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The 10 Best Watches for Everyday Wear in 2024. Go Anywhere and Do Anything with These Top Picks.

In a world where you can't please everyone, please yourself. If you're not sure where to start in 2024 - we're here to give a few suggestions.

a blue watch wrapped around boating ropes
OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra - Our #9 Pick - Image Courtesy of OMEGA

Watches may be larger expressions of personal style and more reliable companions than any other possessions. They give off a sense of accountability and dependability and can guide you through life's toughest journeys. Whether you're a watch enthusiast or someone looking to invest in a such a timeless accessory, finding the perfect everyday watch can be a delightful but also frustratingly endless.

In this guide, we'll explore what we consider to be some of the best watches for true everyday wear, taking a close look at their design, size, specifications, and price range.

Everyday watches need to be versatile, rugged, adaptable, and able to be dressed down and dressed up. Think of going to work, then dinner, then the game, and then drinks and then also ok if the drinks lead to nearby body of water (100m water resistance a plus). Are all the bases covered? Check.

If you find yourself more of an adventurer or live a more consistently active lifestyle, check out our take on the best dive watches of 2023.


Spoiler Alert for the Watches Featured:

  1. Rolex Submariner - The Iconic Do Everything Pick

  2. Seiko 'Samurai' SRPF03 - Best Entry Level Automatic

  3. Casio G-Shock - Best Pick for Active Lifestyles

  4. Timex Weekender - Best Pick for Simplicity

  5. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 - Best Swiss Value Automatic

  6. Tudor Black Bay Heritage - Best Vintage Inspired

  7. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto - Best Military & Field Inspired

  8. Nomos Glashütte Tangente - Best Essentialist & Artisan Pick

  9. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra - Best Enthusiast Pick

  10. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time - Best For Office Wear


What Are Our Picks for the 10 Best Everyday Watches?

1. Rolex Submariner - The Iconic Do Everything Pick

Stainless Steel Rolex watch with black dial
Rolex Submariner Date - Go Everywhere, Do Anything

Design: Since its inception in 1953, the Rolex Submariner has been the epitome of the perfect everyday watch. Its robust design, coupled with the iconic rotating bezel and luminous markers, ensures it remains a staple for adventurers and professionals alike. Crafted to withstand the rigors of underwater exploration, it seamlessly transitions from the depths of the ocean to the boardroom, making it a timeless classic that transcends generations. The Submariner may be the most copied, or as the imitators say 'homage worthy' watch of all time. As Oscar WIlde famously stated, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness".

Size: The newest edition Submariners come in at 41mm. Many enthusiasts consider the 40mm versions to be the sweet spot of wearability and classic styling.

Price: Prices can vary widely depending on the model and its condition. New Submariners start from $10,000 and upwards, while pre-owned ones may be available for slightly less.


2. Seiko Prospex 'Samurai' - Best Entry Level Automatic

Stainless steel Seiko watch with blue dial
Seiko Prospex 'Samurai'

Design: Emerging in 2004, the Seiko 'Samurai' SRPF03 swiftly captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts worldwide. Its distinctive angular case design pays homage to its namesake, reflecting the precision and strength associated with the legendary Japanese warriors. This timepiece not only boasts a reliable automatic movement but also represents an affordable entry point into the world of mechanical watches, making it a must-have for those embarking on their watch wearing journey. You not only get a fantastic and incredibly durable timepiece when you buy a Seiko. You also get to be part of quite possibly the biggest watch cult on the planet. If you know, you know.

For a less angularity and a bit more classic Seiko design, look to the SRPD series.

Size: The Samurai models typically have a case size of 44mm, offering a substantial and striking presence on the wrist. Seiko is know for model variability so keep searching for the model that best suits you.

Price: Seiko Samurai watches are known for their unique design and affordability, typically ranging from $300 to $500, depending on the retailer. The SRPD models can be found in the sub $200 range.


