57 Things Every Man Should Own And Have In His Life
Let me preface this by telling you one thing…
I hate consumerism as much as the next man. This guide was intended to help you discover things you might be missing out on. Nothing more, nothing less.
Sure, I could have listed 1,000 things every man should own, but you get the idea. There’s a fair mix of both products and personality…
With that said, here we go:
1. A Sense Of Honesty
This isn’t just about telling the literal truth. Being honest also involves what you tell yourself, how you set goals, and how you treat other people. Yes, tell the truth, but it also means to be compassionate and to have empathy for the struggles of others, because there’s more than one way to deliver honesty.
Having honesty means you don’t take more than your share, or credit for a good deed you haven’t done, but you don’t shirk praise out of false modesty, either. If you do good work, be proud of it.
2. Classy Belts
One of the small details of your quality wardrobe, good belts made of real leather are like dress socks and good shirts. When you don’t have them, people notice, especially if you’ve taken the time to have a suit tailored. One or two belts will stand you in good stead and last for years.
Like those other small touches, belts are a necessary investment that all adult men usually make.
We’ve reviewed the best belts for men here.
3. Book Collection
John Waters said, “If you go home with someone and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” That’s because people who don’t read are less likely to be knowledgeable, open to new information, and can sometimes just be downright boring. Just as you tend to the fitness and health of your body, you should perform regular maintenance on your mind by reading good books.
Pick ones that speak to your interests, not just those that are popular with others, but do read and attempt to branch out every so often. Learning doesn’t stop with formal education, it stops with your heartbeat and respiration.
See our mega-list of the top 150 best books for men if you need some ideas.
4. A Pair of Work Boots
Whether you’re clearing an overgrown back yard or taking to the mountains for a weekend hiking trip, work boots should be a part of your wardrobe. These protect your feet from environmental hazards, be it weather and mud or forest creatures you unwittingly disturb. A sturdy pair of boots is never a bad investment.
5. Cast Iron Skillet
You can cook everything in this—all the things! Properly seasoned skillets will last more than a human lifetime and transition well from kitchen to campfire. It’s hard to overstate the usefulness of this single pan, and you really should be excited about it, because it makes being an awesome adult that much easier.
You could easily have only this and perhaps a saucepan for soups in your kitchen, and you would be set. It really is that simple. Plus, recipes for this particular pan are easy to make, located everywhere, and can motivate you to expand your culinary skill. Also, bacon.
A good choice is this 12-inch skillet from Lodge, which comes pre-seasoned.
5. Chef’s Knife
This is one of those kitchen tools that helps you maximize utility without taking up space. A good chef’s knife is an investment, and a high quality blade will be expensive. However, it replaces the need for many other cheap or substandard knives.
Many top quality knives come with warranties stating they’ll replace the blade if it breaks or chips.
6. Collar Stays
These are exactly what they sound like. They keep casual button-down shirt collars looking fresh and in place without having to fiddle with that tiny button. These clips add a bit of weight and stiffness to the fabric of the collar to keep it from flopping open.
Get a pack of Quality Stays metal collar stays. You’ll look fresh and casual without looking sloppy.
7. A Tailored Suit
Hey, remember that new friendship you formed with your local tailor? This would be why. Every adult man has at least one really nice looking suit of clothes that fits properly. This can be for formal occasions, such as weddings or parties. However, it can also be the perfect calling card if you’re looking to move up in the world—a.k.a.
The Interview Experience. Hiring managers for non-service industry, salaried positions pay attention to these things.
8. A Wool Pea Coat
Not only is this item a classic manly wardrobe essential, it’s also warm and versatile. Real wool is water resistant enough to keep you dry on your dash through a sudden downpour. As well, if you actually do get a thorough soaking, it’s still warm.
Pea Coats of any length—whether you elect to purchase the classic Navy style coat or go with a shorter, modern cut, will stand you in good stead from slightly chilly springtime weather to blizzard conditions.
9. A Signature Scent
Having a signature scent is a part of building the complete man idea with the people you meet. It doesn’t have to be flashy or bold. You can choose an understated fragrance that speaks mildly of lemons, herbs, or even leather. This will take some shopping around, so don’t just snag the first one you try.
Take time to experience what’s out there and find one that is uniquely you.
If you’re a sexually active male, irrespective of your orientation, having condoms is a part of the game plan. Being responsible and planning ahead isn’t presumptuous. Expecting your partner, casual or committed, to tend to this detail for you is.
