For those of you who have a metal allergy, finding the right wristwatch that doesn’t irritate your skin can be a real issue. This is our round-up of the best hypoallergenic watches to buy in 2016. It’s not all about highly priced watches either, I have only included watches that I have personally worn and verified reviews from owners of the watches.
One in seven may replace their watches this year, and it may be fancy smartwatches or fitness trackers, but we still believe a quality timepiece is an essential accessory.
So, whether you’re looking for a rugged look or a classic, slimline timepiece on a budget, your choice of watch says a lot about you. We have taken care to pick out the best hypoallergenic watches for 2016.
10) Seiko: SGG711, Titanium
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Priced from $150
4 stars from 45 reviews
- Case Material: Titanium
- General Design: Round black dial with day/date window, luminous hands, and Arabic hour markers
- Case: 40 mm titanium with hardlex dial window
- Movement: Japanese quartz with analog display
- Strap: Three-link bracelet with fold-over clasp
- Water resistant: 50 meters
Introducing our entry level hypoallergenic timepiece from Seiko. This watch is designed to complement your any sense of style. If you have a limited budget but want the quality feel of titanium, then you may want to consider the SGG771 Titanium Watch. It has a beautiful titanium case that is 37mm by 8mm, which is perfect for any men’s wrist. This watch starts at $150 and has numerous functions that more expensive watches have.
This watch has an elegant round face with a black dial, it has luminous hands and markers and a date aperture. The case is finished with a beautiful 20mm bracelet that has a fold-over clasp. The technology, quality, look and feel has given us reason to include this watch on our list.
9) WeWood: Kappa Nut Rough, Wood
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Priced from $179
4 Stars based on 55 Customers
- Case: made from 100% Natural timber
- Movement: Miyota Multi-function
- Glass: Hardened, scratch-proof mineral
- Band: 100% All-Natural Wood
WeWood has crafted this high quality all natural wooden watch that your friends will envy. The new Kappa Nut Rough is the best WeWood watch I have come across to date. I am impressed with the quality of WeWood watches, they are a well-known brand that designs their watches in Italy and makes them in Asia.
The Kappa Nut Rough comes in a lighter pale brown or a dark chocolate brown, sometime it will have a grey, purple, or reddish cast. This piece has a Japanese Miyota movement which details the day of the week, hours of the day and the date.
I chose to add the Kappa Nut Rough on our list because it is one of my favorite of the affordable watches on this list. It’s beautifully designed and I could not pass it up in this review. Being one of the newest watches on the block and considering the competition, I couldn’t give it a high ranking because we haven’t been able to fully test the reliability and quality. You can be assured that when you buy a wooden watch from WeWood, it has a decent weight, you will be sure to receive many complements while wearing this watch.
8) Skagen: 233XLTTN, Titanium
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Priced from $200
4 stars from 37 reviews
- Case: 37 mm
- Finish: Grey or Blue
- Water Resistant: 3 ATM
- Band: 22 mm
- Movement: Japanese quartz
Introducing the Skagen 233XLTTN Titanium watch. If you’re on the market for a classy or intelligent design, but strapped for cash, this timepiece may suit your style. This watch has a round analog 37mm wide case, with a vibrant navy blue face and Arabic hour markings, luminous hands with military hours in the inner circle. The case is fused with a beautiful mesh bracelet with fold-over clasp. The blend of blue dial and beautifully polished silver-tone super thin case will definitely commend any dress code.
This watch is powered by a highly accurate and durable Japanese quartz movement. When you hold this watch you will feel like this watch is worth 2-3 times its actual value. I am well impressed with its build quality and have even given one of these as a gift to one of my closest friends.
The Skagen 233XLTTN Titanium watch was destined for this review. I could not place it any higher because of the competition, but it is a watch worthy to be here.
7) Citizen: EW0894-57D, Stainless Steel
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Priced from $450
4.5 stars from 65 reviews
- Two-tone dress watch featuring diamond-set bezel, round mother-of-pearl dial with date window, and cabochon-capped crown
- Case: 27mm
- Movement: Japanese quartz with Eco Drive technology
- Bracelet: Two tone stainless steel link bracelet with fold over clasp
- Water resistant: 30 meters
The EW0894-57D is a beautifully designed watch by Citizen. It features amazing technology that charges it in natural or artificial light. Adorning this timepiece is conflict-free, single-cut diamonds. It has a two tone case and the bezel has been beautifully off set. Gold-tone hands and hour markers complete the sophisticated look of this feminine dress watch. Water resistant to 99 feet, the Riva also comes with a five-year warranty.
I really had no choice to put this watch on the list, my partner wears one every day. It is a beautifully designed watch that is a truly stunning accessory you can feel good about wearing. This watch is better looking in person than in pictures. The pearl face is more iridescent, the gold on the is more pronounced and the diamonds sparkle but are not glaring. It is enough to make it look like your every-day casual watch while also being somewhat dressed up.
6) Tense: Northwest Collection, Wood
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Priced from $189
5 Stars based on 27 Customers
- Made by master Craftsman
- Becomes better with age due to oils in skin
- First multi-eyed wood watch in the world
- Adjustable with small screwdriver
Tense is one of the best wood watch brands I have come across. Their craftsmanship shown by quality and mix of contemporary and sophisticated style. I am very impressed with this wooden watch, we are more than happy with the quality of this watch.
