Top 75 Best Life Lessons For Men – What Your Father Forgot To Teach You
The young man may know the rules, yet, the wise old man knows the life lessons behind each of them. Breaking rules isn’t painful but discovering the consequences the hard way often can be.
Any man who wants to become successful in life must understand one universal truth:
In order to grow, a man must first have a willingness to learn from his own mistakes.
Yet, ego and fear are perhaps the two biggest roadblocks of doing so.
The two lead many men today into lives of suffering, lack of happiness, and despair. For some without a male role model, understanding this concept is near impossible, because nobody is there to teach them in the first place.
In reality, we all learn the basics as children; things like right vs. wrong, taking responsibility, etc. come naturally. Most of those ideas are hardwired into your brains from birth or taught so repetitively that we can fully grasp them.
Yet, what separates successful men from unsuccessful men in this world is how well they transition from children to young men and beyond. The truth is most of life’s most important and brutal lessons appear later on in adulthood.
It’s the exposed moments where we are put in survival mode and forced to make our own decisions and deal with each and every outcome that we finally begin to learn. As we encounter our mistakes, eventually we must realize we cannot escape them, but rather only embrace them.
For some men, it can take an entire lifetime to understand that concept.
With that said, I’d like to share with you the top 75 best life lessons for men below. You won’t find a list of broad rules to follow; instead, you’ll find concepts that have been discovered by generations of men. If you want to know how the world works, and how it can work in your favor as you grow as a man, then these are meant for you.
1. Most people have limited their thinking and would feel much more comfortable if you’d limit yours too
You are the result of the five people you spend the most time with. You need to be careful of who you allow yourself to be exposed to. As you continue to climb upwards and reach your goals, those around who attempt to do the same will become fewer and fewer.
They’d rather stay in easy mode, and seeing your success become a reality, makes them uncomfortable. Risk scares them to death because it is out of their comfort zone and requires real effort. If they can drag you back to their level, you better believe they will do by any means possible.
2. Distraction is what ultimately kills dreams
Vacations, holidays, new toys, hobbies, entertainment, etc. all lend a hand at distraction you away from your goals. It’s easy to get lost spending five minutes on Facebook or forums, yet, when you do it over and over again, it adds up! Even if it’s just two hours playing a round of golf, or an hour dinner out on the town before you know it, your entire day is gone. In other words, wasted away! Focus on things that matter and are relevant to reaching your goals.
If your dream is to build a house, watching Netflix every night for 2 hours, isn’t going to help you get there! Putting in real work will. You can either succumb to distractions or accept the sacrifices and avoid the temptation.
3. There are ways of getting almost anywhere you want to go, so long as you really want to go
Make your own luck. You can’t wait around wishing all your life, or you’ll end up a broke, miserable fool who’s all alone. If you truly want to acquire an item, achieve a goal, or turn a dream into a reality, you must put in the work and pay the price of action. So long as you keep pulling the trigger, regardless of how well your aim is; eventually, you will hit the bullseye.
4. The enemy of my enemy is my friend
This is an ancient proverb that was told to suggest that two opposing people can or should work together against a common enemy. It speaks volumes about the nature of our relationships. As long as you have an enemy in common with someone, you can be their ally.
5. Thinking it over is for people who can’t take action
Everyone has ideas. All of them are worthless until you put them into action. To stop overthinking, you need to adopt habits that put things into a wider perspective, stop setting you up for stress and allow you to become a person of action. If you fail to take action, you achieve less.
6. Your most valuable natural asset is your own gut instinct; trust it
When your girlfriend cheats on you, and you highly suspect it but have no immediate proof: You’ve been cheated on. When your gut is screaming SOS, listen to it. It’s far too easy to let the thought of love overtake the reasoning of logic. When you know the answer and trust it dearly, but fear being ridiculed because it may be so out of the box or wrong, speak up.
7. Conventional wisdom is almost always wrong
You can’t do this. You can! You can’t do that. You can!
