The Best Classical Dress Watches That Money Can Buy


The quintessential classical dress watch should be subtle, understated and feature the utmost balanced proportions. It should work to compliment, rather than distract. It should be as inconspicuous as it is beautiful. And it should be able to slip away unnoticed while still revelling in the eyes of those who know what they're looking at. We sought out the very best classical dress watches that you can buy, including pieces from Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Laurent Ferrier and A. Lange & Söhne.


Patek Philippe 5227G Calatrava

Clad in white gold and featuring a svelte black dial, the Patek Philippe 5227G Calatrava is perhaps one of the most beautiful time-only classical dress watches, ever.


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Girard-Perregaux 1966 Automatic

An overlooked example of quintessential classical dress watchmaking is the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Automatic. Beautifully balanced and well proportioned, this is a tremendous timepiece that offers so much bang for your buck.


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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic

The next example of a primo classical dress watch is the divine A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic. Business in the front, party in the back.


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Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Automatic

This is one of my all time favourite watches from Vacheron Constantin. The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Automatic definitely fits the mold of a timeless classical dress watch. Love it.


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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin

Classical lines and proportions make the Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin a no-brainer inclusion in this list. Flawless.


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Grand Seiko Masterpiece Spring Drive

Like the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Automatic, the Grand Seiko Masterpiece Spring Drive is an odd-ball addition but it's one that I feel offers so much value for money all the while portraying the typical traits of a traditional classical dress watch.


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Rolex Cellini

Rolex's inclusion here is with the lovely Cellini. Clad in Everose gold, the Cellini is Rolex's pinnacle dress watch and is as horologically significant as it is gorgeous.


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Piaget Altiplano Ultimate

Hear me out! Super thin, clad in white gold with an inverted dial that boasts one of the most interesting monochrome aesthetics in the game. When you want to think outside the box, go with the Piaget Altiplano Ultimate. I would.


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Chopard L.U.C XPS Twist QF

Chopard enters the fray with the very interesting and equally as beautiful L.U.C XPS Twist QF. The galvanic blue dial matches the shine of the white gold case in what is potentially one of the more wearable watches on this list.


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Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro Rotor

Dude, this is it! The most beautiful classical dress watch in the world comes in the form of the Laurent Ferrier Classic Micro Rotor. One of my top five favourite watches of all time.


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