Best Mens Watches for 2013
View a list of the best men's watches for 2013: casual, sport and dress watches from the world's best selling brands.
Find the right watch for the right occasion and outfit! Take a look at the new year's best sporty, casual, formal and luxury watches constructed of everything from stainless steel to titanium.
Contents at a Glance
Different Styles of Mens Watches
The right watch for the right occasion
Mens Watches are an ideal gift for special occasions: Father's Day, anniversaries, wedding gifts, birthdays, graduations, promotions, or a simple 'thank you' gift. Not only do they tell time, but accent one's wardrobe while representing class and prestige. A classy watch is great eye-candy while you're out on a job interview, or entertaining clients. A high quality watch is a possession that one can treasure for a lifetime.
Sporty vs. Dressy
Always know that there is a difference between the two. You wouldn't wear a Movado Fiero to the ball game, nor would you wear a Seiko Sportura to your retirement dinner. Sporty watches are for everyday use, such as work and recreational events; whereas Dressy watches are for special occasions, black-tie events, and weddings. Know the importance of both,
and think of which is most needed.
Citizen Men's Watches
A beautifully rugged quartz watch for men, Citizen's Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar features titanium case construction, a slate blue dial and Citizen's famous "Eco-Drive" solar-powered watch technology. This mens watch has a chronograph, 12 or 24 hour time, dual time, an alarm, and a perpetual calendar that automatically displays the date by itself, even in leap year. Its design is complimented by a quality brown leather strap.
The Inner Workings
Watches that have chronograph functionality will feature a bezel (outer ring that encircles the watch dial) that is capable of counting to 60. In essence, it is a stopwatch feature that can be used to time events. In field applications, they are used primarily in yachting, aeronautics and auto sports.
Mechanical vs. Quartz
Quartz technology was developed in 1969 and popularized in 1980. Quartz watches pass vibrations through a quartz crystal, creating a signal that is extremely precise. After being introduced to the world, the technology was in such high demand that several watch brands who hadn't adapted it, such as Invicta, practically went out of business. Any quartz watch, right off the bat, is a quality product.
Seiko Men's Watches
Self-winding and never needing a new battery, this stainless steel cased mens watch from Seiko features an "exhibition" back (see-through rear panel) and a sporty canvas strap with luminescent numbers and markers.
What Does Water-Resistant Mean?
Dispelling common beliefs about the term
As a rule of thumb: don't dunk your watch under the water, EVER, unless it's actually waterproof, or specially made for diving purposes.
Water Resistance Depths
Here are some general benchmarks for the different water-resistant marks. Please always keep in mind that it's never recommended that you "chance" putting your watch underwater:
- 50m/164' - The watch should survive casual hand-washing
- 100m/328' - The watch should survive surface swimming
- 200m/656' - The watch should survive scuba diving at 30m/98' deep, max.
- 1000m/3280' - The watch should survive pressure at this depth.
Fossil Men's Watches
A striking and truly unique watch for its white silicone bracelet and stainless steel accents. Featuring a gigantic 46 mm wide case, this aviator-inspired mens watch from Fossil has date display and chronograph with three inner dials for 60 seconds, 30 minutes & 24 hours
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Bulova Men's Watches
Affordable and extraordinarily classy, the Bulova BVA-Series 21-jewel mens watch features a battery-less self-winding mechanism, stainless steel case and bracelet, and an attractive white dial with blue-rimmed arms and second hand.
Cost vs. Quality
A $100 watch and a $1,000 watch will both work the same. However, the $1,000 watch is built to last, and then some. It is also precise enough to never deviate within minutes of keeping the time, as less expensive watches always do in the long run. Generally, the old adage "you get what you pay for" is true.
Watches Priced to Last
You pay for the brand name, but you also pay for the quality that particular company has worked so hard to attain, to earn writing that amount on the price tag. That's why your $25 Timex lasts a few years, and the $2,700 Omega Seamaster watch lasts your entire lifetime (and your next several generations afterward).
The Big Deal About Luxury Watches
There's a more meaningful reason as to why the most discerning mens watch fanatics stick with high-cost brands like Rolex and Omega. The watches are simply made better on an entirely different level. For instance, Rolex's patented "Oyster Case" is literally the most tighly-sealed watch case on Earth.
Even if desired, you'd have to take it to a specialty Rolex repair shop just to get it open. These watches also contain less inner-parts, yet, have vastly more precise funcionalities than any other common watch on the market. They also last nearly forever, and many times, are constructed with real gold, titanium, ceramic, and even diamond accents.
Movado Men's Watches
A perfect example of Movado style: this Museum watch features rounded stainless steel accents, a detail-free dial with signature 12:00 dot, sharp tipped steel arms and a flat calf skin band, this watch will appeal to anyone appreciative of a minimal, sleek design.
Adjusting Watch Bands
Something you'll have to do for link-style bracelet bands
Omega Men's Watches
This Omega Seamaster blue dial watch is nicknamed the "James Bond" due to it being unveiled for the very first time during the 2006 movie, "Casino Royale." Constructed for those who only consider the most exquisite, regal watches: Omega Seamaster is the company's most popular side brand of the Omega lineup.