Dress Watches for Men – New for 2012 – Elegant & Affordable

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Dress watches, by definition, are supposed to be understated; their purpose to tell time (so you know when to make a “timely entrance”) and not to be timing the event with a chrono or checking your heart rate during the operatic grand finale. And like the fine clothing a dress watch would accompany, it ought to be (or at least appear to be) expensive.

Here’s a selection of twenty-five watches that are new in 2012, that are reasonably priced, and will compliment your dress-up gear for that special night on the town, wedding, annual meeting, prom, or black tie event.

A dress watch doesn’t call much attention to itself for reasons other than it’s inherent beauty and elegance. It’s bezel and chapter ring don’t rotate and don’t have markings. It has a single crown and no buttons. In other words, a classic timepiece. And when worn correctly, the materials should be matched to other items in the dressy outfit: ie cuff links, tie tac, rings, bracelet, belt, and shoes.
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For the purpose of selection for this post, this blog defines a man’s “dress” watch to be:
1) Less than 45mm wide and less than 13mm thick (to fit under French cuffed sleeves)
2) Analog & devoid of complications (we stretch for date and second hand) and text (other than brand – which rules out Casio!)
3) Case composed of metal. Bracelet of leather and/or (matching) metal (no plastic, wood or rubber)
4) Materials finished in black, white, silver or/and gold tones (no colors)

Spring and summer dress-up occasions often include lighter colored suits and more colorful shirts and ties. These outfits often are accompanied by non-black belts and shoes – hence the inclusion of brown strap watches in this post. (Suggestion: obtain replacement bands in black for multi-season compatibility)

And a few of the selections included in this post break the “simple” rule, but are here because they could be appropriate for those occasions when “dress-up” also means “show-off” and the wearer deliberately intends to iconoclastically flaunt his fine taste and independent fashion savvy.

