Compared to the metals used in watchmaking, ceramic is a less common and innovative material. Ceramic watches are striking due to their highly polished finish while being very solid and durable. The ceramic used in watches is far more robust than kitchenware, similar to the kind NASA uses for making satellites and rocket components. Watchmakers use a powder-type ceramic fiber that gives ceramic watches their distinct visual aesthetics.
Some watch brands, Rado for example, focus a large part of their collections on the unique look and characteristics of ceramic but many top brands have at least one ceramic watch in their lineup. Below you’ll find some of the best ceramic watches available. Due to the costs of materials and manufacturing, it’s hard to find a cheap ceramic watch but we’ve tried to include everything from affordable to high-end luxury.
IF you’re still on the fence, we’ve written a separate article if you wish to know more about ceramic watches – advantages and disadvantages of this type of watch.
Best Ceramic Watches For Men
Rado DiaMaster XL Plasma High Tech Ceramic Watch (R140725256)
When it comes to ceramic watches, few have a mastery of this design than Rado. Rado uses high-tech ceramic material that goes through plasma treatment, giving it its distinct, highly-polished appearance. Rado has always pushed forth in advancing watchmaking with its unique designs and revolutionary use of various materials (e.g., hi-tech ceramic) to enhance the overall aesthetics that timepieces can deliver.
The Rado DiaMaster XL is a classy watch that features a gold-tone textured dial with silver-tone indices. It also incorporates blue-toned hands to emphasize the analog operation and enhance the overall classiness of the DiaMaster XL. As for features, there is a 3 o’clock date display, and the watch provides up to 100-meters of water resistance. The Rado DiaMaster XL also utilizes a Swiss-automatic movement with 21-jewels analog dial that further enhances its precision in timekeeping.
Rado Integral Platinum Ceramic Watch (R20784159)
Rado makes a back-to-back appearance, this time around with a timeless rectangular-shaped timepiece in the form of the Integral ceramic watch model. Featuring a 27mm diameter case made from ceramic and a bracelet made from the same material, the Rado Integral Platinum definitely exudes an air of elegance without being too visually ‘loud’. A pure black dial accentuates the silver-toned ceramic case and bracelet with sleek silver-toned hands and fine pin-like hour markers. The case has robust durability as well with its use of the sapphire crystal, known not only for its durability but also for its excellent scratch resistance. In addition, the Rado Integral also has a 30-meter water resistance which means it will be able to withstand the occasional splash and brief immersions underwater. If you enjoy the look of a classic rectangle timepiece, you will love the unique style that it can exude when it uses polished ceramic.
EONE Bradley Element Ceramic Quartz Watch (BR-CE-B)
The EONE Bradley Element features a more experimental watch design with its unique three-dimensional dial face. This aesthetic makes the EONE Bradley quite appealing to watch enthusiasts who enjoy a broad selection of watch designs. The three-dimensional appearance of the dial is achieved by placing differently angled contours directed to different markers. The case, which measures 40mm in diameter, is made from durable and scratch-resistant ceramic, which is strengthened even further with PVD-plated coating. The mesh strap is made from stainless steel, which enhances durability and adds more flair to EONE watches. Another notable feature is using a unique ‘hour ball’ rather than the traditional watch hands.
Bell & Ross Ceramic Camo Watch (BR03-92)
What we like about ceramic watches is that while it maintains their luxury charm, their design can vary and is not limited to prestige-type timepieces. Case in point, the Bell & Ross Ceramic Camo Watch incorporates a casual and rugged design that will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and is also perfect for casual use. That said, the Bell & Ross Ceramic Camo still features some high-quality materials and stylish design that help give it that extra leverage in comparison to other camo watches. The 42mm ceramic case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal adds to its overall durability. It also features a fixed bezel and a water resistance rating of up to 100-meters. In addition, the matte black ceramic case’s camo dial incorporates luminous sword-shaped hands and is operated by an accurate automatic movement. This watch also made it on our list of best camo watches.
Rado True Open-Heart Ceramic Watch
From the high-tech ceramic 40mm case which has a scratch-resistant finish, to its excellent Swiss automatic movement – the Rado True Open-Heart is a genuine marvel in timepiece design.
What can you do to further enhance the elegance delivered by a ceramic watch? Incorporate it into a skeletal dial design. This is what Rado did with its True Open-Heart Ceramic Watch and the results are simply stunning. As you would expect from a Rado timepiece, the True Open-Heart Ceramic Watch utilizes top-notch quality materials in its build.
Other notable aspects about this Rado timepiece include its use of hypoallergenic material and thermo watch structure that adapts to the wearer’s skin temperature. It surpasses its competition in terms of comfort, no doubt about that. Additionally, it also has a shock-resistant build which enhances its overall durability.
