Whether all-black or mostly black, black watches are a popular choice in the luxury watch space. Depending on the style, they can be elegant, sleek, or sporty. If you’re looking to add a black timepiece to your collection, here are six of our favorite black luxury watches right now.
Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic 41
A new addition to the Breitling catalog, the Navitimer 8 Automatic 41 is a simpler approach to Breiting’s iconic Navitimer watch model, replacing the chronograph with understated time and date functionality.
The watch features a 41mm case in black steel, complete with a bidirectional rotating bezel for timing. Matching the black case is a black dial furnished with luminous Arabic numerals as hour markers and luminous center hands. In true vintage-pilot watch fashion, there’s also a minute track circling the periphery of the dial along with small numeral markers for every 5-minute interval.
Completing the look of this all-black watch is a black leather strap with a black PVD steel tang buckle. Like all modern Breitling watches, the Navitimer 8 Automatic runs on a COSC-certified movement; the self-winding Breitling Caliber 17 in this case with a 38-hour power reserve.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
Launched in the early 1970s, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is one of the most recognizable watch designs ever made. The Royal Oak Offshore followed two decades later as a modern and robust take on the luxury sports watch.
Thanks to its distinctive black and yellow color combination, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore ref. 26176FO.OO.D101CR.01 is also known as the “Bumblebee.” The watch sports a 42mm forged carbon case topped with a black ceramic bezel and fitted with black rubber-clad screw-locked crown and chronograph push-pieces.
Contrasting with the all-black case is the dial (which features the familiar “Méga Tapisserie” checkered pattern characteristic of the ROO collection) punctuated with striking yellow details: the tachymeter scale, central chronograph hand, hour markers, and indexes inside the trio of subdials at 6, 9, and 12. Carrying on the black and yellow theme of the Royal Oak Offshore “Bumblebee” is the hand-stitched black alligator strap with yellow double stitching and a blackened titanium folding clasp.
Ulysse Nardin Classico Dual Time
A great watch for frequent travelers, the Classico Dual Time collection by Ulysse Nardin offers wearers a simple way to track two time zones at once.
This edition, the Ulysse Nardin Classico Dual Time 3343-126/92 includes a 42mm stainless steel case housing a black dial with the bevy of indications. At 2 o’clock sits a double-digit date window, at 6 o’clock is the running seconds subdial, at 9 o’clock is the 24-hour hometime window, and finally, at the center are the hour and minute hands for local time. To change the local time, the two pushers protruding from the case at 8 and 10 o’clock simply have to be pressed to jump the hour hand forward or backward. Powering the watch is the in-house Caliber UN-334 automatic mechanical movement, visible through the sapphire caseback.
Contributing to the mostly black look of the watch is the black leather strap, fitted with a stainless steel double deployant buckle.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
For a sportier version of a steel and black watch, there’s the famed Patek Philippe Aquanaut–the brand’s youngest sports watch model both in terms of age (introduced in the 1990s) and intended audience.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5066A-001 was one of the earliest models introduced to the collection and the first to feature a sapphire crystal caseback for a glimpse of the automatic movement inside the watch. The 36mm stainless steel case features the signature cushion-shaped silhouette of the collection, furnished with a rounded eight-sided steel bezel. The black dial includes the characteristic checkered pattern–which carries through to the black composite rubber strap too. The dial layout is simple and legible, including Arabic numerals for hour markers, luminous accents around the edge, a date window at 3 o’clock, and a trio of hands at the center.
The textured black composite strap is an essential component of the Aquanaut’s style, and it is fitted with a stainless steel clasp engraved with Patek Philippe’s emblematic Calatrava Cross.
A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1
The most luxurious option among our round-up of black luxury watches comes from renowned German fine watchmaker, A. Lange & Söhne.
The A. Lange & Söhne Grande Lange 1 ref. 115.031 brings together a precious 18k rose gold 40.9mm case with a sleek black dial, accented with gray subdials. In true Grande Lange 1 fashion, the asymmetrical dial is beautifully balanced, housing a big date double window, a power reserve indicator, a running seconds subdial, and an off-centered time display.
The multitude of hands and the Roman numerals on the dial are also crafted from 18k rose gold to match the case and lugs while the watch is fitted with an elegant black leather strap and rose gold tang buckle. Flip the watch around and you’ll be treated to a view of the impeccably decorated and finished Caliber L901.2 manual-winding movement, which supplies the watch with 72 hours of power reserve.
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon
Finally, we finish our list with the blackest of watches in the form of an all-black Omega Speedmaster.
Inspired by the 1968 Apollo 8 mission (the first crewed spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit and the first to reach the Moon, orbit it, and return), the aptly named Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” Omega watch is entirely monochromatic from its 44.25mm ceramic case to its matt black ceramic dial to its black coated nylon fabric strap equipped with a black ceramic clasp.
What’s more, the dial includes blackened hands and blackened applied indexes, further coated with black Super-LumiNova luminous material. Even the black ceramic bezel has a black lacquered tachymeter scale to ensure the continuity of the black color of this Speedy. The only break from the all-black scheme is on the back of the watch, where a sapphire crystal window puts the automatic Omega Co-Axial Caliber 9300 on display.
Far from monotonous, black luxury watches come in a variety of designs, sizes, and materials. Whether sporty, dressy, or casual, browse our selection of pre-owned timepieces to find your next perfect black timepiece.