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    35 Popular Watch Brands That Sell More Than Just Watches

    Every watch brand has something different to offer. Some brands equip their watches with chronometer-grade movements. Others boast timepieces that are highly sustainable. No matter what the angle of the brand is, each watch brand provides more than just the time. They share with their patrons a piece of their history and, sometimes, the chance to give back to people and the planet. We gathered 35 of the best watch brands that allow us exactly that. These outstanding watch brands are purveyors of modern technology and traditional horology in more ways than one. Let us take a look at why each of these brands deserves a spot in your collection. From the Swiss regions to the far east, here are the top watch brands you should be on the lookout for. 35 Best Watch Brands in the World 1. Rolex Photo from RolexYou probably guessed that Rolex would be a part of our list. Unsurprisingly, this brand is at the top of every collector’s mind. It is the most popular watch brand in the world and has become a status symbol for many successful professionals.  Rolex has an arsenal of firsts under its belt that help put its name at the top. For instance, the brand made the first waterproof watch that it cleverly named Oyster in 1926. To this day, the “Oyster case” is a popular term that gets tossed around in the Rolex universe. It is a trademark that promises its patrons watches with top-notch depth ratings. The company is also responsible for creating its very own compounds and proprietary materials. That includes its 904L steel called Oystersteel, rose or Everose Gold, and Cerachrom, derived from ceramic. Rolex also invented the term Rolesor for watches that come in two tones, gold, and silver. Watches to consider: Rolex Cosmograph Daytona, Submariner, and Explorer II 2. Omega Photo from OmegaOmega is a favorite, not only of luxury lovers but also of royalty and space geeks. Founded in 1848, the company hails from Switzerland as well. Omega is also a pioneer in many things that makes it one of the best watch brands in the world. We can never forget that the Omega Speedmaster Professional was the first watch to make it to the moon, on the wrist of astronaut Buzz Aldrin.  Like Rolex, Omega is also notable for being a James Bond watch. It has been the watch of the agent in many of the franchise’s most recent releases. The company also has a history with the Olympics and you can explore it yourself in the Omega Museum in Bienne, Switzerland. Watches to consider: Omega Speedmaster Professional, Seamaster Aqua Terra, De Ville 3. Audemars Piguet Photo from Audemars PiguetAudemars Piguet was founded in 1875. Founded by childhood friends Jules-Louis Audemars and Edward-Auguste Piguet, they created a brand that incorporates traditional watchmaking practices and state-of-the-art technology. Since its foundation, Audemars Piguet has been family-owned. People mostly know Audemars Piguet for its iconic Royal Oak watch. This timepiece alone puts the brand on a pedestal. It debuted in 1972, with a design created by prolific watch designer Gérald Genta. The Royal Oak quickly became the foundation of every modern stainless steel sports watch. At the time of its launch, most luxury sports watches were only made from precious metals like gold. This timepiece changed the game and has since become an icon in the industry. Watches to consider: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Code 11:59, and Millenary 4. Jaeger-LeCoultre Photo from Jaeger-LeCoultreMake no mistake, Jaeger-LeCoultre is not just a fancy name for fancy watches. The brand is a symbol of Swiss excellence in watchmaking. Since its foundation in 1833, JLC has created more than 1,300 high-quality watch calibers. It is also well-known for its Art Deco designs, most notably found in Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso, which possesses a unique reversible watch face. Watches from the brand are known to have undergone the 1,000-Hour Test. This means that JLC puts each of its creations to a thousand-hour-long test. This test measures the watch’s regularity, water resistance, and anti-magnetism. The test also covers the other resistances of the watch, from changes in temperature to atmospheric pressures. Naturally, it also includes shock-resistance tests to ensure that each timepiece is robust and durable. Watches to consider: Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, Polaris, and Duomètre 5. Patek Philippe Photo from Patek PhilippeIf Rolex is a status symbol for the general public, then Patek Philippe is a status symbol made for the in-crowd. Do not get us wrong: Patek Philippe is also a very popular brand in its own right. It is just that many people overlook this watchmaker in favor of names like Rolex or Omega. Founded in 1839, Patek Phillipe is one of the last few family-owned independent watch manufacturers in the world and the very last one in Geneva. This brand also has an iconic, industry-defining watch designed by Gerald Genta — the Patek Philippe Nautilus. All that being said, this company does not just make watches. Patek Philippe also makes rare handcrafts like table clocks and offers artisan customization such as marquetry, gem setting, guilloché, and engraving. You can also find pieces of jewelry in its catalog, such as cufflinks, earrings, rings, and money clips. Watches to consider: Patek Philippe Nautilus, Calatrava, and Aquanaut 6. Vacheron Constantin Photo from Vacheron ConstantinIf you are looking for a luxury watch brand that truly surpasses all others in terms of heritage, consider Vacheron Constantin. This company is one of the oldest luxury watch manufacturers in the world. Also hailing from Geneva, Jean-Marc Vacheron founded this brand in 1755. Over the years, Vacheron Constantin has been a watchmaker for notable names in history such as Napoleon Bonaparte and Harry Truman. For 260 years, the company has also built a reputation for itself with its artisanal watchmaking techniques. Watches to consider: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony, Fiftysix, and Métiers d’Art 7. IWC Schaffhausen Photo from IWCBorn in Switzerland, IWC Schaffhausen is the brainchild of an American watchmaker by the name of Florentine Ariosto Jones, in 1868. This brand went through ups and downs before finding its success in producing dive and pilot watches. IWC — which stands for International Watch Company — has been crafting the most robust watches in the market for more than 150 years now. With its reputation for crafting top-notch tool watches, the company also associates itself with various sporting events like motorsports and sailing. It constantly collaborates with different organizations to create new watches for the modern professional. Watches to consider: IWC Big Pilot, Portofino, and Ingenieur 8. Parmigiani Fleurier Photo from Parmigiani FleurierDespite being relatively young for a luxury watch brand, Parmigiani Fluerier is already at the top of the list for many reasons. Established by Michel Parmigiani, the company hails from Fleurier, Switzerland. One of its many known patrons is British royalty Prince Charles. Aside from creating exquisite timepieces, Parmigiani Fluerier is also known for its restoration services. After all, its founder is a known restorer himself. The company also produces timepieces in the form of works of art under its Pieces of Exception collection. Among those, the Hippologia and Dragon and Pearl of Wisdom models boast the most stunning designs. Watches to consider: Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa, Tonda, and Toric 9. Piaget Photo from PiagetPiaget is a watch company that excels in craftsmanship and technology, while still maintaining the essence of traditional design. The brand’s history started when Georges-Édouard Piaget opened up a workshop on his family’s farm in La Côte-aux-Fées, Switzerland. This opened up many opportunities for the young professional to grow his brand into the company we love today. Notably, Piaget is the watchmaker responsible for creating one of the world’s thinnest mechanical watches, the Altiplano. Its innovation of a 3.65mm thin mechanical movement to fit the Piaget Altiplano was truly a milestone in the horology industry. Watches to consider: Piaget Polo S, Altiplano, and Limelight Gala 10. A. Lange & Söhne Photo from A. Lange & SöhneFrom Switzerland, let us head on over to Germany, where some of the most notable names in the industry come from. One of the best watch brands in the market is A. Lange & Söhne. The company, established in 1845 by Ferdinand Adolph Lange, first became known for its pocket watches. Like many other manufacturers, it later transitioned to creating luxurious wristwatches. Despite its long run as a successful manufacturer, it took a while before the company ventured into creating its own in-house balance springs and movements. Designs from the brand vary from traditional to modern.  Watches to consider: A. Lange & Söhne Odysseus, Lange 1, and 1815 11. Montblanc Photo from MontblancMontblanc was actually first known as a luxury pen manufacturer. Despite its roots, it later decided to branch out into other lines of products. In 1997, the brand decided to start producing watches, a venture which has been incredibly successful.  