The Best-Selling Men's Watches for 2016
Welcome to our watch review site! You've made the right choice to visit. I have done my homework and extensively researched this year's watch selection. The watches I review here start at under $100 and then include some luxury pieces, but all are unbeatable values. Let me give you some ideas and suggestions on current styles and trends. If you find what you're after, go for it! It could be for yourself, a special someone, for graduation, a birthday, holiday, or for no special reason at all!
Following the table summary of models included here, you'll find my more detailed reviews. If you see a watch here that you like and want more information, simply take a look at the full lineup.
Best Men's Watches of 2016
Pro Trek PRW2500
Designed for challenging environments. Includes altimeter, barometer, compass, and thermometer.
Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
Smartphone features including phone, text, and email; 1.63-inch screen.
Formula 1 Professional Watch
$750 and up
Scratch-resistant sapphire-coated dial window. Water resistant to 660 feet.
Embossed black leather strap.
G-Shock Classic Analog-Digital
$63 and up
Waterproof, shock proof, multi-function. Great for outdoor activities.
Smartwatch for iPhone and Android
Connects to device via Bluetooth.
Ironman 100-Lap FLIX System
Easy access to split and lap times as well as workout logs. Rugged outdoors watch.
Seamaster "James Bond" Blue Dial Watch
Designed for skindiving. Water resistant to 1,000 feet.
Canteen style screw-top crown and chain.
Marine Star Mechanical Hand-Wind Automatic
Cut-out reveals working gears.
Men's II Collection Chronograph Stainless Steel
Deep cobalt blue face; water resistant to 330 feet.
Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Aquaracer Chronograph Quartz
Designed for professional divers.
Striking black dial face
What Kind of Watch Suits Me?
Since I review watches maybe you're asking, what do I wear on my wrist?
I have a TAG and a Citizen, but as a newbie collector I want them all! I think having variety and different materials when it comes to wearing a timepiece is essential for today's world.
When buying a men's watch, there are many things to consider. Honestly, most men should probably own at least three watches. But the truth is, most men prefer one watch and will wear it regardless of what they're doing.
I am a professional that works in a corporate office building. I own a watch that is thin and blends into my outfit for the day. When I take my wife out to dinner, I put on a flashier watch that says something about my personality. On the weekend, I wear a throw-around kind of watch. One that doesn't matter if I bang it against the lawnmower or take it into a pool.
When purchasing a watch, ask yourself the following questions:
- What is my price point?
Not to say you can't get a quality watch without breaking the bank, but it's important to realize that for anything with some substance of quality, you're going to have to spend at least a few hundred dollars. Don't be fooled by "nice looking" watches that are extremely cheap. They are junk and will not last. You can get a decent quality watch for well under $500. Watches sell for every price imaginable. You just have to decide where you stand.
- What materials do I prefer?
Do you like a leather band? How about a metal bracelet? Is gold your style, or stainless steel? Are you looking for a jeweled inner working 12-diamond face, or will a simple white dial do the job?
Leather bands are great. They can be formal or informal. Jewels are going to be flashy and should be contained to watches that you want to show off and flaunt yourself. White and blacks simple faces are conservative, while gold is traditional.
- Is this an investment piece?
For most of us, the answer is no. Some watches however, do go up in value. For example, it's common that a well-cared-for Rolex Daytona will hold its own and increase in value over time. On the other hand, if you're watch isn't collectible or rare, simply take care of it and know that it can last a lifetime. Perhaps it will be something you hand down to a family member or use the rest of your life.
- Am I looking for a universal watch, or several depending on the situation?
I talked about my personal situation above, but you must ask yourself this question. If you're looking for a single watch, I would recommend something conservative, yet fun. Perhaps a TAG Heuer. They are incredibly well-built, timelessly styled, and are in the middle-of-the-road when it comes to price. I would choose a dial color that suits you and stick with stainless steel links. If that's not your style, but you still want a single watch, I would go for a nice brown leather banded watch. Anything else is so situationally specific that it's hard to wear it in any setting.
- What is my personal style?