TW Steel CE3011-CEO dress watchTW Steel CE3011 CEO
List price: $629 – Sale price: $328
Crystal: sapphire, anti-reflective coating
Case: gold-toned stainless steel
Strap: calfskin
Size 42mm w X 13mm d
Movement: Quartz
WR: 99 feet
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Cerruti 1881 Odissea Uomo CRB002A221D Men's Black Dial Stainless Steel WatchNew Cerruti 1881 Odissea Uomo CRB002A221D Men’s Black Dial Stainless Steel Watch
Price $329.99
movement; quartz
WR; 50 meters
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Obaku V133GBBMBObaku V133GBBMB
Retail price: $139 – Sale price: #125
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 38mm w X 12mm d
Band: stainless steel
Movement quartz
WR; 100 meters
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Skagen Denmark Mens Watch Black Dial with Red Hand #O233XLSSBSkagen Denmark Mens Watch Black Dial with Red Hand #O233XLSSB
Price: $90
Danish style. Signature Skagen mesh bands that connect to a brushed stainless steel case. The shiny black dial features 12 chrome and white luminous numbered indicators, a 24-hour dial and date function above the six hour. The tip of the second hand has a stylish red accent. Size 36mm x 7mm. Japanese quartz. WR: 100 feet. Mineral crystal
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Tissot T0595071601800 T Lord MenTissot T0595071601800 T Lord Men
Price: $469
Also Called: T0595071601800 Series: T Lord Style. Case Material: Stainless Steel Dial Color: White Hands: Silver color Movement: Swiss Automatic Functions: Hours, Minutes, Seconds, Date Crystal Material: Sapphire – Scratch Resistant Case Diameter: 40 mm Case Thickness: 10 mm Case back: Stainless Steel Bezel Material: Water Resistance: 50M/ 165 ft Calendar: Date, displayed at 3 o’clock. Bracelet / Strap: Leather Max bracelet/strap size: 8 inches, Clasp: Buckle. Made in Switzerland. Two Year Warranty
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Eric Edelhausen "Calypso" Men's Full Calendar with Moon Phase WatchEric Edelhausen “Calypso” Men’s Full Calendar with Moon Phase Watch
List price: $540.00 – Sale price: $198.26
“This watch is truly in the style of old world classics. From its 18K gold plated stainless steel case, onion shaped crown and coin edge bezel this watch really stands out in a crowd. Product description: Movement: Quartz controlled gilded Ronda 706.3 movement with long life battery. Case and dial: All 18K gold plated surgical grade 316L brushed stainless steel case. All stainless steel screw down case back. 18K gold plated stainless steel coin-edged bezel. Three 18K gold plated flush pushers, and onion style crown. Measures: 39mm (1 1/2 inch) without crown. 5ATM (50 meters) water resistant. Silver colored guilloched dial. 6 gold-plated diamond cut hands. Black Roman Numeral hour indicators, tachymeter at outer track, scratch resistant crystal, recessed sub dials. Indications: Hours, minutes, seconds, at center. Month sub-dial at 12:00, day of month at 3:00. True working moon phase at 6:00. Day of the week at 9:00. Strap: Brown, genuine leather, hypoallergenic strap with EE logo on back. Stainless steel 18K gold plated buckle with EE logo engraved. Suitable for wrists up to 8 1/2 inches. All Eric Edelhausen Legacy Timepieces come with a beautiful wood presentation box within a gift box as well as an owners guide, one-year warranty card and a watch travel pouch.”
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Stuhrling Original Men's 148B.3345K14 Classic Heritage Automatic Mechanical Date Rosetone WatchStuhrling Original Men’s 148B.3345K14 Classic Heritage Automatic Mechanical Date Rosetone Watch
List price: $645 – Sale price: $179
Round shaped 23k yellow gold plated stainless steel case with protective Krysterna crystal on front and back
44mm x 12mm self winding with display back
Rose-tone textured inner dial with seconds sub-dial and date window
Polished outer dial with rose-tone individually applied markers and outer chapter ring
Brown alligator embossed genuine leather strap with rose-tone buckle
Water-resistant to 50 M (165 feet)
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Giordano Men's Stainless Steel Black Dial 1363-22Giordano Men’s Stainless Steel Black Dial 1363-22
List price: $229 – Sale price: $69
Part Number: 1363-22, Dial window material type: Mineral, Clasp: Push button deployment, Case diameter: 34 millimeters, Case Thickness: 11 millimeters, Band material: Stainless Steel, Movement: Quartz
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Croton Black Croc-Look Leather MOP Date Watch CN307408SSMPCroton Black Croc-Look Leather MOP Date Watch CN307408SSMP
Lost price: $250 – Sale price: $50
“All Stainless Steel Case & Buckle * Smart Black Croc-Look Genuine Leather Band * Analog with Polished Silver Tone Hands * Polished Silver Tone EZ Read Roman Numeral Markers * Chic Rectangular Face with MOP Center * Posh Polished Silver Tone Bezel * Date Window at 6″ Position * Polished Silver Tone Second Hand * Japanese Quartz Movement * Quality Components * 3 ATM – 30 m – 100 ft – Water Resistant * Domed Mineral Crystal * Guaranteed 100% Authentic Croton Watch ****Watch Stats**** Style: Analog * Shape: Rectangle * Size: 35mm x 31mm / 1-1/4″ x 1-3/8” * Color: White MOP Hands: Silver Tone Hour Markers: Silver Tone Roman Numerals * Misc: Silver Tone Second Hand. Date Window at “6” Position MOP Center [BAND] * Material: Genuine Leather * Wrist size: 6-3/4″ to 8-3/4″ * Width: 22mm / 7/8″ * Color: Black * Clasp: Standard Buckle”
