movement: Automatic caliber 8900 with 55 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 39mm
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters

14. Breguet Chronograph 5527

Breguet Chronograph 5527

Starts from approx. $22,000

Continuing with the set Breguet momentum is another fantastic feat of engineering from the swiss watchmaker, the Chronographe 5527. 

The $21,000 average chronograph is a luxury you can afford to wear to grace any occasion without fearing wear. Its 13mm thick case is made from titanium, which is almost indestructible and lighter than steel. Couple that with a rubber strap, and you can wear this watch for even the most challenging events and not worry about scuff marks. Fancy minimalistic but artistic watches?

You’d appreciate this 5527 with a slate gray dial, tiny indexes for each second, stylized roman numerals, and thin sword hands. The dial also has the hand-crafted guilloche wave-motive style that honors the watch’s navy origin. 

Pro tip: The Breguet 5517 can be dressed in rubber, stainless steel, or leather to fit every occasion. 

  • Movement: Automatic caliber 582QA with 48 hours power reserve
  • Case size: 42.3mm
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters

15. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5000-1110-B52A

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5000-1110-B52A

Starts from approx. $12,500

The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was introduced as the first modern diving watch in 1953 by the world’s oldest surviving watchmaker, Blancpain. It’s a simple but rugged mechanical automatic timepiece with versions in 38mm and 43mm stainless steel or titanium cases.

Speaking of options, it has rubber, leather, and stainless-steel bands. True to its name, the Bathyscaphe – an old-world deep-sea dive vehicle – can enter depths of 300 meters unscathed. The Trieste reached over 10,000 meters, though, so they don’t compare.However, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe has a sleek, minimalist design similar to a Rolex Submariner.

But even better – depending on your preference – it uses a ceramic casing that’s lightweight, heat and corrosion-resistant. All versions of the Bathyscaphe watches carry in-house Blancpain calibers. And offer an impressive 192 hours of power reserve, as seen in the caliber 25c of the $117,000-worth Bathyscaphe Tourbillon. 

An alternate version, the Fifty Fathoms Flyback Chronograph, graced the GT World Europe Challenge between 2014 and 2019 when it was sponsored by the swiss watchmaker. It depicts the versatility of this timepiece for diving, racing, and general sports. 

Pro tip: Make a solid first impression with the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. 

  • Movement: Automatic caliber 1315 with up to 120 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 43.6mm
  • Water Resistance: 300 meters



Starts from approx. $40,000

To round off our list with the final “Holy Trinity” member, we included the Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph. As VC puts it accurately, every watch in the Overseas collection is an elegant yet casual timepiece for men.

In addition, the collection includes a tourbillon, chronograph, perpetual calendar, and self-winding models that could easily cost up to $300,000 apiece. But we’ve stuck with the titanium, and stainless steel references, which are more sporty options for this review. Vacheron Constantin enhances the wearability of the Overseas with its interchangeable bracelet system.

You can swap out straps as quickly as you would an Apple watch. Although most luxury watch movements have jewels, the Overseas caliber 5200/1 has almost double the average (54). What’s more, its open case back displays a 22-carat gold component. 

Pro tip: Get an Overseas Chronograph for a bulky but comfortable sports watch of the highest luxury. 

  • Movement: Automatic caliber 1315 with 52 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 42.5mm
  • Water Resistance: 300 meters

17. BULGARI Octo Finissimo 102713

BULGARI Octo Finissimo 102713

Price starts from approx. $16,000

The Bvlgari Octo is the thinnest automatic watch after the recently launched Richard Mille Ferrari and Piaget Altiplano. Compared to the UP-01 Ferrari, though, it’s a lot more affordable and socially acceptable ultra-thin men’s sports watch. 

Despite its sizeable 40mm case, the Octo Finissimo, in its entirety, is only 5.15mm thick, while its caliber is just 2mm thick with an extraordinary 120-hour power reserve.The Octo Finissimo’s unique octagonal design is inspired by the Messentius Basilica. It uses titanium from the dial and casing to its integrated bracelet to imitate the seemingly indestructible Roman structure.

The latter feature makes the Finissimo cuff up the wrist, though, so it feels slightly larger than your average 40mm. Another distinctive feature that jumps at you when you glance at the Finissimo is the standalone second hand replacing the 7th and 8th hour in an aperture. 

Pro tip: Obtain a Bulgari Octo Finissimo to wear an ultra-sleek and modern everyday watch of the elite. 

  • Movement: Automatic caliber 1315 with 60 hours of power reserve
  • Case size: 40mm
  • Water Resistance: 30 meters

18. BREITLING Exospace B55

BREITLING Exospace B55

Starts from about $8,000

Remember we promised to share a fascinating quartz chronograph? The Breitling Exopspace is a pilot chronograph with a glimpse of smartwatch features. It has the typical makeup of a durable sports watch with its titanium case and strap. And, of course, rubber and nylon strap options complete the sporty look. 

In addition, its bi-directional bezel with bold minutes etchings is typical of hardcore men’s watch. Plus, it’s almost oversized at 46mm and 15mm thick. I saved the best feature of the B55 for the last. The B55 has two LCD screens that you control with the control to set timers, record activity times, and operate a tachymeter. 

Pro tip: This sporty mechanical-like watch connects to your smartphone through a dedicated app. 

  • Movement: Breitling B55 caliber Super-Quartz and 12/24-hour LCD digital display
  • Case size: 46mm
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters

19. TAG HEUER Carrera CBN2A1AA


Starts from approx. $4,500

Tag Heuer is a luxury watchmaker with a known affinity for making world-class racing and sports watches. The casing of this Tag Heuer Carrera combines finely polished ceramic and steel making it robust yet classy. But what puts the Carrera in a league of its own is its watch face.

It has an imposing black bezel and dial, red accents on the hands and crown, with s numbers and letters printed in bold fonts. Sure, there are watches with bold fonts, but the Carrera is special. The numbers stand out because the indexes are 10-60 minutes intervals, not the typical 1-12 hours. So they’re right in your face. As you’d expect, there are regular bezel-less date versions in the Carrera line if the chronograph’s imposing design’s not your cup of tea. 

Pro tip: Go for a Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph if you love oversized but comfortable chronographs with a legible font. 

  • Movement: Caliber 16 automatic
  • Case size: 44mm
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters

20. LONGINES HydroConquest L3.781.4

LONGINES HydroConquest L3.781.4

Starts from approx $1,350

We’ll finish the list with a timeless dive watch from a Swiss watchmaker with the world’s oldest unchanged logo trademark. Longines’ HydroConquest may be the most affordable model on this list, but it is regularly compared to the Rolex Submariner. 

Its sunray blue dial and bezel radiate an eye-catching attention to detail and luxury presentation. In fact, it is identical to a Submariner, except for the Arabic numeral dial and triangular (instead of round) hour hand. 

However, the HydroConquest’s all-stainless steel (ceramic bezel) engineering can be bulky, weighing over 185 grams. Longines categorizes it in its Sports collection and regularly extends the line with new, colorful iterations for men and women. 

Pro tip: The perfect luxury watch to brave sporty, casual, and dressy occasions in style with a budget. 

  • Movement: Caliber L888 with 72 hours power reserve
  • Case size: 41mm
  • Water Resistance: 100 meters

best everyday watches

Watches are an amazing accessory that has a place in everyone’s wardrobe. They come in all sorts of shapes and colors, designs, and price points. I strongly believe that somewhere out there is a watch for everyone.

This watch will be a good price, practical, accurate, and good-looking to boot. Today, we’re going to discuss perfect everyday watches that can fit any budget, ranging from affordable to ultra-luxury. Hold on to your hats; we’re in for a wild ride!

About Everyday Watches

Some watches are built for a specific purpose. For example, a dive watch is most at home in the waters and in the open sea. A dress watch is the perfect accent for a formal suit and tie event. A pilot’s watch is full of useful features that anyone in the skies would appreciate.

An everyday watch is something that can do it all. By that, I mean it can match a variety of outfits, survive the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and look good while doing so. A good watch is like a reliable companion that accompanies you to the office, social events, and home. 

How to Choose the Best Everyday Watch

But what exactly makes the best everyday watch? From the thousands and thousands of models out in the world, how do we know which is the best to choose to strap on our wrist? Three important qualities that everyone should consider are design, build quality, and movement. 

Design: Amazing quality and movement ultimately don’t mean a lot if the design just isn’t there. After all, this is something you’re buying with your own money and are going to look at constantly throughout the day. For everyday watches, inner and outer beauty are important. 

Build Quality: Besides looking good, the watches need to be built to last. For the money you’re putting down, you need to have assurances that what you’re paying for is quality for the money. Expectations vary based on the price point, but any watch good enough for this list is going to be something you’re proud of wearing. 

Movement: The movement is the heartbeat inside every watch. It spins and spins and powers the little friend on our wrist. Movements can vary greatly in quality. Some are universally used movements like with many ETA-based watches, or they might be an in-house movement. They can even be quartz battery-operated. No matter what the movement is, it needs to keep accurate time. 

The Best Everyday Watches

1. Seiko SRPE55K1

Seiko SRPE55K1

Seiko, the Japanese watchmaking giant, has a watch for any situation and budget. It only makes sense for them to have a great everyday watch as well. What we have here is an example from the budget-friendly and much-loved Seiko 5 line. 

This minimalistic watch has a simple and clear black dial with a very useful day-date complication at the 3 o’clock position. A 40mm case size and comfortable 11.5mm thickness make this easily slide on the wrist. And with the hearty 4R36 movement and reasonable $275 price point, what’s not to love?

2. Citizen Tsuyosa (ref. NJ0150-81L)

Citizen Tsuyosa (ref. NJ0150-81L)

The second Japanese watch on the list is an offering from another big name in the watch game, Citizen. The Tsuyosa,” or “power” in English, is an excellent choice for an everyday watch because of its affordability, readability, and colorful dial options. 

The model number here has a simple black dial, but for people who want a splash of color on their wrist, there are green, blue, and even yellow options. The Cyclops magnifying the date is just another fun feature that this everyday watch has to offer. The case is smooth and neatly finished, with brushed vertical stripes and polished edges to complement the compact case.

You can usually find the Citizen Tsuyosa for around $300, depending on the color you choose.

3. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto (ref. H70455133)

Hamilton Khaki Field Auto (ref. H70455133)

Hamilton charges into the field with a sturdy and practical everyday watch. As one of Hamilton’s flagship models, the Field is packed with quality for a great price. Unlike the previous Citizen Tsuyosa, you won’t find bright colors in this daring field watch. Hamilton watches are made to last and tell the time. There aren’t any added frills here. 

The Field is clearly labeled with the normal 1 to 12 numeral to mark the hours, but it also includes an inner ring to help with 24-hour time. Most of the Khaki Field lineup is military-inspired, and the clear markers and bright red-tipped second hand are reminiscent of watches that are there to serve. With a nearly 80-hour power reserve and slim 38mm case size, this is a serious contender for an everyday watch.

The Khaki Field Auto retails for $725.

4. Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 (ref. T127.407.11.041.00)

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 (ref. T127.407.11.041.00)

Tissot as a brand has really evolved in the past few years. It occupies a spot on the massive Swatch Group’s pyramid of brands as affordable luxury and has made advancements that are extremely impressive for the price bracket. 

An example is the Gentleman Powermatic 80, a series of watches with an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. It gets that power reserve from the expertly calibrated POWERMATIC 80.811 automatic movement. A few shakes of the wrist and regular wear will ensure this watch is always running. It can still be running even with a 3-day vacation. For an everyday watch, the power reserve is certainly something to think about! 

The Tissot Gentleman has a retail price of $775.

5. Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic

One of the best aspects of the C63 Sealander is the amazing care to finishing on the watch. The lines are clean and very nice to look at. There are no sharp edges, and the polish is bright and mirror-like. 

Like the amazingly priced Trident collection from Christopher Ward, one of the coolest details is the trident-tipped second hand. This three-pronged weapon adds a bold touch to this excellent everyday watch. There are numerous color and bracelet options for the watch, which adds an excellent layer of customizability. My personal favorite is the snow-white dial with the amazingly finished stainless steel bracelet, a truly great-looking combination. 

And it can be yours for a little under $1,000.

6. Longines Conquest 39 (ref. L3.776.4.58.6)

Longines Conquest 39 (ref. L3.776.4.58.6)

Any watch with the iconic winged hourglass logo of Longines is sure to be a stunning watch. The Conquest is Longines’ rugged answer to the need for an everyday watch. One of the first things you see is the massive 12 and 6 on the face of the dial. There certainly isn’t mistaking what hours the watch hands are pointing to with that large, imposing font. 

On the back of the watch is a deeply engraved caseback featuring the winged hourglass. The caseback protects the Longines caliber L888 3-hand automatic movement, featuring a 72-hour power reserve. This watch is sure to grab some attention when used as an everyday watch! 

The Longines Conquest has a retail price of $1,300.

7. Sinn 556

Sinn 556

The Sinn 556 is a fan favorite in the watch community. The impressive quality and case finishing accompanies the starkly contrasting dial. A deep, rich black dial is the backdrop for the gleaming white hour markers and attractive sword hands. The color contrast is quite exciting and noticeable. 

Besides the brand name on the dial and the simply printed “Automatic” at the bottom, there is only a small cutout for the date window. It is barely noticeable and has the same contrasting black and white color. As an everyday watch, it has 200 meters of water resistance, satinized stainless steel case construction, and the Sellita SW200-1 Automatic movement beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour.

You can find the Sinn 556 for around $1,500.

8. NOMOS Club Campus 38 (ref. 735)

NOMOS Club Campus 38 (ref. 735)

A watch from the German watch brand Nomos is exciting, modern, and classy. All of their watches have a unique look to them that has garnered high praise from happy owners. From the name, I can see this watch being a favorite of smart and chic students on a modern college campus. 

But anyone can appreciate the fun California dial (where half of the dial is Arabic numerals, and the other half is Roman numerals) and soothing color scheme. Soft, muted blues and oranges fit perfectly on the pastel dial. 

The 38mm case size is actually quite large due to the design of the case. There is only a thin bezel shape and case that houses the watch, making it seem larger than it is. Inside the watch is a Nomos hand-finished winding movement, which adds to this everyday watch’s charm. 

The Club Campus 38 retails for $1,650.

9. Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer (ref. NM9026C-S27C-BK)

Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer (ref. NM9026C-S27C-BK)

One of the most exciting features of every Ball watch is the incredible, gorgeous lume that is applied to the hands and hour markers. Under low light conditions, the 27 micro gas tubes enhance visibility and glow bright green and orange. 

The appropriately named “Marvelight” is really a marvel to the eyes. There will be no trouble at all seeing the time and date on this watch. This is the third iteration of the Engineer series from Ball, and as a chronometer, the watch is wickedly accurate. On the seconds hand is the intricately detailed Ball logo, and the Cyclops magnified date window is bold, chunky, and exciting.

This amazing watch from Ball retails for $2,449. 

