At some point, you’ve got to ditch the cheap watches of your youth and invest in a quality time piece instead. The best watches are ones that look good, and can stand, well—the test of time.
Here’s 20 of the best brands out there.
- Yes, Casio is a brand that conjures up images of stretchy, digital bracelets. But—despite its retro association—the collections today are decidedly modern and forward-thinking.
- Quick—think of a watch brand! Did Timex come to mind? There’s a reason for that, and its watch collection today boasts styles that are effortlessly cool in a vintage sort of way.
- Oliver Coen makes handsome, robust watches that are crafted from surgical steel. With a lifetime warranty, free repairs and replacements, you know your investment here will last.
- When the Scandinavians decide to shake things up, the result is TRIWA, which stands for ‘Transforming the Industry of Watches.’
- If you prefer sleek, classic-style watches, Mondaine makes a selection of Swiss time pieces sure to make a statement.
- Affordable aviation-inspired pieces can be found at AVI-8, a collection of watches with names like “Flyboy.”
- You may recognize the name Braun for the electric shavers it produces, but did you know they also make modern (and relatively cheap) watches? Typically priced under $200, their technicians have been crafting watches for the last 40 years.
- Wether you are making your first watch purchase, or have a few in a collection, the Seiko brand is one of the most respected watch makers out there—especially if you’re drawn to metallic and monochromatic looks.
- When the Detroit auto industry died, Shinola was born.
- Tissot is a classic brand that had the foresight to begin mass-producing its pocket watches back in the mid-1850s. Today, their watches exude simplistic and classic dials that are favored by many.
- Leave it to the Germans to find an aesthetic and stick with it. Junghans is a brand whose timelessness keeps time.
- Swatch watches might have had a moment in the 80s, but don’t discount this brand’s longevity. Made in Switzerland, their modern updates include multi-dials and black chronographic plates.
- Hipster alert: be “in the know” with Boom, a modular brand of watches.
- Uniform Wares is a brand known for its, well…lack of branding. This makes it a great choice for men preferring a simplistic and elegant look, free of logos.
- Preppy, east coast royalty finds its way into every time piece designed by Tommy Hilfiger.
- If you’re a WWII buff, you’ll enjoy the history associated with Rotary, one of the only surviving British watch companies to endure from last century to present.
- The eco-conscious consumer will appreciate the time pieces offered by the Japanese company, Citizen, which contains a line whose batteries are powered by light.
- An inserting off-shoot brand by Fossil is Skagen, which boasts a minimalistic style.
- If you’re after a pop of style, the colorful watches made by Komono deliver at a great price point.
- Only in this day and age can 22 year-old college dropouts go on to create one of the coolest brands out there—and MVMT (stands for “movement”) does not disappoint.
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