Plus, everyone is different and finding the brand and type that suit you best is something only you can determine. Do your part to ensure a healthy, pleasurable interaction every time.
11. Brown & Black Dress Shoes
Owning one or more pairs of neutrally-toned dress shoes is all a part of having a professional wardrobe. These are items that, if they don’t get regular use, they are still extremely useful.
They are building blocks, to go with your tailored suit or suits, but they can also be paired with business casual attire or dress casual for an evening out at a nice venue.
12. A Garden
Even if it’s just a little bonsai and a few potted herb plants on your windowsill, having a garden changes you. It requires you to notice something beyond yourself, and to make provision for the care of something that is alive. Plus, watching bulbs or seeds put up the first green shoots in the spring offers perspective.
Watching a garden come to life, growing and changing on a daily basis is a reflection for persistent self-growth in many ways. Plus, many herb plants are easy to grow and super-tasty in food you cook for yourself.
13. Proper Glassware
Having glasses to serve drinks to guests is a must. Don’t be that guy—you know, the one who serves his date or his buddies beverages in reused soda fountain plastic cups. Getting a set of glassware is much like having silverware or dinnerware. It’s just what grownups do, as much for themselves as for guests.
At the end of the day, this is a relatively inexpensive aspect of creating a home of your own. Four of each—juice glasses, water glasses, and adult beverage glasses—are usually sufficient as a starting point.
14. A Grooming Kit
Real men take time with the details of their hygiene. Keeping your nails trimmed and clean is actually a huge adult move. Get a small grooming kit that includes nail clippers, scissors, tweezers, and a nail file for hangnail or splinter emergencies.
It’s part of planning ahead and taking care of yourself.
A good choice is this kit from Keiby Citom. It’s designed for men and has everything you need.
15. A Gym Membership
You needn’t bulk up, but belonging to a gym or maintaining an at-home regimen is one of the hallmarks of caring for your body. It works hard to keep you moving, so give it the gift of good fitness. Not only will it improve your health, your attitude, and help you think more clearly, it also sends a message to everyone you meet.
It says, “My health matters to me. I matter to me.” You need never speak directly about it, because it will show.
16. Iron and Iron Board
Being self-sufficient and presenting a neat appearance are two parts of growing up. Iron those things that require it, such as dress shirts and clothes that have a tendency to wrinkle in the wash. Likely, your mother did it for you when you were younger, but those days are over, Man.
Being freshly pressed in every social circumstance proclaims you someone who takes time to tend to details, and that’s positive press coverage you want to attract.
15. Quality Denim Jeans
Khakis may be acceptable business casual attire, but at some point in your life, you will have a khaki crisis. If all the pants in your closet are the same drab tan and you’re not a member of the military, you may want to branch out. Jeans, which can be tailored to fit the way you want, are an excellent casual choice, and can even be dressed up with a blazer if an occasion requires.
Plus, they’ll take a beating if need be and wash up just as pretty next laundry day.
See our roundup of the best jeans for men here.
16. A Job You’re Passionate About
Okay, so you didn’t become a cowboy, a space explorer, or a rock star like you wanted to be when you were very young. However, having a career you truly get into and are excited about is one of the things that truly fulfilled adults look for in life. It helps you use your talents, stretches your abilities, and offers you a constant potential for growth and engagement.
At the end of the day, having a job must pay the bills, but if it doesn’t feed your intellect, it’s killing you.
A lighter that isn’t disposable should be a part of your “I’m Going to See People Who Aren’t Myself” kit, along with various other sundries we’ll cover later. Don’t think of it as a personal smoking implement.
Lighters are useful for starting a campfire, unsticking a stubborn ballpoint pen that won’t write, lighting a lady’s cigarette, or starting a can of sterno, to name just a few uses.
Having one shows that you are always prepared, which is an attractive and memorable trait. See some of the best here.
18. Lip Balm
This is a part of good grooming and health. Cracked, dry lips are painful, and they look bad, too.
Having a good quality lip balm that does its job is worth all the bargain-bin lip products on the market. Your skin, lips included, is a barrier between you and all the air-born irritants or diseases with which you come into contact on a daily basis.
So, keep your lips healthy, moisturized, and soft. Your lady friends will thank you for it, too.
19. A Good Pen
Having a pen that doesn’t come in a multi-pack and isn’t made of plastic is actually a huge sign that you’re an adult. It, like nice shoes, a good watch, or a sport coat, is an investment. It need not be the most expensive pen to be nice, simply a metal pen that takes refills rather than getting tossed out when it’s empty.
