When it comes to men’s fashion, you should never underestimate the value of a fine watch. There's just something about checking a precise and attractive piece of mechanical engineering to give someone the time that pulling out a smartphone's simply never going to beat. In recognition of a long time classic and practical accessory, we've put together a list of seven of our favorite watches on the market today. Of course, there are numerous other brands and styles of watches that are out there, but these are the ones that deserve to be recognized.
Eone Bradley Mesh Silver
This innovative timepiece features hardy stainless steel and titanium construction, but it's simple, ultra-modern design belies one of it's most clever features -- the traditional hour and minute hands on the watch face are replaced by a pair of magnetized ball bearings. Designed with the visually-impaired in mind, this unique timepiece was the result of the collaboration between Eone and former naval officer and Paralympic Champion Bradley Snyder. While still serving to tell the time at a glance, the watch also allows you to casually feel the time by the position of the ball bearings relative to the raised hour indicators. And even if you disturb the ball bearings along their tracks, the magnets are powerful enough to pull the bearings back into place with no more than the flick of your wrist -- making this one very cool watch.
Another example of understated elegance, this watch is all about simple, high-quality craftsmanship. But this classic is based off the famous Swiss Railway Clock -- the same historic design Hans Hilfiker created for use by the Swiss rail stations. There is a reason why this basic design has retained such a status and remains recognizable to this day. A clean, accurate, and very much iconic watch, this is a timepiece for the ages.
One of the few brands in the world where all of the parts are assembled in the United States, Shinola has built a solid reputation around high-quality, American-made watches. The handsome and aptly-named Runwell is a fine example of their commitment to excellence, from the rugged and clean sapphire crystal that protects the face, to the precision Argonite movement that keeps its time, to the leather band that keeps it comfortably on your wrist.
Bringing the traditional aesthetics of the pocket watch into modernized watch design, Tsovet has put together a hardy and sophisticated timepiece using durable leather, stainless steel, and hardened mineral construction that borrows from the aerospace inspirations of Tsovet's owner, David Bonaventura. Reinventing a sleeker, classic look for the wristwatch, the SVT-CV43 will work just as well for everyday wear as it will as part of a more formal outfit, and its leather strap and recessed case back allow it to be snugly worn through the day until you need the time.
While Diesel is brand well-known for its lines of rugged and feature-filled watches, the Arges takes a step back from larger designs to create a sophisticated modern classic -- an authoritative and attractive men's watch for the 21st century. Benefiting from a sleek and durable stainless steel construction and water resistant up to 100 meters, it's an excellent example of elegant and affordable everyday wear.
Nixon's classic and widely-recognized Player line of watches has long been a go-to for understated-but-elegant wristwatches. Proud but never flashy, even for the small diamond stud at the six o'clock position, the Player is a timepiece that takes its business with pleasure -- subtly impressive and built to last. Their recent line also features the Player in large and over sized case sizes for those who like a larger watch face.
Whether you're looking for a new watch or are thinking about updating your wardrobe with the classic practical accessory, you can check out these and other fine and unusual timepieces on the newly-expanded Watches.com website.