In the beginning, Montblanc’s management received snarky questions from the horology community like, “Where does the ink go?” Still, the brand persisted in developing this facet of its company and has proven the naysayers wrong by becoming a respected name in the watch community. In addition to watches and pens, Montblanc also sells notebooks, paper, leather goods, jewelry, and more today. Watches to consider: Montblanc 1858, Timewalker, and Summit 2 12. Cartier Photo from CartierNext on our list is Cartier, which is one of the top names in the luxury watch market. What makes this brand unique is that if you ask ten different people what it does, you might get ten different answers. Some would point to its well-respected timepieces as its primary product. Others could talk about its extensive jewelry catalog, engagement rings, leather goods, or sunglasses. The point is that Cartier has found a way to master the entire fashion accessories business, and its brand reputation has grown accordingly. One non-watch item that people adore is its Love Bracelets, which are popular as a gift between romantic partners. In terms of the horology industry, the brand is also known for its distinctly square-shaped and compact watches.  Watches to consider: Ballon Bleu de Cartier, Santos de Cartier, and Cartier Tank 13. Chopard Photo from ChopardLike the other brands on this list, Chopard is one of the best watch manufacturers in the world. That does not mean it specializes solely in watches, though. Instead, it also produces rings, earrings, necklaces, and other such accessories. One thing that has made the brand especially popular is its themed jewelry collections. A particularly famous collection in Chopard’s catalog is the Happy Diamonds Jewelry line. It offers hundreds of pieces of jewelry that have hearts incorporated in them. What is great is that the Happy Diamonds collection also consists of lovely diamond-studded watches. Watches to consider: Chopard L.U.C, Happy Diamonds, and Mille Miglia 14. Ulysse Nardin Photo from Ulysse NardinThough casual wearers may not know this brand, Ulysse Nardin is a favorite among enthusiasts and collectors. One reason why is its extended history. Like Montblanc, Ulysse Nardin first made a name for itself by making exceptional luxury pens. Founded in 1846 in Le Locle, Switzerland, the brand moved to a new building to carry out its expanded manufacturing needs in 1865.  If you visit the company today, you will find that it still exists in that very same spot. Ulysse Nardin has made a name for itself crafting intricate and sophisticated timepieces, with open-worked dials and gorgeous mechanisms. If you are looking for an avant-garde timekeeper to bring to your next dinner party, then this is definitely one of the best watch brands to consider.  Watches to consider: Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur, Freak X, and Skeleton X 15. NOMOS Glashuette Photo from NOMOS GlashuetteGerman brand NOMOS Glashuette, also known simply as NOMOS, has been in the watch industry for 31 years. Founded in 1990 by Roland Schwertner, NOMOS produces minimalistic watches that not only look good but are also incredibly precise. The company also produces its own components and movements, upping its game in the watchmaking sector. NOMOS designs feature clean lines and simple colors, reminiscent of the Bauhaus school of design. These are understated watches perfect for everyday wear and also elegant enough to be worn to more formal events. Watches to consider: NOMOS Glashuette Metro, Tetra, and Lambda 16. Longines Photo from LonginesLongines is one of the brands absorbed by the Swatch Group. If you do not know it yet, the Swatch Group consists of various prominent names in the industry today, one of which is this brand. Founded in 1832 by Auguste Agassiz and two other Swiss partners, Longines is known for producing traditional and elegant watches. Aside from watches, Longines also produces eyewear that matches the brand’s quintessential ideas and classy aesthetics. There are a lot of watches in the brand’s catalog, but the most prominent ones include the Very High Precision (VHP) quartz watches. Watches to consider: Longines HydroConquest, Master Moon Phase, and Heritage Classic 17. Breitling Photo from BreitlingEvery industry has a favorite watch brand. For aviators, it has to be Breitling, which made its name crafting top-notch chronograph pilot watches. More recently, the company has also begun to dominate the motorsports industry, thanks to its collaboration with Bentley.  Breitling is a highly-respected brand that has a long history of partnerships and collaborations. Other than Bentley, the brand is also known to have worked with Scott and Mark Kelly, twin astronauts who have made it to space. Furthermore, Breitling employs a team of pilots who travel around the world doing acrobatic display flights in fighter jets. It also has a star-studded line of brand ambassadors, such as Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, and Adam Driver. Watches to consider: Breitling Chronomat, Navitimer, and Superocean Heritage 18. Zenith Photo from ZenithWatch enthusiasts know this brand from the inside out. Founded in 1865 by a 22-year-old Georges Favre-Jacot, Zenith became a part of the LVMH alongside other manufacturers like TAG Heuer and Hublot in 1999.  Zenith is the manufacturer responsible for the legendary El Primero automatic chronograph movement used by various brands. For instance, you can see this movement tick away in the Hublot Spirit of Big Bang watches, and it also was the base for the Rolex 4030 movement used in the Cosmograph Daytona. However, the brand is more than just an ébauche manufacturer. It is also known for producing its own watches and for specializing in watch restoration.  Watches to consider: Zenith Chronomaster, Defy, and Pilot Type 20 19. Tudor Photo from TudorNext up, we have the brand popularly known as Rolex’s little sibling, Tudor. Tudor’s watches do look a lot like Rolex timepieces, but that is because it is a subsidiary of the renowned Swiss giant. Hans Wildorf, the founder of Rolex, thought it would be nice to create a brand that carries similar designs as Rolex, but at more reasonable prices. So, he founded Tudor.  When placed side by side, Tudor models do resemble Rolex watches, especially in terms of their luxurious aesthetics. The Tudor Black Bay and Pelagos both look like Rolex’s Submariner, while the Tudor Royal is similar to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. The company also has a star-studded line of ambassadors including pop icon Lady Gaga and football legend David Beckham. Watches to consider: Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight, Heritage Chrono, and Clair de Rose 20. TAG Heuer Photo from TAG HeuerTAG Heuer was established in 1860, by founder Edouard Heuer. It quickly became a favorite among fans of motorsports with its stylish, motorcar-inspired aesthetics and designs. In 1962, the brand found even more fame when John Glenn wore a TAG Heuer stopwatch on the Mercury-Atlas 6 flight. With this, the brand earned the title of having developed the first watch in space. TAG Heuer watches are easily recognizable, with their sporty, motorcar-influenced silhouettes. Aside from its round watches, TAG Heuer has also produced some distinctive and bold square-shaped timepieces. Moreover, the brand is known for its constant innovation and has made strides in the smartwatch market in recent years. Watches to consider: TAG Heuer Carrera, Aquaracer, and Monaco 21. Hublot Photo from HublotHublot is an innovative luxury watch manufacturer from Switzerland. It was, however, founded in 1980 by Italian watchmaker Carlo Crocco. This company features new and bold designs for the modern collector. Among its firsts, this brand is known for being the first luxury watch brand to add a rubber strap to its timepieces.  Hublot is also known for its incorporation of various materials into a single watch. You can get materials such as titanium, steel, and ceramic, all in one timepiece. Over the years, the brand has also experimented with both simple aesthetics and intricate designs, developing a diverse watch catalog for your perusal.  Watches to consider: Hublot Big Bang, Classic Fusion, and MP 22. MeisterSinger Photo from MeisterSingerIf you want a truly unique watch, you have to check out the MeisterSinger watches. This is one of the relatively young best watch brands on our list, founded only in 2001. It found popularity with its instantly recognizable single-hand dial design.  MeisterSinger also boasts very minimalistic, almost vintage-inspired designs. Most notably, the brand’s watches are known for having won various awards, such as the German Design Award, iF Design Award, GOOD Design Award, and the Reddot Design Award.  Watches to consider: MeisterSinger N°01, Perigraph, and Astroscope 23. Timex Photo from TimexBelieve it or not, Timex is one of the oldest watch manufacturers in the world. Established in 1854, Timex was known by the name Waterbury Clock Company back then. The company became one of the most prominent names in the industry with its affordable pocket watches.  