December 10, 2019

10 Best Skagen Watches for Men 2020 (Review)

Best Overall

Skagen Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch

Premium Pick

Skagen Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch

Value for Money

Skagen Men’s Aaren

Matt Avila || Serving buyer's guides for all the interested
December 10, 2019

Skagen Ltd. has made a name for itself as a maker of highly affordable fashion watches. Skagen watches are developed with efficiency and minimalism in mind, much like its namesake town in Denmark. In this guide, we explored the 10 best Skagen watches for men for 2020.

Skagen’s popularity skyrocketed even further in recent years after becoming a subsidiary of the American fashion brand Fossil in 2012. Skagen has been producing a steady line of minimalist, highly fashionable, yet affordable watches. It’s affordability make these watches an ideal gift for men, and a multi-functional watch is a great treat for the receiver.

Navigating through Skagen’s catalogue can be quite daunting for those unknown to the brand. Our team at the Spring Bar collated some of the more popular Skagen watches for men, in order to help the first-timers pick out the best Skagen watches for men. To narrow down the numerous models of Skagen fashion watches, each watch was qualified according to its design, functionality, and price. 

For fashion watches, the watch’s design should be a primary criterion for weeding out the unwanted pieces. However, as all of the models are created with Skagen’s minimalist vision, this only holds second to the functionalities contained within the watch. In line with this, the affordability of the watch patterns the functionalities obtained; so a slightly lower price for incredibly fewer functionalities may not be exactly the most value-for-money purchase. 

The Spring Bar has also listed each one’s pros and cons in order to help you decide which Skagen watch for men best suits your needs. Whether it’s as a gift or for personal use, Skagen has become a great and affordable competitor in the watch market of today.

10 Best Skagen Watches for Men for 2020

ProductsPricesKey Features
Skagen Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch$149.99- Hybrid smartwatch
- Innovative, but simple
- Classic look
Skagen Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch$295- Highly affordable smartwatch
- GPS and Heart-rate tracking functionality
Skagen Men’s Aaren$75.89- Very simple and straightforward design
- Highly affordable analogue watch
Skagen Connected Holst Hybrid Smartwatch$195- Hybrid smartwatch
- Simple, yet innovative look
Skagen Ancher$92.16- Barebone militaristic design
- Has a date window
Skagen Holst Multi-Function$155- Two subdials (Day and date)
- Unique watch design
Skagen Sundby$128.79- Titanium case
- 24-hour inner ring marker
- Very classy design
Skagen Men’s Signatur$109- Spartan design
- Classy and highly affordable
Skagen Melbye Day-Date$127.79- Titanium case
- Day and date window
- Very professional look
Skagen Kristoffer Multi-function$125- Two subdials (24-hour and seconds)
- Bold, large watch design

1 Skagen Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch

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The Skagen Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch is one of the Skagen’s innovative hybrid watches. Like the rest of its hybrid smartwatch line, the Hagen’s design incorporates the benefits and basic functionalities of a smartwatch to the clean and simple style of a regular watch. 

The beauty of the Skagen Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch is its fully-functional simplicity. Capable of notifications, music control, and other smartwatch functionalities, the Hagen hybrid proves that a watch need not look complicated to be an advanced piece of machinery. Its classic look and design make it highly sought after by people who want the technical facilities of a smartwatch, but the style of a fashion watch.

Best of all, the Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch runs on a replaceable battery that could last almost 6-months. Adding in its interchangeable watch straps, the Skagen Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch is definitely an amazing pick of a watch. The only falls in this otherwise amazing choice would be it’s relatively heavy watch weight and its seeming complication to use. 

+PROS

  • Numerous functionalities
  • Interchangeable strap
  • Classy and discreet smartwatch

-CONS

  • Very heavy watch weight
  • Can be complicated to use
  • Only works with Skagen app
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Price: $149.99

Reference Number: SKT1104
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 12mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Microcontroller
Functions: Hour, minute, date, progress, notifications
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 12mm
Weight: 226g
Strap Width: 20mm

Additional Details: 

  • No charging
  • Replaceable CR2430 battery (est. 6-month battery life)
  • Compatible with Android (5.0+) and IOS (10+) via Bluetooth
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Hagen Hybrid Smartwatch
Price: $149.99

Reference Number: SKT1104
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 12mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

2 Skagen Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch

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The Skagen Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch is Skagen’s second entry in penetrating the smartwatch market. The Connected Falster 2 runs on Wear OS by Google™, and is capable of utilizing applications compatible to the OS. Its functionalities rival that of more popular brands like Apple and Samsung, but its affordability make it highly sought after.

