Finding the right men’s dress watches for you can be tricky, because in 2022, “dressing up” is basically whatever you want it to be. Tux with a skirt? Go for it! Green velvet suit with a gingham shirt? By all means! Canadian Tuxedo as an actual tuxedo? Big mood! But sure, why not? It all comes down to what you like and what you can get away with. Likewise, the best dress watches for men are an entire ecosystem unto themselves, ranging from Swiss masterpieces with glittering diamond-set bezels to understated Japanese designs with perfect office vibes. Better still, while there’s really no limit on how much you can spend on a special occasion watch, you can easily put something refined and dressy on your wrist for a couple of hundred bucks. Whether you’re dressing for a job interview or the Met Gala, all of the men’s dress watches below will get the job done in high style. After that, it’s just a matter of deciding what dressed up means to you.
As the dressiest watches in the dress watch hierarchy, this category is all about refinement and finesse. A black-tie watch should have a razor-thin case, a black leather strap and a black or white dial. No chronographs, rotating dive bezels, or other adornments needed. Unless, of course, you’re planning arriving by experimental watercraft, James Bond-style.
Citizen stainless steel quartz watch
Mido Baroncelli Chronometer watch
Tissot Excellence automatic watch
Office dress codes are all over the map, which means there’s no such thing as an all-purpose office wristwatch. These, however, have just the right amount of gravitas to look right with a suit and tie, and enough versatility to elevate your favorite chinos and chore jacket combo.
Nomos Glashutte Orion watch
IWC Portugieser Automatic 40
You can be dressy without being stuffy (just ask Thom Browne). Likewise, your dress watch can have a lot going on without overpowering the rest of your fit. These timepieces take the age-old codes of dressiness and infuse them with a modern character like Bauhaus-inspired hour markers and smokey, translucent dials.