Deep lustrous black/Onyx/Lacquer dial dress watch question for everyone!

So eventually I'd like to get a dress-ish watch for gigs (I'm a musician), and I have a few in mind in the sub $1000 range.

I love the deep black dials that really have a lustrous appearance in person, so looking for something like that. 

 So far my favorites are the Christopher Ward C63 Sealander and the Tissot Gentleman Silicum PM 80. But I also like the little Vario trench and various others . 

What are some of your favorite jet black dial watches in the sub $1000 range and 40mm and under? Totally fine with super budget watches or even quartz as long as the dial has that luxurious feeling when looking at the dial. Probably nothing too much thicker than 12mm, well hopefully anyways. 

Thanks in advance!

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I also like the Hamilton Khaki auto field black dial watch, seems like a dressy field watch!

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There is no competition between the CW C63 and the Vario Trench, the CW is nicer in every way. When you hold each 

Between the Tissot and CW there is likely less of a gap in finishing, but in my opinion the CW is both nicer looking, and better finished. 

If you're open to a 36mm quartz the Vaer C3 Atlas might do the trick. 

VAER | C3 Tradition Black: 10ATM, Sapphire Glass, USA Assembled– Vaer Watches

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You have some good picks. My pick would be the Seiko Sharp Edge Series black edition (SARX083). This is a stellar looking watch that can be had for less than $800. I would argue, it’d be hard to find a more unique black dial at this price point.

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KristianG

There is no competition between the CW C63 and the Vario Trench, the CW is nicer in every way. When you hold each 

Between the Tissot and CW there is likely less of a gap in finishing, but in my opinion the CW is both nicer looking, and better finished. 

If you're open to a 36mm quartz the Vaer C3 Atlas might do the trick. 

VAER | C3 Tradition Black: 10ATM, Sapphire Glass, USA Assembled– Vaer Watches

Almost shared that one as well. Nice pick.

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Seiko Sarx029, deep black lacquer dial, 40mm diameter.

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For not that much more, given the strength of the dollar at the moment you could pick this up off of Chrono24, brand spanking new, box,  papers, 5-year warranty, at ~40% off MSRP!

Grand Seiko SBGP011 quartz, black dial, stainless steel, men's watches

https://www.chrono24.com/seiko/--sbgp011-9f85-0ac0----id25704192.htm

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AllTheWatches

You have some good picks. My pick would be the Seiko Sharp Edge Series black edition (SARX083). This is a stellar looking watch that can be had for less than $800. I would argue, it’d be hard to find a more unique black dial at this price point.

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Beautiful watch and love the textured dial! Never have seen this watch before actually, thanks!

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KristianG

There is no competition between the CW C63 and the Vario Trench, the CW is nicer in every way. When you hold each 

Between the Tissot and CW there is likely less of a gap in finishing, but in my opinion the CW is both nicer looking, and better finished. 

If you're open to a 36mm quartz the Vaer C3 Atlas might do the trick. 

VAER | C3 Tradition Black: 10ATM, Sapphire Glass, USA Assembled– Vaer Watches

Very cool watch, beautiful dial and super affordable at that! Thanks!

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I’ve got a few black dials, these are the dressiest ones. 
My Certina 

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Hamilton 

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Rotary 

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Big Idea Design x RZE not quite as dressy but could be dressed up. 

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All under $1000

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(I'm a musician)

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Jazzmaster!

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There is one elephant in the room, that I would like to address. Mechanical watches and musicians don't really go together because of magnetic character of practically all the musical equipment. I don't know what you think of quartz, but I would recommend looking towards that direction. Tissot Gentleman has a quartz option. There are some great Citizen higher end quartz watches, used Grand Seiko (if you can find a decent one), Hamilton makes a ton of great dressy watches. When I'm around musical equipment I always wear a casio =)

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witcher.watcher

There is one elephant in the room, that I would like to address. Mechanical watches and musicians don't really go together because of magnetic character of practically all the musical equipment. I don't know what you think of quartz, but I would recommend looking towards that direction. Tissot Gentleman has a quartz option. There are some great Citizen higher end quartz watches, used Grand Seiko (if you can find a decent one), Hamilton makes a ton of great dressy watches. When I'm around musical equipment I always wear a casio =)

That's a good point!

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Jazzmaster Quartz!

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A little larger (42mm) and a tad more expensive ($1,168 on Jomashop right now), but a very nice black dial watch

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39.5mm, $535 on Jomashop

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40.5mm, $875 on Jomashop

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39mm, $775 on Jomashop

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Moral of the story is I think you have a TON of options for a black dial watch in the for $1,000 or under! Good luck finding that perfect watch for your gigs!

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I have a Vario Trench watch, and while I love it, because the lugs can't be removed you are limited on strap options. It either needs to have a single pass strap, or the same kind of strap it comes on. When on those kinds of straps, I wouldn't call it dressy.

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As a recent owner of a C63 39mm with new logo, ( mine is blue) I think it would be very hard to beat the Sealander,  especially if you're considering the bracelet as well. Beautifully finished and well featured and far more legible than a Tissot Gentleman ( which has better power reserve) I have 2 Omegas and the CW doesn't feel out of place alongside them. Buy with confidence.