10 Best Sustainable Watches for Women and Men [2023]

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Are you looking for the best sustainable watches on the market? You’re in the right place. We’ve considered the best eco-friendly watches on the market, and combined then into this handy list.

We’ll introduce you to new and innovative watch brands creating eco-friendly watches from ocean plastic and other sustainable materials including recycled steel, cork and biodegradable silicone.

Don’t have time to read the full list? No problem, check out our editors top picks below.

A sustainable watch is a timepiece that’s created in a way that reduces its impact on the environment compared to a regular watch. Ways a brand will reduce its impact include using eco-friendly materials, using ethical manufacturing, reducing energy consumption during production, and implementing environmentally conscious manufacturing processes.

Examples of sustainable materials used to create sustainable watches include:

  • Recycled materials like recycled stainless steel.
  • Biodegradable or bio-based plastics.
  • Vegan friendly materials.
  • Natural fibers like organic cotton or bamboo.
  • LWG-leather straps.

Sustainable watches may also feature energy-efficient movements and use renewable energy sources for power instead of relying on batteries. Brands creating eco-friendly watches will also pay attention to the packaging of their product by utilizing packaging made from recycled materials.

Best All-rounder Women’s Watch: Nordgreen Unika Women’s Watch

Best All-rounder Men’s Watch: Awake Concept Solar Powered Watch

Best Surf Watch: Nixon surf and Tide made from recycled Ocean Plastic

Best Eco-friendly Swiss Watch: Mondaine Essence eco collection

Let’s dive in.

1. Awake Concept

This image features an Awake concept eco friendly watch made from recycled fishing nets, the watch is orange with a black watch face and on a mans wrist

Sustainability: Solar-powered, sustainable watches, made in France from recycled material, including recycled fishing nets, low-impact recycled steel, and bio-based materials.

Watch styles: Men’s watches, women’s watches,

Made in: France

Price: from $150

French watch brand, Awake Concept, is revolutionizing the watch industry as we know it.

Designed and assembled in France, awake’s new sleek, sustainable watches are handcrafted from low-impact and sustainable materials and run on solar energy, meaning no batteries, maintenance, and waste.

Awake promotes up-cycling and recycling materials and combines this with cutting-edge innovation to create a high-performance, sustainable watch.

Its RE:Nylon watch is an innovative design featuring the first watch case crafted from recycled fishing nets.

This image features an Awake concept eco friendly watch with recycled steel, this watch is rose gold with a blue watch face

2. Solgaard

Solgaard eco friendly watch with hexagon watch face and gold metal strap on wrist

Sustainability: Sustainable watches made from ocean-bound recycled PET plastics and biodegradable silicone.

Watch styles: Water-resistant hexagon face watches, in 7 color choices.

Made in:

Price: from $125

Solgaard’s sustainable watches feature their iconic hexagon watch face, which not only looks sleek and modern but makes it easier to tell the time.

The shoreline watch, made from ocean-bound plastic, recycles up to 226 plastic bottles per watch face; combine this with the biodegradable silicone strap and the seven stylish colors it’s available in, and you’ve got yourself an awesome sustainable watch that’s sure to turn heads.

The modern look of this watch, and the fact it’s water-resistant up to 50ft, makes it the perfect watch for life’s next adventure.

All black watch made from biodegradable silicone with a hexagon watch face

3. Nordgreen

Nordgreen minimal women's watch with gold and silver metal straps and round watch face

Sustainability: Carbon-neutral, recycled packaging, and responsible manufacturing. Each product supports the giving back program, donating money to charitable organizations.

Watch styles: Classic men’s and women’s watches, leather strap watches LWG certified, and vegan leather watch strap styles.

Made in: China

Price: from $169

Nordgreen creates classic, versatile, and high-quality watches designed to last for many years.

Nordgreen partners with NGOs to give back to people in need, though it’s a giving back program. When you purchase a Nordgreen watch, you can select a cause to donate to (at no additional cost). You can then track this donation through your unique watch serial number to see your donation’s benefit to people and the planet.

Nordgreen’s watches are assembled ethically in a Danish-owned factory in China, where workers are paid above the living wage and have safe working conditions.

Nordgreen black watch with leather straps and black watch face

4. Nixon

Nixon surf watch in pink shown on surfer holding a surf board

Sustainability: Sustainable surf and tide watches, made with recycled ocean plastic

Watch styles: Surf watch, tide watch with 550 programmed beach tides, unisex watches, water-resistant watches

Price: from $125

If you’re on the hunt for a durable and sustainable surf watch, look no further than Nixon’s surf and tide range.

This brand has created specialized watches tailored for board sports since 1998. Nixon’s surf and tide range of sustainable watches come equipped with the data of 550 beach tide times from around the world.

Nixons surf and tide watch cases, created from recycled ocean plastic, are water-resistant up to 10 meters and come with a 2-year warranty.

Image showing Nixon sustainable watch in black with the tide times

5. Solios

Solios gold sustainable watches

Sustainability: First B Corporation certified watch company, 1 acre of rainforest protected for every watch purchased. Certified recycled steel straps and vegan leather straps from cork – free from PU and PVC.

Watch styles: Solar-powered watch, men’s and women’s watches, and unisex styles

Made in: Eco vegan straps made in Switzerland, Watch faces made in Hong Kong.