3. Casio G-Shock (take your pick) - Best for Active Lifestyles

Green Casio G-shock watch
Casio G-Shock 'Casioak'

Design: Debuting in 1983, the Casio G-Shock revolutionized the concept of durability in wristwatches. Engineered to withstand shocks, vibrations, and extreme conditions, it quickly became the go-to choice for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and military personnel. Its rugged construction, paired with an array of practical features, including multiple time zones and stopwatch functionality, ensures it remains a trusted companion for active lifestyles in the 21st century. We prefer the 'Casioak' octagonal take for the best all-around choice on a larger wrist. For those with more standard sized wrists and an interest in a more classic design, check out the DW5600 lineup.

Size: This watch has a compact size with an average case diameter of 42.8mm. G-Shocks can range anywhere from 40mm-48mm depending on the case shape.

Price: G-Shock watches are known for their budget-friendly prices, and the Casioak for example is no exception. You can find it for around $100. Even some of the best and most versatile G-Shocks stay south of $150.


4. Timex Weekender - Best Pick for Simplicity

black timex watch on man's arm with black jacket
Timex Weekender - A Simplistic, Versatile Pick

Design: Introduced in 2007, the Timex Weekender epitomizes simplicity and functionality in watchmaking. With its clean dial, interchangeable straps, and reliable quartz movement, it offers a versatile accessory for everyday wear. Its timeless design transcends trends, making it a timeless addition to any wardrobe, whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or keeping it casual on the weekend. We're not sure there is a better option under $50. You'll be in rare territory with a $50 watch that even watch snobs appreciate and celebrate. With many models only packing 30m of water resistance, this may be the one to avoid if a plunge looks imminent.

Size: The Weekender comes in various sizes, with the most common being 38mm, making it a relatively modest watch in terms of size.

Price: Timex Weekenders are incredibly affordable, typically ranging from $30 to $75, making them accessible to all budgets. Again, Timex has a vast catalog and incredible watch variation can be found. Take your time and wait for that perfect model to jump out at you.


5. Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 - Best Value Swiss Automatic

stainless steel tissot watch with mint dial
Tissot PRX

Design: The Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 made its debut in 2021, capturing attention with its sleek design and exceptional value proposition. To say it quickly became a hit, is an understatement. Many a watch enthusiasts and media outlets were quick to crown the PRX as the best watch in any category under a $1000. Equipped with a high-quality Swiss automatic movement, it delivers unparalleled accuracy and reliability without compromising on style. Its contemporary aesthetic and accessible price point redefine luxury for the modern era, earning it a coveted spot as a go-to everyday timepiece. The integrated steel sports bracelet made a revival in 2020 and the PRX made sure to capture that lightning in a bottle.

Size: This watch has a case size of 40mm, striking a balance between classic and contemporary. There are also available in a modest 35mm case size for a true vintage aesthetic.

Price: The Tissot PRX is considered a mid-range luxury watch, with prices typically ranging from $350 to $1000, depending on the model movement and features. There may not be another watch that has this much luxury presence for the price


6. Tudor Black Bay Heritage - Best Vintage Inspired

stainless steel tudor watch with black dial in black box with papers
Tudor Black Bay - A Stunning Nod to the Vintage Aesthetic

Design: Inspired by Tudor's rich heritage, the Black Bay Heritage collection pays homage to the brand's iconic dive watches from the 1950s. Launched in 2012, it combines vintage aesthetics with contemporary craftsmanship, offering a timeless appeal for watch enthusiasts. With its robust construction, reliable movement, and retro charm, it evokes a sense of adventure and exploration, making it the perfect companion for everyday wear. This model is single-handedly responsible for the revival of the Hans Wilsdorf brand.

Size: The Black Bay Heritage typically has a case size of 41mm, making it a substantial and durable watch. Additional Black Bay models come in 39mm (Black Bay 58) and 37mm (Black Bay 54).

Price: Tudor Black Bay watches are known for their quality and value, with prices typically ranging from $4,000 to $5,000. They can be found for slightly less on the pre-owned market. Around $2,200 will get you in the door.


