Finding dress watches for yourself is similar to finding the perfect suit. In both cases, you need to find the item that best matches your personality and elevates your overall appeal. Dress watches are the kind of watches that will have people taking you more seriously. These are especially essential during meetings, board presentations and other types of formal or important events.
Dress watches don’t necessarily come with all the bells and whistles and the bulk of the sportier watches but are instead slim and classic in design. It’s their simplicity and sleek design that helps them wow the audience. And just like a suit, it’s pivotal for you to do your research properly before making a purchase. Fortunately, we went ahead and rounded up some of the most popular dress watches to buy in 2020.
Best Dress Watches to Buy In 2020
1: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso has always been a watch associated with respectability and success. This legendary timepiece is named after its remarkable innovative feature at the time that was its reversing case. This was to help the dial conceal its case by reversing it. The British Army officers in India found this feature to be useful in polo matches to protect against possible mallet strokes.
It’s a rather androgynous watch that has enchanted both men and women alike for years now. Despite the classic still being used today, the brand isn’t afraid to switch up the design a little. An example of this is the Reverso Tribute Tourbillon Duoface that boasts the model signature design and some snazzy horology features.
2: Hermes Slim d’Hermes
How this classic watch was given an unbelievable 21st-century facelift is beyond our imagination. The Slim d’Hermes is everything that represents Hermes for a spiffy everyday wristwatch. Even with its simplistic approach, Slim d’Hermes is chic, sophisticated, and lavish in appearance.
The Slim d’Hermes has established a cult following in the last couple of years. And now, Philippe De l’hotel, the creative director of La Montre Hermes, came up with a new classic. To give this new look, De l’hotel acquired two elements: an ultra-thin automatic movement and an original look for the dial.
This time Hermes employed well-known Parisian graphic designer Philippe Apeloig to make the new typography. The typography was for the dials’ numerals that consist of a little bit of white space in between. This gives the dial a unique identity and some balance in spite of the large surface that is left on the dial.
3: MVMT Atlas
The MVMT Atlas can only be described by three things: affordable, elegant, and simple. It has a dramatic black dial, accented by gold coloured hands and a luxurious dark brown leather strap. It’s the kind of watch that’s fitting for the everyday modern gentleman.
The Revolver series comes with a slightly smaller 41 mm diameter case size. It also comes with a two-hand, battery-powered Miyota Quartz movement.
Its durability is also something that should never be taken for granted. It can withstand water depths of up to 50 meters, which is ideal for swimming but not deep-sea diving. And don’t worry about taking the watch out wherever you like. The reason for that is because the glass case is made of hardened mineral crystal.
4: Patek Philippe Calatrava
The Calatrava model was first introduced in 1932 and has remained the Patek Philippe’s flagship model since then. This watch is the personification of Swiss watchmaking with a timeless design and impeccable features to boot.
Calatrava’s design is derived from the Bauhaus art movement that features subtle sophistication. Like most of the other models, the Calatrava is a no-frills timepiece with only precious metal cases and leather straps.
The model featured in the image above is the 5227j-001. The case comes in 18 karats yellow gold with a lacquered cream-coloured dial and brown alligator leather strap. The watch also comes with polished gold hands, minute track and hour markers.
5: Timex Metropolitan+
The Timex Metropolitan+ is one of the more affordable watches you’ll find on our list. That’s not including the fact that it’s also built from one of the most recognizable horologist brands in Timex. It is synonymous with the brand’s reputation of making something that’s classic, reliable and inexpensive.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Metropolitan + is that it acts like a smartwatch and a fitness tracker. It boasts the same classic look of the Timex Weekender, along with its fitness-tracking abilities. It’s like the complete package looks great, connects to the phone through Bluetooth, and tracks your steps.
The measurements are 42 mm diameter, 20 mm width, and 30 mm thickness. It has a water-resistance of 100 m, an exterior case made of brass material, and at least an 18-month battery life. Plus, its Indigo night light is a useful feature especially if you want to view the time at night.
6: Hamilton Intra Matic Auto Chrono
The Hamilton Intra-Matic, which was introduced at Baselworld 2012, is a follow-up to the Thin-O-Matic. This model was an improvement to the “vintage-inspired” trend. Besides the flush-mounted crystal and the movement, the Intra-Matic may have been perceived as NOS (new old stock).
The Intra-Matic is actually a modified version of the 60s Hamilton watch. It is characterized by a minimalist polished steel case, followed by elegant faceted lugs and a wide sunburst dial. Of course, this model can also come with a black dial in a gold case. This model comes in two sizes, a 38 mm one, and one that’s 42 mm.
The Intra-Matic is powered by the ETA 2892-2. Through its display case back, the 2892-2 has been nicely decorated though not ornately. Sporting a signed Hamilton rotor, 2892 is a 21 Jewel automatic that has been used in most Omega models.
Dress Watches Conclusion
Proper dress watches should be simplistic in detail but also sophisticated in appearance. There are far many other models that we wish we could list. But for now, these are the ones that we feel need your attention the most.