Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches


Blue-on-blue isn’t the only popular watch-color trend of recent years. “All-black” watches, with ebony-colored cases, dials, and straps, have also remained popular. Nearly every watch brand, from mass-market and inexpensive to pricey and high-end, now makes at least one black-on-black model. Here are 17 notable black-on-black watches released in recent years.

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver

Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak Offshore Diver joined the Royal Oak Offshore Grand Complication and Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph as part of the brand’s celebration of 20 years of its Royal Oak Offshore watch. It is the third such model to be introduced, and the first to be offered in a ceramic case. The case, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, also includes a bezel and easy-grip crowns made of deep-black, high-tech ceramic — a material that is approximately seven times harder than steel and extremely scratch-resistant. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver retails for $21,800.

2. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono - angle
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph

Inspired by a vintage divers’ watch from the 1950s, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph ($17,200), contains a Blancpain manufacture movement, which features automatic winding, a column-wheel chronograph mechanism with vertical clutch, and a superfast frequency of 36,000 vph (5 Hz). The 43-mm case is made of brushed black ceramic and the black dial has a sunburst finish.

3. Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

The case of the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel, 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters, was blackened using the same process as the Avenger Seawolf Blacksteel model, in which a highly-resistant carbon-based coating is added to the steel. The dial echoes the case’s black color, while white, luminescent-coated numerals and hands, and small red hands for the chronograph counters, provide contrast. The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel comes on a perforated black rubber “Ocean Racer” strap. A limited edition of 1,000 pieces, it retails for $9,590. Breitling has since created blacksteel versions of many other popular watch models; for the most recent, click here.

4. Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 Géant 

Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection
Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection

This limited-edition Eberhard & Co. Chrono 4 Géant watch, nicknamed “Full Injection,” gets its name — and its sleek, dark, “stealth” look — from the special treatment used to harden the 46-mm steel case. The process, an advanced low-temperature carbon diffusion, allows the “injected” carbon to penetrate the steel for 30 micrometers to produce a structural hardening. The black coloring comes from the use of a DLC treatment called Dianoir, which is used on the case, bezel, crown, chronograph push-buttons, and buckle. The dial is also black, with black chronograph subdials. The Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection will be produced in a limited series of 500 pieces.

5. Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC Titanium DLC

Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC Titanium DLC - angle
Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC Titanium DLC

Several years ago, Girard-Perregaux introduced a version of its re-branded Traveller WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) watch in black DLC-coated titanium. The new version of this user-friendly world-time watch is lighter, because of the titanium case, and very durable and scratch-resistant due to the DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) coating. The center of the dial features a three-dimensional representation of the latitudes and longitudes covering the globe, and also includes the displays for the watch’s chronograph function, in a tri-compax layout (subdials at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock); the date, which is placed between 1 and 2 o’clock; and the brand’s name and logo.

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20 Responses to “Blackout: 17 Black-on-Black Watches”

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  1. Marti Rose

    How can you put this list together and not mention the 1972 Porsche Design Chronograph 1? It was the first all black watch. It used the legendary Lemania 5100 movement. And, is still available New as a limited reissue. Sublime

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  2. Randy Rogers

    Omitted, possibly most dynamic of all, the RW Reveluzione, CF Dial, same Strap as Hubllot 46MM!

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  3. Sylvio F. Bertoli

    Chopard also have some nice black on black that could have been part of the list. My favorite BOB from Chopard is still the Chopard Mille Miglia GT XL Chronograph “Speed Black – 44mm Limited Edition – which I consider a beauty.

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  4. Mike Chang

    I got a 2014 Black on Black
    BALL for BMW Chronograph with day/date

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  5. Beautiful selection, but i’ve missed Victorinox Alpnach Chrono as a cheaper choice.

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  6. We wonder why Rolex sells 1.000.000.000 watches a year. This article should be call ” Richemont against Swatch group” !!! Any independent ones like Sinn, Hanhart, etc??????? Watches now a days are like cars, the majority belong to a group and you buy the group’s name and not the watch itself with all it’s good and bad qualities. Let’s see some real watches, designed and produced from watch lovers to watch lovers. Thanks

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  7. Sokunroath Tan

    My pick would still be GP TWCC, follow BP Fanthom then simple 2 sub dial Omega Speadmaster. They all black straps, but the lighting may in fact introduced grey in those photos.

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  8. It’s the speedmaster for me!
    Looks and feels great in real life, it’s a head turning watch.

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  9. Blancpain looks the most refined and elegant to me.

    Also, a correction – von Richthofen is referred to as ‘Manfred’, not Albrecht, which was his middle name.

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  10. That Royal Oak from Audemars Piquet is stunning. It’s an interesting thing how such a simple design, made with the right materials, can turn heads. lesliewatch.com

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  11. Robin Henry

    I love the Audemars Piguet diver most. The Breitling Avenger Seawolf-Blacklist and the Seiko Kinetic Divers SKA579P2 look nice although the latter is in grey-black, but has a touch of blue on the bezel.

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  12. You missed the Bremont Alt-1 B2. A stealth watch based on a model actually used by people who have been on a stealth bomber. If that’s not stealth, then I don’t know what is.

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