With the invention of the mobile phone, the utility of a watch has diminished drastically. No longer are they purposeful objects, for most people they are beautiful accessories that are meant to accentuate your outfit rather than solve a problem. As a result, the demand for unique and exciting watches with cool designs has skyrocketed in recent years.

Both for men and women, these watches will draw attention and ensure that people have something interesting to say about your appearance. The ‘interesting’ part of these devices tends to be the aesthetic, but it could also be the mechanical workings which make it stand out when compared to the dull and cookie-cutter alternatives.

The reason why we focus on the aesthetic is that it’s evident to others and therefore more likely to attract attention and spark new conversations. In this guide, we’ll be sharing what we think are the best examples of this, over a variety of price ranges so that there is something for everybody to choose. We hope that you like it!

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How We Reviewed

The complexity and expense of these devices make it hard to review them in person, which is why we relied on the reviews and experiences of others. By collating a vast array of opinions, we’ve been able to come up with a fair and accurate view of each product, allowing us to rank them fairly and bring this guide to you.

Price Range

Depending on how much you want to spend, you can find quirky watches for a few bucks. But some of the more interesting and unique models can cost hundreds of dollars, even going into the thousands for more intricate

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Top 7 Best Choices for Unique and Quirky Watches

Stuhrling Original Mens Automatic-Self-Wind Luxury Dress Skeleton Dual...
  • A WINDOW INTO TIME: Skeleton style allows you to visually watch your timepiece mark the time
  • GENUINE LEATHER BAND: Alligator embossed, premium Made in U.S. real leather band, 24 mm wide
  • STUNNING STYLE AND COMFORT: Luxury design is eye-catching and comfortable enough for daily wear

At first glance, we knew that this was the top pick. It’s not unique and interesting, most importantly it’s incredibly beautiful. It’s a watch that you’d want to wear, not just store in a box in your cupboard to tell your grandchildren about in years to come. It’s not overly unusual, meaning that you could wear it regularly, even in business environments.

The band is a dark and deep brown leather, with natural and beautiful ingraining to give it a bit of life. The face itself is intricate and has a gold-tone, which almost seems slightly rose-tinted. The color is deep and resonates, emphasizing the outline of the face, rather than only the detailed parts in the middle.

The best part about this item is the open-faced gears and cogs, which allow you to get a glimpse into what makes this beast tick. This skeleton watch is beautiful when stationary, but once you get it fired up it’s hard to take your eyes off it, with so many moving parts with gems and light reflecting off them, it’s a sight to behold.

It’s also interesting that it uses dual-time, meaning that there is a small face within the watch, allowing you to keep time for two separate zones. This feature is a novelty for most, but for those who travel regularly across time zones, it’s incredibly handy to be able to quickly glance at, especially if you’re working in a business with different offices.

Specs:

Title: Stuhrling Original

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Diameter: 47mm

Band Width: 22mm


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If you’re looking for a beautiful and unique watch that you can still wear daily, you need to look no further than this piece by Bulova. This brand is known for its incredible craftsmanship, and in this case, you also get exceptional value for money, which is why we believe that this is the best bang for your buck.

At a little over $200, you’re getting excellent value for money and the aesthetic and feel of a piece that is triple the price, if not more. Experts recommend Bulova for young men and women because the watches are affordable without sacrificing quality and aesthetic.

With a bright stainless steel band and face, this is a classic piece that would look great with a smart suit. Unlike many skeleton watches, this piece isn’t excessive. It only has a small see-through section, and because it doesn’t use brash and alternating color, it’s more discrete and therefore looks smarter despite still having fun elements.

Specs:

Title: Bulova Mechanical Stainless Steel

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Diameter: 43mm

Band Width: 22mm


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Men's Watch Unisex Minimalist Watch Waterproof Watch Military watch...
  • Imported
  • Minimalist watches design with a unique texture of dial. This classic simple gent's wrist watch will be greatly suitable...
  • Perfect watches for all kind of business, casual, indoor activities or daily use .