One of the reasons why Timex became a leader in the industry is because of its clever marketing ideas. That includes its iconic slogan, that its watches can “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Moreover, the brand also had televised tests that proved the durability of its watches to a wide audience. Timex creates some of the most affordable watches available today. It has produced both quartz and mechanical pieces, and only a few models cost more than a hundred dollars. Timex also has a line of digital and smartwatches that are trusted by athletes and casual wearers all around the world Watches to consider: Timex Navi, Waterbury, and Ironman® R300 GPS 24. Panerai Photo from PaneraiFounded in Florence, Italy in 1860, Panerai is a manufacturer known for its unique timepieces. It carries sporty designs and watches brought about by partnerships with companies such as Ferrari. Today, the brand also has a factory in Neuchâtel, to carry on the Swiss watchmaking traditions. Like many other watch manufacturers, Panerai is a watch supplier for the Royal Italian Navy. Today, Panerai is also considered the best watch brand for action movies as its watches are frequently worn by the heroes in these movies. These include Arnold Schwarzenegger (Eraser, 1996), Sylvester Stallone (Daylight, 1996), Mark Wahlberg (The Italian Job, 2003), and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (The Rundown, 2003). Watches to consider: Panerai Luminor, Radiomir, and Submersible 25. Fossil Photo from FossilMoving on to a more budget-friendly watch brand, we have Fossil. This company has built a reputation for both quality and affordability. Many of its pieces are well-made quartz watches, but it also has some mechanical models that are worth your attention. Besides timepieces, they sell three other products: bags, wallets, and jewelry. Additionally, each of these categories comes with men’s and women’s options. Some of the items sold by Fossil are purses, messenger bags, leather wallets, bracelets, and necklaces. All of these choices combine to make Fossil an excellent place to shop for just about anybody. Watches to consider: Fossil Inscription, Bronson Chronograph, and Stella Sport 26. Junghans Photo from JunghansAlso from Germany, Junghans produces watches that carry a distinct, minimalistic look. Thanks to its collaboration with designer Max Bill, the company became known for its Bauhaus-inspired designs. Its watches are award-winning, with their understated designs and sophisticated complications. Junghans also carries innovative radio-controlled watches as well as solar-powered movements. Aside from watches, Junghans is also known for manufacturing clocks. Its most prominent clock design is the Max Bill kitchen clock. According to the company, the idea of having a kitchen clock with such a clean design makes it easier for parents to teach kids how to read a clock. It takes away all the complications and gathers every member of the family in the kitchen at least once a day! Watches to consider: Junghans Max Bill, Meister, and 1972 27. Richard Mille Photo from Richard MilleOne of the most expensive watch brands to ever exist, Richard Mille carries the action-packed tagline: “A racing machine on the wrist.” Dominique Guenat and Richard Mille founded the brand with the idea of bringing innovative watches to its patrons. It became known not only for its stark prices but also for its cutting-edge technology Richard Mille is one of the best watch brands for many celebrities such as Post Malone, Pharrell Williams, Margot Robbie, and Jay-Z. Its prices can go from six figures up to around a million USD, depending on the complications the watch model has. Watches to consider: Richard Mille RM 40-01, 52-02, and RM 016 28. Bvlgari Photo from BvlgariEverybody knows Bvlgari as a maker of fine jewelry and luxury goods. However, what some people do not know is that it also manufactures timepieces. Bvlgari’s catalog boasts some truly unique and eye-catching watch designs that allow the brand to stand out from its peers.  For instance, the Bvlgari Serpenti collection is a force to be reckoned with, with its distinctive snake motif and winding bracelet. The Octo range has also amassed praise from critics all over the world. These octagonal-shaped dress watches are some of the thinnest timepieces in the world. They also boast incredible accuracy. With the Octo and Serpenti collections, Bvlgari has taken its place as one of the best watch brands in the world. Watches to consider: Bvlgari Octo, Serpenti, and Lvcea 29. Breguet Photo from BreguetThe name Breguet is derived from the founder of the brand, Abraham-Louis Breguet. Aside from founding this brand, he famously created a new type of regulator, which he called the Tourbillon. Tourbillon watches continue to be some of the most sophisticated timepieces in the market today, and the credit for them all goes to Breguet.  The brand is also famously known as a Maison for French royals, having created pocket watches and wristwatches for royal names like Marie Antoinette and the Queen of Naples.  Watches to consider: Breguet Type XX – XXI – XXII, Reine de Naples, and Tradition 30. Casio Photo from CasioNow onto the far east, most of you have probably heard of Casio. In fact, many have most likely owned a Casio piece of your own at some point. This brand is the finest display of Japanese excellence and modern technology blended into one. Casio stands out not only for its outstanding watches but also for its calculators and other digital devices. In addition, this Japanese brand is also responsible for the most durable and ubiquitous watch in the world — the G-Shock. The G-shock collection is especially renowned among those who are into outdoor activities. It offers watches that are incredibly rugged and have neat features perfect just for the outdoors. Watches to consider: Casio G-Shock, Edifice, and Pro Trek 31. Hamilton Photo from HamiltonHamilton is an American brand that became Swiss-owned in the 1970s. Due to the quartz crisis that shook the watchmaking industry, Hamilton underwent a series of mergers and acquisitions. It then became a part of the Swatch Group under which the company operates to this day.  Today, Hamilton is well-known for its catalog of field watches, many of which have been featured in famous movies. For instance, Elvis Presley wore a Hamilton piece in Blue Hawaii, while Matthew McConaughey, in the film Interstellar, owned a Khaki Aviation Day-Date watch. Most recently, Hamilton Ventura watches have become a part of the Men in Black films.  Watches to consider: Hamilton Khaki Field, Ventura, and American Classic 32. Citizen Photo from CitizenCitizen is more than just a watch brand. They also handle the movement manufacturer Miyota, which is trusted by many smaller companies to provide high-quality calibers. Citizen is also famous for its light-powered technology known as Eco-Drive, which it uses to power many of its watches. With the Eco-Drive, the brand has a pretty solid sustainability plan. Aside from the Eco-Drive, Citizen also boasts other innovations such as its radio-powered technology, atomic timekeeping, and Super Titanium™ material. This material is five times harder and forty times lighter than stainless steel! Watches to consider: Citizen Promaster Air, Corso, and Stiletto 33. Seiko Photo from SeikoYou cannot have a list of the best watch brands without Seiko. Everybody knows that Seiko is a Japanese giant, but do you know that it has also been a game-changer in the horology industry? Seiko is the brand that released the first-ever quartz watch, the Astron, which led to the advent of quartz timepieces in the market. Since then, the brand has grown significantly into a watchmaking legend. Today, Seiko collaborates with various prominent names such as musicians, game developers, and even non-government organizations. Many of its releases, such as the Save the Ocean watches, are environmentally-friendly efforts that give back to the planet. The brand also has various sub-brands that cater to the luxury watch market, such as Grand Seiko and Credor. Watches to consider: Seiko Presage, Astron, and Prospex 34. Nordgreen Photo from Nordgreen If you are looking for a watch brand that gives back to the planet without sacrificing quality, Nordgreen is the one for you. This Danish brand goes out of its way to create award-winning, environmentally-friendly mechanical watches. Nordgreen’s Scandinavian roots have influenced them to produce watches that boast very distinct yet simple designs. As part of its green efforts, Nordgreen encourages bringing in old watches so it can refurbish them and sell them for much lower prices. It also has options for vegan leather. The brand also packs its watches in recycled paper and boxes made from reused plastic bottles. Finally, for every purchase, Nordgreen donates money to your charity of choice. If you are looking for the best green watch brands, you cannot get any better than Nordgreen.  Watches to consider: Nordgreen Philosopher, Pioneer, and Native 35. MVMT Photo from MVMT MVMT is one of the fastest-growing best watch brands in the world. Though some gripe about its prices being a bit too high, most agree that these pieces are stylish and relatively affordable. Additionally, it has one of the most attractive brand aesthetics out there, and the millennial age range has responded remarkably well to the brand. These MVMT watches are an excellent deal because they use high-quality acetate and offer polarized lenses at reasonable prices.  Recently, MVMT has also added sunglasses and women’s bracelets to its shop as well. Watches to consider: MVMT Field Automatic, Blacktop, and Nova The Best Watch Brands Bring More The battle between those watch brands that specialize and those that do not largely miss the point. As a consumer, what you should do instead is to focus on the product you want and judge a company based on how they make it. The list of best watch brands we have curated for you consists of watchmakers that are fully dedicated to their craft. These brands focus on crafting exquisite timepieces and innovating horological inventions to better your timekeeping experience. An added benefit of choosing one of the best watch brands on this list is that if you fall in love with them, many of these brands have extensive product catalogs. As such, these catalogs can satisfy your other interests too.

