Top Watches for Young Professionals In 2021: Consumer & Expert Reviews

The best watches for young professionals are classy, decent, elegant enough, and do not put a dent in the pocket either.

Most of the time, these young pros are looking for dress watches that they can wear to work daily.

These daily drivers are also best when they are not overly complicated with too many features. As long as they are of high quality and tell the time right, we are good to go.

For a quick recap of all the watches we have on this list:

  • Luxury watch for young professionals – Seiko Leather Calfskin Stainless Steel Watch (SARB017)
  • Most affordable watch for young professionals – Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch
  • Best smartwatch for young professionals – Apple Watch Series 5
  • Best Seiko watch for young professionals – Seiko Leather Calfskin Stainless Steel Watch (SARB017)

Our Picks of the Best Watches for Young Professionals

S/NBrandWatch NameSpecials
1BulovaMarine Star 96B255Triple chronograph, 100m WR rating, legible watch face
2SeikoMen’s Dress Watch SNE325Solar-powered watch, 100m WR rating, elegant design elements
3VictorinoxSwiss Army I.N.O.X WatchDurable, 200m WR rating, Swiss quality
4Michael KorsRunway WatchMultiple color options, 50m WR rating, 44mm case size
5Apple Watch Series 5Intuitive assistant, multiple sizes and color options, activity tracking
6InvictaPro Diver Automatic WatchUnidirectional rotating bezel, 40mm case size, 200m WR rating
7Armani ExchangeStainless Steel WatchVarious band options, 50m WR rating, Luxury design
8CitizenEco-Drive BM7251-53L WatchSimple design, legible watch face, 40mm case
9Samsung Galaxy Watch 3Traditional watch look, functional bezel, multiple sizes and styles
10DieselMen’s Master Chief WatchTrend-setting design, 49mm, 100m WR rating
11SeikoLeather Calfskin Stainless Steel Watch (SARB017)Automatic movement, brushed stainless steel, 200m WR rating
12BLWRXProfessional Diver WatchHigh-quality diver metal strap bracelet, 1000m WR rating, 43mm case
13SeikoQuartz SGF204 Two-Tone WatchMinimalistic design, 30m WR rating, two-tone finish
14FossilGen 5 Carlyle SmartwatchRange of color options, Android and iOS support, health and fitness tracker

Bulova Marine Star 96B255

Overview: At 43mm, this watch with a smooth silvery finish is best suited to men than women. The watch case diameter and bracelets are made of the same stainless-steel material for a uniform feel and appeal throughout.

Bulova Marine Star 96B255

We don’t like it when dress watches have a busy face. However, the chronograph system on this watch is not entirely out of place. Contributing to final aesthetic appeal while still staying functional, the date window completes the watch face complication.

  • Day window between the 4 and 5 O’clock mark
  • Triple chronograph system
  • 100m water resistance rating
  • High-quality stainless-steel frame and bracelets
  • Large and legible watch face.

Seiko Men’s Dress Watch SNE325

Overview: Seiko might be selling this pick as a men’s watch but women can also enjoy the style and class it packs. At 41mm, it is not out of the reach of most women anyway.

Seiko Men’s Dress Watch SNE325

We appreciate the stainless-steel finish polished to look like a hue of midnight green. The watch face is a true testament to simplicity, pairing legible hour markers with only a date window and the watch branding information.

For what it’s worth, this Seiko unit embodies what a dress watch should be.

  • Simple yet elegant design elements
  • Solar-powered watch with a decent power reserve
  • 41mm stainless steel casing diameter
  • 100m water resistance rating
  • Japanese quartz movement

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch

Overview: Victorinox used to be a brand we consider mainly for its rugged watches. Thus, we liked that we could also get an everyday watch for young professionals from them.

The brushed finish of this watch gives it a distinguished look that pairs well against your office wear. The horologer moves to satisfy different young professionals with a wide array of color options, band materials, and exterior finish. We can promise that you will always find the best one to match your sense of style there.

Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch I
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch II
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch III
Black Titanium
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch IV
Black Leather
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch V
Black Paracord
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch VI
Black Steel
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch VII
Blue Steel
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch VIII
Blue Titanium
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch IX
Brown Leather
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch X
Green Dial Titanium
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch XI
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch XII
Green Steel
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch XIII
Grey Titanium
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch XIV
Victorinox Swiss Army I.N.O.X Watch XV
Orange Titanium

Swiss watches are no slouch when it comes to keeping good time. This watch doesn’t disappoint in that department either. Finishing up with a 200m water resistance rating, most men will find this a worthy addition to their watch collection.

  • 200m water resistance rating
  • Swiss quality of design and make
  • A wide array of color options and finishes
  • Durable watch for everyday usage
  • Simple watch face
  • 43mm watch face

Michael Kors Runway Watch

Overview: Michael Kors needs no introduction.