With a super futuristic aesthetic, this watch would fit in perfectly with the Tron bike. It’s a sleek black and stainless steel piece that characterizes minimalism correctly, with nothing but a single color and common elements without many moving parts. It has an analog face, with bright blue hands which stand out against the black background, making it easy to read.

Reviewers loved how affordable it is, which is why it’s our top budget pick. If you can’t afford to spend a lot of money but want a piece that nobody else has and which will draw attention, this is the one for you. It’s ultrathin too, making it genderless. The only people who might struggle are men with large wrists, for whom it could look too small.

We think that this might look amazing for younger people, particularly those who embrace minimalist and bright outfits, which would allow this piece to draw even more attention. Overall, reviewers love it. They repeatedly mentioned how great the value for money is, and how people regularly comment on it and how interesting and unique it is.

The company also has a range of different models available, with a variety of colors and faces. If you’d prefer a hand that’s not blue, you can also pick from different shades like gold or red. Likewise, there are other face options and straps, although we tend to prefer black and minimalist blue option because it’s rare and unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

Specs:

Title: FIZILI Minimalist

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Diameter: 40mm

Band Width: 20mm


Mens Wooden Watches, Automatic Mechanical Wood Wrist Watch, Luxury...
  • 【Luxury Wooden Wristwatch】 Unique design wood case and wood face, highlight an golden dial make you a different...
  • 【Natural Wooden Watch for Men】 Eco-friendly Natural wood material & Soft genuine leather band make the watch smooth...
  • 【Top Craftsmanship】 Made of High Quality Technology IK COLOURING Premium Mechanical Movement will guarantee a...

Wooden watches are pretty cool, and so are skeletons, but nothing is quite as fancy as a wooden skeleton watch. While the entire piece isn’t wooden, which would have been even more amazing, but the casing is. With a deep brown surround, it’s different to almost any other that we could find during our research phase.

Unlike many that have a full and open skeleton face, this has intricate patterns cut out of the wooden face, giving it a battle-scarred look. For this reason and the wooden design, it seems like it would be ideal for rugged men who could match it with a pair of boots and a plaid shirt.

There is a very fascinating and intricate feature to this product that the vast majority of people will completely overlook and may never spot. The hands and face have a variety of small gems and glass pieces on them, giving it a sparkle that shines slightly when the hands move in the light. This unique feature is awesome, especially in the bright sunlight.

The band is genuine and full leather, which ensures that it won’t fade and will give you a comfortable wearing experience. Genuine leather is critical because it shouldn’t crack, fade or warp over time, even if it gets wet. Cheap imported and faux leathers can be terrible because they tend to become manipulated and destroyed quickly.

Specs:

Title: IK COLOURING

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Wood

Case Diameter: 44mm

Band Width: 22mm

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Avaner Mens Big Face Watch, Unique Cool Military Wrist Watch, Dual...
  • 【BIG FACE WATCH】2.3in big case men' s watch with 4 dials (two time display dials , decorative thermometer and...
  • 【EASY to READ】Big bright dial with Arabic numerals and analog display, easy to read.
  • 【DUAL TIME ZONE】The cool watch supports Dual Time Zone display, perfect for Business Trip or Long-distance...

Now, this watch certainly has the wow factor. It’s not the most attractive piece in the world, we agree, but if you’re a collector who is looking for something out of this world to add to your collection you might consider this by Avaner. It has four different dials, with an abnormal shape and an oversized design that makes it look almost steampunk and novel.

This watch is incredibly affordable, costing less than $20, and having a quality quartz timing system. It’s not going to win any awards for the quality of the system, nor the design, but it is something very different, and it’s great to see companies going out of the way to do something different. At this price, you can afford to buy it and only wear it once or twice.

