Top 50 Best Manly Drinks For Men – The Men’s Bar Guide
Drink whatever you’d like..
Have a cosmo for all I care. No judgement here. The point of this guide is to simply give you more options at the bar!
If you want some manly drink suggestions, you’re in luck. This is without a doubt, the best men’s guide on the planet.
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1. Irish Car Bomb
The name of this drink references the many car bombings that took place during the Troubles in Ireland, in which many people were hurt or killed. For this reason, some bartenders will refuse to make it. You may even be asked to leave. To avoid offense, ask for this drink by ingredients in unfamiliar establishments.
- 3/4 pint Guinness® stout
- 1/2 shot Bailey’s® Irish cream
- 1/2 shot Jameson® Irish whiskey
2. Whiskey Smash
Fans of the mint julep may want to sample this citrus-heavy cocktail. Mint, lemon, whiskey and simple syrup come together to make for a refreshing drink that’s perfect for summer. Using Maker’s Mark will add to the sweetness, while an option such as Old Forester will add more of a spicy undertone.
- 7 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lemon half
- 1 tbsp simple syrup (try this one from Master of Mixes)
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- Crushed ice
3. Whiskey On The Rocks
While no one is quite sure when whiskey was first produced, there is evidence of it in Mesopotamia dating back to 2,000 BC. Monastic records from the 13th century also show that monks made whiskey and used it medicinally, for ailments ranging from smallpox to colic.
- 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
- Ball of ice
4. Traditional Absinthe
Absinthe was once banned in the US and many European nations for being a dangerous psychoactive drug that was addictive, due to thujone content. In 2007, the FDA allowed absinthe to be sold once more, providing it is thujone-free, as it was found no more dangerous than any other spirit.
- 1 sugar cube
- Ice-cold water
5. Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is the ‘Prince Albert in a Can’ of the drinking world. The hoax of asking the unawares if they’ve seen Tom Collins and that he could be found in the bar around the corner began circulating in 1874 and immortalized the sweet ‘gin and lemonade’ cocktail.
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- 1 tsp superfine sugar (for example Judee’s Superfine Caster Baker’s Sugar)
- 3 oz club soda
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 slice orange
6. Gin Gimlet
As with many drinks, tastes have changed over time. In the 1953 novel The Long Goodbye it is described as being half gin and half lime juice. Others insist it is proper to add soda water. The same ratios are also used to make gimlets with vodka, which became popular in the 40s and survives today.
- 2 ounces London dry gin
- 2/3 ounce Rose’s lime juice
Popularized in movies in the 1940s and 1950s, a stinger is comprised of creme de menthe and brandy. Alternatively, using green creme de menthe yields a Green Hornet. Vodka stingers were mentioned on the popular television show Family Guy, introducing another generation to this popular variant.
- 1 1/2 oz brandy
- 1/2 oz white creme de menthe
Often credited as a Boilermaker with a twist, a Steam Roller mixes steam beer, rye whiskey, lemon juice and both elderflower and cherry liqueurs. The result is a pleasant and somewhat fruity taste that packs a punch. It’s a great recipe if you don’t particularly care for the taste of straight whiskey in your beer.
- 1 oz liqueur (St-Germain elderflower)
- 1 oz lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1 oz rye whiskey
- 1/2 oz kirschenliqueur (Heering)
- 1 twists (lemon)
- 12 ozs beer (steam, such as Anchor Steam, chilled)
In the United States, this blend of cider and lager is quite common. This was cause for a minor diplomatic kerfuffle when President Bill Clinton traveled to the United Kingdom and ordered one at a North Yorkshire pub. The owner refused to draw him one, saying it was illegal to do so. However, no such law exists.
- 8 oz. hard cider
- 8 oz. stout beer
Claimed by the world-class Ritz Hotel in Paris, this mixture of orange liqueur, cognac and lemon juice is also claimed by the the Buck’s Club in London. No matter who thought of it first or what composition is preferred, it is also quite similar to the earlier and lesser-known Brandy Daisy.
- 3/4 oz triple sec
- 1/2 oz cognac
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
11. Scotch and Soda
Good scotch can cost several hundred dollars per bottle and is usually drunk by sipping, in order to better appreciate the flavor and aroma. Cutting it with soda or water is common in order to truly enjoy the whiskey and make it last longer, as many aficionados believe that less-expensive varieties taste horrible.
- 2 oz Scotch whisky
- Club soda
Sazerac is often touted as the first American cocktail, with roots going back to New Orleans before the Civil War. It could not be made properly for almost a hundred years, however, as one of the ingredients is absinthe.
