The Appeal Of All-Black Watches

Black-on-black is the very popular watch-color trend of recent years. Everything on these timepieces — from dials, cases and straps — has gone dark. It’s understated yet always respected, which is so versatile in men’s style. Here are 4 notable black-on-black watches released in recent years.

Tag Heuer Monza Reissue Black Watch

This Tag Heuer is a spot-on remake of a ’70s classic. The brand has always done a fine job of recreating their vintage watches using modern materials and case sizes, and the Monza is no exception. Using a titanium carbide coating over a solid grade-5 titanium case gives the timepiece a similar look to its ’70s predecessor, without the inherent risk of scratching through to bare metal that came with older PVD-coated steel watches.

Rolex Submariner 116110

This is a really beautifully crafted, handsomely designed Rolex Submariner Replica watch that’s a true classic in every way. With a ridiculous and super-useful 1,000 meters of water resistance (yes, 1,000 meters), this is a watch that’s made for performance around the world. That goes for long-distance flights, mountain hikes, jungle explorations and of course, deep-sea diving. Yes, you could go from one activity to the other and not need to change watches.

Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel

The case of the Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel, 43 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 30 meters, was blackened, in which a highly-resistant carbon-based coating is added to the steel. The dial echoes the case’s black color, while white, luminescent-coated numerals and hands, and small red hands for the chronograph counters, provide contrast. The Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Blacksteel comes on a perforated black rubber “Ocean Racer” strap.

IWC Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph

Swiss watchmaker IWC has been crafting high-quality watches since the late 1800s, so it’s no surprise that their watches cost a pretty penny. Named for a place where wildlife runs free, IWC’s Aquatimer Galapagos Islands Chronograph is for anyone who leans towards the exotic. Crafted out of rubber-coated stainless steel, the watch features a rotating inner bezel, luminescent hands, and multiple subdials. With its textured rubber band and the ability to stay water-resistant for up to 1,000 feet, it’s a watch you can truly dive in with.

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