Reviewers mentioned how the metal was surprisingly robust and how little factors like the built-in compass are useful. Repeatedly, people reach out to the users and ask them where they got the piece from and what brand it is. If you’re trying to break the ice at a party, this is a great way for you to make polite conversation without having to stress.

Specs:

Title: Avaner Military

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Metal

Case Diameter: 58mm

Band Width: 24mm


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Fossil Men's ME3098 Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Brown Watch
  • Round Stainless Steel watch featuring skeleton dial with Roman numeral and stick indices in black
  • The automatic movement features a built-in rotor that’s powered by the motion of your wrist—no battery required.
  • Automatic self-wind movement with analog display

The self-winding system of this Fossil watch works by making use of the dynamic power of your movements. A small system moves and rotates as you go about your life and this energy funnels into a small battery where it is stored to ensure that it never runs out. As a result, you’ll find that self-winding watches like this keep time very well over years and decades.

The design itself incorporates a few interesting and unique twists, including a small skeleton section and negative spacing with cutaway spots. These design choices are reminiscent of medieval architecture with bare parts and large towers.

There are multiple colors available, with the brown option being the most popular. It’s brown all over as if there was a filter applied to it, dulling everything to a light brown shade, which draws the eye because of the unnatural appearance. The alternative is the tan and silver option, which is more similar to other skeleton pieces on this list and therefore less unique.

Specs:

Title: Fossil Analog Automatic

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Diameter: 44mm

Band Width: 22mm


Ziiiro Z0002WB1 Unisex Mercury Black Ocean Watch
  • Ziiiro Watch Mercury Black - Ocean
  • 2 swirls represent hour and minute
  • Stainless Steel black mesh band 24mm with ocean swirl

If you want to revolutionize the game completely, the Ziiiro watch might be one of the first pieces in many decades that have done something completely different. Rather than using an analog or a digital display, it uses waves and color marks to imply the time. At first glance, it looks confusing and complicated, but it’s simple and easy to read.

The inner swirl dictates the minutes while the outer tells you the hour, with the final part of the mark letting you know the precise number. While you’re not going to get the same accuracy that you can with a pointed hand or a digital face, you can tell the time to within a couple of minutes. With a face like this, it’s worth considering if only for showing to your friends and family.

The most disappointing part of this piece is that it fails to glow in the dark. Given the imagery associated with the product, you would assume that it shines brightly, even during the day, but this isn’t true at all. It uses pre-created patterns and shines a light behind it to make it appear.

While the idea for this piece is awesome, the execution is flawed. For this reason, it’s ranked at the bottom of our list, despite being the one that grabbed our attention most strongly. If they could release a new version with glowing and moving lights, perhaps using a screen, we would recommend it highly.

Specs:

Title: Ziiiro Mercury

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless steel

Case Diameter: 40mm

Band Width: 24mm

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The Verdict

For the vast majority of men, we believe that the Stuhrling Original Skeleton is a great choice. It’s unique without being weird, and this ensures that you’ll be able to wear it regularly rather than keeping it in a box for costume parties. The quality of the movement is fantastic, especially for this price point and this makes it good value for money and investment.

It is expensive; there is little doubt about that fact. However, for those who are on a budget, you might consider the FIZILI piece which is a tenth of the cost of many of the watches on this list. It’s minimalist and futuristic, which means that it’s going to be perfect for younger people. It’s a great bang for your buck and will last for years, giving you excellent value for money.

If you want to make a statement, the Avaner piece is the craziest on our list and will grab the attention of anybody that you meet. For a large gathering or a casual party, we could see this going down well, but it’s far from professional and therefore is likely to get limited use when compared to alternatives on our list. For most, it’s a collector’s item at best.

For those people most concerned with quality and durability, the Bulova piece is an excellent example of craft and attention to detail. At this price point, you’d be hard pressed to find another alternative which exemplifies this level of care. The intricate dials and smooth movement are spectacular, and it would make a good addition to any collection.

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