10. TAG Heuer Carrera (ref. WBN2010.BA0640)

TAG Heuer Carrera (ref. WBN2010.BA0640)

The TAG Heuer Carrera stays true to its racing-inspired name. The sleek and modern Carrera oozes with coolness. One of the best details on the watch is the extremely precise circular pattern on the dial. The black dial is distinct, shiny, and extremely clear. The day-date window adds usefulness and practicality to this sports watch. There is a really enjoyable depth to the watch, and the flat sapphire glass looks almost see-through. 

TAG Heuer has updated and improved the stainless steel bracelet. The H bracelet has been slimmed down and includes an extra secure folding clasp with double safety buttons. 

The watch has a retail price of $3,450.

11. Tudor Ranger (ref. M79950-0001)

Tudor Ranger (ref. M79950-0001)

The Tudor Ranger is a utilitarian pick for an everyday watch. There are no fancy frills here, only good, high-quality watchmaking. The Ranger design is simple and practical, with enlarged Arabic numerals at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions. Instead of a simple baton or sword hand, Tudor uses a large arrowhead on the hour hand.

The seconds hand is also visually interesting, tapering to a rectangular shape with a red tip. This model comes with an excellent stainless steel bracelet with a very satisfying-to-use clasp. The modern 39mm case size is suitable for anyone, and the Caliber MT5402 is COSC certified. 

The Tudor Ranger retails for $3,150.

12. Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Caliber 403 (ref. 01 403 7776 4065-07 5 19 11)

Oris Big Crown Pointer Date Caliber 403 (ref. 01 403 7776 4065-07 5 19 11)

Oris has really impressed the watch world with their development as a brand. One of the brand’s crowning achievements is the development of its own line of meticulously sculpted in-house movements. This kind of development takes time, money, and dedication and really puts a brand on the next level. 

One of these great in-house movements can be found in this Big Crown model from Oris. It features a highly legible and clear dial with a small seconds complication at the 6 o’clock position. Instead of a normal date window, the bright red pointer hand points to the date on the dial. 

The extremely impressive Caliber 403 in-house automatic movement makes the small seconds and pointer date complication possible. Oris crafted a movement with extra-strong anti-magnetism properties, razor-sharp accuracy, an enormous 5-day power reserve, and a generous 10-year warranty on top of all that. 

Oris seriously impresses with this in-house movement, but for the more budget-conscious buyer, the same model watch can also be bought with a more affordable Sellita-based movement.

Still, if you want the in-house caliber, it’ll run you back about $3,700.

13. Panerai Radiomir (ref. PAM00753)

Panerai Radiomir (ref. PAM00753)

The Radiomir is one of the largest watches on this list, at 45mm. However, a lot of this size goes into the square cushion-style case, which lies flat and comfortably on the wrist. The rounded square edges also blend into the lugs, which look surprisingly thin compared to the large stainless steel cushion it is attached to. The dial is simple and very easy to read with the huge Arabic numerals. 

At the 6 o’clock position is an interesting logo that is sure to delight fans of the military and military-style watches. It is the Radiomir Black Seal, a tribute to the Italian Royal Navy’s frogmen or elite combat divers. Befitting this tribute is the 100 meters of water resistance. The 3-day power reserve from the Caliber P6000 hand-winding mechanical movement is also notable. 

This Radiomir reference retails for $4,700.

14. IWC Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

IWC Mark XX (ref. IW328201)

IWC watches are named after military vehicles and aircraft. The Mark XX is the latest in the line of IWC’s popular pilot watches. The design remains unchanged and faithful to the classic pilot design. All the features are there – the large triangle at the 12 o’clock position, large Arabic numerals, and precise minute markers. The huge sword hands help with the legibility and are generously painted with lume. 

The fighter plane etched on the caseback is a nod to IWC’s rich military history. The movement is the Caliber 32111, an automatic and self-winding movement with 120 hours of power reserve. Further decorating the movement is the Côtes de Genève, a sign of great care and engineering. 

The Mark XX retails for $5,250.

15. Zenith Defy Classic (ref. 95.9000.670/51.R584)

Zenith Defy Classic (ref. 95.9000.670/51.R584)

Zenith shines bright with the Defy Classic, our choice for an everyday watch. I simply love how the case seamlessly transitions to the blue leather strap. The angular case is brushed to perfection. The stainless steel matches perfectly with the blue sunray dial, which has the Zenith star proudly shining on top of the logo. 

Another star can be seen on the seconds hand, like a star shifting positions in the night sky. This quintessential Defy watch is powered by Zenith’s Elite caliber movements, with a 50-hour power reserve and an automatic winding mechanism that is the perfect base for additional complications in other models. 

The watch has an approximate retail price of $6,500.

16. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (ref.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (ref.

The Aqua Terra is a gorgeous and elegant tribute to Omega’s maritime history. This is most evident in the “teak” pattern on the dial, which is reminiscent of the wooden decks of luxury seacraft. This “teak” shines with a brilliant blue finish. Omega proudly states that this watch has been rigorously tested for accuracy and durability. 

They have increased the anti-magnetic properties, subjected the timepiece to testing over 10 days, and improved the finishing on the stainless steel case. The Omega Caliber 8900 is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS), ensuring buyers that this everyday watch is truly a cut above the rest. 

The Aqua Terra retails for $5,900.

17. Rolex Explorer I (ref. 124270)

Rolex Explorer I (ref. 124270)

For many, Rolex is the only luxury watch brand in the world. The love for Rolex is evident in their dedicated followers who closely watch for news from their favorite brand. The Explorer is one of the most recognizable Rolex models, known for its handsome, rugged practicality. Just based on the name, Rolex envisions this watch as something that can see the world and live to tell the tale. 

As a reminder of its ruggedness, Rolex’s signature Oyster case is available in a new 40mm dimension for the Explorer. The proprietary Oystersteel will look flawless and beautiful for years to come. The Chromalight-painted hour markers and hands provide maximum visibility and glow brilliantly in the dark and give off a shiny white color in the light.

This Explorer reference retails for $7,250, but you should expect to pay around $9,000 to $10,000 in the secondary market.

18. Cartier Santos Large Model (ref. CRWSSA0018)

Cartier Santos Large Model (ref. CRWSSA0018)

The Cartier Santos is an icon in the watch world. Cartier is able to tell the world it made the “first men’s watch” with the Santos model in 1911. The square shape is unmistakable, along with the screws on the bezel and dotted along the bracelet. 

The Santos comes in a variety of sizes and configurations, and this model, in particular, is the larger variant, with dimensions of 39.8mm x 47.5mm. On the crown is the signature deep blue sapphire-tipped crown. 

Cartier also includes a leather strap of your color of choice, adding a pop of color to this historic piece. It’s easy to quickly switch from a metal bracelet to leather with the easy-to-use strap change system. They even add the option to include an engraving, which further customizes the watch. 

The Santos has a retail price of $7,450.

19. Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Blue (ref. 542.NX.7170.RX)

Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Blue (ref. 542.NX.7170.RX)

Hublot, the daring Swiss brand, offers a surprisingly understated watch with the Classic Fusion. Hublot watches are unapologetic, loud, and demand attention. The Classic Fusion model is available in a wide variety of sizes, and this particular model is dyed a rich blue color. It’s a delight to see the sun reflecting off the dial. 

Hublot opts for a fully satin-finished and polished titanium case, which is lightweight and scratch-resistant. This makes the Classic Fusion an easy-to-wear everyday watch with plenty of detail. One of the best features is the blue-lined rubber strap, which matches the dial and increases comfort.  

This beautiful watch retails for $7,600.

20. Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic (ref. Q9008180)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Automatic (ref. Q9008180)

The Polaris is an exciting release from Jaeger-LeCoultre, the “watchmaker’s watchmaker.” When people hear the name Jaeger-LeCoultre, they probably think of the Reverso (also an excellent everyday watch, if I might add). The Polaris is a fully modern sports watch with a contemporary design, sizing, and appeal. I especially love the symmetry in the dial. 

There’s no date window to interfere with that perfect symmetry. The stainless steel bracelet is extremely comfortable and feels like velvet on the wrist. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 898 automatic movement can delightfully be seen behind the clear sapphire caseback, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour and beautifully accented by a customized rotor with the JLC logo. 

The Polaris has a retail price of $8,400.

21. Grand Seiko SLGA021

Grand Seiko SLGA021

Many Grand Seiko models have an otherworldly sort of beauty to them. Grand Seiko describes them as reflections of the beauty of Japan. The SLGA021 is no exception to this. Inspired by the rolling waves of Lake Suwa, the wavy pattern on the dial is dyed a deep, mysterious blue. The texturing on the dial really makes it seem like diving into the gentle waters of Lake Suwa. The Zaratsu polishing makes the watch gleam in the light. 

The movement is particularly exciting. Featuring Grand Seiko’s signature 9R Spring Drive movement, the watch has a simply amazing 5-day power reserve. This is made possible by Grand Seiko’s own innovations and painstaking attention to detail. Along with this impressive power reserve is accuracy within 1 second a day, a feat that few can replicate. 

This exciting Grand Seiko timepiece can be yours for $9,100.

22. Girard-Perregaux Laureato (ref. 81010-11-3153-1CM)

Girard-Perregaux Laureato (ref. 81010-11-3153-1CM)

Girard-Perregaux is an underrated brand that needs more attention. The Laureato is a 42mm timeless tribute to its original 1975 design. The case shape, in particular, is quite interesting. It is like an octagon fashioned on top of a circle, which provides a lot of visual interest. The bright, verdant green color makes the watch pop, like a walk through a forest full of life. 

The integrated steel bracelet flows seamlessly from the case, and the deeply etched pattern on the dial is a wonder to look at. The Caliber GPO1800, with a power reserve of 52 hours, shows great attention to detail. It features mirror polishing, satin finishing, deep engravings, and more. The Côtes de Genève is another embellishment that strengthens the brand’s association with high-horology watchmaking. 

And all of this for a retail price of $14,300.

23. Vacheron Constantin Overseas (ref. 4500V/110A-B126)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas (ref. 4500V/110A-B126)

As one of the Holy Trinity, or Big Three (Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin), Vacheron Constantin occupies the ultra-luxury section of the watch market. Any masterpiece from these brands is made of the finest materials and to the highest standards.

The Overseas is one such masterpiece from Vacheron Constantin, the brand’s quintessential everyday watch. Housing the gorgeous movement that contains 22K gold is a hand-polished, satin-finished steel case. 

The Caliber 5100 is one of the latest movements by the brand, featuring a generously decorated oscillating weight with a wind rose design. The Maltese cross is evident in numerous places on the watch. It’s on the logo, the crown, the movement, and even subtly built into the gorgeous, folded bracelet. 

The Overseas retails for $22,500, but you should expect to pay around $30,000 in the secondary market.

24. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (ref. 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (ref. 15500ST.OO.1220ST.01)

The Royal Oak is Audemars Piguet’s most recognizable and desirable watch. The ultra-comfortable and feathery lightweight, amazingly crafted bracelet and case have delighted watch lovers for years since its inception in 1972. Wearing a Royal Oak shows heritage, class, and love for simply amazing watches. 

The model listed here is the essential Royal Oak. There’s no chronograph or moonphase or anything extra, only a date window and the impeccable blue waffle “Grand Tapisserie” dial. The signature and painstakingly placed 8 screws that dot the bezel are shiny and uniform. Underneath the luxurious steel is the Caliber 4302 self-winding movement, made up of 257 individual parts expertly crafted to perfection.

Despite its retail price of just below $20,000, you can expect to pay around $60,000 to $70,000 in the secondary market.

25. Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

Patek Philippe Nautilus (ref. 5811/1G)

We’ve reached the most luxurious and ultimate everyday watch with the Patek Phillipe Nautilus. Anyone fortunate enough to be thinking about everyday watches in this ultra-luxury price range can look no further than the legendary Patek Phillipe Nautilus.

Some people dream of having the chance to handle one of these timepieces, let alone own one. The Nautilus is an accurate and faithful representation of the Gerald Genta design from 1976. 

Adding to the luxury is the radiant white gold case and bracelet and vibrant sunburst dial. Also present are the numerous innovations that Patek Phillipe has added to the watch, including a new lockable adjustment system and an innovative lever system that replaces the brand’s previous split stem mechanism. Feel like a king with this by your side! 

This latest Nautilus reference retails for just under $70,000, but you can expect to pay about $170,000 to $190,000 for one in the secondary market.


Just like how there’s plenty of fish in the sea, there’s an amazing everyday watch out there for you! These kinds of watches can do it all and look good while doing so. No matter the budget, we’ve shown you amazing pieces that range from affordable to ultra-luxury. If you’re lucky, you might even find the perfect watch that fits a “one watch only collection.” We’ve given you a sample here, so get out there and find your match! 


best tourbillon watches

Whirlwind is the English translation for the french word, ‘tourbillon’. It was named tourbillon because it literally spins on itself and is constantly in a state of motion. However, it’s not what you’re thinking. A tourbillon is not just another superfluous complication designed out of vanity. 

Patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801, a tourbillon is a marvelous expression of fine watchmaking that defies conventional classification. Gravity is a force that can upset the accuracy of a timepiece when in certain positions leading to less accuracy and precision.

The tourbillon was thus designed to counter the effect of gravity on the regulating organ so that the watch can remain highly accurate no matter its position.

The fact that tourbillon watches are rare (and challenging to produce) confers a notable degree of scarcity in them, making them highly sought after by connoisseurs of exquisite timepieces. They are even considered the  ‘Holy Grail’ of Haute Horologerie and are fashioned by the most talented and highly skilled watchmakers. 

From the most affordable to the most luxurious and exquisite watches, read on to discover the best tourbillon watches with peerless complexity and craftsmanship!

About The Tourbillon

The escapement of a timepiece is often in a fixed position in each mechanical watch. This escapement includes a hairspring that is mounted on a balance wheel that rotates back and forth, and this is where the problem lies. 

Since the balance wheel has some heavier spots due to its design, the gravitational effects on these areas affect the watch’s accuracy whenever it is positioned differently.

Abraham-Louis Breguet realized that the only way to solve this problem was to house the entire escapement in a rotating cage. If the balance wheel and hairspring are in constant motion, then no matter what position the watch is in, the variations in timing will be annulled.

Consequently, the tourbillon was developed by Abraham-Louis Breguet in the year 1795 and patented in 1801. The next important evolution of the tourbillon took place in 1902 when a flying tourbillon was developed by Alfred Helwig and his students. The so-called ‘flying’ tourbillon was designed to improve the stability and visual appeal of the standard tourbillon.

Unlike its predecessor, it was cantilevered. This means it was only supported on one side, rendering an unhinged view into the classical escapement.

After this innovative creation, the double-axis tourbillon followed in the 1980s and featured a design that could rotate the tourbillon cage in two axes. Today, inventions like gyro tourbillons and triple-axis tourbillons proudly display the aesthetic prowess of high-end watch brands.

What Is The Purpose of Tourbillon Watches?

The initial purpose of a tourbillon was to check the effects of gravity on the movement of pocket watches. Pocket watches were typically worn in a vertical position. They could stay in this position all day except for the minor instances in which the wearer moved them to find out the time.