This isn’t a luxury, though it does mark you as a person who enjoys quality things and values personal items with longevity.
See our roundup of the top 15 best pens for men.
20. A Daily Read Of The Paper
It’s never a bad thing to be informed about events happening in your world—whether on the local or global level. Taking time each day to familiarize yourself with the most pressing events can seem like a luxury. It isn’t.
It will inform every interaction you have with others on a daily basis, and also help to shape how you view your own actions, helping you to be a mindful and mature human being.
Quite aside from impressing your overnight guests, good quality sheets are a statement of your appreciation for quality in every aspect of your life. Plus, they feel good on your skin, wear better over the years, and retain their good looks without pilling or tearing.
So whether you put them on your guest bed for when your parents come to town or you’re keeping company of a more intimate sort, good sheets are a small, but infinitely noteworthy adult investment.
22. Calender or Organizer For Goals
Setting attainable goals requires a bit of pen-and-paper time. You need to lay it all out there on a time line so you can see where you want to be, and brainstorm on the incremental steps it will require to get you there. A calendar is one way to do this—giving you the space you need to visualize your game plan and turn a pipe dream into a solid action plan.
23. Car Jumper Cables
These should live in your car’s trunk. If you’ve ever had an automotive emergency that required these but were without them, and couldn’t find any friendly stranger to help, that should be reason enough to purchase your own.
As well—while you could stop at the personal memory—you just might be able to save someone else’s day through a small gesture of kindness.
24. Dopp Kit
This is your travel toiletries bag and gear. Every man should have this. A little leather bag or case that holds travel shaving gear and hygiene products. These kits keep all your necessities together so you can’t forget anything when you travel and you won’t lose track of all the various parts of your grooming routine when on the road. File this item under Manly Organizational Tools.
See our reviews of the best toiletry bags for men here.
25. Gym Clothes
ZZ Top songs aside, having a good pair of sunglasses that are well crafted and stylish with every outfit is just one of those aspects of being an adult man. They don’t need to be flashy or super expensive, but they do need to be made to last and crafted from materials that won’t break easily.
So, keep your cheap sunglasses for mowing the lawn or going to your six-year-old niece’s birthday party. Good sunglasses that never go out of style should be your go-to for everything else.
While renting a tuxedo is a bit more involved that bowling shoes, the two have things in common. This is one of those indispensable occasional features of an grown man’s wardrobe. Because, while you may plan never to marry, your friends and relatives certainly might. Moreover, if you progress upwards in the ranks of your chosen profession, there’s a possibility that you may have to attend an awards ceremony or company banquet at some point.
Having your own tux is a large clothing investment, but one which will pay for itself in the long run.
28. Blue & White Dress Shirts
Having good button-down dress shirts in blue and white is a must. First of all, they go with every business suit ever, world without end. Second, you can wear them with everything else, too. So whether you send them out for heavy starch and pressing, or you run a hot iron over them at home to pair with jeans and loafers, they’re always going to look good. How can you beat that?
This is really one of the marks of being a true adult. You never know when you may have to leave the country for business or pleasure, and the renewal process can be lengthy. As well, it functions as a valid form of identification and can come in handy in a number of situations.
It’s one of those things you simply should have, like a social security card.
30. Dog or Pet
It’s been said that people who don’t have pets are only half alive. There’s a bit of truth to that. Even if you choose to have an iguana rather than a furry friend, caring for another life alters your priorities. It shows that you have enough resources to allocate them to a non-contributing member of a household, but it also shows that you care about something beyond yourself.
That’s a shift in priorities that shouldn’t be considered small, because it impacts every aspect of your life, and rewards you with the love and affection of another living being.
31. Wet Shaving Set
32. Shoe Polish
If you own a pair or two of nice shoes, having a tin of shoe polish and a soft cloth is a must. This helps you to keep them looking great long into the future, and can even help the body of the shoe last through several replacement soles.
33. Tape & Zip Ties
While these each have an intended function, they also have seemingly innumerable alternate applications. They should be a permanent part of your tool box/house care kit. You can fix minor leaks, tie up cable out of harm’s way, or safely patch damaged trim and electrical outlets until a professional solution can be found.
34. Guest Towels
This is one of those nice touches you can offer guests who come to stay in your home. While it certainly isn’t strictly essential for your wellbeing, it does indicate a certain amount of consideration and care on your part. Those who avail themselves of your hospitality will remember it and, consequently, think highly of you in the future.
