Everyone from Johnny Cash to Jay-Z has embraced “all black everything” as a fashion credo, and that’s because you just can’t go wrong with black. It’s both formal and rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t know if the thing you’re going to is going to be dressy or casual? Throw on a pair of black jeans instead of your blue jeans and you’ll instantly look more put together.
First thing’s first—start your fashion black-out with an all-black watch, and then figure out your outfit from there. And whether you’re looking for a $50 Timex or a multi-thousand classic like an Omega Speedmaster, we’ve got you covered. We picked out 21 of our favorite all-black watches, and something for every budget.
Timex Analog Watch
You can always count on Timex for good-looking watches at an affordable price, and this Analog Watch fits the bill. Featuring an analog chronograph with three subdials, and Indiglo light, and a rugged textured silicone strap, this is a watch that will look good and last for years.
Komono Winston Heritage Duotone Watch
Komono is a brand that focuses on making small things great, and with their watches (and stable of sunglasses), they do exactly that. This sleek, minimalist watch features a black face with dark gray hands and numerals, and a black canvas wristband.
MVMT Black Leather Watch
MVMT started as an IndieGoGo campaign, and fortunately, they raised enough cash to start cranking out unique, affordable watches that are great for any occasion. This all-black (save for cherry red accents) watch is sleek and understated, boasting features like custom gunmetal stainless steel hands and markers, a brushed black stainless steel case, and a hardened crystal face.
Skagen Ancher Steel Mesh Watch
Since 1989, Skagen—a company named for its Denmark roots—has been creating products that reflect everything that’s respected about modern Danish design. This easy-to read, minimalist Ancher Steel Mesh Watch has a black face, casing, and a unique textured black mesh strap (which you typically only see in gold or silver) with white markers and a second hand that’s been dipped in red.
Miansai M24 Noir Watch
When Miansai introduced its collection of preppy rope bracelets in 2008, the brand became the darling of the fashion world. But since then, they’ve expanded to create additional wristwear in the form of watches. This M24 Noir Watch is one of their best, and features a unique one-handed Japanese quartz movement that breaks each hour into 15, 30, and 45 minute increments.
TID No. 1 Black Watch
Founded in Stockholm in 2012, the brand’s name literally means “time” in Swedish, which is more than appropriate for a watch company. The brand’s No.1 Watch has a military edge to it, but rather than in army green, it’s all black. Crafted from stainless steel, the watch is coated in black ion that provides both durability and a pleasing matte finish.
Tsovet JPT-CO36 Watch
“Less is more” is personified in Tsovet’s JPT-C036 Watch—featuring a numberless face, blind-stitched black leather strap, and gunmetal casing, the watch is sleek and elegant, while still managing to look badass.
VOID V03D Watch
VOID is known for making uniquely shaped watches that look like something out of The Jetsons, but the V03D model boasts a more classic shape. Crafted out of stainless steel, the watch features barely-there numeral marks around the face and two watch hands highlighted with a shock of white. Complete it with a premium black leather band, and you’ve got the perfect watch to wear to your anniversary dinner.
Braun Ceramic Analog Watch
You always hear about Swiss watches, but the Germans use their trademark efficiency to also make really great watches like this Ceramic Analog Display Watch from Braun. While everyone else has leather or stainless steel watchbands, you can stand out by being the guy that has a CERAMIC watch. The sleek black ceramic band and case pair well with the simple black face that features barely-there gray ticks in place of numerals, and white and yellow hands to keep track of the time.
Minus-8 Edge Watch
San Francisco-based Minus-8 wants to add depth to the watch market, and does it literally by employing its signature 3-D look across most of its offerings. The Edge features a sapphire crystal face deep-set into the stainless steel case, which boasts three subdials. Finish it with a virtually indestructible PVD coated stainless steel band and you’ve got a watch that’s guaranteed to earn you compliments.
