18 Menswear Watches Worth Making Your Own
There are few things fashion people enjoy more than striking juxtaposition: softness with structure, black paired with white, masculine and feminine influences. Our favorite contrast of the moment? Feminine summer trends—imagine peek-a-boo lace dresses, off-the-shoulder tops, delicate jewelry, and lace-up flats—offset with a menswear timepiece.
This, of course, is not a totally new concept. Somewhere around 2009, the glossy, high-shine look of a chunky Michael Kors watch became every girl's favorite accessory (right after statement necklaces and crazy nail art). Since, our attention has turned to daintier options, but it seems that tides might slowly be turning back again. This time around, however, we are forgoing those "menswear-inspired" designs and trying something new: going straight to the source. Watches created specifically for men have a cool, weighty look to them and don't shy away from including all those authentic bells and whistles (like aperture, a working bezel, sub-dials, etc.).
Since it's incredibly unlikely that your brother, dad, boyfriend, or grandfather is willing to part with his favorite style, take matters into your own hands. (A little watch humor for you!) Once you've selected a option you like, just have it properly sized down by having links removed or an extra hole added. Now, let's get shopping! Ahead, 18 watches from the men's department that will look way better on your wrist than his.
This pre-owned Rolex GMT-Master watch from the 1970s is the ultimate in masculine-cool wristwear.
Opt for a smartwatch that's sleek and simple with a tech-savvy twist.
We love how the royal blue face of this Nixon watch pops against silver.
Up-and-coming watch brand Hypergrand makes some of the coolest (and super-affordable) watches we've ever seen.
This Bulova watch gives us The Wolf of Wall Street vibes in a really good way.
This black-and-gold watch layers well with minimalist gold bangles.
We love the classic look of Detriot-based Shinola's super-rounded watch faces and rich leather straps.
Our favorite characteristic of this Longines watch? A dial that illustrates AM and PM hours with the sun, moon, and stars.
A black leather strap with raw edges adds a particularly masculine appeal to this affordable Triwa watch.
Rose gold and chocolate brown leather? Sign us up.
Channel your inner prepster with this striped nylon strap watch.
Mougin & Piquard
This watch resembles an heirloom you might inherit from your grandfather—which makes sense since it was inspired by an original 1920s design and recreated exclusively for J. Crew.
A mixed metal bracelet-style watch will go with every piece of jewelry in your closet.
Larsson & Jennings
The tiny links that make up the strap in this bracelet-style gold watch give it a distinctive look.
We love Miansai's nautical-inspired accessories, and this simple, casual watch is no exception.
The Cartier 'Tank Solo' is a unisex style, but squarish shape, Roman numerals, and alligator strap make it just masculine enough to balance a floaty eyelet dress.
Much like a Rolex, the TAG Heuer 'Carrera' watch has a timeless menswear look we'll always love.
Affordable and easy to wear with most anything, this classic Timex 'Weekender' watch is a no-brainer buy.