Black watches are common for the way they pair well against different outfits and styles. You would rethink that when you see the brushed stainless-steel hues that this watch brings to the table.

We happen to love the green and gold tones more than the black option.

Michael Kors Runway Watch I
Michael Kors Runway Watch II
Gold/ Black
Michael Kors Runway Watch III
Michael Kors Runway Watch IV
Gunmetal/ Rose Gold
Michael Kors Runway Watch V
Black/ Red
Michael Kors Runway Watch VI
Gold/ Black Dial
Michael Kors Runway Watch VII
Gold Mesh
Michael Kors Runway Watch VIII
Silver Mesh

The only drawback of this watch is the large 44mm size, putting it out of most women’s brackets. We suppose that MK would have worked on smaller case sizes for those with smaller wrists, though.

With the right blend of colors on premium materials, MK shows that you can live the nine-to-five lifestyle with some splash of fashion on the side.

  • Beautiful watch with amazing colors and details
  • Multiple color options and styles
  • 44mm case size for men’s wrists
  • Water-resistant up to 50m
  • Award-winning manufacturer

Apple Watch Series 5

Overview: While the Series 6 set of watches are there already, we still prefer the Apple Watch Series 5. You can get these amazing pieces of hardware for cheaper now since they are not the latest in town. That does not, however, mean that they are not up to the task.

Apple Watch Series 5

For young professionals, this smartwatch allows you to stay on top of your notifications in real-time. Don’t worry about always having to whip out your phone to know who is calling/ texting, or when that mail you’ve been waiting for arrives.

Most especially, we love this smartwatch for its health and activity tracking. From constantly checking on your heart and tracking your sleep cycles to telling you to move around at intervals, this is a winner for the money.

  • Sleep tracking for better sleep levels
  • Activity tracking to prevent a sedentary lifestyle
  • Amazing notification integration
  • Keep track of vitals in real-time
  • Intuitive assistant to help with your workday
  • Available in multiple sizes and color options

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Overview: An automatic watch will simply not die on you. As long as you service, clean, and maintain the watch the right way.

True to Invicta’s nature, this happens to be one of the most inexpensive watches on this list also. Still, that does not give them the excuse to make the watch flimsy.

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Pairing silver stainless steel casing and bracelet to a black-tone bezel and watch face did come out right. Even though we are not after the complications, we love the diver’s watch designation on this pick.

With a magnified date window in tow, this 40mm watch is as great for women as it is for men.

  • Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • 40mm sizing – average for both men and women
  • Magnified date window
  • Inexpensive quality watch
  • 200m water resistance rating
  • Diver’s watch complication

Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch

Overview: Most young professionals will be drawn to the black color finish of this watch. We recommend that you check out the other paint jobs too.

AX knows that they are making a dress watch, so they chose the subtle forms of those colors to ensure it’s not too loud in the work environment.

Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch I
Black/ Gold Silicone
Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch II
Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch III
Black/ Leather
Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch IV
Blue/ Blue Silicone
Armani Exchange Stainless Steel Watch V
Silver/ Black

This urban watch is for professionals with a bold lifestyle. The different color picks resonate with individual styles and preferences for a more personalized look. Following through with rugged materials and a promise of durability, we are sold on this pick already.

  • 50m water resistance rating – suitable for splashes and shallow swimming
  • Multiple color options and designs
  • Various band options
  • Exquisite packaging and branding
  • Luxury design on an inexpensive watch

Citizen Eco-Drive BM7251-53L Watch

Overview: This is the ideal dress watch design.

The watch doesn’t have much going on for it at all. Its 40mm face – which is suitable for both men and women – only carries a date window and branding. That puts the focus on telling the time only than every other thing.

Citizen Eco-Drive BM7251-53L Watch

Citizen employs its EcoDrive technology here again so your watch never needs a battery. As long as there is a light source around, the watch keeps getting charged. Knowing that you’re wearing it to work almost every day is like knowing the watch will always be charged.

A rich design element with an impressive chain linking to match, style meets quality on this one.

  • Intricate stainless-steel chain-link design
  • The beautiful blue watch face
  • Simple watch face design
  • Date window at 3 O’clock
  • Legible watch face
  • 40mm watch case diameter 

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Overview: Besides the Fossil Gen 5 Watch, this is the smartwatch that looks like a traditional watch the most.

The Galaxy Watch can connect with both Android and iOS devices, beating the Apple Watch in that regard. Fortunately, this new edition of the watch also packs a ton of activity and health tracking sensors.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
Stainless Steel
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3a

There are different size types and models to consider for the Galaxy Watch 3. The bezel does not only make the watch look better but is also great for navigation. Samsung did have the smart, young professional at heart when coming up with this one.

For those that want more, the watch comes in a Titanium build that we simply cannot resist. Did we mention that you can swap out the bands with those on your conventional wristwatches?

