20 Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone – The Only List You Need
Moving past the acquaintance stage to knowing someone on a deeper level requires digging a bit deeper into their lives using questions.
But not just any type of question.
Questions that require a simple “yes” or “no” will not cut the deal. You need to ask open-ended questions that let the other person open up and elaborate.
Keep in mind that you don’t want the other person to feel they are under some kind of inquisition. Although you want to ask questions about topics that reveal the other person’s dreams, goals, and general thoughts, your questions shouldn’t be like formal interviews.
Fun should be your watchword.
Here are 20 fun questions to get to know someone.
Questions About Likes
A good place to start is to find out about the other person’s preferences. It is usually better if you ask follow-up questions that will make your conversations flow naturally. For example, if you discover that they like birds, you should go one step further to ask what species of birds they like the most or what specifically about birds hold their interest the most.
With a little patience (because you don’t want to come across as pushy), you will increasingly become better acquainted with the other person and even grow closer to them in a short time. The key is to keep things light-hearted and exciting so that the conversations are not forced. You want to flow naturally into sharing personal stories with each other.
Some fun questions about likes or preferences that you could ask to know someone better include:
1. How did you get into your hobbies?
Hobbies are generally things that people enjoy doing, which makes it an easy topic for them to talk about.
When you ask this question, you are effectively doing two things:
- You set the tone for a pleasant conversation
- You let the person share their story instead of just what their hobbies are
Asking “what’s your favorite hobby” is good, too, but may need several follow-up questions to get the other person to reveal things about themselves to you.
But when you ask how they got into what they enjoy doing, you open the floodgates of something they are passionate about, which can make them go on and on about different aspects of their lives that you didn’t directly ask about.
2. What is that one book you won’t get tired of reading?
The books we read can significantly influence our views, ideals, and values. If you know what someone enjoys reading, you will be able to make sense of their value system.
A good follow-up question to this one would be something in the lines of, “So, is there any particular reason you prefer X type of books to Y?”
If you only stop at asking about their favorite book, that answer alone may not give you a clear idea of the genre of books they enjoy reading. To get to know someone better, you will need to probe a bit further to know what collection of books shapes their general perceptions.
If you handle this well, you will not only enjoy a rich conversation about favorite books, but about authors, ideologies, and most of all, you would have known them a little more than before.
3. If you were to binge-watch a TV show, what would it be?
This question will also help you to know someone a bit better in much the same way their favorite books would, especially if you dig a bit deeper to know what characters in the TV show intrigue them the most.
Most people like fictional characters that reflect a trait they cherish and hate or dislike fictional characters that exemplify a trait they don’t like.
Do you now see how digging in a bit deeper could reveal what the other person likes and dislikes? If you only asked a question without seizing an opening that presents itself in their answers to make further inquiries, you may not get a clear picture of what they prefer.
4. What holidays do you look forward to, and why?
This is a good way to know someone on a personal level as the question allows them to disclose to you their idea of fun.
Whether it is New Year’s Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Independence Day, or any other holiday, the level of excitement that goes into preparing for it can tell you a lot about a person’s value system.
Don’t forget to add the “why” part of the question, as that is the secret ingredient that will make the other person share a little more of their personal life with you.
If you ask, “What’s your favorite holiday?” it is more like a close-ended question. The response is usually straightforward and ends a conversation before it even gets started. But framing it as stated above makes it an open-ended question that allows the person to go into lots of details.
Pro tip: It is best to discontinue (at least for the meantime) once you notice the other person losing interest in answering your questions, or continuing the conversation. Pressuring them into answering questions can make them hide things from you and may even lead to resenting you.
Fun Questions to Get to Know a Girl
Pay attention here, guys!
There are lots of questions to ask a girl ranging from flirty to interesting and even deep questions. But if you simply want to get to know a girl with no strings attached (at first), it is best to ask her fun and casual questions.
But make no mistakes; her answers can provide deep insights into who she is, what she likes, and what she expects in a partner. So pay close attention to her responses.
However, keep things light. You don’t want her to think she’s under scrutiny. There are many things a girl can find attractive in a man; interviewing her is definitely not one of them (unless, of course, she’s looking for a job).
Remember that these are supposed to be fun questions to get to know someone, so ask them in the most amusing way as possible.
