Let’s Talk About Dress Watch – And Review’s

About dress watch

Let’s talk about dress watch. We will look into what level of formality to use it with and what colors you should have according to your outfit and we will look into a few collections of dress watches.

Formality And Matching

So what are the levels of formality? It is Black tie/white tie, Business dress, business casual, casual and sport. A dress watch can be worn with all of them except sport, for the sport you should look for something more durable like field watch or dive watch. But there are a few unwritten rules for colors and matching.

The metal of you watch should match other metals you have on, like a belt buckle, if the metal is colored, it will be more of a fashion watch and you need to make your own call there if it goes with your outfit. The leather band should match or complement other leather you have on like belt and shoes.

You should also keep in mind the higher formality you dress in, the more simple the watch should be. I would also like to advise you to not buy a designer dress watch if you don’t know what that is, it is when a fashion brand like Armani or Hugo Boss design’s a watch. And the reason is they are usually cheaply made watches of poor quality and yet expensive, so when you buy a designer watch you are basically only paying for the brand name on it.

Now that you know a little about what your watch should look like to match your style, let’s look at some dress watches.

Victorinox Alliance Quartz Watch with Leather Strap

About Dress Watch

Victorinox Alliance is a whole collection of dress watches and they are all very beautiful. For you who don’t know about Victorinox, they are a Swiss brand most known for making the iconic red Swiss army knife. They also make watches of great quality. You can see the whole collection on their website, just remember the one called alliance Sport is not a dress watch, it is a race watch.

This dress watch I have linked above has a black leather band and the house is made of stainless steel.

The formality level on this watch is Business dress and business casual if you go for this with a stainless steel chain band you can also go all the way down to casual. Because this has black leather, you should wear it with a black leather belt and black leather shoes. The Belt buckle and if you have any other thing made of metal on your outfit, should be steel/silver colored. The alliance collection also has a chronograph watch that looks pretty dressy, the formality level than would be business casual, and casual.

Full price is around $425 but it is currently on sale on Amazon for $352 (The pictures in this post are links to Amazon)

Case Diameter is 40 millimeters, and the case thickness is 9 millimeters. It has Sapphire glass which makes it pretty scratch resistant. It has a quartz movement.


Orient 2nd Gen. Bambino Japanese Automatic


About Dress Watch

Bambino is a dress watch collection from Orient. Orient is a Japanese brand that started back in the 1950s. The Bambino collection is on its 5th generation now, and it’s a lot of different versions of the same watch, they have many different styles and colors you should look trough, you will most likely find something to match your level of formality in this collection alone.

The dress watch in the picture here is from the 2nd generation and will go in the Business casual and casual level. As further back in the generations you go the cheaper they are, this particular watch cost around $130 at the moment and it comes in 5 different color, in the latest generation (5) they cost between $300 to $400.

This has Swiss automatic movements, the case diameter is 40 millimeters and the case thickness is 12 millimeters, and it is made of stainless steel. A dress watch should be very slim, so the 12-millimeter thickness is a bit over the top for a dress watch.

Tissot T-Classic Le Locle Powermatic 80 Automatic

About Dress Watch

Tissot T-Classic Le Locle is another great collection of dress watches. In this collection you can find watches for both men and women, they are all Swiss automatic.

Tissot is another Swiss company known for making great quality and was founded all the way back in 1853.

This particular watch costs $575 but it is on sale on Amazon for $390 at the moment, this whole collection has a price range between $550 and $1800. If this is way out of your price range, you can search for T-classic without the Le Locle part, then you will find a lot of cheaper quartz versions that you can get for a little over $100.

It is made of stainless steel and the glass is made from synthetic sapphire. The case diameter is 39 millimeters and the case thickness is 9 millimeters, which is considered the perfect size for a dress watch.

Timex Marlin Automatic.

About Dress Watch

Marlin is a very small collection from Timex. In this collection, you find the Marlin automatic and the Hand-Wound, for the ladies the hand-wound in one color is your only option.

