Best Ultra Thin Watch Reviews

Updated October 27, 2020

There’s nothing like an ultra thin watch when it comes to a classic, dressy style. A low profile watch doesn’t have to be dressy either. It’s a conversation starter to simply consider the technology encased in the small spaces of ultra slim watches.

While you may think the thinnest watch has to be the most expensive brand on the market, that isn’t the case. There are ultra slim watches in every price point, with different features and styles. Thin watches don’t have to be dress watches, either. Some people want the low profile case for other reasons, such as ensuring the watch doesn’t catch or snag during work, or feel bulky on a wrist.

Ultra slim watches are also popular for women, who may want a watch in a full-sized diameter without the chunky thickness of most larger timepieces. So while we are considering the top ultra thin watches for men, some of them are also suitable for women looking for a slim timepiece.

There isn’t a set-in-stone definition of ultra-thin watches, but most of our choices are half an inch thick or less.

Let’s take a look at what we like when choosing the best thinnest watch.

Best Ultra Thin Watches

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1 Hamilton - Men's Jazzmaster Thinline Auto - H38525721 Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Ultra Thin Watch
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2 Fossil - Men's The Minimalist FS5304 Fossil The Minimalist Ultra Thin Watch
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3 Casio - A700WEM-7AEF Unisex Silver Stopwatch
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Casio Unisex Silver Stopwatch Ultra Thin Watch
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4 Lorus - Gents Sports Watch RXD425L8
Best Overall
Lorus Gents Sports Ultra Thin Watch
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5 Hublot - Classic Fusion Classico Men's Ultra-Thin Watch
Best For Higher Budgets
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra Thin Watch
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1. Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Ultra Thin Watch

Highlights
  • Water resistant to 164 feet (50 meters)
  • Transparent caseback
  • Ultra-thin case that’s less than half an inch thick
  • Swiss made

This analog style men’s watch is ultra-thin, with a case that is less than half an inch thick. Its stylish look combines a round, light brown dial or watch face with a black leather strap.

The watch face is a minimalist design with simple markers in place of numerals and hour and minute hands. There’s also a date window at 6 o’clock. The hands are luminous for reading in low light.

Case is silver-tone stainless steel and the hands are dauphine style (tapered at the end) in a silver-tone finish.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case, Sapphire Crystal Window, Leather Strap
Size:
1.57 inches in diameter X 0.33 of an inch thick
Battery Life:
42-hour power reserve

Pros

  • Scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal
  • Automatic movement
  • Luminous
  • Hamilton is part of the parent company The Swatch Group

Cons

  • Very basic functions with no added features
  • Minimal water resistance

2. Fossil The Minimalist Ultra Thin Watch

Highlights
  • Analog display with hour, minute and second hands
  • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters)
  • Blue watch face with silver-tone hands 
  • Linear hour and minute markers

This round, analog style watch features a blue watch face accented by a brown leather band.

The ultra-thin case is less than half an inch thick. The minimalist style features linear marks denoting hours and minutes, with small numbers noting minutes/seconds on the outside of the markers on the watch face. It has hour, second and minute hands.

Minimal water resistance means you can wear it bathing or for short periods of recreational swimming, but it shouldn’t be worn for snorkeling, diving or extreme water sports. Band can be changed out with any Fossil 22 millimeter watch band.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case, Leather Strap
Size:
1.73 inches in diameter X 0.31 of an inch thick
Battery Life:
Comes with the required battery

Pros

  • Slim stainless steel case that’s less than half an inch thick
  • Genuine brown leather band
  • Band is interchangeable with all Fossil 22 millimeter bands
  • Mineral crystal face

Cons

  • Water resistance is only good for short periods of bathing or swimming but not snorkeling or diving
  • No features other than hour, minute and second hands

3. Casio Unisex Silver Stopwatch Ultra Thin Watch

Highlights
  • Digital style
  • Unisex watch 
  • Casio name known for digital watches
  • Retro look with a rectangular case
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Casio - A700WEM-7AEF Unisex Silver Stopwatch

This digital watch has a rectangular case that looks retro in its design. Intended to be unisex, its style is a bit more like a man’s watch, but certainly suitable for women.

The case is silver and the strap is silver stainless steel mesh-link style. The watch face itself has the option for 12- or 24-hour timekeeping, an automatic calendar that displays date, day and month, a daily alarm and a stopwatch function. It’s also ultra-thin, at around a quarter of an inch thick.

Features an LED backlight for reading in low light.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
1.38 inches in diameter X 0.24 of an inch thick
Battery Life:
3 years

Pros

  • Has a three-year battery life
  • Multitude of functions including stopwatch and automatic calendar
  • Option for 12 or 24-hour timekeeping
  • Mineral display window with LED backlight

Cons

  • Water resistance likely isn’t enough for immersion in water
  • Directional printing on the watch face may be too small for some users

4. Lorus Gents Sports Ultra Thin Watch

Highlights
  • Case is stainless steel and titanium
  • Hour, minute and second hands and date display window
  • Ultra thin case 
  • Durable fabric band
Best Overall
Lorus - Gents Sports Watch RXD425L8

This analog watch has a stainless steel and titanium case in a classic brushed silver finish. The watch face is round, white, with a mineral crystal, and features a date window at 3 o’clock.

There are hour, minute and second hands, and the numbers displayed include 12- and 24-hour notations. The mesh fabric band is beige and ideal for use in the water, with the watch’s resistance to 328 feet.

