All-black (or “murdered-out“) watches certainly aren’t new; companies like Sinn, IWC, and Heuer have been doing PVD-coated (Physical Vapor Disposition) watches for several decades, most in collaboration with Porsche Design. But a new fascination with the style’s murderous look — the antithesis of a pimped-out, flashy Rolex — has turned the field into a fiasco. Buyers win, if they can sort through the colorless chaos. As our list shows, there’s no single formula for success. Just add Batman’s favorite color, loads of lume and an even bigger dose of badassery.

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