How to Find the Right Men's Watch

Everything you need to know to find the right wristwatch for any occasion.

SPORT: Even if you’re not a professional pilot, race-car driver, or deep-sea diver, you can appreciate the engineering of these technical marvels.

The Dial: The dials of most sport watches have enough hand and second markers to warrant using a magnifying glass. Some of the indices are even colored, which makes them legible underwater.
The Band: Rubber or coated canvas, often in a bright color, is part of the typical package. For a more conventional option, try a stainless-steel bracelet.
The Size: Recent trends have pushed face sizes close to 48 millimeters. Unless you’re a first-round draft pick, or at least have the build of one, you should stick to a smaller one.
The Functions: Think of the master craftsmen who construct these watches as being like the guys who rebuild vintage race-car engines—they pack a lot of sophisticated machinery into tiny spaces. From a tachometer to gauge your speed to a helium escape valve to keep your watch from exploding while at extreme depths, these functions are utilitarian but hardly necessary in restaurants or at the office.

From left: Bell & Ross ($5,000), Wyler Geneva ($10,600), Breitling ($2,845), Omega ($7,400)

Photo: Richard Pierce
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