Many luxury men’s watches have a tendency to be quite bulgy and large, which is not a bad thing if that’s what you’re looking for. While nobody can deny the imposing appearance such watch can have, sometimes a thin, smaller wrist watch can be an elegant and sophisticated alternative. In fact, thin mens watches have made quite a comeback in recent years, with a few brands releasing excellent slim watch models to the market. Here are a few of Wristcritic top picks:
Skagen Men’s SKW6078 Melbye Grey Titanium Watch
The Skagen brand has an excellent reputation, and specializes in thin watches as the only available size. This round model has a simple, yet stunning design that features a gray dial with a contrast minute track, and a date and day window at 3 o’clock. The design is elegant and light, with a mesh strap utilizing a box safety-clasp closure. As many owners of this watch have confirmed – this is an eye catcher, so be prepared to be noticed when you put this watch on. It’s water resistant up to 50m (165ft), meaning it is suitable for a shower or a swim or accidental splashes. The only potential downside is the mesh strap, which is said to break down somewhat easily, and it does take some time to adjust to, especially if you never used this kind of wristband before.
Skagen Klassik Men’s Three-Hand Leather Thin Watch
Given Skagen’s proficiency with slim watches I couldn’t help but sneak another one onto this list. While this model also features a professional and minimalist design, it has a few different material and design choices that make it a great alternative to the previous example. The dial is a bright white instead of grey, ensuring that the time is easy to read with only a passing glance. Fashion fans will appreciate the blue second hand, which adds a touch of personality to an otherwise very tame watch. The leather strap is a great alternative to mesh or steel, and is very comfortable to wear as well as very light. While this piece may not be the best fit for hiking or diving, it serves very well as a stylish dress watch in the office or at formal events.
Daniel Wellington Men’s 0101DW Classic Rose Gold-Tone Watch
Daniel Wellington is a relatively unknown Brand that has a habit of making classy watches with their own distinct personality. The gold-toned rose case protects a bright white dial that has a professional appearance much like the Skagen Klassik. The nylon red and blue wristband is an unusual choice, but typical for the Wellington style. In fact, the brand was born after British born Daniel Wellington started the habit of wearing vintage watches on aged NATO straps. While these type of bands are usually shipped with more sports oriented watch models, the unusual pairing with dress oriented cases makes for an interesting combo that is unlikely to blend in to the crowd. The watch is water resistant to 30m (99ft) and can withstand hand washing and splashes, but prolonged exposure to water is not recommended.
Bulova Men’s 96B104 Stainless Steel Thin Dress Watch
This round watch from Bulova sports a white dial with stick indices and a small frame window for the date, located at 3 o’clock. The design could certainly be characterized as minimalistic, a desirable trait for elegant modern watches. The dial is complemented by a croc textured wrist-band made of calfskin, keeping the piece comfortable and light. The stainless steel case is 37mm, which is an average width for mens watches and not too ostentatious. For and affordable watch that works well for both formal and casual occasions, the Bulova 96B104 is a great fit.
Morveau Casual Jetsetter Thin Mens Watch
Morveau is a cool new watch company that was originally launched through an Iniegogo crowd funding campaign. It is the first company to build watches using aircraft grade aluminum, giving the watch unparalleled durability and lightweight design. No expenses were spared on other materials either. The watch is powered by Swiss movement rather than the cheaper Japanese movement. The dial is protected by domed sapphire, widely considered the hardest and most appealing dial material available. Although the company makes models with a wide variety of straps, this particular version features a strap with the same high quality aluminum that the case is built with. The 43mm width is right on the edge of medium/large, and is a nice masculine size. All of these top quality design choices come at a very reasonable price point, making the Morveau a very competitive thin watch for men.