35. Travel Journal
Life is an accretive process, and we are constantly exposed to stimuli that may be incorporated into our neural net in other useful ways. Pocket notebooks are excellent for jotting down ideas, information, places to revisit, or facts to check up on at a later time.
Check out this antique-style leather-bound journal if you want something high quality and enjoyable to use.
Research shows that thoughts that are spoken or handwritten are incorporated into our long-term memories more completely than “just remembering” or even typing them out. The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.
Generally speaking, unless you decided to entertain a special friend, the only person who will ever see your underwear is you. That doesn’t make it any less important to have quality undergarments. Consider it the foundation of your wardrobe. Buy quality clothing, even if no one will ever see it.
It’s one of those secret confidence builders. You may not think about it in such explicit terms, but being dressed well from the skin out will impact how you interact with people, from the clerk at the grocery store to the person interviewing you for that spiffy job you want.
37. Nice Watch
Not that your digital watch that you bought for a pittance doesn’t get the job done, but save it for workouts or running errands on your day off. A nice watch, such as one of these available for under $500, which will be a bit more expensive, is a part of your wardrobe investment. It’s also made not to be tossed aside if part of it breaks or wears out. Quality construction of any watch can be discerned in how available replacement parts—batteries or winding knobs—are available.
38. A Sense of Courage
You don’t need to tilt at windmills or slay any dragons to prove you have courage. In the present milieu, this can be as simple as owning a mistake, accepting the consequences for a thoughtless action, or staying calm and being fully present during a difficult personal conversation, such as a break up. Courage isn’t bravado.
Rather, it’s understanding who you are and sticking to that while facing adversity. It’s perseverance and integrity, and a sense of self-control under stress. This is something that few people of adult age have anymore, but is always a strong mark of true maturity.
39. Weekender Bag
This is essential, because you don’t always need a full suitcase or duffle bag. Whether you’re heading to a company retreat or perhaps having a little couple-time with a special lady, a shoulder bag will stand you in good stead.
It has enough space for all the essentials without being too bulky or difficult to deal with. See some recommendations here.
40. Wine Bottle Opener Knife
No, really, all in one. They exist, and you should definitely have one, because that’s awesome. Practically speaking, this tool will make you truly indispensable—which is adult-speak for Badass. You’ll be prepared for the impromptu party, or opening a lady’s bottle of beer in a pinch.
The knife is useful in any situation. Since you should have one of those for any trimming or basic cutting tasks, having a multitool of this variety isn’t a stretch.
41. Wool Blanket
This, along with other emergency supplies, should live permanently in your trunk. While not everywhere in the Northern Hemisphere gets huge drifts of snow, it can still get pretty chilly if you’re stuck in your car on a winter night.
Having a wool blanket will help keep you from hypothermia if it comes down to it, and it’s never a bad idea to always be prepared.
42. Work Gloves
Work gloves come in handy for a number of tasks. Even if you live in an apartment, they’re great for those requests for help from friends and coworkers, or assisting a family member. Whether it’s trimming branches and raking leaves or moving heavy furniture for the incentive of pizza and beer, these will protect your hands from damage, and you’ll always be prepared to “pitch in.”
43. A Sense of Humor
When it comes to being a desirable human being—whether for a prospective job or a second date—having a sense of humor can’t be overlooked. It means having fortitude, being able to find the positive aspects in any situation, and allowing others to be who they are.
Those who take pleasure in life are pleasant to be around, which is a large part of what it means to have good humor.
44. A Hobby or Sport
Having a pursuit that is entirely a work of pleasure—not for financial purposes—gives people a glimpse of a more complex personality than may be apparent at first glance. It also offers outsiders an opportunity to see you excited and involved in something that either involves team work, like sports, or focuses on something outside of yourself—be that a model collection or regular public service projects.
It’s entirely up to you how you choose to shine. Here are 75 ideas to inspire you.
45. A Tailor
Looking good doesn’t have to break the bank. A bit of creative shopping for your clothes can get you good quality suits, shirts, and other wardrobe essentials. One thing we so often forget is that just because it “kind of fits” doesn’t mean it actually fits or looks good. Make friends with the tailor in your neighborhood; ask around for the one who turns out the best alterations for the most reasonable price.
Being well-groomed and wearing clothing that truly fits you—not just a set of numbers—will help you make a stellar first impression every time.
