What Makes a Thin Watch?
There is no benchmark to what a thin watch can and should be.
As you are dynamic, so can your definition of what this measurement should be. That said, though, a fair number to look at on the case thickness is 10mm.
Anything from 9mm and below is considered thin enough for most men.
There are way thinner watches than that which could make up the ultra-thin category.
Considering the thickness and bulkiness of most watches around, this measurement is not far out of line.
Now, you know what figures to keep in mind when you search and shop for the next best ultra-thin men's watch to add to your library.
Where It All Started
Men's watches evolved from the pocket watch era that had to be attached to the coat via a chain into what they are today. It was the ladies who first got the idea of wearing their watches around their wrists.
When the men would get in on that movement, it was with the mechanical watch, which carried as much as they could under the hood.
From the complicated movement to the crystals and other precise engineering that feature on those watches, it was hard to keep the case thickness down. Modern engineering has, however, made that possible.
Even those who want to keep to their mechanical watches can now embrace the automatic movement from which you can expect the same premium appeal.
Still, watches with thin frames were not always seen as men's things.
Watchmakers used to go for the bulky case diameter and width for their men, even if they could manage lesser. It was believed that the bigger appeal made the watch look more manly.
At Nordgreen, we have a different, minimalistic yet functional approach to things. What makes you a man is none other than you, yourself. Your watch is only there to complement your already grandiose sense of style and fashion, not replace or dictate your manliness.
With that in mind, and our award-wining designer (Jakob Wagner) spearheading the outcomes of these watches, we went back to the drawing board to bring you these amazing petite timepieces.
Why Ultra-Thin Watches Matter
There are fads, and there are buzzes. What there are, again, are true personal brand and style statements that will stay with us for a very long time.
One of such are these thin men's watches for men.
But, don't go shopping for one of these watches just because we told you that. Discover some of the reasons why you need a small frame watch in your already existent collection today.
One thing that we maintain is how men's watches should be a functional unit before any other thing.
Your watch is the perfect companion for a decent outfit while also telling the time, but you should not have to put up with discomfort because of that. This is where small frame timepieces come in with those features that provide you comfort.
Slap a Native stainless steel watch on your wrists when going for a formal event, or don the Philosopher with a nylon strap when going outdoors.
In both cases, the slim diameter and width of the watch make it less sloppy on your wrists, brings more balance and keeps you more confident in the smartness of your overall appearance.
There was a time when the dual-tone stainless steel watch was the in-thing. Later on, oversized watches started to catch on like wildfire in the summer.
Some of those watches are still around today but only as an example of what used to be.
Between all of that, sleek watches have come, been redefined, been reinvented and continue to be relevant. There is a reason why the ladies fell in love with it, and they pay more attention to their fashion trends than we men do.
If that tells you anything, it is that a slim watch will bring the needed balance to your collection, enhance your suit-wearing or jean-strutting moments, and stick around for longer.
This time around, you are not only buying that piece of watch that the world will move on from in the next months. You are not buying something that will fade away once the summer holidays and craze is over. You are, instead, investing in a fantastic timepiece that will feature in your wardrobe for a long time into the future.
For some men, ultra-thin watches could be a choice. For other gentlemen, it is an undeniable necessity that they have to go for.
We don't try to suit all men on the average thickness of watches that men are "supposed" to need.
Men are in sizes, and no wrist measurement deserves less attention than the other.
This is where slim watches come in to sit perfectly on that wrist that they are made for.
Now, here's the best part.
At Nordgreen, we also know that some of the men with larger wrists will want to get in on the thin watch movement. Here, we engineer those slim-frame units to come with a diameter worthy of smaller and bigger wrists – depending on your needs – while retaining a slim case on top of that.
This is the kind of horology engineering brilliance that has made us the top choice of most men when it comes to getting just what they want, the way that they want it.
We have said it before, and we will say it again:
Your watch is not evidence of your manliness but an extension of your manly style.
Choose a fine, quartz thin watch to take most of the focus away from your watch, placing more attention on your finely-cut, manly features.
Rather than stealing the show, the attention shifts to your arms, biceps and hands instead. So, it becomes a case of having a fine watch to match all of that manly show that you are putting on for the world, even when you think no one is looking.
Reaching for Nordgreen Men's Watches?
You would not be the first – and that is with reason.
Nordgreen makes the best thinnest watches with a combination of style, class, elegance, minimalist watch design and great value for money in the market.
