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Red watches are striking: These are our top picks for men

Red watches for men are trending: Our top picks

TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Chronograph
TAG Heuer

Red watches for men are a majorly bold statement as the color is so often associated with power, passion, and energy. If you want to take your outfit to the next level and project confidence, which is especially handy if you’re wearing it on a date or giving a big presentation at work, a red watch should be your accessory of choice.

While red often has romantic associations like Valentine’s hearts and red roses, it also represents intensity and a ferocious strength, things a man needs in his everyday life if he takes the kids to school or dodges grenades at the office. Whether you prefer classic stainless steel watches, luxury ceramic, or the timelessness of a leather strap, there’s a red men’s watch to suit your taste.

Red watches for men: Our top picks for your wardrobe

IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500714 on model

If you’re looking for an eye-catching conversation starter or even a bit of a subtle accent to show the world your personality, the world of red watches for men has so many options. We created a list that runs the gamut, from ostentatious to more understated models, there’s something for everyone. We’ve taken into account all the things that might be important to you in red dial watches, including how affordable they are, their performance, and, naturally, the design.

1. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Self-winding Ruby 50th Anniversary’Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Self-winding Ruby 50th Anniversary’

Okay, this one has a hefty price tag (as in, it probably costs more than your house) but the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak ‘Self-winding Ruby 50th Anniversary watch is made from 18-carat white gold for starters. It has a diameter of 41mm, making it the perfect balance between being a major presence on your wrist, and something you can easily wear every day, as seems to be the definition of most Audemars Piguet watches.

Also, if you wanted a red watch, well, Audemars Piguet sure gave it to you. It features a mind-blowing 861 baguette-cut rubies totaling 45.6 carats all spread throughout the watch, including the dial and the bracelet. This is a red dial watch that you wear for attention, that’s for sure.The 18-carat white gold bracelet comes with an AP folding clasp, and is powered by the CALIBRE 4309 self-winding movement. In a nutshell, this red watch is an absolute beast with a price tag to match.

2. IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500714

IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500714

The stainless steel case of the IWC Portugieser Automatic IW500714 is a pretty large 42.3mm in diameter and 14.1mm in height, and despite its size, it still feels like a polished accessory on your wrist. In essence, this red dial watch is powered by the 52010 Calibre, a movement manufactured by IWC themselves, and has an astounding 168-hour power reserve. This timepiece is definitely meant for wearing to work or more formal occasions as it features a black alligator leather strap.

3. TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Chronograph

TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Chronograph
TAG Heuer

Very similar in aesthetics to the red IWC watch above, the TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Chronograph is just as stylish but a little more wearable at a smaller 39mm in diameter. Not only is it great for daily wear but it’s incredibly functional as well. It’s made with a polished steel case and fixed steel bezel accentuated by a black steel caseback. It has a massive power reserve of 80 hours and is powered by the Calibre HEUER02 Automatic movement, making it one of the more beloved TAG Heuer watches.

4. Omega Seamaster Aqua-Terra

Omega Seamaster Aqua-Terra

The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Shades Co-Axial Master Chronometer 38mm is an homage to Omega’s maritime legacy, despite its red dial. Why, you ask? Well, for starters it’s part of the classic Seamaster collection and comes with the brand’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800. Its important features include its anti-magnetic properties, chronometer certification, water resistance of 150 meters, and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Basically, there is a lot more than meets the eye with this simple yet extremely useful timepiece.

5. Seiko Presage SRPE41J1

Seiko Presage SRPE41J1

The deep red dial of the Seiko Presage Cocktail Time SRPE41 was inspired by a Negroni, which is why you’ll notice a deep red dial with a pattern that looks just like the bottom of a cocktail glass. Seiko even took it a step further by adding dial features like Arabic numerals that give off the look of a vintage liquor label. While aesthetics are important, the function of your watch is obviously top priority. This Seiko watch is powered by the Caliber 4R35 movement, has a power reserve of 41 hours and a water resistance of 50 meters.

6. CasiOak GA2100-4A

CasiOak GA2100-4A

G-SHOCK is famous for making watches that are tough and durable, and the Casio G-Shock GA-2100-4A lives up to that reputation. It features a carbon core guard structure and a case that combines fine resin and carbon fiber, making it extremely protective of the inner module. Obviously, it’s the most sporty watch on our list, and the most budget-friendly, but don’t let that fool you. This watch comes with some super cool features like 200-meter water resistance, a battery life of three years (years!), a world timer with 31 time zones, a double LED light system, and an auto-calendar lasting up to the year 2099.

TAG Heuer Carrera Red Dial Chronograph dial
TAG Heuer

How to choose the right red watches for men

If you’re a man wanting to choose the right red watch, there are lots of factors you need to consider first:

What is your personal style: Are you a sportier gentleman who is better suited for a G-SHOCK with all the bells and whistles, or do you need something a little more modern and classy, like a Seiko watch?

Decide what you’ll use your watch for: Do you need a watch that can suffer the wear and tear of being on your wrist every single day or do you need something to break out during formal events where you can put it back in the case the second you get home?

Shade of red: Surprisingly, if you’re choosing a red watch, the shade can be super important. It needs to suit your skin tone, wardrobe, and also just your preferences. Some men like a deep cherry red, while others like a bright stop sign red.

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