This sort of positioning when in use and flat storage when not in use meant the movements of pocket watches were subject to unequal pressures upsetting their accuracy.

By rotating the escapement and balance wheel through all the probable vertical positions, the tourbillon could cancel out the pressure on the movement and improve the accuracy and longevity of the timepiece.

This invention was of great advantage, and tourbillons invaded the Horological world as soon as they arrived. However, with the advent of wristwatches around the time of World War 1, the relevance of the tourbillon waned.

The movements of wristwatches are not susceptible to the same pressure as pocket watches since they are worn on the wrist and often moved by the wearer, creating a sort of ‘tourbillon’. 

In modern times, the tourbillon has evolved from a practical complication to a piece of engineering that demonstrates watchmakers’ craftsmanship, creativity, and aesthetic prowess.

35 Best Tourbillon Watches From Affordable To Luxury

1. Lenvino Tour Collection 02

With a price tag of fewer than $1,000, you’re not going to purchase the world’s most elaborate tourbillon. But the fact that you will get a distinguished timepiece with a real flying tourbillon movement is astonishing.

Lenvino is a Hong Kong watch brand known for creating authentic watches with premium materials. With its stainless steel circular case measuring 43mm in diameter and strap width of 20mm x 18mm, the Lenvino Tour Collection 02 is remarkably comfortable and suitable for most consumers.

The dial is ‘stripped’, drawing exclusive attention to the beautiful Flying Tourbillon relying on a cantilevered single support. The rotation is certainly a pleasure to behold when viewed from above, and the high quality is astonishing. The dial also has a grained texture and is adorned with printed Arabic numerals and skeleton alpha hands.

The Seagull TY800 real flying tourbillon movement vibrates at 21,600 beats per hour and provides a power reserve of approximately 40 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $900

2. ERA Timepieces Prometheus

ERA Timepieces Prometheus

Founded by Michael Galarza in 2018, ERA Timepieces is respected for keeping its promise. The young brand made a grand promise of offering ultra-rare and high-end haute horology complications in price tags that are accessible to all.

Whether the Prometheus Tourbillon lives up to the hype of delivering quality and craftsmanship worth a million dollars in a package just a little above $1,000 is up to the wearer. However, the timepiece is breathtaking. 

The Prometheus Tourbillon is a big watch with a stainless case measuring 44mm across, a thickness of 12.7mm, and a lug-to-lug distance of 51mm. The skeletonized dial features a pretty clever design with an exposed tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock. 

The embellished dial has been painstakingly created to dazzle the eye and pay tribute to Haute Horology. Oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour is the Caliber HZ3360A. It is a Chinese tourbillon hand-wound movement with impressive accuracy and a power reserve of approximately 32 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $1,500.

3. Stührling Viceroy Tourbillon 296D

Stührling Viceroy Tourbillon 296D

Stührling is another watch brand that offers aesthetically pleasing timepieces at very affordable rates. At a diameter of 42 mm, the size is just ideal for showing off the details of the dial flawlessly. 

The Chinese-made timepiece may not feature a flawless tourbillon escapement, but if you want to sport a watch with this complication and are under budget, you can begin from here. 

The dial is highly legible with a guilloché-like pattern adorned with skeletonized alpha-styled hands and an exposed tourbillon movement. Applied Roman numerals juxtaposed with stick-style hour markers provide a nice contrast against the silver-plated dial. 

The tourbillon mechanism is positioned at the lower end of the dial giving the watch an attractive and luxurious feel. It is water resistant only to a depth of 50 meters despite having a screw-down crown and features scratch-resistant Sapphire crystals in front and behind. 

The watch is priced at $2,250.

4. Swatch Diaphane One Tourbillon (ref. SVAK1001)

Swatch Diaphane One Tourbillon (ref. SVAK1001)

Known for revolutionary ideas, Swatch is a watch brand famous for high-quality and stylish timepieces that defy the principles of quintessential Swiss watchmaking. The Ref. SVAK1001 is one such creative model with a joyful design that surprised Swatch fans when it was released in 2001.

Limited to 2222 pieces, the Diaphane One line contains Swatch’s most complicated watches. The 42mm case is made of plastic and aluminum (only the bezel material). The watch is classified as a Carrousel Tourbillion because it uses two different power sources—one for the escapement and another to regulate the rotation of the enclosure. 

The whole faceplate rotates once every 30 minutes, so you have two rotations per hour. The magnificent open-worked dial is adorned with Lancette hands in addition to stamped Arabic numerals and stick hour markers.

Visible through the sapphire crystal case back is a skeletonized manual winding movement; the ETA 93.001 has been refined with several decorations. It provides a power reserve of approximately 50 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $4,000.

5. TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon (ref. CAR5A8W.FT6071)

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Tourbillon (ref. CAR5A8W.FT6071)

TAG Heuer is a solid brand famous for utilizing avant-garde engineering in the production of its watches. 

The Chronograph Tourbillon is presented in a large case that measures 45mm in diameter.  The generous proportions are compensated for with a lightweight black PVD titanium case and carbon bezel.

The skeleton dial is nothing short of impressive, and including a tourbillon complication makes it more enthralling. The captivating flying tourbillon complication is housed in an aperture at the base of the dial. 

Three rotating arms hold it in position, and a generous application of SuperLuminova on the balance wheel means the escapement will be legible even in low light. The dial is multiple layers adding impressive depth and beauty.

A 12-hour chronograph register resides at 9 o’clock, while a 30-minute chronograph register sits at 3 o’clock. Both registers are open-worked, revealing a vertically brushed surface underneath. 

The in-house caliber HEUER02T COSC keeps the timepiece highly accurate and provides a power reserve of approximately 65 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $15,000.

6. Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture (ref. FC-975MC4H4)

Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture (ref. FC-975MC4H4)

The Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture is presented in a 42mm rose gold-plated case that has been polished to the highest sheen. At the center of the brilliant silver dial, you will find a clous de Paris guilloché decoration and three sub-registers with crisp markings in black. 

At 12 o’clock is the indicator for month and leap year, while the date is at 3 o’clock, and the day of the week is at 9 o’clock. The 60-minute tourbillon is located at the base of the dial in a large aperture that offers us a superb view of the tourbillon cage, balance wheel, and silicium escapement.

Slender hand-polished leaf-shaped hour and minute hands eloquently mark the large printed Roman numerals in black. Hyper-expensive movements are neglected for this piece, and a reliable and affordable one has been used here.

A pane of sapphire crystal across the case-back offers a breathtaking view of the FC-975 Manufacture caliber. It beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 38 hours. The Frederique Constant Perpetual Calendar Tourbillon Manufacture comes mounted on a quality alligator strap fitted with a deployant.

The watch is priced at approximately $18,000.

7. Montblanc Star Legacy Exo Tourbillon (ref. MB126469)

Montblanc Star Legacy Exo Tourbillon (ref. MB126469)

Inspired by the spirit of Haute Horologerie, the Star Legacy Exo Tourbillon is cleverly constructed with an unmatched presentation.  The 18k rose gold case measures 42 mm in diameter and has been polished to the highest gleam. The slim height gives the watch a perfect wrist presence making it a choice dress watch.

The extremely detailed dial is exquisitely finished, and the breathtaking suspended Exo Tourbillon mechanism sits at the base of the dial. Exo is derived from a Greek word that means external. 

As such, an impressively large balance wheel is elevated outside the tourbillon’s cage. Not only is this move aesthetically pleasing, but it also makes rotation seamless, thus increasing the efficiency of the movement. The main plate and bridges are entirely open-worked and visible via the timepiece’s front and back.

Underneath a domed crystal, the Ivory-coloured dial is adorned with 18k rose gold leaf-shaped hands, a minute track, and rose gold-coated Arabic numerals. Elaborately decorated with 188 hand-finished components is the MB M18.69 movement, capable of a power reserve of 50 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $40,000.

8. Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon (ref. RB21201A1L1P1)

Breitling Premier B21 Chronograph Tourbillon (ref. RB21201A1L1P1)

Coming in a limited edition of 25 pieces, the Premier Chronograph Tourbillon is a heritage-inspired powerhouse that embodies Breitling’s most innovative legacy.

The timepiece is a reinterpretation of the original Breitling Premier watch from the 1940s and comes in a 42 mm 18k red gold case with a non-screw-locked crown and rectangular chronograph pushers.

The enchanting dial in British racing green has a distinguished two-tone finish and sets the stage for the exquisite tourbillon. The Star of the show takes center stage at 12 o’clock. An open sapphire crystal case back offers a gratifying view of the B21 movement where the reverse side of the tourbillon and the oscillating weight can be appreciated.

Other iconic details like grooves on the sides of the case, Arabic numerals, and vintage-inspired hands add elegance to the timepiece. It is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and matched with a gold-brown alligator strap.

The watch is priced at approximately $50,000.

9. Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Tourbillon (ref. 1282-310LE-2AE-175/1A)

Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Tourbillon (ref. 1282-310LE-2AE-1751A)

Ulysse Nardin is a Swiss luxury watchmaker famous for manufacturing complex and highly accurate marine chronometers. The Ulysse Nardin Torpilleur Tourbillon is a charming illustration of the Brand’s Haute Horlogerie prowess and its deep respect for heritage. 

The watch is complicated yet stunningly beautiful and is presented in an 18K rose gold case. The black enamel dial from Donzé Cadrans is nicely executed, and features rose gold ‘poires Roskopf’ hands that contrast against bold silver Roman numerals.  

A power reserve indicator is at the upper half of the dial, presented in a subtle recessed sub-dial with “BAS” and “HAUT”, meaning full and empty in golden print. At the base of the dial is the elegant flying tourbillon with an underlying anchor offering a clear view of the tourbillon cage.

The watch is COSC-certified, and the tourbillon is fitted with an escapement fashioned completely in silicon. Since silicon is high performing, the operation is smooth with little exertion and lubrication.

The watch is powered by the in-house Caliber UN-128, an automatic movement with 208 components that provides a power reserve of approximately 60 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $60,000.

10. Zenith Defy Double Tourbillon (ref. 10.9000.9020/79.R918)

Zenith Defy Double Tourbillon (ref. 10.9000.902079.R918)

The Zenith Defy Double Tourbillon is an avant-garde piece with high-tech features that is both fascinating and rare. The carbon case measures 46mm across and has been constructed with ruggedness and durability in mind. 

Two tourbillons proudly occupy the entire left side of the dial. Both of them have been suspended from the PVD-coated open-worked bridges with chamfers highlighted in rose gold.

The tourbillon, which has taken over the 7 and 8 o’clock index, acts as the escapement for the watch. On the other hand, the tourbillon at 10 o’clock acts as an escapement for the chronograph and beats at an impressive 50Hz (or 360,000 VpH). This means it completes a rotation every five seconds! Mind-blowing!

The open-worked dial features large silver-plated hands, a chronograph power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, and hour markers filled with Super-LumiNova for enhanced readability.

Zenith’s high-frequency El Primero automatic movement with 311 components provides a power reserve of 50 hours. It is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and comes equipped with a black rubber strap with a blue “Cordura effect”.

The watch is priced at approximately $90,000.

11. Bell & Ross BR 01 Tourbillon

Bell & Ross BR 01 Tourbillon

Bell & Ross might not be a very popular luxury watch brand, but its creation of quality timepieces for professional users such as divers and pilots has earned it reverence in the watch world.

The BR01 collection was launched in 2005 and has a lineup of mesmerizing watches with a design that resembles the classical style of cockpit clocks. The Bell & Ross BR 01 Tourbillon is a state-of-the-art timepiece with a large titanium case and black rubber bracelet. 

The watch is rather bulky but is paired with a very light case and comes with a relatively small crown that will not dig into the wrist. The timepiece is functional and incorporates four complications. A regulator and a five-day power reserve have been positioned at 9 o’clock, while a sub-dial for the small hours counter is located at 12 o’clock. 

At 3 o’clock is the optimum accuracy indicator, while the tourbillon with a black gold finish is positioned at 6 o’clock. Vivid red and yellow accents enliven the dial and add energy to the somber watch. 

The design is particularly bold, and large lumed applied hands and indices on the black dial keep the watch extremely legible and lively. The striking contrast of white on black means the time can be easily read at a glance anytime, anywhere. It is water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters and is powered by a manual winding movement.

The watch is priced at approximately $100,000.

12. Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica (ref. PAM00350)

Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica (ref. PAM00350)

Initially designed as a prototype at the request of the Royal Italian Navy in 1936, the Radiomir was the first special luminous timepiece for divers from Panerai.

The Tourbillon GMT Ceramica pays tribute to Galileo Galilei for his significant contributions to the fields of astronomy and science. “Lo Scienziato” means the scientist, and this timepiece is nothing short of what you’d expect from a reputable watch brand like Panerai. 

The watch is truly unique and comes in a 48mm wide imposing dark monochrome case that has been made from zirconium oxide. The case size means the watch is really large and solid, with a notable wrist presence.

The refined skeleton structure of the dial is highly legible, unlike many open-worked dials. Lumed Arabic numerals have been used for 12, 3, 6, and 9, while bar markers are used for the others.

The tourbillon is elegantly positioned between 9 and 12 o’clock and is astonishing with its unusual axis and fast spin of 30 seconds per revolution.

A small seconds sub-dial is at 9 o’clock, while a timezone day/night indicator is positioned at 3 o’clock. It is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and is powered by a skeleton hand-wound mechanical movement; the Panerai P.2005/Scalibere. 

The watch is priced at approximately $150,000.

13. Vulcain Tourbillon (ref. 620565Q18.BGK101)

Vulcain Tourbillon (ref. 620565Q18.BGK101)

The Vulcain Tourbillon Ref. 620565Q18.BGK101 is presented in a 42mm rose gold case with a thickness of 12.50mm which gives it an ideal weight and wrist presence. Vulcain is a Swiss watch brand with over 150 years of producing quality timepieces. Though not popular, the marque’s haute horlogerie prowess can be seen in this exquisite timepiece. 

The tourbillon, which is highly polished and presented with sharp external angles, takes the spotlight between 8 and 10 o’clock. The semi-skeleton dial is satin-like and features a circular charcoal grey texture enlivened by gold Arabic numerals juxtaposed with rectangular markers.

The dial’s symmetry is harmonious, with a black and gold tone-on-tone layout that adds profound elegance and style to the timepiece. Among other stand-out features, the watch is powered by the mechanical hand-wound Vulcain Tourbillon V- 62 caliber. It is a robust movement with an impressive power reserve of 120 hours.

The Vulcain Tourbillon is worn on a hand-sewn black Louisiana alligator strap which is secured to the wrist by a folding clasp buckle made of pink gold.

The watch is priced at approximately $100,000.

14. Breguet Marine “Grande Complication” Tourbillon (ref. 5887BR/G2/9WV)

 Breguet Marine “Grande Complication” Tourbillon (ref. 5887BRG29WV)

The Breguet Marine “Grande Complication” Tourbillon is a true classic, with an extra touch of first-class sophistication. 

Breguet is renowned for manufacturing complex timepieces, and this one is an ode to the ingenuity of the Haute Horologerie brand. The state-of-the-art watch is termed a “Grande Complication” because it features a perpetual calendar, an equation of time, and the latest tourbillon.

