It’s hard to go wrong with classic black when it comes to attire and automobiles. The hue works for numerous occasions, and it’s hard to imagine black ever going out of style. When it comes to blacked-out watches, whether dives or chronographs, black communicates seriousness, an ethos of resilience and that unmistakable coolness factor. But it’s not just black dials and black watch straps these days, it’s about blackness from tip-to-toe, and that includes cases, crowns and even hands and markers.
You might not have the words “spec ops” in your job title, but that doesn’t mean you can’t don one of these black beauties on your wrist. We’ve selected fifteen excellent murdered-out timepieces that range from affordable to middling in price. Whatever you choose, make sure you keep your look consistently and appropriately serious.
Emporio Armani Chronograph
When Armani does minimalist, you should pay attention. The flat black dial displays clean hands and markers, along with printed and functional subdials that convey simple style. The rest of the watch keeps the adornment factor low, thanks to the smooth matte black case and black-stitched leather strap. It’s all waiting to be mated to that black turtleneck and a New York night.
Seiko Stainless Steel Dive Watch
In case you want to match that Manta Ray you’re tailing, this is the blacked out dive watch for you. 100 meter water resistance and a unidirectional dive bezel means you can do shallow dives without worry. 44mm translates to a bold but not overdone size, and the black ion coating gives it presence. The fact that you never need to replace the battery thanks to a kinetic capacitor that stores energy when you move means activity under cover of darkness is your best friend.
Citizen Promaster Quartz
Not that you need ninja-aesthetics on your 300 meter dive, but the serious look of the Promaster supports its below-the-waves functionality. The diamond-like carbon coating is as tough as it comes, and the movement is powered by the sun for no-nonsense . The uni-directional bezel, rubber strap and helium release valve would make Jacques Cousteau proud.
Casio Edifice Black Label Atomic Solar
The Edifice Black Label takes Casio from affordable to exotic thanks to its atomic clock sync capabilities and solar power. It also boasts a stopwatch, lap timer, and world time for 29 cities. Frankly, it’s the watch 007 might wear if he was on a more restrictive budget.