There is a misconception that dress watches are for dressing up. That might have been true years ago, but fashion is a forever evolving creature that molds itself to the fluidity of modernity and the changing times. That’s a complex way of saying that dress watches aren’t only for dressing up.
While dress watches have an undeniable formality about them, that doesn’t mean they can only be worn to formal events. Think about the current state of formal fashion. It’s not uncommon to see suit jackets paired with jeans, or nicely pressed slacks being worn with vibrant sneakers. Dress watches are much like suit jackets and slacks in that they are formal accessories that can be worn with other more casual articles of clothing.
All that being said, luxury dress watches look sharp. They raise the bar in every situation with the weight of their presence. Even a guy wearing ripped jeans and a heavy metal band tee shirt is going to command a room with a Rolex on his wrist. So, in that way, luxury dress watches are much more impactful than things like suit jackets or ties.
At WatchMaxx, we have a huge selection of dress watches in stock. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites. Who knows? You might just find your next formally amazing addition to your collection.
With an entirely gold toned aesthetic and a champagne dial that will make you pop your cork, this La Grande Classique is a beautiful dress watch that oozes luxury.
The classic shape of the dial is stately and matter of fact, but the slim bezel and patterned bracelet add a uniqueness that’s eye-catching and begs for a second look. The champagne meshes perfectly with the gold tone while still retaining an easy-to-ready usability. Perfect for when you’re at a really fancy dinner but you have to leave and meet your friends at the club at 11 o’clock.
Whether this will be your first dress watch, or another in a collection of dress watches, the Longines La Grande Classique cannot be ignored.
Featuring a clean design and a subtle dial, the Baume & Mercier Classima is a true classic dress watch that screams luxury and quality.
The most interesting part of this handsome gentleman for us is the design of the dial. While at first glance it looks like a standard dial with 3 hands and a date window, closer inspection reveals a meticulously detailed design that seems to do its best to remain subtle. The vertical textured lines along the inner portion of the dial play well with the brand logo, and the roman numerals that line the outside are large and bring a vintage feel to the piece.
Aside from that, the silver toned polished steel construction is spectacular, and the sturdy build quality is balanced by a fairly light wrist-feel when you’re actually wearing it.
This is a do-it-all dress watch that can be worn anywhere while not calling too much attention to itself. Unless you want it to, of course.
There’s no rule that states that dress watches can’t also be really cool looking. We’re big fans of the Oris Big Crown watches, but this one in particular really catches our eye every time we pass it in the store.
The rich green dial is obviously the standout feature here, but it’s all the details that accompany it that make this a real head turner. Every element on the dial, from the elegantly designed hour and minute hands to the red tipped date pointer, works impeccably well together to create an overarching look that’s both classy and exciting.
While the Big Crowns are technically pilot watches, we think they can also work in a dressy setting, making them versatile dress watches that place both look and function on the highest pedestal.
Like a glass of scotch on an oaken desk nestled within tome-filled shelves in an east-coast mansion’s study, the Montblanc Tradition is made for the classiest of gentlemen.
The understated gold tone case is the foundation for a refined look that works as a nod to traditional luxury. That’s probably where the name comes from, now that we think about it.
The main attraction is a large, pristine dial with only the faintest texture near the outer perimeter to break things up. Gold tone hands sweep beautifully across the white expanse, passing stately roman numeral hour markers along the way. The brown leather strap is like a fine brandy that needs to be experienced to be believed.
If subtlety isn’t your strong suit and you find yourself yearning to jump feet first into the world of luxury, then you’re never going to find a better choice than a Rolex. There’s a reason the brand has achieved such a monumentally legendary status around the world. Simply put, they make some of the finest, most luxurious watches in the world.
“Fine” is, of course, a massive understatement. This John Mayer special edition Cosmograph Daytona is probably the most decadently and beautifully opulent thing we’ve ever seen. The entire case and bracelet are made out of gloriously glittering 18kt gold, absolutely blinding to look at and enough to make anybody with any taste whatsoever drool themselves into a comatose state.
It’s powerful, it’s luxurious, it’s glorious to behold, and most importantly, it will absolutely earn you open-mouthed stares wherever you go with it on your wrist.
The gravity of this watch is undeniable, and it will absolutely live forever in you. Maybe you’re waiting on the world to change before you buy your most truly coveted bucket list watch, but if you’re not careful you’ll be on the last train home before you know it. So instead of slow dancing in a burning room, you should grab this amazing piece before it’s gone.