It’s impossible to do it that way; no one’s ever done it before. You must do it this way. They say you really shouldn’t do that. On and on, they will proclaim. The truth is, conventional wisdom is almost always wrong.
If you stick with something long enough, you will shatter every belief of conventional wisdom.
8. The only difference between champ and chump is “U”
When Gates met Buffet for the first time for dinner, Gate’s mother turned to the two and asked: “What is the single most important factor of success?” The two yelled out, “Focus!”
How focused you determine when and if you ultimately succeed. Focus is something that comes from you, no one else. Take, for example, Floyd Mayweather. For all of his life, he has focused on one thing and one thing only: Boxing. If his nearly one billion dollars in career earnings don’t declare him the champ, certainly his wins in the ring do.
Floyd could have easily chosen to be a chump all of his life. The truth is, his father sold drugs, and his mother heavily used them. During interviews, Mayweather claimed that he basically raised himself. Yet, Floyd pushed forward with the idea who he wanted to become and maintained a level of focus that most cannot even imagine being possible.
9. A man who dwells on his past robs his future
The only way to rise out of poverty, abuse, low self-esteem, etc. and turn yourself into a successful man, is by allowing yourself to overcome your past.
Ultimately you are responsible for all of your mistakes alongside every excuse you dish out. The world isn’t a perfect place, and nature is a cruel beast that could care less about you. If you don’t believe me, then walk out into the wilderness and see how well you survive. Most of you won’t last more than a week.
As a man, you are responsible for your success in life. No one else! Others may give you guidance, share wisdom, and inspire you along the way. Yet, what you do with those to is entirely your own choice to make.
Just because you were born into poverty, doesn’t mean you must die in poverty. Just because you were rejected by one woman, does not mean you must analyze the entire event. Don’t get trapped in the dark pit of overthinking.
10. Don’t waste time on things you cannot change
When you waste your time worrying about sh-t you can’t change, and what you can’t control, you lose focus and can become stressed. Instead of ruminating, start problem-solving and create a plan to manage your time.
11. Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.
This too shall pass.
The pain and sorrow of losing a loved one will eventually pass. The disappointment and grief and being let go at a job will eventually fade away. The anger and frustration of addiction will turn to triumph and joy once your chains are finally broken. Rejection, break ups, the list goes on and on.
Take quitting cigarettes, for instance. The first few days are terrible; the next month is agony and often, at times, torture. Yet, within a few months, you heal. You might start researching the benefits of quitting. You might start to understand just how bad you smelled, how yellow your teeth were becoming, how much money you were wasting, and so on.
Perhaps you may ultimately start to realize how important your health is, and begin working out, start cycling or running marathons. Suddenly you’re channeling your negative view of quitting into a positive as one of the greatest things to ever happen in your life.
12. Man plans, God laughs
Life is full of problems, most of which we don’t even expect. When we solve smaller ones, even bigger ones appear right out of nowhere.
You may be hitting it off perfectly with a woman, yet upon asking her out, you discover she has a boyfriend. You may grow your business tenfold by signing on a new client. Yet, finding employees with a specialized skill set to handle the workload proves to be near impossible.
Even the Notorious B.I.G. knew the deal, “Mo Money Mo Problems.”
13. You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic
This is a quote by Stephen C. Hogan. It is meant to encourage people to value their skills more while also looking for more meaningful employment opportunities beyond the basics. It is great motivation for small business owners and entrepreneurs.
14. Build your dream, or someone else will hire you to build theirs
Start a business or start accepting the reality of working for another man. Many men dream of being their own boss, yet, very few pick up the call and accept the challenge.
Being your own boss isn’t just about the money; it’s about freedom. The freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. That’s priceless.
The ability to grow your income based on the amount of work you put in is simply said: Seductive.
15. Fear of rejection is worse than rejection
Fear is simply false expectations appearing real. When describing rejection, people often say that it is the dismissal of a proposal or idea. The fear of rejection is often far more personal because you become the object of rejection. Once this happens, you begin to fear failure instead of focusing on trying to understand why you were rejected in the first place.