- 1 sugar cube
- 2 1/2 ounces rye whisky
- 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
- lemon peel
13. Rusty Nail
Usually served over ice, a neat version of this concoction is often called a Straight Up Nail. This drink was first mixed in the high-end 21 Club in Manhattan. Celebrity influence by the 1960s Hollywood Rat Pack brought it to even more wide-spread popularity.
- 1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 1/2 oz Drambuie® Scotch whisky
- 1 twist lemon peel
14. Rum and Coke
In many English-speaking countries, a rum and coke is served over ice with a lime wedge. Travelers, though, should ask for a Cuba Libre and expect their drink to include a splash of lime juice. A sweeter variation is a Midas, where the coke is replaced with cream soda.
- 2 oz Barbados dark rum
- 2 oz dark rum
- 1 oz Bacardi® 151 rum
- 6 oz Coca-Cola®
- 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
15. Rob Roy
Yet another drink that hails from New York City, the Rob Roy was created in 1894 by the barkeep at the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. It takes its name from the operetta Rob Roy, which ran at the Herald Square Theatre for 235 performances.
- 2 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 1 1/2 tsp dry vermouth
- 1 twist lemon peel
16. Old Fashioned
The drink of choice for Don Draper, the main character of popular TV series Mad Men, the exposure revitalized interest in this centuries-old concoction. While the recipe has adapted over time, muddling bitters with sugar and mixing in brandy or whiskey has been a classic choice since the early 1800s.
- 3 dashes bitters
- 3 oz Scotch whisky
- 1 tsp water
- 1 sugar cube
- 1 slice orange
- 1 maraschino cherry (see these from Luxardo)
This strong apéritif is usually credited to an Italian bartender who, in 1919, left the soda water out of an Americano and replaced it with gin at the request of his client who wanted his drink to be stronger. The garnish was changed from lemon to an orange peel to denote the difference.
- 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin
- 3/4 ounce Campari
- 3/4 ounce Italian vermouth
Purported to be the drink of choice for Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Ernest Hemingway, the Mojito is believed to have originated in Havana, Cuba. Very popular in hot climates, there are dozens of variations ranging from a virgin Nojito to the Korean Sojito. Are Mojitos any good? Just ask Sam Axe from Burn Notice.
- 1.25 oz Captain Morgan® Original spiced rum
- 12 mint leaves
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 0.5 oz lime juice
- 2 oz soda
Sean Connery’s immortal words in 1964’s Goldfinger, “shaken, not stirred,” have become a catchphrase for generations of film lovers. Funny enough, a shaken martini is actually called a Bradford. The martini first appeared in mixology lore in the 1860s and has several variations, including a ‘dirty’ recipe that includes a splash of olive juice.
- 1 1/2 oz Absolut® Mandrin vodka
- 1 splash sweet vermouth
- 1 splash dry vermouth
- 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
- 4 oz orange juice
20. Manly Temple
This drink takes the shrinking violet of the Shirley Temple and adds a shot of whiskey. Don’t let the pinkish color and Maraschino cherry fool you. The Manly Temple, with its new twist on an old idea, is great for anyone who enjoys a stiff drink.
- 2oz Whiskey
- 1oz Rose’s Grenadine
21. Long Island Iced Tea
When you order a Long Island Iced Tea, there is just no telling what you’re actually going to receive. Most establishments can agree that ingredients include gin, tequila, rum and vodka. After that, all bets are off. Mixers can include soda, lemon juice, iced tea or cola. Some bars also nix the tequila in favor of brandy.
- 0.25 oz Tanqueray® gin
- 0.25 oz Smirnoff® vodka No.21
- 0.25 oz Captain Morgan® Silver spiced rum
- 0.25 oz Jose Cuervo® Especial gold tequila
- 0.25 oz triple sec
- 1 oz sweet and sour mix
- 6 oz cola
- 1 wedge lemon (optional)
Meaning “divine wind” in Japanese, the Kamikaze is also known as a Bullfrog. Made of equal parts lime juice, triple sec and vodka, it is rumored that the recipe originated with American GIs at the Yokusuba military base during the Second World War.
- 1.25 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
- 0.25 oz triple sec
- 0.25 oz lime juice
23. Jack And Coke
This highball has been gaining popularity for years, so much so that Jack Daniels launched a pre-mixed, canned version in Australia and New Zealand that uses ‘cola’ rather than trademarked and proprietary Coca-Cola. It’s also known as a JD and Coke throughout the world.
- 2 oz Jack Daniel’s® Tennessee whiskey
- 10 oz Coca-Cola®
24. Imperial Fizz
A variant of the whiskey fizz, an imperial includes an egg white. While Rocky Balboa drank his raw eggs straight, the risk of salmonella poisoning makes this drink risky. Try it if you must, but get to a doctor if you develop a fever, diarrhea, vomiting or abdominal pain.