The one in the picture is from the automatic line, but if I’m honest I think the hand-wound looks better. Timex is an American company, founded in 1854.

I think Timex nailed it with the simplicity a dress watch should have, The formality level here is from black tie and all the way down to casual, and the reason is that it is very interesting, especially the hand-wound model which is a remake from their first Marlin that they made in the 1960s which was extremely popular back then. Timex even has a museum in America.

This cost $250, the whole automatic collection cost between $250 and $260. In the hand-wound collection, all cost $200

The case diameter is 40 millimeters and the case thickness is 10,5 millimeters, and its made of stainless steel.


Remember to keep in mind the dress code I talked about in the beginning when you look through the collections so you find the right watch for your style. Please leave a comment, I will answer all questions as best I can. Have a nice day.

9 comments on “Let’s Talk About Dress Watch – And Review’s

  1. I am a warch lover, eventhou my watch wasmt anything too expensive but gwnerally i like watches that has great design. Victorinox watch looks great. I learn something new here. Thanks

  2. Hello Jonathan, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I am a big fan of watches and I am a person who enjoys wearing watches of all types but only formal ones. You presented a couple of greatest who are pretty affordable yet powerful. I like its design and I will definitely get Timex Marlin for me as it goes with my clothes.

  3. WOW, I had no idea there were so many different types and styles and makers of watches. The idea that one is not for each style is amazing and something I never even thought of.  I was a little surprised that people even wear watches anymore with all the phones in peoples hands these days.  I am glad that is still fashionable to do so.  I love your sight as it is so clean and easy to read.  Thank you for the enlightenment of watch information.

  4. Hi 

    I agree that a watch makes the suit as they say. If you have a cheap watch and an expensive suit, it would be a mismatch of giant portions. I like the watches you have gone for and they will most certainly look impressive on people’s wrist. As long as the watch is practical, comfortable and accurate enough then I do not care to what watch I wear but your choices are very good looking and practical.  I say a dress watch should look elegant, compared to your everyday watch.

    Are all watches durable to a certain degree?



    1. The watches I talked about in this article are all very good quality, as for durability, they are dress watches and are not meant to be worn when you do physical work or things like that, people usually wear dress watches when they wear suits so they are already careful with their outfit and the watch is a part of the outfit. If you are interested in very durable watches that can take a beating I would recommend a dive watch or field watch. you can even get them with a pretty simple look that would go with a business suit. The most Durable out there might be Victorinox I.N.O.X or Casio G-Shock. The G-shock, however, does not come close to look simple enough to wear with a suit.

  5. I am looking for a new dress watch, thank you for sharing this review. I am a big fan of Timex, in fact I had one that I really liked but unfortunately my younger kids got ahold of it and unfortunately it didn’t make it through the carnage! This Timex Marlin Automatic is right up my alley, I love the simplicity of it, and it could be paired with just about any suit or nice dress shirt. Thanks for the help, I am going to get one now!

  6. Whether it is for sport or to a business meeting, my watch is the compliment of my appearance so, I always try to get the very best from the kind of watches I put on. This that you have shared is really great and I fancy it a lot. Thank you for sharing it here. I like the compiled list of watches here but I prefer the orient and the victorinox. They seem cool

  7. Matching in a watch is something that should be taken note of always. There are watches that goes with various outfits and at such, each watch should be worn with the right outfit. I have seen some watches that are quite expensive and that have been a bit of dew back for some people to match their suit and they just settle for the cheap ones which doesn’t create a balance. However, Quartz has been one very good brand and i would pick its products anytime .

  8. Watches are not just there for use but they have become a core essence of our fashion. Very nice of you to share all the information here and to also give an overview of the essence of  a wristwatch. Having a matching dress to the watch would only speak of class and elegance to people. Very good one here. I thought the watches are great and might check atleat one or two out

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