Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches


Jaeger-LeCoultre Ultra Thin Grand Feu

When it comes to ultra-thin, in-house-developed-and-manufactured movements, the world of watches gets pretty small. Only a select few manufacturers can do what Jaeger-LeCoultre does. Its Caliber 849/1 is one of the thinnest movements on the market, measuring only 1.85 mm thick! The entire watch measures 5.04 mm thick, and has a diameter of 39 mm. That’s pure elegance.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Grand Feu
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra-Thin Grand Feu

Meistersinger Circularis

I’ve always liked these watches, which use only one hand to indicate the time, but I was never a fan of the movements used by Meistersinger. Now the brand has developed its first in-house caliber and integrated it into this year’s Circularis. The hand-wound Caliber MSH01 has finally added some cachet to this German brand’s distinctive design. The blue-dialed version of this 43-mm watch is my favorite.

Meistersinger Circularis Blue
Meistersinger Circularis

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase

Since Jérôme Lambert took over as CEO of Montblanc, the brand has produced some incredible watches, many of which are surprisingly affordable. The watch shown here only costs 3,490 euros – not bad at all. The 39-mm Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase is powered by an ETA or Sellita automatic caliber to which a moon-phase indication is added.

Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Moonphase
Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Moonphase

Omega De Ville Trésor White Gold

This ticking beauty from Omega earned its spot on the wrist of George Clooney when he got married in Venice. Fortunately, the 40-mm watch is not reserved only for Hollywood royalty; it is a masterpiece that should make its way to many, many wrists. The Master Co-Axial Caliber 8511 is the most modern hand-wound caliber that Omega produces these days; it’s not only a top performer but totally anti-magnetic to more than 15,000 Gauss.

Omega De Ville Tresor - White Gold
Omega De Ville Trésor
28 Responses to “Watch Insider’s Top 10 Men’s Dress Watches”

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  1. John Kaufman

    How about the Hentschel H1…classic looks, quality material.

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  2. Different varieties of designer and branded watches for both men and women. Online shopping is one of the best and cost-effective of shopping. The company provide the designer watches and you can purchase them on their online store.

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  3. George

    You have included Meistersinger, so why leave out Nomos?
    Surely the Orion range has to be included for pure elegance alone, and, if you feel a little more extravagant, their Lamda range looks truly beautiful?

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  4. raymond g. jackson

    The classiest watches come from a.Lange, but I really love the hublot rose gold. I didn’t think they had it in them, great looking piece of jewelry.

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  5. Vacheron Constantin 43075!

    (But if I had to choose from these 10, I’ll take the Blancpain with a side order of Piaget!)

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  6. Bob's Watches

    Wow, I was a bit scared for this article as I was reading it because I did not see the Rolex Cellini being mentioned. Good thing it came at the end because it is without a doubt, the rising dress watch collection that everyone’s been talking about.

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  7. Alexander- A very nice list. A few comments, I don’t think the Hublot fits into this category, it’s definitely to big at 45mm. Someone else mentioned it also, the Meistersinger also doesn’t belong. A dress watch should be simple, elegant with an unadorned face, two dials preferably with the case coming in at 35-40mm. The JLC, Blancpain and Omega are my choices from the list. One of my personal favorites that could have made the list is the Longines Conquest Heritage 1954-2014. I like in the stainless steel model (which is also the most affordable.) I always enjoy your articles!

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  8. macewindufan

    I’m sorry, Mr. Linz, but why must this article leave out the definitive dress watch ever since its creation–the Calatrava–probably the 5119R-001 or 5227R-001. I have few quibbles with this list… (The meistersinger isnt what id call a dress watch) but without the absolute standard for a classic, highest quality dress watch it cant be complete. I get your point of more out-of-the-box options, but looking back into the box is sometimes the absolute best choice. (for less money than some of these other choices, i should add)

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    • I agree with Calatrava. Add Breguet Classique and Vacheron Patrimony. They are stunning watches. And within the Lange price range. Lange Saxony Thin is another awesome dress watch. Rethink needed.

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  9. The Omega is my choice and is followed by the Montblanc. Lange is third.
    Great choice of watches.

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  10. For shear good looks the Blancpain wins. I had my son and wife go through the photos and my 26 year old son picked the Blancpain without hesitation and my wife picked it as well after a bit of back and forth with the Omega.

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  11. A dress watch has at most 3 hands and a all date. A seconds hand is pushing the limit.
    Many on this list exemplify gauche!
    Patek Calatrava is the standard.

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  12. Michael Quinones

    My own personal simple round men’s watch is Movado. It’s hard to find a more simple and perfect dress watch. Every man needs to have a simple round watch in his wardrobe.

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  13. you might also consider the Breitling TRANSOCEAN Day Date 1884. SS or leather strap very sophisticated.

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  14. Hector Peña

    Great selection. For me, the Lange is the watch I will like to have in my wrist.
    Why don´t you put the prices?

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  15. The Rolex Cellini’s are my favorite, however, I wish Rolex would make them in stainless steel so I could afford one.

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    • Paul Altieri

      Dress watches in stainless steel. Rolex would never do that these days. Only the lesser brands would do that. haha

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  16. Carl Dreher

    Excellent choices. After the decade-plus years of bigger and more outrageous watches, are we finally seeing a return to elegance?

    My only complaint about some of these watches is the small date display. My poor old eyes just can’t read those anymore. That is why the Lange rates so highly for me. It is beautiful and functional. I wonder if they would make a version with blued hands to improve the contrast with the dial?

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  17. Debashish

    Great selection, I must say, out these Lange, Blancpain, Montblanc, Omega, Piaget and Rolex are truly outstanding.

    Thank you for the fine report!

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