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Which watch for men to choose? Ecostylia’s advice

Modern young man wearing wrist watch

The key to choosing a watch as a man is to consider both the practicality and the appearance of the timepiece. Think about how often you plan to wear it, whether you need it to withstand certain conditions (like weather or water), and what style would best suit your personality and lifestyle.

Looking for a toolwatch : here is a watch for men

For everyday life, there is an established expression: toolwatch. In this case, we recommend a fairly robust watch, which is not afraid of knocks, and which offers a water resistance of 50 meters. This last criterion may seem disproportionate for everyday use, but it should not be forgotten that ATMs (atmospheres) do not really correspond to scuba diving. In fact, a watch that is waterproof to 5 ATM (50 meters) is a watch that you can wash your hands and take a shower with, without the risk of water infiltration.

A toolwatch at Rolex: is it possible?

Rolex Submariner watch
Rolex Submariner watch

For Rolex enthusiasts, we can recommend the entry-level Oyster model, or the Explorer model. These models have the advantage of offering cases with a diameter that fits all types of outfits (bare wrist for the summer, as a shirt to go to the office). We are talking about a case size of less than 40 millimeters.

On the other hand, the only black spot of Rolex watches is their steel bracelet. It is particularly impractical for the summer period, especially as we face increasingly hot temperatures. So, if you are a Rolex enthusiast, don’t hesitate to offer yourself a NATO bracelet, easier to wear in hot weather.

Which toolwatch to choose among all the watches for men?

If you are looking for value for money, we have two brands to recommend. You are bound to find something you like at Seiko. This famous Japanese watchmaker has modernized its production lines so that the assembly and shaping of parts is fully automated. Thus, Seiko manages to provide exceptional value for money in the production of its famous wristwatches, unlike many watchmakers.

As far as models are concerned, you are spoilt for choice as the Japanese manufacturer has diversified its range of timepieces over the decades. You also have a choice of movements. Are you more of an automatic or quartz watch? And have you ever tested the solar movements, which recharge with natural light?

The second brand we can recommend is Tissot. It is a Swiss brand, which offers Swiss Made watches at unbeatable prices. For a few hundred euros, you can afford a watch that you will wear all your life.

Men’s watch: what if you choose a sporty model?

If you like sports, the best watches for men are those with chronograph functions. So if you are looking for a sporty watch, consider this type of model. You can also bet on diving watches that offer greater resistance to shocks. There are many models to choose from, and you can find them at all prices. Among the top models we recommend is the Tudor Pelagos, which is very popular with enthusiasts. For your information, Tudor is the second brand of the Rolex company. Therefore, you can afford a very high-end watch for a very moderate price.

Alternatively, you can opt for the timeless Audemars Piguet Royal Oak with its visible screws, which appeals to sportsmen who want a compact and authentic men’s watch.

The last idea, original to say the least, is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso. This Art Deco style watch has been designed for sporty use. It has a sliding case, which allows you to easily turn the dial over. Thus, your watch is protected from shocks and does not get damaged with effort.

Watch to wear in all circumstances

If you want an all-purpose watch, try the Patek Philippe Calatrava or the Piaget Altiplano super flat range.

With the suit, you can try Hermes Arceau and Cartier Tank Must.

For travel, the Oris Big Crown aviator is ideal with its large crown that is easy to handle with gloves, just like the aviators of the past.

Sophisticated watch: choose the complications

If you are looking for a more sophisticated watch, we recommend you to choose a timepiece with complications.

Complication chronograph: for modern men

First of all, the mechanical chronograph is very popular. They offer several functions such as displaying the hours and minutes, the date or the day of the week. If you are a fan of vintage watches, we recommend the second hand websites where you can buy an old Swiss chronograph, which embeds a Valjoux mechanism.

Zenith El Primero chronograph watch
Zenith El Primero chronograph watch

For lovers of timeless watches, we can recommend the Omega Speedmaster, the famous “Moonwatch”. As its name suggests, this watch has gone down in history as the only watch to have been worn on the Moon. For the record, Omega won the NASA tender for a watch that would withstand the extreme conditions of a lunar mission. It is still manufactured today and offers an exceptional look on the wrist.

Omega Speedmaster watch fiftieth anniversary edition of the man on the moon
Omega Speedmaster watch fiftieth anniversary edition of the Man on the Moon. Source:, 2023.

Moon phase watches for a piece of mystery

Then there are watches with a “moon phase” complication, which allow precise measurement of solar or lunar cycles. Among them, the Longines Master Collection is distinguished by its extremely precise moon phase display, which only needs to be adjusted once every seven years. It is now the best value for money for this complication that is very popular with watch lovers.

Perpetual calendar: the ultimate complication

For even more sophistication, we recommend watches with a perpetual calendar. This complicated mechanism makes it possible to adjust the precision of the timing not only for months of 30 or 31 days, but also for the months of February and leap years.

The perpetual calendar offered by Jaeger-LeCoultre is one of the best models in terms of value for money. It is a beautiful watch, which combines traditional Swiss engineering with modern design. With its 41mm case and sub-dials for day, date and month display, it is an ideal choice for those who appreciate mechanical excellence.

We hope that our team’s insights will help you choose the right men’s watch for your style, your preferences, your lifestyle and of course your budget for a happiness that only true watch lovers know.