- 1.5 oz rye whiskey
- 0.5 oz Smith & Cross Navy Rum
- 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
- 0.5 oz 2:1 Demerara syrup (for example Strongwater Old Fashioned Cocktail Syrup)
- 1 egg white
- Soda water
- Angostura bitters
Originally detailed as a glass of grapefruit juice with a shot of gin added and served over ice, modern tastes have changed the recipe to substitute vodka for gin. This change in preference occurred after 1945, when vodka became far more common and overtook gin in popularity.
- 2 oz vodka
- 5 oz grapefruit juice
26. Gold Rush
Made of equal parts Goldschläger and Red Bull energy drink in a shot glass, the Gold Rush is a favorite of San Francisco football fans. The shot takes its name from the 49ers cheer squad, named the Gold Rush Cheerleaders.
- 0.75 oz Domaine de Canton
- 2 oz Larceny Bourbon
- 0.5 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 1 Cherry
Equal parts amaretto and scotch, this cocktail was rumored to be a favorite of lauded American actor Marlon Brando. Brando’s celebrated portrayal of the eponymous character in the 1972 film The Godfather may provide an explanation for the drink’s moniker.
- 1 1/2 oz Scotch whisky
- 3/4 oz amaretto almond liqueur
28. Gin Ricky
Rickeys were originally made with bourbon, but the rest of the recipe remains unchanged. Half of a lime is squeezed and dropped into a tall glass, topped with a piece of ice, a wineglass of gin, and filled with seltzer water. They have recently become quite popular again due to the efforts of the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.
- 2 ounces Gin
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
29. Gin and Tonic
When ordering, be sure to specify if you want lime or lemon, as either is acceptable based on geography and the individual bartender. If you prefer both lemon and lime, that is properly called an Evans. Cucumber substitutes for citrus with Hendrick’s Gin.
- 1.5 oz Beefeater Gin
- Tonic water
- 1 Lemon
- 1 Lime
30. Frisco Sour
Bracing and dry, the Frisco sour blends Benedictine with rye whiskey and adds lemon juice to cut some of the sweetness down. It was quite popular during Prohibition, but fell into near-obscurity in recent years. It’s definitely worthy of a try.
- 2 ounces rye whiskey
- 1/2 ounce Benedictine
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice
31. French 75/95
Created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, this concoction of sugar, gin, champagne, and lemon juice is named after the heavy artillery guns of the same name due to it’s kick. It is also known as a 75 Cocktail.
- 3/4 oz bourbon whiskey
- 3/4 oz simple syrup
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 oz fresh orange juice
32. Flaming Dr. Pepper
This drink contains no Dr. Pepper whatsoever, and is made by topping a shot of amaretto with a combustible liquor such as Bacardi or Everclear. The liquor is ignited and the whole shot dunked into half a glass of beer to extinguish it.
- 3/4 shot amaretto almond liqueu
- 1/4 oz 151 proof rum
- 1/2 glass beer
33. Dark and Stormy
A trademarked recipe, this highball is made with Gosling’s black rum and ginger beer. The trademark is owned by the Gosling Brothers of Bermuda, but there’s no law saying you can’t experiment with other rum and beer combinations to find your signature Dark and Stormy.
- 2 oz. Lemon-Ginger Mix
- 8 oz. ginger, peeled, chopped
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice
- ⅓ cup agave syrup (nectar) or pure maple syrup
- 2 oz. dark rum
- Club soda
- Lime wedge
- Candied ginger
34. Cuban Libre
- 2 ounces light rum
- Wedge of lime
35. The Manhattan
Created in the early 1870s in New York City, the Manhattan is quite variable and will likely differ from bar to bar. During Prohibition it became necessary to substitute American whiskey with Canadian, as it was far more readily available.
- 2 ounces rye whisky
- 1 ounce Italian vermouth
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
In American parlance, a Boilermaker is a shot of whiskey and a beer. They can be mixed or the beer can be used to chase the shot, if served separately. In the United Kingdom, the drink is a half-and-half mixture of bottled brown ale and mild draft.
- 1 shot whiskey
- 1 beer
37. Bloody Bull
An unusual drink to say the least, the Bloody Bull mixes vodka, tomato juice, lemon and lime with beef bullion. It is considered by some to be a quirky adaptation of the far more wide-spread Bloody Mary, and can make for an interesting taste experience.
- 1 oz vodka
- 1/2 glass tomato juice
- 1/2 glass beef bouillon
- 1 slice lime
- 1 lemon wedge
38. Black Velvet
Another layered drink, a Black Velvet is stout beer poured over champagne. It was invented in London in 1861 in response to the death of Prince Albert, Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. It is never served stirred, so bartenders use a spoon to pour the stout and avoid splashing.
