Most people want nothing more from a watch than to tell time while looking good on their wrist. Nowadays, there are plenty of watches in the market with seemingly a hundred and one features while looking bulky or tacky on the wrist. If this ails you, then you should look for a watch with a minimalist design.

A minimalist watch is as simple as a watch can get, yet that’s also what makes it elegant. That simplicity and basic design makes it fashionable wherever you go and whatever you wear it with. They also have less to go wrong and even less to make it go out of style.

If you’re looking for something simple and elegant at the same time, here are some of the best minimalist timepieces on the market right now.

1. Movado Museum Classic Minimalist Watch


Movado Men's Museum Yellow Gold Watch with Concave Dot Museum Dial, Gold/Black Strap (Model 607271)
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One look at the Movado Museum Classic Minimalist Watch and you’ll be taken by its elegance. The black and gold combination combines modern and classic tastes in one expertly crafted wristwatch. The signature Museum dial is located on the 12 o’clock marker and is the only index on the dial for an authentic minimalist feel.

This watch uses a Swiss quartz movement that keeps its time as accurate and precise as possible. It also has a water resistance of 30 meters. The sleek black dial is protected by a highly durable sapphire crystal dial window to preserve its brand new look despite repeated use.

2. Bulova Classic Men’s Minimalist Watch


Bulova Men's Classic Stainless Steel Dress Watch
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The most striking visual feature of the Bulova Classic Men’s Minimalist Watch is the dial, which has a streamlined sunray silver design that makes it look sophisticated. But when seen at a distance, it seemingly doesn’t have any other embellishments on it. The 38 mm stainless steel case has a water resistance of 30 meters, and is protected by a layer of shatter-proof mineral crystal that prevents minor scratches and dents. A date display is located next to the 3 o’clock marker.

Minimalist watch designs are often associated with modern details, but this timeless stainless steel watch definitely bridges the classics and the contemporary watches.

3. Fossil Men’s Townsman Minimalist Watch


Fossil Men's Townsman Quartz Leather Chronograph Watch, Color: Brown (Model: FS5279)
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2 new from $88.75
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The Fossil Men’s Townsman Minimalist Watch should be your go-to timepiece if you’re just going to a casual occasion while wearing a basic tee and denim jeans. It has a stainless steel case as well as two chronograph subdials that also contribute to the minimalist look. The case itself is pretty big at 44mm, so it will certainly catch people’s attention.

The blue dial, luminous gold hands and indices certainly pop out from the watch’s design and adds a touch of class to an otherwise versatile wrist watch. The brown leather watch band even makes it look great on formal wear and gala outfits!

4. Daniel Wellington Men’s Minimalist Watch


Daniel Wellington Classic Sheffield Silver Watch, 40mm, Leather, for Men and Women
$279.00  in stock
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The Daniel Wellington Men’s Minimalist Watch looks like it was designed to suit its genuine Italian black leather band instead of the other way around. It has a simple black dial with the name of the brand and markers, and that’s it. The rim around the 40 mm stainless steel casing is even made thinner to further achieve a superb minimalist look.

Aside from being an exquisite minimalist watch, it also has an impressive water resistance of 100 meters, making it durable enough to wear while swimming without worrying about any water damage. If you’re into style and durability, you should definitely choose this wrist watch.

5. Braun Men’s Classic Minimalist Watch


Braun Men's BN0032WHSLMHG Classic Mesh Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch
$173.50  in stock
2 new from $158.00
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When people hear the name Braun, they usually think of German appliances. However, the Braun Men’s Classic Minimalist Watch is something you wouldn’t expect from them, but you can certainly expect German engineering quality from this watch. 

The clean all white dial with thin hands and small numbered dials certainly aims for utmost minimalism, but what certainly stands out is the shark mesh stainless steel watch band that makes the watch look classy enough for a minimalist watch. It’s a great pick for those who may have gotten tired of the usual steel watch bands and are looking for a fresh new design whilst keeping the visuals at a minimum.

Watch the video below to discover more minimalist watch ideas and shopping tips.  Also check out our selection of best everyday watches and digital watches.