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Frank Lloyd Wright Hoffman House Carpet Design Watch with Stainless Steel BraceletFrank Lloyd Wright Hoffman House Carpet Design Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet
Price: $150
“The distinctive styling of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hoffman House Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet by Bulova is based on a rug design Wright created for the Hoffman residence in Rye, New York (1957), but never produced for Mr. Hoffman. After Wright’s death his widow had the rug made for Taliesin, the Wright home in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Quartz movement and stainless steel bracelet. Watch diameter: 40mm. Splash resistant. Bulova
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Emporio Armani Chronograph Grey Dial Mens Watch #AR0336Emporio Armani Chronograph Grey Dial Mens Watch #AR0336
List price: $345 – Sale price: $299
“Fashion meets function with this three-eye chronograph. The matte grey IP stainless steel case has a grey dial with black applied numerals and a date window for added functionality. The grey rubber strap is a real stretch in the dress watch category but could add a nice touch to a tan or grey suit.” Case Size 40 MM x 33 MM. Lug Width 24 MM. Quartz movement. Water resistant to 50 meters
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D&G Dolce & Gabbana Men's DW0638 Chamonix Analog WatchD&G Dolce & Gabbana Men’s DW0638 Chamonix Analog Watch
List price: $165 – Sale price: $95
Casual watch, Quartz movement, Continuous seconds sub-dial above six o’clock marked by polished silver-tone hand and white Arabic numbers/indices, Polished silver-tone hands, Applied polished silver-tone baton markers, Blue dial with white matrix pattern and polished silver-tone logo applique below twelve o’clock, Polished silver-tone stainless steel bracelet with brushed inserts, adjustable links and push-button-clasp, Slightly curved brushed/polished silver-tone stainless steel rectangular case, Textured steel crown with engraved logo, Stainless steel case back, Mineral crystal, 50 meters water resistant
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Rockwell Men's AP102 Apostle Stainless Steel Case Black Leather Band WatchRockwell Men’s AP102 Apostle Stainless Steel Case Black Leather Band Watch
Price $120
Item Shape:rectangle
Dial window material type:Mineral
Display Type:analog
Clasp: Buckle
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 45 millimeters
Case Thickness:10 millimeters
Band material: calfskin
Band length:men’s standard
Band width:34 millimeters
Band Color:black
Dial color:black
Bezel material: stainless-steel
Movement:Japanese-Quartz
Water resistant depth:165 Feet
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Techno Master Men's Diamond Watch TM2138-A3Techno Master Men’s Diamond Watch TM2138-A3
List price: $499 – Sale price: $90
Item Shape:Round
Dial window material type:Sapphire crystal
Display Type: Analog
Clasp: Deployment Buckle
Metal stamp: Stainless Steel
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case diameter: 43
Case Thickness:14
Band material: Rubber
Band length: Men’s Standard
Band width: 24
Band Color: Black
Dial color: Mother of pearl
Bezel material: Stainless Steel
Special Features:Carat Weight 0.12CT Gem Type 100% Natural Diamonds,
Two additional bands in different colors
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Water resistant depth: 30
“Unique Techno Master Watches! This Men’s Diamond Watch by Techno Master features a black rubber band, a silver tone stainless steel case with a mother of pearl dial that is paved in white sparkling stones. This luxurious 0.12-carat diamond Techno Master watch is conveniently water-resistant up to 30 m (100 ft) and makes a perfect gift for any occasion”
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Raymond Weil Men's 5396-STC-00800 Tradition Stainless Steel Case Black Leather Strap with Crocodile PatternRaymond Weil Men’s 5396-STC-00800 Tradition Stainless Steel Case Black Leather Strap with Crocodile Pattern
List price: $850 – Sale price: $504
Item Shape: square
Dial window material type:anti-reflective sapphire
Display Type: analog
Clasp: Buckle
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 27 millimeters
Case Thickness:8 millimeters
Band material: leather-crocodile
Band length: men’s standard
Band width: 18 millimeters
Band Color: black
Dial color: white
Calendar: Date
Movement: swiss-quartz
Water resistant depth: 165 Feet
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GANT Connectiut Wristwatch for Him Classic DesignGANT Connectiut Wristwatch for Him Classic Design
Price: $225
Case Material: Stainless steel (polished)
Case Color: Silver
Case Shape: Square
Back: Stainless steel back
Crystal: Mineral crystal
Diameter (without crown) in mm:
Height in mm: 10
Display Type: Hours, Minutes, Seconds
Movement: Quartz
Calendar: Date
Strap Material: Leather (crocodile finish)
Strap Color: Black
Clasp: Buckle clasp
Width of the Strap in mm: 20
