Before we put up a spiel and act like there’s more to life than looks, let’s just say it and put it out there: the way you dress when you dress for a date matters.

It’s common knowledge. It’s human science. It’s the law of relationships. We spend hours thinking about what we wear on our dates, and whilst we know (or at least, hope) that our proposed date will love us for more than just how we look, we can’t help but straighten that tie, gel up that hair, and lace up that sneaker. First impressions are a make-or-break, especially on first or blind dates, and so it can be rightfully nerve-wracking in these scenarios to think about what to say, but also what to visually portray.

Granted, you probably already have a sense of personal style, and if you’re more denim than corduroy, you’ll already be dressed to your best self. Yet there’s more to an outfit than fabric, and often times it’s the little things that make the most impact. Watches fall under this category, often times bringing to the wrist a certain je ne sais quois that can catch an eye, start a conversation, and blossom a romance.

Categorised by kind of date and character, we’ve put together the best men’s watches for your next date night to woo the man or woman who is easily wooed by a timepiece extraordinaire. Casual and complementary, consider these the ultimate wrist companions for the next time you’re looking to catch a feel.

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Watches for Date Night: Grand Seiko

The Classic: A candlelight dinner and Merlot        

Grand Seiko Elegance SBGW231

Bungee jumping, tequila bar hopping, or getting tattoos may be considered more adventurous, yet there’s no denying that the most romantic and most classic kind of date is the candle-lit dinner date. For an evening of sharing a bowl of spaghetti a la Lady and the Tramp, your wrist will never look lonely without a classic dress watch. Definitely an underrated player within this arena, Grand Seiko makes a beautiful exemplar, as can be admired in this 37mm Elegance timepiece (approx. THB 137, 515). Uncomplicated, sophisticated, and stylistically timeless, it’s a watch that never looks out of place no matter the occasion – even if, perhaps, you do end up heading out to go tequila bar hopping after dessert.

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The Adventure: Snorkelling and strawberries on a yacht

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5

This one may be a bit of a literal style choice, but sometimes there’s no real harm in being literal in your style choices. A dive watch for a seaside adventure makes sense. Wearing a dive watch to a seaside adventure date exudes confidence. Straying a little away from the obvious OMEGA SeaMaster or towards a more technical Bell & Ross, the TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 5 (approx. THB 79,953) is unexpected, but it works in large part because it comes from a godfather in sports watches. The watch shines for its unique double security clasp (which is handy should your date get a little wild), with a unidirectional turning bezel for extra protection. Set within a case of 43mm, the dial is large and legible, which makes sense because if your date involves snorkelling from a yacht, you’re bound to be a loud one.

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Watches for Date Night: RADO

The Throwback: Salty popcorn and a blockbuster

RADO Diamaster Automatic

We’re calling this one a throwback because it’s 2019 and suddenly something about going to a physical cinema and getting sweet or salty popcorn is beginning to feel somewhat ‘vintage’ in these Netflixin’ times. The creative dial on this RADO Diamaster Automatic (approx. THB 100,770) looks like something Quentin Tarantino could rock, featuring a cinematic and intriguingly oversized chronograph display. Inspired by the old-school and praised for its durability, the 43mm timepiece is playful and tells a story – very much like a movie unfolding on the screen, or a love story about to entwine. You pick.

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Watches for Date Night: NOMOS Glashütte

The Hipster: Art gallery opening and too many canapés

NOMOS Glashütte Lambda Rose Gold

For the minimalist who likes to stray away from the mainstream, but still wants to sport a watch from Glashütte with credibility, there’s no way around NOMOS Glashütte. The German watchmaker knows how to make a simple and sophisticated timepiece that looks and feels expensive, without the fuss of its infamous A.Lange & Söhne or Glashütte Original siblings. Not just a beautiful design concept, the Lambda Rose Gold (approx. THB 575,675) gets its name from the Greek letter ‘lambda’, which is a symbol for intrinsic value. Certainly one to appreciate beauty from the inside out, it’s the ideal watch for a deep artistic date. The 42mm rose gold balance cock is even engraved with the words “lovingly produced in Glashütte”, so consider your sweet, gentle soul touched.

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H.Moser & Cie

The Cosy: Cooking and the couch

H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept

As more and more millennials begin to claim that staying in is the new going out, there’s no denying that one of our most preferred kind of dates is the kind that takes place at home. Between loungewear and the pink gleam of the FoodPanda app, there’s nowhere more cosy than the couch; yet that doesn’t mean you can’t look good as you sprawl across it. Keeping it lowkey (yet still very, very, stylish), the limited edition H.Moser & Cie Endeavour Perpetual Moon Concept (approx. THB 1,120,000) features an 18k red gold case with a midnight blue fumé dial with a poetic half-moon at 6 o’clock. It’s sleepy enough to suit staying in (also, don’t they say that that’s where the magic happens?), yet dressy enough to look like you’re somewhat interesting and putting in some effort. It’s a bit on the pricier end of the spectrum for a date watch, but consider it an investment that is made to last — like a good couch, or a meaningful relationship.

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Lisa Gries
Managing Editor, Bangkok
Lisa loves to travel, and is always on the lookout for the world’s best nap spots. She’s a serious Asian art history nerd, and has a knack for languages and coffee table books. She hopes to publish her own novels one day, one of which will likely be called ‘All The Great Conversations I Had In A Bangkok Speakeasy.’ It’s a work in progress.