The 32 Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2021 – Editor’s Choice
Your quest for the perfect Christmas present is over. Our list of The Best Gifts for Men in 2020 is sure to make all of his wishes come true this holiday season.
Finding a Christmas gift idea for a guy with a refined taste and an appreciation for the finer things in life can be tough during a typical holiday season. Couple that with 2020’s turmoil and the fact that Black Friday ads bombard you every day of the week – a month ahead of schedule – and this year can be downright impossible.
Instead of guessing which Christmas gift he wants or rummaging through every single Black Friday ad, we here at Next Luxury are trying to point you in the right direction with this gift guide. This list of Christmas present ideas is sure to make your guy smile. Here is our list of the Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020.
Trust us; he’ll thank you.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Watches
Men love watches. Other than footwear, rings, and cufflinks, watches are the only way to accessorize ourselves and express our tastes. In fact, watches are so important to the guys at Next Luxury that we couldn’t lump them in with EDC or style. Here are our favorite choices for 2020.
1. Nordgreen Pioneer
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If you’re shopping for a special guy that prefers a more minimalist, Bauhaus-meets-Scandinavian-type design, check out Nordgreen’s Pioneer Chronograph watch. This Danish-designed, Japanese quartz-powered chronograph is 42mm wide, and comes with a white, black, or blue dial. You’ll also have the choice of a silver, rose gold, or brushed case, as well as a wide variety of straps and bracelets.
2. Omega SpeedmasterCheck Price
To refer to a watch as timeless might seem like an oxymoron, but the Speedmaster is truly a classic. While the design has evolved a bit since its original release in 1957, this chronograph still has the classic feel your guy will love.
3. Rolex ExplorerCheck Price
As the quintessential field watch, the Rolex Explorer is on almost any horology enthusiast’s Grail list. If your guy has a subdued style but prefers the finer things in life, the Explorer will look great on his wrist.
4. Orient Mako IICheck Price
Orient proves over and over again that great watches don’t need to break the bank. This awesome diver has everything your guy would expect from a high-end watch except for the killer price tag.
5. Seiko SNA411 FlightmasterCheck Price
The Seiko Flightmaster is literally a modern-day classic. It’s a quartz-powered pilot’s watch with incredible styling, an ultra-functional (if not overly complicated) slide-rule bezel, and dual-zone or alarm functionality. It’s the perfect gift for aviation and horology enthusiasts.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Tech
Technology products fly off the shelves during the holiday seasons. You can often find incredible deals on some really great products. If your guy appreciates quality tech gear, be sure to check one of these top picks off his Christmas List.Check Price
If you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea for an audiophile, you simply can’t go wrong with a high-quality pair of headphones. The WH1000XM3 produces premium sound quality for music, gaming, or podcasts with up to 30 hours of battery life. They’re Alexa-enabled and feature top-notch noise-canceling technology.
7. Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear HeadphonesCheck Price
For guys that prefer in-ear headphones, the Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear Headphones are the perfect Christmas gift idea. These wireless buds create an unrivaled, top-quality stereo sound for up to 7 hours on one charge. Place them back in the automatically charging carrying case to recharge them for up to 28 hours of listening.
8. PlayStation 5Check Price
Even refined guys can be gamers, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to deliver exactly what he wants (but might be too embarrassed to ask for). While the release date for the PS 5 isn’t until mid-November, Black Friday deals are sure to pop up with packages and game bundles.
9. Xbox Series X
With a similar mid-November release date as the PS5, Microsoft fans will be pining for the new Xbox Series X. While these consoles may be challenging to come by at first, the packages and deals will surely save you some money when putting together the perfect gaming kit for your guy.
10. Apple Watch Series 6Check Price
If the guy you’re shopping for enjoys Apple products and fresh tech, giving him the Apple Watch Series 6 this holiday season would be a great Christmas present. It has all of the fitness-first features you’d expect from an Apple watch, and the GPS model lets you take calls and reply to texts from your wrist when you connect it to your iPhone.
11. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3Check Price
If you’re shopping for an Android guy, be sure to check out the Galaxy Watch 3 from Samsung. This watch has fantastic styling, a long-lasting battery, and all the fitness and health features you can ask for. You can call, text, or stream music from your watch as well.
12. Google Pixel 4aCheck Price
If you really want to knock his tech-loving socks off this year, slip a Google Pixel 4a under his Balsam Fir. You can buy an unlocked version directly from Google, complete with dual 12-megapixel cameras, Night Sight, HDR+, and automatically adjusting power-usage.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Everyday Carry
Men have been in love with everyday carry items since before anyone realized they could shorten it to “EDC.” A cool gift from this list will show you care about what he cares about.
13. Spyderco ParaMilitary G-10Check Price
If you’ve ever heard your favorite guy utter the words “high-speed, low-drag,” he wants this knife. Tactical enthusiasts and everyday heroes will love the ParaMilitary’s awesome styling, reliable build, and razor-sharp edge.
14. Robert David Laguiole Folding KnifeCheck Price
When your guy’s taste and style leans more mature and distinguished, his pocket knife needs to reflect it. This folding knife from Laguiole is one of the best gentleman’s knives available, making it a great gift idea without blowing your holiday budget.
15. The Ridge Wallet
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of The Ridge Wallet at Next Luxury; it’s an outstanding product. If your guy wants to keep his cards and cash organized and safe in his front pocket, get him The Ridge.
16. Red Wing Heritage Card HolderCheck Price
For a rugged and refined man, the Red Wing Heritage Card Holder offers an excellent front pocket-carry leather wallet option. It’s tough, durable, simple, and attractive. This wallet can carry up to 20 cards and cash, and Red Wing makes this leather wallet with the same craftsmanship as the company’s legendary boots.