- Guinness stout
- Brut champagne
39. Billionaires Margarita
This cocktail is a recent invention that appears to have originated in Texas within the last few years. A mixture of sugar, Grand Marnier cognac, tequila and lime juice, it is served over crushed ice in a salt-encrusted glass and garnished with a lime wedge.
- 5 oz. crushed ice
- 1 oz. Cuervo Reserva de la Familia
- 0.5 oz. Grand Marnier
- 2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 wedge lime(s)
40. Beer Buster
Another modern invention without much history, a Beer Buster is made by adding two dashes of Tabasco sauce into a shot of your favorite vodka and topping it off with a bottle of beer in a tall, frosty mug. The spicy kick makes it a fun novelty, especially if you’re enjoying your drink with a savory snack.
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41. Blue Hawaiian
Also known as the Swimming Pool Cocktail, the Blue Hawaiian includes Curaçao, rum, pineapple juice, creme of coconut and, sometimes, vodka. It is a vacation staple and is usually served frozen with a paper umbrella poking jauntily from the glass.
- 1 oz light rum
- 1 cherry
- 2 oz pineapple juice
- 1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur
- 1 oz cream of coconut (try Coco Real Cream Of Coconut)
- 1 slice pineapple
Lemondrops are sometimes referred to as a lemon martini and come with some interesting variations. Using vodka as a base, lemon juice and simple syrup makes for a basic lemondrop. Additions such as triple sec, citrus schnapps or rimming the glass with sugar or salt, depending on taste, can make a lemondrop anywhere from candy-sweet to strikingly sour.
- 1 1/2 shots Absolut® vodka
- 1 1/2 shots Cointreau® orange liqueur
- 1 lemon wedge
Named after the romance language words for ‘bloodletting,’ true sangria is made only in Spain and Portugal. Sangria made elsewhere is usually marketed under ‘aromatic wine’ or similar language. It is popular in many countries in Central and South America, especially during the hot summer months.
- 1 orange
- 1 bottle Spanish red
- 400ml Spanish rose
- 50ml brandy
- 50ml marsala, madeira or malaga
- Seasonal fruit
- 500ml orangeade
44. Mai Tai
Supposedly made for visiting Tahitian friends, a bartender in Oakland, California purportedly mixed up lime juice, rum and Curaçao to create the Mai Tai in 1944 and soon became synonymous with Tiki parties and Hawaii. The drink was also featured quite prominently in Blue Hawaii, a 1961 romantic comedy featuring rock-and-roll legend Elvis Presley.
- 1 oz light rum
- 1/2 oz creme de almond
- 1/2 oz triple sec
- Sweet and sour mix (for example Mr & Mrs T Sweet & Sour Mix)
- Pineapple juice
- 1/2 oz Myer’s® dark rum
45. Fuzzy Navel
Although there are competing claims concerning who actually invented the Fuzzy Navel, it only came into prominence when mixed drinks surged in popularity in the 1980s. Made of half peach schnapps and half orange juice, it can also be turned into a Hairy Navel by adding vodka.
- 1 floz peach schnapps
- 1 floz vodka
- 3 floz orange juice
- 1 dash grenadine (optional)
- ice cubes
46. Amaretto Sour
Amaretto is made from either apricot pits or almonds, and has a complementary taste that lends itself to cooking. Tiramisu, pancake batter and whipped cream can all benefit from some amaretto. The brand name Disaronno is nut-free and safe for those with allergies. An amaretto sour, which includes lime juice and ice cubes, is perfect for an after-dinner drink, as well.
- 1 1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur
- 1 – 2 splashes sweet and sour mix
47. Salty Dog
A Salty Dog is a Greyhound with a rim of salt along the rim of the glass. Other than presentation, the drinks are identical and equally delicious. While it was traditionally a gin-based drink, modern tastes has made vodka a much more likely base.
- 5 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/4 tsp salt
48. White Russian
Relevant in popular culture due to being the signature drink of The Dude from the movie The Big Lebowski, White Russians are made from cream, coffee liqueur and vodka. It is quite sweet and pleasant for even those who don’t generally like the taste of alcohol, and can also be made ‘dirty’ by substituting the cream with chocolate milk.
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz coffee liqueur (try Torani Coffee Liqueur)
- light cream
This cocktail is the national drink of Brazil, and can be found in nearly every bar and restaurant in the nation. The base is a liquor made of fermented sugar cane, called cachaça, which was previously unknown outside of the nation. With cachaça becoming more available world-wide, Caipirinha is rising in popularity.
