Let’s face it. Black goes with everything. So you can’t go wrong with a watch with a black face and band. Our pals at Everyday Carry picked their favorites of the year, including both analog and digital models, along with our fave, the versatile and well-priced Timex Expedition Field Chronograph.
THE BEST Watches
Featuring a design by Wood Wood, this minimal stainless steel Timex watch features an all-black color scheme with a hidden surprise. When you press its crown to illuminate its Indiglo backlight, it reminds you to get out and explore the world with the simple, but effective message “GET LOST.”
This very special Timex wristwatch features a precise Swiss movement set into a drop-forged 41mm stainless steel case with satin finish details and gold-plated crown details. On back is a stamped brass coin design, and up front is a durable Gorilla Glass 3 crystal to protect its dial. Packaged in a solid cherry gift box with brass hinges.
This Swiss-made wristwatch features a unique face design that displays the minutes using its single hand, then jumps the hour forward at the red marker each time the hour advances. A secondary dial displays seconds. Made from stainless steel, with a sapphire crystal, and a leather strap. A limited-time deal from Drop.
SureFire’s oversize tactical watch features an easy-to-read round dial, set into a rectangular case that provides sufficient space for a 300 lumen LED light and its rechargeable battery. It features a military-grade aluminum case for durability, and a fabric strap. They also sell a pricy Luminox version and a standalone WristLight.
Inspired by the Apollo 11 moon landing, the SVPER 11 features a face with a stylized lunar map. Its design features topographic details of the astronauts’ landing site, The Sea of Tranquility, along with a “radar” second hand, a domed sapphire crystal, and a strap with the landing coordinates laser-etched onto its clasp.
550DesignStudio makes a variety straps for the Apple Watch made from woven lengths of paracord. They not only have a great rugged look, but give you a survival tool right on your wrist, thanks to paracord’s versatility and strength. Of course, if you use it in an emergency, you’ll probably need to buy a replacement band.
Official baseball merch rarely gets off the bench, but the limited-edition Los Angeles Dodgers game-used watch from Tokens & Icons sports a leather face made from a baseball used in a MLB season game. Each face has red stitching, scuffs from field action, and an authenticity number linked to the ball’s game history. Also at Sundance.
Nixon presents a bold new look for the Regulus. This time out, we’re getting a stainless steel case, in natural, goldtone, or black, for a more substantial and dressier look. It still packs a full set of chronograph features, including an alarm, dual timers, and an adjustable LED backlight.
Heritor’s collection of men’s watches offer elegant styling, with deluxe features like a semi-skeleton dial, a see-through observation back, and pointer-style day and date indicators. Each one features a 33-jewel movement, and a 42-hour power reserve.
Seattle, WA’s James & Muriel present a sleek and sophisticated watch that won’t hurt your wallet. The 41mm timepiece has a timeless aesthetic, is driven by a Swiss-made Ronda movement, and sits on an full-grain leather strap. While the white and black dials are versatile, the we love the punch of the blue and orange model.
Watchmaker Bell & Ross presents a streamlined version of its iconic pilot’s watch, featuring a 42mm matte khaki ceramic case, and a two-layer face which gives depth to its numerals and markers. The lower layer and hands are coated in orange Super-Luminova for nighttime visibility. Limited to 999 pieces.
These bold and modern urban timepieces feature a thick, stainless steel, black PVD, or bronze case with angular lines around its bezel and body. Its face offers a splash of color on the top half, with skeletonized hands and luminous pointers and hour markers. The brass knuckle-inspired buckle is a nice touch.
Stührling’s everyday wristwatch is inspired by the flight instrumentation that might be found in vintage military planes. It’s got an easy to read dial, skeletonized hands, day/date functionality, and luminous markers and numbers. The case is stainless steel, and the band is riveted leather.
You don’t have to travel 39 light-years (or 229 trillion miles, duh) to get a glimpse of the recently-discovered Trappist-1 and its seven Earth-sized planets. Xeric has teamed up with NASA to create a brand new otherworldly collection of watches to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our landing on the moon.
Swatch’s latest watch collection is well, big and bold. Each one features a 47mm case, bold numerals, 3D textures on the dial and strap, and a completely flat glass. Most of them come in high contrast colors, but the solid black and black on grey ones are more subtle (and harder to read.)
This impressive 50mm chronograph from luxury watchmaker Breitling features a black case made from a lightweight military textile fiber, an aviation-inspired dial with stenciled type, and a super-precise 47-jewel movement. Available with either a Volcano Black or vibrant Cobra Yellow background, in 12h or 24h formats.
A special limited-edition version of Casio’s full metal wristwatch. All of the metal surfaces of the GMWB5000V-1 were first hit with a black ion-plate, then distressed to give them an aged, matte finish. Features include 200m water resistance, world time, 5 daily alarms, a calendar, and network time sync via Bluetooth.
Celebrate the lazy days of summer with this wristwatch from Mr. Jones Watches and illustrator Kristof Devos. It features an innertube hour hand, and a rubber ducky minute hand, both floating in a swimming pool. Drops 7/4/19 at 12pm (GMT) / 7am (Central). It’s limited to just 100 pieces, so grab yours before it sells out.
This slimline 40mm wristwatch from Stay Fine features an African blackwood backdrop to its dial, giving it a natural look, while its sapphire crystal, shiny stainless steel case, and leather strap make it more refined than other wooden watches. Plus, it’s quite the bargain.
MVMT offers up a new series of modern and minimal military-style timepieces. The 41mm watches feature clean and easy-to-read numbers, a day indicator, and compass-inspired dial markers. They’re waterproof to 10 ATM, and come with either a nylon canvas or a linked metal strap.
A great series of everyday wristwatches with a bargain price. Each one features a sturdy metal case, big, bold numerals, an Indiglo dial, and is water resistant to 50m. Most also have a date indicator. Available in a variety of face and strap colors, and at this price you can afford a few.