Maximal Strap Circumference in mm 210
Dial Colour: Black
Dial Style: Smooth
Hand: not fluorescent
Logo on: Dial, Crown, Clasp, Back, Strap
Packaging with Documents
Guarantee: 2 Years Manufacturer’s
Water-restistant 50m
Metal Fineness / Metal Type: Stainless Steel 316L
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GUESS Black Enamel Interchangeable Mens Watch U13009G1GUESS Black Enamel Interchangeable Mens Watch U13009G1
Price: $124
Black stainless steel case. Stainless steel band and leather strap. Quartz movement. Black dial. Water resistant 30 meters. Case 39 mm.
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Seiko Two Tone Dress Solar Quartz White Dial Link BraceletSeiko Two Tone Dress Solar Quartz White Dial Link Bracelet
Price: $153
Two tone stainless steel case and link bracelet. White dial with gold tone hands and hour markers. Solar powered Quartz, storing power from any available light. Scratch resistant Hardlex crystal. Water resistant.
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Breytenbach Men's 4425SG-G Multifunction Automatic Classic Center Date Automatic
Breytenbach Men’s 4425SG-G Multifunction Automatic Classic Center Date Automatic
Price: $229
Crystal: Mineral
Display Type: analog
Clasp: Buckle
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 44 millimeters
Case Thickness: 15 millimeters
Band material: leather-crocodile
Band length: men’s standard
Band width: 22 millimeters
Band Color: brown
Dial color: black
Bezel material: stainless-steel
Calendar: day-date-and-month
Movement: automatic-self-wind
Water resistant: 165 Feet
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Pierre Cardin Men's PC104241F04 International Gold Fashion WatchPierre Cardin Men’s PC104241F04 International Gold Fashion Watch
Price: $129
Dial window material type: Mineral
Display Type: analog
Clasp: Buckle
Case material: stainless-steel
Case diameter: 42 millimeters
Case Thickness: 9 millimeters
Band material: leather-crocodile
Band length: men’s standard
Band width: 20 millimeters
Band Color: brown
Dial color: silver
Bezel material: Metal
Movement: Quartz
Water resistant: 99 Feet
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Citizen Men's BL6057-58E Palidoro Eco-Drive Men's Palidoro WatchCitizen Men’s BL6057-58E Palidoro Eco-Drive Men’s Palidoro Watch
List price: $350 – Sale price: $263
Eco-drive
Black ion plated stainless steel case
Mineral glass crystal
Diamond accented dial
Water-resistant to 30 M (99 feet)
bracelet: stainless with deployment clasp with push button
28mm w x 8 mm thick
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Johan Eric Men's JE1001-04-001.9 Tondor Tonneau Mesh Stainless Steel WatchJohan Eric Men’s JE1001-04-001.9 Tondor Tonneau Mesh Stainless Steel Watch
Price: $189
Grey sun-ray dial with silver indices
Date window
Second hand feature
Mesh stainless steel bracelet with fold over clasp
Water-resistant to 30 M (99 feet)
34mm w x 7mm d
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Claude Bernard Men's 64011 3 NIN Classic Gents Black Dial Stainless Steel Big Date WatchClaude Bernard Men’s 64011 3 NIN Classic Gents Black Dial Stainless Steel Big Date Watch
Price: $450
Black dial with silver indices
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Sub-second dial
Big date window
Polished stainless steel bracelet
39mm w x 7.5mm d
Japanese quartz
WR: 165 feet
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Hanowa Men's 16-4019.04.007 Eleganza Square Black Dial Leather WatchHanowa Men’s 16-4019.04.007 Eleganza Square Black Dial Leather Watch
Price: $315
33mm w x 7.5mm d
Square polished stainless-steel case
Black two-layered dial
Second-hand feature
Genuine black leather band
Water-resistant to 99 feet (30m)
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Haurex Italy Men's 6A375UNN Leaf Gent Square Black Dial Leather WatchHaurex Italy Men’s 6A375UNN Leaf Gent Square Black Dial Leather Watch
Price: $425
Black square dial
Second hand with minute track
Luminous
Genuine black leather band
Water-resistant to 30 M (99 feet)
39mm x 7mm
quartz movement
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Nixon Men's A045-041 Stainless-Steel Analog Black Dial WatchNixon Men’s A045-041 Stainless-Steel Analog Black Dial Watch
Price: $85
Japanese Quartz movement
Case diameter: 37 mm
Stainless steel case and band w. fold over clasp
Scratch resistant mineral
Water-resistant to 330 feet (100 M)
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Credits: Images from amazon.com, Text from various sources including respective manufacturers, Editing and comments by Roger

tags TW Steel CE3011 CEO, Pierre Cardin PC104241F04, Breytenbach 4425SG-G, GUESS U13009G1, GANT Connectiut, Raymond Weil 5396-STC-00800, Techno Master Diamond TM2138-A3, Rockwell AP102 Apostle, D&G Dolce & Gabbana DW0638 Chamonix, Emporio Armani #AR0336, bulova Frank Lloyd Wright Hoffman House Carpet Design, Croton CN307408SSMP Giordano 1363-22, Stuhrling Original 148B.3345K14, Eric Edelhausen Calypso Moon Phase, Tissot T0595071601800 T Lord, Skagen Denmark #O233XLSSB, Obaku V133GBBMB, Cerruti 1881 Odissea Uomo CRB002A221D, Citizen BL6057-58E Johan Eric JE1001-04-001.9 Claude Bernard 64011 3 Hanowa 16-4019.04.007 Haurex Italy 6A375UNN Nixon A045-041

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