Running at a retail price of less than $300, the Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch is one of Skagen’s more pricey options. Despite this, it still remains a highly affordable smartwatch compared to other brands. Its built-in GPS and heart-rate tracker really make this simple smartwatch shine. The biggest drawback, however, is its limited battery life and single-source power (wireless charging). Many users complain of the magnetic watch strap but is easily remedied with its interchangeable straps.

+PROS

  • Numerous functionalities via Google applications
  • Classy, simple design
  • Very affordable smartwatch

-CONS

  • Very limited battery life
  • Problematic magnetic band
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch
Price: $295

Reference Number: SKT5109
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 11mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Touch Screen Glass

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Digital (Smartwatch)
Functions: Touch screen customizable full-colored digital display
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 11mm
Weight: 249g
Strap Width: 20mm

Operating System: Wear OS by Google™
Memory: 4GB

Additional Details: 

  • Wireless charging
  • 24 hour estimated battery life
  • Compatible with Android (6.0+) and IOS (10+) via Bluetooth
  • Accelerometer, altimeter, gyroscope, light sensors
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Falster 2 Smartwatch
Price: $295

Reference Number: SKT5109
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 11mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Touch Screen Glass

3 Skagen Men’s Aaren

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The Skagen Men’s Aaren is a simple and straightforward analogue watch. Its clearly marked numerals and minute track in contrast to its simple silver-tone hands hold an almost militaristic feel to the watch. Its single second subdial is a great added touch to the almost bare watch.

The Men’s Aaren is definitely not an extravagant watch, but its minimalistic design makes it a popular choice as an everyday watch. Despite its bare exterior, its single-minded functionality exudes a very no-nonsense fashion style. The Men’s Aaren works as a good fashion watch, and its clean design can be personalized with its interchangeable straps and different colored faces.

Skagen also released its Aaren Kulor line—a line parallel to the Men’s Aaren’s design but in vivid, varying colors. It retains the minimalistic detailing, adding in splotches of color for a great casual and artistic touch to your fashion style.

+PROS

  • Simple, classy design
  • Highly affordable

-CONS

The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Men’s Aaren
Price: $75.89

Reference Number: SKW6468
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8.6mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds subdial
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8.6mm
Weight: 79.3g
Strap Width: 20mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable LR44 battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Men’s Aaren
Price: $75.89

Reference Number: SKW6468
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8.6mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

4 Skagen Connected Holst Hybrid Smartwatch

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The Skagen Connected Holst Hybrid Smartwatch is another release from Skagen’s line of hybrid smartwatches. Like the other Skagen hybrid smartwatches, the Connected Holst Hybrid offers the functionalities of a smartwatch, packaged in a neat analogue watch. It offers different colored faces, and interchangeable straps to personalize this classy watch to its user.

The Connected Holst Hybrid can connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth, albeit provided you have registered it into the Skagen app. Once synchronized together, this hybrid smartwatch can provide notifications, activity tracking, and other smartwatch-related functions. The biggest difference between the Holst hybrid and the Hagen hybrid would be the Holst’s lack of a color-coded notification. The Holst only provides a subtle vibration, which many users complain to be too subtle—often missing out on important notifications.

+PROS

  • Multi-functional hybrid smartwatch
  • Classy, but very discreet design

-CONS

  • Larger strap width (22mm)
  • Vibration notifications too discreet
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Holst Hybrid Smartwatch
Price: $195.00

Reference Number: SKT1312
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Titanium
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Microcontroller
Functions: Hour, minute, date, progress
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 13mm
Weight: 249g
Strap Width: 22mm

Additional Details: 

  • No charging
  • Replaceable CR2032 battery (est. 6-month battery life)
  • Compatible with Android (5.0+) and IOS (10+) via Bluetooth
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Connected Holst Hybrid Smartwatch
Price: $195.00

Reference Number: SKT1312
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Titanium
Crystal: Mineral

5 Skagen Ancher

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The Skagen Ancher offers a very simplistic watch design—a straightforward face with the added with a date window. Its bold numerals and clear markings, however, make this simple piece a perfect everyday fashion watch. Although not as durable as other watch brands, Skagen’s Ancher provides a certain fashionable simplicity as a beater watch.