7. Hamilton Khaki Field Auto or Mechanical - Best Military & Field Inspired

three military inspired hamilton watches against leather
Hamilton Khaki Mechanical - Copyright: Hamilton

Design: With roots dating back to the 1940s, the Hamilton Khaki Field Auto draws inspiration from military watches worn by soldiers during World War II. Its rugged design, legible dial, and precise automatic movement embody the spirit of adventure and exploration. Whether you're navigating urban jungles or braving the great outdoors, this iconic timepiece promises reliability and style for the modern-day explorer. Many people consider the Hamilton Khaki line to be the absolute best pick under $1000 in any genre. An absolute steal considering it can be found frequently around $500.

Size: The Khaki Field Auto comes in various sizes, with the most common being between 38mm to 42mm. We enjoy the 42mm versions as they give slightly better visibility and flexibility.

Price: Hamilton Khaki Field Auto watches are known for their reasonable pricing, typically ranging from $400 to $800.


8. NOMOS Glashütte Tangente - Best Esentialist & Artisan Pick

black leather watch strap with stainless case and white dial
NOMOS Glashutte Tangente Neomatik 41 - Copyright: NOMOS Glashütte

Design: Introduced in 1992, the Nomos Glashütte Tangente is a celebration of minimalist design and artisanal craftsmanship. Crafted in the watchmaking town of Glashütte, Germany, it exemplifies precision engineering and understated elegance. Its clean lines, hand-wound movement, and meticulous attention to detail showcase the brand's commitment to quality and innovation, making it a timeless masterpiece for discerning individuals.. The aesthetic is either for you or it isn't. If it doesn't catch your eye initially come back later. It is sure to grow on you. NOMOS offers a variety of color palettes an configurations as well, so be sure to dig in to the catalog a bit.

Size: This watch typically comes in a case size of 35mm to 41mm, offering a classic and understated presence on the wrist. The bezel free design makes this piece appear larger than the case size.

Price: NOMOS Glashütte watches are considered luxury timepieces, with prices ranging from $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the model.


9. Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra - Best Enthusiast Pick

blue watch wrapped around boating ropes
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra - A Hidden Omega Gem - Image Courtesy of OMEGA

Design: The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra made its debut in 2002, blending contemporary style with cutting-edge technology. Designed for the modern enthusiast, it features exceptional water resistance, anti-magnetic properties, and refined aesthetics. From the bustling city streets to the tranquil shores, it embodies the spirit of adventure and sophistication, making it the ultimate statement piece for everyday wear. the Aqua Terra isn't generally considered one of the big models or obvious picks from the brand, but no other model in the catalog fits every situation like the Aqua Terra. The Aqua Terra line typically gets lost in the Omega catalog behind the Speedmasters and Seamasters, but once you try one on, it may jump to the top of their offerings for daily wear.

Size: The Aqua Terra comes in various sizes, but a common size is around 38mm to 41mm. The integrated bracelet and rubber strap options really change the perception on wrist and can make for a dynamic piece.

Price: Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watches are considered luxury timepieces, with prices typically ranging from $3,000 to $6,000 and upwards.


10. Seiko Presage Cocktail Time - Best for Office Wear

Best Everyday Watches - Seiko Presage
Seiko Presage - Equipped with Blue Dial and Stainless Bracelet

Design: Inspired by the art of mixology, the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time series was introduced in 2010, combining elegance with functionality. Its intricate dial designs and precise automatic movement capture the essence of classic cocktail culture, adding a touch of sophistication to any ensemble. Whether you're sealing deals in the boardroom or sipping cocktails at happy hour, this refined timepiece is the perfect companion for every occasion. Japanese quality and traditional styling help this pick blend in. But those who know about Seiko, know.

Size: These watches usually have a case size of around 40mm, offering a balanced and stylish presence.

Price: Seiko Presage Cocktail Time watches are known for their affordability, typically ranging from $300 to $500.


Wrapping Up - Remember to Suit Your Life

Remember that a watch is a direct reflection of your personality and a statement of your style and lifestyle. Think about what you do daily, and pick the best representation of yourself, not others. So, take your time, explore different options, and find the watch that will accompany you on your life's adventures, big and small.

There are seemingly endless options once you start down the watch hunting rabbit hole, but start with these 10 best everyday watches and see where you end up. Sometimes with watches and watch collecting, it is also about the journey.

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