When it comes to telling time in 2017, it's safe to say that most people just use their smartphone. Here's the thing though, while your iPhone is undoubtedly a great convenience, it doesn't exactly transcend generations the way a great watch does. A powerful watch should be a staple piece in every man's wardrobe, that's a fact. There's something pretty boss about walking into a business meeting or a nerve-wrecking first date wearing a kickass timepiece, ya know what I mean?
Of course, just like every man's style of dress is different, so is the perfect watch. What works for one guy won't necessarily work for them all. Yes, yes, there are those classic pieces that suit most lifestyles, but generally speaking it's only fair to offer a variety of options — from luxury to sportswear and everything in between we've got the 10 best men's watches on the market right now. Remember, Gentlemen — this is an investment! Keep that in mind when you catch the price tag!
Best timeless classic
- This heritage watch with a fabric strap will always be on time and on trend. One to pass down the generations, we guarantee it’ll be on your great, great grandson’s wrist years from now. — $70.69, accurist.co.uk
Best technology watch
- This square grid has 110 letters which tells you the date and time in actual words. Think a little less Joey Essex and a lot more Mark Zuckerberg. — $600.86, Biegert & Funk at panik-design.com
Best diving watch
- We’re almost certain the legendary scuba diver Jacques Cousteau would approve of Citizen’s Promaster. Strap it on, jump in and see it’s rapid ascent alarm to 200m deep. — $741.06, citizenwatch.com
Best luxury watch
- Every man should aspire to join the Maurice Lacroix club. Producing over 90,000 tickers a year doesn’t mean they scrimp on crafting the crème de le crème. — $4,111.74 Maurice Lacroix at jurawatches.co.uk
Best sports watch
- Boss it like Beckham in Luminox’s 3057.WO; its mineral crystal face and double-gasket crown features will have you feeling like you earn £15K a week. — $348.73, Luminox at watchshop.com
Best driving watch
- Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic backs the brand, making Seiko a label for champions. This one’s not just a pretty face – it’s power saving and anti-reflective.— $352.27 seiko.co.uk
Best for simplicity
- These Swiss watchmakers have been crafting wrist clocks since 1951. With an all black watch and Helvetica font, you can't go wrong. — $382.90, Mondaine at watchshop.com
Best for under $100
- Storm excels when it comes to slick link watches, and the Baron makes no exceptions. The futuristic design with a see-through face will set you apart from the crowd. — $70.68, stormwatches.com
Best survival watch
- You say adventure brand, we say Victorinox. The brains behind the original army knife celebrates its 130th birthday by releasing the toughest timepiece in town. — $387.61, Victorinox at johnlewis.com
Best work watch
- Swatch is breaking its mould good ‘n proper, not just for neon plastic watches – now the brand has a credible collection of leather strap designs. — $123.71, Swatch at swatchshop.com
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
When German locksmith, Peter Henlein, invented the portable clock in the 16th century, we bet he wouldn’t have recognised the wrist pieces on the market today. With all the bells, whistles and dials, here’s how to know your way round a modern watch.
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