Introduced at Baselworld in 2017, the timepiece pays homage to the appointment of Abraham-Louis as the official watchmaker of the French Navy. It was in 1815 that Louis XVIII, the King of France, appointed him “Horloger de la Marine Royale”. This timepiece preserves traditional techniques and reinstates Marque’s unparalleled patrimony in the sphere of uber-complicated watches.

The striking guilloche-peaked wave motif underscores the connection between the Marine line and the sea. It is adorned with rose gold moon-tipped hands with luminescent material and applied Roman numerals. The perpetual calendar is paired with the equation of time display. In a window between seven and nine o’clock, you will find a power reserve indicator.

A mechanical self-winding movement, the caliber 581DPE with 57 jewels and 563 components provides a power reserve of 80 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $180,000.

15. Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Squelette 8 Jours Red Gold (ref. 6025AS-3630-55)

Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Squelette 8 Jours Red Gold (ref. 6025AS-3630-55

The Blancpain Villeret Tourbillon Squelette 8 Jours Red Gold is presented in a 38mm 18kt red gold case with a classical Swiss design. The watch’s size might be a bit diminutive by modern standards, but the lugs are slightly rounded, ensuring a comfortable fit. 

Blancpain is a brand that is famous for its daring pieces in the horological arena, and the Squelette 8 Jours takes us right into the future. There is almost no dial, and the movement is what appears as the backdrop for the slenderred-goldd hands.

Inside the bezel of the contemporary-shaped case, a bold ring in black has red gold Roman numerals to ease time telling. The tourbillon is elegantly positioned at 12 o’clock, drawing deserved attention to the dial upon each glance. 

The power reserve indicator can be found at 5 and 7 o’clock, while at 9 o’clock is the rotary date indicator which is a very helpful feature for the modern man. The watch is splendid, easy to use, and houses the manually wound Calibre 1333SQ, a skeletonized movement with a power reserve of 8 whole days. 

The watch is priced at approximately $170,000.

16. Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon (ref. 1-94-03-05-04-30)

Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon (ref. 1-94-03-05-04-30)

Released in a limited edition of just 25 pieces worldwide, the Glashütte Original Senator Tourbillon Ref. 1-94-03-05-04-30 is a classic timepiece in the purest sense of the word.

The watch comes in a white gold case, measures 42 mm across and is perfect for a comfortable fit. The case features satin-brushed and polished surfaces with soldered lugs, faceted with polished edges. The varnish silver-grainé dial features a fine matte finish with blued steel hands.

A large date window at 12 o’clock reveals the date with the help of two discs of the same height that are separated from each other only with a faint arcing line. The date window is stepped and feels subtly abstract, adding a bit of depth to the dial.

The tourbillon is positioned at the base of the dial, and its rotating cage is framed by a clean track denoting the seconds.  An automatic movement, the Calibre 94-03, is visible through the sapphire case back of the watch.

It is mounted on a dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap, equipped with a foldover clasp in white gold.

The watch is priced at approximately $100,000.

17. Omega De Ville Tourbillon Numbered Edition (ref. 529.

Omega De Ville Tourbillon Numbered Edition (ref. 529.

The 43mm case of the Omega De Ville Tourbillon Numbered Edition is crafted from polished 18k Sedna gold and brims with notable grace and poise. The central part of the case has been brushed with 18k Canopus gold. Sedna gold is Omega’s proprietary pink gold, while Canopus gold is the brand’s proprietary white gold alloy.

The black dial is quite discreet, with a radial brushed pattern exquisitely executed with multiple layers that enliven the watch and give it profound depth. The design is luxurious yet modest, focusing on the tourbillon at the central part of the watch. The tourbillon is impressive, with a modernized cage made of black ceramic titanium and hand-polished bevels.

It is encircled by a fluted gold ring, which functions as a decoration and a small seconds track. Applied gold indexes and small faceted gold hands adorn the dark dial. It is powered by the robust in-house – hand-wound movement, the Omega caliber 2640. Being a Master Chronometer, the timepiece is highly accurate, durable, and resistant to shocks. It comes with a 5-year warranty.

The watch is priced at approximately $200,000.

18. Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon (ref. SLGT003)

Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon (ref. SLGT003)

The Grand Seiko Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon is a complex watch with an aggressive design that just puts it in a league of its own. 

The watch is the first complicated mechanical timepiece from Grand Seiko in its six decades of uninterrupted production and is nothing short of impressive. For the brand, it is its first mechanical tourbillon, skeletonized timepiece, and first constant-force mechanism watch.

It is arrayed with a sophisticated skeletonized, and delicately finished movement flaunting a tourbillon and a one-second remontoir on the same axis.

The case of the watch is constructed from 950 platinum and the Marque’s Brilliant Hard Titanium and measures a fitting 43.8 mm x 12.9 mm. The watch’s overall design is far from the familiar Grand Seiko layout and aesthetic but still enchanting and elegant.

The soul of the watch is the tourbillon and constant-force mechanism located at the base (6 o’clock). The rare mechanical complication combined on a single axis improves chronometry. The Kodo Constant-force Tourbillon is driven by the Calibre 9ST1, the first open-worked movement from GS from an aesthetic viewpoint with components that gleam in the light. It provides a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $350,000.

19. IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde (ref. IW504601)

 IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde (ref. IW504601)

The IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Mystère Rétrograde is an incredible watch with a strikingly attractive design that is not loud or messy but contains a lot of information. The platinum case measures 44.2 mm in diameter and features a polished, beveled bezel with sloping lugs.

The refined appearance of the silver-plated dial is fashioned to maximize the interplay of light and is pretty much unadorned. The cleanness of the dial draws attention to the tourbillon at first glance, which is located at 12 o’clock.

The beautiful floating tourbillon is mounted on one side only against a dense background, allowing us to view the escapement and its mechanical sections below. As expected, the finishing of the highest standard with a decoration fits the movement’s geometric style perfectly.

The see-through sapphire crystal case back offers a generous view of the in-house 51900 caliber, a mechanical movement with 44 jewels, and an outstanding power reserve of 7 days (168 hours).

The watch is priced at approximately $130,000.

20. Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph (ref. 103295)

Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph (ref. 103295)

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Chronograph is a distinguished watch that features a tourbillon, an ultra-thin BVL 388 skeleton movement, and a chronograph.

It is the world’s thinnest tourbillon chronograph and is presented in an octagonal sandblasted grade 5 titanium case with many facets. The look of the watch is spectacular and aggressively angular with a round bezel.

Bvlgari reasserts its dominance in ultra-thin watchmaking with this unconventionally slim timepiece that is only 7.4 mm in height.

The watch has a monochromatic look with a truly superb skeletonized matte grey dial, as sections of it have been done away with to reveal the tourbillon escapement and the mainspring.

There are no hour markers that might hinder legibility, but there’s a perfect amount of symmetry and organization in the way the dial has been laid out. 

The running seconds’ indicator is at 9 o’clock while the chronograph minutes is at 3 o’clock. The hands are skeletonized, and the tourbillon sits at  6 o’clock. Driving the watch is the Calibre BVL 388, operating at a rate of 21600 VpH with a power reserve of 52 hours when fully wound.

The watch is priced at approximately $170,000.

21. Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon (ref. 161929-5001)

The Chopard L.U.C Triple Certification Tourbillon is a wonderfully constructed timepiece with three certificates. The name is derived from the COSC (a timing certificate), Geneva Seal ( this is issued by the Canton of Geneva for timepieces manufactured there), and Fleurier Quality Foundation label. 

This last certification is one of the most stringent quality tests in the watch-making industry. For a timepiece to be FQF certified, it must have surpassed the reliability, timing, and technical criteria. 

The watch is presented in a contemporary-sized 43 mm platinum case with alternative polished and satin-brushed surfaces. The 8-day power reserve indicator sits at 12 o’clock while the tourbillon is at the base of the dial.

Black rail-track minute markers frame the dial, and it is adorned with applied Roman numerals. Thanks to two sets of double barrels, the calibre L.U.C 02.13-L, made entirely of 18-carat gold, provides an impressive nine-day power reserve when fully wound.

The watch is priced at approximately $150,000.

22. Vincent Deprez Tourbillon Classique Souscription Edition

Vincent Deprez is a French watchmaker known for making discreet yet beautifully executed timepieces in the most traditional way possible. The Tourbillon Classique Souscription Edition is an ode to the relatively young brand and reflects the goal of using mostly traditional tools and techniques.

The watch is made by hand using traditional tools and is finely executed with overall coherence and a lot of attention to each detail. The watch measures a wearable 39 mm and features an open dial with a 60-second tourbillon. 

A large sub-dial for the hours and minutes features a grand feu enamel that has been fired by Vincent himself. The tourbillon is somewhat large at 12.6mm in diameter and is framed with a second chapter ring at 8 o’clock. The proportions are classical; the visible main plate has a traditional frosted finish resembling historic high-end watches. 

Oscillating at a rate of 18,000 vibrations/hour is an in-house hand-wound movement with 15 jewels and a power reserve of 52 hours. Nothing is ostentatious, but the overall design is elegant and clean.

The watch is priced at approximately $100,000.

23. Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral (ref. 00.10920.03.13.01)

Carl F. Bucherer Manero Tourbillon Double Peripheral (ref. 00.10920.03.13.01)

Famous for avant-garde complications and breathtaking designs, Carl F Bucherer is an independent Swiss watch brand with a rich tradition that dates back to the 1880s. The luxury watch brand has made its mark in the world of Horology and this unique timepiece showcases the brand’s signature complication.

The Double Peripheral Tourbillon is a complication that features a winding mechanism that does not rotate on the top of the movement. Rather than that, it rotates around the movement without obscuring the view.

Carl F. Bucherer has made the watch sophisticated and enchanting in that the tourbillon can easily be termed a super-flying tourbillon. The silver-colored dial of the 43 mm 18K red gold case is adorned with gold-plated indices and lancet-shaped hands.

The tourbillon is elegantly positioned at 12 o’clock and has a hand that acts as the seconds display. The cage has no visible bridges holding the device in place, but the weight is supported by three ceramic ball bearings that ensure a stable connection and smooth run. 

The pallet and escape wheel of the escapement are made with the anti-magnetic silicium allowing an increased power reserve of 65 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $70,000.

24. Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon (ref. PFH921-2020001-200182)

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon (ref. PFH921-2020001-200182)

Parmigiani seems to be aggressively invading the hyper-competitive realm of sophisticated watches. From the Tonda PF collection that debuted in 2021 to this flying tourbillon released in 2022, the brand continues to surprise us with heavenly delights.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon is an unconventional timepiece equipped with a flying tourbillon in a somber platinum dial that bestows undivided attention to the tourbillon.

The 42mm platinum case has a thin profile of 8.6mm with teardrop-shaped lugs and a screw-down crown that ensures 100 meters of water resistance. The flying tourbillon is positioned between 6 and 8 o’clock and is the star of the show, mesmerizing viewers with its mirror-polished screws that dazzle in the light.

The 18-carat gold delta-shaped hour and minute hands are open-worked and rhodium-plated. The indexes are short and are also crafted out of 18-carat gold and rhodium-plated. Encircling the main dial is a slightly recessed minute track denoted by short black lines. The watch is powered by Parmigiani’s ultra-thin automatic PF517 movement.

The watch is priced at approximately $160,000.

25. Cartier Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon (ref. CRW4100013)

Cartier Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon (ref. CRW4100013)

The Cartier Drive de Cartier Flying Tourbillon is an exquisite watch with a retro touch that bolsters its refined look. The 47mm case is impeccably polished and compelling, with a shape that is neither round nor square but looks like a turtle shell.

The dial is an exquisite display of intricate guilloche finishing on a satin-brushed surface. The outer section of the dial is open-worked with black transferred Roman numerals that look like they are about to burst through the case. 

Underneath the hour markers, a white galvanized surface beams with a sunray effect. Pared down to the bare essentials, blued-steel sword-shaped hour and minute hands adorn the stark dial while the tourbillon occupies the base.

The flying tourbillon complication and C-shaped tourbillon carriage double as a small seconds indicator. Oscillating at 21,600 vibrations/hour is the caliber 9452 MC, a manual winding mechanical movement with a power reserve of approximately 50 hours. 

It is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters and is certified “Poinçon de Genève”. This seal is a guarantee of authentication awarded only to watches with outstanding finishing and quality materials.  

The watch is priced at approximately $85,000.

26. Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon (ref. Q1682410)

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon (ref. Q1682410)

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Tourbillon is an elegant and discreet watch that is presented in a refined 40 mm 18K pink gold case. The pink gold case is entirely polished with a thickness of 11.3 mm, which is decent for an automatic tourbillon.

The mechanically complex timepiece is charming, refined, and compelling. The beautiful dial is presented in an “eggshell shade” with a slightly grained texture. The hands are half polished and half brushed, while the hour markers are gilded and facetted.

At the base of the dial is the tourbillon. It is encircled by a small seconds track and showcases Jaeger-LeCoultre’s exceptional watchmaking savoir-faire. The bridge of the tourbillon is a rounded mirror-polished arm that crosses over the tourbillon cage, giving viewers a breathtaking view of the tourbillon’s ballet.

Visible through the sapphire crystal case back is the in-house Caliber 979G with 33 jewels and a power reserve of 45 hours. The watch is fitted with a brown alligator strap with a pin buckle.

The watch is priced at approximately $90,000.

27. Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon (ref. 99105-41-232-BB6A)

Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon (ref. 99105-41-232-BB6A)

The Girard-Perregaux Laureato Tourbillon is a masterpiece offering a supreme vision of elegance. The 45mm case is crafted from titanium and 18kt white gold, and the look of the watch isn’t one you see every day.

The dial is skillfully crafted with a matted gray of the same color as the case and an octagonal bezel is inserted within a circle.

The flying tourbillon, positioned at the base of the dial is the prima donna, enchanting the wearer with her outstanding performance. A lone bridge made of titanium sits across both sides of the cage, breaking up the congruous symmetry of the Clous de Paris pattern. The bridge resembles a double-headed arrow and supports the rotating tourbillon cage.

The watch is highly legible despite the tone-on-tone hands and indexes. Visible via the exhibition case back is the Calibre GP 09510-0002. It contains 33 jewels and provides a power reserve of 48 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $110,000.

28. H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Tourbillon (ref. 3804-1205)

H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Tourbillon (ref. 3804-1205)

H. Moser & Cie. is an exemplar of haute horlogerie with a reputation for crafting exquisite timepieces with complications of the highest standard.

The H. Moser & Cie. Pioneer Tourbillon is a highly desirable watch in a stainless steel case measuring 42.8 mm across. The case is without flaws and features alternating polished and brushed surfaces. It also has a screw-down crown that bears witness to the 120 meters water-resistant capacity of the watch.

The gradient or fume dial is a beauty to behold, and the coloration is altered according to the light reflecting on it. It is decorated with clean, hand-applied multi-faceted indexes. At 6 o’clock is a large tourbillon which makes a full rotation every 60 seconds. An opening on the dial offers a first-row view of its beating heart.

