Reviewed & updated: March 28, 2023 by Jamie Wilson BA
The best minimalist watches combine an understated aesthetic with effortless style.
Minimalism is a trend that is not going anywhere. Watches are a great way to try out the trend, as they can go with any outfit and add a modern edge to your look.
The best watches are versatile enough to add an edge to a cardigan style, look sleek with a shirt and tie, or become a casualwear staple. Whether you’re a die-hard minimalist or have never tried the trend, the simple design of a minimalist watch will take your look to the next level, without looking like you’re trying too hard. So here’s the ultimate list to the best ones online that you can get your hands on right now.
Limit Faux Leather Watch In Brown With Croc Print
Minimalist watches for men can still give you a classic look, if that’s your style. This Limit watch has a crocodile print leather strap and a gold dial and case. The strap gives this simple watch design a vintage feel, while the monochromatic dial and case keep it modern. It has analogue quartz movement and a date window, but keeps to the minimalistic watch aesthetic with the dash markers. You won’t find much better value than this.
Armani Exchange AX2144 Stainless Steel Watch In Black
When it comes to simple black watches, Armani is the king. This beautiful piece features a stainless steel case, analogue quartz movement and is water-resistant to 50 metres. The gold dash markers add a little bling to the black minimalist dial and case. This piece is certain to add an edge to any outfit but would work best as a stand-out accessory with a light, neutral colour palette.
Fitbit Inspire HR Smart Watch In Black
Minimalistic watches can still be practical. This Fitbit has the sleek aesthetic of the other modern watches on this list, but with all the benefits of a Fitbit. It comes with a touchscreen display, exercise modes, fitness tracking, guided breathing modes and more. You can sync it with your phone for calls, texts and calendar notifications. It’s also water-resistant enough for showering and swimming. If you’re looking for a minimal watch that supports your busy, active lifestyle, this is the perfect solution.
ASOS Design Watch In Black Faux Leather With Gold Highlights
Minimalism doesn’t need to be boring. And at this price, you would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful minimal piece. It’s the black dial and black faux-leather strap are contrasted with a gold stainless steel case and gold indices. If you like contemporary watches with a minimalist aesthetic, this is your perfect piece.
Rolex Unworn Oyster Perpetual 34mm
Many men aspire to own a Rolex at some point in their life, and this model would be a great choice to complement any personal style. It is (of course) impeccably designed with an automatic movement, a sapphire crystal dial, magnified date window and an adjustable stainless steel bracelet and case. This is an investment piece you won’t regret.
Fob Paris RS Eclipse 36mm
This is one of those sleek watches that will send your accessory game into the stratosphere. This watch has an automatic movement and an adjustable link bracelet. The yellow-gold stainless steel case offsets the all-black dial for an effortlessly modern look. Worn with a blue denim jacket or a neutral jumper, it would really pop. If you’re looking for a minimalist watch that can become your signature accessory, this is it.
Timex Marlin Automatic Watch Black
Timex has recently refreshed one of its minimal watches from the 1960s, and it’s old school minimalism at its best. It has a monochromatic black dial, stainless steel case and leather strap. Behind the stylish case and dial, the movement is automatic and hand-wound, staying true to the 1960s model that inspired it. It also has a handy date window and is water resistant to 50 metres, making it a great everyday wear watch.
Braun BN0032 Watch White & Black
Braun’s simple watches are a true classic. With a stainless steel case, scratch resistant glass and quartz movement, it will last the test of time in both its style and its condition. If you like plain watches with subtle style, this model will last you years to come.
Uniform Wares M37 Precidrive Watch, Brushed Steel & Brown Leather
Everyone knows that Swiss watches are the epitome of craftsmanship, from the case to the movement underneath. This model has an Italian leather strap, Swiss quartz movement and a stainless steel case, so you can have the highest quality watch European manufacturers have to offer. The crystal lens over the dial is scratch-resistant and anti-reflective, so it’s perfect for chasing the sun.
Gucci Silver & Green Grip Watch
Gucci make beautiful minimalist watches for men with a pop of colour, to create watches that are truly unique. This silver and green watch has a Swiss-made stainless steel case and Swiss quartz movement with a dyed calfskin leather strap. If you prefer designer labels over minimalist watch brands, Gucci is never a bad choice.
Daniel Wellington Men’s Quartz Watch With Black Dial Analogue Display Quartz (One Size, White)
This minimalist watch combines old school class with modern details for a stylish, versatile watch. It has an analog movement and stainless steel case in rose gold, which give it a contemporary twist. A simple white dial with rose gold dash markers that complement the brown leather strap make it a great choice for minimal design. It also comes with a black strap for a more versatile look.
Nixon Men’s A105 Sentry 42mm Stainless Steel Leather Quartz Movement Watch
This Sentry leather watch would complement any man’s style – and not just because it comes in a staggering 17 colours. All of the styles use a Miyota Japanese quartz movement that rivals the Swiss when it comes to watchmaking (a Miyota quartz movement is definitely one to look out for when you’re watch shopping). It has a stainless steel case that is water resistant up to 100 metres, so whether you prefer monochromatic, metallic or classic, this watch can go wherever you do.
MAD Paris Customised Rolex Milgauss Watch
Rolex is, of course, one of the best watch brands you’ll find – whether or not you’re going for that minimalist look. It uses Swiss quartz movement and the marble-look dial is hand-painted in a stainless steel case in a sapphire crystal dial window. This is one of the highest quality minimalist watches men could want.
CIVO Men’s Black Ultra Thin Watch Minimalist Fashion Wrist Watches For Men Business Dress Waterproof Casual Watch for Man With Stainless Steel Band
This watch encapsulates minimalism in the 21st century. It uses Japanese quartz movement and a Japanese battery, housed in a waterproof, scratch resistant case and mineral class. The matte black dial and bracelet, with neon blue details offer minimalist style with a modern twist.
The Best Minimalist Watches For Any Man
- Limit Faux Leather Watch In Brown With Croc Print
- Armani Exchange AX2144 Stainless Steel Watch In Black
- Fitbit Inspire HR Smart Watch In Black
- ASOS Design Watch In Black Faux Leather With Gold Highlights
- Rolex Unworn Oyster Perpetual 34mm
- Fob Paris RS Eclipse 36mm
- Timex Marlin Automatic Watch Black
- Braun BN0032 Watch White & Black
- Uniform Wares M37 Precidrive Watch, Brushed Steel & Brown Leather
- Gucci Silver & Green Grip Watch
- Daniel Wellington Men’s Quartz Watch With Black Dial Analogue Display Quartz (One Size, White)
- Nixon Men’s A105 Sentry 42mm Stainless Steel Leather Quartz Movement Watch
- MAD Paris Customised Rolex Milgauss Watch
- CIVO Men’s Black Ultra Thin Watch Minimalist Fashion Wristwatches For Men Business Dress Waterproof Casual Watch for Man With Stainless Steel Band
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