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  3. 15 Best Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention

    15 Best Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention

    A lot of luxury timepieces are manufactured in Switzerland, which many connoisseurs call the “land of horology.” It has become widely accepted that many Swiss watch brands have already perfected the art of watchmaking. However, that does not mean we should count out Japanese watches just yet. Many other countries have been making big waves in the horology industry as well. The most famous of them is Japan. Japan is known for producing the majority of quartz watches we see in the market, along with some affordable automatic pieces too. For these reasons, taking a look at what Japanese watches have to offer is definitely worth your time. From the renowned Seiko and Casio to the underrated Frank Miura and Knot, here are some of the best Japanese watches you should consider. They come in different price points and designs, so you are bound to find one that fits your tastes and budget. Our Best Picks: 15 Japanese Watches Worth Your Attention 1. Seiko Prospex Ref. SLA021J1 What better way to begin this rundown than with an eminent brand best known for creating affordable timepieces that perform at a luxury level. Seiko is famous for creating the first Japanese dive watch in 1965. This is why its Seiko Prospex divers remain incredibly respected and popular to this day. One of the most prominent members of this collection is the Seiko Prospex Ref. SLA021J1. Versatile and robust, this watch is one of the most impressive releases of the brand to date. This Seiko model boasts a 44.3mm case and a black unidirectional bezel, both made out of stainless steel with super hard coating. Secured with a sturdy three-piece link bracelet, the timepiece also has a screw-down crown placed strategically at 4 o’clock for easier access. On the simple but striking matte black dial, you will find geometric hour markers and sword-shaped hands, all coated in LumiBrite. There is also a small date window on the right of the dial..  With a water resistance capacity of 300 meters, this Seiko watch can easily accompany you in various extreme watersports and diving activities. It relies on a 26-jewel automatic movement, which has a power reserve of 50 hours and an accuracy rating of +15/-10 seconds per day. Carrying a reasonable price tag of $3,150 USD, this is the ideal choice for those seeking a Japanese watch that is durable and long-lasting. 2. Casio G-Shock Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF Next up, we have a piece from Casio. Casio is a well-known brand from the East whose expertise lies in creating extraordinary and high-performing digital watches. Due to their solid builds and unparalleled quality, Casio’s near-indestructible flagship watches have become a staple in every serious watch collector’s closet. Among the Casio timepieces worth checking out is the Gravitymaster Ref. GWR-B1000-1AJF. As part of the premier Casio G-Shock collection, this Japanese men’s watch is a testament to the brand’s passion for innovation and pure Japanese craftsmanship.  This G-Shock watch comes in a 50.1mm black carbon monocoque case and bezel. These match well with a tough resin band sporting the same black hue. True to its name, this timekeeper has outstanding shock resistance and can even withstand water pressures up to depths of 200 meters. Continuing with the dark aesthetic, its dial features luminous black baton indices and sword hands, and a date component at 3 o’clock. It also has a Super Illuminator LED light and an afterglow that endorse great legibility in low-light conditions. When it comes to features, this Casio watch packs a lot. Aside from bearing a mobile link capacity, it also has a 1-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a daily alarm, a battery level indicator, a full-auto calendar, a dual-time feature, and more. It is also solar-powered so you would not have to worry about its accuracy and durability. Indeed, Casio chose to prioritize function and ruggedness in this masculine $899 USD Japanese timepiece. 3. Citizen Promaster Aqualand Ref. BJ2167-03E When talking about Japanese watches with cutting-edge functionalities and commendable looks, Citizen is surely the first brand that comes to mind. They famously pioneered light-powered timepieces with their proprietary Eco-Drive movement. This company has also been at the forefront of GPS technology, with models such as the Red Arrows World Time chronograph and the Satellite Wave GPS dive watch. Right off the bat, you can tell that the Citizen Promaster Aqualand Ref. BJ2167-03E, priced at around $795 USD, will survive even the harshest circumstances. Coming from the brand’s famous Promaster collection, it has a beefy yet striking structure, which men with bigger wrists will surely appreciate. This watch features a stainless steel round case that is 50mm in size, and wide lugs that give the piece more edge. The majority of the watch sports a cool black tone, including the polyurethane strap, pushers and crown. However, there are also blue and red accents on the black bezel and dial that provide a youthful touch. The black dial with a matte finish bears thick hour indices and hands with luminous coatings. In terms of complications, it also features a  date window at 3 o’clock, a 60-seconds sub-dial, a power reserve indicator, and a 12/24 hour time display. Like most of Citizen’s products, this Japanese men’s watch relies on a movement equipped with the trailblazing Eco-Drive technology.  It also has a water resistance rating of 200 meters. On the whole, you should go for this one if you love playful Japanese watches loaded with useful features. 4. Grand Seiko Ref. SBGA211 Each of Seiko’s subsidiaries probably merits a lot more discussion than we have time for. However, if there is one worth emphasizing, it would be Grand Seiko. Established in 1960, this Japanese company produces luxurious yet extremely precise timepieces. Indeed, Grand Seiko watches could easily compete with Swiss-made timekeepers in terms of appearance and performance. Exuding simplicity and elegance, Grand Seiko watches have pristine finishes, straightforward layouts, and chronometer-grade movements. One of the brand’s most notable entries is the Grand Seiko Ref. SBGA211, popularly known as the Snowflake. This desirable gem comes in a 41mm high-intensity titanium case and a fixed bezel made of the same material. Its bracelet has thick, solid links that ensure a nice fit on the wrist, and it has a sizable teeth-edged crown which provides a good grip. Sporting soft textures that are reminiscent of snow, its milky white dial features silver baton hour markers and dauphine hands. There is also a date window with large black numbers at 3 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator sitting between the 7 o’clock and 8 o’clock positions.  This watch is powered by a Spring Drive movement with 72 hours of power reserve and a ±1 second per day accuracy rating. This timepiece is also water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, making it suitable for snorkeling and swimming. With a hefty price tag of around $6,000 USD, this is one of the most expensive yet admirable Japanese watches  on this list. 5. Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S Evoking a lavish feel, the Orient Star Ref. RK-AM0001S runs on an in-house automatic movement and features a classic black crocodile leather band. You can glimpse the mechanism’s charms through the open-heart dial, which is protected by a resilient sapphire crystal. The crisp white face of this Orient watch sports large Roman numeral indices and blued steel hands. It also bears a moon phase display with blue and yellow accents, a power reserve indicator found below the 12 o’clock marker, and railroad-like patterns on its outer rim. The watch’s signature is also delicately engraved on the right of the dial, signalling this elegant Japanese watch’s identity. . Its 41mm round case, case back, lugs, and crown are all made out of hard and polished stainless steel, a material capable of withstanding impacts, corrosion, and scratches. On top of that, this Orient Star watch is both anti-magnetic and water-resistant up to depths of 50 meters. Priced at around $1,299 USD, this Japanese timepiece would look good with any ensemble, whether casual, business-themed, or formal. 6. Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG33K1 Here we have another piece from Seiko, but this time with a more rugged and commanding look. While its daring aesthetics may not be everyone’s cup of tea, its well-executed dial layout and build are what makes this piece worth getting. With its handsome appearance, there is no doubt why this watch is one of the Seiko 5 Sports collection’s most popular members. Suitable for men with retro tastes, the Seiko 5 Sports Ref. SRPG33K1 boasts a 39.4mm brushed stainless steel case, a fixed bezel, and a crown with teeth-like edges for a secure grip. Matching the lightweight nylon strap, the dial sports a dark green hue which is surprisingly pleasing to the eye. Adorned with silver Arabic numeral hour markers in a 12/24 hour format and luminescent sword-style hands, it also features a day-date display at 3 o’clock and a seconds hand with subtle orange accents. As a finishing touch, Seiko added a curved Hardlex crystal on both the front and the back, to shield the watch from external threats like dust and moisture.  This Seiko 5 Sports watch relies on a 4R36 automatic movement with 24 jewels and 41 hours of power reserve. It also has a manual winding capability, giving you the best timekeeping experience you deserve. With a price of only $379 USD, this simple but sturdy Japanese timepiece can easily serve as a conversation starter.  