Our Favorite All-Black Watches

Blacked-out watches have seen a surge in popularity in recent years. With their edgy, stealthy aesthetic, all-black watches fit right in with a pared-down wardrobe and lend a tough-guy aesthetic to formal ensembles.

The landscape for all-black watches has become even more exciting with the introduction of new materials to achieve this look. While PVD has become the de facto method for creating all-black watches, carbon composites, black ceramic, and even titanium blends have entered the scene.

There are lots of fine black watches you can score today, but in our book, these timepieces wear the dark, brooding look best:

 

Speedmaster Black Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.005

 

Omega Speedmaster Black Black Dark Side of the Moon

The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Black Black was introduced in 2015 as a tribute to the Apollo 8 mission. The darkest of all Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon watches, it redefines the iconic MoonWatch design while evoking the mysteriousness of the cosmos.

As its name suggests, the watch has an entirely black exterior from the case to the lugs and the fabric strap. Sized at 44.25mm, it features a polished and brushed ceramic body, paired with a matching tachymeter bezel boasting a lacquered treatment.

 

Speedmaster Black Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.51.01.005

 

True to the original Dark Side of the Moon model, its dial has two chronograph counters but with a totally matte black treatment. It also comes with a date window at 6 and applied black Super-Luminova hands and indices, which all provide a legible reading even on the darkest nights and in low-light conditions. Inside runs the Caliber 9300 with a 60-hour power reserve.

 


 

Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark

A brooding take on Tudor’s steel sports chrono-diver, the Black Bay Chrono Dark was produced in partnership with New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks. Launched in 2019, it is made in limited quantities only, as its production corresponds to the number of All Blacks players since 1903. One watch is added to the production every time the team adds a new player.

 

Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Dark LE Steel 79360

 

Boasting a high contrast aesthetic, the Black Bay Chrono Dark pairs a black dial with a matte black PVD steel case, while red accents on the signature and the tip of the second hand balance out its rugged charm. The bezel, chronograph sub-dials, snowflake hands, and geometric hour markers offer great contrast with the use of bright lume and white outlines.

Powering the watch is the Caliber MT5813, whose base is the legendary Breitling B01 movement. The 200-meter depth rating makes the timepiece suitable for diving.

 

Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Dark LE Steel 79360

 


 

IWC Pilot’s Timezoner Top Gun

Next, we have the IWC Pilot’s Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium, which is perfect for individuals who seek a complicated timepiece with a stealthy utilitarian look. This watch is made of IWC-patented Ceratanium — a material that combines the lightness of titanium with the impressive scratch-resistance of ceramic.

The watch comes in a 46mm case, with a matte black dial and a rubber strap. Versatility is well-expressed through the rotating bezel engraved with time zones, while the soft gray Arabic numerals, hands, and minute track add to the watch’s somber but sporty style.

 

Pilot’s Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium Mens Watch IW395505

 

Apart from relying on a 25-jewel Caliber 82760, the watch also comes with a date display and a 24-hour indicator for the world time function. To use the latter, the wearer should push down the bezel before rotating to the desired time zone and letting it go. The hour hand, day/night display, and the date automatically follow the movement of the bezel making time-reading a breeze through multiple time zones. Production is limited to 500 pieces per annum.

 

Pilot’s Timezoner Top Gun Ceratanium Mens Watch IW395505

 


 

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Introduced in 1953, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the world’s first modern dive watch and remains one of the most iconic diving watches ever made. The Bathyscaphe Ceramic edition is among the new additions to the renowned collection and boasts a more subdued look than the original Fifty Fathoms tool watch.

 

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Ceramic Mens Watch 5200

 

Inside its sleek construction, this Flyback Chronograph houses the Caliber F385, which introduced significant developments for Blancpain’s in-house chronograph movements.

Equipped with a vertical clutch and a column wheel, it boasts of a high-beat frequency of 36,000 vph or 5Hz – the first among Blancpain movements to run at this rate. What’s more, its impressively engineered chronograph pushers can be engaged all the way up to 300 meters underwater.

 


 

Panerai Carbotech Watches

Panerai has released all-black, ceramic watches before, but they went a step further with the Carbotech series, whose technology lends a unique pattern to each watch.

Innovative and hardwearing, Carbotech™ is Panerai’s own take on carbon fiber, which is lighter than titanium yet stronger than steel. Aside from delivering exceptional technical performance, Carbotech has a matte black appearance with an unrepeatable wave-like effect. This comes as a result of the compression between the polymer and the carbon fiber.

 

Luminor Marina and Submersible Carbotech Watches

 

Available in the Luminor Marina and Submersible range, Carbotech watches are also paired with colorful lume ranging from gold, bright blue, green, and red. These make the dials readable while offering a striking pop of color.

 


 

All-black watches remain robust and functional while adding a little edge to your wrist. Explore our collection of all-black watches at SwissWatchExpo.com.

 

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