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The dress watch is a timepiece that has been used by men for centuries. These watches are typically dressier than other types of watches, and they are sometimes called dress watches or dress clocks. They have features such as thin cases, elegant bands, small diameters, and simple dials with Arabic numerals. The dress watch was invented to be worn during formal occasions or while dressing in the morning; it was not intended to be worn for more rigorous tasks like hunting or sports-related activities (although some people wear them for these purposes).In this article, we will list the 24 best dress watches under £1000.
1. Sekonda 1140 Men's Gunmetal Watch
As always, Sekonda has created a stylish timepiece with the 1140 Gunmetal Bracelet Watch. The blue dial on this watch is striking and it features Roman numerals to create an understated look that will work well on any occasion.
This watch is durable and won't break easily with a date window at 6 o'clock and stainless steel construction. If you're looking for a great and affordable dress piece or gift idea for the man in your life, be sure to check out the Seiko 1140 Gunmetal Chrono Watch.
- Price: £60
2. French Connection FC143SM Men's Original Silver Watch
It's time to upgrade your old watch. This French Connection FC143SM will add style and sophistication to any ensemble. It is complete with a stainless steel case and strap so you can be sure it stays stylish for years on end.
Don't forget that this watch also features a black colour dial with a three-hand movement for added convenience and functionality. Plus, it has an ATM bar water resistance.
With its sleek design and streamlined features, this watch is perfect for everyday wear. Whether you're at work or hanging out with friends, there's nothing better than an item that can easily dress up your outfit without any cumbersome clasps or bothersome bands on your wrist.
Keep it classy by choosing a silver colour and sporting timeless elegance with this modern twist on a classic timepiece.
- Price: £79
3. Armani Exchange AX2335 Men's Grey Watch
The best word to describe this timepiece is sleek. It features a minimalist face design that will never go out of style. The black genuine leather strap and grey dial make for the perfect mix between smart and casual and dress wear.
With the versatile fit of the Armani Exchange AX2335, go from attending important business meetings to running errands in seconds. You'll never be late again because of this must-have watch that features a stainless case with three-hand movement and comes with a 2-year warranty from Armani Exchange.
Give your sophisticated side an upgrade today!
- Price: £109
4. Accurist 7330 Men's Gunmetal Watch
The sleek stainless steel watchband and durable construction make this Accurist timepiece a great choice for men seeking timeless style. Crafted with quality solid stainless steel, the case features a dark grey sunray dial with a date display, 100-meter water resistance, and an ultra-scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is lightweight yet well protected from scratching.
Simply put: this is one British watch you can rely on to be at your side through good times and bad. You'll also love knowing that it comes with a 2-year guarantee as well as an automatic self-adjusting Swiss winder which makes changing the battery quick and easy.
Keep your look polished and sophisticated by wearing this Accurist 7330 Men's Gunmetal Watch.
- Price: £120
5. Men's Two-Tone Iris Wood Chronograph Botanica Watch
The Iris Botanica watch is a modern classic to complete the outfit of any man. With the silver steel encasement contrasting the dark tones of the sandalwood to give a sharp and sophisticated look to your watch, this eye-catching timepiece will instantly make you stand out from others.
Not only does it have an exquisite design that celebrates nature's own wild imagination, but each piece is also its own special work of art with different grains giving every creation its own individual touch.
Keeping things calm on one side, this stunning timepiece features plenty of extra dials for all the extras you need like a stopwatch and second hand so there isn't anything missing.
- Price: £120
6. Michael Kors MK8504 Men's Jaryn Black Watch
The MK8504 offers a nice casual, low-key look without sacrificing any of the luxuries that Michael Kors is best known for. Slip this sleek stainless steel watch on and effortlessly glide across the day. Sturdy, yet elegant with a mesh bracelet and subtle rose gold accents, it'll help you enjoy your meetings with friends, clients, and colleagues.
Looking dapper goes way beyond tailored slacks and dress shoes. For those days when businessmen dress down after hours, we have the Michael Kors Men's Jaryn Black Watch. With its high-quality stainless steel case paired with a sleek mesh bracelet, the MK8504 is wearable in any environment.