  • A ton of health and activity tracking sensors
  • Traditional watch look
  • Functional watch bezel
  • Titanium variant available
  • Swappable watch bands

Diesel Men’s Master Chief Watch

Overview: Diesel is famed for creating its design elements out of scratch. They have done the same again on this watch.

The watch’s face could look busy at a glance, but it doesn’t come with any complication at all. Diesel chose to make the hour markers as legible as they could be, indicating specific minute counts under them too.

Diesel Men’s Master Chief Watch I
Midnight Black
Diesel Men’s Master Chief Watch II
Black/ Silver
Diesel Men’s Master Chief Watch III
Diesel Men’s Master Chief Watch IV

All the markings and inscriptions on the watch face are designed to make telling the time even easier.

We appreciate how they carved out the date window display. We, however, don’t love that as much as the multiple color options and an array of finishes on this watch. From the paint job to case material and type of band, you have a lot to choose from.

  • Multiple bands, color, and material options
  • Trend-setting design
  • Intuitive watch face design
  • Large 49mm case
  • Water resistance up to 100m

Seiko Leather Calfskin Stainless Steel Watch (SARB017)

Overview: The name of the watch already gives off the leather calfskin strap and stainless-steel face. What it doesn’t talk about is the sheer quality of these two materials.

We should not be surprised since we have the Seiko brand name behind it anyway.

Seiko Leather Calfskin Stainless Steel Watch (SARB017)

You can get in on the automatic movement fun with this watch too. It offers an inexpensive peek into the quality and class that has followed this watch movement for ages. The 39.5mm case diameter makes the watch suitable for both male and female professionals, so we don’t have any issues there.

  • 200m water resistance rating
  • Premium quality leather calfskin strap
  • Brushed stainless steel surface
  • Anti-reflective green watch surface
  • Date window
  • Automatic movement – up to 50 hours of power reserve.

BLWRX Professional Diver Watch

Overview: Don’t mind the naming. You don’t have to be a diver to get the best out of this watch. If you happen to love getting in the waters when not in the office, though, you will love the specific build of this watch.

BLWRX Professional Diver Watch

The black unidirectional rotational bezel on the 43mm watch face contrasts uniquely against the silver stainless steel finish. The black hue extends into the watch face where we have the date window, watch branding, and 1000m water resistance rating badge. That is a lot!

Available in other color options and subtle tones, make this watch an individual corporate statement anytime it sits on your wrist.

  • Multiple color tones and finishes
  • 1000m water resistance rating
  • 43mm case diameter
  • Luminous hour hands and markers
  • High-quality diver metal strap bracelet
  • Pro helium valve at 9H

Seiko Quartz SGF204 Two-Tone Watch

Seiko Quartz SGF204 Two-Tone Watch

Overview: if Seiko had been impressing with their full silver or gold-plated units, wait till you see them slap both tones on the same watch.

The chain-link bracelet is the first point of call here. Seiko opts for a stylish, interlocking design rather than a bland bracelet style. The goldtone continues on the stationary coin-like bezel on the watch face. With a date and day window at the 3 O’clock window, Seiko signs off on complications.

Other inscriptions on the watch face point to the quartz movement on this watch and feature the watch branding too. As simple as watches come, yet commanding its respect.

  • 30m water resistance badge
  • Minimalistic design language
  • Protective and decorative coin bezel
  • Date and day window
  • Beautiful two-tone finish
  • Quartz movement

Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Smartwatch

Overview: In terms of bringing traditional watch design to smartwatches, this is one watch that can give the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 (above) a run for its money.

Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Smartwatch
Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle Smartwatch II

This watch packs multiple, lovable color options and designs for young professionals to choose from. Left to us, we would not look anywhere else than the all-black finish design. The colors on the watch just stand out too well against those deep blacks.

When we are not busy admiring the smartwatch’s beauty, we are being mesmerized by the ease of mobile connectivity. You never have to worry about missing calls, messages, or other notifications anymore.

As it is with other smartwatches, there is the drawback of having to constantly charge your watch.

The Fossil Gen 5 performs better than Apple Watch Series 5 in the battery department, though. On top of that, it also keeps a watchful eye on your activity sessions, sleep cycles, and health all through the day.

  • Beautiful smartwatch with traditional design
  • Range of color options and designs
  • Available in different sizes for different users
  • Works with both Android and iOS devices
  • Health and fitness tracker
  • Fully customizable to fit your lifestyle
  • Stay connected to your notifications

What Will It Be?

Which of these watches will it be for you?

It would not be surprising if you have found multiple watches that catch your fancy on this list. After all, they are all great in their way.

If we could suggest anything, though, it would be that you get a smartwatch of your choosing alongside any traditional watch.

Although smartwatches are not fancied by the older professionals, they make great watches for young professionals today. You can get a lot more out of them and ensure you are living top quality life by staying on top of your vitals.

Now is the moment of truth. Have you found that pick to catch your fancy?