Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA
It’s about time we all paid more attention to our watches.
Watches for men, or black metal watches to be more specific, are what have really caught our eye this season. And the edit we’ve made below, features everything from classic bracelet styles to contemporary pieces to add to any budding collection (and they don’t all have to be all-metal, all-black, to be black metal watches BTW). Proper accessories can make your outfit so stylish. The right watch that is durable or even some limited editions will boost your confidence level.
There is little as statement-making, success-proving, and personality-demonstrating as the type of watch men like to wear. And right now, black metal watches are high on the desirability charts. Keep scrolling to browse, buy, get Drake’s look if you fancy, and even just compile a wish list. Time waits for no man.
CASIO G-Shock GM-5600 Metal Bezel Watch
Whether the classic G-Shock transports you straight back to your school days or is a relatively new discovery when in search of black metal watches, there is something very pure about its chunky design and robust demeanor. A true Millennial treasure, this nostalgic piece comes with a light-up digital screen (with date features, natch), which sits proudly in the sports-inspired, square-faced model.
For all the rough and tumblers out there, it’s pretty tough, thanks to its stainless steel bezel and mineral glass face. It also has a slick yet comfortable resin strap and proclaims to be water-resistant to 200m – so it can even hit the surf (or the lido) with you.
A watch like this is definitely on the street side of casual, and not best suited to a formal setting. It’s the kind of old faithful that you can kick around in, but not take too seriously. However, it will never let you down.
Timberland Watch With Gold Detail
For those also looking to buy into a somewhat noughties, but mightily resurfaced, brand – Timberland is the one. This black timepiece is a luxury watchmaker. In terms of black metal watches, this one is actually a bit of a cheat, as much of the strap is made of black, high-grade silicone. However, it does have a lovely face and case, and that’s what counts, right? With its cheeky, branded dial, analogue quartz movement (ooh er), tachymeter to the bezel, and twin keepers, it tells the time very well indeed, too. It is also slick as can be, easy to use, and bridges that tricky gap between smart and casual watches quite niftily.
Chuck this on, along with a smart track top, some Japanese denim and a fresh, white pair of trainers, and prepare to feel – dare we say – just a little bit cool.
Nordgreen Pioneer Men’s Chronograph Watch Black Dial Watch Gun Metal 42mm And Interchangeable Straps
Calling all minimalists and Scandi-files: this handsome black metal watch is from the genius that is Jakob Wagner and is much more affordable than you may think. It’s a serious piece of kit, with it’s Japanese quartz movement, beautifully concave, black dial. Said case also features domed, scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal glass, the gold-standard of watches.
And for the price, you also get options, as the black 20mm (real) leather strap is fully interchangeable thanks to its clever spring bars. It also has a rather lovely black gunmetal buckle, so your inner wrist can look as suave as your outer wrist.
Pair this black metal watch, which is stainless steel FYI, with everything from the perfect grey marl T-Shirt and chinos to a simple button-down and suit jacket. Smart – but not stuffy.
Casio Collection Unisex Adults Watch B640WB
A true classic that deserves its place in the collections and on the wrists of men’s style pages, the retro Casio is a beloved piece of watches history. As black metal watches go, it is tongue-in-cheek, but also immensely practical (and comes in at a very good price, too).
It’s got an alarm, LED face, countdown timer and on-the-hour signal – what more could you want, please? Its place in the men’s watch hall of fame is due to its brilliant simplicity. It’s like a Ford Escort in its old-school novelty, and we can’t get enough of it. Do you love its label and black design?
Pair this one with pretty much anything, to be honest, to feel about five years younger in an instant. It will make people smile, it will make you smile, and with its black, metal, men’s bracelet style – it’s pretty refined. There is, quite literally, nothing to lose with this one.
ASOS DESIGN Watch In Black With Textured Strap And Monochrome Detail Face
Again we have another sneak of a men’s black metal watch style with this one. This high street offering (with a great price point, may we add) features a black faux-leather strap, as opposed to a black, metal bracelet – but bear with us, as it’s pretty decent.
It’s steel, and has stylish dash markers and smooth, analogue quartz movement, and comes with pin-buckle close. It’s essentially a great little timekeeper to use when you need something new, but don’t have the budget or lifestyle for a men’s designer watch.
