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Best men’s watches in 2022: Dress up your wrist

Despite living in the digital age — where the time is readily available on every laptop, smartphone, and tablet in the world — the need for a solid watch, perhaps unsurprisingly, hasn’t been diminished. Sure, a watch is probably the last thing you’ll use to check the time, but they’re still a staple of fashion for both men and women everywhere. But for some men, finding the right watch isn’t so cut and dry.

Well, that’s what we’re here for. We’ll go through some of the best men’s watches you can get with a simple search, and you’ll quickly realize you don’t need an expensive Rolex to be fashionable. Although, that might help…

Timex Men's Weekender 40mm Watch

Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Best for style: Citizen Eco-Drive PCAT Quartz Men’s Watch

Best Men's Watch for Style
Citizen Eco-Drive PCAT Quartz Men’s Watch Image source: Citizen/Amazon

Pros: Eco-Drive technology, made from super titanium with silver tones

Cons: Clasp can’t be adjusted

If you’re looking for a name-brand watch that checks all the boxes both in terms of style and function, the Citizen Eco-Drive PCAT Quartz Men’s Watch is certainly an enticing option. This is an atomic timekeeping device that has the technology for synchronized time adjustment. It will do so in 43 world cities. This keeps a perpetual calendar, so you don’t have to worry about not always knowing what the date is. You also won’t have to open up your phone calendar every time you need to know. 

It’s the most stylish because it’s made from super titanium with silver tones, so it looks good with almost any outfit. It has a one-second chronograph that measures up to 60 minutes. This is powered by light, using Eco-Drive technology, so you’ll never have to replace the battery. It comes with a five-year, limited manufacturer’s warranty. This has an alarm, a power reserve indicator, and shows you the date. You will need to make sure that the watch fits you well once you get it. The clasp cannot be adjusted, so you are locked in.

Citizen Eco-Drive PCAT Quartz Men's Watch, Super Titanium, Technology, Silver-Tone (Model: CB59… List Price:$596.25 Price:$536.63 You Save:$59.62 (10%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Best men’s sports watch: Timex Ironman Classic 30 Full-Size Watch

Best Men's Sports Watch
Timex Ironman Classic 30 Full-Size Watch Image source: Timex/Amazon

Pros: Indiglo light-up dial, countdown timer

Cons: Only has a 30-lap memory

For those who prefer something more sporty, you can’t go wrong with a Timex Ironman Classic 30 Full-Size Watch. Timex remains a staple of watches to this day and this timeless piece is no exception. What makes this the best sports watch is how much you can do with it when you’re exercising. The imported watch contains a built-in sports setting with 30-lap memory, a countdown timer and alarm, an Indiglo light-up watch dial for the dark, and a resin strap with buckle closure for protection.

Plus, it’s water-resistant up to 330 ft, making it ideal for underwater sports like snorkeling and swimming. Don’t press your luck with diving, though. There are multiple colors you can pick from as well, so you can find the one that works best for you. It has a 100-hour chronograph also. You’ll only be able to record the past 30 laps when you are swimming. It has a great discount right now too.

Timex Men's T5E901 Ironman Classic 30 Gray/Black Resin Strap Watch, Black/Gray/Orange Accent, O… List Price:$57.00 Price:$39.90 You Save:$17.10 (30%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Sleekest: Michael Kors Men’s Slim Runway Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

Sleekest Men's Watch
Michael Kors Men’s Slim Runway Stainless Steel Quartz Watch Image source: Michael Kors/Amazon

Pros: Quartz movement with a three-hand analog display, deployant closure

Cons: Band runs big

The Michael Kors Men’s Slim Runway Stainless Steel Quartz Watch is sharp to look at. This is imported and delivers on luxurious style with a splash of modern trends. This features a 44mm case with a 22mm band width. It is made with scratch-resistant mineral crystal glass and has Quartz movement with a three-hand analog display. You’ll love how sleek this is because it will go with a ton of outfits.

The round, stainless steel case has a black dial with a black, stainless steel bracelet with a deployant closure. You don’t have to worry about it getting wet up to 50m and, in general, short periods of recreational swimming are fine. This comes in other styles and colors if you don’t love this particular one. It might be more suited to people with large wrists and it tends to run a bit large.

Michael Kors Men's Slim Runway Analog-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Black, 22 (Model… List Price:$110.09 Price:$97.42 You Save:$12.67 (12%) Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Best men’s smartwatch: Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch Series 7 Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

Pros: Bigger display, faster charging

Cons: No aluminum colors that you saw in Series 6 are available

The Apple Watch Series 7 continues the legacy of the top smartwatch line on the market. This looks a lot like the Apple Watch Series 6. It does have thinner bezels on the display and the always-on display is up to 70% brighter indoors. The display is a little larger than previous iterations, so you can see the screen from almost any angle.

You won’t see that many changes from the chip. It is the same as the Series 6 as is the heart rate monitor, the ECG sensor, and the blood oxygen sensor. The watch charges faster than previous models. It will charge 33% more quickly than the Series 6. Thanks to the new software, watchOS8 boasts some newer features. It has combined Breathe and the new Reflect function into one called Mindfulness. The screen is now big enough to type on a full keyboard on the watch. There are also two different watch faces.

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Apple Watch Series 7 [GPS 41mm] Smart Watch w/ (Product) RED Aluminum Case with (Product) RED S… Price:$383.97 Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

Best value: Timex Men’s Weekender 40mm Watch

Best Value Men's Watch
Timex Men’s Weekender 40mm Watch Image source: Timex/Amazon

Pros: Genuine leather strap, round cream dial

Cons: You will hear the second hand tick

For an inexpensive timepiece you can still wear out on the weekend, you can’t go wrong with the Timex Men’s Weekender 40mm Watch. This stylish watch has the look of an expensive watch, but for a fraction of the price. There are multiple options for you to choose from when it comes to style. There are dark brown, light brown, olive green, camo, or other leather strap styles available.  Like other Timex watches, the Weekender is waterproof, but only up to 100 feet, so no swimming or diving, but splashes, a quick dish wash, or any relatively short immersion won’t be an issue. The ticking noise is loud, so you will hear it. I have even stopped the watch overnight because of the noise.

Timex Men's TW2P85800 Weekender 40 Titanium-Tone/Dark Brown Leather Slip-Thru Strap Watch,Antiq… Price: Buy Now Available from Amazon, BGR may receive a commission

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Chris Hachey handles e-commerce and sponsored content for BGR. He has worked as an editor and writer for over a decade for various publications and distribution services. He focuses on consumer products to help you find the best of what's on the market. When he's not searching for the top deals, he's likely watching his favorite sports teams or walking around his hometown with his fiancée and his dog.