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- 8 lime wedges
- 2 1/2 oz Sagatiba Pura
50. Black and Tan
A beer drinker’s delight, a black and tan refers to a stout poured over a pale ale in a pint glass. The two beers can then be mixed or drunk in layers. Many purists insist the layers should not be mixed, so bartenders use a spoon to avoid splashing when pouring the stout.
51. Trinity Cocktail
An equal blend of sweet vermouth, dry vermouth and gin, this drink may seem like a kissing cousin of the martini. However, the taste is markedly different and can be personalized by your brand choices. Depending on your preferences, it can be more herbal and earthy or sweet and strong.
10 Best Watches For Men Reviewed – 2021 Edition
For those living under a rock, everyone knows that the modern man doesn’t really wear a watch solely to know the time. Instead, it is more about a statement of your class and style. You also probably already know that the good quality watches for men can be found within a variety of price points, so there’s always something for you regardless of your budget.
Gents, since we all know these things, there’s really no point dancing around a preamble. Let’s just cut to the chase and see some of the best watches for men available on the market.
Best Watches for Men
1. Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial
Simple but classy; that’s the easiest way to describe this Rado Centrix Jubile Black Dial watch. With only the quarter hour positions marked by diamonds and silver-tone hands, the watch presents a not-too-noisy and straightforward design. Apart from the small brand name, hour, minute, and seconds hand, the only other thing on the face is the calendar – talk about a neat watch!
Rado Centrix is an analog quartz watch, meaning its ticking movement is powered by a battery. This might not be your type of watch if you prefer an automatic or mechanical watch. But its no-frills design coupled with its tough scratch-resistant sapphire crystal gives it a certain easy appeal, making it one of the best watches for men who are looking to stand out with something uncomplicated yet trendy.
Rado has automatic watches, though, if that’s your preference. However, they cost a few hundred dollars more than the quartz model.
With only 30 meters of water-resistant rating, the Rado Centrix watch is splash-proof. But a splash-proof watch is not exactly what you’ll wear to the pool.
Getting caught up in occasional rain while wearing your Rado Centrix isn’t going to be a problem; neither will splashes of water have any effect on the watch. But you don’t want to submerge this watch in water. Your investment is better off contacting the smallest amount of water possible.
2. Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch
This next option is for men with deep pockets. If you intend to splash some serious cash on a timepiece, you might as well take a look at the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. It’s not called the “moon watch” for nothing. It has actually been to the moon and back! The Omega Speedmaster is one of the few manual-winding chronograph movement watches that are worn on NASA missions.
The analog watch features a tough sapphire crystal dial window and comes complete with a presentation box that includes a Velcro strap, NATO strap, and strap changing tools.
With a 50-meter water resistance depth, you shouldn’t think of diving with this expensive watch on unless you plan to damage your prized possession!
While you can swim with it, it is best to avoid too much exposure to water and probably take it off. Like other chronograph watches, this one also features a stopwatch function that can be very useful when you need to use a timer. The bottom button at the side of the watch controls the function and can be used to start and stop timing.
Omega watches are not only made famous by NASA astronauts, movie characters like James Bond have also contributed to promoting the brand. If you prefer the version worn by James Bond (after he ditched Rolex in 1995), consider the more popular Omega Seamaster series. This particular Seamaster Planet Ocean is an automatic watch, so you will have to wear it almost daily or move it around for a bit every day. Needless to say, you’ll have to pay top dollar for it.
3. Gucci G -Timeless
Okay, Gucci is renowned as a first-rate fashion label, so it might come as a surprise to see the brand listed among watchmakers. First, buying a watch from a well-established fashion brand means you are paying extra for the designer label. And secondly, you might not get certain features found in other watches within the same price range.
However, Gucci is not just an authority in the clothing world. The company has gone ahead to also make a name for itself in the watch market and is even a leading brand in watchmaking. And the icing on the cake? Gucci watches are made in, you guessed it, Switzerland – giving the watchmaking section of the brand more class.
Most Gucci watch designs are strikingly unconventional as far as traditional watchmaking goes. The result? Gucci produces some of the best watches for men who prefer donning chic styles instead of the more common traditional designs.
So, if you are looking to stand out from the crowd, consider a Gucci watch. This G-Timeless model is from the Timeless collection. It comes with a mineral crystal face and quartz movement. Although it is a water-resistant watch, it is best suited for swimming in shallow waters.
The watch is battery operated. That means you might need to replace it, depending on how long it has stayed on the shelf. An automatic movement would have been desirable, but Gucci watches with that feature costs almost as twice as this one.
4. TAG Heuer Formula 1 Caliber 5 Automatic Watch
This might not be the most expensive watch on this list, but it certainly is really tricky knowing exactly where to begin to describe this TAG Heuer Watch.
