Meet the hands-down best watches to buy right now for sporty style, retro cool, or just pure, modern innovation.
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Seiko Prospex PADI
There’s only one blue-dialed diving watch that isn’t just intelligent, but also elegant: the Seiko Prospex PADI. A throwback to a popular 1970s diving watch, it has a wide, masculine case and bears the official logo and colors of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. And because it’s powered by Seiko’s “Kinetic caliber” technology, it charges while you wear it.
$525, Macy’s in August 2016, macys.com. Want the rest of the look? Jacket: Chaps, $60; Jean jacket: 7 For All Mankind, $278; Headphones: Urbanears, $120
Meet the horological embodiment of ’60s corporate cool—but with a seriously cutting-edge twist. The clean-cut Citizen Eco-Drive isn’t just a beautiful, classy, retro-style watch that begs to be worn with any look (let’s be clear: it is), it’s also entirely powered by light, so you’ll never need to charge it or change its battery. Ever.
$235, citizenwatch.com. Want the rest of the look? Jacket: Dockers, $350; Shirt: Eleventy, $195; Tie: The Tie Bar, $19
You’ve wished for a watch so comfortable you can forget you’re wearing it—well, it was just a matter of time. Every element of the Bulova Curv—the case, the dial, even the hands—is slim and ergonomically curved, making it soothingly snug and easy to wear. Add a handsome dark face and a sleek stainless-steel case, and you’ve got one seriously cool (and original) piece of wristwear.
$799, Macy’s in September, macys.com. Want the rest of the look? Jean jacket: Levi's, $89.50; Cardigan: Express, $79.90; T-shirt: Jockey (three-pack), $29.50
Amid legions of multicolor timepieces, one stands eye-catchingly apart: the I.N.O.X. Paracord from Victorinox Swiss Army. Its face and unique, adventure-themed band touting the same bold shade of red as the world’s most famous pocketknife, the Paracord also confirms its pedigree with a water- and scratch-resistant stainless-steel case that makes it ready for any challenge.
Paracord from Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X. PARACORD, $625; swissarmy.com; Jacket: Diesel, $998; Pants: J Brand, $198; Sneakers: Mark Nason Los Angeles, $79