Nothing is on the dial apart from the hands, indexes, and of course tourbillon. The H. Moser & Cie calligraphic logo finishes it off with elegance and style. It is powered by the in-house caliber HMC 804. This movement is fitted with a double flat hairspring and powers the watch for up to 3 days.

The watch is priced at approximately $50,000.

29. F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain Calibre 1403

F.P.Journe Tourbillon Souverain Calibre 1403

Coming as a tribute to François-Paul’s earliest watches, the Tourbillon Souverain Calibre is a magnificent watch with an unconventional design. The timepiece draws inspiration from the brand’s first clocks and pocket watches and brings all the distinctive elements into one design.

One thing that is glaring when you take a look at this watch is how it dispenses with extreme care the tourbillon at 9 o’clock. Time is indicated on an off-centered dial that is positioned at 3 o’clock while the tourbillon sits in an aperture that has a complete mirror polished rim with a beaming countenance. 

The platinum case measures a fitting dimension of 40 mm across and features a fully polished finish, a domed bezel, and a flat crown. The background, which is noticeable on glancing at the watch, is the base plate of the movement as the watch has no dial. 

The base plate is finished with a Clous de Paris guilloché pattern. In addition to the tourbillon and off-centered dial, it houses a power reserve at the top and a deadbeat seconds at the base.

The timepiece is exquisite, smart, crisp, and eminently practical.

The watch is priced at approximately $180,000.

30. Piaget Polo Emperador Tourbillon (ref. G0A38041)

Piaget Polo Emperador Tourbillon (ref. G0A38041)

Piaget is a brand with over 100 years of extensive expertise in fine horology. The Emperador Tourbillon is one of the brand’s most enthralling creations that shows the Marque’s ingeniousness in terms of technology.

This timepiece pushes the boundaries of creativity with an ultra-thin movement that plunges us into the magical world of Piaget’s mechanics.

The watch comes in an 18K white gold case that measures 46.5 mm across —  it is a really large watch — with a thickness of 10.4 mm. The flying tourbillon movement sits in an aperture with a wide mirror polished rim at one o’clock. It has been conscientiously decorated and polished to the highest level. 

Something fascinating about this timepiece is the off-centered oscillating weight turned around to exhibit the micro-rotor in white gold. Piaget distribution of mirthful moving parts in the watch’s dial creates the shape of a Lucky 8 since the P-shaped tourbillon cage is opposite the micro-rotor.

The watch is priced at approximately $100,000.

31. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon (ref. 6000V/110A-B544)

Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon (ref. 6000V110A-B544)

The Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Ref. 6000V/110A-B544 is presented in a stainless steel case that measures 42.5mm in diameter. Its height of 10.39 mm, coupled with inward sloping case flanks, keeps the large watch snugly fitted on the wrist. 

The case is exquisitely finished with a brushed finish on the top surface and a mirror finish on the edges. The beautiful Laiton Générique CuZn dial features hands and hour markers crafted from 18k white gold. 

Both hands and hour markers are coated with luminescent material to ensure legibility during the day and night. The tourbillon at 6 o’clock has a cage inspired by the Maltese cross and performs one revolution per minute. It also serves as a small seconds display.

Visible through the open-worked case back is the Caliber 2160, an aesthetically pleasing movement with 188 parts that provides a power reserve of approximately 80 hours. Thanks to a peripheral rotor in use and not the ubiquitous central rotor, the self-winding movement is just 5.65mm high.

The watch features a quick-release mechanism at the lugs and is delivered with straps in steel bracelet, crocodile, or rubber.

The watch is priced at approximately $140,000.

32. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon (ref.26730BC.GG.1320BC.01)

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon (ref.26730BC.GG.1320BC.01)

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon comes in an 18-carat white gold case that measures a fitting 41 mm x 10.6 mm. The case and bracelet are finely brushed and polished while the bezel is finished with a new “frosted” technique.

The distinctive feature of the watch is found in the dial. The blue Grande Tapisserie dial has a breathtaking dimpled texture with a circular brushing that offers it profound depth and a unique interplay of light.

The flying tourbillon is visible at 6 o’clock through a round aperture on the dial. Since it has been secured only on its lower point, it does not have a bridge. As such, the tourbillon cage can be relished with no hindrance. The hour markers and hands are in white gold with a luminescent coating.

The watch is powered by the in-house Calibre 2950, an automatic movement with 270 components and 27 jewels. Its running time is approximately 65 hours when fully wound.

The watch is priced at approximately $350,000.

33. Patek Philippe Grand Complications Platinum Tourbillon (ref. 5316P-001)

Patek Philippe Grand Complications Platinum Tourbillon (ref. 5316P-001)

Patek Philippe’s inventions are always state-of-the-art pieces. They always come with an understated elegance that bespeaks confidence and exclusivity. 

The Grand Complications Platinum Tourbillon is a beautiful watch demonstrating the Marque’s superlative watchmaking prowess. Everything is spectacular and refined, from the design to the construction and finishing.

The timepiece is termed a grand complication because it is equipped with a tourbillon,  a minute repeater, and an instantaneous perpetual calendar. The calendar is termed “instantaneous” because registers on the dial for the month, day of the week, and date all turnover in unison as soon as it strikes midnight.

The platinum case is 40.2 mm in diameter and just a little over 13 mm in height. The black enamel dial is adorned with gold-applied hour markers and faceted dauphine-style hands. At 6 o’clock, you’ll find the moon phase and sub-seconds with an arched date display right above. 

At 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock, you will find the day and month apertures. Unlike other brands that proudly flaunt their tourbillons, Patek Philippe has kept the tourbillon under the dial, concealing the wealth of the wearer.

The watch is priced at approximately $900,000.

34. A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon (ref. 730.079)

A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon (ref. 730.079)

The A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Tourbillon Ref. 730.079 is presented in a 39.5 mm polished platinum case with a brushed case band. The glossy white dial is a pure interpretation of classical pocket watches from the 19th century and is dressed with blue steel hands. 

The red 12 index is a feature found on ancient pocket watches of the brand, and it adds a notable degree of gracefulness to the timepiece. The sword-shaped hour and minute hands reach out towards Arabic numerals, which have been fired and printed neatly with great diligence. 

Positioned just beyond the hour markers, a minute track with short black lines encircles the main dial. The one-minute-tourbillon straddles the lower portion of the dial and its presence animates the entire face of the watch. 

The watch features a Zero-Reset mechanism which allows time adjustment to the nearest second and a stop-seconds mechanism for the tourbillon. As such, the seconds’ hands can be reset to the zero position when the crown is being pulled.

A glance through the sapphire crystal case back reveals an excellently finished and decorated movement; the L102.1. It is a hand-wound with a power reserve of approximately 72 hours.

The watch is priced at approximately $200,000.

35. Richard Mille RM 47 Tourbillon

Richard Mille RM 47 Tourbillon

Richard Mille is an exclusive brand that focuses on the production of ultra-luxury Haute Horlogerie timepieces. Nicknamed the “Billionaire’s Handshake”, the watches from the Swiss watchmaker are famous for housing technically complicated mechanisms. 

The RM 47 Tourbillon was released in a limited edition of just 75 pieces after 4 years of intense work by some of the best horologists and craftsmen. Inspired by the philosophy of Bushido and paying tribute to the ancient samurai culture, this timepiece emphasizes extraordinary aesthetics and unmatched technicalities.

The watch is presented in a black PRP ceramic tonneau-shaped case with a 3N yellow gold case band and a black TZP ceramic bezel and case back. A single glance plunges us into Richard’s magical world of mechanics. A samurai armor at the central part of the watch has been crafted out of solid gold with artistic details painstakingly designed by the famous hand engraver Pierre-Alain Lozeron.

Among other stand-out features, a crossed pair of falcon feathers lies at six o’clock to immortalize the Asano clan’s heraldic Kamon. Overall, the design is luxurious, excellently executed, and enchanting, as you would expect from such a brand.

The watch is priced at approximately $1,000,000.


The tourbillon has evolved from a functional architectural device to a romantic emblem today, but it will forever remain a classic expression of high watchmaking.

It’s been over 200 years since its invention, yet only a handful of established watch brands have mastered the art of tricking gravity by use of a tourbillon. Less than that amount dare to provide a fitting tribute to this splendid expression of high watchmaking because of the complexity and high-end craftsmanship required.

As a result, these watches are always very expensive. Expect to spend from $15,000 to price tags that break the six-figure barrier for a Swiss-made tourbillon watch.

Best watches for small wrists

Wristwatches are great accessories that often tell a lot about an individual’s personality, social status, and taste. Hence, most people love to wear the best wristwatches to make a statement. One can tell if you love luxury, sports, or regular wristwatches by simpling glancing at your wrist. Although wristwatches could make you look cool, wearing the wrong type could do the opposite.

Most people tend to wear wristwatches bigger than their wrists. However, what happens when you wear such watches? When you wear a watch bigger than your wrist, it makes your arms and hands look smaller. The issue is that most people don’t even realize this because more oversized watches have trended over the past decade.

Hence, you are likely to pick a more oversized watch since most brands produce watches with case sizes more than 40mm. Moreover, why keep up with the trend when it’s doing you no good? Instead, you need to pick out a watch that makes a bold statement about you. What if we tell you that you can pick a watch that is both trendy and can also fit your small wrist? We know choosing such a watch could prove difficult for you. Hence, our article outlines the 25 best wristwatches for small wrists you could consider.

Top Wristwatches for Men With Small Wrists

You can find several small wristwatches based on various features or characteristics. For convenience, we will sort our list based on the pricing to include budget wristwatches that cost less than a thousand dollars and luxury wristwatches more than $1000. 

You can also find that these wristwatches have several types, including formal watches (black/white tie or business formal), smart wristwatches (smart or business casual), and casual wristwatches (jeans, shorts and t-shirt, gym wear, etc.). The table below summarizes the best wristwatches for small wrists.

1Casio F91W Sports WatchA33Casual
2Timex Easy ReaderA35Smart
3Casio MQ24-E1 Black ResinA35Casual
4Timex T5E901 IronmanA38Casual
5Casio W89HB-5AV IlluminatorA35Casual
6Nixon A045511 Time TellerB37Smart
7Nixon A377 Sentry 38B38Smart
8Bulova 98H51B37Dress
9Seiko 5 SNK807B37Smart
10Seiko 5 SNK793B36Smart
11Seiko SNE124 Dress WatchB39Dress
12MK1 Mechanical 36mmB36Casual
13Mondaine Classic GentsB36Casual
14Citizen BM8240-03EB36Dress
15Bertucci A-1rA36Casual
16Bulova Military Hack 96A246B38Casual
17Lorier Falcon IIC36Casual
18Frederique Constant FC-245M4S5D37Dress
19Tissot PR100C33Dress
20Frederique Constant FC306MC4S36E39Dress
21Junghans MAX BillD34Dress
22Tudor Black BayE36Dress
23Rolex ExplorerE36Dress
24Nomos Ludwig 33E33Dress
25Oris Divers Sixty FiveE36Casual


A = Less than $50

B = $50 to $200

C = $200 to $500

D = $500 to $1000

E = $1000 and above

Best Wristwatches for Small Wrists Under $50

We have included bare-minimum, budget-friendly wristwatches for men with small wrists to help people with a tight budget get something to wear. Don’t worry; there are renowned names in this category, and one such famous name is Casio. Here are the watches you can get for $50 and under.

Casio F91W Sports Watch

Casio F91W Sports Watch

The first thing you will notice about this timepiece is the classic resin strap that comes with it. The digital sports watch is rectangular and features a chronograph, night light, and alarm functions. Additionally, the watch case measures 33mm and has a mineral dial window. 

The Casio F91W-1 Sports Watch also features a unique digital display and Quartz movement. On top of that, the watch comes with a water resistance feature and a buckle closure attached to a black ribbed resin band. The watch has high accuracy and can serve as a stopwatch with 1/100-second accuracy. 

With this watch, you can enjoy the hourly time signal feature, an auto calendar, and a day/date feature. The watch has an overall accuracy of +/- 30 seconds per month, which is perfect for the pricing. The watch weighs 1.94 ounces, making it light enough to wear without any issues. 

You also enjoy a stationary bezel with a gray dial color that contrasts the digital black information display. Also, you will not feel uncomfortable after wearing the watch for extended periods due to the plastic band material. Overall, this watch is a great piece considering the price.

Bertucci A-1r

Bertucci A-1r

Bertucci A-1r is a comfort watch that fits any occasion. The watch is one of the most rugged 36mm timepieces for small wrists. Interestingly, this watch has a reinforced polycarbonate case that makes it one of the strongest watches you can buy. Also, the watch features a scratch-resistant mineral glass crystal that prevents long-term scratches. 

A good feature of this watch is that it is super lightweight. The stainless steel case back and the rugged case combined with a 50m water resistance allows this watch to withstand momentary water splashes. You will also enjoy a Matte-finished 12/24 dial with luminescent markers and hands. Hence, you can easily see in the dark. The watch also has an ergonomically offset stainless steel crown and a long-lasting comfort Webb band, making it easier to wear for longer durations. 

Timex Easy Reader

Timex Easy Reader

The Timex Men’s Easy Reader is another good option if you want to buy a budget-friendly watch. This watch is quite the opposite of the Casio F91W Sports Watch we reviewed. Unlike the Casio watch, the Timex Easy Reader comes with an 18mm adjustable brown leather strap that can fit even on an 8-inch wrist circumference. 

Also, the watch has a white, easy-to-read dial that contains a day and date window at the 3 O’clock marker. On top of that, the watch uses full Arabic numerals for its markers. This watch has a case circumference of 35mm and is made from brass and a mineral glass crystal to prevent long-term scratches. 

The watch also features an Indiglo light-up dial and a water resistance of 30m. Hence, this watch withstands brief immersions in water or momentary splashes. The leather material and water resistance tell you that this watch is unsuitable for bathing or swimming.  

Casio MQ24-E1 Black Resin

Casio MQ24-E1 Black Resin

This Casio watch is one of this brand’s best budget-friendly analog watches. The watch has an approximate battery life of two years and features a three-hand analog display. On top of that, this round watch has a stainless steel case that measures 35mm in diameter. 

The watch features a Resin glass dial window for clarity and protection. Furthermore, the Casio MQ24-E1 Black Resin watch features a silicone band measuring 18mm in width. The black band color matches the dial and Resin bezel material. Although the brand claims the watch is water resistant, you will not find any information on the resistance level. 

Timex T5E901 Ironman

Timex T5E901 Ironman

This watch is one of the best sports watches for small wrists. The brand built this watch to portray a lightweight design featuring an irresistible water resistance feature. In addition, the watch has a five-button design that offers direct access to all alarms, timers, and the trademark Indiglo night light. 

One outstanding feature about this timepiece is that it is a stopwatch that has a 30-lap memory. You will also find a countdown timer and a customizable alarm that comes in handy at all times. It is impressive to see that this watch has a water resistance of 100m. The resistance is enough for you to go for light swimming and showers without damaging the watch. However, you cannot use this watch for deep diving activities. 

