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Are you looking for a sporty chronograph watch to track your time at the gym? Or an outdoor field watch with a compass that’ll point you in the direction of home? Or are you just after a watch to make your friends jealous?
Whatever you’re after, find out in our comprehensive guide to men’s watches and style.
Men’s wristwatches are (you guessed it) worn on the wrist. It seems obvious now, but it was a big shift from pocket watches back in the day. Read more about the story of pocket watches here.
Wrist watches come in many different styles such as field watches, chronographs, aviator watches, dress watches, sports watches and digital watches. And with watch strap materials such as leather, nylon, rubber and stainless steel.
We use stainless steel to construct the cases of most of our wristwatches. This strong metal makes each watch resistant to corrosion, discolouring and tarnishing.
And with colours like black, silver or gold, you can have the look of a men’s gold watch or men's silver watch without the matching price tag.
Men’s pocket watches are classic timepieces that have survived the passing of trends. Always stylish, never outdated, pocket watches are an essential piece of kit for any man.
Our selection of pocket watches includes hard-wearing materials like 316L stainless steel and scratch-resistant sapphire glass, design features like skeleton dials, automatic and quartz movement, and a range of pocket watch chains.
A men’s skeleton watch strips away the face of the watch and gives you a front-row seat to the movement. Most skeleton watches for men include manual or mechanical movement.
If self-winding doesn't sound like fun, check out the range of skeleton watches with automatic movement. Every move you make creates timekeeping power.
Not sure what to look for when buying a skeleton watch? We’ve answered the 4 most-often-asked questions here to help you get started.
Every watch comes with a water-resistance rating marked on the case back (or dial). This level of water-resistance is written in ATM (atmospheric pressure).
- 1 ATM / 10 meters – This watch can handle a drizzle.
- 3 ATM / 30 meters – This timepiece can easily cope with rain and splashes of water.
- 5 ATM / 50 meters – This watch is safe to wear in the shower or during a short swim in shallow water.
- 10 ATM / 100 meters – This watch is water-resistant except for deep diving.
- 20 ATM / 200meters – This watch is safe for any underwater activity. Go find Nemo.
An oversized dial bulging out of your sleeve is uncomfortable, and a delicately small dial makes it hard to read the time (and it’ll make your wrist look massive).
If you’re a bigger man with a large wrist, buy a watch with a wider dial (between 42 mm and 50 mm). For smaller gents with thin wrists, go for men’s watches with smaller dials (around 40 mm or smaller).
Watch Case Diameter
- Small Watch Cases – 34 mm
- Mid-Size Watch Cases – 34 mm - 38 mm
- Standard Men’s Watch Cases – 39 mm - 42 mm
- Oversized Watch Cases – 43 mm - 46 mm
- Attention-Grabbing Watch Cases – Anything over 47 mm
The thickness of a watch case has a lot to do with its design and movement. Manual and automatic watches require more space than quartz watches. Complications and added features like those on men’s field and sport watches also impact the size.
For men, consider the size of your arm/wrist and what you’ll wear with your watch. If you’re wearing a suit or jacket, your watch should be thin enough to slide under your cuff.
The length of a watch strap depends on your wrist size and is usually listed with 2 measurements – the length of the long section of strap and the length of the short section (the one with the buckle).
On average, watch strap length is expressed in millimetres, for example – 120/70 mm.
When it comes to choosing strap length, use this quick guide below:
- 6.0 - 6.5” wrist (15.0 - 16.4 cm) = 120/70 mm strap
- 6.6 - 7.0” wrist (16.5 - 17.8 cm) = 125/75 mm strap
- 7.1 - 7.5” wrist (17.9 - 19.0 cm) = 130/80 mm strap
- 7.6 - 8.0” wrist (19.1 - 20.3 cm) = 135/80 mm strap
- 8.1 - 8.5” wrist (20.4 - 21.6 cm) = 140/85 mm strap
- 8.6 - 9.0” wrist (21.7 - 22.9 cm) = 145/90 mm strap
Need a quick style upgrade for your gold-tone stainless watch before you head out this weekend? Swap the metal watchband for one made from genuine leather.
From soft leather to moisture-wicking NATO straps, check out our growing selection of watch straps and give your favourite watch the update it deserves.
For a quick change, shop for watch straps with easy-release pins. To install, simply move the pins, visible on the underside of the watch band, inwards and click the strap in place. That's it!
There are 3 types of watch movements – manual, automatic and quartz. Both manual (self-winding) and automatic movement fall under the category mechanical movement.
To find out whether a watch has quartz or mechanical movement, observe the second hand. Mechanical watches have a smooth, sweeping motion, while the second hand of a quartz watch has a choppy, ticking motion.
Mechanical watches contain no electronics and function solely from the mechanical energy stored from the winding process.
Inside the watch, a spring is wound tightly and operates for 1 to 5 days or until it winds down. There are 2 kinds of mechanical watches: manual and automatic.
- The manual mechanical watch is wound up by turning the crown on the side of the watch.
- The automatic mechanical watch gets its energy from your movement.
The first timepieces crafted in the 16th century featured mechanical movement – batteries had not been invented yet.
The next 500 years saw continuing improvements in mechanical movement until the 1970s and 80s when quartz watches started replacing mechanical ones in the ‘Quartz Crisis’ or ‘Quartz Revolution’.
Quartz movement watches rely on the energy derived from the vibrations of a quartz crystal that oscillates in a specific and precise interval. That interval is what makes the second hand move in a choppy manner instead of a clean sweep (like a mechanical watch).
There are several reasons why most men’s watches are made with quartz movement:
- Quartz movement is accurate.
- Quartz watches are cheaper to make.
- The inner workings of quartz watches need much less space than manual watches and aren’t as thick.
Chronometer describes the precision of a watch being accurate enough to be used for celestial navigation by mariners.
A chronograph watch functions as a stopwatch. A must-have to make every second count.
A tachymeter is a watch function that measures speed and requires good math skills for accuracy.
Adding a personalised engraving to your watch means that your timepiece will do more than just tell the time – it will also tell your story.
Explore our selection of men’s engravable watches to find your next timepiece or the perfect gift for dad for Father’s Day, birthday or Christmas. Looking for the best gift idea for your male friend? Engrave a watch with his initials and win the title of ‘best gift-giver ever’. It’s a real title. We promise.
Our designs, choices of interchangeable watch straps and personalised engraving options make each of our watches better equipped to express your true story.
Shop our ever-growing collection of watches for men to find the one you’ve been searching for.
Your watch collection deserves to be protected in a watch box that not only keeps it safe from dust, moisture and envious friends… but also looks good.
When it’s time to organise your collection and store your watches in one place, a watch case made from real wood and padded with soft velvet is the answer.
We stock cases that hold everything from 24 watches for the true collector to travel-ready cases for the gentleman who travels.