Even though many of us are still working from home during the pandemic, some of us still have to go to the office and others are attending – or hosting — boardroom meetings via zoom. Eventually, too, we will be getting back to the new normal. This means putting on your best suits and putting your best foot – or wrist – forward. Luckily, there are so many great watches out there that are perfect to wear with your suit, no matter what price category your budget can afford. Here we take a look at 10 of the best watches to wear with a suit from the under $300 category (for those just starting out in the business world), to the $50,000 to $100,000 range for the true “I have arrived” statement.
Under $300 – Orient Contemporary
A nice Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel and goldtone hands and markers makes this Orient Contemporary watch a great contender for the person just starting out in his career. It has a modern yet classic feel and the white dial makes it easy to read the time (and date) at a quick glance at the wrist so your boss won’t think you’re looking to get out of the meeting. The 40mm watch even houses an automatic movement with 40 hours of power reserve. Suggested Retail Price USD 220.
Under $1000 – Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Automatic
This Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Automatic watch is exactly as its name implies: a bit of true American classic yet contemporary urban chic. The striking gradient gray dial starts lighter in the center and reaches out in a sunburst pattern that darkens at the edges of the dial. With date aperture at 6:00, you’re sure to never miss a meeting. The 42mm stainless steel case houses a Swiss-made ETA automatic movement with 42 hours of power reserve. Suggested Retail Price USD 995.
Under $3,000 – Tutima Flieger Classic Automatic
An unlikely candidate because it is a Flieger pilot’s inspired watch, this Tutima Flieger Classic Automatic is, nevertheless, a great choice. While it may be a bit large at 43mm, the striking blue dial and the knurled bezel of the watch are definite head turners. It offers day and date indications to help keep you on track and is powered by the Tutima 330 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The steel bracelet instead of a strap kicks it up a notch in the “dressier” department. Suggested Retail Price USD 2,900.
Under $5,000 – Frédérique Constant Classic Hybrid Manufacture
Working in a tech-oriented company but not a smart-watch kind of guy? Consider this great hybrid watch from Frédérique Constant. The Classic Hybrid Manufacture timepiece houses an automatic, yet connected, movement (the FC-750 caliber) that is made in-house in the brand’s Swiss manufacture. The blue dial boasts a meticulous Clous de Paris guilloche motif and looks smart (pardon the pun) against the rose gold plated stainless steel case. The watch offers a host of functions thanks to the connected abilities. Plus, it won’t break the bank. Suggested Retail Price USD 3,895.
Under $10,000 – Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
This is the point when you start thinking about more serious watches, and nothing fits better than the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M Co-Axial Master Chronometer. Crafted in stainless steel with a rose gold bezel and integrated black rubber strap that is texturized, you make a statement of sporty chic. But at 41mm, the watch is not too big to go under a shirt cuff and when it peeks out, it’s an eye stopper. It is powered by the Omega 8900 automatic caliber. It has chronometer certification and is anti-magnetic. Suggested Retail Price USD 9,125.
Under $15,000 – Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Geographic
You just can’t go wrong with a classic Jaeger-LeCoultre watch on your wrist and this Master Control Geographic watch will have all eyes on you, especially if you need to know the time somewhere else at the drop of a dime. It offers a second-time zone indicator and time in all 24 main zones around the world. It also offers hours, minutes, date, and central seconds. The 40mm watch is crafted in stainless steel and features a white sunray dial that is harmoniously balanced to give all the information you need at a glance. It is powered by an automatic movement. Suggested Retail Price USD 13,100.
Under $25,000 – Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time
For a watch that makes a great statement of masculinity and taste, this Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time watch in 18-karat rose gold is the way to go. The geometry of the rectangle inside the round dial gives the watch an artistic flair, plus it offers time in two zones, as well as the date. The 42mm watch is powered by the UN-24 in-house-made automatic movement and features a sapphire case back for viewing of the finely finished caliber. This is an insider’s watch, meaning only those who really know watches will be able to tell at a glance that you’re wearing a leading brand. Suggested Retail Price USD 21,000
Under $50,000 – Audemars Piguet Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph
Considered one of the best brands to have in a serious watch collection, Audemars Piguet is best known for its Royal Oak and Royal Oak Offshore watches. However, its Code 11:59 by Audemars Piguet is fast picking up attention thanks to the very large dial and non-existent bezel. This Self-winding Chronograph houses an automatic movement with 70 hours of power reserve. Even though it features the chronograph function (for timing events), it is still a king on the wrist under any business suit. It is crafted in 18-karat white and pink gold with a black alligator strap. Suggested Retail Price USD 47,600
Under $100,000 -Patek Philippe Nautilus
A true Holy Grail brand, Patek Philippe is the epitome of what watch collectors aspire to. While it may look sporty at first glance the beloved Nautilus watch, especially in solid 18-karat pink gold, is a statement maker even under a suit. Powered by an in-house-made automatic movement with 45 hours of power reserve, the 40.5mm watch offers date and chronograph functions. It is a win/win watch but be aware, there is a waiting list for anything Patek Philippe, especially a Nautilus. Suggested Retail Price USD 83,550
Over $200,000 – Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RS.2
Let’s face it, once you’re in the category where you can afford a $100,000 or more timepiece, you can afford something over $200,000. Why not make it a truly unique watch, such as this Ferdinand Berthoud FB 2RS.2 watch. A master at creating constant force mechanisms via a fusée-and-chain transmission system, Ferdinand Berthoud ensures exacting precision throughout the entire power reserve of the watch. This piece also is equipped with a tourbillon escapement ensuring even more precision. It is a COSC-certified chronometer and is created in a limited edition of just 20 pieces. Suggested Retail Price USD 256,500
About the Author
Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.