- Price: £129
7. Tommy Hilfiger 1791420 Men's Damon Black Watch
Be sure to add this stylish, masculine watch with an iconic, trendsetting brand to your look. This Tommy Hilfiger Damon black ion-plated mesh men's watch features a 44-millimetre black ion-plated stainless steel case that's fastened with a 38 millimetre black ion-plated stainless steel mesh bracelet.
Three subdials display the day of the week and date at 12 o'clock, small seconds at 6 o'clock, and a 24-hour time window at 3 o'clock. The alternating hour markers are either golden Roman numerals or batons in gold. The bezel is crafted using refined sterling silver inlay work for added detail. Powered by quartz movements and designed to follow international standards.
- Price: £146
8. Diesel DZT2008 Men's Black Full Guard 2.5 Smartwatch
With the inspiration of fashion and cutting-edge technology, Diesel has taken wearables to a whole other level with the Full Guard 2.5 Smartwatch. Designed to keep your style game sharp with interchangeable metal links.
This watch also offers up-to-the-minute tracking of activity levels, 24/7 heart rate recording, as well as a bevvy of unique smart features like weather updates and private notifications that will have you checking your wrist every chance you get.
The Diesel DZT2008 adds a little posh to your everyday wear. With an aluminium bezel and stainless steel lugs, your watch will match whatever you are wearing because it's black on black. The touchscreen is made of sapphire crystal that resists scratches, as well as cold temperatures better than other materials, and the stainless steel crown guard protects it from bumps or falls.
- Price: £159
9. Kenneth Cole Men's Brown Watch KC51049009
This dress watch is the perfect present for a loved one. Give this Kenneth Cole Men's Brown Watch KC51049009 to a special person that deserves it. The well-designed style matches any attire and won't go out of date.
Sleek, yet sturdy with gold accents for a unique look. This watch is exactly what you need to stay on schedule, without sacrificing style. It features a durable leather strap and bronze crown, making it perfect for both daytime looks and nighttime ones.
The easy-to-read dial tells time in seconds so know where to be without fumbling around for your phone. Wear this all day long from work to happy hour and everywhere in between.
- Price: £159
10. Cluse Dark Blue Aravis Chronograph Watch CW0101502011
The Aravis chronograph watch has been designed to make your wrist the centre of attention. Meticulously calibrated for you with its high-quality stainless steel case and integrated link bracelet, the Aravis Chronograph Watch CW0101502011 provides a timeless accessory that will stand the test of time.
This gorgeous men's dress watch under £1000 has been carefully crafted from the best materials to stand the test of time. The Aravis chronograph features a distinctive blue sunray dial and is finished with hour markers on at 3, 6, 9, and 12 positions along with roman numerals at 12 o'clock. The seconds are positioned in the centre of the dial for an elegant finish.
- Price: £159
11. Police Gunmetal Orkneys Watch 15965JSU/02M
The Police Orkneys 15965JSU/02M is the perfect timepiece for those who need something a little simpler on their wrist. Pair it with casual outfits to show off your sense of sophisticated style.
The black dial gives this model an added dimension of style without making any extra effort on your behalf. This dress watch is equipped with 30 meters of water resistance - ideal for wearing when washing hands and will be fine in rain.
- Price: £189
12. Swiss Military Hanowa Day-Date Classic Silver Watch 06-3346.04.003
There's nothing as classic, handsome, and elegant as this dress watch. It's made for the gentleman who values premium quality and craftsmanship. This spectacular timepiece is equipped with a Swiss (Ronda 517) quartz movement. This means it's accurate and dependable.
The scratch-free sapphire watch case protects the dial and hands of this gorgeous 45 mm luxury watch from bumps or scratches but allows for viewing in all light conditions because of the crystal clear lens on top of the watch. Additionally, the water-resistance of this dress watch is up to 10 ATM - a timepiece that can be worn while accompanying you on your journey through the water.
The Swiss Military Hanowa Day-Date Classic Silver Watch is an excellent choice for those who love the beauty and versatility of a stainless-steel watch. The allure of this classic accessory has not diminished with time but grown stronger with generations. You'll never go wrong by investing in this timeless item that will last over generations to come.
- Price: £198
13. CCCP Black Sputni-2 Automatic CCCP Watch CP-7026-02
With this new automatic watch, you can show the inner workings of your timepiece while making a statement in style. Dress watches are always in style thanks to their versatility and classic design. This Sputnik-2 automatic dress watch has clean lines with bold Arabic numbers that add an industrial flair for those who want to stand out but stay classy.
