It’s no secret that men’s watches have gotten significantly larger over the years. While 34mm to 36mm watches used to be considered the sweet spot for a gentleman’s timepiece, these days it’s more common to find men’s watches starting around 40 mm.
However, these larger sizes just won’t do for smaller wrists; after all, just like perfectly tailored pants, a great fitting watch will look and feel so much better with the right proportions.
So, we’ve done the homework for you by combing through the vast timepiece market. From sporty to dressy, quartz to automatic, digital to analog, below you’ll find a solid assortment of fantastic 34mm watches. And the best part is, we’ve made sure to include a variety of price points to suit just about any budget.
Short on time? Here are our top three picks for the best 34mm watches you can buy right now:
Read on for more info and the complete list…
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M
At the top of our price range at $5,400 is the sleek Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M in stainless steel. The 34mm case houses a black dial decorated with the collection’s signature “Teak Concept” vertical lines.
There are also the famed Omega “Broad Arrow” center hands, a date window, and lumed-filled hour markers, all protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Flip the watch around and you’ll see the automatic movement powering the watch via the transparent sapphire caseback.
With its ageless silhouette and topnotch quality, this Seamaster Aqua Terra is a one you’ll wear for decades.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34
Positioned as Rolex’s entry-level collection, the Oyster Perpetual offers plenty of different sizes including 34mm watches. So what do you get for $5,050 from the Swiss watchmaking giant? A superb automatic Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 watch with everything you need and nothing you don’t.
If colorful watches are your thing, you’ll be happy to know that the OP 34’s time-only dial is available in several different shades.
The 34mm case is water resistant to 100m and it’s fitted with Rolex’s iconic three-link Oyster bracelet. An easy Rolex watch to wear and love, the Oyster Perpetual 34 feels great on the wrist.
Cartier Santos-Dumont Small
Brand new to the Cartier catalog are the quartz Santos-Dumont models that made their debut earlier this year. Available in a range of sizes and materials, our top pick is the small Cartier Santos-Dumont with a stainless steel case and a blue leather strap priced at $3,650.
The almost-square 38 mm x 27.5 mm case size of the Santos-Dumont fits similarly to round 34mm watches. The dial is classic Cartier with black Roman numerals and blued steel hands—which match the blue leather strap and blue stone mounted on the winding crown perfectly.
Cartier knows how to make a handsome watch and this is certainly one of them.
Nomos Glashütte Tangente
The Tangente actually has a 35 mm case, but given its attractive style and incredible value proposition, an additional 1mm is permissible—especially when you consider the case is a mere 6.2mm thick.
Priced at a reasonable $1,900 (for what it offers), the German-made Nomos Glashütte Tangente runs on an in-house manual mechanical movement.
The Tangente famously features a simple and balanced dial done in the Bauhaus style. There are, however, the blued hands for just a touch of color. To complement the simple round steel case and clean dial, the watch comes with an elegant black leather strap.
Longines Hydroconquest 34MM
A well-curated watch collection typically includes at least one diver but it can sometimes be a challenge to find smaller sized dive watches. Thankfully, there’s the Longines Hydroconquest 34MM diving watch that retails for $1,000.
The Hydroconquest 34MM has all the parameters of a modern dive watch. It includes 300-meter water resistance, a unidirectional rotating bezel on top of its steel case, and plenty of luminescence on its vibrant blue dial.
To keep the price point within reach, this Longines Hydroconquest runs on a quartz movement.
JunghansMax Bill Hand-Winding
The collaboration between Swiss designer Max Bill and German watch company Junghans in the 1950s gave way some seriously good looking Bauhaus-inspired wristwatches.
Modern-day Junghans has kept the momentum going with the Max Bill collection of timepieces. A standout model is this Max Bill Hand-Winding watch, priced at $795 (but often sold for $600).
Sized at 34 mm and driven by a hand-wound mechanical movement, the Junghans Max Bill Hand-Winding is proudly mid-century in style yet executed according to modern expectations. Plus, the addition of the steel Milanese mesh bracelet plays up the retro vibe of the watch.
Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Small Black Edition
Once thought of as a fleeting fad, all-black watches have proven that they’re here to stay. And if you have an interest in all-black 34mm watches, then check out the quartz Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick Small Black Edition for $357.
Developed as a dive watch, this smaller Maverick time and date watch has a water resistance rating of 100 meters and includes a turning timing bezel.
The monochromatic watch is punctuated with touches of white and silver-toned accents and the combination of the minute track, 12-hour markers, and 24-hour scale is a practical one.
Marathon General Purpose Mechanical (GPM)
Military field watches have always been a popular timepiece style even amongst the civilian population due to their utilitarian design and robust construction.
Built according to government specs for use by the military, the Marathon General Purpose Mechanical (GPM) in “Desert Tan” may be one of the best smaller sized field watches out there.
The 34mm case is craft from lightweight fiber-shell and topped with scratch-resistant crystal. The dial is illuminated via tritium gas tubes.
This means that it’s always glowing without the need for exposure to a light source first. The movement is self-winding, the watch is Swiss-made, and the price is an affordable $360.
Timex Marlin Hand-Wound
Proudly vintage-inspired, the Timex Marlin Hand-Wound is a modern re-issue of the Marlin from the 1960s, complete with the restrained steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter and 10mm thick.
The understated time-only silvered dial with alternating stick and stylized Arabic numerals is easy to read. What’s more, in keeping with the old-school approach, the watch is manually-wound.
The Mad Men-esque look of the Timex Marlin is finished off with a textured black leather strap. Priced at $199, it’s an easy piece to add to any watch wardrobe.
Casio World Time A500WGA-9DF
From fashion to music to film, nostalgia is everywhere these days. It’s no different in the watch industry.
Enter the Casio World Time A500WGA-9DF, which if you were a kid in the 80s will look very familiar. And if you weren’t, it shows you how cool watches were back in the day.
Featuring a digital display with a multitude of functions like world timer, stopwatch, timer, alarm, and calendar, this less-than-$50 retro Casio watch packs a punch within its gold-toned 39mm × 34mm case.
Although 34mm watches for men are not as common in today’s market, they are, as we’ve illustrated, indeed available.
And if you have a smaller wrist, it is worth seeking them out to find the one that fits you best.