TAG Heuer is a leading name in watchmaking. First, it is a Swiss brand. Secondly, the company has continued to win multiple prestigious awards. And thirdly, you don’t have to lose an arm and a leg to own one of their watches, although they don’t come cheap. Is there any wonder why one of their timepieces is included in the list of best watches for men?
This automatic TAG Heuer watch comes with a tough sapphire crystal glass that won’t scratch easily. The glass face houses a striking grey dial that is difficult to miss even in the dark, thanks to the rhodium-plated indexes coated in white Superluminova and the sleek steel hands. And just in case you didn’t catch that, it simply means the hands and markers glow in the dark.
The watch is powered by Caliber 5 mechanical movement with a backup power that can last up to 38 hours. It also comes with a fast date correction feature. As far as water resistance goes, you don’t have to take it off if you want to go for water skiing or any other serious surface water sports. In fact, it is safe for professional marine activities, too. But with only 200 meters water-resistant rating, you definitely shouldn’t be using this watch for scuba diving.
Seems like the Formula 1 collection is a combination of high-quality and bells and whistles, right? Well, it might be difficult to find fault with a watch that is designed with incredible Swiss-made technology. But here’s something to keep in mind, though; 43 mm isn’t exactly small, so the watch might look awkward on you if you have a small hand. You don’t want people thinking you got an oversized birthday present!
But that’s not something to split hairs too much about because you can opt for the 41 mm stainless steel version if you’re bent on owning a watch from the Formula 1 collection of TAG Heuer. It is also an automatic watch, so there’s no need for a battery.
5. Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic Watch is proof that you can get the best watches for men even if you’re not a CEO just yet. A high-quality Swiss watch, an automatic watch, and a synthetic sapphire glass are all wrapped into this very affordable timepiece! Quality and affordability don’t get any better than this Tissot Le Locle watch.
This watch is made from stainless steel and has a silver metal bracelet. The watch has a black dial and comes with a date function. You won’t be changing batteries since it is an automatic watch, but you’ll need to wear it or move it daily. It is a water-resistant watch with a 30-meter rating. Apart from the occasional splash of water from the sink, it is best to avoid getting this watch wet.
6. Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM
The Bell & Ross BR 03-92 NIGHTLUM watch is the first watch on this list with a leather strap. Pay no attention to the “bell” in the name; there’s no bell and whistles with this watch, just a straightforward square watch with the traditional hours, minutes, and seconds hands with a date feature.
This watch has its origin in aviation and is perfect for gents who prefer simplicity and a square-shaped watch. But just because it is a simple watch doesn’t mean it is made from low-quality materials. This watch features a hard-wearing leather strap that is as tough as they come. The face is a rugged scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and the watch comes with a screwed-down crown.
All the hands are luminous, so you don’t have to squint to see what time is it, even in the dark. It is a water-resistant watch rated at 100 meters. So, it is perfect for swimming and some other water sports. However, I wouldn’t take it for diving. And the best part? It has an automatic movement. So, while this watch might not have the usual extra attractive trimmings, it sure packs quite a bit of functionality.
7. Frederique Constant Horological Smartwatch
Here’s another leather strap watch that qualifies to be on this list of best watches for men. Why? You’ll know just in a bit. But first, let’s start with the one thing that is less appealing about the watch. The Horological Smartwatch from Frederique Constant is a Swiss quartz watch, meaning it is powered by a battery. Most watch nerds would prefer an automatic or mechanical watch, but this quartz watch comes with a battery that can last for more than 2years, so you won’t be changing the battery anytime soon.
Okay, now that we’ve gone past that hitch, let’s see what makes this watch outstanding. This elegant-looking timepiece is not called a smartwatch for nothing. It combines a lot of useful functions that hardly reflect on the price tag. This is the perfect watch if you are interested in getting a timepiece that will help you stay on track with your fitness goals.
The Smartwatch can track your athletic activities, including the number of daily steps, the total distance covered, and the total calories burned. You can even set the alarm to remind you to move if you haven’t done so for a certain period. And you can wear it to sleep or place it under your pillow to monitor and record your sleep. What are the details it records during sleep? It monitors how much time you spent in light sleep, deep sleep, and how much time you spent awake.
Okay, enough about activity tracking. Let’s get to the real reason this watch is called a smartwatch. It is built to automatically pick up the current time from your Smartphone, so you don’t ever need to set the time and date, even when you travel across time zones. Plus, all your data can be backed up to the cloud, making it easy to restore it in case you ever lose your phone or watch.
It comes with a locked crown, a push button, and a scratch-resistant domed sapphire crystal face. It has a water-resistant rating of 50 meters, making it safe to use even when you sweat profusely or wash your hand in the sink. Just don’t go swimming with this watch as you might lose your investment.