16. It’s not what you want to do; it’s who you want to be
It is about playing your cards right, knowing who you are and what you want, and finding ways to reach your full potential.
17. Pay no attention to what the critics say, for no one has ever erected a statue in honor of them
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.
Haters are losers. They will say anything to bring you down.
18. Take pride in everything that you do. Respect everything you own
Discover the art of craftsmanship. Have enthusiasm, passion, and so on. Take care of all your investments, large and small. Buy shoe trees for your dress shoes. Hang your tailored suit up an actual suit hanger.
19. Insanity is doing the same thing, the same way, and expecting different results
Thomas Edison didn’t fail one thousand times while trying to master the invention of the light bulb. In reality, he discovered there were one-thousand steps involved in order to create it. From another perspective, you could easily say that he proved one-thousand ways which would not work.
20. A wise man makes his own decisions; an ignorant man follows public opinion
The media isn’t always about being honest or offering real solutions to problems. It’s about promoting fear and profiting through the capture of mass attention. Almost all of which is done while being one-sided. Unfortunately, public opinion often follows the opinion of the media to heart.
Don’t be a sheep. Far too many men in this world are misled simply because they choose to believe in what’s easiest to accept. Many reject evidence and reasoning in favor of comfort and avoidance of fear from being proven wrong.
Do your own research; don’t be spoon-fed a web of lies.
21. Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
My personal view on this is to teach your son and other younger males you encounter all the ways of life. If your son has a flat tire, do not change it for him. Instead, show him how to change it by making him perform the repair himself under your guidance. He will remember how to complete the repair for the rest of his life and eventually pass on the lesson to the next generation.
Had you just done the repair without him present, he may have never how to fix a flat tire. But more importantly, he may have never learned the independence nor pride that comes along with being self-reliant.
22. It’s not the boulder in your path that will stop you, but the pebble in your shoe
Treat your problems in life like a boulder; move around them. Handle them at once. Don’t let your problems become small pains like a pebble in your shoe that plague you around for your entire life.
23. Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after
A boy has a goal of catching the most fish. A young man has the goal of catching the biggest fish. When one becomes a man, he simply just wants to go fishing.
24. The fool is always certain of himself, while the wise man is full of self-doubt
Bertrand Russell was a colorful philosopher and was widely admired by his critics. He was a mathematician, a logician, historian, social critic, and so much more. Fools are often arrogant and persist in his arrogant certainty. However, the fool doesn’t know enough to know that he doesn’t actually know, and there is no way for you to convince him any differently.
The wise are full of doubt and are much humbler about what they know. They recognize that their knowledge is limited, and knowledge exists past what they possess. The wise understand that there is a chance that they are wrong.
25. Put your money where your mouth is
Don’t talk sh-t if you can’t back up your words with actions.
26. Not my monkey, not my circus
Don’t get involved in the drama of others, unless it is a problem that you can directly resolve.
27. A man can love as many times as is heart is willing to be broken
Heartbreaks happen. Dogs don’t live forever, though we all wish they did.
28. No man steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man
You will never step in the same river twice as the water is constantly flowing and changing. All of the people you encounter in life are never the same from one moment to the next.
29. He who angers you controls you
Be in control of your emotions. Do not allow others to be the puppeteer of your life. Learn to soothe your temper and understand that you have nothing to prove to anyone other than yourself.
30. A man cannot build a reputation on what he is going to do
As they say, talk is cheap.
31. If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
Great men don’t lead other men by telling them what to do. They lead by example, selling them on the dream of a worthy idea or goal. They inspire them to desire something which is only obtainable through hard work. By doing so, they not only boost productivity but also earn respect.
32. Confidence is quiet. Insecurities are loud.
The loudest of men have something to prove. They need attention in order to feel validated, wanted, or accepted. Confident men believe in both their words and actions; they seek no one’s approval other than their own.
33. A ship is safe in a harbor, but that’s not what ships are for
Life is not about sitting on the couch all day. Without risk, there can be no reward.
