Dress Watches For Men

At one time, all watches were dress watches. Today – especially in the Western world – most men prefer sport watches. The shift in timepiece preferences likely hearkens to an overall shift in what is considered “masculine,” as well as what people feel is acceptable workplace attire. When a man was expected to dress up in a suit, it was logical for him to wear a dress watch. Today things are different and you will often either find men wearing more causal clothing or matching a sports watch with more formal attire.

But nothing matches with formal attire better than a sophisticated dress watch, the best of which we like to call “tuxedo watches.” These pieces are extremely refined and often come in mostly monochromatic colors – ideal for wearing with a tuxedo.

When choosing a nice dress watch, brand pedigree and design elegance are the most important things to look for. You want a clean looking legible dial, with perhaps some decoration, as well as a good brand name to go with it.

A good place to starting looking for a reasonably priced dress watch is Baume & Mercier in their Classima Executives collection. Designed to be “interesting” dress watches these mechanical timepieces aim to enhance your attire and not bore people. The 8689 version of the watch has an “open heart” view to the mechanical escapement and comes in a 42mm wide steel case with black or silver dial. The centre of the dial is decorated and the face is fitted with elegant thin hands and easy to see hour markers.

With a similar look, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 automatic takes this concept to the next level. Based on vintage designs from the 1960’s this gorgeous collection makes for a perfect tuxedo watch in its 38mm wide 18k white gold case. The dial is very minimalist but extremely elegant. Thin leaf-shaped hands dance over svelte baton hour markers. Inside the watch is a very handsome in-house made Girard-Perregaux movement and the watch is matched to a thin alligator strap.