Here are our picks for the 10 most alluring all-black-everything watch designs, each of which is priced to sell.
The very first Cartier dive watch ever made, this blacked-out watch is the perfect mix of art deco-inspired elegance and rugged handsomeness. Powered by a 1904 MC movement and water-resistance to 300 meters, this can take you from surf outing to dinner party with absolute ease.
Powered by Tudor’s Calibre MT5612 automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve, this watch inherits its good looks from the brand’s first dive watches. The satin finish is bonded through a process called physical vapor deposition (PVD for short), giving the steel case an even tougher exterior that can stand up to anything.
One of Bremont’s purest flight-oriented models, the U-2 embodies the brand’s made-in-Britain ethos in a blacked-out design. The U-2’s looks are inspired by the instruments in the U-2 spy plane, but it gets cooler — if you look closely, the base end of the second hand has a tiny ejector-seat handle. That element was included in the final design because the watch, with its specially-protected movement and internals, is built to withstand the g-forces, pressure changes, and impacts of air-to-air combat.
The most special-edition watches in this range are hard to get, though; according to the brand, you can only get one if you’ve pulled an ejector seat handle in real life and lived to tell the tale. Unless, of course, you buy certified pre-owned.
This timepiece from Zenith was built for incredible precision, tracking time by tenths of a second. It was also one of the first automatic chronographs ever made. The modern iteration you see here has an incredible 50-hour power reserve while also operating at 36,000 vibrations per hour — something not many watchmakers can lay claim to.
IWC’s “Portuguese” line began in 1939 when the brand built a wristwatch with a pocket watch movement — the only way to make a chronograph feasible on the wrist was to innovate, and that’s what they did. This is the continuation of that innovative spirit, featuring IWC's calibre 79350 movement and a power reserve of 44 hours.
From a watchmaking brand known for military-grade equipment comes the Aviation Phantom, a black-on-black timepiece with a super-tough PVD ceramic case and sapphire crystal. An unobtrusive date window, photo-luminescent hands, and Bell & Ross’ signature BR case shape all come together to make a watch that can’t help standing out.
This watch was made to be extremely tough and incredibly readable during nighttime combat, which is why the dial you see is actually two layers rather than one — a disc covered in luminescent paint lies underneath the stencil-cut black dial, which creates stunning depth and contrast. The case is also made from scratch-proof ceramic, which gives it a lighter feel on the wrist than a steel-case watch, especially one of this relative size.
TAG Heuer is known for its motor racing heritage, and the Grand Carrera is named after one of the most dangerous racetracks in the world — Mexico’s Carrera Panamericana. This watch features three complications in the face, including the brand’s renowned flyback chronograph, capable of capturing lap times down to the tenth of a second. No wonder it’s been worn by F1 racers since the first model was made.
This is a watch that’s truly become iconic. Every watch in Omega’s Speedmaster Moon series is either a direct replica or an inspiration from the chronographs issued to astronauts on the Apollo missions. Built to do more than just look amazing, the movements in these Speedmasters are accurate and interference-proofed to flight specifications, and they have an incredible 60-hour power reserve thanks to a sharp, efficient automatic movement.
Taking a far more stealthy approach than the typical Cartier Tank you might see around, the Santos is a sporty all-black model from the renowned French watchmaker. The original Santos was debuted in 1904 as a custom timepiece for the famous pilot Alberto Santos Dumont, and it evolved slightly over the years but maintained its classic lines and distinct Cartier shape. What you’re seeing here is a 100th-anniversary re-release, fully updated with a 100m water-resistant case, sword-shaped luminescent hands, and a modern self-winding mechanical movement.