17. Streamlight MicrostreamCheck Price
No EDC enthusiast’s collection is complete without a bomb-proof pocket flashlight. Streamlight’s Microstream is rechargeable and produces 250 lumens of light with a 68-meter beam distance. It will fit easily in your favorite guy’s pocket, and it’s light enough that he’ll forget it’s there.
18. Leatherman SurgeCheck Price
When it comes to EDC, there’s nothing that can trump a Leatherman. The Surge is an incredible piece of kit, with 21 tools, including pliers, screwdrivers, scissors, knives, and a bottle opener. Best of all, all the tools are one-hand accessible – a huge improvement over the multi-tools of old.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Style
Classic items never go out of style. These top style gifts will have your guy looking, feeling great, and thanking you for noticing his fashion sense.
19. Lands’ End Leather GlovesCheck Price
When the cold weather hits, a great pair of leather gloves can make a world of difference. Don’t let your guy grab that cold steering wheel without a pair of leather gloves from Land’s End. These gloves are full-grain leather with a cashmere lining for the ultimate plush comfort.
20. Biddy Murphy Wool ScarfCheck Price
If you want your favorite guy to stand out in a crowd for the right reasons, check out the Biddy Murphy Wool Scarf for a unique gift idea. Biddy Murphy makes these scarves from 100 percent lambswool, and the craftsmanship is second to none. There are a few different choices, so be sure to choose the one that fits your guy’s style the best.
21. J. Crew Ludlow BlazerCheck Price
No guy’s wardrobe is complete without a great blazer or sport coat. The Ludlow from J.Crew is a great choice, with its wool-cotton blend and slim, modern fit. It’s a double-vent design with a two-button closure, and you can get it in a few different colors on J.Crew’s site.
22. The Captain Boot from Thursday Boot Co.Check Price
Thursday Boots are relatively new to the boot world, but they’re taking it by storm. The Captain is their most popular boot, with its classic styling and incredible value. If your guy is in the market for a great pair of boots, and you don’t want to break the bank to buy them, check out The Captain from Thursday Boot Co.
23. The Cary Briefcase from Stuart & Lau
Every guy can appreciate a great bag, and the Stuart and Lau Cary Briefcase certainly fits the mold. Whether your guy commutes to the office or creates content in a coffee shop booth, The Cary Briefcase will ensure he looks stylish while doing it.
24. Deejo Pocket Knives
While we recognize that a pocket knife should fall under the EDC category, these knives from Deejo are so much more than that. These high-quality knives make the ideal personalized gift. With custom blade etchings and engravings, it’s the perfect Christmas gift idea with plenty of style. The chances of him hiding it away in his pocket are slim. Read our hands-on review of the Deejo pocket knife here.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Grooming
Your guy’s grooming matters, and there are a lot of great products that can make his routine better and smoother — like his skin after you purchase some of these products.
25. Beardbrand Beard Care ProductsCheck Price
Let’s face it: Your guy’s beard is basically a family member growing on his face. He loves it, and so do the guys at Beardbrand. They offer styling balms, beard oil, scissors, brushes, combs, and other beard care essentials for your guy’s facial hair needs.
26. Tiege Hanley Level 1 SystemCheck Price
If your guy’s skincare routine has been lacking, getting him jumpstarted with the Tiege Hanley Level 1 System is a perfect gift set for the holiday season. This kit includes a daily face wash, exfoliating scrub, moisturizer, and acne cream. Tiege Hanley formulates these products specifically for men, and chances are, your guy wants them.
27. Manscaped Perfect PackageCheck Price
While this is a list of gifts for men, you might be performing a Christmas Miracle for yourself with this great gift set. The Manscaped Perfect Package 2.0 has everything your guy needs to tackle body hair management, including clippers, scissors, and body wash.
The Best Christmas Gifts for Men in 2020: Food and Drink
We know you’re looking forward to enjoying some of these food and drink products with your guy, but please wait until he opens them first! Here are our favorite food and drink gifts for 2020.
28. Northern Brewer Premium Craft Brewery Starter KitCheck Price
If your beer lover doesn’t already have his own home-brew kit, he wants one. Make his holiday season with the Northern Brewer Premium Craft Brewery Starter Kit. It has everything he needs to get started creating his own microbrews, and if you’re lucky, he’ll share a beer with you.
29. The Dead Rabbit Mixology & MayhemCheck Price
If you’re targeting a cocktail enthusiast this holiday season, you can’t go wrong with a boozy book. The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, and Jillian Vose details some of this incredible bar’s coolest secrets, and the illustrations are next level.
30. Man Crate Hickory Grilling Crate
Barbecue and smoking enthusiasts alike appreciate a well-curated kit for their next backyard masterpiece. This great gift set includes a smoker box, hickory chips, and all the rubs and sauces your guy needs to put together a fantastic smoked meal.
31. Norlan Whisky Glass SetCheck Price
Whether your favorite guy spells it with an E or not, he loves whiskey. Give him the perfect holiday gift vessel for enjoying his favorite drink with the Norlan Whisky Glass Set. This whiskey glass set comes in pairs of two, so don’t be surprised if he asks you to sit down and enjoy a holiday spirit with him.
32. Cholula Hot Sauce Variety Pack Gift BoxCheck Price
The Cholula Hot Sauce Variety Pack might be the perfect gift for your spicy-loving fella. This unique gift idea comes with six of Cholula’s famous hot sauces, including Original, Chili-Lime, Green Pepper, Sweet Habanero, Chipotle, and Chili-Garlic.
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.
What? Yeah, you read that right.
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.