This timepiece also has a 99-lap counter, a 100-hour chronograph, and a customizable menu that allows you to remove unused modes. You will also enjoy on-screen prompts that make settings easy. Overall, this watch has many features for a timepiece under $50. 

Casio W89HB-5AV Illuminator

Casio W89HB-5AV Illuminator

Casio’s W89HB-5AV Illuminator is a casual digital watch with a light brown dial and a stainless steel case measuring 35mm in diameter. Additionally, the watch has a date/day function and a mineral dial window, making the display more legible. 

Another feature worthy of note is the Quartz movement that matches the digital display. For a budget watch, the water resistance is enough (50m) for short swimming (recreational) periods. However, you must not use this watch for snorkeling or deep diving. 

Best Wristwatches for Small Wrists From $50 to $200

Here are some wristwatches for thin-wrist males with budgets ranging from $50 to $200.

Nixon A045511 Time Teller

Nixon A045511 Time Teller

Nixon is one brand that produces some of the best 34mm watches for men with small wrists. Not only that, but the brand also has watches of other wrist sizes. It can accommodate people from all fashion tastes. This piece, the Time Teller Gold, is an original design from the brand. 

The timepiece uses a Japanese Quartz movement to ensure precision. Additionally, it has a stainless steel bezel material with a single-locking Fold-over clasp. The watch has an analog display with a mineral dial window. 

One of the timepieces’ special features is a second hand. Also, the product has a surprisingly high water resistance capacity (100m) for a watch in this price range. Also, the Watch has a GMT bezel function that allows you to compare time with other geographical locations. 

Nixon A377 Sentry 38

Nixon A377 Sentry 38

This Japanese brown gator features a round dial with a logo and a three-hand analog display. The watch has a 38m stainless steel case and a mineral dial window. Another thing you will notice about this watch is its Quartz movement. On top of that, the watch has leather calfskin to support more extended periods of wearing. Also, the watch has a buckle closure that makes adjustment easier. Furthermore, the watch has a water resistance of 100m and a stationary bezel.

Bulova 98H51

Bulova 98H51

This 37mm timepiece from Bulova is a round watch with a polished gold-tone dial case and white-textured dial display. The dial display has a date window and slim stick hands. This watch has a 30m water resistance, so you cannot use it for recreational swimming or snorkeling.

Agreeably so, the watch features a Croco-embossed brown leather strap. The watch has a chronograph and a Japanese Quartz movement. Also, this Bulova timepiece has a lightweight design, making it easier to carry around all day without feeling uncomfortable. 

Seiko 5 SNK807

Seiko 5 SNK807

Seiko has some of the best men’s watches for thin wrists. This timepiece is a round watch with a blue dial display with a day and date window at the three O’clock dial marker. Additionally, the watch has three luminous sword-shaped hands that light up in low lighting conditions. You will also find a textured off-center crown on this watch. 

This 37mm stainless-steel timepiece has a Hardlex dial window that supports a scratch-resistant interface. You will also enjoy an automatic self-wind movement with an analog display. The case back features a skeleton design which allows you to see the watch’s movement. The watch has a water resistance of 30mm and a canvas strap to match. The watch only withstands brief immersion in water and splashes of water but nothing serious.

Seiko 5 SNK793

Seiko 5 SNK793

This Seiko watch is one of the best 36mm watches you can find on the market. You will agree after using this watch that it is a classic timepiece. The watch has a unique stainless steel bracelet for a strap and features a mind-blowing exhibition back. Additionally, the watch has a blue sunray dial and features a day/date window on display.

The timepiece’s scratch-resistant Hardlex dial window protects the tri-hand analog display underneath. The silver-toned bracelet has a deployment-clasp closure to make the adjustment easier. Although this watch has excellent features, you cannot expose it to extended water splashes or scuba diving. However, you can use the watch for recreational swimming and snorkeling. 

Seiko SNE124 Dress Watch

Seiko SNE124 Dress Watch

Seiko also produces some of the best dress watches for slim wrists. One such watch is the Seiko SNE124 Dress Watch. The watch features a navy blue dial with a date display on the three O’clock dial marker. Additionally, the watch has a three-hand analog display with a Seiko logo.

This watch has a 38mm watch case and solar-powered technology. Hence, you can power this watch with a high-performance electricity solar cell. Also, the watch has a long power reserve and a stainless steel bracelet. The watch has a stationary bezel and an efficient Quartz movement.  

Timex MK1 Mechanical 36mm

Timex MK1 Mechanical 36mm

You will probably see many Timex watches in this review because they have outstanding timepieces for small wrists. This timepiece has a stainless steel top ring with a quick-release fabric strap. Also, the watch has a 20-jewel hand-wound movement that offers a vintage vibe that resembles its watches from the ’80s. 

This mechanical watch also features a two-piece canvas strap and a buckle closure for easy adjustment. Furthermore, the timepiece has a green dial color with full Arabic markings and an acrylic lens. The watch has a water resistance of 50m, enough to withstand momentary splashes and recreational swimming.

Mondaine Classic Gents

Mondaine Classic Gents

This 2011 watch has an analog display, a mineral dial window, and a stainless steel case. The white dial color makes it easier to read the time with black analog watch hands. The case measures 36mm in diameter and has a thickness of 8mm. Also, the brand uses a Faux Leather material for this watch’s band. 

The watch has a stainless steel stationary bezel with a Swiss Quartz movement. Furthermore, the watch weighs 1.31 ounces which is lightweight enough for you to wear for extended periods without feeling uncomfortable. Also, the watch has a water pressure resistance of 3 bar and water resistance of 30m. Thus, the watch can withstand routine splashes of water.       

Citizen BM8240-03E

Citizen BM8240-03E

Everything about this watch describes class and taste. The timepiece is round and solar-powered. Also, the timepiece features a black dial with Arabic markers on the 12, 4, and 8 O’clock markers. The watch also has a magnified day/date window at the 3 O’clock marker. 

This 36mm stainless steel watch has an analog display featuring a mineral window and a Japanese Quartz movement. The watch also features a genuine leather strap and a buckle closure for comfort and easy adjustments. Also, the timepiece can withstand splashes or brief water immersions because it has a 30m water resistance feature. 

Note, however, that you can not use this watch for swimming, snorkeling, or taking showers. Furthermore, you cannot use this watch for scuba diving or any activity that exposes the watch to water for extended periods. 

Bulova Military Hack 96A246

Bulova Military Hack 96A246

This watch got its design from Bulova’s vintage watches and military heritage. The watch incorporates the history of a contemporary lifestyle to produce one of the neatest watch designs from the brand. As an update, the watch has some new features, including a tri-hand 21-jewel automatic movement. Additionally, the watch boasts a 42-hour power reserve.

The stainless steel case houses an ivory dial and luminescent markers and hands. Additionally, the watch has a center track on the dial that displays the 24H time. Another feature you will find interesting with this watch is the black leather NATO strap that complements the watch. Also, the watch has a double-domed mineral crystal window that protects the analog display.  

Best Wristwatches for Small Wrists From $200 to $500

If you have more money to budget on wristwatches, you can consider some mid-range, budget-friendly choices. We will look at some of the best watches under $500.

Lorier Falcon II

Lorier Falcon II

The timepiece features an exciting dial with a design that fits any adventure. One feature you notice with this series is taht it has a Miyota 90S5 automatic movement. Also, the timepiece has a 316L marine-grade stainless steel case that enhances the watch’s durability. 

The watch has a screw-down crown and a dome-hesalite crystal. You will also find a marine-grade bracelet that has solid end links. This timepiece also features Swiss Superluminova watch hands that light up in poor conditions. Also, you can enjoy the push-button clasp with three micro-adjustment slots to make the clasp adjustment easier. 

Tissot PR100

Tissot PR100

This watch has a stainless steel case and a black leather strap. Additionally, the timepiece has a fixed stainless steel bezel and a black dial. The black dial contains luminous silver-tone index hour markers and hands that light up at night. Also, the watch has an analog dial and a date display just above the six O’clock marker. 

The Tissot PR100 uses a Quartz movement and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that protects the display window. Another great feature of this watch is the solid 33mm case with a case thickness of 9mm. The watch has a Tang clasp with a strap width of 16mm. Furthermore, the watch has a 100m water resistance feature. 

Best Wristwatches for Small Wrists Under $1000

There are many good wristwatches for thin wrist male timepiece lovers with over $500 and less than $1000 to spend on watches. These timepieces seem like alternatives to the best luxury watches for small wrists. We will look at the best options you can consider when looking for good watches to buy that cost less than $1000.

Frederique Constant FC-245M4S5

Frederique Constant FC-245M4S5

This slimline men’s wristwatch for small wrists has a yellow-gold plating and a diamond-textured dial. The dial display features Roman numeral indices with pomme hands and a subdial for seconds. This 37mm watch has an anti-reflective sapphire dial window, making it easier to tell time. 

You can enjoy the Swiss quartz movement, which regulates the watch’s analog display. In addition, the watch also contains an alligator-embossed leather band and a buckle closure for easy adjustment. You also enjoy a water resistance of 30m, enough to withstand water splashes but not snorkeling or swimming.   

Junghans MAX Bill

Junghans MAX Bill

This 2018 timepiece is a round analog watch with a silver-tone case and a white dial display. Additionally, the watch has Roman numeral indices and well-calibrated exterior minute Roman numerals to help with time telling. The watch also has a hard plexiglass crystal that protects the analog display. 

Just below the 6 O’clock hour marker, you will see the water resistance of this timepiece. This watch has a water resistance of 30m, which makes it resistant to momentary water splashes but not deliberate immersions in water. The watch has a case diameter of 34mm and a light brown calfskin leather strap to match. You will enjoy this watch if you like mechanical hand winds. The watch has the most remarkable mechanical hand wind feature you will find in a watch of this category. 

Best Luxury Watches for Small Wrists

Now that we have considered budget watches for men with small wrists, we will now like to look at the best luxury watches for small wrists. Most watches above $1000 find themselves in the luxury watch category. However, this classification depends on the brand. We will consider some budget watches above $1000 and expensive options for people looking to spend cash on their timepieces.

Frederique Constant FC306MC4S36

Frederique Constant FC306MC4S36

Frederique’s Constant FC306MC4S36 is a classic “Slim Line” timepiece for men who love Swiss watches. The watch has a multi-patterned white dial that contains a date window at six O’Clock and Arabic numerals on each hour marker. 

This 39mm timepiece has a textured stainless steel case and an anti-reflective sapphire dial window. The sapphire dial window is scratch-resistant and protects the white analog display underneath it. Also, the watch has a Swiss automatic movement for precise and accurate time measurement. 

The watch also has a black alligator leather band and a buckle closure for easy adjustment. In addition, the watch has a water resistance of 30m which does not make it suitable for swimming. or scuba diving. You can use this watch for any occasion as it matches well with all outfits.

Tudor Black Bay

Tudor Black Bay

Tudor Black Bay is a beautiful timepiece with a 36mm steel case and a polished satin finish. The watch has a smooth steel bezel with a glossy finish and a black dial that houses the white analog display made up of hour markers. Also, the watch has a sapphire crystal window which is scratch-resistant and prevents long-term scratches. 

The Tudor Black Bay timepiece has a self-winding mechanical movement (Calibre T600). Additionally, the watch has a power reserve of 38 hours which is relatively low considering the price. This timepiece has a screw-down winding crown and a TUDOR rose in the relief. The watch also has an anodized (black) aluminum winding crown tube.

Rolex Explorer

Rolex Explorer

This list won’t be complete if we fail to mention a luxury watch from Rolex. The brand is one of the timepieces regarding high-end and pricier designs. Also, the watch comes with a stainless steel case and a bracelet of a similar design to match. The watch also has a fixed stainless steel bezel, silver-tone hands (luminous), and index markers. 

You will find Arabic numerals on the three, six, and nine o’clock positions. Additionally, the watch has minute markers around the watch’s outer rim. This watch has an analog dial with a Rolex caliber 3230 automatic movements. Also, the watch has an impressive 70-hour power reserve which sounds about right for a timepiece of such caliber. 

The watch features a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and a screw-down crown. Additionally, the watch has a solid case back and a round case shape with a case size of 36mm. This watch has a water resistance of 100m which is not impressive. However, given that it is not for diving, we can say the resistance is quite suitable. 

Nomos Ludwig 33

Nomos Ludwig 33

This watch has perfect proportions, classic beauty, and an inner depth housed in a smaller 33mm case. The watch has a NOMOS caliber Alpha hidden beneath a white dial. Additionally, the watch has an analog display with Roman numerals. The watch hands come from tempered blue steel, while the strap comes from velour leather—this watch suits all delicate wrists and matches all kinds of wears.

Oris Divers Sixty Five

Oris Divers Sixty Five

This timepiece has a multi-piece stainless steel case with a diameter of 36mm. Also, the watch contains a minutes scale top ring and a top glass made from sapphire crystals. The top glass has an anti-reflective coating inside and is domed on both sides. 

The watch’s case back features a stainless steel material and unique engravings. Also, the watch has a stainless steel security crown and an inter-horn width of 17mm. You can enjoy the automatic winding movement with this watch. The Oris Divers Sixty Five has a blue dial display and a rubber strap for convenience.

Buying Guide

Our review considers some of the best watches for thin wrists. However, even with this list, you will find several exciting choices. Hence, picking the best timepiece could pose a serious problem for you. We understand how challenging it is to choose a watch that suits your every need. Thus, we have outlined this detailed buying guide to help you make the best decisions when buying timepieces for small wrists.

Consider the Wrist Size

The first thing you need to consider before buying a watch for your wrist type is the size. All timepieces have wrist sizes. Hence, you must check your wrist size before picking a watch that best suits you. The wrist size for watches is usually the case diameter. You must purchase wristwatches with a smaller case diameter if you have a smaller wrist. These wristwatches will better fit your hand than those that make your wrist and arm look smaller.

Leverage Reputable Brands

Several reputable wristwatch brands produce the best timepieces for small wrists. You need to patronize such brands to get the best out of the product you want to purchase. If you want a budget wristwatch for your small wrist, you could consider the best Casio watch for small-wrist males. Additionally, these brands have watches for thin-wrist female timepiece enthusiasts. If you love luxury watches, you can consider Rolex and other reputable brands that have built a reputation in the luxury watch industry.

Check the Prices

You can find several wristwatches to buy depending on your budget. You can get budget timepieces that cost less than $50. Also, you can obtain luxury watches that cost more than $10,000, depending on your budget. We have included several categories of watches for small wrists in our review. You can review these choices to select a watch that fits your budget.

Consider the Purpose

We usually buy watches for various reasons. There are dress watches, business timepieces, and watches you wear for sport. Each timepiece has unique features that make it stand out. It will not be nice to wear a sports wristwatch to a business meeting and vice versa. Always pick a watch that speaks well of the occasion you want to attend. Also, you can select multipurpose watches that you can use for various events.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which watch is best for a small wrist

There are many good wristwatches for small wrists. The choice of the best timepiece for you depends on your preference, the occasion, and your budget. We have included watches at different prices and other events on our list. You can select any of them depending on these factors.