7. Casio Edifice Ref. ECB-900DB-1B Although Casio is better known for their bulky resin watches, they also excel at creating trailblazing pieces with traditional looks. One good example is this motorsports-inspired Casio Edifice Ref. ECB-900DB-1B. It boasts a mesmerizing dark blue and silver color scheme, and combines the wonders of analog and digital displays all at once. Hailing from the brand’s reputable Edifice line, this watch comes with numerous state-of-the-art features and a bold, large watch face for optimal legibility. Dashing and attractive, this Japanese men’s watch has a 51.5mm stainless steel case and a tachymeter bezel adorned with legible medium-sized markings. This is paired with a brushed stainless steel bracelet with thick links for a better fit on the wrist. Since this piece takes inspiration from the world of racing, it is only natural that its black dial boasts a fancy, dashboard-like appearance. Bearing baton hour markers and luminous, sword-shaped hands with silver outlines, the watch’s face also features a double LED light, a battery level indicator, and sleek metallic blue accents. You will also notice that this watch has four round pushers and a crown with engraved details.  This Casio Edifice model is water-resistant up to depths of 100 meters, making it the perfect companion for your swims. What’s more, this solar-powered watch also comes with a world time function featuring 39 time zones, a 1/1000-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, a speed indicator, a full-auto calendar, a power saving mode, and several alarms. This Japanese watch retails at around $250 USD, giving you excellent value for your money.  8. Grand Seiko Solar Diver Chronograph When it comes to sports watches, you simply cannot go wrong with classic stainless steel ones. With its versatile aura and elegant finish, the Grand Seiko SBGE253 will surely look good with any outfit, whether formal or casual.  This Grand Seiko watch runs on a 30-jewel Caliber 9R66 automatic movement. It has 72 hours worth of power reserve and a ±15 seconds per month accuracy rating. With a water resistance capacity of 200 meters, this watch can be an instant diving companion. It boasts a stainless steel case that is 40.5mm in diameter, paired with a silver bracelet with a three-fold clasp and push button release. The brand also decided to craft the bezel using a black-colored ceramic, which makes the timepiece more high-tech and innovative.  Continuing with the minimalistic theme, the dial sports a chic black matte finish. This serves as a great backdrop to the luminous baton indices, hands, and the silver Grand Seiko signature. Apart from bearing a vibrant red GMT hand and an outer ring that displays 24-hour time, the face of this Grand Seiko watch also boasts a date window and a power reserve indicator. Enclosed in an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, this versatile men’s watch costs around $6,490 USD.  9. Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Ref. CC4004-58 Here we have another revolutionary timepiece that is worthy of hype and praise. The Citizen Satellite Wave GPS Ref. CC4004-58 adds a stylish and contemporary twist to the classic dress watch.  Everything about this Citizen watch screams lavish and timeless. Its exterior includes a 44mm black titanium case, paired with a sleek bracelet made of the same material. As a true chronograph piece, this men’s watch also has two pushers on the right and a large crown, giving it a 100-meter water-resistance rating. The textured black dial, however, is the true standout here. It boasts luminescent baton hour markers and sword-style hands, and a date window between the 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock positions. Other features it comes with include, a 1/20 second stopwatch, a world time feature, a Universal Coordinated Time (“UTC”) display, a perpetual calendar, a power reserve indicator, and more Like what its name suggests, this model has a satellite GPS timekeeping system that keeps the watch accurate at all times. It even runs on an Eco-Drive movement, meaning it relies on any light source for power. Priced at around $2,495 USD, this is another Japanese watch worth checking out. 10. Orient Bambino Ref. AC00003W Let us take a break from sporty timepieces and take a look at this sophisticated and graceful gem. It is no secret that Orient produces attractive watches that never go out of style. What’s more, their products all come with dependable in-house movements, making them good additions to anyone’s collection. One of the famous members of the brand’s current watch lineup is the Orient Bambino Ref. AC00003W. This is an affordable and stylish dress watch with exceptional attributes that are on par with its expensive Swiss counterparts. Exuding a classy aura, this 40.5mm watch boasts a gold-plated stainless steel case, a fixed bezel, a medium-sized crown, and nicely-shaped lugs. These match well with the cushiony crocodile leather strap in a dark brown color. When it comes to design, this Orient watch veers towards a vintage-inspired concept. Its faded silver-whitedial features triangle-shaped hour markers and sleek, gold-tone dauphine hands. One downside to this watch is that it does not have any luminous elements.  Nevertheless, the dial’s minimalistic aesthetic and polished finish  are enough to make this timepiece very desirable  Driven by a 22-jewel caliber F6724, this automatic Orient watch beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. This Japanese watch retails at $230 USD only. Despite its affordable price, this is one of the best pieces the brand has to offer.  11. Naoya Hida NH Type 3A  For those who love sleek timepieces with a lovely pop of color, then the NH Type 3A from the young label Naoya Hida is the best option. Aside from embodying superb retro aesthetics, Naoya Hida watches are also equipped with highly reliable movements. These movements are made by Valjoux, an esteemed Swiss mechanical movement manufacturer which focuses on crafting intricate chronograph mechanisms. Apart from sporting a blue hand-sewn leather strap made of Alcantara, the Naoya Hida NH Type 3A also has a 37mm SUS904L stainless steel case, fixed bezel, and lugs. It also bears a curved sapphire crystal that provides optimal protection to the face of the watch. Exhibiting a vintage feel, the nickel silver dial with a micro bead blast finish features blued steel hands and hand-carved Roman numeral indices. To add, the dial boasts black dot markings on its outer ring and a delicate 18K gold moon phase disc at 6 o’clock. Aside from looking good, this watch can also withstand water pressures of up to 50 meters. It relies on a Caliber 3021LU hand-wound movement that beats at 28,000 vph and has 45 hours worth of power reserve. Priced at a whopping $23,071 USD, this Naoya Hida watch is a must-have for those who love refined Japanese dress watches with a twist. 12. Hajime Asaoka Tsunami If you are on the hunt for a versatile and ingenious timepiece that could easily impress onlookers, then Hajime Asaoka is a great place to start. The founder of the same name has been producing top-notch timepieces since 2005, becoming famous for his incredible watchmaking skills and philosophies.  Ideal for everyday wear, the Hajime Asaoka Tsunami comes in a 37mm polished stainless steel case and a bezel with the same finish. Its slim lugs ensure a nice fit on the wrist, while the large crown is easy for wearers to grip and adjust the watch’s settings. However, what truly makes this timepiece interesting is its neat and understated dial. Adorned with silver-colored hands and a mix dot and Arabic numeral indices, the dial sports a black and gray hue with sandblasted and matte finishes. It also features a railroad-like pattern on the outer rim, a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock, a red hand for the sub-dial, and a striking signature below the 12 o’clock marker. The brand also added a transparent case back, allowing wearers to admire the beauty of the watch’s reliable and intricate movement. In addition, this watch relies on an in-house engine, designed personally by Hajime Asaoka in his own atelier. Aside from boasting 40 hours of power reserve, it also beats at 18,000 vph. Falling on the more expensive side of the spectrum, this well-designed Japanese timepiece retails at around $22,000 USD. 13. Maker’s Watch Knot Ref. CC-39BKWH Many of you might think that only European watch brands can produce high-quality Bauhaus-inspired timepieces. That said, wait until you see this next model from the rising Japanese label Maker’s Watch Knot. Whether you need a chic dress timepiece with unusual dial layouts or a sporty watch you could proudly parade around, this brand has got you covered. The best part about Maker’s Watch Knot’s offerings is that they do not come with hefty price tags, making them true collectible pieces. The Maker’s Watch Knot Ref. CC-39BKWH, priced at around $200 USD, runs on an Epson YM91 movement with 5 years of battery life. It is also water-resistant up to 50 meters, which means that it is suitable for showering and even recreational swimming. In terms of design, it comes in a 39mm black stainless steel case and a tan leather strap with fine stitchings. Embodying a vintage aesthetic, the dial bears clear Bauhaus influences. It contains thin black baton hour markers and hands, sub-dials for the chronograph feature, and an understated date display at 3 o’clock. On the whole, this is a unique Japanese timepiece that definitely deserves a spot in your collection.  