What is a dress watch? It’s a graceful timepiece that quietly enhances a business suit or formal wear. Think: analog, thin, and traditional. It should never scream for attention nor appear bulky under your suit. But just because a good dress watch is discreet, that doesn’t mean it can’t be a delight to behold. Below are five of the best dress watches for men under $2,000.
If your hallmark style is subtle elegance, this Baume & Mercier automatic might be just the piece for you. The watch features a simple silver-tone square case and matching stainless steel bracelet. A sunray black dial highlights the graceful luminous leaf hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. The minute markers around the rim blend discreetly into the background and an unobtrusive date display is featured a 3 o’clock. The watch does offer one splash of boldness: the square seconds subdial at 6 o’clock features a blood-red 60 second marker. Overall, this is a stylish dress watch that also works for less formal occasions.
Frederique Constant’s slim line dress watch is all traditional, confident style – offers an unusual twist. The watch features a rose gold-tone case, stick hour indices and hands, all of which are set off beautifully by a clean white dial. The subdial positioned at 6 o’clock is a playful surprise, marking the date with Arabic numbers, and the entire face is protected by scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Time is kept accurately with Swiss automatic movement and a 42-hour power reserve. The chocolate-brown, croc-embossed leather band with buckle completes the elegant look.
Baume & Mercier have an endless array of sophisticated dress watches, but this one particularly stands out for its handsome looks and excellent value. Set in a round stainless steel case, this automatic watch has a guilloche silvered dial with a partial open dial at 12 o’clock. A subdial at 6 o’clock indicates time remaining on the power reserve. Sleek leaf-style hands point to the Roman numeral hour markers featured at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock and Arabic minute markers that surround the outer ring. The black leather band has a crocodile pattern and closes with a deployant clasp. It’s a stunning watch for special occasions, but also suitable for business wear.
Ordinarily, a dress watch shouldn’t stand out, but an exception can be made for an excellent skeleton watch. This one by Oris should get a pass. The automatic timepiece flaunts a fixed stainless steel bezel and a partial skeleton dial protected by scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The skeleton is surrounded by a silvered outer ring, which features applied stick hour indices and luminous hands. Adding to the classy look is a brown leather band with a crocodile pattern and tang clasp.
This elegant TAG Heuer Carrera is the dress version of the famous racing-inspired sports watch. This Swiss-made timepiece features a stainless steel case, with a beautiful transparent case back. Its silvered dial features dual time with 12-hour stick indices around the inner ring, and Arabic numerals for the 24-hour markers on the outer. The slender baton hands are luminous, as are the hour markers. A date display is featured at the 3 o’clock position. Powered by automatic movement, the watch has a 42-hour power reserve and is water resistant to 330 feet. The dark brown strap is made of synthetic croc-embossed leather and has deployment push clasp with buckle closure.