Do watches look good on small wrists?

Of course. Watches look good on small wrists when worn correctly. If you have a small wrist, the best timepiece for you is the one with a small case diameter. You cannot, however, wear a watch with a big case as it would make your hand and arms look smaller. Instead, you need to go for a watch with a smaller case diameter. Such watches make your hands look bigger. Additionally, a neatly worn timepiece makes you look bold and confident.

What type of watch suits a thin wrist?

The best type of watch for a thin wrist is one with a small case diameter. Such a wristwatch makes you look more competent and more confident. Additionally, your wristwatch makes you stand out if you wear the correct type of timepiece.

What is a small wrist for a man?

A small wrist is somewhat of a relative term, depending on your height and body frame. A man of height 5′ 5″ has a small wrist size, while men of height 5′ 5″ to 6′ 5″ have medium wrist size.


In our article, we considered the 25 best wristwatches for small wrists. We classified our wristwatches based on small wrist sizes and their prices. Our list contains timepieces from reputable brands. Also, these brands have the best products for men with small wrists. You can obtain watches for as low as $50 or less or as high as $1,000 or more. 

We also included a detailed buying guide and a “frequently asked questions” section to help you gain insight into the best wristwatches for men with small wrists. You can go through our article to select some of the best products you can find on the market.

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Best Seiko Automatic Watches

The word “Seiko” in Japanese can be translated in a few different ways: “success”, “achievement”, and “exquisite”, being the most common. Selecting such a word for a brand moniker signals an air of greatness and high ideals to the world.

Indeed, to choose such a name is a commitment to a standard above the rest and a commitment to push the envelope ever forward. Founded by Kintaro Hattori in 1881, it’s no exaggeration to state that Seiko has a long and storied history eclipsing most watch brands the world over.

In their over 140-year history, from humble beginnings producing wall clocks to nearly decimating the Swiss watch industry during the infamous quartz crisis of the late 1960s and 70s, few other brands can claim such influence. 

Today, Seiko wristwatches continue to be available across a range of price points, from entry-level to high luxury, and with movements as diverse as mechanical, solar, and Spring Drive. In this article, we’ll explore Seiko’s automatic movement watches in the Seiko 5, Prospex, and Presage lines.  

A Brief History of Mechanical Seiko Watches:

While more commonly associated with battery-powered quartz watches today, quartz only entered the picture for the brand long after Seiko achieved many accomplishments in mechanical watchmaking. It was in 1895 when Seikosha (“sha” meaning “house”) made the first pocket watch in Japan (the “Time Keeper”).

  • In 1913, releasing its first wristwatch (the “Laurel”)
  • In 1929, when its “Railway Watch” was appointed the official timekeeping device of the Japanese National Railway (an application in which accurate timekeeping is critical to avoid accidents) 
  • In 1956, with the introduction of the shock-resisting device “Diashock” 
  • In 1959, with the debut of the “magic lever” system, a low-cost mechanism and solution for self-winding still widely in use in watches today

Notably, in 1964 Seiko served as the official timer of the Tokyo Olympics, providing 1,278 timing devices purpose-built for accurate timing for all sports. From 1963 the year prior, Seiko entered into the Neuchatel chronometer competition (among Swiss brands such as Omega and Zenith, etc.). 

By 1967, the final year of competition, Seiko earned second and third place. In 1968, Seiko entered the Geneva Observatory competitions, resulting in awards in every place from fourth to tenth, an all-time record for mechanical movements. The top three positions? All quartz models submitted by the Centre Electronique Horloger (CEH).

Seiko effectively created the best-performing mechanical movements ever recorded. Finally, in 1969, Seiko introduced the caliber 6139, the world’s first automatic chronograph watch equipped with both a vertical clutch and column wheel, demonstrating a new milestone in chronograph technology. 

About Seiko Automatic Watches:

Before the advent of automatic movements, mechanical watches required manual crown winding. To put it simply, watches are driven by a mainspring (wound via the crown) which stores force and then transmits it through a series of gears to power a balance wheel that oscillates back and forth.

The escapement then keeps the balance wheel in motion by pushing with each swing and allows the gears to “escape” (advance) a set amount, moving the hands around the dial. 

“Automatic” movements don’t require winding. Instead, the mainspring is wound via the natural day-to-day movements of the wrist, with energy created from a weighted rotor spinning around inside with each move. 

When Seiko introduced the “magic lever” in 1959, the efficiency of the winding system was improved further by shortening the winding period and allowing for a longer power reserve, all while requiring much fewer parts than the traditional Swiss-style winding systems of the time.  

What to Look For in Seiko Automatic Watches

Today, Seiko’s mechanical heritage’s historic and technical achievements still inform their product line in all ranges. For example, Diashock can be found in certain sports-driven models, while the magic lever is present across the majority of the portfolio.

In order to best pick which watch suits your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences, it’s important to consider your needs. In particular, Seiko presents three lineups of interest with various styles at increasing price points: the Seiko 5, Prospex, and Presage lines.

Best Seiko 5 Automatic Watches

The Seiko 5 Sports line was created in 1968 to provide affordable watches to the masses who increasingly require robust and reliable daily performance. The “5” tenets are the following: an automatic movement, a day-date display at the 3:00 position, water resistance, a recessed crown at the 4:00 position, and a durable case and bracelet. 

In 2019, the line was reborn with fresh new designs while still encompassing the principles established over 50 years ago. Who are they for? A Seiko 5 is the perfect option for anyone looking to get into watches at an affordable price point or those with established collections looking to “scratch the itch”. No matter where you lean, these are fun, reliable watches that will get the job done, priced between $100 to $600.

1. Seiko SNKL23

Seiko SNKL23

A solid, reliable mechanical automatic watch for around $100? Yes, it’s possible. Infamously labeled “A Seventy-Five Dollar Watch That Looks Like A Million Bucks” (2015 pricing*) in a Hodinkee Value Proposition article, the SNKL23 has an inoffensive, classic look.

Black dialed with a 38mm diameter case, 45.5mm lug-to-lug, and 10.5mm thickness, this Seiko 5 can be dressed up or down and will wear comfortably on most wrists along the size spectrum given its agreeable size and clean styling. 

Inside is the in-house caliber 7S26 featuring the magic lever winding system, a movement known to last years (if not decades) and can be easily repaired given the millions of parts likely out there.

Retail Price: $100-$120

2. Seiko SRPG29

Seiko SRPG29

Mention “Seiko 5”, and two types of watches will likely come to mind: that of the traditional sports watch form like the SNKL23 above and that of the quintessential Seiko 5 “field watch”. When Seiko relaunched the “5” sports line a few years back, it took the old “SNZG” field watch references of yore and made them a bit smaller at a new 39.4mm diameter case.

Back with the SPRG line are all the familiar hallmarks of the last generations: Arabic numerals from 1 to 12 encircling the dial, with 24-hour clock conversions accompanying an inner circle around the dial. 

While variations within the SRPG include the watch on a bracelet and NATO strap, the SRPG29, in particular, comes on a versatile oyster-like bracelet that can be swapped out with ease due to the watch’s drilled lug holes. A solid blue-dialed field watch that could fit easily within anyone’s watch collection.

Retail Price: $175

3. Seiko SRPD55

Seiko SRPD55

For years, it was rumored that the golden standard of Seiko dive watches (the SKX007 and 009, colloquially referred to as the “SKX” line) would be discontinued. In 2019, it finally happened. In its wake, Seiko launched a new Seiko 5 sports line (in particular, the “SKX Sports Style”), widely using the SKX’s former case shape, a well-known quotient in the watch community when communicating the size and fit (it’s that popular).

Still coming in at 42.5mm in diameter with a 13.4mm thickness and 46mm lug-to-lug, the SRPD55 wears exactly as the SKX. If you’ve tried one on before, you’ll know exactly how the new Seiko 5 version wears. However, gone now are two important features in a screw-down crown and a lower water resistance rating (100m against the SKX’s 200m).

Can the SRPD55 still be considered a “dive watch”? The community is still fractured on the answer, but neither party can deny that the infamous SKX case shape and styling is still a force to be reckoned with and a true modern classic.

Retail Price: $295

4. Seiko SRPD71

Seiko SRPD71

When Seiko decided to refresh the Seiko 5 line using the classic case shape of the SKX007/009, it opened the door to more creative and stylistic variations. In theory, the SRPD71, with its blue dial and tan hands and indices, coupled with a steel mesh bracelet, fits within the “Suits” style of SKX-cased watches.

The all-familiar 42.5mm diameter SKX case takes the mesh bracelet well. Really, it’s a strap monster in any configuration, but the mesh does lend a more formal look. Is it passe to wear a dive-style watch with a suit? Only the wearer can decide, but if it works for James Bond (ex: Omega Seamaster “No Time To Die” also comes on a mesh bracelet), it might just work for you!

Retail Price: $350

5. Seiko SRPE55

Seiko SRPE55

In the decades since its original launch in 1996, watch aficionados wished for an SKX-styled watch in a smaller diameter than the standard 42.5mm. In 2020, they finally got their wish. Clocking in with a 40mm diameter, 11.5mm thickness, and versatile 44.6mm lug-to-lug, the four o’clock crown and classic SKX style dial layout and indices will be a familiar sight for most.

However, the biggest departure from the SKX will be the obvious lack of a rotating bezel, replaced with a smooth bezel encircling the dial. But make no mistake, the SRPE55 is still rated to 100m of water resistance and is powered by the venerable and reliant 4R36 movement, providing approximately 41 hours of power reserve.

If you’ve been looking at a Tudor Black Bay 41 with a black dial and smooth bezel but aren’t quite sure it’s worth the jump in price, the SRPE55 is a perfect alternative to scratch the itch or test the waters as your newest all-around, go anywhere do anything sports watch.

Retail Price: $275

6. Seiko SSK001

Seiko SSK001

What a time to be a Seiko fan. For years, a Seiko dive-style watch with a functioning GMT hand and 24-hour bezel was a pipe dream, achieved only through heavy modification of the standard SKX007/009 (admittedly, there hasn’t been a good option for a GMT movement to swap in.

A 24-hour bezel was the only choice). Fast forward to 2022, and fans were presented with the SSK line of GMT watches fitted within the fan-favorite SKX case. If you’ve worn an SKX, you already know the 42.5mm diameter sizing.

The real story is the addition of the caliber 4R34 GMT movement. As a “caller” GMT, the GMT hand (colored in a highly visible red) is independently set, as opposed to a “flyer” GMT where the hour hand is adjusted via the crown. A GMT watch under $500 would’ve been unheard of before the SSK line. If you’re looking for an affordable option with true GMT capability, look no further.

Retail Price: $475

Best Seiko Prospex Automatic Watches

Though Seiko attributes its first sports watches to lines released in 1959, the “Prospex” (short for “Professional Specifications”) range today is a culmination of the legacy and knowledge built in the decades since. The modern Prospex line includes models for sea, air, and land, including iconic case designs honoring the past while pushing technology and precision into the future with modern movements and materials. 

Whether you’re looking for a robust dive watch to accompany your next dive, a GMT to help guide you as you travel across time zones, a field watch for your next hike, or a chronograph to time that steak on the grill (not all of us are race car drivers after all), a Seiko Prospex watch is the perfect companion. Prices range from under $600 to $7000.

7. Seiko SRPF03 “Samurai”

Seiko SRPF03 “Samurai”

When it first launched in 2004 with its swordlike hands and sharp angled off facets, the original Seiko “Samurai” quickly earned its nickname among enthusiasts who were impressed with the level of quality and finishing for such an affordable price (the use of lightweight titanium didn’t hurt either, though the model is now found in steel). 

Now a few generations removed, the SRPF03 carries the “Samurai” name into the 2020s, holding on to its iconic faceted case at a not insignificant 44mm diameter. Despite the case size, 13.4mm thickness, and 48.7mm lug-to-lug, the Samurai tends to wear smaller than the measurements imply, working the typical Seiko magic with downturned lugs that drape comfortably over the wrist. As part of the Prospex line, this is a true diver’s watch meeting ISO 6425 certification. 

Retail Price: $525  

8. Seiko SRPE99 “Turtle”

Seiko SRPE99 “Turtle”

Seiko’s history of affordable, rugged, and reliable dive watches is packed with iconic, storied models. One such model, the 6309 (and its -7000 and -7040 variants), was launched in 1976 as the “third” main divers watch, with production lasting into the 1980s.

A true tool watch in the purest sense, at a time when wearers pushed their timepieces to their fullest potential, the 6309 is documented as having been adopted by a diverse body of consumers: Everyone from the military, dive boat crews, US Coast Guard, and even Antarctic Expedition teams all had Seiko 6309 watches among their ranks. Even Mick Jagger famously wore one! 

So when in 2016, Seiko relaunched the “Turtle” in near exact dimensions, it was met with great fanfare. The SRPE99, in particular, is a collaboration with the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and features the PADI logo on an attractive blue dial with “Pepsi” style rotating dive bezel.

And despite the 45mm diameter case size and 13.4mm thickness, the Turtle’s pleasing cushion style case and 47mm lug-to-lug ensure that most wrists can pull off what otherwise sounds like a large watch based on measurements alone. 

Retail Price: $550

9. Seiko SPB101 “Sumo”

Seiko SPB101 “Sumo”

How watches earn nicknames is often urban legend at worst and watch-telling lore at best. The “Sumo” is no exception. Is it the seemingly overboding 45mm diameter that did it? The bezel, which could be likened to a Sumo wrestling ring? Or even the 12 o’clock indice, which could resemble a Sumo wrestler’s top-knot? The world may never know.

But what we do know is that when the Sumo originally launched in 2007 as the SBDC001 (black), SBDC003 (blue), and SBDC005 (orange), it was an instant hit. Now labeled the SPB101 (in black), the latest generation of the Sumo has a few notable upgrades: a new movement (70-hour power reserve caliber 6R35) and a thinner case measuring 12.5mm thick.

The lyre-style twisted lugs are a highlight and present a surprising amount of case finishing for its original price point. With a lug-to-lug distance of 52.6mm, however, this watch may be best suited for wrists sized 6.5 inches and above. Sumo wrestlers need not apply.

Retail Price: $850

10. Seiko SRPH75 “Monster Antarctica” Save The Ocean

Seiko SRPH75 “Monster Antarctica” Save The Ocean

Chances are, you’ve heard of the Seiko “Monster”. If you’re a long-time collector, you might’ve even owned a few Monsters in the past. Whether it was your first dive watch or a sentimental favorite you still hold on to, the Seiko Monster, in all its generations since first launching in 2000, has been a mainstay in the dive watch and overall watch collecting community.

And it’s obvious why: all of that Seiko rugged reliability packaged in an altogether original watch design that isn’t just a riff on the usual Rolex Submariner template. Such designs are few and far between, and with the Monster, named particularly due to its grotesque look and fang-like main index, we have a watch design that is wholly its own, yet to be copied.