Are you flashy? Conservative? Outdoorsy? Cube dweller? Whatever your style, pick a watch that compliments it. Watches should be practical. A nightclub owner wearing a calculator watch simply will not do. You get my drift. Whatever your style, always comparison shop when choosing a watch. Personally, I'm a big Amazon shopper. There is almost any watch conceivable there, most backed by full warranties and easily returnable. What I like most is that there is no tax and shipping is generally is free or inexpensive.
Introducing the new Pro Trek PRW2500, a high-performance tool developed under the supervision of meteorologists to take on challenging environments. Like all triple sensor Pro Trek models, the PRW2500 features easy-one-touch operation of its altimeter/barometer, compass, and thermometer. A reconfigured duplex LCD provides optimal layout for information at-a-glance when you're on the go. In addition to numerical and trend graph data, unique arrow icons help to indicate characteristic barometric pressure patterns. Water resistance to 200 meters improves performance while river trekking and rafting where one would encounter strong water pressure. The addition of tide and moon graph/data provides convenient information for sea kayaking and fishing. Titanium band digital watch with black face.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
Introducing a brand-new way to stay connected. Samsung Galaxy Gear extends the smartphone experience to your wrist and keeps you updated with glance notifications, so you can keep up with calls, texts, and emails. With a brilliant 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen, this sleek, wearable device features a full-metal body design and a comfortable strap. Connect to your Galaxy smartphone via low-power Bluetooth and Galaxy Gear allows for discreet notifications, hands-free calling, music control, S Voice access and an array of exceptional features.
I have read all the reviews and thought what the heck. I bought this watch and was very pleased with my purchase. There are a lot of negative reviews that say "I wish it could do this or I wish it can do that." I wish it could take out the trash for me too, but I guess I will just have to settle for the most advanced watch ever!
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Professional
Ideal for casual attire, this TAG Heuer Men's Formula 1 Professional timepiece is a great choice for athletes thanks to the sporty titanium uni-directional bezel printed with large, silver-tone Arabic numerals in increments of five. Its impressive scratch-resistant sapphire-coated dial window reveals a black dial with silver-tone hour indicators, small minute indexes, and luminescent silver-tone hands. This watch also offers a triple-link stainless steel bracelet, date window at 3 o'clock, precise Swiss quartz movement, and water resistance to 200 meters (660 feet), which means it will stand up to the rigors of recreational scuba diving.
This is the most popular TAG on the market today. It's priced exceptionally well and is one of the longest running collections in the TAG family. You are sure to be a hit with this stylish, high quality piece from our friends at TAG.
Emporio Armani Black-Strap
A classically handsome timepiece from Emporio Armani. Embossed black leather strap and stainless steel case. Black dial with logo, silvertone Roman numerals, and subdial. Two hands. Quartz movement. Water resistant to 30 meters.
Armani. Quality. European. Elegant. Need I say more about this simply stunning piece? I love it.
Casio G-Shock Classic Analog-Digital
What's not to like about a $70 waterproof, shockproof, multi-function watch that also looks good. It's a seriously rugged-looking watch but very light-weight. An inset digital screen is controlled by a mode button that advances through the date, digital time, alarm time, stopwatch, and second time-zone functions. The screen can be back lit in a cool (really) blue light for night viewing.
This watch is great for recreational swimming and hiking. I never have to worry about the band breaking or water getting inside!
The Pebble Smartwatch connects to your iPhone or Android device via Bluetooth, so you get the information you need exactly when you need it. Designed to make your life easier, Pebble provides personalized notifications and downloadable apps to keep you in the loop when you're on the go. You can also customize with watch faces and apps to suit your personal style and interests. It features a long-lasting battery, user-friendly operation, and a screen that's readable even in bright daylight or underwater. Pebble comes with a USB charging cable and Quick Start Guide.
Pebble has a straightforward, wearable design that lets you get the information you need in just one glance. The e-Paper display is easy to read even in direct sunlight so you can always see what's going on inside or out. Lightweight and comfortable to wear, Pebble won't weigh you down when you're on the move. Its 5 ATM salt or fresh water rating means you'll still be accessible if caught in a downpour or swimming, and the scratch-resistant display can take some hard knocks while keeping its good looks. The battery conveniently lasts five to seven days on a single charge.
Pebble does more than just tell the time. It displays email, SMS, Caller ID, and other notifications from your favorite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you’re in meetings, social engagements, or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders, and notifications from apps like Facebook and Twitter. And because of its long-lasting battery life, Pebble blends in to your day-to-day activities without slowing you down while you're running, cycling, or just going about your busy schedule.
