In a world where we’ve all got a smartphone or a tablet that informs us of the time as well as organize out entire daily lives, you would think the traditional wrist watch may have long been forgotten. While we’re all for embracing technology here at Male Extravaganza, we believe that a classic watch will never go out of fashion and should always be a chaps staple accessory.
Today, I’ve selected 9 formal work watches that would look grand when you’re suited and booted!
1. Uniform Wares – 203 Series
Uniform Wares are a British Watch maker with a philosophy firmly rooted in contemporary aesthetic design and functionality. The brand is synonymous for producing a modern timepieces with a modern feel and great attention to detail. My pick of the bunch is the 203 Series PVD Rose Gold / Walnut Leather featured below. This great watch has an industrial, uncluttered feel about it and is extremely versatile, easily worn at work or at home.
- High-calibre, Swiss-made ETA 3-jewel movement
- Italian calf leather strap
- Mineral crystal lens
- Fine, satin-brushed case in PVD rose gold
- Matt dial with rose appliqué markers and slick grey hands
2. Tsovet JPT-TS44
Tsovet is a brand born out of U.S. taking early influences from the sub-cultures such as boarding and also the aerospace industry, which was at the heart of Californian culture and heritage. These two industries were in no way connected. However, they were both pioneers in the development of new innovative materials and technologies, which in-turn inspired Tsovet to find better ways of manufacturing watches via unrivalled attention to detail. It was a tough choice, but my pick of the bunch is the Tsovet JPT-TS44. This watch was inspired by the precision engineering behind the scenes in performance motor-sport and the bold numerical design is superb.
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- Japanese quartz
- Aerospace-Grade stainless steel case
- Vegetable tanned leather band
- Miyota movement
- Hardened mineral crystal
- Luminescent hands
3. Mougin & Piquard x J.Crew – Grande Seconde
Mougin & Piquard are classic French watchmakers established in 1852 amongst the midst of Paris’ Belle Epoque era. The Mougin family became renowned for creating exquisitely crafted timepieces and for me there is certainly a classic French feel to their present collection. I can just imagine quaffing a fine red wine in 1920’s Paris sporting one of these grand watches. This Grand Seconde stainless steel wristwatch has been revived by J.Crew and it really is quite stunning.
- Brown leather strap, buckle fastening
- Cream face, black numerals and luminescent hands
- Swiss-made crystal quartz movement
- Stainless steel case, hand-assembled in Switzerland
- Water resistance 3ATM
4. Omega Seamaster Automatic 1961
A true vintage masterpiece. The Seamaster by Omega is the only pre-owned watch I’ve included in my selection and it certainly deserves its place. Omega first introduced the Seamaster in 1947 with the watch crafted as an elegant, durable and water-resistant watch made for the active individual. It’s the longest serving watch in Omega’s current collection with the Seamaster still being produced to this very day. My pick is this 1961 Seamaster Automatic, a beautiful, classic vintage wristwatch!
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- Swiss Movement – 24 Jewels
- Encased in Stainless Steel – Originally Stamped
- Soft Leather strap
- Daily Date Calender
- Water Resistant (30metres)
5. Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Automatic Chronograph Watch
Maurice Lacroix are relative youngsters in comparison to a number of the brands featured here so far. However, what they lack in years they make up for in sheer quality and mechanical know-how. The swiss company have a primary focus on creating fantastic chronographs and I’ve chosen this Les Classiques Automatic Chronograph Watch as my favourite. It’s one of the pricier timepieces in our selection. However, this is the kind of watch that will last a lifetime.
- Stainless Steel Casing
- Black or brown genuine calf crocodile imitation strap
- Timeless design underlined by velvety finishing
- Multiple Chronograph functions
- High spec Swiss Automatic Movement – Self winding
6. Raymond Weil Tradition Watch
More Swiss mastery, this time from Raymond Weil. Established in the mid-1970s, the brand’s core values are based on quality craftsmanship and classic, traditional styling. The Raymond Weil Mens Tradition watch featured here has a really classic, elegant feel to it; featuring black roman numerals, gold plated stainless steel casing and bracelet strap. A sophisticated, timeless watch.
- High Polished Gold-plated stainless steel casing
- Scratch resistant crystal sapphire lens
- Swiss Quartz Movement
- Black Roman numerals and hands
- Gold plated stainless steel bracelet
7. Daniel Wellington Classic St. Andrew Watch
Daniel Wellington is a brand that does not over-complicate things. Hailing from Sweden (not exactly famous for watchmaking) their men’s watches have a rich heritage surrounding them. All the straps on the watches they produce are ‘nato’ straps, stylized on watch straps from the British Navy where divers used to wear these straps over their wetsuits. The full story behind these Nato straps is an interesting read and can be found over at Daniel Wellington’s website. My choice is the classic St. Andrew Watch, a subtle piece of watchmaking that won’t break the bank.
- Quartz Japan citizen 1L22 movement
- Rose Gold casing
- Eggshell White face
- Soft Leather strap
8. Frederique Constant Slim Line Watch
Frederique Constant are Geneva-based watchmakers with precision and attention to detail at the core of their brand. They pride themselves on creating timeless watches each produced by human hand to ensure quality and a high standard of technical performance. Impressive stuff! I’ve gone for their slim line offering as I know when I’m at work I would rather have a lighter weight watch that isn’t a hindrance. This thin, sleek watch looks a great choice.
- Stainless steel casing
- Swiss quartz movement
- Sapphire crystal lens
- Dial features silver, guilloché, roman numerals
- Black calf skin leather strap
9. 88 Rue Du Rhone – Stainless Steel Chronograph
We finish off our selection with more superlatives for the swish swiss. 88 Rue Du Rhone was set up by the grandsons of Raymond Weil (featured earlier). With a family history rich in creating luxury timepieces, Elie and Pierre Bernheim set about crafting their own quality wristwatches whilst sticking to an ideal of making their brand more financially accessible. The stainless steel chronograph featured below is durable and great for everyday use whilst constructed with the finest swiss precision and technique.
- Silver stainless steel casing
- Slick white dial with arabic numerals
- 3 classic chronograph dials
- Stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp
- Water Resistant to 50 metres
Hope you enjoyed my selection of 9 of the most beautiful work watches that can easily be cataloged as timeless watches that you can rotate and wear to a dinner out, Christmas party or a charitable event. Pick your favorite and let us know in the comments below!