14. Minase Horizon Ref. VM02-R01KD This next piece from the underrated 58-year-old Japanese brand Minase will surely change your perspective about rose gold watches. The Minase Horizon Ref. VM02-R01KD is one of the brand’s best offerings to date, and it stands out effortlessly with its quirky but powerful shape. Bearing a futuristic and lavish look, this Japanese watch takes inspiration from Samurai swords and the horizon’s line over the ocean. This Minase watch comes in a 38mm box-shaped stainless steel case and has a black rubber strap with a stainless steel deployment clasp. Besides the baton hour markers and luminous hands, its three-dimensional gray dial also consists of an elongated date aperture and a simple signature at 12 o’clock. Endorsing comfort on the wrist, the timepiece has a lightweight profile, weighing around 150 grams only. Minase also added a sapphire crystal to the case back. This protects the watch from scratches and impacts, and allows wearers to view the movement at work. Moving on to its technical specifications, this Minase Horizon watch relies on a Caliber KT7001/1 automatic movement. It boasts 38 hours of power reserve and consists of hand-polished plates and bridges. Unique in all ways, this Japanese watch retails at around $3,700 USD and can withstand extreme wear and tear.  15. Masahiro Kikuno Sakubou Last on our list, we have a piece from another independent watchmaker, Masahiro Kikuno. Known for his incredible horological prowess, he produces watches that go beyond expectations by hand. The Sakubou watch serves as solid proof of the founder’s amazing artistry and attention to detail. With its intricate parts, lavish appeal, and stunning composition, it is a timepiece that will surely age well. Powered by a Caliber MK17 manual-winding movement that beats at 28,800 vph, this Masahiro Kikuno watch is quite slim, with a case diameter of just 38mm. It is secured with a brown leather band to finish off its daring but sophisticated look. This watch also has a Kuro-Shibuichi and white gold flower-shaped case with a flawless brushed appearance. The dial is the true show-stopper of this Japanese timepiece, sporting elegantly patterned black curves reminiscent of flowers and leaves. In addition, it boasts simpledot indices, thick maroon-colored hands, and an understated moon phase sub-dial at the 6 o’clock position. You just have to be cautious while wearing this delicate and opulent watch, as it is only water-resistant up to depths of 30 meters. This Sakubou timepiece costs around $44,000 USD, making it the most expensive piece in this list of Japanese watches. Final Thoughts If you still want to stick with Swiss watches after reading this article, we do not blame you. The manufacturers that operate there are some of the best in the world, and you cannot go wrong with choosing one of their masterful pieces.  However, as this article proves, timepieces made from the East can easily match the quality, form, and appeal of their Swiss counterparts. They deserve the same respect and consideration as Swiss timepieces, especially considering their more budget-friendly prices. With so many options out there, it is impossible not to find a Japanese timepiece to suit your exact tastes, which you can use for the decades to come. We hope that this list can help you choose the right Japanese masterpiece to add to your growing collection. Can’t get enough of Japanese-made watches? Make sure to check out our articles on the 5 Best Seiko Credor Watches, Seiko SNK809, Orient Kamasu, and Citizen NY0040. Photos from the aforementioned brands’ official websites, unless noted otherwise

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  4. Best Square Watches

    Best Square Watches

    For decades, we have been conditioned to follow and celebrate the design of round watches. It has reached a point where round watches are seen as the quintessential watch design. But sometimes, the endless parade of circular timepieces can get a little monotonous. For those who want a little horological variety, we have the perfect answer for you: square watches. Square or rectangular watches do not get the props they deserve, especially when compared to their rounded counterparts. They combine the classic style of the yesteryear with a modern appeal. These are versatile timekeepers that can be worn casually with jeans and a shirt, or dressed to the nines with a suit and tie. Not sure which square-faced watch to go for? Fear not, for we have collated a list of the 25 best square watches you should definitely consider.  25 Best Square Watches  More than just accessories to tell time, the best watches should also look attractive and make a statement. A square watch is not just trendy. It shows that its wearer is not afraid to wear something different, and to truly stand out from the crowd. These square watches promise to improve your fashion in the most sophisticated, statement-making way. Featuring outstanding quality, craftsmanship, and designs, take a look at a few of the most sophisticated square watches available today. 1. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto Ref. 235876 Photos by Jaeger-LeCoultre Jaeger-LeCoultre is known for creating what is perhaps the most famous square watch of all time. 85 years ago, the brand released the legendary Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso,  an iconic luxury sports watch with a reversible square case. The reversible case was invented for wearers to protect their watch’s face during polo matches. This innovative design has been a statement timepiece ever since then. One standout model, the Reverso Squadra Lady Duetto Ref. 235876, has a 29mm stainless steel case and a double-fold clasp bracelet. Moreover, its automatic self-winding movement is as precise and sophisticated as you would expect from any Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece. It boasts a clean white dial with Arabic numerals and the familiar JLC bold handset. Lined at the top and bottom of its square case are rows of exquisite crystals, which add to the watch’s aura of glamor. This Jaeger Le-Coultre watch retails at $7,500 USD.  2. Cartier Tank Solo Ref. W5200024 Photos by Watchshopping Cartier is one of the first brands that comes to mind when it comes to square watches. It represents the perfect balance between technical excellence and geometrical style. The modest, modern design of the Cartier Tank, specifically the Tank Solo, is an instantly recognizable one. This particular model is a well-known watch from Cartier because of its exquisite, vintage looks.  This Cartier Tank Solo W5200024 can be bought for around $5,500 USD. It has a 31mm stainless steel case with a coating of 18K rose gold. It wraps comfortably around your wrist with its quintessential alligator leather band. An instant classic, this watch has a rectangular face and bold, slanted Roman numerals.  A quartz movement is used to power this watch, giving it accurate seconds, minutes, and hour functions. This elegant watch is perfect for any upcoming dinner parties, as it will certainly elevate your style.  3. Cartier Tank Ref. WSTA0055 Photo by Watchshopping When it comes to square watches, we have already established that the Cartier Tank is an icon of modern watchmaking. This next piece is a minimalist model with an all-blue look and silver accents. It is perfect for women who are into classy and elegant timepieces. It is not too loud, but it is definitely a head-turner on your wrist.  For $4,499 USD, the Cartier Tank Ref. WSTA0055 comes in a 33.7mm stainless steel case, with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to protect the watch face. The dark blue dial features a stainless steel handset, with the Cartier brand name printed above it in silver. It does not have any indices and hour markers, making it a very clean and uncluttered dial indeed. A blue leather band is also used to match the dial and the iconic Cartier crown which is placed at the 3 o’clock position.  4. Bulova Classic Ref. 96L138 Photo by Bulova Another minimalist yet unique square watch is the Bulova Hack Ref. 96L138. More than having a square dial, it also has a unique bracelet which makes it stand out from other timepieces. This model perfectly epitomizes Bulova’s mastery of the watchmaking arts through advanced technology and excellent craftsmanship.  For approximately $150 USD, you get a rectangular 18.2mm stainless steel case with a fixed bezel. It has a textured crown at the 3 o’clock position, which provides you with a better grip when adjusting the time. These features surround the jet-black dial, which is protected by a mineral crystal. The dial also boasts sleek silver-toned hands and hour markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. Lastly, this Bulova timepiece is powered by a  Japanese quartz movement.  5. Emporio Armani Ref. AR11207 Photo by Watchshopping Emporio Armani is one of the most popular brands for square watches. It is a well-established name in the fashion industry, and it features a variety of watches that fit everyone’s style and designs.  For instance, the Emporio Armani Ref. AR11207 features an understated pink-and-white dial. For an affordable price of $129 USD, you get a 24mm stainless steel case with a soft pink calfskin leather band. Powered by a quartz movement, this watch’s minimalist dial does not have any numeral hour markers. Instead, it only features the silver-toned handset, the iconic Emporio Armani logo, and quarterly hour markers.  6. Kate Spade New York Women’s Kenmare Ref. 1YRU0926 Photo by Kate Spade You might know Kate Spade for their gorgeous bags, but did you know that they also sell beautiful wristwatches for women? As a famous fashion brand, it ensures that all its watches come in very stylish designs, just like its other products.  The Kate Spade Kenmare Ref. 1YRU0926 women’s watch comes in a gorgeous off-white color scheme, with a design meant to resemble a large bow on the wrist. It is an excellent option for women looking for a sophisticated and distinct timepiece for any occasion.   Retailing at $126 USD, this Kate Spade watch comes with a 55mm x 16mm stainless steel case with an off-white leather band. It features hours, minutes, and seconds functions that are all powered by a quartz movement. The off-white dial has a minimal design, displaying only the brand logo, quarterly hour markers, and silver-toned hands.  