46. Multi-purpose Tool
These are fantastic items to keep in the car or your kitchen drawer in case of a situation where you don’t have time to go hunting your toolbox. They’re relatively inexpensive and can come in handy in a pinch.
Plus, they minimize clutter by incorporating all the most necessary items into a single, ergonomic package.
47. Carpenter’s Level
Who needs this? You do. Even small home repair tasks can become gargantuan undertakings without the aid of this very simple tool, which tells you when a surface is flat, flush, and even. It can also help you to understand what repairs may be needed under professional supervision before you get started.
This should be a part of your grown-up tool kit that travels with you from home to home.
48. A Sports Jacket
This is one of those essential building blocks for an adult wardrobe. Like nice shoes or a few pairs of jeans, they’re multipurpose and speak to a more mature sensibility. A sports jacket can be paired with everything from tailored trousers to jeans and loafers, and will always look good.
Leave the Velcro close hip wallet in the box with your middle school year books and sports trophies. An adult leather wallet is a feature of being a man who takes himself seriously, and is taken seriously by others.
It’s also a great thing to ask for as a birthday or holiday present from family or your significant other, if you aren’t sure what to look for.
Living on your own, you know things will break, need replacing, or just malfunction. As well, you will likely want to hang some wall art or put up a framed degree or diploma in your space. Having a tool kit makes being a self-sufficient adult that much simpler.
A good choice is this 148-piece Cartman tool set. It has things like screw drivers, a hammer and other necessary implements all in one place that you can easily access at need.
You’re a grown up, so eat like one. This often necessitates cooking for yourself, but unless you’ve always loved pottering about in the kitchen, that can feel like a huge challenge. A cookbook will make eating real, adult food easy, and limit your dinners of hotdogs and macaroni and cheese to the “last-minute emergency” category.
Plus, there are few people who don’t like a man who can cook for himself and others. It’s a life skill.
Cufflinks are a symbol that also happens to be useful. They symbolize that you take time with the finer details of dress, and that you value your appearance. Are they essential? No, most dress shirts have cuff buttons. But they offer a look of polish and are a relatively inexpensive detail of your personal dress habits.
You wear them to weddings and to business meetings. This is a small, but very noticeable aspect of dressing for the life and career you want.
53. Electric Razor
Yes, your disposable razor does a nice enough job. But unless you want to go old school with a bowl of shaving soap and a straight razor, nothing gets a closer, smoother shave than an electric razor. Success is all about the tiny details of presenting yourself to the world—things you wouldn’t necessarily be able to point to, but that are a part of your whole image.
Having a close, neat shave is as essential as an unwrinkled shirt or a suit that actually fits. See some of the best electric razors here.
54. Gym Shorts
Baggy, knee-length basketball shorts are not suitable for your cardio workout. They look sloppy and hinder your range of motion. So, leave them on the rack and buy some grown-up shorts that are designed to wick away moisture and keep you cool while not sagging or bunching.
You’d be amazed at the range of styles and fabric choices that don’t involve shiny polyester blends.
55. Dress Socks
Yes, you’ve got the suit, you have the shirts, and the cufflinks, and the collar stays. Don’t, I repeat, do not, think you can wear white gym socks with it. Buy a couple of pairs of nice dress socks in black, navy blue, or dark brown—depending on the color of your suit—and consider them a part of that investment.
Keep your white sports socks for your workouts or casual outings and have a collection of business socks to go with your business suits.
56. Pocket Square or Handkerchief
Pocket squares and handkerchiefs are part and parcel of another set of values, another era. But they, like cufflinks and tiepins are small grace notes for your wardrobe that speak volumes to those with whom you interact. Pocket squares are often a bit dressier, made of silk or other fine cloth and worn in the breast pocket.
They’re made as much for show as use. Handkerchiefs are often sold at gentlemen’s shops in packs of three and can be sturdy cotton with no frills. However, handkerchiefs are useful—to wipe your sweating brow on a hot day, blow your nose, clean your hands after checking the oil, or an offer to dry the tears of someone in distress.
57. Non-Printed Necktie
While most patterned neck ties have the design printed onto the cloth, there’s something to be said for the fine detail of the fine cloth in a plain color or highly refined embroidery. While most do not care for hand-stitched neck ties, there are a number of handsome fabrics and colors available in simple.
Solid fields that will match every suit and business casual outfit. Give stripes, checks, and paisley a rest occasionally and go with something more understated.
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.