Six Luxe Watches Your Man Will Love

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Buying a watch for a man can be tricky business. There are some absurdly over-the-top ones out there that scream “I’m wearing my wallet on my wrist.” But you also don’t want his timepiece to be mistaken for a knockoff Rolex that goes for $50 on any street corner.

These six designer watches hit the sweet space in between: so nice they’ll get others to take notice, but not so ostentatious that people will smirk. These are the sort of watches a man can wear anywhere, whether he works a desk job in hospital marketing or outdoors at a nature conservancy.

New Omega Speedmaster 32105000

This stainless steel watch has a deployment buckle and a dial window made of anti-reflective sapphire. It’s water-resistant to a depth of 100 meters, and the dial is an elegant black. Omega is a great brand, too, and that means you can rely on this watch to keep ticking for years.

Zenith Defy Xtreme Titanium Tourbillon Chronograph Watch for Men - 96.0529.4035/51.M

With a pricetag of nearly $82,000, this is definitely not a first-date kind of gift. But for that high price, you get a watch that’s equal parts collector’s piece, work of art and even family heirloom. Incredibly, this watch functions without a battery and is powered automatically by the movement of your hand. It’s made of titanium and hesalite crystal.

Ebel Men's Silver Dial Classic Black Strap Watch  - 9120R41/6430136

At a price of $1,200, this watch is a bargain compared to the others on the list. But for that comparatively low price, you get a classic, understated watch that looks good with business or casual wear. The black strap is leather, and it has a pin buckle. The watch is water-resistant to 50 meters and has an analog display.

TAG Heuer  Automatic Carrera Chronograph Watch for Men - CV2A10.BA0796

For the man who can’t get enough gadgets, TAG Heuer’s polished steel watch is the perfect accessory. It costs $4,600, has a black dial, and a bezel made of black aluminum with tachymeter. Water-resistant to 100 meters, it’s an automatic self-winding watch.

Panerai Radiomir Marina Composite Militare 8 Giorni 47mm - PAM00339

Made of the specially formulated Panerai composite, this watch combines function and style in a simple package. It’s chocolate-colored with a fixed bezel made of ceramic composite. Unlike most other men’s watches, this watch is a manual wind, which gives it an old-school feel. And it’s not cheap: $29,000.

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Black Dial Automatic Men’s Watch - 114060

You don’t need market research to tell you that classic Rolexes are always a popular option, and this watch marries style and substance with an attractive black dial and stainless steel band. It has a scratch-resistant sapphire dial window and is water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters. It costs just under $8,000.

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