This new automatic CCCP watch boasts an elegant crystal face and a Slava Russian-made self-winding movement. The diamond motif set on the dial makes it clear that this is no ordinary timepiece. A perfect gift for yourself, a friend, or a loved one.
- Price: £225
14. Burberry BU9751 Men's Two-Tone The City Chronograph Watch
Taking inspiration from London's iconic skyline, this chronograph watch reflects the vibrancy of our city. With angular shapes captured in the dial details and links of its bracelet, The City is a modern timepiece that symbolizes the architecture and streetscapes of one of Europe's most fashionable destinations. Designed in England and crafted in Switzerland.
This Burberry Men's BU9751 Two-Tone The City Chronograph Watch features a dial rendered in check-stamped tones of silver and gold. Three chronographs, with date display in white Arabic numerals, on the outer rim. Super-Luminova hands ensure can be read no matter how dark it gets.
A scratch-resistant sapphire crystal guard is matched by a steel case two-tone in yellow gold plated detail and brushed stainless steel subdials surrounding the welcome face at ten o'clock. Sterling rivets cradle a 5 link bracelet strap to fasten with deployment buckle clasp at 8 o'clock as pillow cuffs double up style while lending comfort to easy wear that you'll enjoy all day to night long.
- Price: £269
15. Seiko Men's Black 5 Sports Watch SRPD73K1
Meet the Men's Sports Watch by Seiko - for those classy souls who enjoy living life on adventure mode. You need an automatic dress/sport watch that can keep up with you, and Seiko Men's Black 5 Sports Watch is it.
This sports watch features timekeeping powered by the movement of your wrist and water resistance to 100 metres. It has sporty and dress styling plus a bold design which makes it more than just a functional piece of technology - it's hip too.
A great watch for the sports enthusiast, this timepiece features a durable rubber strap that ensures ultimate comfort. Powered by a precision 3-hand Japanese Quartz movement and has a sporty black construction with big, easy-to-read Arabic numerals.
A multifunctional timer is also included which can measure up to 60 minutes in 1/5 of second intervals and be used as an alarm function or as a timing device. Additional features include a day-day 24-hour display window and water resistance at 165 feet (50 meters).
- Price: £279
16. AVI-8 Oxford Blue Spitfire Automatic Watch AV-4073-11
This Spitfire watch is designed to be a sleek, stylish field watch but with an aviation-themed twist. The Type 300 Automatic has classic yet modern styling and features luminous hands with 24-hour markings and a quick-adjust date window at 12 o'clock that allows seamless date changes without having to fumble around for tiny buttons in the dark.
The Spitfire Type 300 Automatic Watch is a beautiful, collectable dress watch. It's designed to reflect the design planes, as evident through its curves and ergonomic features that are reminiscent of those in the Spitfire. The case has been shaped to follow semi-elliptical form which sets off the blue dial with luminous white accents.
You get an analogue display on a 42mm diameter convex sapphire lens and sleek plating that has been polished for a lasting sheen. Comes packed in a linen-like fabric travelling pouch decorated with plane icons like propellers and instruments that you can use to bring your Spitfires along where ever life takes you.
- Price: £330
17. Emporio Armani AR60006 Men's Meccanico Silver Watch
This is a timeless, minimalist watch with a sophisticated style. Each Emporio Armani AR60006 Men's Meccanico Silver Watch is suitably designed and has all the technological and design features it needs to set this timepiece apart from others in the market.
This men's dress watch has an automatic stainless steel mesh that can be worn rugged or dressy depending on your fashion choices. From workout clothes to business attire, you'll always look sleek when you outfit yourself with this watch from Emporio Armani.
- Price: £339
18. Kronaby S1426/1 Men's Black Apex Hybrid Smartwatch
The Kronaby Apex Hybrid Smartwatch is a chic way to blend style with efficiency. Coming in black, this sleek dress smartwatch has a stainless steel case and sapphire crystal for durability and 100 meters of water resistance to last through any task. With an ergonomic design and comfortable rotating bezel and crown, you'll never have to worry about adjusting anything on your watch again.