34. Years of love have been forgotten in the hatred of a minute
This is a quote by Edgar Allan Poe. Instances of forgiveness are rare in the world we live in. It is much easier to give up on something or someone instead of fighting to find solutions to the problems we face. However, forgiveness is essential, or we will be holding onto hate, and this can damage relationships and create more difficulty in life.
35. Forgive others not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace
You may have been wronged in more ways than one, but not forgiving is putting a great deal of pressure and strain on yourself, and you don’t deserve that. You deserve to move forward and avoid negative energy.
36. The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried
This quote by Stephen McCranie is saying never give up. It speaks to the expectations people have of themselves that can cause issues within their lives.
37. There is no such things as a free lunch
Simply put, it is nearly impossible to get something for nothing. This phrase was said to be used first back in the 1930s. For every choice you make, there is a next best alternative that could have been chosen but was not.
38. Good, fast, or cheap. You can only pick two.
For example, if you ask for something good and fast, don’t expect that item to be cheap. Likewise, do you really feel as if something you ask to be made fast and cheap is going to be any good?
39. Mind over matter
The body can be pushed much farther than imaginable.
If I put a plank of wood fifty stories up across two buildings, and I asked you to cross it for a thousand dollars, you’d decline, or at least most would. You’d say it’s impossible, too dangerous to even attempt, and so on. If your mother, wife or children were at the other end of the plank and it was life or death based upon if you could cross it, you can bet you’d cross it without any hesitation.
Just when we think the body will fail, it continues to give and give. You may be exhausted after running one mile, but your body may be truly capable of running five, ten, or even more miles.
40. Be all that you can be. You cannot dream yourself into character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
Socrates said it best, “No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
The same can be said of everything in your life: Your finances, your relationships, your personal goals. Master them all and fulfill your true potential.
41. Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.
This quote by Warren Buffet is basically saying that price and value are not always going to be the same.
42. Don’t set time limits for achieving goals. They should transcend time.
You need to think forward to thrive. You also need to make time for fun in addition to any and all essential tasks and errands you have toward achieving your goals.
43. Set goals you cannot achieve in your lifetime
Better yet, set goals you cannot achieve in two or three lifetimes. The higher you set your goals, the more you will ultimately accomplish in the end. Your goals should be beyond your wildest dreams.
44. It’s what you do now, today, that determines how your mind and body operate ten, twenty, and thirty years from now.
Remember, you only get one mind and one body, and they have to last you an entire lifetime. So, you need to take care of both just as you would take care of your car, so they won’t be a wreck in the future.
45. You’re a millionaire even if you don’t already know it
If I offered you a quarter of a million dollars for your leg, would you take it? How about a hundred thousand for your arm? How about another hundred thousand for an eye. And another for your finger, and so on.
When you add it all up, you are a millionaire, even if you don’t already realize it. Treat your body like it’s worth a million bucks. Treat it like a million-dollar Ferrari. Put in the best fuel (food) possible. Take care of it.
46. Don’t work for money all your life. Put your money to work for you.
Either you can control your money, or it can control you. Living paycheck to paycheck is no way to live. Being strapped down by a lifetime of debt is nothing more than slavery with a few good moments of pleasure. Not all debt is bad, but when you’re drowning in it, you may find yourself working to pay off things you never really wanted nor needed in the first place.
Learn how to invest and save your money wisely. Pay yourself first!
47. Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend
Time is the true luxury of this world; a man only has so much of it. Don’t waste it on things that don’t matter! You cannot buy more of it when it starts to run out.
In another light, don’t waste the time of others. If you’re going to be there at five o’clock, then be there at five o’clock. It doesn’t matter if you have diarrhoea or aren’t feeling up for it, you show up! The only time you don’t is if you’re dead or in a coma. Your word is everything; keep it!
48. Perfection equals paralysis; it is the gateway to insanity
Sometimes “good enough” is the right answer if it gets the job done.
49. Measure twice, cut once
Avoid making mistakes in the first place because it can result in work that’s two to ten times longer to correct and complete.
50. Money isn’t the only thing in life, but it’s the only thing people keep track of
If you don’t think money can buy happiness or pleasure you don’t know where to shop.
