Popular Watch Styles

With so many watch styles to choose from, finding the ideal watch that you are going to want to wear can be tricky.

Here is a simple guide to help you navigate the different styles of watches confidently.

Dive Watches

Made popular by Jacques Cousteau, and made iconic by a suave, fictional British agent, the dive watch is one of the most prolific men's watch styles.

Because accurate timekeeping is crucial when diving underwater with a finite amount of oxygen, dive watches tend to be superior pieces when it comes to keeping time.

In addition to accuracy, other key defining features of dive watches include superior water resistance, a case and band material that is corrosion resistant and a large, easily readable dial. Another characteristic of dive watches is a unidirectional rotating bezel that can be turned to easily monitor increments of time.

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Field Watches

A field watch must be rugged. They typically sport cases made of stainless steel, PVD coatings or titanium construction. Field watchbands are traditionally made out of canvas or leather so they can easily be swapped out if damaged.

Field watches often feature a high contrast black dial, with white numbering, as they must be readable, even in low light conditions.

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Aviator Watches

Military pilots spurred many developments in the watch industry, due to the importance of having an accurate timepiece in the cockpit.

Aviator watches typically feature extremely large dials with luminous hands that allow for easy reading at night. They also often have additional dials that allow the user to easily measure specific units of time. Many aviator watches also have additional, specific aviation functions, added to satisfy the various needs of pilots.

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Racing Watches

There are two features that define a great racing watch - a chronograph and a tachymeter.

A chronograph is a watch with a separate stopwatch function, usually housed in a sub-dial, and controlled by pushers at the 2 o'clock and 4 o'clock positions.

A tachymeter is a specific type of bezel used to make distance and time calculations.

Racing watches tend to be much bolder than other watch styles. The watch face will typically have far more color options than the high-contrast faces of field watches or dive watches. Watchbands vary in material depending on the watch, from stainless steel to rubber to leather.

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