Essential Watches

Essential Watches

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Based on +20,000 customer reviews

Probably the best Scandinavian watch

I wanted a special memento of my favourite city, Copenhagen. This beautiful watch is exactly what Danish design is all about; beautiful, simplistic and modern. I look forward to many hyggelig moments with it.

Matthew Soucie, May 14 2020

Can definitely recommend buying from Nordgreen

Very pleased with my purchase - exactly what I was hoping it would be. Very quick delivery , well packaged. Would definitely recommend. Particularly like the scheme where part of the purchase price goes to an eco scheme.

Shelagh Williams, April 27 2020

I'm completely amazed

For some years now I have been looking for a quality watch that will last me a lifetime, like my grandparents' time. I finally found a brand with whom I identify.

Raquel Pereira, April 28 2020

Watch is exactly as advertised.

Very quick service and speedy delivery. Beautiful quality watch at good price,very easy to change bands.¨

Steven Chee, 14/02/2021

Excellent service, high quality products

Ordered on a Sunday, received on Tuesday which is phenomenal in the current circumstances. Love the watch, really classy

Chris Brown, May 27 2020


Quick delivery, watch looks great and love the CSR scheme to give back to the environment. 5 stars!

Ben Challenger, April 27 2020

Great service

We were really satisfied with our experence with Nordgreen! The product was great and the customer service was always very helpfull. Will definitely order again from them!

Anonymous, 28/01/2021

Great design, fast

The watch is beautiful and it arrived in just a couple of days to the US from Copenhagen.

Paul D'Alto, May 28 2020

When simplicity is everything

A very nice watch with a beautiful simple design and not that expensive as well

Mohamed El Kerdany

The ordering and processing of my order was very smooth and my order arrived in 3 days! I had made an error on entering the address and had contacted Nordgreen right away. They were able to change the address at the warehouse and sent me a confirmation which took away the anxiety.

Cynthia Lau, 28/01/2021

After seeing my not so positive online review about their lack of response to my issues with my previous watch the Nordgreen team were quick to suggest a replacement and organise delivery

Anonymous, 31/01/2021

Beautiful Timepiece

I like the watch on my shirt. It is a nice watch to wear. Simplistic and beautiful at the same time. I value this purchase. Thank you.

Soham Trivedi

The Essential Watches Every Man and Woman Should Have

One of the many questions that wristwatch wearers ask is how many watches they should have at all.

This is an important question if you are just starting with watches – or you want to get serious about your collection.

We have done some digging through different laws, and we didn’t find anyone that restricted you from having as many watches as you want.

Just kidding.

But still, how many watches should you have?

There is no limit to the number of timepieces you could have in your collection. Whatever you do, though, make sure to have the essential watches in your collection.

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For form and function

Created by award-winning designer Jakob Wagner, our minimalist Danish designs honour form and function in equal measure, with each having a different story to tell. These are modern classics: watches designed for everyone, everywhere.

What Are the Essential Watches?

We thought you’d never ask.

Essential watches, as the name implies, are those watches that you should never have to do without.

They are specialized tools of the trade for different occasions. For example, you would need different essential watches for a Beverly Hills party and a fun day at the Miami Beach.

The essential watches that you should start collecting today are:

Dive Watches

Let’s get this out of the way:

You don't need to be a diver – or be involved with the water in any way – to have a diver's (or dive) watch.

Dive watches are famed for the attention to detail and impeccable design that they carry. They are built to last, carry a mean water resistance, and can take a beating too.

These watches are also known to keep good time.

However, there are so many features and complications on dive watches that you might not end up using. Staying true to our philosophy of simplicity, we developed the Pioneer line of watches.

How the Pioneer Stands Out

This is the watch you want to take to that Beverly Hills party we talked about.

A sturdy build, a system of double chronographs, and swappable straps for a more unique feel make these watches almost a steal.

They give you the best of both worlds – allowing you all the features of dive watches in a modern, hassle-free build.

Pros of Dive Watches

Wondering why you might need to get a dive watch?

