Watchmaking has a rich history spanning centuries, and over time, an array of watch types has been developed to cater to various preferences. Among these types, the dress watch stands out for its elegant design, slim profile, refined materials, and simple mechanism. Typically worn with a formal outfit, the best dress watches are fuss-free and understated, allowing them to lend a contemporary yet graceful appearance to both formal and casual attire, too.
Timex's selection of men’s dress watches and women's dress watches come in various styles, ranging from simple and classic to more intricate designs with unexpected details that draw the eye in. In this guide, we’ve curated the 6 best dress watches from Timex for both men and women in 2024, suitable for formal to casual occasions.
What Makes A Good First Dress Watch?
When it comes to finding your first dress watch, it’s important to find a timepiece that suits your style and the occasions you will be attending. A good first dress watch is one that includes a classic design, a moderate case size, and versatile aesthetics that can transition seamlessly from formal events to everyday wear. This way, you get more value and functionality.
Timex’s Guide For Best Dress Watches 2024
Our guide to the best dress watches of 2024 encompasses different designs, including formal, casual, all-round, unique, and even outdoors. Our goal is to help you find your ideal dress watch for any style and occasion.
Men’s Dress Watches
Q Timex GMT 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Best for Formal Events
The Q Timex GMT is a timepiece that seamlessly combines the time-honored era of horology with modern quartz technology. The sleek stainless steel case measures a modest 38mm, making it the perfect dress watch for formal occasions. The black dial, along with the red and blue rotating bezel and domed acrylic crystal, ensures it pairs seamlessly with a suit or tuxedo. Complete with a sleek stainless-steel bracelet, this dress watch is the ideal accessory for any black-tie event.
Marlin Automatic 40mm Leather Strap Watch
Best for Casual, All-Around Use
If you prefer a minimalist look, the Marlin Automatic is an iconic choice in Timex’s collection of best dress watches. Its slender profile effortlessly evokes understated sophistication—exactly what a dress watch should exude. The charm of the Marlin Automatic is the tried-and-true 21-jewel automatic movement with a reliable 40-hour power reserve. The stainless steel case and silver-tone dial pay homage to the iconic 1960s Marlin® design that came before it. The brown natural leather strap, featuring leather from the S.B. Foot Tanning Company, makes the timepiece versatile while also adding a touch of sophistication.
Whether you're heading to the office or to hangout with friends, the Marlin Automatic is a versatile choice that never goes out of style.
Expedition North Tide Temp Compass 43mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Best for Outdoors
If you’re taking your dress watch outdoors, the Expedition North Tide-Temp-Compass is an excellent pick. It's the preferred choice for those who value a durable and reliable timepiece without compromising on style.
The Expedition North Tide Compass transitions seamlessly between formal and casual settings, making it a versatile accessory that caters to the dynamic needs of the modern individual. For formal events, the polished stainless-steel case and bracelet exude refinement, making it an ideal match for suits, dress shirts, and ties. The built-in analog compass adds a touch of uniqueness, subtly guiding your way in style. The durable 316L stainless-steel construction ensures that it can withstand the rigors of outdoor settings.
Women’s Dress Watches
Q Timex 36mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Best for Formal Events
Craftsmanship and elegance are synonymous with dress watches, and the Q Timex 36mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch is no exception. The cream dial gives the watch a timeless look, while the 36mm gold-tone stainless-steel case, paired with a comfortable woven gold-tone stainless-steel strap and gold-tone rotating bezel, makes it a sophisticated choice for formal events. Go ahead and wear this watch with any evening gown, cocktail dress, or pantsuit. The classic charm of this watch is complemented by a functional day and date window. If the cream dial doesn’t suit your taste, the Q Timex 36mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch also comes in other tasteful colors, such as blue and silver.
Marlin Hand-Wound 34mm Leather Strap Watch
Best for Casual Events
The Marlin Hand-Wound captivates watch enthusiasts with a nostalgic throwback – a faithful reissue of the 1969 original Marlin®. Its vintage charm stems from the hand-wound movement, showcasing a design that has stood the test of time. Its retro look is further accentuated with a unique hand design, raised indices, easy-release leather strap, stainless-steel case, and boxed numerals on a silver-toned sunray dial. Radiating an undeniable sense of timelessness, the Marlin Hand-Wound becomes the ideal companion for casual events.
Q Timex Rainbow 36mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band Watch
Unique, Best for All-Around Use
A traditional dress watch is minimalist. However, opting for a non-traditional color or incorporating distinctive design details can be excellent choices for more casual wear, allowing you to express a bit of personality.
For women who appreciate uniqueness, the Q Timex Rainbow is a standout choice. The 36mm stainless steel case and Perfect Fit™expansion band add a touch of gracefulness to any outfit. The beautiful silver-tone dial and bezel, adorned with brilliant rainbow accents, make any casual outfit shine.
A dress watch is an elegant accessory that can elevate any outfit. When it comes to choosing the best dress watches for 2024, Timex stands out as a brand that seamlessly combines style, craftsmanship, functionality, and affordability. Whether you're looking for a watch for a formal event, a casual gathering, or outdoor adventures, we have a timepiece that suits your needs.
Timex has been a trusted name in the watch industry for more than 170 years, known for our commitment to blending heritage, craftsmanship, durability, and affordability. When it comes to dress watches, Timex combines classic design elements with modern functionality. By pairing a dress watch from Timex with your outfit and other jewelry pieces, you can easily create a polished look while also enjoying the practicality of a reliable timekeeping companion for all occasions.
Check out our men's dress watches and women's dress watches for a closer look at these timepieces. And if you need some inspo, check out Timex's guide to styling your look with women's dress watches.
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