So let’s say you have money or gift cards burning a hole in your pocket and you want to buy a watch. Or maybe you don’t own a watch yet but you want to buy 1 or 2 that will be versatile enough to meet all your needs. Either way, with so many gorgeous timepieces from so many brands, which watch do you buy? To that end, let’s discuss a handful of wristwatches that every man should have in his personal watch collection.  

Men's Accessories Including a Watch

1. The Classic Dress Watch

Every man needs a refined and understated dress watch in his collection. With a slim profile, minimalistic dial, and a leather strap, a classic dress watch adds an air of sophistication to formal occasions. While it can be worn every day, the dress watch excels in business attire. Choose a timeless design that effortlessly complements a well-tailored suit.

Rolex Dive Watch

2. The Everyday Stainless Steel Watch

An everyday stainless steel watch is the workhorse of your collection. With its durability, versatility, and water resistance, this watch is ready to accompany you through your daily adventures. Look for a design that strikes a balance between style and functionality, suitable for both casual and business settings. These can range anywhere from $50 to tens of thousands for a Rolex or the like.

AVI-8 Watch

3. The Pilot’s Watch

Inspired by aviation heritage, a pilot’s watch is characterized by its large, easily readable dial and often features a slide rule for basic calculations. This watch exudes a rugged charm and is perfect for casual wear. The pilot’s watch adds a touch of adventure to your collection, and many can also be worn in business settings.

Lume Watch

4. The Diver’s Watch

Check out a full write-up of divers watches here. A diver’s watch is a must-have for its robust design and water-resistant features. Even if you’re not a deep-sea explorer, the sporty aesthetic of a diver’s watch makes it a versatile choice for both casual and outdoor activities. Dive watches are usually known for their rotating bezels, as well as for their intense luminosity. 

Chronograph Watch

5. The Chronograph Watch

For the man who appreciates precision and enjoys the functionality of additional features, a chronograph is an essential addition. Whether for timing sports activities or adding a dynamic element to your wrist, a chronograph watch is both practical and stylish.  The multiple pushers add a unique alternative to the single crown of typical watches.

Benrus Military Style Reissue

6. The Vintage-Inspired Watch

A vintage-inspired watch brings a touch of nostalgia to your collection. It could be a homage to a classic design from a bygone era or a modern reinterpretation of a vintage favorite. This watch is perfect for making a statement and showcasing your appreciation for horological history.

Custos Sealiner

Source – CVSTOS Marketing

7. The Limited Edition or Luxury Timepiece

Every collection should have a showstopper – a limited edition or luxury timepiece that exudes exclusivity and craftsmanship. Whether it’s a limited-edition collaboration or a watch from a prestigious Swiss brand, this piece is a symbol of achievement and refined taste.

Smart Watch

BONUS – The Smartwatch

Let me be clear – I love traditional watches WAY too much to replace my watch collection with a smartwatch.  But for exercising you may opt to work out in one or you can double-wrist it like I often do – a hot watch on one wrist and a smart watch on the other.  Some perks to having a smart watch when you work out or to supplement your normal watches include functionality such as fitness tracking, notifications, and customizable watch faces. Choose a smartwatch that complements your lifestyle and integrates seamlessly into your daily routine.



Curating a collection of essential wristwatches is a journey that evolves with your personal style and lifestyle. Each watch in your collection tells a story, marking significant moments in your life. From the classic dress watch for formal affairs to the rugged diver’s watch for outdoor adventures, these essentials ensure that you are prepared for any occasion. As you embark on your watch-collecting journey, remember that each timepiece is not just a functional accessory; it’s a reflection of your individuality and an appreciation for the artistry of watchmaking.

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