The 14 Best Everyday Watches of 2022

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While most watch collections are comprised of a variety of different types and styles, we’d argue the most important genre of timepiece one can own is the everyday watch — also known as a GADA (or “Go Anywhere, Do Anything”) watch. With daily wear use in mind, these items are much easier to justify investing in — an area furthered by the immense versatility that everyday watches possess, lending themselves to both formal and casual settings. With so many options on the market, however, it can be difficult even knowing where to begin shopping. So, with this in mind, we’ve thoroughly scoured the modern horology space to deliver this guide to the best everyday watches. 

Daily-Wear Watches

The Traits That Make For A Quality Everyday Watch

Though there are admittedly dozens of factors one could take into account when shopping, there’s a shortlist of qualities and traits that are widely recognized as being ideal for everyday use. Alongside a case size of no more than 40mm, this also includes featuring a metal bracelet, a water resistance rating of at least 100 meters, and the presence of decent lume. Additionally, everyday watches must possess an overall appearance that blends into a wide variety of settings, from more casual dressed-down uses to fancier, more dressed-up occasions. 

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Everyday Wear Excellence

The Five Best GADA Watches On The Market

Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silcium

Best Budget/Under $1K: Unofficially known as the “Baby Rolex,” the Tissot Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium is an attractive yet affordable watch with premium craftsmanship and a top-shelf finish that allow it to punch well above its price point. Part of Tissot’s 1960s-inspired T-Classic Collection, the Gentleman Powermatic 80 Silicium is pieced together around a brushed and polished 40mm 316L stainless steel case that’s mated to a matching stainless steel bracelet. At the heart of the watch is one of Tissot’s 25-jewel Powermatic 80 movements — a Swiss-made automatic motor that boasts an impressive 80-hour power reserve —  roughly double that of your average automatic movement.

Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Tudor Black Bay 36

Best Classic Style: Available in 30 different references, the Tudor Black Bay 36 is a more affordable alternative to Rolex’s Explorer watch, sharing its 36mm case dimensions and time-only configuration, while sporting a more dressed up appearance. The BB36’s steel case offers a water-resistance rating of 150’ and features a polished and satin finish complemented via radial-brushed lugs, a polished smooth steel bezel, and a black anodized aluminum winding crown tube. Like its Rolex-made counterpart, the Black Bay 36 also features a solid oyster-style bracelet and a Swiss-made movement — in this case an automatic ETA 2824 motor that’s been modified by Tudor’s in-house team in a bid to bolster accuracy. 

Case Size: 36mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400

Best Modern Style: Boasting a full titanium construction, the Oris ProPilot X Calibre 400 is a thoroughly modern interpretation of a pilot’s watch that’s pieced together around a 39mm case with a flat-link bracelet and a knurled turbine-inspired outer bezel. Keeping the ProPilot X Calibre 400 ticking is the latest iteration of Oris’ in-house-developed automatic movement which offers a beyond-impressive five-day power reserve and is more accurate than a chronometer with a margin of just -3/+5 seconds a day. And, while it does make it somewhat prone to scratching, the all-titanium construction affords this watch genuine all-day comfort. 

Case Size: 39mm
Case Material: Titanium
Movement: Automatic

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m 38

Best All-Rounder: Paying homage to the Swiss brand’s maritimer heritage, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m 38 is an attractive and high-end luxury watch that’s absolutely perfect for daily wear use. Inside its case is an Omega Co-Axial calibre 8800 self-winding movement that’s extremely resistant to magnetic fields and features a genuine 55-hour power reserve, a free-sprung balance with a silicon balance spring, automatic winding in both directions, and a Rhodium-plated finish rotor decorated in Geneva waves. Equipped with a 38mm 316L stainless steel case and a polished and brushed bracelet with rounded links, this watch also features a dial with a date window at 6 o’clock, white Super-LumiNova-filled indexes, and rhodium-plated hands. 

Case Size: 38mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Monta Atlas

Best For Travel: A Swiss-made timepiece from a. St. Louis-based American micro-brand, the Monta Atlas is a well-designed GMT watch that’s conducive to both travel and everyday use alike. Water resistant down to 150 meters, the watch is powered by a MONTA Caliber M-23 self-winding, mechanical movement with a bidirectional rotor and a 42-hour power reserve that’s manufactured, assembled, and tested in Switzerland. Outfitted with an extra hand that allows for the ability to track a second time zone, the watch features a stellar dial design with a framed date window, rhodium-plated diamond-cut sword hands, and mirror polishing on its applied indices. What’s more, the watch is paired with a steel bracelet with a quick-adjust clasp with three slots for micro adjustment — an exceptionally comfortable item with what was easily the best clasp we tested. 

Case Size: 38.5mm
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Movement: Mechanical

The Rest

Nine More Everyday Watches Well Worth Considering

Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic

The Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic is a classic field watch that looks right at home in casual settings though can also easily be dressed up — with some help from a steel bracelet — thanks to its polished bezel. The watch is pieced together around a 38mm stainless steel case that houses a caliber H-10 automatic movement with a 100-meter water resistance rating and an 80-hour power reserve. A knurled screw-down crown and a vintage-inspired dial with a date window complete this handsome and thoroughly versatile package.