7. Citizen Chandler EM0490-08A Eco-Drive Photo by Citizen The Citizen Chandler EM0490-08A is one of the most timeless watches ever produced by Citizen. For $175 USD, it features a 32mm x 23mm stainless steel square case paired with a brown leather strap. This combination gives the watch a vintage look, echoing old timepieces from the 1970s. In addition, the melamine white dial matches the silver-toned hands and simple indices.  Making this watch stand out is the Eco-Drive technology that Citizen is known for. It is powered by solar energy, which means you never have to worry about running out of battery.  8. Seiko Lukia Ref. SSVW175 Photo by Watchshopping Are you looking for an elegant square watch? The Seiko Lukia Ref. SSVW175 is here to give you what you need. It has an exquisite design, which is perfect for formal events. Pair this one with your fancy dress and high stilettos, and you are good to go. For $2,249 USD, you can get this square women’s watch with a 23mm stainless steel case and lavish diamonds embedded in its bezel and lugs. Its white mother-of-pearl dial is styled with Roman numeral markers and sleek Losange-style hands. This Seiko Lukia watch is highly functional, with a perpetual calendar up to the year 2100 a strong resistance to magnetic fields. It is also radio-controlled, which ensures that its time display remains accurate and precise.  9. Hamilton Jazzmaster Ref. H32251135 Photo by Hamilton Watch The Hamilton Jazzmaster collection is a reflection of the brand’s rich history, excellent craftsmanship, and consistent innovation. This particular model, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Ref. H32251135, boasts a jet-black dial in a stainless steel square case and exudes a very simple yet elegant vibe.  For $495 USD, you get a 29mm square watch with a 50-meter water resistance rating. It has a stainless steel bracelet that has no harsh edges and is very comfortable on the wrist. This women’s watch is powered by a Swiss-made quartz movement.  10. TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. WAW131E.FC6420 Photo by Watchshopping Are you looking for a vintage-style square watch? TAG Heuer has a retro dress watch, retailing at around $2,389 USD, that perfectly fits the bill. The TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. WAW131E.FC6420 comes with a 37mm stainless steel case paired with a brown alligator leather strap. It features a matching brown sunray-brushed dial, with 12 diamond-tipped indices and luminous rose gold-toned hands.  Moreover, this piece is also one of the most comfortable square watches on this list. It uses a folding clasp to allow for a more effortless and secure fit on the wrist. It is powered by a quartz movement which allows for a date display and a small seconds sub-dial.  11. Casio Ladies Ref. LTP-V007L-9E Photo by Casio One of the most affordable square watches on the list is the Casio Ladies Ref. LTP-V007L-9E. This model boasts a 22mm chrome-plated case and bezel. This is paired with a classy brown leather band. That said, there is another variant of this Casio timepiece, which offers a blue case with a striking black dial.  This Casio square watch has a simple yet elegant design. On the exquisite sunray champagne dial are bold black indices and gold-plated hands that set up a delicate contrast. This watch is powered by an analog quartz movement with a water resistance rating of 30 meters and a battery life of 3 years.  12. Marc Jacobs Ref. MJ3530 Photo by Watchshopping A rose gold-toned watch would be an excellent pick for formal events, right? Take a look at the Marc Jacobs Ref. MJ3530, which is sold at just $139 USD. This watch boasts a 20mm rose gold-tone stainless steel case and matching bracelet. It also has a rose gold-tone bezel with a textured silver dial. On its dial lies quarterly Arabic numeral hour markers and thin blunt hands. Furthermore, this solid Marc Jacobs watch has a quartz movement. It boasts water resistance of up to 50 meters and has a pull/push crown at 3 o’clock for more effortless time adjustment. A deployment clasp with a push-button release is also used to provide wearers with a more secure fit around the wrist.  13. TAG Heuer Monaco Ref. WAW131A.FC6177 Photo by Watchshopping Released in 1969, in honor of the Monaco Grand Prix, the TAG Heuer Monaco is a truly revolutionary watch. It is notable for being both the first automatic micro-winding chronograph and the first square watch to have a chronograph complication. Weighing in at 37mm in size, this TAG Heuer Monaco Quartz is equipped with a quartz movement, instead of the Monaco collection’s usual automatic Caliber 11. As such, the watch is more affordable, retailing at just $1,859 USD.  14. Bell & Ross Golden Heritage Ref. BR0392-ST-G-HE/SCA/2 Photos by Watchshopping The Bell & Ross BR 03 Golden Heritage Automatic timepiece comes in a 42mm satin-brushed steel case. It features golden appliqué indices, Arabic numerals, and golden sword-shaped hands against a patterned dark-brown dial. Between 4 and 5 o’clock lies the date aperture. A brown calfskin leather strap with a hot-stamped finish completes the vintage look of this Bell & Ross Instruments watch. At the heart of this pilot watch runs an automatic movement. You can get all of these great features for around $2,969 USD. 15. Casio General Ref. EAW-DB-360G-9A Photo by Casio The Casio General EAW-DB-360G-9A is one of the best-selling men’s watches from the brand. Retailing at $54 USD, it comes with a 38mm gold-plated stainless steel case and a matching gold bracelet for a more elegant look. It has a digital dial with a built-in alarm function, hourly chime function, and a 24-hour stopwatch. This watch also comes with a data bank function to store important phone numbers, which makes it an essential alternative to your mobile phone. Moreover, this watch is equipped with an LED light, ensuring that it is still legible even in the dark.  A quartz movement is used to give you essential watch functions such as dual time display, calendar, and stopwatch. Most importantly, it has a power reserve of 7 years, so you do not have to worry about this square watch running out of power. .  16. Seiko Recraft Ref. SNKP27 Photo by Seiko The Seiko Recraft Ref. SNKP27 is an automatic dress watch for men. It is sold for $221 USD and features a 39.5mm case with a brown calfskin strap. The highlight of this timepiece is its unique, alluring dial, which boasts gold-toned hands and indices against a green sunray finish.  The dial also displays a day and date window located at the 3 o’clock position.  Furthermore, dress watches usually do not have any significant water resistance capabilities, but this Seiko watch can provide water resistance up to 50 meters. Its movement is held by 21 jewels, which are used to lessen the friction, hence giving the watch a more accurate time display.  17. Casio G-Shock Ref. GW-5000-1J Photo by Watchshopping The Casio G-Shock Ref. GW-5000-1JF belongs to the Origin collection, which features durable and reliable timepieces. For $499 USD, this model has a solar-powered battery and a digital dial that displays the date, time, day, and seconds. As a sports watch, this Casio square watch is highly shock-resistant and water-resistant up to depths of 200 meters. It is also very comfortable against the wrist, with its 46mm slim and lightweight resin case. Its bezel and bracelet are also made of the same resin material, which is very durable and highly shock-resistant.  18. Bell & Ross Instruments Ref. BR0392-BL-CE Photo by Watchshopping Another outstanding square watch from the Bell & Ross is the Instrument Ref. BR0392-BL-CE. This model comes in all matte black and costs around $2,849 USD. On the whole, it boasts a smooth finish and superior comfort thanks to its synthetic fiber strap.  This watch is presented in a 42mm black ceramic case. A matte black dial is used to contrast against the Super-LumiNova-coated white hands and hour indices. You can also find a small date display at 4 o’clock.  19. Nixon Ragnar 36 Ref. A985513 Photo by Nixon Elegance is what the Nixon Ragnar 36 Ref. A985513 is all about. For $145 USD, it comes in a 40mm stainless steel case with a golden finish on the bezel, lugs, and crown. Its black leather strap delicately contrasts against the gold-tone case, balancing elegance and casual style. Meanwhile, the minimalist black dial features gold and white accents. Its Arabic hour numerals, second hand, and time display are all white, while the indices, and hour and minute hands are all in gold hues.  This Nixon model uses a Japanese quartz movement, giving it up to 50 meters of water resistance, a date display, and the hours, minutes, and seconds functions. This is an excellent pick if you are looking for an affordable square watch that can be used for your formal events.  20. Timex Ironman Transit Ref. TW5M19000 Photo by Timex Another affordable men’s square watch is the Timex Ironman Transit Ref. TW5M19000. Despite its very budget-friendly price tag of only $54 USD, this watch is known to be very durable. This Timex model is crafted using high-quality resin, with a 40mm black case and 20mm black strap. The dial is protected by an acrylic lens, which serves as reliable protection against bumps and scratches.  A quartz movement powers the watch, giving it functions such as a customizable alarm, 24-hour military time mode, two time zones, day, date, and month calendar. It also features a 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory and a 24-hour countdown timer.  21. Glashutte Original Vintage Seventies Chronograph Ref. 1-37-02-01-02-30 Photo by Watchshopping Looking for a more classic square watch? The Vintage Seventies Chronograph Ref. 1-37-02-01-02-30 from Glashutte Original might just be what you need. It is priced at around $9,579 USD and has quite a sporty, vintage style.  