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Wearing a bright, colorful, or just plain flashy timepiece can be entertaining, but sometimes something a little more subtle will pull a look together perfectly. DLC or ion-plated black watches are by no means something new, and looking at the number of new models that came out recently, the trend isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Get yourself two watches for the price of one! Todd Snyder’s ’70s-inspired Timex military watch is the perfect casual timepiece to rock for an effortlessly cool look. With an additional camo strap to change up the look of your watch with a matte black 40-millimeter case, you’re getting a seriously good deal that’s worth a salute.
Italians do it better? We say yes! Filippo Loreti’s Venice Moonphase watch has a sleek and sophisticated look with a black matte case, Italian leather strap, and snazzy gold hands that make this one worth every penny of its reasonable price. Keep track of the time, date, and month with understated elegance.
A must-have black watch for car enthusiasts, this Tissot PRS 516 series member pairs classic chronograph looks with decidedly modern design touches. The latter includes not only a PVD-coated stainless steel case, but also a ceramic bezel and carbon fiber dial. This particular variant has a Swiss quartz movement. However, if you feel like splurging, consider the automatic version.
The Seiko SNE331 Core has a military-inspired design that combines a 43-millimeter black stainless steel case and dial with contrasting markers. The nylon band matches the color of the timepiece's markers to complete the utilitarian vibe of the timepiece.
This black PVD-finished variant of Hamilton's Khaki Field range has a much different vibe than the stainless steel one. A comfortable 40-millimeter case size and bold red seconds hand make this Swiss quartz timepiece a fine choice for an all-black look that isn't completely under the radar.
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.
The Astrographic pays homage to a Zodiac watch collection with the same name, which launched almost half a century ago. Inspired by space exploration, the watch features a sleek, barrel-shaped case and an automatic movement. This all-black watch is available in only 82 pieces, so it's highly collectible.
The Tissot T-Touch Solar, as its name suggests, is powered by light, so you don't need to worry about battery replacements. The watch is also quite a looker in the metal, sporting a lightweight titanium case and a carbon fiber dial with an embedded negative digital display.
Being a T-Touch product family member, the watch has a host of handy features that can be accessed via a tap on its sapphire crystal. They include a built-in compass, an altimeter, and a barometer, among others.
This G-Steel variant is one of the stealthiest-looking members of the Casio G-Shock family today. It has a solar-powered movement with a rich set of complications, double LED lighting, and a comfy stainless steel band. Once fully charged, the watch can spend up to 19 months away from a light source.
Seiko remains an industry leader when it comes to dive watches at a reasonable budget. This seriously chunky Prospex model is 44 millimeters in diameter, so it wears a tad big, but if you can handle the size, it's a solid option that you can rock just about anywhere.
The solar-powered Citizen Navihawk is handily one of the most feature-rich offerings in its price range. Its complications include an atomic clock synchronization for incredible accuracy, support for multiple time zones, a sophisticated chronograph, and a perpetual calendar, among others.
With a 46-millimeter case (without the crowns), this black watch isn't exactly subtle, but it wears comfortably on a rubber strap.