This timepiece is also ultra-thin, at just 0.12 of an inch thick, making it ideal for women even though it’s listed as a men’s watch.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Mesh Fabric and Titanium
Size:
1.46 inches in diameter X 0.12 of an inch thick
Battery Life:
Comes with the necessary battery

Pros

  • Water resistant to 328 feet (100 meters)
  • Mineral crystal
  • Brushed silver finish
  • 12- and 24-hour notations on the watch face

Cons

  • Thin style may not be to the liking of those who like a thick, chunky design on a watch
  • Sporty look not really suitable for dress wear

5. Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra Thin Watch

Highlights
  • Skeleton dial enhanced by black hands
  • Black ceramic case with a black alligator leather band
  • Hand wind movement
  • Hour and minute hands and chronograph
Best For Higher Budgets
Hublot - Classic Fusion Classico Men's Ultra-Thin Watch

This is a top-of-the-line luxury watch by Hublot in the Classic Fusion line.

The distinct look comes from a skeleton dial or watch face with black hands for hours and minutes. While there aren’t many functions on this watch, its ultra-thin design, skeleton face and the Hublot name make it a desirable purchase for the watch connoisseur.

The case is black ceramic and it comes with a black alligator leather band. The automatic movement is hand-wind with a 42-hour power reserve.

The Sapphire crystal is finished with an anti-reflective treatment. The water resistance is just enough to protect it from splashes but it shouldn’t be worn for bathing or swimming.

Specifications

Material:
Black Ceramic Case and Black Alligator Leather
Size:
1.77 inches in diameter
Battery Life:
Power reserve of 42 hours

Pros

  • A luxury watch with a distinct look in the Classic Fusion line
  • Scratch-resistant Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
  • Transparent caseback
  • Water resistant to 164 feet (50 meters)

Cons

  • Price point may be too high for some buyers
  • Water resistance is minimal, suitable only for splashes

Ultra Thin Watch Buying Guide

Thickness

There is no set definition or rule when it comes to determining what makes a watch “ultra thin.” Also known as slim, slender, extra flat or extra thin, a watch that’s considered ultra thin is usually half an inch thick or less. 

The remarkable part of an ultra thin watch is the fact that robust or complicated watch movement is in such a slender package. That adds to the appeal of an ultra-thin watch.

The earliest watches were thick, so an ultra thin watch shows off advances in watch movement. Ultra thin watches can be fashionable, and somewhat of a statement by a watchmaker, an indication of the watch-making ability of a company. 

Even with today’s technology, the ability to make ultra thin watches is still a mark of distinction, whether it’s an analog or digital style. Engineering extra flat watch movements is still technically challenging.

Type

Ultra thin watches are not all the same. You can choose from analog or digital style, and you can decide what features are important in your ultra-thin timepiece.

Thin Digital Watch

It’s hard to believe that digital technology can be packed into a slender case, but it’s true. You can choose a digital watch with the features of a much bigger timepiece, including a stopwatch, alarm, calendar and more.

Thin Analog Watch

An analog watch that also has a thin case is the epitome of dressy style. Those who want the minimalist look will appreciate a bare bones ultra-slim analog: hour and minute hands and markers instead of numbers. And nothing else.

There are also options among analog watches for additional features, like Roman or Arabic numerals, and some have a second hand, or a date window. But the typical slender analog watch has the basic features. 

Movement

Movement is another component that can vary in an ultra thin watch. We considered quartz movement, self-winding, and automatic movement. Some slim watches require a hand-winding movement as it decreases the overall thickness of the case. But that’s not the case with all slender timepieces. 

Design & Style

Some will choose a skinny watch because of its classic style, because they want a thin dress watch for work or for formal evenings out. But you’re not limited to a dress watch style when it comes to an ultra thin watch. Some are sporty looking, and you can even opt for a digital look, or a retro style.

You can then choose from a round case, or a rectangular case; a minimalist look on the watch face, or a busier, more feature-heavy watch.

Materials

The choice of materials for an ultra thin watch is as varied as any other timepiece. Our choices include stainless steel to ceramic, with bands ranging from leather to stainless steel.

Colors also vary, for both the case and the watch face, as well as the band.

The crystal protecting the watch face also varies in its composition. Those who will be wearing their watch for more than an elegant night out may want a scratch-resistant crystal. A thin dress watch usually has minimal water resistance, protecting only against minor splashes, but some ultra thin watches have enough water resistance to wear them swimming or bathing.

Pricing Range

The price range for an ultra thin watch also has wide variations. You can choose from entry level watches that are less than $100, to a luxury line that adds one or two zeroes to that amount.

Our Verdict

There’s nothing like an ultra-thin watch to start a conversation about its classic style combined with the technological feat of having complex watch movement in such a tiny circle (or rectangle, or square).

And slender watches are not inferior to their chunky cousins. In fact, the feat of a thin watch is that it packs a lot of punch into a small package.

Slim watches come in a variety of styles, too, making them ideal for more than the gentleman who has to wear a suit to work every day.

You can choose from analog or digital, and determine what features are important to you in a slim timepiece. You can even pick from a wide range of prices, depending on your budget and whether you have a particular brand in mind.

The final choice among our top picks will be as unique as the person who wears the ultra-thin watch. In fact, they aren’t just for men. Women will appreciate the choices of ultra-thin watches as being ideal for their slender wrists.

Whatever your final pick, you can’t go wrong with one of our ultra-thin watch selections.

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