Here are some fun questions that most girls won’t hesitate to answer, which can help you know them better.
5. What do you still enjoy doing even though you’ve outgrown it?
Expect cute and funny answers here.
But the goal is not just to make her laugh. Instead, it is to get her to talk about nostalgic activities that she enjoys, even if she is too old to do them.
If you are struggling with conversation starters or finding the right questions to ask a girl, perhaps this one might just be what you need.
6. What spontaneous thing have you done recently?
This is a good question that lets you take a quick peek into a girl’s lifestyle?
Is she adventurous or prefers everything planned out with little room for surprises? Is she someone who can easily go with the flow of the moment, or someone that thinks ten steps ahead?
While it may be difficult to accurately form an opinion of her from just one response, you can ask follow-up questions depending on her answer and even take things further into a deeper conversation.
7. If you had the power to choose a decade to be born in, what decade would that be and why?
The answer to this will likely tell you a lot about her fashion sense, type of music, and her general ideology about glitz and glamour.
That “why” part of the question serves as a great way to start a conversation because it will allow her to say more than just a time in history she prefers but the reasons she prefers it.
And her reasons will tell you what type of person she is trend-wise.
8. If you have to marry one fictional male character, who would it be?
She may chuckle at first.
And then probably tilt her head to think for a while before she responds.
Whatever her response, you will be able to discover what she looks for in a partner. A lot of girls fantasize about their ideal man being like a fictional male character they have come to adore.
In many cases, it may be difficult to pin her choice to just one fictional male character. That’s probably because she admires several other traits in different characters and hopes her dream man will combine most, if not all, of them.
Well, if you are hoping to build a relationship with her, at least her response will give you a clue to what she expects from you, and you’ve gone a step further in getting to know her better.
Here’s a disclaimer, though. This is not an exact science. Nevertheless, that’s a chance that her response will give you a glimpse into what she hopes (on some level) to find her type of man.
Bonus Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone – A Girl to be Precise.
- Suppose your house was on fire, what would you grab?
- If you’re feeling down, what’s one thing that can make you feel better in an instant?
- What is your number one guilty pleasure?
Pro tip: Avoid questions that can make the other person feel as if you’re violating their privacy, especially early on in the relationship (whether they are your colleague, friend, or potential intimate partner).
Fun Questions to Get to Know a Guy
Getting a guy to answer your questions is relatively easy because a lot of guys find it enjoyable to talk about themselves. Ironically, men are generally not as talkative as women.
There’s actually a study that shows that women have more of Foxp2, the language protein, which makes them more talkative right from an early age. It is claimed that women can speak up to 13,000 words more than men every single day!
That’s just by the way, though. Let’s get back to fun questions you can ask a guy if you really want him to open up to you.
As long as you don’t ask close-ended questions, you are likely to get to know a guy pretty quickly.
Another thing to keep in mind is that men generally are good at compartmentalizing their lives. Meaning, they tend to focus on one thing at a time.
Why is this important to know? If a guy is focused on one thing, you’ll hardly get him to talk about something else. So, make sure your fun questions are aligned with what he is doing at the moment.
This also explains why men are less talkative – one topic doesn’t automatically sprawl in every possible tangent, as it is common with most women. Guys are likely to answer a question directly without going into other areas.
Check out these fun questions to ask any guy you will like to know better.
9. What secret skills do you have?
One of the fastest ways to get a guy to freely share personal information with you is to stroke his ego! And I mean that in a good way.
People usually have a few things they can do but which many people know nothing about. This is why most guys will be very pleased with this question (some will actually be excited) because it gives them the chance to impress you with their secret skills.
This question gives you an insight into what this person can do exceptionally well, even though he is not letting many people in his life to know about it. Perhaps others don’t appreciate him for his skills or some other reasons.
Asking him what his secret skills are, allows him to open up on a whole new level that many people don’t know.
10. What’s your most hilarious kitchen fail?
Okay, now this is something that almost always gets a guy to tell you a lot about his flaws without feeling awkward. Instead, he is most likely to laugh his heart out while sharing his seemingly embarrassing kitchen moment with you.
Regardless of how good a cook he is, most men have experienced times when they failed miserably trying to cook a dish or two. So, go ahead and ask even if he’s a chef!
