A dress watch is a watch meant to be more than just a timepiece. It’s a piece of jewelry often worn with dress code in mind. To many watch fans it’s also an appreciation of watchmaking as an artform.
This time we look at a selection of dress watches for men, all of which have in common that they are excellent quality, have an analog dial and are designed with dress code in mind.
What Is a Dress Watch?
Wristwatches are available in all possible shades and for all kinds of purposes. They come in a myriad of categories, let me just mention some of the categories we use here at Great Wristwatches: Automatic, Chronograph, Diving Watches, Outdoor, Quartz, Radio Controlled, Shock Resistant and more.
And then there are Dress Watches.
Dress watches are a slightly special category because they can have a wide variety of looks and expressions.
But if there is one thing that all dress watches have in common, it must be the key word “dress code”.
What does it mean a little more precisely?
This means that the watch is not only seen as a practical tool to measure time, but also as a pendant to harmonize with one’s outfit, and thus colors, shape, materials and other visual elements will play an important role.
However, the fact that appearance plays a crucial role does not mean that a Dress Watch cannot accommodate advanced technology and many complications, but often the emphasis is on the calm, stylish and laid-back expression, and this also applies to the watches we will take a look at today.
ARTICLE: What Is a Dress Watch?
Which Dress Watch to Choose?
When faced with having to choose a dress watch, one often has a particular dress code in mind and since dress code is a very personal thing, this choice will also always be very personal.
Most people who have to choose a dress watch go for a sensible balance between appearance and functionality.
In this context, it can be said that of course there is no reason to compromise on the features you want, as long as it does not go beyond the desired design.
And it’s actually not uncommon for men to want access to many features, even of a dress watch.
And it’s just a selection of this type of dress watches I want to present today.
About the Selected Watches
The watches we have selected for this article are all watches we know from experience are popular with men who want a wristwatch that can both fit into any work situation, but which can also fit into various social contexts.
We also know that men often go for dress watches with many features, so we made the selection with that in mind as well.
In addition they are generally characterized by being watches with a laid-back, almost understated style, elegant and ‘clean’ in expression.
Luxury or not, Tissot is Swiss Made and it shows in visual impression as well as build quality.
This stunning timepiece has a ‘twin brother’ (no. 2 on the list), if you will. They look so alike that anyone could mistake them for being the same watch, at least from a certain distance.
(See a detailed comparison here)
The Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 is a self-winding automatic and offers a list of great features including date, water resistance to 100 m, domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective coating and a power reserve of up to 80 hours.
It has a see-through caseback for unobstructed view of the internal parts in action.
The model shown here has a blue dial, but it is available in black too.
A closer look at this beauty won’t dissappoint you. All details have been cared for, just as you would expect from any genuine Swiss Made wristwatch.
Measurements: 40 mm x 11.5 mm.
Price Range: $500 – $750.
It is not unfair to describe the Tissot Gentleman as a simplified version of the Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80, but then again the retail price is less than half, so certain differences are only to be expected.
First of all, the Tissot Gentleman is quartz regulated and that gives you certain advantages over its mechanical counterpart including higher accuracy of the movement, a thinner watchcase and lower weight.
So if you are not a particular fan of mechanical watches, this may be the one to go for.
When you go a little closer for a comparison, it becomes clear that there has been more attention to detail on the Powermatic 80 and that is another reason for the big price difference.
However, most of the specifications are shared between the two models including the materials used.
The case is made of Stainless Steel (316L) and the crystal is made of domed scratch-resistant sapphire.
It’s also water resistant to 100 m.
See all specifications here.
Measurements: 40 mm x 8.52 mm.
Price Range: $250 – $400.
The Lineage series is often preferred because it offers a great combination of features and appearance for the price.
And why not just dive directly into the most significant features about this watch without further ado – check this out:
LED light / Solar Power / Radio-controlled / Neo-display / World Time / Stopwatch / Timer / 5 Daily Alarms / Button Tones On/Off / Multi-language / Automatic Calendar / 12/24 Hour / Sapphire Crystal / Solid Stainless Steel Case / Solid Stainless Steel Band / Safety Catch / Battery Level Indicator / WR 50 m.
A really nice thing about this model is the fact that it is radio-controlled meaning two things – Once set, it is always accurate to the second and you will never have to set it again.
And since it is also solar powered, you will never have to worry about a battery replacement either.
This is the kind of watch you wear or not wear and that’s all you have to think about!
Measurements: 43.8 mm x 9.4 mm.
Price Range: $200 – $300.
With this model you get virtually everything you can possibly squeeze into a dress watch without it loosing its ability to be a dress watch.
This includes Atomic Time, Solar Power, WR to 50 m, Fluorescent Hands, LED backlight, Alarms, Timer, Stopwatch, Worldtime, Auto Calendar and more.
Because of the two discreete LCD displays you can set the watch in many combinations to show you the exact information you need without pushing any buttons.
It feels appropriate to mention that the image shown here really doesn’t do justice to the actual appearance of this watch.
A beautiful timepiece and one of the most popular models at Great Wristwatches.
Measurements: 42.8 mm x 11.6 mm.
Price Range: $150 – $200.
The Wave Ceptor series is legendary and has been around for decades. This popular series is a line of radio-enabled watches by Casio that synchronise with radio time signals broadcast by various government time services around the world.
These signals transmit the time measured by atomic clocks accurate to one second in millions of years! Amazing, but true.
The synchronization process takes place on daily basis always ensuring your watch to show you the correct time.
And if the radio receiver should skip a day or two (happens rarely), the quartz crystal takes over. Very convenient if you are on vacation in a region out of range of the atomic clock transmitters.
(Read more about which regions are covered here)
Compared to the Lineage series by Casio, Wave Ceptor models are often cheaper, but offering the same features, so that may be a good reason to check out this series before making a decision.
Measurements: 43 mm x 13 mm.
Price Range: $90 – $160.
This line is more expensive than Casio’s other lines, but for a good reason.
Generally they are built better and they offer several important features such as sapphire crystal, better water resistance and five-motor drive system consisting of five internal motors running independently to control dials for time, stopwatch, seconds, day of week and hours.
And this concept seem to work, just look at the Amazon ratings giving an average score of 4.9 out of 5 for this particular model!
Specifically this elegant, multi-functional marine style model offers Multiband 6, Smart Access, Solar Power, Neobrite, Sapphire Crystal, 100 m WR, Titanium Case, Solid Band, Digital Compass, World Time, Stopwatch, Countdown Timer, Daily Alarm, Low Battery Alert, Power Saving, Full Auto-Calendar, Date Display.
Simply a gorgeous watch.
Measurements: 45.8 mm x 12.5 mm.
Price Range: $700 – $900.