8. Breitling Navitimer GMT
Did I say the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch was for those with deep pockets? Well, you might need to dig really deep into those pockets if you want to buy a Breitling Navitimer GMT. This is the most expensive watch on this list, but its price is not just what makes it one of the best watches for men; it’s its superior and outstanding quality. In fact, you can use the words “quality” and “Breitling” interchangeably as far as watches go (that’s my opinion, anyway!)
Usually, I should save the best for last, but as you’ll have noticed, I didn’t follow any particular order in listing these watches. The Breitling Navitimer GMT watch is an amazing timepiece, whether it appears at the top, bottom, or anywhere on any list.
There’s hardly anything a quality luxury watch should have that is lacking in this powerful timepiece. But that’s not surprising considering it is Swiss made. It has an automatic movement, rugged anti-scratch sapphire crystal glass, chronograph, and a bidirectional bezel function.
You simply can’t go wrong with this watch. It is an excellent investment for those who can afford it. And to set your mind at ease, the product comes with a solid 6-year warranty.
The last two watches on this list are great choices if you’re thinking budget. But just because you are living on a shoestring doesn’t mean you can’t find good quality watches. In fact, you can find some of the best watches for men under $500 here.
9. Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Need an affordable hybrid timepiece dubbed “the most accurate watch in the world?” A smart choice would be the Eco-Drive Chronograph from Citizen.
It’s rare to find a quartz watch that combines super accuracy with not needing a battery. Heck, even high-end chronograph watches tend to go out of sync with time.
This Eco-Drive chronometer timepiece is powered by light – just about any light! The watch face has a small solar panel that traps light, so there’s absolutely no need for a battery, ever! The watch also has an “Atomic Timekeeping” feature, making sure it never goes out of sync.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch is made in Japan. And just before you raise an eyebrow because it’s not from the watchmaking capital of the world – Switzerland – rest assured that Japan also manufactures some of the best watches for men and women alike.
The watch has a superb quality build; it doesn’t scratch easily because it has a very tough protective sapphire crystal on the glass window lens (that’s the transparent part of the watch’s face). And with up to 200-meter water resistance rating, swimming and diving with the watch should be safe.
Here’s a clever and interesting feature. The watch saves energy by not moving all the hands when it is covered in a dark place for a while (under your sleeve, in a drawer, etc.) As soon as you bring it to light, you can visibly see how the seconds hand zoom by to catch up with the current time.
This might not be the best watch for you if you are looking for something with less “noise” on the face. Some people might find the face a bit too crowded. If you want a watch sleek design and a less cramped face, perhaps an unconventional watch like those from Gucci might suit you.
It might not be the most expensive quartz in the world, but it certainly is a great watch for its price. With a rating of 4.4 out of 5 from 605 customer reviews on Amazon and a solid 5-year manufacturer warranty, this is not a bad quartz watch at all.
10. Seiko Automatic Watch
This analog Seiko Automatic Watch is the least expensive on this list, but that doesn’t make it any less valuable. In fact, it is style pretty much like a Rolex Submariner, one of the best watches for men when it comes to taking a deep dive.
Like the previous Citizen watch, this one too is manufactured in Japan. Seiko is not new to the watchmaking business and has established itself as a company that produces high-quality and accurate timepieces.
This particular watch is built with a crystal made from mineral. While that is good, it is not quite as durable and robust as sapphire, but hey, if it’s built as high-quality as other luxury watches, it won’t be very affordable, right?
The auto watch is water-resistant for up to 100 meters. Meaning, it is great for swimming in a pool, but it might not be okay for diving. You definitely don’t want to be wearing this for your underwater exploration during the weekend.
Anyways, you don’t have to hate deep-diving to own this watch. There are other alternatives if diving is top on your weekend to-do list. The Seiko auto watch is simply not designed for such activities. And by the way, why is it called an automatic watch? Because it works by your movement. Instead of relying on batteries, it only works when you use it. This is perhaps one of the few cheap watches with such a feature.
While an automatic movement is generally a plus, it could also be a problem if you don’t use the watch for a couple of days. You may not lose your investment because you didn’t wear your Seiko 5 model for an entire day, but you may need to restart the watch manually. To do that, you need to turn the crown on the side of the watch a couple of times – about 10 to 15 times clockwise.
In Seiko’s defense, though, this is not peculiar to this watch. All automatic watches are designed that way. So if you can get past the fact that you might need to use this watch almost daily, then it could be the perfect watch for you.
What Makes a Quality Watch?
Big names are good; in fact, they are great. But watches are not just about Omega, Rolex, and TAG. Great watches are not found in Switzerland only. So, what exactly makes a watch great? Here are some important criteria to note.