Its bare minimum functionality attributes to a very affordable price, however, as everyday watches go, there are definitely better options. The biggest failing in this watch would be its leather strap, which many users complain to be easily worn down. Although Skagen takes pride in its many interchangeable straps, the Ancher is one of their fashion watches that is not capable of this benefit.

+PROS

  • Simple and straightforward design
  • Clear, bold watch face

-CONS

  • Poor strap material
  • Bare functionality
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Ancher
Price: $92.16

Reference Number: SKW6082
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, date
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 13mm
Weight: 40g
Strap Width: 22.8mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable LR44 battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Ancher
Price: $92.16

Reference Number: SKW6082
Diameter: 45mm
Thickness: 13mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

6 Skagen Holst Multi-function

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The Skagen Holst Multi-function watch is a very beautiful, yet functional fashion watch. This watch has a more filled face compared to Skagen’s other spartan watches. The addition of the two day and date subdials are a definite change of style for the Skagen look. 

The Holst Multi-function watch is very classy and can be worn in a multitude of settings. Many users like it for its unique appearance, making it a great conversation piece for all audiences. Unlike other Skagen watches, however, the Holst Multi-function does not have interchangeable watch straps.

+PROS

  • Simple and classy multi-function watch
  • Lightweight
  • Two subdials

-CONS

  • Non-interchangeable strap
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Holst Multi-function
Price: $155

Reference Number: SKW6086
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 9.5mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, day subdial, date subdial
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 9.5mm
Weight: 43g
Strap Width: 21mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable lithium metal battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Holst Multi-function
Price: $155

Reference Number: SKW6086
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 9.5mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

7 Skagen Sundby

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The Skagen Sundby is a highly elegant analogue fashion watch that features a 24-hour inner ring marker. Its very classy feel and design are only made better by the titanium case covering its complications. Patterning the Sunby’s colored face with a stainless steel mesh band makes it a perfect watch for business events.

The Sundby’s 24-hour inner ring marker is a definite plus to the watch, although may not be entirely necessary for users in countries not accustomed to military time formats. Its titanium case adds a certain durable feel to the watch. The lightweight materials used in the watch’s composition make it a very sought after watch. Compared to other Skagen watches, however, the Sundby’s diameter is a tad smaller but is not entirely a big issue.

+PROS

  • 24-hour inner ring marker
  • Classy design with colored face
  • Lightweight

-CONS

  • Smaller face than most other watches
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Sundby
Price: $128.79

Reference Number: 233XLTTN
Diameter: 37mm
Thickness: 8mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, 24-hour, date
Diameter: 37mm
Thickness: 8mm
Weight: 52.4g
Strap Width: 22mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable lithium metal battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Sundby
Price: $128.79

Reference Number: 233XLTTN
Diameter: 37mm
Thickness: 8mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 30 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

8 Skagen Men’s Signatur

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The Skagen Men’s Signatur watch is another minimalist fashion watch well-known within the Skagen brand. A colored backdrop and minute numerals decorate the watch’s face, proving that simplicity is beauty. It has no additional displays or complications, giving the Men’s Signatur a bold, plain look.

The Men’s Signatur is a highly recommended watch for those who wish for a clean and simple look. Its interchangeable straps can add that touch of personalization for each wearer, but its straightforward profile ensures that no-nonsense look. 

+PROS

  • Simplistic design and face

-CONS

  • No additional functionalities
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Men’s Signatur
Price: $109

Reference Number: SKW6355
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8mm
Weight: 45g
Strap Width: 20mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable SR621SW battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Men’s Signatur
Price: $109

Reference Number: SKW6355
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 8mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

9 Skagen Melbye Day-Date

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The Skagen Melbye Day-Date watch has a day and date window, setting it apart from all other Skagen fashion watches. Apart from the day and date function, it also has a seconds inner ring marker. Its titanium casing and stainless steel mesh band make for a strong and classy business look appropriate for casual occasions. 

