After watching the movie Drive, featuring Ryan Gosling, I thought the watch he wears was really stylish. The original watch in the film was a special model of Patek Philippe which isn’t available for sale, but if it did exist in real life then it would cost many thousands of dollars. So I looked online to find other alternative style watches which have a similar minimalist, classic design. One of the closest alternatives is the SKAGEN 958XLSL which is almost like a Drive movie watch replica (well, it’s very similar) but this watch is no longer in production either and is sold out everywhere online.
SKAGEN Men’s 958XLSL
The silver face and the small second dial makes this really stylish and a very similar alternative to the Patek Philippe Drive watch. The style looks pretty much identical. This is a slim watch and approx 39mm width. I’ve found other alternative Skagen (and other brands) styles which I’ve listed below.
Skagen Signatur Quartz Titanium SKW6419
This is a slim design and it’s similar but without the small second dial. It has a case size of 40mm. Analog quartz movement. Water resistant to 30m (100ft). So it withstands splashes but it’s not suitable for swimming.
Skagen Mens Signatur – SKW6391
Similar to the Drive style watch with a brown strap, 40mm wide. 7mm thick. Water resistant to 50m (165ft). This is a very handsome sleek and masculine watch.
Skagen Jorn Leather watch
Sleek and stylish watch with brown leather.
- Lifetime limited warranty
- Case thickness: 8 mm
- Analog-quartz Movement
- Case Diameter: 41mm
- Water resistant to 50m (165ft) so it’s suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
This model also comes in a black option.
Mens Rotary Canterbury Watch GS05060/32
- Leather Strap, Cream Dial
- Case Material: Stainless Steel
- Movement Type: Quartz
- Watch Shop is a leading retailer of brand name designer watches in the UK
Accurist Watch 7123
- Band Colour: Black
- Band Material: Leather
- Band Width: 22
- Water Resistant Up To 0M
- 2 Years Manufacturer Guarantee
An excellent timepiece for the price. Very minimal and classy dress watch. This watch has a sapphire crystal(anti scratch) which usually is only seen in more expensive watches. It is slightly wider at 42mm wide.
- Swiss Made
- Silver-Tone Dial
- 42mm Stainless Steel Case (6.45mm Thick)
- Black Leather Strap with Buckle
- Two (2) Year Limited Manufacturers Warranty
This watch is costs a bit more but has the small dial on the face and shares similarities with the watch featured in Drive. I tried a Raymond Veil on recently and it was extremely good quality and well made. A very classic, but cool watch brand.
- Automatic movement
- white dial
- Roman numerals
- Stainless-steel round case
- Water resistant to 165 feet (50 M): suitable for swimming and showering
VW VOID Watches
Another alternative brand to Skagen, with similar minimalist styling is VW VOID. This model is the PKG01-SI/BL/WH. The PKG01 is a straightforward, slim timepiece with a minimalistic aesthetic. Within the stainless steel case is a Japanese made Miyota GM10 movement; this design driven watch is made to last. Following the modernistic design principle that form follows function, every detail of the PKG01 has been thought of.
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Ultra Thin Men’s Automatic Watch 1358420
This brand and model are certainly more expensive. A real investment piece. It does look like a really classy watch and very similar to the Drive movie watch as worn by Ryan Gosling.
JLC Stainless steel case with a brown leather strap. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. A small seconds sub-dial above the 6 o’clock position. Automatic movement. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Pull / push crown. Case diameter is 40 mm. Case thickness: 8.62 mm. Round case shape. Deployment clasp. Water resistant at 50 meters / 165 feet. Functions: hours, minutes, seconds. Luxury watch style and Swiss Made.
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 5.9 x 5.9 inches
So there you have my overview of some affordable (and more expensive) alternatives to the watch featured in Drive and Skagen alternatives brands. I hope you found it helpful as I was searching for an article like this but it didn’t exist yet. So I did some research and wrote it. If you find any other stylish watches which are simple and class with the small second dial please comment below to let us know. Or is you have a SKAGEN 958XLSL for sale, we are interested to buy it.
Less is more has never been more evident than when looking at this minimalist wristwatch from Rossling & Co. Set in a 40mm stainless steel case, this Swiss Quartz watch features a simple white face with stainless steel notches in place of numerals. What really stands out, however, are the striking blue hands and subdial. The two, combined with the unique tweed strap, make it a striking and fun piece for all kinds of wear.