The strap is also made from stainless steel so it can go seamlessly from evening wear into workout attire without missing a beat. Along with its beautiful Scandinavian aesthetic that merges fashion and function, the Kronaby Apex Hybrid Smartwatch boasts some of today's most advanced technology: smartphone connection through the Kronaby app compatible with iOS 9 and Android 5.0 (or further versions).
- Price: £399
19. Meccaniche Veneziane 1301018 Men's Black Redentore 4.0 Watch
The Venezian 1301018 Meccaniche is for the man who loves both tradition and innovation. The dial of this watch features two-tone black steel indices, with a red accent at 6 o'clock. This cut-out design matches beautifully with the silvery case and ensures that your timepiece stands out in any room, whether it's on your wrist or on display on your desk. It doesn't matter if you're into traditional architecture like Andrea Palladio or modern buildings - you'll want to get this handsome 4.0 Redentore dress watch.
- Price: £420
20. Festina F20527/1 Men's Black Limited Edition Chrono Watch
Time for some premium timepieces? Festina Chrono Bike 2020 Limited Edition F20527/1 is a practical and special Gents watch from the Chrono Bike collection. This model has 100 metres of water resistance. We think the elegant case made out of Stainless Steel will suit your refined style perfectly fine. Grab this classy piece now before we are all sold out!
- Price: £429
21. Thomas Earnshaw Men's Pink Gold Bauer Watch ES-8049-03
Every detail of this timepiece will astound and impress. A mechanical watch that is decorative as well as functional, this Earnshaw men's pink gold Bauer ES-8049-03 Mechanical Watch has a slim exhibition case back design for the transparency admirer in all of us. This Italian leather banded customer favourite might even revolutionize your opinion on wristwatch elegance with its gorgeous exterior.
- Price: £470
22. Spinnaker Men's Black Boettger Watch SP-5083-11
Half dive watch, half dress watch. The Boettger is a reconsideration of the relationship between watch hands and index, creating an unprecedented new dynamic. The dial design shows off the tool watch heritage with features such as a date display at three o'clock for easy timing in dive conditions, luminescent coating on top of indicators and hands to optimize readability even under dim conditions like cave dives, night diving as well as date nights or business meetings.
It has been engineered to be water-resistant up to 500 meters and glow in the dark so that your wristwatch will never let you down when underwater.
This is a watch that combines sophistication, style, and power. The lugless case has been designed to flow seamlessly into the bracelet for an elegant look and comfortable wear. It features both a scratch-resistant sapphire lens and a bezel carved for maximum grip.
With 300m water-resistance as well as Miyota 9015 movement, there's nothing this watch can't handle - we're confident in saying it'll stay with you through anything life throws your way.
- Price: £500
23. Dufa Black Bayer Automatic Swiss Watch DF-9016-04
The DF-9016-04 from Swiss manufacturer Dufa Black features prominently in the successful Functional Bauhaus design classic. This vintage timepiece combines proven mechanical accuracy with a timeless beauty of rich typography that tells the story of functionalism merging with good taste from a bygone era, giving an everyday necessity new meaning.
Dufa Black Bayer Automatic Swiss Watch is designed with the function of clear readability in mind. The small date window at 6 o'clock completes this impeccable design that tempts even those who are just starting to take on wristwatches. The finely made leather strap matches perfectly with its curved end links and the rose gold plated dial, which stands out against the black background.
- Price: £679
24. U-Boat 8467 Men's Brown Darkmoon Watch
The U-Boat 8467 Men's Brown Darkmoon Watch is a new, creative design with bold vintage tones. Featuring an innovative Swiss electromechanical movement, the oily liquid fills the watch to create a dark and beautiful black colour in the dial as well. The sleek watch hands move freely as if it were not against the glass and adds character to this extreme innovation.
The IP bronze case is completely filled with a special oil that emphasizes the dial, creating an optical effect of a more intense black and higher legibility. Curved mineral glass and laser-cut strap handmade from hand-finished leather are just some of the features you can look forward to with this elegant timepiece.
- Price: £990
The Bottom Line
We hope you found this list of the best dress watches for men under £1000 helpful. If you are looking for more information about any of these, click on their links to read our full reviews and learn how they compare with other popular options. Always feel free to ask us questions in the comments section below if there is anything else we can do for you. Happy shopping!