Watch movement refers to the mechanism a watch uses to work. There are three types of watch movements, namely, quartz, mechanical, and automatic movements.
A watch with a quartz movement often uses a battery and is generally cheaper than a watch with mechanical or automatic movement. Mechanical watches require periodic winding to keep them functional. And automatic watches need to be worn or moved daily.
With quartz watches, you get ticking motion of the seconds-hand while mechanical and automatic watches have a sweeping or smooth seconds-hand motion. You can find good-quality watches with quartz movement, but in most cases, luxury watches have mechanical or automatic movements.
Watch Case Material
It doesn’t matter the mechanism of a watch – whether it ticks or sweeps – if the material used in building the case is poor, no one would be attracted to it in the first place. So, first things first, a watch case should provide aesthetics. But beyond that, it has to be durable to offer any form of protection. Good quality watches should have cases made from titanium, ceramic, or at least stainless steel.
The Glass on the Face
The glass on watch faces are called crystals and are made from different materials. Protecting the watch from dirt, water, and other potentially destructive materials might seem like an easy thing to do, but it is not. For this reason, the best watches for men need to have crystals made from tough and durable materials.
The three major materials are sapphire, acrylic, and mineral. Sapphire crystals are second only to diamonds in toughness, making them a more scratch-resistant and expensive. Acrylic faces or crystals are mostly found on cheaper watches. Personally, I don’t recommend buying any watch with this type of crystal because it scratches easily. Besides, it is mostly found in children’s watches.
Mineral crystals are simply glasses treated with chemicals or heat to improve their shatter and scratch resistance. They are not as durable as sapphire but are great choices if you are on a budget.
The weight of a metal strap will tell you whether it is made from solid material or not. Stainless steel, platinum, and gold are some of the best options for metal watch straps. A low-quality watch will have hollow stainless steel in its straps.
You can also find good quality watches with leather straps. The straps are made from durable leather. For example, this expensive Hublot Rose Gold watch comes with a leather strap.
Whether you choose a metal or leather strap watch is a matter of personal preference. One is not better than the other. Although, some people tend to think that metal strap watches should be worn at work during the day, while leather strap watches should be for more casual outings in the evenings or nights. Of course, that’s just an opinion. You can choose to do whatever suits you best.
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Complications don’t sound like a good thing but trust me; it is all good as far as quality watches go. Complications refer to a watch’s extra features besides telling the time.
A good-quality watch should have at least a date feature, you know, just to keep you up to date. Other useful features include a chronograph (stopwatch for timing yourself), a backlight, and many others.
Keep in mind, though, plenty of complications don’t exactly mean a watch is first-rate. There are many luxury and quality watches with minimal complications.
Which country makes the best watches for men? Or which country makes the best watches of any kind for that matter? The answer to this is highly subjective. However, there seems to be a consensus about three watchmaking countries. These are Switzerland, Japan, and Germany, with Switzerland being the undisputed champions.
Brands such as Omega, Tissot, Rolex, Tag, Breitling, and other luxury brands are made in Switzerland. But you can’t ignore other Japanese watchmaking giants such as Seiko and Citizen. These brands also compete favorably with many Swiss watches. German brands such as the A. Lange & Sohne is not left out too. In fact, they produce some of the most expensive and high-quality watches available.
Water Resistance Rating
Lastly, a quality watch should have a fair water resistance rating or a high rating if it is a diving watch. But here’s the thing, water-resistance ratings are usually confusing, especially if you take them literally. For example, it is easy to assume that a 50-meter water-resistance rating means you can dive down to 50 meters, but that is totally incorrect.
Horologists (that’s a fancy word for watch experts) recommend swimming with a watch only if it has a minimum water-resistance rating of 100 meters. A rating of 200 meters and upward is okay for diving. However, keep in mind that the water-resistance of a watch degrades over time, so you want to keep older watches out of the water as much as possible.
So, the best watches for men all have high water resistance ratings, right? Wrong! Many high-quality watches are not designed for diving, so they don’t need such high ratings.
There are a plethora of cheap watches with good water-resistance ratings. It depends on what the watch is designed to do. If you want a luxury watch that is built for deep diving, then you should keep an eye on the water-resistance ratings; otherwise, high a rating is not necessarily a sign of a quality watch.
The best watches for men do not necessarily need to have all the criteria listed above. You will notice that some of the watches in our review do not have a few of these features, too, but that doesn’t make them less valuable. It all comes down to what you are looking for in a watch.
Do not let a lean budget stop you from getting a quality timepiece. If you take a few moments to look through this list, you will find good quality watches that don’t cost much. And if you have a few extra bucks to throw around, there are also superb luxury watches to choose from, too.