TRIWA Sort of Black Glow Watch
Founded in 2007 by four friends in Stockholm, TRIWA has made a name for itself by crafting classic watches and accessories that employ modern sensibilities and technology. This Sort of Black Glow Watch is the third of a series of “Sort of Black” watches that was released in 2013. The all-black watch features white numeral accents (only the 3, 6, and 9 are present), and you can choose between a black mesh or black leather band.
Kitmen Keung Long Distance Black
With roots in Hong Kong and Milan, Kitmen Keung knows a thing or two about high fashion and technology, seeking to marry them both in a sleek, elegant way. The Long Distance Black Watch does exactly that—projecting an air of mystery and intrigue, the all-black face features nothing but two small chronographs in gray.
Uniform Wares M-37 Watch
London-based Uniform Wares might be a relatively young brand, but its watches are nothing to scoff at. Their sleek, simple M-37 Watch has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and the case is made with PVD coating, meaning it’s the handsomest tough-as-nails thing you’ll ever own.
Mondaine Helvetica No. 1 Watch
While respected Swiss watchmaker’s all-black Helvetica No.1 Watch is a departure from its signature red, white, and black watches (modeled after clocks that were ubiquitous in the country’s railroad stations in the 1940s), it still embodies the simplicity that made the trains run on time. The design is simple, the face is easy to read, and the black nylon strap gives it a more rugged look.
Shinola Runwell Watch
With its series of Runwell watches, Detriot-based Shinola has resuscitated an American heritage brand, so if you’re into buying American, look no further than this watch. Featuring a stainless steel case, a double curve sapphire crystal face, easy-to-read numerals, and Super-LumiNova hands (so you can tell the time after dark), the Runwell sports a classic look that’s just as classic as its name.
Shinola Breakman Watch
Another offering from Shinola, the Breakman Watch stands out from the pack with a unique-shaped case, which is made from stainless steel that’s been dipped in PVD matte gunmetal coating. The orange numerals are different than the ones you’ll find on other Shinola watches, and the Super-LumiNova hands and bright orange second hand will continue to help you differentiate yourself from the masses.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation Titanium Watch
Hamilton is known for its high-quality field watches, so its no surprise that this Khaki Aviation watch looks like something Maverick from Top Gun would wear. With its titanium case, rugged black canvas strap, and tactical numbering, you’ll be ready to take off for anything, at a moment’s notice.
Bell & Ross Phantom Automatic Black Watch
If you’ve got thousands to spend on a watch rather than hundreds, allow us to point you in the direction of Bell & Ross, a trusted Swiss watchmaker with an aviation bent. Featuring the brand’s signature square face (made out of black ceramic), the watch sports all-black numerals and hands, and you can choose between a rugged black rubber or canvas band.
Tudor Fastrider Watch
You may never be able to afford a Rolex, but if you’re still feeling prosperous, you can invest in their sub-brand, Tudor, which offers [relatively] affordable, sportier watches than its brother brand. Tudor’s Fastrider Watch features an all-black ceramic casing, a fixed ceramic bezel, and a black face with three sub-dials. Cherry red accents appear around the face and in the hands (which are luminescent), and a rugged black rubber strap will make you look like you’re about to go on adventure (an expensive one).
IWC Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph
Swiss watchmaker IWC has been crafting high-quality watches since the late 1800s, so it’s no surprise that their watches cost a pretty penny. Named for a place where wildlife runs free, IWC’s Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph is for anyone who leans towards the exotic. Crafted out of rubber-coated stainless steel, the watch features a rotating inner bezel, luminescent hands, and multiple subdials. With its textured rubber band and the ability to stay water-resistant for up to 1,000 feet, it’s a watch you can truly dive in with.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon
True fact: the astronauts who landed on the moon wore Omega watches, so it’s only fitting that the brand create the Speedmaster Moonwatch as a tribute to their place in history and as a nod to the “dark side of the moon.” Crafted out of black zirconium oxide ceramic and featuring high-end touches like 18K white gold hands (as well as multiple chronographs, chronometers, and a tachymeter), if you have the bankroll to fund the hefty $12,000 price tag, this is a watch that should be on your must-buy list.
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