This watch is great! I love being able to try different watch faces every day. There is an app so that I can even create my own watch face. So I did. It was easy to load it on an use it. I added it to the others on my Pebble.
I'm hard of hearing. Normally I need to have my phone on a loud setting to hear it even with my hearing aids, and sometimes I don't feel the vibrating alert on my phone. Other times I have my phone in the bedroom because I don't have it with me. Nevertheless, my Pebble will vibrate and tell me who is calling. Even 30 feet away. It is totally awesome. If I want to ignore the call I just click the button on the watch.
For those of you that don't like the Pebble because they think that it looks cheap, all of my watches (except the one that I use to work in the yard) prior to this one were fancy $500+. I now wear my Pebble everywhere. I meet with executives, and often I'll show it to them and next thing they want to know what it costs and where to get it.
I also wear my Pebble running and occasionally in the shower or bath. Never a problem.
Timex Ironman 100-Lap FLIX System
Keep your sports training focused with the stylish Timex T5E231 Ironman Triathlon multi-function, performance sport digital watch. It features a dark gray resin top ring sitting upon a metallic silver case and top pusher for easy access to split and lap times.
Sport timing features include a 100-hour chronograph with lap or split option, 100-lap memory recall, 199 lap counter, on-the-fly recall of lap or split, and interval timers settable up to 24 hours (9 timers with countdown/stop and countdown/repeat). The training log stores workouts by date, best lap, average lap, and total segment times, and the total run format/synchro timer maintains total activity time (less time paused during workout and overall running time. Other features include two time zones, built-in setting reminders, water resistance to 100 meters, and a black resin strap.
It incorporates the Timex Flix system, which activates the Indiglo night-light with a simple flick of your wrist. To activate FLIX, put the watch into Night-Mode by pressing and holding the Indiglo night-light button three seconds until it beeps. With the watch in night-mode, a forward "flick" of the wrist with a sharp "stop" will activate the Indiglo night-light for three seconds.
Are you an outdoorsman? If so, this is the watch for you. There is nothing you can't do in this piece, from fishing the salty waters of Alaska to hunting birds in East Texas swamps. This watch will keep your head in check and time crisp. You will love it.
Omega Seamaster "James Bond" Blue Dial
The Omega Men's Seamaster Blue Dial Watch makes its statement with a sporty deep blue dial with luminous hands and hour markers and a calendar window that sits at the 3 o'clock. This timepiece also features quartz precision movement with rhodium-plated finish for greater precision, stability, and durability of the movement, a stainless steel case and bezel, and a stainless steel band. The blue bezel is offset with white markers and Arabic numerals. The watch also features a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal coated on the inside with anti-reflective treatment, and a calendar window at the 3 o'clock. Designed for skin diving and other water sports, the Seamaster is water resistant to 1,000 feet.
The Omega Seamaster is famous as the watch of choice for James Bond. Current ambassadors include Pierce Brosnan, Nicole Kidman, tennis player Anna Kournikova, and swimmers Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe.
Invicta Russian Diver Collection
The Russian Diver Watch by Invicta is a powerful black and silver timepiece done in a canteen style, with a screw-cap crown and chain. The luminous hands and indexes make it easy to read the time, and the adjustable buckle on the comfy band make for a good fit. Featuring large Arabic numbers and a convenient date display just under 12 o'clock, the grand 52 millimeter stainless steel case frames the black dial with the notable Russian Diver logo in place of 12 o'clock. Water resistant to 330 feet, this eye-catcher will have people noticing, especially when paired with jeans and a T-shirt.
This watch is for the man who wants a little flash. Promoted by Anold Schwarzenegger, this watch is something special and sure to stand out in the crowd.