The best watch picks come at a premium, but it doesn't have to be the premium you are not willing to pay.
That is why we went out to get the best, design-minded individuals who knew what they were doing without hype or fluff.
Bringing the multiple-award-winning Jakob Wagner on board was no mistake. He walked through the door and brought with him some of the other best and brightest minds to ever walk the talk about Scandinavian, minimalist design.
Understanding what features men like you want on a watch is one thing. Bringing those features to life to create that ideal choice of a timepiece is another thing.
After winning multiple Red Dot awards for design, though, we know that we got the design front right. But that is not as important as knowing that we got it right for all men all over the world.
Well, seeing as we do have a full house of men coming back to bag more of these watches, we know we got that right too.
But that is not even the most interesting thing.
Making these luxury timepieces available at prices under £500 is the most laudable part of this entire project.
We don't only preach the minimalist sermon to get eyes on our products and messages. We apply it everywhere – from the products to their prices – and you can see that too.
Your Choices Just Got Easier
We focus our effort on three major models – so there's no need to browse through a boring collection. By minimising the number of designs that we need to maintain, we simplify your choice and maximise the potential value of each piece.
Keeping a tight-knit line of products also reinforces our commitment to quality control, deep-checking everything that makes it out of our stables to our customers everywhere in the world.
The uncomplicated approach has an added benefit. Since we maintain only four models, we keep fewer items in our inventory. It translates to cost savings, which we pass on to you.
The result is the cornerstone of the Nordgreen promise of quality, luxury timepieces for less than £500.
We know, however, that all of our esteemed men anywhere in the world do not want the same things. That is why we have opened up customisations on all of our watch collections, so much that you can make it yours to the letter.
From choosing between stainless steel, rubber straps and other kinds of strap material to selecting what finish you want on the watch diameter, or even what colour you see underneath the sapphire crystal dial, the choice is all yours.
Considering some thin watches?
We already know what size we are dealing with here.
But size is not everything.
So, what else matters when shopping for the ideal thin watch lest you get things wrong?
Titanium cases are the only other materials that can take a candle to stainless steel. When talking about premium metals for watchmaking, anyway.
It sometimes boils down to personal preferences here, but stainless steel would most likely edge out titanium for you. In most cases, the former also makes better slim watches.
Would it be a rose gold, gold or silver watch? Would you take the easy way out and dive into black watches for men? Or, maybe you'd see what a touch of white can do for you this time around?
This is the 21st century, and you have more room to experiment with colours as a man.
The colour options are not limited to what you see on the frame and strap anymore. At Nordgreen, we allow you to customise even the dial colour of your preferred thin watch.
Think about gazing into the sapphire crystal and seeing a mother-of-pearl reflection, soothing navy-blue colour, black or even a white hue - especially on a rose gold watch.
That takes things away from the norm – and helps you stand out with your choice of the thin watch even more.
Model the features of your watch with a befitting strap.
Fortunately, we have quite the options of straps for you to choose from.
If you prefer that your slim diameter watch be a dress watch, you will enjoy what our leather and stainless steel straps have to offer you. Speaking of leather, you could equally choose to go with the vegan leather picks.
For those who want a more relaxed feel and appeal to their units, we developed our range of quality nylon and rubber straps for you. These straps are better suited to outdoor/ non-dress usage, can take a beating and come out on top every time.
These are the Men's Thin Watches to Buy
Even though we only maintain four lines of watches for men, not all of them are great for the lovers of truly thin, minimalist watches.
The first and most worthy contender here would be the Native men's series.
This collection for men is so simple that the only thing on the dial is the brand information. Talk about a beautiful watch that still manages to get out of your way, and this one comes to mind.
For all that slim case diameter, the watch packs quite a punch. The sturdy stainless steel build keeps the watch safe against shock and impact damage. A decent water resistance rating means you won't have to worry too much about getting caught in the rain when coming back from lunch or walking back home from the park.
Available in four diameter sizes (from 28mm – 40mm), the case manages to stay slim all through.
When you are not looking at the Native series, your sights should be on what the Philosopher line has to offer you.
Surely not as thin as the Native watch collection, and it comes with a date window alongside the brand information on the display. So, still pretty simple.
Who would we recommend this one for? Those men who want more than just a dress watch out of their timepieces. Something that can go to dress functions comfortably while still sitting on the wrist on other normal days. The beautiful hour markers are surely something to look forward to here.
Running an errand? Going to the store? Got to go see the boys play? Here's the watch.