Minimalist Watches for Men
To start this post, I’d like to say…. I am a huge watch fanatic. My love for watches started a young age with my dad. He was a criminal attorney in New York and when he passed away, I inherited his Raymond Weil Toccata watch. The Toccata was a classy, and elegant that could be worn with just about anything from a sharp business suit to a dress down day with chinos and a polo. As of right now I have a vintage 1945 Movado watch that I found thrifting, a vintage gold Seiko and an automatic Invicta which was my first watch I purchased for myself, that I wear on occasion.
Before phones came about, a watch was an ideal men’s accessory for style and class. Back in those days, suit watches we’re not as big as we see them now and they were clean in detail, weren’t as heavy and small in diameter.
Here I have selected my top 5 minimalist suit watches.
- Mondaine – Classic 33mm – $119(similar)
- Rossling & Co –Aberdeen – $199
- Jack Mason – Aviator – $225
- Miansai – M12 Swiss Bronze – $495(similar)
- Sekford – Type 1A – $1130.03
Starting with the classic Mondaine, with its red subtle detailing. The Mondaine is 33mm in diameter which makes it a nice suit watch. The Mondaine classic 33mm is Swiss made and has a Ronda 509 movement (quartz). It has a water resistance feature for up to 100ft, comes with a genuine leather band with red accents, a stainless steel polish and has a big date function. I love how big and bold this Mondaine watch is, very minimalist with the clean lines, the red accents gives it those small subtle touches. I’d wear this watch with a black or navy suit, or even a tan suit.
The best word that describes Rossling & Co is clean. The Rossling and Co Aberdeen has a tweed band with genuine leather backing for durability, scratch resistance sapphire crystal. The Aberdeen is a little bigger in diameter in 40mm with a case thickness of 7mm in diameter. I do love the second-hand and the tweed strap instead of traditional leather or stainless steel band, makes the watch more unique. To be safe I would do a tan or navy suit with this watch, but to be bold I would do a green suit, an olive green which is darker and with the tan band showing it would be a nice contrast of colors to play on. Of course you would have to compliment the shoes together, so I would do a nice chocolate-brown shoe to play along with the color scheme of the hunter olive-green suit and Aberdeen tan watch.
The Jack Mason – JM-A101-010 AVIATOR 3-HAND WATCH starts at a great prince point at $225. I was a little shocked when I first seen the price tag. It’s a great gift for a birthday, Christmas, Anniversary or just a great gift to give yourself. They’re a few things that I really enjoy about this JM AVIATOR watch, first is the aircraft inspiration, similar to Breitling. In my opinion this Jack Mason favors one of my favorite Swiss Luxury brands in the Spitefire by IWC. The subtle but noticeable red dash on the second-hand highlights extra detailing. At 43mm in diameter the JM-A101 is a classic size watch for everyday usage.
Another unique watch on this Top 5 list is this M12 from Miansai. Beautiful craftsmanship, detailing and minimalist face. Of course i’ll start with how clean the face is, to me that is the important aspect of a watch. I love the rose gold accents and how it compliments the green leather band. I also enjoy how there is a balance inside the dial of the watch, from rose gold and black accents. The M12 has a domed acrylic crystal face, it is 38mm in diameter and has a buckle closure. I would truly wear this watch with just about anything, I’d also purchase a few more bands so it could be my everyday watch. Miansai also comes in a M24.
Closing out the Top 5 minimalist watch countdown is this very enticing Sekford Type 1A. Reminds of me of my dads Toccata that I spoke earlier in the post. Sekford is a London-based watch company that I think represents its culture correctly. From the numerals to the elegance of the timepiece, screams London. Sekford takes its name after Sekford Street in Clerkenwell, London. The Sekford team acquired an appreciation for English pocket watches. The Sekford timepiece gets it’s bespoke lettering and numbers by world respected font foundries, Commercial Type. The Type 1A has a gold-plated finish, mineral crystal, 5 jewels with a ronda movement, that comes with a cordovan leather band. Another great everyday watch to close out the Top 5 Minimalist Watches for Men.