This is one of my favourites, although it may be one of the cheaper models on the market, I gave it extra points because it is right up there with some of my US$1000+ wristwatches.
The Northwest collection is incredibly light weight, with nice attention to detail and is very well worth the money. Compared to other wood watches I have had it is way out in front.
I have personally owned one of these watches for some time. I did have an issue with it early on, I have found it to be built from high quality material and the craftsmanship is up there with some of the bigger brands.
5) Citizen: Red Arrows, Titanium
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Priced from $399
4.5 stars from 25 reviews
- Strap: Titanium
- Strap Type: Bracelet
- Movement: Eco-Drive
- Functions: Radio Controlled, World time, Perpetual Calendar, Slide Rule
- Water resistance: 200 meters
Introducing the latest addition from Citizen’s Eco-drive collection, the Red Arrows Titanium. This watch is available in Titanium and Stainless Steel with a black leather strap with red trim. This timepiece has a perpetual calendar chronograph which is radio-controlled, displaying world times in 26 cities. This watch comes with a rotating inner slide rule bezel and an official Red Arrows Insignia on the back of the case.
I’ve always enjoyed the busy look of these watches, but at the same time worried their chunky nature would look like a giant clock strapped anyone’s arms. It’s not the perfect watch, it comes with a few minor niggles, but you will be absolutely thrilled with it.
4) Jacques Lemans: 1-1866C Classic Monaco, Ceramic
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Priced from $599
4 stars from 7 reviews
- Extra lightweight, durable
- Movement: Quartz movement
- Display: Analog
- Water-resistant: 100 meters
- Case: Multicolour ceramic rose gold plated stainless steel
Jacques Lemans is one of the leading watch producers, and they have produced this stunning timepiece. Based in Austria, Jacques Lemans sells their watches to over 120 countries.
These watches are now seen to be leading designs of high quality sport watches, using high quality materials like Japanese or Swiss Automatic and Quartz movements, high grade leather and solid stainless steel straps for great quality and long lasting wear. Jacques Lemans watches are available in carefully selected shops worldwide. Their collections range from Sport, Rome, Formula One to ‘La Passion’. Each watch being even more unique and different to the next.
3) U-Boat: 7094 Flightdeck, Ceramic
Priced from $5000
4 Stars from 10 reviews
- Case: 50mm black ceramic
- Internal: Steel
- Display: Hours, minutes, second hand chronograph counters, date window
- Glass: Scratch proof sapphire
- Arabic numbers; hyper allergenic rubber and brown gold alligator inset buckle strap
- Water resistant: 100 meters
You will definitely love the simplicity of this watch. Striking example of the modern watchmaker’s skills. This timepiece combines ceramic and alligator leather to produce a contemporary and masculine look. This timepiece is the finest U-Boat men’s watch I have come across.
The date and time of this timepiece is easily readable and the watch has enough weight to imply quality. The natural leather strap is really soft and feels great on the skin. This timepiece has chronograph minutes, seconds, and hours. You will love the simplicity of this unique watch, it is a brilliant example of modern watchmaking.
2) Chanel: J12 H1628, Ceramic
Priced from $4999
5 stars from 5 reviews
- Case Diameter: 33mm
- Case Material : Ceramic
- Dial Colour: White Movement
- Movement : Quartz
- Clasp: Triple Folding
- Glass: Sapphire Crystal
- Strap Type: Bracelet
- Water Resistance: 200 meters
The birth of this Chanel can be traced all the way back to 1883 when Gabrielle Chanel was born. Opening her first shop in 1910, and ever since then Chanel has been at the fashion forefront.
As soon as I saw this watch I fell in love. It’s easy to read, I did find it a little confusing at first when trying to set the time, but after that there were no problems. The standard size of this watch strap is fairly big, so you may need to take it to a jeweller to resize it.
The J12 series of watches made ceramic a new status of being ‘haute couture’. Ceramic, titanium and diamond powder have been used to make this striking watch. This durable timepiece looks fantastic at the gym, swimming, at work or on a night out. You will love the depth and dimensions of style on these watches.
1) Hublot: Big Bang Aero, Carbon
Priced from $20,000
5 stars from 3 reviews
- Movement: Swiss made self-winding automatic
- Case: Carbon Fibre
- Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
- Strap: Black Smooth rubber
- Functions: Chronograph & Date
- Power reserve: up to 42 hours
- Water resistance: 100 meters
- Case Diamensions: 44mm in diameter and 15mm thickness
- Black skeleton dial, luminous hands and markers
The top watch in our selection is the bold and brave Big Bang Aero from Hublot. Around 2004 Hublot was reborn with the Big Bang. In a way the name of the watch collection is appropriate for what it did to the brand. Hublot as a company was almost on the way out, until Jean-Claude Biver took over the company. He took on the challenge and hit main priority was to offer sport watches with variety and character.
Few colours are so interwoven with symbolism as black. The shade of this watch is inextricably linked with mystery and depth. When you put this watch on it feels stealth-like it and hidden from view. This watch is a symbol of change, desire and the future. You will not be disappointed with this timepiece.