If you need a watch for the office, take the time to browse this guide, featuring our top 5 office watches. We’ve included everything from the Eco-friendly Citizen Eco-Drive World Time Perpetual Watch to the simple and classic three-handed lady’s Tissot Luxury Automatic watch. There’s also a mix of automatic and quartz models to choose from, along with watches styled with authentic leather straps and robust stainless steel bracelets.
The good news about this guide to 5 of the best office watches is that any special occasion calls for a suit, so you’ll never need to justify adding a new watch to your collection to match it. Weddings, christenings, job interviews, and business meetings all warrant a smartwatch to complete a dapper look. So, whether it’s your first time buying a watch for the office or not, you’re bound to find a stylish model that you can use for more than one purpose. Let’s take a look.
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1. Citizen Eco-Drive
There are a few reasons you’re going to want to think seriously about choosing this Citizen Eco-Drive watch for office wear. Not only does it feature a world time track around the periphery of its black dial, but it’s also synchronized to atomic timekeeping. It works on energy converted from any form of light. Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology makes sure that you don’t need to be stood under direct sunlight for the watch to power the hands around the dial.
Superior accuracy is paired with a perpetual calendar and gold-toned hands that add a touch of luxury to its unique and highly functional design. You can enjoy special touches like the watch’s rose gold PVD coated bezel and crown with a crisp white shirt and your favorite tie any day of the week.
+ Perpetual calendar and date
+ 100-meter water resistance
+ Two-tone steel and rose gold PVD bracelet
+ Powered by Eco-Drive technology
+ Synchronized to the atomic time clock
Why We Like It – You can wear this watch to the office, while traveling to your next business destination, or with something more relaxed at the weekend, thanks to its ergonomic, modern design.
2. Hamilton Intra-Mati
For something sporty and slightly retro-inspired, the Intra-Matic Chrono from Hamilton gets our vote. It’s a sleek two-counter panda design that combines authentic 60’s style with a modern in-house movement. The H-31 automatic self-winding movement is a tried and tested engine. Guaranteed to promise you around-the-clock precision, its sporty dial can be kept on the wrist for a spot of gym training after a long day in the office.
Its supple black leather strap, attached to a 40mm stainless steel case, is comfortable and versatile enough to mix and match with your entire office wardrobe, while a handy date aperture at 3 o’clock will assist you with day-to-day planning. The solid steel pushers on the case are polished to perfection, balanced beautifully by a prominent pilot-styled crown design.
+ Sporty panda chrono dial
+ Chronograph second and minute counters
+ 100-meter water-resistant
+ Powered by mechanical movement – 60-hour power reserve
+ Date window at 6 o’clock
Why We Like It – With a 60-hour power reserve, Hamilton’s H-31 Calibre is a powerful enough movement for the most dedicated of businessmen.
3. Fossil Men’s The Minimalist
This watch for office wear is equipped with a sleek black dial and a stylish brown leather strap. Together, the contrasting brown and black shades look incredibly sharp with any formal attire. The Fossil watch’s minimalist design is incorporated into a slim case design, crafted from black PVD coated stainless steel. A quartz movement can be found inside a 44mm case that sits flat against the wrist.
The 50-meter water-resistant watch features a striking set of sand-colored luminous central minute and hour hands, along with a zesty orange coated central second hand. Minutes around the outer rim of the dial are crisp and legible, alongside a set of elegant stick indexes for the hour markers.
+ Simple three-handed dial design
+ Sleek black PVD coated steel case
+ 50-meter water resistance
+ Powered by a quartz movement
+ Modern ultra-slim case design
Why We Like It – The slim case depth of this Fossil watch is perfect for wearing to the office. It will slide underneath the cuff of your shirt easily.
4. Junghans Max Bill Quartz Watch
Luxury watches for the office don’t come more sophisticated than Junghans watches. This Max Bill watch presents the time on a Bauhaus-inspired dial, adorned with slim central hands and an inner hour track displayed in Arabic numerals.
A date window placed at 3 o’clock will enable you to keep track of all those important dates throughout the month, while the watch’s clean white dial will keep your outfit looking sharp and crisp. The German watchmaker chooses to equip this elegant office watch with a quartz movement, completing its design with a beautiful light brown calfskin leather strap and a stainless steel buckle.
+ 38mm stainless steel case
+ White minimalist three-handed dial design
+ Date window at 3
+ Powered by a quartz movement
+ 30-meter water resistance
Why We Like It – The calfskin leather strap on this watch looks and feels authentic against the skin. You can pair it with everything, from pinstripe suits to a classic white shirt and tie ensemble.
5. Tissot Luxury Automatic
If you’re a lady looking to buy a watch for wearing to the office, you won’t be disappointed with a Lady’s Tissot Luxury watch, such as this automatic, three-handed dial design. It’s powered by a Swiss-made automatic movement, protected by Tissot’s choice in supreme, robust materials. A 33mm stainless steel case is integrated with 50-meter water resistance, so if you’re unlucky enough to get caught in the rain, you won’t need to worry about keeping your watch dry.
A three-handed silver dial equipped with a date aperture at 3 o’clock will provide you with everything you need in a watch for the office. Its simple yet functional design is due to the Tissot Calibre Powermatic 80 movement. The COSC-certified engine provides an 80-hour power reserve for weekends where you may want to alternate it with another watch from your collection.
+ 50-meter water-resistant steel watch
+ Silver dial with a date window at 3 o’clock
+ Anti-reflective sapphire glass lens
+ 80-hour power reserve
+ Stylish stainless steel
Why We Like It – This watch is elegant enough to be worn all day in the office, followed by an evening sipping cocktails at the bar with friends.
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What are the key features of a watch for the office?
Office watches are similar in style to dress watches. A simple three-handed dial design with minimal complications and a no-fuss aesthetic is the desired look for wearing to work. It means you can jazz the watch up with a pair of luxurious cufflinks if the situation arises, or wear it with a multitude of jackets, be them in a pinstripe finish, or a navy blue, black, or tan jacket with a simple white shirt.
No business attire is complete without the addition of a classic watch. Decide whether you want your watch on a comfortable leather band for a pared-down look or a metal bracelet for elevating your office attire to something dressier. If your day tends to end with shared drinks at the bar, or a gourmet meal, a watch on a bracelet is a great option. If your work attire tends to be more smart-casual, a leather or rubber band option will look at home with a shirt and jeans ensemble.
To sum up
If you can find a watch that’s suitable for more than one situation, you’ve successfully found an excellent watch for the office. Performance, style, and reliability should take precedence over any other value when searching for an office watch. Don’t get too caught up on watch features that you may not require for work (like anti-magnetic housing to protect the movement of the watch or high water resistance).
Instead, focus on details like an anti-glare lens for referencing your watch directly under artificial office lighting, a comfortable strap, and a long power reserve for frequent business trips away. Then you’re on your way to finding yourself the perfect office companion.