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With a booming market in men’s watches there is so much choice on the market. But this is good news!  Your new stylish watch doesn’t have to cost the same as a small studio flat to look good.

Notice that the word “should” is in quotes.  We should all be so lucky to own one or two watches that we really like in our lifetime and some guys don’t even like wearing a watch.  But even if you rely on your mobile phone for timekeeping there’s no denying a good watch looks great on your wrist

Whether you’re looking for sleek, minimal, something scuba-appropriate or casual – you can easily get your” timeless timepiece” for under £500.

Here’s our guide to the four watch styles that should be on your dresser.

Whatever your style or choice, there are some fundamental factors which should influence your choices when purchasing.

  • The Movement:  Mechanical/Automatic movements run on springs and gears.  No battery is needed and they’re favoured by purists due to the artistry it takes to create each watch.  Quartz movements are usually less expensive and require a battery, unless they’re a solar powered quartz movement or a “kinetic” style which use an oscillating weight to generate the electricity needed.
  • The Crystal:  This is the transparent window that protects the hands and dial.  In general, Sapphire , Mineral or Acrylic (in that order)as  Sapphire is the most expensive and scratch resistant of the three.
  • Water Resistance:  The larger the number the wetter it can get (ie 50m is less water resistant than 200m.)  100m can handle snorkeling, so unless you’re a diver, watches with that rating should meet your needs.

And so, onto the styles.  Building a watch collection around these four should ensure you always have the right option for your wrist.

#1. The Lower Glare Stainless Band

If you’re going to buy only one watch, this classic dive style is probably the one to get.  There’s no leather that requires matching with your belt and shoes, and as long as it doesn’t get too aggressive, you can pull it off with a suit for less formal occasions.  To avoid looking too bling keep the shine on the links to a minimum, and know that smaller and more intricate links, can end up looking more like a bracelet and less like a watch.  You want some toughness in there.

#2. The Suit Worthy Black Leather Chronograph or Multi Function

Although the male style community now seems to favour brown leather dress shoes, plenty of us default to black when we dress up.  Well shined black shoes with a grey suit has a sharp, utilitarian, anti-dandy feel.  Look for a silver or black dial chronograph to match.  Steer clear of chunky rotating bezels which, can look too casual and a  chrono alone makes it easier to dress down with a sweater and jeans.

This section should of course also include the most perfect black tie watch with a beautiful throwback case shape featuring oversized, stainless steel lugs, a crocodile-effect leather strap and classic Roman numerals.

#3. The Brown Leather Contrast Dial

Look for dials that are either black, cream, silver, or white.  Blue works great too.  Many brown strap watches come with a matching brown dial.  That’s a ton of brown and it can look a little too much like a couch from the 1970s.  Black and brown can in fact go together  – take beer for example!

#4. The Rubber Strap Casual

The funny thing about a rubber strap is that it’ll often look fine with any belt/shoes combination.  Brown boots, black watch strap?  Sure. Don’t forget you could opt for a half-camo/half-woven leather strap.  Along with your stainless steel watch, you shouldn’t have any problems getting this one wet, dirty, and more or less beating it to death.  A watch with personality!  But don’t get too carried away with extra dials and buttons.  This watch should look just as good with your suit as it will with your gym shorts.