You can use this question to ask other follow-up questions such as:
- What is the best dish you’ve ever made?
- Have you ever considered being a chef or opening your own restaurant? (If he doesn’t have one yet)
- If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would that be? (Lot more fun than asking “what’s your favorite food?”)
Just remember not to shoot all of these questions at the same time. Let them flow naturally during the course of your conversation, and make sure to ask them in a laidback manner.
11. What are the three things you can never spend money on?
This is a good way to find out what a guy values and what he considers as a total waste. Of course, you don’t know someone well enough until you know their values.
12. What is one thing most people don’t believe about you?
An honest answer to this question will definitely dig up something you never knew about the person.
You can vary it by asking, “Is there something about you that I wouldn’t believe if I didn’t hear it directly from you?”
The goal is to get the other person to dig deep and reveal one or more things about them that are less known.
Pro tip: It is best to steer clear of potentially controversial topics, such as political views and faith-based questions, especially when you are just getting to know a guy. Wait until you know someone very well before you ask, “Are you a Republican or Democrat?” “Are you religious or spiritual?” or “What spiritual beliefs do you subscribe to?” A lot of men can be very passionate about their political views. If you say something against their affiliations at the start of a friendship, you might jeopardize your chances of getting along with them.
Random Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone
Random questions are a great way to get to know someone better, whether they are colleagues at work or someone in school you want to know better.
These questions are usually out of the blue, so it gets the other person to pause and think before responding. It’s a good way to get past the “yes” or “no” boring answers.
What’s the perfect time to use random questions? Use them when you notice a lull in your conversation.
For example, if you are with new a girl that you’ll like to know better, and there’s an uncomfortably long silence threatening to kill your conversation, ask something out of the blues – completely unrelated to something you’ve been talking about or remotely related to the situation at hand.
Doing this will make your random questions to have more impact on her as she’ll likely be taken aback and wonder what’s going on in your mind. As she thinks of an answer to your question, she’ll also be intrigued by your personality and want to know you even better!
Here are some random fun questions to get to know someone better. They will help when you are looking for a good conversation starter.
13. What do most people get wrong about you?
This random question digs into the common misconceptions about the person you’re asking. Most people never get the chance to explain themselves, which is why they’re most likely to use the answer to this question to clear the air. This random question can get you to discover some really deep things about the other person.
14. What are some of the cheesiest pick-up lines you’ve ever heard or used?
If you’re talking to a guy, ask them the lines they’ve used. If you’re getting to know a girl, ask them one they’ve heard and couldn’t help but think, “lame!”
This random question will likely bring up some very entertaining responses that will get you both laughing hard!
Here’s the thing, when someone gets comfortable enough to laugh their hearts out when they spend time with you, they’ll want to experience that pleasurable feeling again and again. This is a surefire way to get them to build a stronger bond with you and share other things about tier lives with you.
Besides offering amusing answers, this is a great way to know what turns a girl off, and some insight into a guy’s dating habits.
15. What is the funniest joke you’ve ever heard?
As random as this may seem, it is a great and light-hearted way to start a conversation.
A joke, especially one that the other person really enjoys and even tells it by themselves, is a good way to take off the pressure and awkwardness that usually accompanies serious conversations.
16. What skill would you like to master even if it takes forever?
Pose this question when you want to know about someone’s interests, especially if you think they are stuck doing something they don’t really enjoy.
You may not be able to give them what they truly want to do, but letting them talk about it is an excellent way to allow them to dive deep into their true passion and interests.
But since you want this to be a random question, it is best not to bring it up when they are feeling incompetent or less effective in their current endeavor as that will likely make them feel unfulfilled.
When is the best time to ask this question? Just about any time during a casual conversation is good. But for a dramatic effect, consider bringing it up when the other person is ready to talk about what he or she is good at.
This is a great question that can turn small talks into real talks.
Bonus Random Fun Questions to Get to Know Someone
- When was the last time you cried? (Don’t ask a man this, unless you are a woman!)
- If you had a million dollars right this minute, how would you spend it?
- What one question would you ask someone you like if you are sure you’ll get an honest answer?
Pro tip: Getting to know someone is a two-way street. You need to be warm and inviting if you want the other person to feel comfortable enough to share their personal information with you.
