The 12 Best Carbon Fiber Watches

Sep 14, 2020

Category: Style

Weighing in at just 1/3 the weight of steel yet offering a whopping 5 times its strength and two times the stiffness, carbon fiber is — simply put — a miracle material. What’s more, it’s actually manufactured from one of the single most abundant elements on the planet — which means it could eventually eclipse its metallic counterparts in abundance because, at some point, it will be quite inexpensive to manufacture. You don’t have to wait for that bright future, however, if you’re already interested in integrating this unique substance into your everyday carry.

As many folks probably already know, there is actually a wide variety of pieces of everyday carry gear with carbon fiber used in their construction — including things like knives, wallets, and even wristwatches. It’s the latter category that interests us today, as we’ve compiled a list of what we think are the 12 best carbon fiber watches you can get your hands on right now. All you have to do is thumb through the options and pick out the one that suits your EDC loadout best.

Luminox Navy SEAL Watch

Luminox’s connection to the US Navy SEALs is not just in the name of their watch series. Rather, they’ve actually been building timepieces tough enough for these elite soldiers for years. The good news is, you don’t have to make it all the way through Hell Week to get your hands on one — like the blacked-out one you see before you today. Just pay the $395 entry fee and you can don this quartz-powered diver whenever you’d like. And that means you can take full advantage of its CARBONOX case, carbon compound rotating dive timer bezel, 200m water resistance rating, and durable PU strap. This watch isn’t as flashy as some of the others on this list, but that’s sort of the point, isn’t it?

Size: 45mm
Movement: Quartz
Strap: Polyurethane
Type: Dive

Purchase: $395

Victorinox I.N.O.X. Watch

When a watchmaker goes to the trouble of running over one of their offerings with a legitimate military tank to prove just how tough it is, you should probably take note. And that’s exactly what Victorinox did to illustrate the extreme durability of their I.N.O.X. watches. In fact, this series has to be able to withstand 130 rigorous tests before the brand will release it to the public. This particular offering, which has a carbon fiber case, is even more special because — along with its reliable quartz movement — it comes with a strap crafted from 550 paracord, which is perfect for use in emergency and survival situations. It’s a bit tactical, but — so long as that doesn’t turn you off — it’s worth every penny.

Size: 43mm
Movement: Quartz
Strap: 550 Paracord
Type: Field

Purchase: $875

Casio G-SHOCK Gravitymaster GWRB1000X-1A Limited Edition Watch

Standard G-SHOCK watches are plenty tough and durable enough for most people. But this one is in a class of its own. A member of the brand’s Master of G series, this limited-edition Gravitymaster is definitely on the more expensive end of the spectrum with its $1.2k price tag, but it has the design and construction to back it up. In fact, it’s built from both carbon fiber and titanium — making it damn near as indestructible as a watch can get. Furthermore, it boasts a full suite of onboard sensors and built-in protection to keep it as accurate as possible, even in the face of electromagnetic fields or impacts. Even better, it comes with a solar-powered movement. That means, so long as it gets some sunlight here and there, it will keep right on ticking indefinitely.

Size: 50mm
Movement: Solar
Strap: Resin
Type: Pilot

Purchase: $1,200

Oris Williams Chronograph Carbon Fibre Extreme Watch

One of the most common uses of carbon fiber right now can be found in the automotive world. From road-going tanks to track-only hypercars, this material is almost commonplace — which makes sense considering its strength, rigidity, and how lightweight it is. And if there’s a company out there that knows a thing or two about just how special carbon fiber is, it’s Williams Racing — with whom Oris has partnered on this smart chronograph watch. To reflect the importance of the material, Oris has constructed this watch’s case — using a proprietary manufacturing technique — out of multiple pieces of carbon fiber and have mated it to titanium and given it a DLC coating to up the ante even further. Pair that with its automatic movement and a slew of other features and it’s clear to see the beauty and value in this racing-inspired timepiece.

Size: 44mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Racing

Purchase: $4,500

Doxa SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers ‘Sharkhunter’ Watch

Interestingly, most dive watches nowadays are still primarily made from steel. Perhaps this is just because carbon fiber isn’t quite as widely available, as — logically speaking — the fact that carbon fiber is non-metallic and, therefore, not subject to the negative effects of rust and saltwater in the same way as metal makes it ideal for aquatic usage. Whatever the case, the folks a legendary dive watch manufacturer Doxa have figured it out, which is why they used it to craft their smart and ever-so-slightly sinister SUB 300 Aqua Lung US Divers ‘Sharkhunter’ watch you see here. This automatic watch has a 38-hour power reserve, an internal pressure-protected titanium chamber to protect the movement inside, and (as the name suggests) is good for depths up to 300 meters. Fully COSC-certified, this watch won’t be around forever.

