With so many different designs, complexity, and brands to choose from when shopping for a new watch, it’s easy to become overwhelmed.
It’s a good thing that the GQ 2022 Watch Guide contains the greatest men’s timepieces that you should be paying attention to right now: from little British businesses like Farer and Christopher Ward to Swiss powerhouses Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Omega.
Our thorough edit includes everything from submersible diving watches to ultra-elegant dress clocks to easy-to-wear field watches to workaholic chronographs, and we’ve picked our favorite models from the current line-up of each dial brand for simplicity’s sake.
No matter your taste or budget, there is something for everyone on this site. However, for complete novices, a little help is necessary.
Watch To Buy
People start with various watches because of the wide variety of men’s timepieces on the market. A Rolex, any Rolex, may be all that some people want, while others may be bound by their budgets or have a wider range of horological preferences.
The G-Shock GA-2100 (£99)
It is the best watch under the $100 price point. To many, the G-Shock GA-2100 is referred to as the CasiOak because of its tough casing, 200 meters of water resistance, and stunning octagonal bezel. It’s an excellent alternative to the more expensive Audemar Piguet Royal Oak sports watch.
It is the best watch for under £500. One of Hamilton’s most well-known models is the Khaki Field Mechanical, a functional but stylish watch that has been in production since 1886. It proves that everyone can afford a piece of history without going over their credit limit.
Tag Heuer Formula 1 (£1,055)
It is the best watch for under $1,000. TAG Heuer’s much-loved Formula 1 is a good Swiss-made alternative for people who can’t wander much past the £1,000 mark in the watch market.
Keep in mind that the entry-level model will have a quartz movement driven by a battery rather than a mechanical one.
Rolex Yacht-Master 42
Designed for the open seas, the Rolex Yacht-Master has the functionality of a top-notch nautical timepiece, while the new bold, gold model makes a serious style statement. The 42mm yellow gold case features a striking black Cerachrom bezel (a Rolex patented hard ceramic material that is corrosion-resistant) and comes on a sporty rubber strap.
Cartier Masse Mysterieuse
Cartier’s groundbreaking Masse Mysterieuse, which took eight years to develop, is a twist on the legendary mystery clock the Maison first introduced in 1912. Considered its most technically challenging watch made to date, it features a miniaturized automatic movement transformed into an oscillating weight that appears floating on a transparent dial. Only 30 pieces will be made.
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Ultra
Bulgari debuted its record-breaking Octo Finissimo Ultra a week before the show in Rome. A technological triumph, the house created the world’s thinnest mechanical movement—a mere 1.8 millimeters thick (narrower than a nickel in width). Made in a limited edition of 10, each watch has a unique QR code engraved on its barrel which accesses a digital universe dedicated to the owner’s timepiece.
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin unveiled its Traditionnelle Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in a platinum case with a new salmon-colored dial. For collectors, it’s another option of one of the brand’s admired grand complications, but it’s not for everyone: it will be limited in production.