The SRPH75, in particular, is among the latest “fourth” generation and is a special edition with a portion of proceeds being donated to ocean-based causes, including underwater education and clean-up initiatives like Dive Against Debris. Should the attractive ice blue dial with 42.4mm diameter case, 49.4mm lug-to-lug, and 13.4mm thickness speak to you, feel good knowing you’re also doing a small part to “Save The Ocean” in your purchase as well.

Retail Price: $525

11. Seiko SRPE03 “King Turtle”

Seiko SRPE03 “King Turtle”

Nicknames don’t always have to make sense but break them apart, and you might glean something from the enthusiast-led labels. Take the “King Turtle”. We’ve introduced the “Turtle” earlier in this guide, with its callbacks to the original 6309 made famous during the 1970s and 80s. But what is a “King” turtle? In this case, the community wanted to impart the notable upgrades over the standard reissued turtle. Upgrades that watch nerds have been asking for for years.

Namely, a ceramic bezel insert and a sapphire crystal. Worthy enough to be king? Up to the user to decide; however, the case dimensions (45mm diameter, 13.2mm thickness, 47.7mm lug-to-lug) and caliber 4R36 with 41-hour power reserve remain otherwise the same. Also updated were a “grippier” bezel with noticeably changed bezel teeth and a cyclops over the day/date window, with an attractive black waffle dial. 

Retail Price: $625

12. Seiko SPB117 Alpinist

Seiko SPB117 Alpinist

As Seiko’s first official sports watch launched in 1959, the Alpinist was a watch created with Japanese mountaineers (“yama-otoko”) in mind. Given the harsh nature of mountain exploration, the watch needed to be resistant to water and impact, which a mountaineer would surely put the watch through its paces.

In a more modern context, the Alpinist design as we know it today was launched in 1995, nicknamed the “Red Alpinist” (due to the red “Alpinist” inscription on the dial). Significantly, the adoption of the now infamous cathedral hands and internal azimuthal rotating bezel for navigation were added at this time.

A few model iterations were launched in the interim before the watch was discontinued in 2017. Finally, in 2020, Seiko announced the production of a resumed seventh-generation Alpinist with an upgraded 70-hour power reserve 6R35 movement, transparent caseback, and magnifying date window.

Still measuring in at 39.5mm in diameter, the SPB117 is a versatile size for most wrists and, given the 200m water resistance, is just as robust as ever for all your mountaineering (or office) needs.

Retail Price: $750

13. Seiko SPB077

Seiko SPB077

In the lexicon of gloried Seiko divers, perhaps the most influential and iconic is the brand’s first-ever “Professional” use dive watch from 1968, the 6159-7000 Hi-Beat diver. The 6159 was a decisively forward and innovative watch, built like a tank and a perfect combination of form and function. Known for its chunky 44mm front loader monoblock case (the movement is installed from the front side.

A caseback was deemed a point of potential water ingress) and Hi-Beat movement, the 6159 was a precision tool for Professional use. Though recreations of the 6159 have been made in the past, particularly in the Marinemaster 300 range (ex: SBDX001, SBDX017, etc.), in 2018, Seiko decided to release a modern reinterpretation of the classic design in the SPB077. 

Keeping to the 6159 case design, the SPB077 might actually feel smaller on the wrist than the original, despite its 44mm diameter, 13.1mm thickness, and 50mm lug-to-lug, due to that Seiko case magic. With its arguably more refined looks (smaller, more balanced indices, “Monster” styled hands), the SPB077 is a great addition for anyone looking for the classic 6159 aesthetic, with modern details like a sapphire crystal and Diashield coating. Of note, unlike its source of inspiration, the SPB077 utilizes a screw-down caseback, but is still rated to 200m of water resistance. 

Retail Price: $1,050

14. Seiko SPB143

Seiko SPB143

The SPB143 has become a fan favorite in recent years. Launched in 2020 as a modern reinterpretation of Seiko’s first dive watch, the 1965 62MAS skin diver, the SPB143 is a “Goldilocks” model of specifications: near-perfect size (measuring in at 40.5mm diameter, 13.2mm thickness, and 46.5mm lug-to-lug), classic looks (retaining the skin diver aesthetics of the original 62MAS), and excellent “bang for buck” (finishing and details rivaling competitors at double the retail price). 

Add in all of the modern comforts like a 70-hour power reserve, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and super-hard coating, and it’s no wonder why the SPB143 has become a modern icon in its own right, with Seiko finally providing what fans have been asking for for years. 

Retail Price: $1,200

15. Seiko SLA021

Seiko SLA021

Seiko first released the Marinemaster 300 SBDX001 in 2000. As a modern reinterpretation of the all-time great Seiko diver, the 6159-7000, it stayed true to its source of inspiration with a 44mm monobloc constructed case, higher-end 8L35 movement with 50-hour power reserve (a close cousin of the Grand Seiko 9S55 movement), and a solid tool like construction as a professional diver’s watch capable of saturation diving, impervious to helium gas ingress and egress with a special L-shaped gasket. 

When the Marinemaster 300 was officially brought into the Prospex line as the SLA021, it gained a sapphire crystal and ceramic bezel, upgrades that many had been opening for the model to stay competitive for years.

And despite its large on-paper size (it’s definitely not a small watch), keeping the 44mm case, a new thickness of 15.4mm, and a 50.5mm lug-to-lug, the ratcheting adjustable clasp ensures a comfortable fit on the go, whether your wrist is swelling due to varying temperatures, or for throwing over a diving wetsuit. The standard bearer of Seiko dive watches. The SLA021 is a flagship model for a reason.

Retail Price: $3,100

16. Seiko SRQ037 Speedtimer

Seiko SRQ037 Speedtimer

Launched in 1969, the original Seiko Speedtimer was a milestone release for Seiko, featuring the caliber 6139, one of the world’s first automatic chronographs to market. First, to incorporate both a vertical clutch and column wheel, resulting in a more precise and error-free time instrument than ever possible before, the SRQ037 of today pays homage to the innovations of the brand’s past. 

The caliber 8R46 provides approximately 45 hours of power reserve, with a contemporary case size of 42.5mm diameter, 15.1mm thickness, and 50mm lug-to-lug. The enlarged chronograph actuators on the right-hand side of the watch case evoke the giant plungers of Seiko stopwatches of the past, with functionality at the foremost of mind in Seiko tradition.

While we have yet to see an exact stylistic modern reinterpretation of the 6139, such as the yellow dialed “Pogue” (Seiko’s very own space watch), at the end of the day, the SRQ037 is a solid addition to Seiko’s chronograph lineup.

Retail Price: $3,000

Best Seiko Presage Automatic Watches

With a greater focus on artistry, detail, and overall aesthetic beauty, the Seiko Presage line of automatic watches aims to convey the essence of historic and contemporary Japanese craftsmanship. Enamel, porcelain, lacquer, intricately patterned dials. All are hallmarks of the Presage line. 

This focus on art and design yields watches perfect for the consumer looking to own a unique timepiece on a dressier scale, whether for office wear or formal gatherings. Often combined with higher grade movements such as the caliber 6R35 (with a 70-hour power reserve), Presage watches can be found between $1000 and $4000. 

17. Seiko SRPB43 “Cocktail Time”

Seiko SRPB43 “Cocktail Time”

Originally created in collaboration with famous Japanese bartender and mixologist Ishigaku Shinobu of the Ishinohana Bar in Tokyo, the Seiko “Cocktail Time” series watches included three models exclusively available in Japan. In particular, the SARB065 “Cool” reference was a standout for its ice-cool dial at a time when vibrant and original dials with great finishing in watches under $500 weren’t the norm. 

In 2017, Seiko announced a new series of Cocktail Time watches under the Presage product line, again, with each watch inspired by particular cocktails visually represented via their respective dials. The “Cool” dial returned as the SRPB43, with a 41-hour power reserve caliber 4R35 movement, 40.5mm diameter case, and 11.9mm thickness.

Perhaps on the larger side to be considered a traditional “dress watch” (36-38mm are closer to the norm), the Cocktail Time’s sunburst texture dial is still a conversation starter and would pair brilliantly in any formal social situation when coupled with the right strap. Cheers!

Retail Price: $425

18. Seiko SRPE45

Seiko SRPE45

Similar to the SRPB43 above, the SRPE45 is also inspired by classic cocktails. In this case, the Mojito. And where the ice blue “Cool” dial of the former was upsized to a 40.5mm case, the SRPE45 maintains an excellent dress watch size with its 38.5mm case diameter, 11.8mm thickness, and 45.4mm lug-to-lug. 

But the real star is that green dial: with its concentric diamond pattern radiating out from the center, accentuated with gold-colored Arabic numerals, hands, and indices, this stunner of a watch has a glossy effect reminiscent of looking through a cocktail glass. Trust us; it’s not the alcohol that’s talking. The SRPE45 is a beauty!

Retail Price: $425

19. Seiko SRPG03

Seiko SRPG03

Evoking classic 1960s style, the SRPG03 can be considered a “sporty” dress watch with its fixed 60-minute bezel reminiscent of a traditional dive watch. Along with its dive watch stylings, the watch measures in with a 41mm diameter case, 12.5mm thickness, and 48mm lug-to-lug, decidedly dive watch sizing that could suit most wrists comfortably.

The silver and white sunburst dial with the gold-colored indices and hands are a standout, dressing up the watch to a degree not typically seen with Seiko divers. However, what the SRPG03 achieves in looks, it, unfortunately, lacks in dive watch capability. Given the 50m water resistance and fixed bezel, this isn’t a watch to time your next dive with. Stick to the dive computer or true dive watches for the water. Buy the SRPG03 for the looks!

Retail Price: $525

20. Seiko SPB115

Seiko SPB115

Among the Presage line of watches, Enamel is often used to present beautiful dial variations inspired by Japanese craftsmanship. It’s this blend of traditional craft and modern mechanical beauty that Seiko achieves with the SPB115, inspired by the minimalist 1977 “Steel Clock” designed by Riki Watanabe (1911-2013), renowned in Japan for industrial design and clockworks which became his life passion. 

Replicated in the SPB115 are the iconic straight long stick hour markers, accompanied by shorter minutes and a spade-stye hour hand. The brown enamel dial is not often seen and finished to a wonderful effect, matched with a brown Cordovan leather strap. The watch itself wears modern. 39.9mm in diameter with a 12.4mm thickness and 47.2mm lug-to-lug, and despite its dressier lean, it is rated to 100m water resistance making this a pleasurable daily wearer.  

Retail Price: $1,100

21. Seiko SPB165

Seiko SPB165

Case design has been a hallmark of Seiko sport watches, arguably as far back as Taro Tanaka’s “Grammar of Design” in the Grand Seiko 44GS. And yet, the Presage line hasn’t been known for having a strong case shape or identity, represented by most dress-styled watches with more traditional curved cases in the past. Enter the SPB165 “Sharp Series”.

Characterized with sharp case angles and mixed brushing and polishing to accentuate its case lines, the SPB165 is sporty with a comfortable 39.3mm diameter case, 11.1mm thickness, and 47.2mm lug-to-lug.

A noticeable step up in quality from models like the “Cocktail Time” featuring the 70-hour power reserve 6R35 movement, 100m water resistance, sapphire glass, and super hard coating, it’s hard to argue for another perfect daily driver in the price range if the angular “Grammar of Design” cases of yore speak to you personally.

Retail Price: $1,000

22. Seiko SPB221

Seiko SPB221

As a watch within the “Sharp Series”, the SPB221 “Sharp Edged GMT” is a modern Seiko sports watch design to the core. Sized with a 42.2mm diameter, 13.7mm thickness, and 49.2mm lug to lug, the SPB221 should wear comfortably on wrists 6.5” inches or more. Featuring a black “asanoha” (hemp leaf diamond shaped pattern) dial, the watch is matched with an attractive ink black fixed GMT bezel and red GMT hand. 

And here’s the kicker: it’s a “flyer” GMT, meaning that the hour hand can be set independently to cycle the GMT hand forwards and back, particularly useful when changing time zones. At this time, there isn’t a Swiss watch alternative at this price point with similar functionality—a huge selling point for Seiko.

Retail Price: $1,400

23. Seiko SJE077

Seiko SJE077

In recent years, the Seiko Presage collection has earned a reputation for its use of enamel dials. The midnight blue enamel of the SJE077 is no exception and brilliantly executed at that. 

Featuring a plain dial with Breguet style Arabic numerals, a date window at three o’clock, and a properly modern sized 39.5mm diameter case, 10.9mm thickness, and 46.9mm lug-to-lug, the SJE077 should wear comfortably on most wrists as a modern dress watch. The playful moon crescent seconds hand adds just the right amount of classic sensibility, the watch being contrasted with a cordovan leather or blue crocodile strap.

Retail Price: $3,300

Other Seiko Automatic Watches

With such diverse product lines as those listed above, it should come as no shock that Seiko caters to other markets, which also house excellent automatic movements. The “Recraft” and the recent rebirth of the legendary “King Seiko” line are both such examples. 

24. Seiko SNKP23 Recraft

Seiko SNKP23 Recraft

Affordable, retro style is the name of the game with Seiko’s “Recraft” series. Featuring a rectangular 39.6mm diameter and 11.8mm thickness (46mm lug-to-lug), the SNKP23 is a unique and fun alternative to the traditional round case-shaped watches typically seen. 

The combination of polished and brushed elements on the case and bracelet provide a sense of quality generally not seen in this price range, and the workhorse caliber 7S26 can be seen through the display case back on the rear of the watch. The dial has a unique style of its own, with a sunburst blue radiating from the center and a contrasting orange seconds hand to add that extra bit of funk.

Retail Price: $275

25. Seiko SPB283 King Seiko

Seiko SPB283 King Seiko

You’ve heard the name “Grand Seiko”, but are you also familiar with its internal rival, “King Seiko”? Indeed, from the onset of Grand Seiko, King Seiko watches were also made to offer high-quality Japanese timepieces to a broader audience.

The two sub-brands worked with and competed with each other. While Grand Seiko ultimately continued on in future decades past the “quartz crisis”, King Seiko ceased production when the manufacturing line of mechanical watches in Daini Seikosha’s factory closed in 1975. 

Finally, in 2022, Seiko revived the “King Seiko” name, positioning a new line of watches a short step above the “Presage” collection. The SPB283 was among the first watches released with the “King Seiko” badge displayed on the dial, in an otherwise straightforward modern reinterpretation of the King Seiko dress/sport watches of the 1960s.

Powered by a slim 6R31 movement (70 hours of power reserve) and featuring a 12.1mm case thickness, 43.6mm lug-to-lug, and 37mm diameter, the new line of King Seiko watches are both wearable as dress watches or everyday sports functions, especially with a 100m water resistance. 

Whether Seiko will continue to build out the line with even higher grade movements like the “Hi-Beat” models of the past is yet to be seen, but it’s definitely an exciting time to be a Seiko fan with the return of the “King”.

Retail Price: $1,700

In Conclusion

No matter your use case or aesthetic preference, within Seiko’s historic and storied catalog is a rugged and reliable watch for you. We’ve presented a varied list of options across the price spectrum representative of what Seiko does best. And they’re all fully mechanical automatic watches, despite the brand’s popularity for its quartz offerings. What watch do you choose?

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