Watches serve not only the functional purpose of telling the time but also as a statement of your style and what you represent as a person. Your watch can indicate whether you are athletic, refined, or minimalist, so it’s important to think about what you want your watch to say about you before you make the purchase, especially as some watches can be quite expensive – running into thousands of dollars.
Unlike the rest of your wardrobe, your watch is something you will likely wear every day. It will be accompanying you to the office, the gym, and when you go out for the evening. It needs to fit your life, but also your style. With so many models to choose from, finding your perfect watch can be a minefield, so we have carefully selected the 20 best watches for office wear, for a range of styles and budgets.
This stainless steel watch features a gray dial with a sunray design, giving it an interesting edge without being too obvious or showy. The black strap is made of calfskin leather, which will be more comfortable for daily wear than man-made alternatives or metal. It features quartz movement and an analog display, giving it a very sophisticated style.
From a purely aesthetic point of view, the Tommy Hilfiger Sport Luxury Watch is stylish and slick, while also being understated. It looks solid and classic in monochromatic colors and could easily be worn with any number of colored suits or shirt and tie combos in the office.
The watch is waterproof up to 50 meters. It is recommended, however, that the leather strap doesn’t get wet. At a little over $70, it is very reasonably priced and looks more expensive than it actually is.
This classic casual watch from Tissot is a mid-range priced watch at a little under $500. It features a stainless steel case, stainless steel strap, and stainless steel bezel. The luminescent hands and markers make it easy to see the time even in low light, and the 80-hour power reserve will make sure that you won’t be left with a dead watch once the battery runs down.
With a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face, this watch oozes elegance and classic appeal while still being discreet. It would make an ideal gift for any man as its style is timeless and suited to any age.
Priced at a little under $1,500, this watch is a little costly, but you will be saving yourself a lifetime worth of watch batteries. Thanks to the clever science inside this watch, it will never need a battery. The Japanese quartz movement is powered by light, and, therefore, will continue to keep time as long as it is allowed out of its box and into the light.
Water-resistant to 660 feet, this Citizen watch has a sporty style that would work perfectly in an office setting or out on the road. With a few green accents and a black leather calfskin strap, this watch looks classic but with a modern edge. It also benefits from a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty.
This luxury watch from Breitling is perfect for those who like to showcase their individuality. The watch is a limited edition with only 500 ever being made of this design. At the cost of approximately $8,300, this watch is rather expensive, but any watch admirer will know that this is an investment piece that will stand the test of time and likely be enjoyed for generations.
With 47 jewels, a brown leather crocodile patterned strap, and a blue-green face, this watch has a slightly nautical feel. The face color is reminiscent of the deep ocean, and the chunky stitching detail on the strap brings to mind yacht clubs and boating.
The look of the watch is extravagant while still being very tasteful, perfect for a gentleman’s office attire or special occasion wear.
This white gold timepiece is simple and elegant and will suit anyone who appreciates fine quality and refined style. With a genuine black crocodile leather strap and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face cover, this Longines watch is stunning in a classic design. The plain white face with white gold markings is subtle and stylish. It would look effortless and sophisticated on the wrist of any professional.
This stainless steel smartwatch from Pulsar features two metallic tones of silver and gold, making it classic and easy to wear with any color outfit. The shiny teal face is simple in design and features a day and date window, which can be adjusted with the winder.
Water-resistant to 50 meters, this watch would work perfectly both in an office setting as well as in the gym or at the swimming pool after work.
This gents stainless steel timepiece has a classic Omega look. It features a broad linked steel bracelet with a fastening clasp that is timeless and sophisticated in style. The blue-colored second-hand stands out against the dark face of the watch, giving it a modern twist.
Considering the high-end brand of this watch and the history associated with Omega watches, the Seamaster Aqua Terra is relatively inexpensive at just under $4,000.
U-boat watches have a unique style that could be categorized as modern nautical. The funky and functional style of this piece is sure to get you noticed in the office or out on the town.
The chunky design is likely to appeal to younger professionals with a distinct sense of identity. The brown calfskin strap has a rustic finish, lending itself to both a casual office look and complementing smart casual attire when away from work.