The Melbye Day-Date watch is certainly a more durable watch compared to the other Skagen watches made of stainless steel materials. This piece’s failings would be in its non-interchangeable 28mm strap and relatively high price point.

+PROS

  • Clear markers with seconds inner ring
  • Day and date window

-CONS

  • Non-interchangeable strap
  • Bare functionalities for price
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Melbye Day-Date
Price: $175

Reference Number: SKW6006
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 7.65mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute, seconds, seconds inner ring, date, day
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 7.65mm
Weight: 73g
Strap Width: 28mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable LR44 battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Melbye Day-Date
Price: $175

Reference Number: SKW6006
Diameter: 40mm
Thickness: 7.65mm
Case Material: Titanium
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless Steel Mesh
Crystal: Mineral

10 Skagen Kristoffer Multi-function

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The Skagen Kristoffer Multi-function watch is a more daring fashion watch compared to other Skagen watches, and its design makes a bold fashion statement. The slightly larger case diameter makes way for two subdials: for 24-hour and seconds tracking. Offered in a variety of colors and interchangeable straps, it is assuredly a watch fit for anyone.

The Kristoffer Multi-function’s bold display has the glaring issue of its readability. Unfortunately, the minimalist mindset of Skagen caused the numeral display of it to be a bit too slim, making for a difficult read at times.

+PROS

  • Two subdials: 24-Hour and seconds
  • Minimalistic, yet classy design

-CONS

  • Highly minimalistic face makes for a difficult read
The Basics:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Kristoffer Multi-function
Price: $125

Reference Number: SKW6498
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 9mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

The Movement/Specifications:

Caliber: Analogue Quartz
Functions: Hour, minute,  24-hour subdial, seconds subdial
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 9mm
Weight: 51g
Strap Width: 22mm

Additional Details: 

  • Replaceable battery 
  • 2-year limited warranty
Key Features:

Brand: Skagen
Model: Kristoffer Multi-function
Price: $125

Reference Number: SKW6498
Diameter: 42mm
Thickness: 9mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 50 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather
Crystal: Mineral

Best Skagen Watches for Men Buyer’s Guide and FAQs

Key Features to Consider In Buying Skagen Watches for Men

In this guide, we compared the best options that fall under Skagen Watches for men in terms of functionalities, price, and design.

  • Functionalities: A watch is only made more beautiful by the number of functionalities it has. Skagen watches, in particular, have a strict minimalist design, shoving many other complications aside. As such, a primary factor would be the other functionalities each watch can give to its users.

 

  • Price: Skagen watches are known for their wide appeal as an affordable fashion watch. As these prices all fall within the $100 to $300 range, this factor coincides heavily with the functionalities included with each purchase.

 

  • Design: Skagen’s minimalist design easily shows throughout all of its pieces. As such, the largest differences in each watch’s design would be through its size, weight, and readability of each watch. Another factor in the watch’s design would be its strap. Although Skagen prides itself in interchangeable straps, a few models do not offer this benefit, making this another factor to consider.

Are Skagen watches Swiss, Danish, or Chinese?

Skagen Denmark was inspired by a small Danish coastal town of Skagen, borrowing on that mindset of minimalistic efficiency. It was started by a couple—Henrik and Charlotte Jorst—who were originally from Denmark but moved to the United States. The pieces were originally inspired by Danish design, produced in Hong Kong, with parts sourced from around the world. The movement of the watch, however, utilizes a Japanese movement (Miyota quartz). There are a limited number of models that feature Swiss movements as well, with that number expected to rise with Fossil’s expansion into Swiss collections.

Why pick Skagen? Is it a designer brand?

Skagen has become widely popular, but it is far from becoming what we understand as a designer brand. Skagen (and its parent company Fossil) are listed as fashion brands. Unlike most designer brands, Skagen bridges beautiful minimal design with affordability, a factor that most designer brands do not have. That affordability makes Skagen a highly sought after watch, and its reliable movements and elegantly simple design make it a worthy watch for its users.