Best Wedding Watch Reviews

Updated July 23, 2020

A wedding day is one of the most significant days in the lives of the bride and groom, and a special one for those who share it with them.

Much thought and preparation goes into every aspect of the day, including the wedding attire. A watch is part of any wardrobe, and for many, a special watch needs to be part of the wedding ensemble.

The groom may want to wear a specific watch that goes with his tuxedo, or that will ensure he’s on time for the ceremony. The bride may have specific desires in a wedding watch, one that will compliment her dress. There are also couples who like to provide groomsmen watches as a gift for those who share the big day by standing up for the groom, or for the bridesmaids who supported the bride-to-be through all the preparations.

There are also couples who choose to buy a watch as a gift for each other, such as the bride who decides to purchase a special watch for her special man.

Whether you’re looking for bridal watches, timepieces for the groom, or gifts for the wedding party, here are the best wedding watches for men and women.

Best Wedding Watches For Grooms

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Best Overall
Fossil Men's Dean Groom's Watch
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Best For Higher Budgets
2Gen 4 Explorist Groom's Watch
Fossil - Gen 4 Explorist
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Gen 4 Explorist Groom's Watch
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Best For Low Budgets
3Mvmt 40 Series Groom's Watch
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Mvmt 40 Series Groom's Watch
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4 Orient Bambino Version 3 Groom's Watch
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5 Seiko Men's Recraft Series Groom's Watch
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1. Fossil Men's Dean Groom's Watch

Highlights
Best Overall

If you’re looking for a sexy timepiece that’s both manly and stylish, the Dean is one of the best Fossil watches for the job! Luxurious and refined is the overall impression of this handsome, golden, stainless steel timepiece that can be accessorized with most formal outfits. 

The only element that breaks the uniformity of the design is the analog champagne dial that features a large face with a three hands Quartz movement and four complications for the day (in the 3 o’clock position), chronograph functionalities and 24h format. But to add to the equation, part of the dial is textured and the hands and hour markers have slight white tones to them. Also, there’s a split-second track ring around the dial that’s in tune with the subdial markers. 

Lastly, the stainless steel bracelet is secured on the wrist with a fold-over deployment-clasp closure with push-button release.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
45mm
Weight:
5.48oz

Pros

  • Luxurious and refined look that attracts the eye
  • Chronograph functionalities
  • Three-hands Quartz movement
  • Solid build with stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Durable in time

Cons

  • The watch looks big but it’s rather lightweight

2. Gen 4 Explorist Groom's Watch

Highlights
  • Smartwatch with a classic design, so it doesn’t really look like a smartwatch. 
  • Uses Google Fit, Google Pay and comes with Google Assistant built-in.
  • Connects to both iPhone and Android phones.
  • Track heart rate, activity, use the built-in GPS, and receive smartphone notifications and app alerts.
Best For Higher Budgets
Fossil - Gen 4 Explorist

This smartwatch combines a classic design with modern technology and touchscreen functionality. Get active with this timepiece, as it has built-in GPS for distance tracking, and will track your heart rate and activity using Google Fit.

It’s powered by Wear OS by Google and will connect with both iPhones and Android phones, allowing you to receive smartphone notifications and app alerts, manage your calendar, control your music, download third party apps, and customize your watch face. It has a built-in fitness tracker, microphone, music storage and controls, custom goal and alarm settings, calendar alerts, LED flashlight, wireless syncing and more.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel Case, Leather Strap
Size:
1.77 inches in Diameter x 0.49 of an inch Thick
Battery Life:
Estimated 24 hour battery life, based on usage plus 2 additional days in low-power mode. Comes with a magnetic USB rapid charger that will charge up to 80% in under an hour

Pros

  • Band is interchangeable with all Fossil 22mm bands and can be changed easily with quick release pins.
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android, so you can get notifications on your watch.
  • GPS capacity is built-in, so it doesn’t require phone connection to track distance.
  • Ask it questions with built-in Google Assistant and a microphone.

Cons

  • Water resistant to only 100 feet (30 meters), so it needs to be used with caution with water sports.
  • If you do wear it in the water, the leather band is not water resistant.

3. Mvmt 40 Series Groom's Watch

Highlights
Best For Low Budgets

Designed for the modern gentleman, this MVMT timepiece is sophisticated enough for a formal outfit but minimalist enough for a casual one as well. 

The low-profile of the stainless steel case makes it perfect for a dressier outfit as it fits nicely under the cuff of a shirt. Also, the all-black style attracts the eye of the viewer and seals the deal with the sultry red logo and second-hand.  

The large face and mineral crystal lens improve dial visibility, but some people may find the black hands and markers on the black dial a bit confusing. Still, the dial is incredibly free of clutter and the three-hand Miyota quartz movement is highly accurate and reliable. 

Lastly, the watch is durable and water-resistant (for up to 30m), but it’s best to avoid scratching it. Since both the case and the stainless steel bracelet are black, even the tiniest of scratches will be highly visible.