This classic Casio G-Shock offers a robust case designed to work with an active wearer. If you want your watch to carry you from the office through a weekend rock climbing or canoeing trip, this watch is a great all-rounder. The black styling is simple, but also timeless and elegant.
Water-resistant to 200 meters and designed to be shock-resistant, this watch is very cost-effective at under $80. It will last a lifetime.
This stylish timepiece has an androgynous and European look. The slim case and low profile strap will appeal to those who appreciate a clean and understated design. The German manufacturing of the ‘Max Bill’ ensures precision timekeeping and functional use.
This steel timepiece can complete the look of any suit or casual outfit. It falls into the mid-price range at just under $500.
Patek Philippe is renowned for making beautiful and extravagant watches. They are a collector’s dream, and wearing one shows that you are a real connoisseur of the watch world. Perhaps not as obvious as a Rolex, this stunning Calavatra is finished in 18-carat rose gold, perfect for a person who loves the finer things in life.
As with many Pateks Philippes, the automatic mechanical movement can be viewed through the transparent case back, showing the effort and precision that goes into making this one of the most sought-after timepieces in the world.
This U.S.-made unisex Shinola has an all-American look with a retro edge and feel. It features a 42-mm stainless steel case and a Super-LumiNova™ three-hand analog display with Argonite 705.3 quartz movement. The contrast between the black face, brown leather strap, stainless steel case, lugs, and winder create a visually appealing watch that fits in with any wardrobe.
HUGO BOSS Men’s ‘Copenhagen’ Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch, Color: Black (Model: 1550055)
This Hugo Boss delivers style in abundance. It features a striking design with contrasting black and red coloring, which is sure to appeal to those who like to stand out from the crowd. At under $80, the ‘Copenhagen’ is an inexpensive watch that creates a statement without breaking the bank.
Lacoste Mens 2010900 MOON
What’s not to love about this beautiful Lacoste watch? The stainless steel mesh strap creates a high-end look while also being comfortable and durable. The dial offers a contrasting color to the stainless steel case, which will complement a crisp gray, blue, or black suit paired with a blue or white shirt. The classic design is simple to read and functional. This nice watch is also splash-resistant.
Nixon Porter Leather A1058
This contemporary styled Nixon Porter watch benefits from a custom leather strap and Miyota Japanese quartz movement. It features an unusual burgundy colored face, a gunmetal case, and a chunky design. Wearers of this quartz watch love the oversized case and the statement it makes. First developed by surfers who wanted to be able to see the watch face easily while out on the waves, Nixon watches all share a large and bold look.
This Swiss-made watch oozes history and tradition. The silver and rose gold automatic mechanism can be viewed through the transparent 39-mm sapphire glass case, adding an extra layer of interest to the watch. At under $275, this Rotary skeleton watch is a great buy for anyone looking for a reliable and well-made timepiece with elements of style that set it apart as being unique.
The clean lines of this Fossil watch give it a contemporary feel. With a low profile stainless steel case, golden-colored hands, and a teal blue dial, this watch has broad appeal. It is the perfect accompaniment to any office wear outfit, benefitting from both a minimal and a sophisticated look.
As probably the most well-known luxury watchmakers on the planet, no ‘best watch’ list would be complete without a Rolex. This 18-karat yellow gold watch is sure to turn heads, being as much a piece of jewelry as it is a timekeeper. The champagne face blends in seamlessly with the yellow gold of the wrist strap, giving it a sleek look. At just under $28,000, this watch is an investment, destined to be a permanent prized possession of the wearer.
This casual Hamilton watch is U.S.-made, water-resistant to 50 meters, and features a brown leather strap with chunky white stitching. The broad stainless steel case lends itself to a retro feel, which will be popular with both younger and older generations.
This elegant Accurist watch will carry you through days at the office to evenings at fancy restaurants. Despite costing under $85, this watch will not look out of place among more expensive timepieces, thanks to its simple yet classic design and its sophisticated style. In silver and black, it is uncomplicated and timeless, perfect for wearing in any situation.