51. Courage is nothing but doing the right thing when the wrong thing is far easier
When you do the right thing even when it is the harder thing to do, you show far greater integrity than if you were to take the easy way out.
52. Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Everything happens for a reason and for every effect, there is a specific cause. So, if you can be clear about the results you are looking for, you can more likely achieve it.
53. The world owes you absolutely nothing
And no one is going to feel sorry for you. Your rich friends don’t owe you a dime either.
54. A true friend will help you move
No one likes moving, but a true friend won’t say “No.” They won’t ask for payment either. Pizza and beer are bonuses. In return, if you’re a true friend, then you better be there when your buddy needs help moving.
Remember, most people don’t move all that often, but they sure do remember who did and didn’t help them move.
55. Seek the uncomfortable, and you will feel comfortable.
Step out of your comfort zone. Do something that scares the living hell out of you daily. If you’re not doing that daily, then you’re not growing as a man.
56. Embrace the awkwardness
No one is a professional starting out. No one ever has the perfect thing to say to a woman the very moment they see her. Rather than dread the moment, embrace it and just focus on being present. If life were to be serious all the time, it would be insanely boring and dull.
57. Don’t stick your d-ck in crazy and don’t sh-t where you eat
In other words, don’t dip your pen in the company inkwell. If you’re going to, at least know, understated, be fully prepared to deal with the consequences.
58. Everything worth doing takes time
And lots of sacrifice along the way! In order to get, you must first give.
59. Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day of your life
Find something you can’t live without, then go after it.
The truth is you can’t follow your dreams and expect to always be paid. Not all dreams have a market that’s ready to spend cash or a job waiting at the finish line– although you can tailor your skillset, knowledge, or experience into other relevant fields. Work doesn’t always have to be enjoyable or feel like a true vacation; it’s work! There are ups and downs even to dream jobs.
60. Just fu-king do it!
Stop making excuses. Those four words are the answer to almost every question you will ever have.
61. Don’t judge a man by the mistakes he makes, judge him by the actions he takes to correct them
Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
62. It’s easy to be good at something; it’s extremely difficult to be great at something
If it were easy, everyone would do it.
63. If it has to be, it starts with me
This is a good way to have some accountability for the events and situations in your lifetime.
64. It’s lonely at the top
Eagles fly alone. The more successful you are, the fewer friends you have.
65. Burn your ships
Back up plans, ripcords, and fail-safes are ways to mentally tell yourself that it’s okay to fail; I have already failed. Avoid them if you wish to be successful!
66. Smell the leather
We make changes in life for two reasons: Desperation or inspiration.
67. When someone says “No,” you have failed to present enough information
Avoid becoming distracted by the fear of rejection and failure and instead spend your time making sure you have everything you need to find the success you want.
68. Human beings are like rivers; they travel to the path of least resistance
When searching for a mentor, the easiest route is to choose an uncle or brother or family member. Yet, the majority have never accomplished what you wish to accomplish. You wouldn’t take advice on how to build a spaceship from a gardener, would you?
69. Focus on the few, not the many
The few are far more critical and deserve more attention than the many. It helps you focus on your goals and develop leadership.
70. Choose your battles wisely
Sometimes it is best to ignore or let go of the smaller, more unimportant things in life and instead save your strength for those that will prove to be of far greater importance.
71. Kiss a lot of frogs
Who you know matters. There’s someone out there who will believe or invest in whatever idea you have. No matter how insane or idiotic it may be. In order to find that person, you must kiss a lot of frogs first!
72. Pay yourself first
This is more of an investor mentality and is a phrase that is very popular in the personal finance world. However, it doesn’t refer to money as the phrase implies. Instead, it can ultimately mean to put yourself first.
73. Treat others how you wish to be treated
Be nice to people on your way up because you’ll meet them on your way down. Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us.
74. All you need is the plan, the roadmap, and the courage to press on to your destination
Men with goals succeed because they know where they are going.
75. There is no such thing as job security
The mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company; you own your career!
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.