Case Size: 38mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation

The Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Re-Interpretation is a modern take on Seiko’s first mountaineering watch. This mid-century-inspired timepiece boasts an unmistakably old-school appearance with a brushed sunray dial that sports large iconic triangular markers at 12, 6, and 9 o’clock — along with a date window in lieu of a 3 o’clock marker. Beneath its vintage-style dial is a Seiko Caliber 6R35 automatic movement with a whopping 70-hour power reserve and an accuracy margin of +25/-15 sec per day. Water resistant to 200 meters, the 38mm case has also been paired with a screw-down crown and a stainless steel bracelet. 

Case Size: 38mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic 36

Released only weeks ago, the Christopher Ward C63 Sealander Automatic 36 is a new 36mm version of the brand’s versatile Sealander GADA watch — which itself is essentially a more budget-friendly alternative to the Rolex Oyster Perpetual. This “sports-explorer” watch is crafted around a case made from marine-grade stainless steel and is powered by a Swiss-made Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement that boasts a 38-hour power reserve, 26 jewels, and a water resistance rating of 150 meters. What really makes this watch shine, however, is its dial — a 1960s-inspired design with a 6 o’clock date window and lume-filled handset and indexes.

Case Size: 36mm
Case Material: Marine-Grade Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Sinn 556 I

The Sinn 556 I is a low-pressure-resistant timepiece that makes for a stellar daily-use watch — as well as a cleaner-looking alternative to the Rolex Explorer. Constructed around a 38.5mm stainless steel case, the watch is powered by an SW200-1 26-jewel, self-winding movement that ticks at 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour. Backed by a two-year warranty, the 556 I also boasts a unique steel bracelet design and a transparent case-back. And, being from Sinn, you can rest assured knowing the 556 I is tough as nails.

Case Size: 38.5mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Monta Noble

After previously bringing dive watches and GMTs to market, Monta set out to make a Rolex Oyster Perpetual-style all-around watch, resulting in the Noble. Water resistant down to 150 meters, the Monta Noble boasts a 9.7mm-thick, 38.5mm 316L stainless steel case that houses a Caliber M-22 movement — a Swiss-made self-winding, mechanical motor with a bidirectional rotor and a 42-hour power reserve. The Noble’s dial features a sunburst pattern that grows darker at the edges and is complemented via multidimensional rehaut, applied indices, and rhodium-plated, diamond-cut hands filled with Super-LumiNova.

Case Size: 38.5mm
Case Material: 316L Stainless Steel
Movement: Mechanical

Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer

Equal parts attractive and versatile, the Ball Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer is another Rolex OP clone that boasts great lume and exceptional magnetic resistance and is offered in a wide variety of dial color options. The entire watch is pieced together around a Mu-metal-shielded 40mm 904L stainless steel case that houses a Chronometer-certified Automatic caliber BALL RR1103-C and a minimalistic dial that’s equipped with 14 micro-gas tubes. Rated to withstand depths of up to 100 meters, the Engineer III Marvelight Chronometer also weighs in at just 6.34oz, making it an even better — and more comfortable — option for daily wear use. 

Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: 904L Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

TAG Heuer Carrera Three-Hands 

The TAG Heuer Carrera Three-Hands is a solid 39mm all-rounder with an incredibly handsome design. Sporting a fine-brushed and polished finish, the TAG’s stainless steel case features a fixed steel bezel, an exhibition case back, and a water resistance rating of 100 meters. At the heart of this three-hander is a Swiss-made Calibre 5 Automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. Alongside boasting stellar lume — in the form of Super-Luminova-coated hands and indexes — the Carrera Three-Hands also features the type of top-shelf fit and finish one would expect from one of the world’s leading luxury watchmakers. 

Case Size: 39mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic

Longines Spirit Titanium

A terrific option for any one-watch collection, the Longines Spirit Titanium is a lightweight version of the  Saint-Imier brand’s recently-released pilot watch. Protected by a five-year warranty, the watch features a 40mm titanium case mated to a titanium bracelet with a triple safety folding clasp and an easy-to-use push-piece opening mechanism. Inside its titanium case lies a Chronometer-certified Caliber L888.4 self-winding automatic movement that beats at 25’200 vibrations per hour and utilizes a monocrystalline silicon balance-spring power reserve that’s good for around 72 hours.

Case Size: 40mm
Case Material: Titanium
Movement: Automatic

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 is the GADA watch that all others are measured against — as well as the model most often visually mimicked in this space. The OP36 boasts a 36mm case crafted from highly-corrosion-resistant Oystersteel — a material that’s also used for the watch’s bracelet construction. Keeping its hands moving is a Caliber 3230 self-winding mechanical movement that incorporates the Crown’s patented Chronergy escapement. In addition to being a modern-day family heirloom that can proudly be passed down to future generations, Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual 36 also makes for a stellar investment watch.

Case Size: 36mm
Case Material: Oystersteel
Movement: Mechanical

The 30 Best Men’s Watches for Any Budget

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Interested in checking out an even wider selection of timepieces? Then be sure to head over to our guide to the best watches for any budget for a handpicked list of 30 items — many of which lend themselves to EDC use.