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Bold, mysterious, and classy black watches have always been one of the top choices when it comes to men’s accessories. These watches are stylish and fashionable. What’s more, they are often flexible enough to be worn for different occasions.
Of course, this knowledge is not lost on watch brands. Therefore, to cater to men’s wishes, most watch manufacturers have incorporated black tones and colours into their legendary models. Some have upped the ante by offering edgy, all-black watches.
Here are a few of our favourites among the coolest and most stylish black watches in the market. They should be yours, too!
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Automatic
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe takes on a refreshing look with this black ceramic version. The 5000-0130-B52A model specifically retains the usual iconic features of the 43.6mm casing with satin-brushed black ceramic finish.
This is the simplest looking model among our black watches collection, yet it certainly packs a punch. This all-black watch runs on the self-winding 1315 calibre movement, offering a total of 120 hours of power reserve.
In line with the black theme of the watch, the black dial is complemented by a bezel, lugs, crown and a textile strap that are all black. Besides that, silver hands, index markers and a date aperture between 4 and 5 o’clock are visible on the minimalist black dial.
As if these aren’t enough, this powerful timepiece can also withstand up to 300m underwater. All in all, this watch is another testament that Blancpain produces one of the best dive watches in the world.
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic Chronograph
The Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Black Magic Chronograph packs a punch on style and finesse. Its polished and satin-finished black ceramic casing offers a varied style suitable for all occasions. This 525.CM.0170.RX model runs on the HUB 1155 automatic skeleton chronograph movement, offering 42 hours of power reserve.
Polished rhodium-plated hands and appliques, sub-dials for second hand and chronograph functions, and a date window are all visible on the skeletonised sapphire dial. The sapphire dial also showcases the Hublot logo engraved at 12 o’clock. The all-black theme finishes with a rubber strap featuring a stainless steel clasp, allowing the wearer a luxury of comfort and design.
This fashionable wearer-friendly piece is one not to be missed if you are interested in starting your own collection of black watches.
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph Skeleton
Founded in 1865, Swiss watchmaker Zenith has claimed the crown as the “Chronograph King” with the El Primero (meaning ‘the first’ in Spanish) collection.
Featuring a black ceramic case surrounding a skeleton face with various sub-dials, the Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph Skeleton watch gives its wearer a glimpse of its inner workings. Powered by the El Primero 9004 automatic movement with 293 components, this watch boasts 1/100th-of-a-second chronograph function.
Zenith has let their artistic muse on a leash with the Defy El Primero 21, which is less tight on the open-worked dial versions. Despite the new touches, the dial layout retains Zenith’s El Primero essentials. With sub-dials located at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock position, the dial gives a stable and grounded look.
Finally, the rubber strap and scratch-resistant sapphire glass give this watch essential durability, while the 50-hour power reserve makes sure it sees you through even the longest of adventures.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph
Audemars Piguet is one of the few global haute horology brands that remains in the hands of its founding family, with several members of the Audemars family still sitting on the company board.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph belongs to the iconic Royal Oak Offshore series that is characterised by the hexagonal bezel. It runs on an AP 3126/3840 calibre movement with a frequency of 21600 BPH and features chronograph and small seconds complications. The black dial with “Méga Tapisserie” pattern displays black counters, pink gold applied hour-markers and Royal Oak hands with luminescent coating.
The black ceramic case and titanium glare-proofed sapphire crystal case back can withstand water resistance of up to 100 metres. A black rubber strap that features a new, user-friendly pin buckle complements this robust timepiece.
Calibre de Cartier Diver Automatic
Equipped with the latest in-house Cartier movement, the Cartier Calibre 1904-PS MC, the Calibre de Cartier Diver Automatic watch is a testament to the brand’s contemporary and refined taste in watchmaking.
Boasting a water-resistance of up to 300 metres, this 42mm sporty watch is an ideal diving partner. A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal lens prevents glare and protects the dial. The bold, black analogue dial comes with luminous hands, hour markers and big Roman numerals. A small sub-dial at 6 o’clock shows the seconds counter, while the date window is visible at 3 o’clock, showing three consecutive dates.
Like most of the black watches in this collection, a black rubber strap, designed to fit well regardless of the wrist size, finishes the look of this masculine watch.
Bell & Ross Aviation Automatic Chronograph
Bell & Ross took off as a brand known for their square-shaped watches with cockpit instrument-inspired looks. To this date, designers insist on preserving the visual clarity of a cockpit-shaped watch where readability remains the main focus.
The Bell & Ross Aviation Automatic Chronograph in 42mm carries on the legacy with its square casing featuring a black-colour theme. The cool, smooth surface of ceramic against the skin is extremely pleasant. This is because of its black matte finish that promotes the covert/stealth military theme.
The matching dial accented with Super Luminova-coated hands gives this watch an even more stylish touch. Moreover, the watch is visible even in low light due to the contrasting white hands and index markers.
To top it off, an ultra-durable rubber strap complements this watch, allowing it to withstand daily wear.
Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic
Commonly associated with rugged pilot’s watches, there is more to Hamilton beyond the cockpit. Established as one of the leading watchmakers in the world, Hamilton continues to captivate watch lovers around the world with exquisite creations.
Essentially, the Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic is one timepiece in this collection that is worth your consideration. Encased in a brushed and polished stainless steel case, its black dial highlights rose-gold hands and index hour markers.
Featuring a pared-down elegance and functionality, this watch inspires a vintage American classic vibe. An automatic movement, the Calibre 2892-A2, powers this watch, offering a 42-hour power reserve.
In the market for the perfect dress watch? Look no further. The Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic is made for all formal wear.
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