Specifications

Material:
Black-Stainless-Steel, Mineral Crystal Lens
Size:
40 mm

Pros

  • Minimalist & elegant design
  • All-black style with tones of red
  • A large face that’s easy to read
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Accurate quartz movement

Cons

  • There is no visibility in dim light
  • The bracelet scratches easily

4. Orient Bambino Version 3 Groom's Watch

Highlights

As the name says, this model is the third version of the Sun and Moon collection. So, you know from the start the producer worked hard to come up with a better design and mechanism, based on requests from real customers. 

As such, Version 3 is equipped with Japanese-automatic movement but also supports hand-winding and hacking capabilities. The watch shows the time (using an analog design), date, and day of the week. Of course, you also get a Sun and Moon indicator that lets you know if it’s day or night time (something like an AM/PM indicator). 

The mechanism is protected by a sapphire crystal window and the back is transparent so you can see some of the elements at work. 

Lastly, this is quite a large watch (42.5mm in diameter) that boasts a stainless steel case and an alligator style leather strap with buckle closure.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless steel

Pros

  • Eye-catching design with stainless steel case & leather strap
  • Water-resistant for up to 50m
  • The back is transparent so you can see the mechanism
  • It supports hand-winding and hacking
  • Day & date calendar and Sun/Moon indicator
  • Japan movement mechanism

Cons

  • It can run a few seconds faster
  • The strap is not the best quality

5. Seiko Men's Recraft Series Groom's Watch

Highlights

If you’re looking for a gorgeous, luxurious, but also manly timepiece, this may be the one! The Seiko SNKP27 is part of the Recraft series and features an emerald green dial encased in a rectangular jewel-like face with golden-tone markers and a brown leather strap. 

The stainless steel case is rather massive, which means the watch sits a bit tall on the wrist (it may not fit under the sleeve of a shirt). On the back, you’ll notice a completely transparent exhibition case, while on the front, there is a beautiful Hardlex crystal lens that enhances the luxurious deep green color of the dial.  

The mechanism is based on one of Seiko’s old-school automatic self-winding movements (there’s no hacking and winding) and has an approximately 41 hours power reserve. The watch also features a date complication, by the 3 o’clock position, a three-hands movement and golden stick hour markers and hands. 

Lastly, everything is tied together by the calfskin leather strap which is a bit thick (for increased durability). It is, however, flexible so it’s easy to put the watch on, but it may add to the bulkiness.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Hardlex Crystal Lens, Leather Strap
Size:
41mm
Weight:
11.2oz

Pros

  • Beautiful jewel face design
  • A luscious green face that looks amazing in the light
  • Accurate self-winding movement
  • 41h power reserve
  • Exhibition case back

Cons

  • No loom on the hands or hour markers
  • It can be bulky on someone with small wrists

Best Wedding Watches For Brides

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1 Gosasa - Women's 'Phoenix Collection Gosasa Women's 'Phoenix Collection Bride's Watch
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2 Seiko Solar Diamond-Accented Bride's Watch
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1. Gosasa Women's 'Phoenix Collection Bride's Watch

Highlights

Gosasa is a brand known for its beautiful, yet affordable timepieces. Their designs are perfect as a gift, due to the fancy packaging, and are reliable and easy to wear. 

This extremely eye-catching model is part of their special Phoenix collection, which is why it has a golden Phoenix wrapped around the dial. The design on the dial is very intricate and the attention to detail (considering the price) is astonishing. Furthermore, if you look closely, through the long feathers in the tail, you can see parts of the mechanism!

To add to the exquisiteness of the watch, the black fixed dial is adorned with twelve diamond stones, as hour markers. The time is indicated by a self-winding automatic three-hands movement in the same tone as the background. However, the intricacy of the dial and the golden tone of the hands make it a bit difficult to tell the time from the first glance. The eye is immediately attracted by the design of the Phoenix and the hands sort of fade into the background. 

The entire ensemble is completed by the 316 stainless steel gold-plated case and gold-plated two-tone stainless steel bracelet band. 

As such, we consider this amazing design as more of a jewelry timepiece. It looks amazing on your wrist and attracts all the eyes on you. However, it’s such a strong piece that it may not work well with a more casual outfit and other accessories.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Synthetic Sapphire Crystal
Size:
30mm

Pros

  • Astonishing design with powerful visuals
  • Gold-plated stainless steel case & bracelet
  • An automatic movement
  • Polished finish
  • Fixed bezel with diamonds as hour markers

Cons

  • The background design is distracting
  • No luminous hands

2. Seiko Solar Diamond-Accented Bride's Watch

Highlights

Elegant, reliable, and solar-powered, this timepiece can be the perfect solution for busy ladies. The visual impact is very pleasing due to the two-toned (silver & gold) stainless steel bracelet and case. In addition, the bezel features a golden tone and is set with diamonds.

The analog dial has a Mother Of Pearl background with a three-hand Japanese quartz movement and a date window in the three o’clock position. The hands and hour markers are golden, which affords the watch a sense of luxury.