Thanks to its pared-back design, it will make most men’s looks appear pretty sleek, actually. You can’t go wrong with the T-Shirt and tailored slacks vibe, but perhaps add a black skate shoe to inject a bit of edge.
Versace Medusa logo-detail watch
Now we start to move on to the royalty of black metal watches. If you were in fact saving up for a men’s designer watch, then this could well be it. Featuring the famed Medusa logo, inviting round case, black, stainless steel, metal link bracelet, and gold-tone hardware – it’s a bit of a one-off.
Men’s watches such as this aren’t ten-a-penny. They’re the kind of watches you pay attention to, lust after, save up for, and then protect from any sign of danger. Keep sticky fingers and wall-scrapes away from this, please.
Pair with any damn thing you please to look like you’ve got your act together. No one will know if you don’t.
Nixon Re-Run All Black Watch
Another blast from the past here from Nixon, who know that all men’s black metal watches are not created equal. It’s got a custom LCD display, 30m of water resistance to use, calendar and even offers alarm functions and a reasonable price point.
It offers what many steel watches struggle to provide: the necessary bells and whistles in a neat and sleek package. With its 38.5mm case it’s a nice size, and as black metal watches go, it’s pleasingly understated. One of its best features is how innocuous it is, and the stainless steel bracelet with smooth close is nicely unassuming.
Pair with cashmere and a forever chelsea boot and feel very secure in your life choices.
Emporio Armani Men’s Watch
Now, we can’t talk about black metal watches and not mention Armani, who is the king of black anything – can we? One of the greatest design exports Italy has ever produced has been making distinguished watches for distinguished gentlemen for many years now, and we’re very glad of that fact.
An ideal gift (yes, that means treat yourself, too), this purchase offers style along with substance all wrapped up in an impressive Emporio Armani gift box. Here, we’ve got a round stainless steel case which offers a 43mm diameter, a stunning polished and brushed black metal finish and apparently 5 ATM water pressure resistance. Who knew?
This one also comes with a businesslike stainless steel bracelet, again with a polished black finish, and Bond-worthy double locking clasp with push-button release. It’s a bit sexy. But what else would you expect from Italian watches? Eh?
Timex Navi XL Automatic Watch
With its silver-toned hardware, but overall black finish, this is a fine example of the kind of men’s black metal watches on the market right now. Built in steel, and black glass, this men’s automatic watch has a welcoming round face, GMT and second timezone function (great for both travel and long-distance relationships) and is close to perfect from a design point of view.
Watches like this are usually seen on the wrists of people who know what they want, where they want to go, and how to get there, so in the realms of men’s style – you’d be in good, close company with this one. With an adjustable fit, it’s also slightly more versatile than other black metal watches we’ve seen, so worth a shot if you’re in the market for the all-black aesthetic. Wear with everything, with pride.
Roberto Cavalli By Franck Muller Skeleton Swiss Watch
Lastly, it was a close call, but this Roberto Cavalli by Franck Muller Skeleton Switch Watch is probably the finest of the black metal watches we’ve come across recently. For the price, it offers plenty of bang for your buck, too.
The Skeleton name refers to the deliciously see-through case, which is surrounded by steel and features the finest sapphire crystal glass. One other design point of note is the engraved logo, as well as case back, which adds a subtle yet luxurious touch. As men’s watches continuously evolve over the decades, there are only so many ways to reinvent the wheel, but this one genuinely offers something new. It’s the use of contrasting colors – the black steel against the tonal inner workings – is so striking, yet not in your face, that we want it immediately, please. Again, wear with anything and everything to appear a true men’s style guru.
What You Need To Know About Black Metal Watches For Men
Black metal watches are a contemporary, and unique, way to style up your wardrobe. Both functional and wear-with-all, they offer a distinctly masculine take on timepiece trends. So, what are your thoughts about some of the best black watches? Some of the latest styles will suit you. Do you want an analog display, luminescent hands, and what brand are you aiming for? Seiko, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger? Thanks to their universal appeal, black metal watches will coordinate flawlessly with most looks. Be it smart casual, formal, or weekend attire. Investing in quality is always recommended, although high-street, lower-price-point options are also a solid entry point to the look. What are you waiting for?