The watch comes with a 40mm stainless steel case, with a screw-down crown and a water resistance rating of 100 meters. This is paired with a gray Louisiana alligator leather strap, making it  perfect for everyday wear. This watch comes with a variety of functions including a 30-minute counter, 12-hours counter, panorama date, power reserve display, stop-second chronograph, flyback chronograph, and the standard seconds, minutes, and hours. All these can be  seen on a grey dial with silver-toned accents. This square timepiece is powered by the automatic caliber 37-02. 22. Cartier Santos de Cartier Ref. W20106X8 Photos by Watchshopping Another sophisticated men’s square watch is the Santos de Cartier Ref. W20106X8, which retails at $6,369 USD. This is one of the most famous, sought-after luxury watches in the world. It is the perfect piece for men who regularly go on office and business trips. This model comes with a 35.6mm stainless steel case and a black leather band, which is a versatile combination that can fit in with any style. Powering this Cartier watch is the automatic Cartier caliber 076 with a 38-hour power reserve. Lastly, it features the iconic Cartier dial, with the familiar oversized black Roman numeral hour markers and sword-shaped hands.  23. NOMOS Glashutte Tetra Neomatik 39 Ref. 422 Photos by Watchshopping Slim and sleek is what this model is all about. The Tetra Neomatik 39 Ref. 422 is the midnight blue edition of the collection. This NOMOS Glashutte model is worth $3,159 USD. It comes in a 33mm stainless steel case, which is very thin for a men’s watch. It has a 20mm lug width and 7.3mm height, including the Horween Genuine Shell Cordovan black leather strap.  Its midnight blue square dial has subtle green minute markers paired with larger white hour markers. The hour and minute hands are rhodium-plated, while the seconds hand comes in neon orange, adding a splash of vibrant color to this timepiece. Operating the watch is an in-house caliber DUW 3001, which boasts high precision and is equipped with the NOMOS swing system. 24. SevenFriday “Spaceship” M-Series M3/01 Photos by Watchshopping The SevenFriday M-Series M3/01 is a very unique square watch. It is a truly creative piece that espouses the artistry of SevenFriday timepieces. For $699 USD, you can have a square watch that is a perfect example of innovation. This timepiece is designed to look like a spaceship, with its rugged 47mm stainless steel case. It has no hands or indices at all. Instead, it has a distinct and unusual time display, with red highlights, placed at 9 o’clock. The outermost arc, on the left of the dial, represents the hour, while a red arrow on the right shows the minutes. Finally, floating increments are used to indicate the seconds.  This watch is powered by the Miyota Caliber 8215. . Its robust, sturdy look is completed with a PVD gunmetal-treated bezel and a black calf leather strap.  25. Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Ref. 601.NM.0173.LR Photos by Watchshopping Last but not least is the Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Ref. 601.NM.0173.LR. It costs around $17,079 USD. This is quite an exorbitant price, but it is well worth it, considering the innovative artistry of the watch’s skeleton dial. This watch is powered by the Hublot Caliber HUB4700. Its highlight, without a doubt, is its complex-looking dial, which comes with silver-tone hands and broad index hour markers, and allows you to view the movement at work. The complicated skeleton chronograph is equipped with silicon regulating elements to provide more precise and accurate timekeeping.  The case of this watch is crafted from satin-finished, lightweight titanium, which makes it extremely light on the wrist. In addition, this Hublot watch has a polished bezel and a black rubber strap. The grade 5 titanium case also provides resistance to corrosion, allowing it to maintain its quality for a longer time.  Final Thoughts The 25 square watches we have listed above were specially chosen to fit the preferences of many. Each and every model featured is reliable, accurate, and aesthetically pleasing. So, whether you choose the most affordable option or the most expensive one, you will never go wrong with your choice. Furthermore, these square watches are timeless pieces that will not go out of fashion in the foreseeable future.  Do you want to see more watches? Check out our list of the top 20 eco-friendly watches and see which one suits you best.  Photo Credits: Featured image from Cartier’s official website.

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  5. Most Expensive Watches in the World

    Most Expensive Watches in the World

    Watches have come such a long way. Before we discuss the world’s most expensive watches in the world, we should explain what exactly gives a watch a higher price than another.  So how does a watch be considered one of the most expensive watches in the world? There are six primary factors: Technology – This describes the various functions of the watch. One example of technology that will drive the cost of a piece up is having a perpetual calendar. While this might sound relatively simple, building the movement for this function is incredibly difficult, and it has the price tag to match. Craftsmanship – This is defined as how the watch is built. It refers to features like complicated movements and deep-water resistance. If it’s going to be in the expensive watches category, it should have the finest craftsmanship, right? Materials – This aspect is easy to understand. Pieces made of standard stainless steel will be cheaper, while ones that incorporate precious metals and stones will be more expensive. Brand – What are some of the most expensive watch brands? Expensive watches for men and women come in different varieties. Certain companies garner a higher price tag because of the mystique and reputation they have built. Age – If a piece is incredibly well made, age will only increase its value. Historic pieces often sell for incredible sums. Scarcity – Sometimes, a watch is one of a kind or produced in small batches. As you might imagine, this drives up the price. Now that you understand what makes a watch expensive, let’s move on to take a look at some of the world’s most expensive watches: 1: The Hallucination – $55 million This isn’t the world’s most expensive watch, but it’s definitely wayu up there. Some watch enthusiasts think that including this piece on this list is “cheating.” The reason? The watches themselves aren’t anything special besides the fact that they are riddled with diamonds. Still, this piece comes with an unbelievable price tag and a colorful, gaudy aesthetic. 2: Breguet No. 160 – $30 million Taking a brief break from diamond-laden pieces, we have the Breguet No.160. What makes this watch so expensive is its history. The story behind it is that a lover of the famous Marie Antoinette commissioned this piece as a gift. Unfortunately, she died before it was produced and never saw the finished product. Today, it is displayed in the Mayer Museum. It’s cased in 18-karat gold and sapphires, has 23 complications and over 800 parts. Talk about one of the most expensive watches in the world. 3: Chopard 201-Carat Watch – $25 million This Chopard easily lands on our most expensive watches in the world list. It is very similar to the Graff Diamonds pieces described above. In fact, it looks nearly the same as the Hallucination. It features scores of precious jewels, which result in a colorful, glimmering piece. 4: Patek Philippe Supercomplication – $24 million Patek Philippe created this custom piece for the ultra-wealthy banker Harry Graves Jr. It took a full five years to design and produce, but it was worth the wait. The end product was a pocket watch with incredible technology for its time, which holds up well even in the modern age. This may not look like it immediately, but it’s one of the most expensive watches out there. 5: Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch – $18 million While most of these watches have diamonds on them, none look as surreal as this Jacob & Co. model. The reason is that it looks like the entire piece of made of diamonds, rather than having them as decoration. Another thing that separates it from pieces like the Hallucination is that the movement is on display and quite beautiful. 6: The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona – $17.8 million Celebrities have worn Rolex watches for ages, but perhaps the most famous of all was Paul Newman. His signature piece was the Daytona, which was recently auctioned off. The price that an anonymous collector paid for it was 17.8 million dollars. This proves that diamonds and ancient history are not required to make a watch incredibly expensive. 7: Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 – $11.1 million This Patek Philippe is another historic piece that recently sold for millions at auction. The reason is that it was a groundbreaking technological masterpiece when it was built. Its claim to fame is being the first watch with a chronograph and perpetual calendar. 8: Vacheron Constantin 57260 – $8 million This gorgeous piece actually does not have an exact price, but it definitely should be included in the most expensive watches list. The $8 million we listed above is merely an estimate, as a private buyer commissioned the piece without publicizing the price. What makes it so expensive is its impossibly complex craftsmanship, which features 57 complications and 2,826 components. The care that went into this piece matches its price tag, as it took roughly 8 years to produce. Most Expensive Watches Conclusion If you’re every able to afford one of the watches on this list, you’ve probably done very well with your life. Of course, the vast majority of us never will. Still, it’s entertaining to learn about these pieces, look at pictures of them, and fantasize about one day being able to have them. Until then, looking is free, so don’t hesitate to research them further!

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