Size: 42.5mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Dive

Purchase: $4,790

Porsche Design Chronotimer Series 1 Sportive Carbon Watch

Seeing as how Porsche Design is an offshoot of one of the most impactful and important car manufacturers of all time, it should come as no surprise that they’ve crafted some truly spectacular driving-inspired timepieces. Nor should it be shocking to see that some of them come with carbon fiber in their construction, like the Chronotimer Series 1 Sportive you see here today. This beautiful automotive-inspired timekeeper boasts a prominent carbon fiber dial, a titanium case with a titanium-carbide coating, a tachymeter bezel, and so much more. If you’re a serious automotive enthusiast — whether you own a 911 or not — this is still a watch worth considering for its all-around beauty, reliability, and styling.

Size: 42mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Racing

Purchase: $5,165

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Watch

Though it’s not as immediately recognizable as their Monaco square-cased watch — you know, the one favored by Steve McQueen that also happens to be one of the most iconic movie watches ever — the TAG Heuer Carrera is no less a spectacular and historically-important racing-inspired series of timepieces. And this particular one, with its skeletonized chronograph dial, is especially unique thanks to its case built from a combination of carbon fiber and steel. That includes the exterior, bezel, and even the dial struts beneath its trio of hands. This watch might be a bit busy for some, but if you have a taste for high-speed racing, mechanical marvels, and interesting construction materials, then it might just be the perfect carbon fiber watch for you.

Size: 43mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Racing

Purchase: $7,700

Omega HB-SIA Speedmaster GMT Chronograph

Omega’s Speedmaster is about as legendary as watches get. After all, it’s the model family that went with NASA astronauts to the moon a total of six times and it’s been worn on every manned space mission since the 1960s. While this particular offering is not one of the Moonwatches, it does still have a connection to spacefaring, as it was made to honor the Solar Impulse project and its “aim to fly around the globe powered only by energy from the sun.” While the case isn’t made from carbon fiber — Omega instead opted for titanium — it does have a distinct carbon fiber dial hiding behind it an automatic GMT movement. Paired with a rotating tachymeter bezel, that means this watch is ideal for travel and looks the part. Eyecatching without being gaudy, this is a jet-setter’s dream watch.

Size: 44.25mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: GMT

Purchase: $9,100

Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Watch

Though you might not know it, the Panerai Luminor actually has a fairly significant military history. In fact, it was used by the Italian navy — specifically wrapped around the wrists of their manned torpedo pilots. Even without historical significance, this oversized diver is pretty spectacular, especially in this form with its hefty Carbotech case. Boasting light tan markings and a full-grain leather strap, this ocean-going watch is part utilitarian part style accessory and boasts an automatic movement with a 3-day power reserve, a 300-meter water-resistance rating, a shielded crown, and much more. It doesn’t feature a rotating dive timer bezel, but modern divers don’t really need that unnecessary addition, what with how advanced technology has become. Still, it hits all the other style points.

Size: 44mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Leather
Type: Dive

Purchase: $12,200

Breitling Bentley GMT B04 S Carbon Body Watch

If you have the kind of money to drop on a Bentley, you can probably also afford to get yourself a watch to match your precious ultra-luxe daily driver. In that case, you’ll want to come straight to Breitling and have a gander at their official collaboration, the GMT B04 S carbon body watch you see here. For reference, only 250 of these special watches were ever made, so they’re rare even amongst Bentley owners. Furthermore, it comes equipped with a 47-jewel automatic movement (with a 70-hour power reserve), branded rubber strap, GMT world timer functionality, and more. At 45mm in diameter, it’s a bit on the bigger side of the spectrum — but that’s a good thing since you’ll probably want to show it off.

Size: 45mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: GMT

Purchase: $12,500

Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf Watch

You’d have to be super into golf in order to consider getting yourself a watch made specifically for hitting the links. But if you have aspirations of hitting the green on a regular basis, you can’t do much better than the Hublot Big Bang Unico Golf Watch you see here. This outstanding sport-focused timekeeper boasts a beautiful carbon fiber and Texalium (a fiberglass-based fabric) case, a rubber and calf leather strap, a HUB1580 UNICO manufacture self-winding movement, golf-tracking functionality built right into the face, and so much more. This isn’t a timepiece for the faint of heart — but if your love of golf is inching into obsession territory, it’s definitely worth considering adding to your watch collection.

Size: 45mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Golf

Purchase: $32,500

Bell & Ross BR01-TOURB-PHANTOM Watch

With its jaw-dropping $50k price tag, the Bell & Ross BR01-TOURB-PHANTOM is already inaccessible to just about anyone who isn’t a millionaire. However, if you’re fortunate enough to have a few extra zeroes in your bank account, you’re going to be hard-pressed to find a more impressive watch out there for a similar price — carbon fiber or otherwise. You see, this magnificent piece of horology boasts a black carbon fiber dial, a DLC-treated titanium case, a self-winding automatic movement with an anti-gravitational tourbillon complication, and so much more. Best of all, only 18 of these watches were ever made — making the argument for snatching one up all the more urgent. This, in our opinion, is the high-end special-edition hypercar of carbon fiber watches.

Size: 46mm
Movement: Automatic
Strap: Rubber
Type: Pilot

Purchase: $49,995

The Complete Guide To Carbon Fiber

For those who are wondering what, specifically, makes carbon fiber such an impressive and desirable material, you can find out everything you’d ever hope to know on our complete guide to carbon fiber.

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