Price: from $200

Solios prove that small accessories can have a significant impact on both people and the planet. This sustainable watch brand creates high-quality solar watches from recycled and eco-friendly materials, including cork and recycled steel.

Solios has created a zero maintenance watch without waste by removing the need for environmentally harmful batteries and powering its watches with solar power. If you want to read more about the solar-powered technology behind these eco-friendly watches, you can read more here.

As the first-ever watch company to become a certified B corporation, Solios balances purpose and profit to do good for people and the planet. Solios does this by ensuring environmentally friendly production and use of low-impact materials, along with the fair treatment of workers in its supply chain.

Solios black sustainable minimalist watch


TRIWA orange ocean watch made from recycled ocean plastic shown on wrist

Sustainability: Recycled plastic watches from recycled ocean plastic.

Watch styles: Bold, vibrant unisex watch styles. SUB Divers watch resistant up to 10 ATM.

Price: from $100

To support the fight against plastic pollution in our oceans, Scandinavian watch brand Triwa is on a mission to transform the watch industry, promoting recycled materials, including recycled ocean plastic.

Triwa’s super cool “time for oceans” range features bold colors and ocean themes, such as the cool detailing on the watch face. In addition, the Shoreline watch is water-resistant, and the SUB model is resistant up to 10ATM.

TRIWA blue ocean plastic watch

7. Ksana

Image showing a wrist with three Ksana watches, made from vegan materials

Sustainability: Vegan, cruelty-free watches, Ksana features a circular, silicone recycling program to recycle your old watch at the end of its life. 1% for the planet organization.

Watch styles: Minimal watches in bold, vibrant colors for men and women.

Price: £75

We love these minimal 100% vegan and cruelty-free watches from Ksana. They come in a range of bold, vibrant colors, perfect for expressing your personality.

Ksana’s vegan watches are made from silicone, which isn’t biodegradable. Because of this, Ksana has set up a circular recycling system that will take back both the silicone watch straps and stainless steel watch faces at the end of their life and recycle them into other products.

Ksanas packaging is made up of 100% recycled material and can be fully recycled.

Ksana vegan watch with blue strap

8. Votch

Votch vegan leather watch with pink strap and gold square face

Sustainability: PETA vegan approved watches made with vegan leather PVC free, Pinatex vegan leather, and apple skin leather. Watch recycling scheme available. Trees are planted for every order.

Watch styles: Minimalist vegan leather watches and stainless steel watch styles with interchangeable straps.

Made in: China

Price: from $170

Votch creates chic, stylish vegan watches from cruelty-free materials, including apple skin leather, and pinatex a plastic-free vegan leather alternative from pineapple leaves.

These classic timepieces are perfect for both men and women and come with a quick-release interchangeable strap so that you can customize your watch strap depending on the occasion.

This vegan watch brand will recycle your old watch and reintroduce it back into the supply chain. In addition to the recycling scheme, Votch is passionate about the environment and will plant a tree for every Votch watch purchased.

We chatted with Laura, founder of Votch, who took us behind the scenes of the brand, read the article to discover more.

Votch black vegan leather watch made from pinatex

9. Mondaine

Mondaine eco friendly watch with tartan strap

Sustainability: Classic eco-friendly watch collection made with eco-friendly cork, natural rubber, and recycled plastic bottles.

Watch styles: Classic Swiss timepiece, small and large watch faces, and vegan watch styles available.

Made in: Switzerland

Price: from $195

Mondaine is a classic Swiss watch brand, creating fantastic eco-friendly watches from sustainable materials, including recycled PET bottles and cork.

You may recognize its iconic watch faces, as they’re the national railway clock of Switzerland and have been since 1944. Nowadays, Mondaine uses Swiss innovation combined with a passion for sustainability to ensure their new collection of watches is committed to lowering its environmental impact and preserving the earth’s resources.

Mondaine swiss watch with black strap

10. Outerknown x Breitling Limited Edition

Outerknown x Breitling limited edition eco friendly watch in green

Sustainability: Diver watch made with ECONYL, from recycled fishing nets, promoting the removal of plastic waste from our oceans

Watch Styles: Diver watch water-resistant to 100 bar / 1000 meters

Made in: Switzerland

Price: from £3,644.00

Sustainable clothing brand Outerknown has partnered with classic watchmakers Breitling to release the stunning Breitling Superocean Automatic 44 Outerknown. This high-performance diving watch is expertly crafted in Switzerland by skilled artisans, featuring straps from recycled fishing nets.

Each watch comes in recycled case and packaging. In addition, to raise awareness for our oceans, Outerknown will donate $500 from each purchase to support Ocean Conservancy, an organization dedicated to protecting our oceans.

This watch is a limited edition, so make sure you don’t miss the opportunity to get it before it’s gone!

Outerknown x Breitling limited edition eco friendly watch in blue

We hope you’ve enjoyed the article, and have now found the perfect eco-friendly watch. We’ve also listed the best made in the USA watches if you want to check out watches that are made in America!

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Bethany Worthington BSc (Hons) (she/her) is the Sustainable Fashion Editor and Co-founder of Ecothes. She has a passion for the environment, and a long love of all things clothing, and combines those two interests with Ecothes. In her free time she loves dancing, hiking in the countryside, and laughing with friends.

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