Bulova Marine Star Mechanical Hand-Wind Automatic
The Bulova Men's Marine Star Mechanical Hand-Wind Automatic watch's black-and-silver-tone stainless steel band lends a sporty feel to this fine, automatic watch. A stainless steel case is topped by a black, coin-edge bezel. Silver-tone-and-white bezel details feature Arabic numeral and stick minute markers. A black dial offers cut-outs that form a pinwheel design to reveal the working gears of this handsome automatic timepiece. Luminescent hands and square hour indicators, as well as white stick minute markers, round out the dial. This automatic watch presents in a Bulova gift box and is water resistant to 330 feet (100 M). This is a gorgeous piece boasting unique color combination, while maintaining classic standards. I absolutely love this watch. I have worn it personally for a week while reviewing it. The weight, style, and quality makes me feel incredible while showing it off. You will enjoy it, no doubt.
Invicta Men's II Collection Chronograph
With its bold stainless steel case and stylish band, the Invicta Men's II Collection Chronograph stainless steel blue dial watch exudes attitude and experience. The watch's unidirectional segmented bezel features engraved white numbers in five minute increments, which nicely complement the deep cobalt tone of the dial. Bordered by an elegant tachymeter, the dial displays hour indicators in bright white Arabic numerals, as well as hatched minute markers. The face also features subdials with 60-second, 30-minute, and day-of-the-week functions. Luminescent arrow hands, a date window at four o'clock, and the esteemed Invicta logo round out this automatic timepiece. This watch arrives in a handsome yellow Invicta gift box and is water resistant to 330 feet.
I researched this watch initially because I was drawn to the beautiful blue face. Once I dug deeper, I found that this is actually not just a looker, but a very high quality watch. It is refined, made of high quality materials, and its water depth feature is really above par.
This might just be the watch you've been looking for and they are usually low in stock.
Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
The Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar features a titanium case and deep blue dial. The timepiece features a 1/20 second chronograph that measures up to 60 minutes, 12/24 time, dual time, alarm, date indicator, and power-saver function. Additional features include an inner calendar, which automatically adjusts to the proper date as well as leap years through the year 2100. Independent hour hand adjustment makes changing time zones simple and precise. The genuine leather strap features attractive white contrast stitching and buckle closure.
Citizen quality with a beautifully colored leather wrist strap. A lot of men go for the metal link bracelet in choosing a watch, but why? Why not choose the most classic look in history: leather! This watch screams sophistication and elegance. A must-have.
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronograph
Designed to meet the demanding criteria of professional divers, this durable and sporty watch combines precise timekeeping technology with TAG Heuer's signature prestige styling. The 41 mm brushed steel case highlights a silver dial with a full-color TAG Heuer logo and an automatic date calendar at the 4:30 position. Blue chronograph subdials at 2 and 10 o'clock display the 1/10 second counter and 12-hour counter respectively, and an additional subdial at 6 o'clock registers the seconds. Luminous hands and hour markers, a chronograph seconds hand, and a red chronograph minute hand with an arrow tip are all designed for optimal radiance and readability. The dial is framed by a unidirectional rotating bezel with an Arabic numeral scale for timing dives and other limited events. The watch presents on a handsome and brushed and polished steel link bracelet that features a double safety clasp and an extension system for divers.
TAG makes one of the highest quality watches on the market today. This is the exact watch I own and wish it could be yours also.
Presenting a classic design fused with fresh details, this Skagen Men's Titanium Watch features a dramatic black dial face, encased by a mineral dial window for extra protection. For your time-telling convenience, white Arabic numerals bring a stand-out contrast, an additional ring of Arabic numerals provide a 24-hour clock, and a handy date calendar rests at the six o'clock position. A black titanium band comes equipped with a sturdy fold-over-clasp-with-safety closure, and both the bezel and 39-millimeter case are made of ultra-durable titanium. The perfect accessory for work or for play, this striking timepiece showcases your refined taste. Powered by Japanese quartz movement, this watch is water resistant up to 99 feet and is protected by a limited-lifetime manufacturer's warranty.
Are you conservative and stylish? Do you like pieces that are subtle yet refined? You may have just found your piece. The highest quality materials go into this Skagen and it shows in every way. Truly striking.
Tell Me About What Watches You Love
Zaton-Taran from California on February 05, 2017:
Casio is a truly excellent watch - I am quite happy to see Invicta watches well-represented up here with their Russian Diver. Invicta Venom Relogio is my favorite. It's a bit pricey though...http://pinstor.us/2014/04/22/quality-invicta-watch...
