Forest green is a deeply underrated color. It’s rarely seen in the automotive industry, despite looking gorgeous on everything from everyday hatchbacks to exotic supercars; it’s underrepresented in menswear and home design, where neutral colors reign supreme. And it’s not nearly utilized enough in watchmaking, where most watches will only come in black, white or silver (maybe gray or blue if you’re lucky). That isn’t to say that the watch market is completely devoid of them, though. If you look hard enough, you can find stunning timepieces rocking dark green dials at every range of the price spectrum. Here are seven that prove the color can make a watch look unexpectedly refined.

Timex Easy Reader 40th Anniverary

To celebrate the 1977 launch of the brand’s simple, affordable and legible wristwatch, Timex rolled out a batch of 40th Anniversary Easy Readers in a few different colorways. Perhaps the most eye-catching, however, is the green, made all the more handsome when affixed to the rich, tan Horween strap provided. For just $70, its one helluva deal, especially given that some folks would pay just that much for the strap.

Seiko SARB017 “Alpinist”

Seiki’s JDM Alpinist is a such a well-rounded timepiece. It features an automatic movement, a perfectly-sized 38mm case, a rotating compass bezel and a 200-meter water resistance — all under $500. Best of all is that deep green dial that pairs fantastically with a set of gold-toned hour markers and classy cathedral hands.

Shinola Runwell

A Shinola garner either enthusiasm or sneers from watch enthusiasts, but there’s no denying the brand’s stalwart Runwell has a handsome Americana-infused design. A dark green dial suits it well, no doubt bolstered by the orange accents, blocky printed numerals and the tan leather strap.

Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris’s retro diver has been out for a few years now, but the brand has been breathing life into the lineup with new dial color schemes. One of the more recent additions was this green dial variant, available on a nylon NATO, a steel bracelet, a rubber strap or a brown suede number. We prefer it on the suede, as it gives the otherwise rugged diver a refined look.

Oris Big Crown D.26 286 HB-RAG

Yes, two Oris watches, but only because the brand really knows how to rock the color green. This limited edition is meant to celebrate efforts to keep the Dewoitine D.26 — an iconic 1930s prop-plane — up and running. The watch is a take on the brand’s vintage-inspired pointer date and adorns the dial with old-school printed numerals and ’30s-style hands.

Sinn 3006 Hunter Chronograph

Late last year, Sinn announced a new chronograph built specifically for hunters. In addition to having a beautiful forest green dial, the watch features a unique “moonlight display” (essentially a modified moon phase indicator), as German hunting laws prohibit the use of artificial light when hunting at night. Like other Sinn watches, this should promise to be a durable watch, and features a hardened case, an antimagnetic build and a 200-meter depth rating.

Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio

Panerai’s Radiomir — a rugged design that dates back to the ’40s — is a perfect showcase for a dark green dial. The “sandwich” dial (which has an underlayer of luminous material shining through cut-our numerals on the main dial) sees the forest green hue paired with handsome, tan-colored lume, and the big (47mm) squircle case comes attached to a luxurious brown leather strap.

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