The face of the watch and the mechanism inside are protected by a scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal lens which improves visibility. However, it’s important to note that this is not a watch with good water resistance. While it can withstand the occasional splashing, it may not recover if you take it swimming.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel, Hardlex Crystal Lens
Size:
27mm

Pros

  • Elegant & durable design
  • It can be accessorized with classy & casual outfits
  • Reliable & accurate quartz movement
  • The bezel is adorned with melee diamonds with several facets (not chips)
  • It doesn’t need a battery

Cons

  • The diamonds are quite small
  • Visibility can be difficult in certain light conditions

Wedding Watch Buying Guide

Style

The style of a wedding watch can be as personal and different as the style of the bride and groom as well as the wedding. 

A very formal wedding, for instance, will call for a formal style of watch, whether it’s being worn by the bride and groom or given as a gift to groomsmen or bridesmaids. A beach-side wedding with casual attire may call for a more casual watch, or even a smartwatch or water-resistant watch.

Grooms or their groomsmen who enjoy an active lifestyle would appreciate a smartwatch that does activity tracking but still maintains a dressy look. Brides and bridesmaids would likely prefer a watch with a smaller case and band, so as not to stand out too much on their wrist if they wear it on the big day.

And then some choose a watch that will match their ensemble exactly, like the groom who wears black and chooses an all-black watch, or the bride who likes rose gold but wants a white gold watch to accompany her white dress.

Even a decision as simple as an analog watch vs. a digital watch must be carefully considered. Most analog watches are dressier and most digital watches are more casual, but then often come with more features and functions.

It’s important, then, to choose a watch that’s both event-appropriate, or suited to the wedding day itself, as well as appropriate for the wearer.  

Design

Usually, a wedding watch that’s intended to be worn for the ceremony and reception would be elegant, with a clean, minimalist look. If the watch is being provided as a gift, a timeless or classic look is probably better than a trendy watch that fits with that year’s fad. 

In the case of a gift from the bride to the groom, the watch may end up being engraved, which would require a case that can be engraved. And the timepiece may end up being passed on to one of their children as an heirloom, which might encourage the bride to choose a classic look, excellent quality, and perhaps a higher price tag. 

In any event, it’s important to consider quality so that the watch will last. And finally, some have a preference for a specific brand, whatever the final choice is around style and design.

Taste

If the watch is being purchased as a gift, it can be chosen to match with the tastes of the recipient, and not necessarily to be worn on the big day. 

The bride should know the groom well enough, for instance, to choose a watch that suits his tastes. Perhaps he likes the minimalist look, but wants accuracy. She could choose a simple atomic watch that syncs every day to keep the most accurate, up-to-date time and won’t require a reset for Daylight Savings Time or in a Leap Year. If he’s a triathlete, she can look for a GPS watch that also monitors his athletic performance. If he needs to dress up for work, a stylish dress watch would suit his tastes on the wedding day and beyond.

The same can be said for the groom choosing a watch for his bride-to-be. He should know her well enough to choose the watch based on her unique tastes.

If the couple is choosing groomsmen watches or bridesmaids watches to provide as gifts to the wedding party, it can be a little trickier. But in that instance, they are usually close friends with the members of the wedding party, and can either choose watches that are appropriate for everyone to wear on the wedding day, or choose individual watches based on individual tastes. 

GIfts can be selected especially for the hobbies of their friends, or their professions. Perhaps one of the groomsmen is also a triathlete, and would love a fitness tracker on a watch. Another may be a techie, and would like the uniqueness of an atomic watch that syncs with the government’s official radio-controlled time, or a moonphase watch that tracks the lunar cycles. 

Each member of the wedding party doesn’t have to receive the same timepiece, and they don’t have to feel obligated to wear it on the wedding day. That is, unless the bride and groom choose watches that are specifically intended to be worn on the big day.

Budget

Choosing the style or design that suits the tastes of the groom, bride and wedding party is just one of the steps in selecting the best wedding watches. The more difficult aspect is often the budget. If there’s no limit to what can be spent, the decision is easy. But the reality is, most of us can’t afford a Rolex watch, particularly if there’s one to be bought for every member of the wedding party. 

Don’t despair. There are some excellent watches that fit within a very manageable budget. That includes watches made by reputable watch companies, and it includes watches that have particular specifications, like moonphase watches purchased for a beach wedding or a night wedding, or activity tracker watches for fitness enthusiasts. You can find a watch for almost every budget, along with specifications for every taste.

Our Verdict

It’s not easy to choose the perfect wedding watch, whether it’s for yourself to wear on your big day or as a gift for others. There are many considerations that go into choosing the best wedding watches.

If the intention is for the watch to be worn on the wedding day, as part of the overall wardrobe, the style of the watch needs to match the decor and setting of the wedding as well as the attire chosen by the bride and groom and their wedding party.

If the watch is a gift for the wedding party, other considerations come into play. Groomsmen watches can match the interests of each of the individual men, and they don’t have to wear them on the wedding day itself.

If the watch is a gift between the engaged couple, bridal watches and grooms watches are as varied as the individuals getting married, and they know each other best when making the selection.

From classic, minimalist dress watches to smartwatches with GPS functionality, the choices among the best wedding watches vary, and our list will help you make the best selection for your event and your gift recipient.

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