Noah hart on November 03, 2016:
I personally like Casio and think I will use them as my inspiration for my new watch company. Following this guide at howdoistartit.com/start-watch-company/ if anyone is interested in starting their own or designing a watch
riyaz on May 10, 2016:
kksabahguy on April 03, 2014:
I am a big fan of Invicta Grand Diver Automatic Watches, They look and feel nice, well constructed and affordably low cost for the kind of workmanships and quality. Undoubtedly, very good value for money in this watch collection.
Rob Hemphill from Ireland on October 21, 2013:
A good collection of watches with useful information on each, thanks for sharing.
OliveHouse (author) on June 03, 2013:
@anonymous: Sure - it's a Rolex Submariner
anonymous on May 30, 2013:
I like the very first picture you have at the opening paragraph near the big W. Can you please let me know which one is that?
OliveHouse (author) on January 05, 2013:
@anonymous: Love them...very sophisticated!
anonymous on January 05, 2013:
What are your thoughts on the RADO collection?
anonymous on December 17, 2012:
seosmm on December 16, 2012:
Nice selection. Great gift ideas!
LongoriaVenus on December 05, 2012:
No Casio? :(However nice collection.
anonymous on November 26, 2012:
we love watches...
anonymous on October 12, 2012:
Fantastic collection of beautiful watches
anonymous on August 29, 2012:
Nice selection of mens Watches.
kaposzta on August 16, 2012:
anonymous on August 05, 2012:
what about the swiss legend neptune is awesome
HughSmulders LM on May 24, 2012:
This collection should be named "Shut up and take my money!" Cool watches
OliveHouse (author) on May 11, 2012:
I'm not going to write lenses anymore....this is incredible: http://www.facebook.com/groups/readybuiltdownline
anonymous on March 30, 2012:
anonymous on March 23, 2012:
Bulova ~ Precisionist ~ So beautiful...I am an intermediate collector and have started to dwindle my selectivenes to simpler face designs. I have a few watches with all of the dials and whistles and they are beautiful too...But ever since buying my first Bulova a few weeks ago that had a very elegant simple face I am caught in a tailspin of sorts in this area. The new Bulova Precisionist I just purchased is the dual gold and silver face with the very nice sweeping second hand...Love it.
anonymous on February 27, 2012:
Luminox makes great watches!
Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on February 15, 2012:
They are all great, I can't choose only one... But I can add old slogan made for Russian watches: They are fast and accurate!Little off the subject, but fun;-)
sheezie77 on January 20, 2012:
nice collection! well done!
watchdog1920 on November 14, 2011:
i really liked this. great info! especially for me that love watches.
JoeSteinbeck on August 31, 2011:
I really don't like the leather band style - is that still in? Some nice watches aside from that, though.
gogolf162 on July 11, 2011:
Great lens. I like the round and silver style watch like the TAG featured here.
christopherlee lm on July 04, 2011:
Good Len, I think TAG and Citizen are not too bad to with.
menskincaretips on May 31, 2011:
awesome lens! I haven't worn a watch in years! Great choices here to buy one again!
TShirtFrank on February 13, 2011:
Cool lens, thanks for the information, one can never have to many watches!
anonymous on February 11, 2011:
I'm a big fan on the Aqua Master watch. Definitely on my list for the holidays next year!
Oracle Post on January 07, 2011:
these watches look so professional, thanks!
anonymous on December 03, 2010:
I love IWC but can not afford one with 4 kids. maybe a retirement gift to myself someday.
george185 lm on November 21, 2010:
What? No calculator watches.
imacy ray82 on November 01, 2010:
The Tag Heuer calibre 5 gives great value for the professional diver. I really like the calibre collections
ZablonMukuba on October 30, 2010:
great selection of watches, i love Tag heuer watches
Amarant LM on October 18, 2010:
Great lens! I should send it to my wife to give her an idea for my next christmas present :-)
anonymous on August 17, 2010:
excellent seller! although they sent me a wrong manual of operation. overall, im very pleased with what i bought. i hope that they send me a new manual for my watch. Best Ladies Luxury Watches
anonymous on July 28, 2010:
I love watches`as well. It is hard to find watches for $100.00 or less. I have a few watches in this price range at www.jenagio.com. Good luck in your watch finding pursuit.
texancouple on April 18, 2010:
Bought my first Tag from you - It's PERFECT thank you!!!