Sports watch for men: The latest and most advanced watches

  (photo credit: Webster Fernandes)
(photo credit: Webster Fernandes)

Of all the different categories of watches present today, sports watches are the most popular ones. Sports watches are versatile and are available in different versions. This article provides a detailed guide on choosing the best sports watch for men. Let's get started. 

Top 10 sports watches for men

There are a plethora of options available when it comes to sports watches for men. The types of sports watches available range from analog to semi-digital and fully digital watches. 

Hence, to make your choice easier, we have listed below the top 10 sports watches for men: 

  1. Rolex Submariner watches
  2. Patek Philippe Nautilus collection
  3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
  4. Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto
  5. Vacheron Constantin Overseas
  6. IWC Portugueser 
  7. Bulgari Octo Finissimo 
  8. Bell & Ross sports watch
  9. Chopard Mille Miglia 
  10. Zenith Defy 

Rolex Submariner watches

Launched in 1954, the Rolex Submariner is one of the best sports watch series produced by the brand. The earlier iterations of the Rolex Submariner were available in 40 mm and sizes below it. However, in 2020, Rolex introduced a larger 41 mm case diameter. 

The Submariner is also available in date and no-date versions. Reference no. 124060 is the latest no-date version of the Submariner. It is equipped with a 3230 caliber and has a power reserve of 70 hours. 

Reference no. 126610LN is the date version of the Rolex Submariner and is equipped with a 3235 caliber with 70 hours of power reserve. The caliber and date are the two most significant differences between these two reference numbers. 

One of the most prominent and highest-sold versions of the Rolex Submariner is reference no. 126610LV. What's unique about this watch is its green unidirectional rotatable bezel. This particular color accentuates the classy nature of the watch and makes for a perfect sports watch to wear. 

The Rolex Submariner is considered one of the world's top luxury sports watches. If you are looking for used Rolex watches, you can check out our collection of Rolex timepieces. 

Patek Philippe Nautilus collection

Currently, Patek Philippe offers 31 different versions of the Nautilus series. It is one of the diverse models produced by the brand, featuring exceptional designs and color combinations. Some of the most popular Patek Philippe sports watches are as follows:

  • Reference no. 5712G-001 with White Gold 
  • Patek Philippe 5712R-001 with Rose Gold 
  • Reference no. 5712/1A-001 with Stainless Steel 
  • Patek Philippe 5980R-001 with Rose Gold
  • Reference no. 5990/1A-011 with Stainless Steel 
  • Patek Philippe 5980/1Ar-001 with Rose Gold and Stainless Steel
  • Reference no. 5740/1G-001 with White Gold 
  • Patek Philippe 5719/10G-010 with White Gold Studded with 18.73 ct. Diamonds

All of these watches feature an elegant design. Some of these reference numbers are also offered with a leather strap. Thus, it adds to the classic styling of the watch. Although most versions of the Nautilus series are sports watches, they also work as great dress watches. 

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

Audemars Piguet offers an extensive selection of watches under the Royal Oak collection. A total of 112 versions of the Royal Oak are currently on sale. One of the distinct characteristics of the Royal Oak series is the rugged yet elegant design. You can instantly recognize a Royal Oak watch from a distance due to its unique design cues. Following is a list of all the famous sports watches by Audemars Piguet: 

  • Royal Oak Openworked Grande Complication - 44 mm Steel watch 
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon - 41 mm White Gold watch
  • Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked - 41 mm Steel watch 
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar - 41 mm Titanium watch 
  • Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Openworked - 41 mm Black Ceramic 
  • Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph - 41 mm White Gold 
  • Royal Oak Selfwinding Chronograph - 41 mm Pink Gold 

The versions mentioned above of the Royal Oak include chronographs and pilot watches, which are recognized as sports watches. The Royal Oak Selfwinding Flying Tourbillon Openworked Steel is considered the best Swiss sports watch of all the Royal Oak models we mentioned above.

Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto

The Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto is a luxury sports watch with a design unlike any other. It is a relatively compact watch with a clean and elegant design. Following are all the highlight features of the Laurent Ferrier Sport Auto: 

  • Non-numeral Super-LumiNova hour markers with drop-shaped design
  • Seconds sub-dial at the 6 o'clock marker
  • 18K bordered Super-LumiNova hour and minute hand 
  • Grade 5 Titanium 41.5 mm case
  • Caliber LF270.01 self-winding movement 
  • An open glass case back 

Vacheron Constantin Overseas

Vacheron Constantin currently offers 32 different variants of the Overseas collection. This particular luxury watchmaker is known to produce some of the most exquisite and complex sports watches. Following are a list of the best luxury sport watches produced by Vacheron Constantin: 

  • Vacheron Constantin Overseas Tourbillon Skeleton 42.5 mm Titanium 
  • Reference no. 5500V/110A-B148 Overseas Chronograph 42.5 mm Steel 
  • Vacheron Constantin reference no. 5500V/000R-B074 42.5 mm Pink Gold 
  • Overseas Chronograph reference no. 5510V/000T-B923 42.5 mm 

The Tourbillon Skeleton carries the most complex design of all the models mentioned above. Right off the bat, you will notice the see-through dial of the watch, giving you an insight into its movement. This model has gained significant recognition and is among the best luxury sport watches.

Credit: Webster FernandesCredit: Webster Fernandes

IWC Portugueser 

The IWC Portugueser Yacht Club Orlebar Brown edition is one of the top chronograph watches produced by the brand. The watch is stunning and comes in a 44.6 mm case size. 

It has a silver plated dial with stainless steel and a remarkable 18K red gold bracelet. The Portugueser Yacht Club has a glass case back that lets you see the complex inner movement. The watch has an in-house developed 89,361 caliber movement with 68 hours of power reserve. 

Bulgari Octo Finissimo 

The Bulgari Octo Finissimo is an incredibly thin sports watch. It comes with a specially designed titanium case and bracelet, unlike any other luxury sports watch. Following are some of the highlights of the Bulgari Octo Finissimo watch: 

  • 40 mm diameter case 
  • Octogonal-shaped case 
  • Bespoke Automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve 
  • Water resistance of up to 30 meters
  • It has a thickness of only 2.35 mm 

If you are looking for a sleek sports watch for men, the Bulgari Octo Finissimo is the watch you need.

Bell & Ross sports watch

Bell & Ross is known to produce some of the finest sports watches. These watches carry a distinct design that is unique to the brand. Most Bell & Ross watches have a square-shaped case. Following is a list of all the popular sports watches produced by the brand: 

  • BR 05 Chrono 42 mm 
  • BR-XI Tourbillon Titanium 45 mm 
  • BR-X5 41 mm sports watch
  • BR-X5 41 mm in Carbon Organe 

Chopard Mille Miglia 

Chopard produces the Mille Miglia series of watches in several different versions. These chronographs are considered among the world's most popular sport watches. Mentioned below are the most sought-after Mille Miglia models: 

  • Mille Miglia Classic Raticosa chronograph
  • Chopard Mille Miglia 2020 Race Edition 
  • Mille Miglia GTS Chrono 
  • Chopard Mille Miglia 2020 Race Edition Rose Gold 

Zenith Defy

The Zenith Defy Classic Carbon features the most extraordinary case, dial and bracelet design. It is a futuristic-looking sports watch built using premium materials. Some of the highlights of this watch include the following:

  • Carbon fiber case and bracelet 
  • Automatic movement 
  • Skeleton dial 
  • Luminous non-numeral hour markers and hands 
  • 41 mm diameter 
  • 10 ATM water resistance 
  • 50 hours of total power reserve
  • Date indicator at the 6 o'clock marker 

Find out the best digital sports watch

Digital sports watches are all the hype now. Over the last 10 years, tech companies around the world have divided into watch-making, producing some of the most innovative smartwatches. Here is a list of all the top digital sport watches: 

  • Apple Watch Ultra 
  • Garmin Marq Golfer Gen 2
  • Coros Pace 2 
  • Coros Vertix 2 
  • Apple Watch Series 8 
  • Garmin Fenix 7 
  • Garmin Forerunner 945 

All the latest sports watch models in the digital watch category are mentioned above. These watches have many features that can be used across various sporting and fitness-related activities. Amongst all these brands, Garmin is one of the leaders that specializes in the digital sports watch category. 

Best sports watch for men

Now that you know the best sports watch for men, you can pick a watch that suits your style and preference. These watches not only offer great functionality but are also suitable to be worn across different fashion styles.

If you are looking for the top luxury sports watches in Dubai, browse our collection of luxury watches. From Rolex to Patek Philippe and more, our inventory of sports watches is vibrant.  

This article was written in cooperation with Matt Schifrin