In the past, watches were a timekeeping necessity.
Now, however, smartphones have largely usurped that timekeeping role, and yet we keep wearing watches – why?
In part because for men and women, casual and formal events, the right watches set the tone as much as tell the time.
With that in mind, here’s what to look for in men’s watches with jeans.
Casual Watch-Wearing Tips
Jeans are a casual article of clothing, so you’ll want to pick similarly-casual watches.
This isn’t the time to bust out the Rolexes!
Watches typically have leather or metal bands.
The former is more casual and can pair well with casual leather belts, especially if they’re the same colour.
Digital and Apple watches aren’t considered formal enough to go with dress clothes, but do go with casual clothes.
Finally, casual doesn’t mean costly.
On the contrary, spending too much on a casual watch can make it seem like you’re trying too hard. You want to strive for cost-effective casualness, watch and all.
Great Casual Watches
With that basic guide established, let’s look at some of the best men’s casual watches for jeans:
Stuhrling Original Men’s Watch
Founded in New York in 1999, Stuhrling is all about balancing durability with class.
This watch boasts a nice calfskin strap that would pair well with a brown leather belt. Its band and watch face are slim, minimalist, and the epitome of “business casual.”
Mini Focus Waterproof Sports
This is another newer watch company, and one with a lot of sports watch options such as this one.
It is waterproof up to 30 m, which is always a good touch for a sports watch. This battery-powered quartz watch features three chronograph dials, which allow it to keep time accurate to within 1/10 of a second.
Naviforce Men’s Watch
Another new watch company, Naviforce was founded in Guangzhou in 2013.
The company focuses on affordable, durable watches such as this model. It boasts quartz movement, three subdials with a week-date-calendar display, it is waterproof and shock resistant, and boasts a 250 mm strap.
Lige Military Black Steel Wristwatch
Like Naviforce, Lige was founded in Guangzhou in 2013, and focuses on durable watches, with options such as this. It is waterproof up to 30 m and features, sturdy metal build, and military aesthetic.
Timex Unisex Weekender
An American classic since 1854 and manufacturer of the iconic Mickey Mouse wristwatch.
Timex specializes in offering affordable minimalist watches. This option offers a lot of variety, with many colors for both the watch face (which is luminescent) and band (which comes in several durable nylon varieties).
Olevs Men’s Watch
This Hong Kong watch brand, Olves, was first established in Hong Kong in 1999. Olves specializes in offering fashionable, yet affordable luxury watches.
This model features an ultra-thin, yet durable leather band that can pair well with jeans and belts, while the watch face itself boasts a blue background with gold numerals and hands.
Letscom Fitness Tracker
Founded in 2014, Letscom offers a more fitness-oriented take on watches.
Their watch is designed more like a Fitbit, with a flat digital watch face and heath rate tracker, helping you to stay in shape while on the go.
It also has a built-in USB plug, several apps, and a camera feature.