“Would You Rather” Questions
What’s makes a question fun if you have to think too deeply to answer it?
Here’s the thing, a question can be fun with a quick and snappy answer, yet it will tell you a great deal about the other person.
That’s where the “would you rather” questions can come in handy.
What’s the best time to use this type of fun questions to get to know someone?
Because this set of questions takes more of a quiz format, they are great when the atmosphere is playful. For example, you can use them when you want to play a little question and answer game or something similar.
Here are 4 “would you rather” fun questions to get to know someone better.
17. Would you rather make less money doing a job you love or more doing one you hate?
Want to know a person’s ideology about money? Ask this fun question.
It is more fun and polite than directly asking if the person likes money more than their passion (which can be disrespectful and insulting).
The answer to this question will tell you if they will follow their passion or simply opt to make ends meet as long as the pay is right.
Keep in mind that you’re not trying to judge them. Instead, you are trying to know them better.
18. Would you rather order in or cook?
This question does not necessarily seek to know whether a person has culinary skills or not (although, it is a good way to find out whether someone enjoys cooking, too).
Instead, you can use this question to know:
- If they have a busy schedule that leaves little to no time for preparing their own meals
- If they have all the time in the world to cook their food
- The person’s favorite restaurant (if they prefer to order food)
- Their favorite dish (if they prefer to cook)
- Their eating habits (whether they eat junk or healthily)
Of course, you need to ask follow-up questions to discover these details.
19. Would you rather lose your sight or your ability to love?
Okay, I know I mentioned earlier that these questions are usually quick to answer, but this particular one can make the other person pause and think for a while before answering.
The answer to this question will make you know if the person is more practically inclined or tends to lean more on their emotions.
But like every other question on this list, there’s no way to reach a concrete conclusion about a person’s personality trait just by asking one question. Again, this is not an exact science, but it can offer you helpful insights.
20. Would you rather be left alone when you are upset, or you like someone to comfort you?
This question will usually meet a ready answer, making it come across like a close-ended question. For this reason, it is best to have some follow-up questions handy.
Guess what the easiest follow-up question is?
That’s it. A simple “why” can keep the conversation going.
Kids use this question a lot.
Whatever answers someone you want to know gives, following up with a simple “why” can make them dig deeper and reveal more of themselves to you.
So, if they said they prefer to be left alone, ask why. And if they say they like someone to comfort them, again, ask why. But don’t use it the way kids do. They can get on adults’ nerves just by asking “why” unendingly!
Pro tip: In most cases, answering a question yourself can encourage the other person to provide the answer you are looking for. For example, you could say, “I love going to the nearby water park on my free days. Playing in the water makes me feel alive and puts me in touch with my inner child! What about you, what’s your favorite way to spend your day off?”
Tips to Choose the Most Appropriate Fun Question
Don’t worry if you find it a bit confusing or overwhelming to pick an appropriate question for your situation. Here are some tips to help you choose the right fun questions to get to know someone in any situation.
Who Are You Trying to Know More About?
This is the first and most important consideration when thinking of fun questions to get to know someone.
Who exactly do you really want to know? Are you trying to know more about a girl you like and hope to date, or one you think will be a great friend with no strings attached?
Your questions will depend on who the person is and the direction you hope to steer the relationship toward – good friends, dependable colleague, bestie, or lover.
What’s the Situation?
If you are with other friends in a casual setting (like a party, for example), it is best to choose a question that is relaxed and will not likely embarrass the other person even if a third party gets to hear their answer.
For example, you could ask them any “would you rather” questions.
But you definitely shouldn’t be asking a girl what her guilty pleasure is when there are other people around. That’s not how to treat a woman in public.
It is best to reserve such questions and other deep personal questions for when you are alone with the other person.
Talk About Things You Like
Choose a topic that you really enjoy talking about, and ask questions around that. Thing is, the other person will probably ask you the same question or something similar, too. You’ll be quick to give an answer if it’s something you like to talk about because you are interested in the topic.
Besides, you’ll be more comfortable asking follow-up questions if you talk about things that you like.
Remember that getting to know someone goes both ways. You can’t be asking to know someone when you are secretive or not showing interest in answering their questions.
So, if there’s someone you’ll like to know better, choose a few from this list and ask them during one of your casual conversations.
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.