Panerai Radiomir (PAM00384)
A true legend in the industry, Panerai has been around for about a century, and it managed to maintain its prestige throughout most of this timespan. What Panerai lacks in innovative design, it more than makes up for with its top-tier horology structure and craftsmanship. Panerai’s Radiomir is flagship models, so expect high-level watch craftsmanship. The Radiomir PAM00384 model features a polished black ceramic case with a diameter of 45mm. Underneath the sleek aesthetic is an automatic ceramic with a power reserve of up to 8 days, a signature feature of Panerai watches. Other notable features include a date display, a sub-dial seconds tracker, and a battery gauge. The Radiomir watch has built a reputation for its excellent build that shines its practicality and durability.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Watch (220.127.116.11.03.001)
We can’t go through a watch list based on style without mentioning the brand, Omega.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Watch does differ somewhat from what you would expect from an Omega timepiece, with its vibrant color and adventurous design. However, Omega’s signature refinement regarding watch craftsmanship lies underneath its upbeat appearance. Staying true to its marine theme, the Seamaster Planet Ocean features a vibrant ocean blue dial and a handsome blue ceramic case that measures 45.5mm in diameter. The case is attached to a flexible and durable blue rubber strap with distinct orange stitching to enhance its visual flair.
Now, while Omega is known for their style – they are also no slouch for watch functionality. The Seamaster Planet Ocean is a feature-rich timepiece and delivers on all fronts regarding being an outstanding dive watch. It features a self-winding automatic co-axial chronometer movement that pretty much seals the deal regarding accuracy. It incorporates a helium-escape valve and anti-magnetic construction to deliver its 600-meters of water resistance. The Seamaster Planet Ocean also comes with a date display and GMT (two time zones) for added functionality.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Ceramic Watch (318.104.22.168.01.004)
Now, we have something more in line with what you would expect from Omega. The Speedmaster Moonwatch excels with its modern and sleek design while incorporating many nifty modern watch features. This Speedmaster model features a 44.2mm black ceramic case, and the leather strap further improves its rugged charm while the sapphire crystal window boosts this timepiece’s overall durability. We would also like to note the transparent back case, which gives you a full view of the caliber 9300 self-winding automatic movement that powers the analog dial and two sub-dials. The Speedmaster Moonwatch also has an impressive 60-hour power reserve and a decent 50-meters of water resistance.
Longines Conquest Ceramic Watch (L3.657. 4.56.7)
Another watch brand that has mastered the design of ceramic watches is Longines.
The Longines Conquest is an excellent example with its balanced aesthetic. The round 41mm case combines stainless steel and ceramic components. The hybrid case incorporates a black and silver-tone aesthetic and has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window. Underneath the proverbial hood of this Longines timepiece lies a Swiss automatic movement that delivers excellence in timekeeping precision.
IWC Flyback Chronograph Ceramic Top Gun Mojave Desert Pilot Watch
Looking for a ceramic watch that gives a more rugged charm? Look no further than what the IWC Flyback Ceramic watch has to offer. The IWC Flyback Chrono Ceramic Watch features a desert brown aesthetic which gives it a rugged military vibe. In addition to the excellent watch structure, this ceramic watch ith the in-house caliber 69380 with 33-jewels movement. This mechanism can clock in an astounding 28,800VPH, giving it top-notch precision in timekeeping. The watch movement also packs a power reserve of up to 46 hours.
Additionally, as a pilot watch, it comes with a nifty ‘flyback’ functionality which allows wearers to reset the chronograph sub-dials with a single push of a button. Another notable aspect is its soft-iron inner case components, which help protect the IWC Flyback from magnetic fields.
Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT Ceramic Watch (471.OL. 7128.RX)
Featuring a design that screams ‘grandeur,’ the Hublot Big Bang Unico is one of the more visually captivating ceramic watches included in this list. The Big Bang Unico earns its moniker with its 45mm diameter round blue-toned ceramic case. The dial incorporates a skeletal design that gives users a clear view of its complex Hub1251 UNICO Swiss-automatic self-winding movement and analog dial display. In addition to the robust ceramic case, the Big Bang Unico also utilizes a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal window with an anti-glare finish for optimum visibility even in broad daylight.
Blancpain Bathyscape Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment Watch
This visually striking pilot watch from Blancpain brings a slew of nifty features dedicated to pilots and regular travelers. The Bathyscape comes with a chronograph feature, the three sub-dials, and the main dial operates via the caliber F385 37-jewel automatic movement, providing it with top-notch accuracy. This watch movement also provides the Bathyscape with up to 50-hours of power reserve. The unique watch mechanism is encased in a sleek 32.8mm in diameter ceramic case. The brushed gray dial utilizes broad hands and prominent hour markers.
The markers and hands also utilize a luminous finish for enhanced visibility in low-light environments. The Blancpain Bathyscape also comes in an all-black variant for those who prefer something with a little more edge to its charm.