  • They are waterproof
  • The genre speaks of a high class and quality
  • They are built to last
  • These kinds of watches only get better with age
  • They are tried true and tested. With the Philosopher range, Jakob Wagner took inspiration from the best traditional watches and married that to contemporary design.
  • You get a sporty yet professional look with these watches.
  • You adore chronographs and would love to bring them back to your watch.

Cons of Dive Watches

Sometimes, it is not all rosy with dive watches. Your concern might be that:

  • They do not come cheap. The quality, heritage, and attention to detail on these kinds of watches can attract a premium. Fortunately, affordability remains one of our watchwords at Nordgreen.

Dress Watches

There are a lot of definitions and explanations around what a good dress watch should be.

We will keep it pretty straightforward for you.

Proper dress watches are simple, elegant timepieces free of all complications.

It is that uniquely-made wristwatch that doesn’t require all the bells and whistles to make a statement. As the name implies, this is the kind of watch you will also wear on formal occasions.

Our watchmaking history also involves designing these kinds of essential watches – for both men and women.

Native Men’s Watches – Dress Watches for Men

The standout feature of the Native watch series is the simplicity.

Save for the watch branding, the watch face is devoid of any complications. Users get to choose between watch dial options spanning white, blue, and black – depending on what their taste calls for.

That is not the end of the options, though.

Native Men's watches are customizable up to the case.

Here, there are gunmetal, rose gold, silver, and gold finishes to choose from.

That, and we have not even talked about the wealth of interchangeable straps on display.

When looking for a dress watch, you simply cannot go wrong with this collection.

Infinity Women’s Watches – Dress Watches for Women

Infinity steps on board with a solid-looking frame that is built to last.

But that is not the best thing about this watch.

Like any other decent dress watch, this one isn’t complicated at all. Although offered in just 32mm, the watch has been designed to wear snugly on wrists measuring 28mm – 34mm.

Women with bigger wrists can check out the collection below for a comparable feel for what this collection brings to the table.

Of course, you still get multiple band options – from stainless steel mesh and plain stainless steel to leather.

Unika Women’s Watches – Dress Watches for Women

When looking for unique dress watches, it doesn’t get better than the Unika.

One look at this watch is enough to make anyone that comes across it fall in love. Imagine how much of a nice conversation topic it would be at your next function.

What makes the Unika stand out is not the over-the-counter design elements. In fact, there is none of that here.

However, it is the simplistic brilliance that went into the design of such a smooth, gently curved, and polished watch. A very uncomplicated watch, the Unika slopes from the watch face to the straps in the most dynamic way.

Better still, it offers more sizing options than the Infinity range above. Just as well as the Infinity range, though, it also allows customizations for color, strap style, dial color, and more.

Outdoor Watch

Some people call this a sports watch. To others, it is a daily watch.

No matter what you call it, the fact remains that you need a daily driver on your wrists.

When you are not breaking out the suits from your closet or going to work, there should be a functional time-telling piece on your wrists.

This description is exemplified in the Philosopher range of watches.

What makes the Philosopher line special?

The Philosopher excels in how it takes elements of dive watches, shedding off what you don't need and retaining the build/ quality that has kept dive watches in high-standing.

Besides that, the watch demonstrates a 'knowledge' of horological history, fusing elements of new and the old for a charming appeal.

When you pair a standard Philosopher watch with a nylon strap, rubber strap, or any other band material you will like on an outdoors essential watch, you are good to go.


Getting the Most of your Essential Watches

At this rate, you will be getting only three pieces of essential watches.

That might look like a small number, especially if you have to break them out a lot. Thus, getting more of these essential watches is the logical thing to do - which tends to get expensive.

You don’t always have to take the costly road, though.

Try Extra Straps

With Nordgreen, you can browse the extensive library of high-quality wristwatch straps. These interchangeable watch bands allow you to change the look, feel and appeal of your essential watches for a more customized experience.

Now, you can have a single timepiece that transforms into different characters.

Talk about keeping time right and rising to the occasion every time – and we are right there with you.

Get Started Today

Now that you know the essential watches to have, how about you get started on populating your collection today?

You don’t have to get them all at once.

Start with the basic/ most needed ones first, throw in a couple of spare straps and work your way up from there. In no time, you will be boasting an enviable collection of essential watches too.

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