Best Watches Under $200
You’ll Never Believe These Stylish Watches Are All Under $200
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When you’re ready to buy your first watch, it makes a lot of sense to start on the less expensive end. That way you can figure out what you like, need or want without sinking too much into something you might decide you really don’t care for. The best way to determine your preferences and requirements is to try it out on your wrist. At $200 or under, you’re not likely to feel too bad if it turns out you really wanted a pilot’s watch when you bought a diver, or vice versa. Be extra smart about shopping and you can even get both.
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Note that this price range doesn’t get you into the big name brands, but it will put you give you an indication of whether or not a name brand is something you feel the need to pay for. The watches on this list perform many of the same functions as more expensive pieces and have plenty of style to boast about, though they may not draw an equal number of envious glances from the label-obsessed. That shouldn’t be a consideration when purchasing your first timepiece, however.
$200 is a solid threshold to cross when acquiring the first in what we hope is not a long line of watches, but a collection that grows with you. It may later become the watch that you wear to do chores or play sports, but these are also good enough pieces to wear for years to come. You will never feel that you overpaid for anything on this list. Which is not something one can often say in life.
Brands like Seiko, Bulova and Timex have been making solid, dependable watches at affordable prices for several decades and you can feel confident strapping one to your wrist. Doing so marks you out as eminently sensible, with an appreciation for quality, but not a tendency to overspend. Some of these pieces may make a statement but it’s expressed quietly rather than shouted from the rooftops.
Yet, for guys who are just dipping their proverbial toe into this particular market, it’s a lot smarter to not just dive into the high-priced end of this pool. You have plenty of time to work up to your first Rolex or Patek Phillipe. Instead, start slowly but stylishly, relying on tried-and-true brands including Timex, Casio and Seiko which have been making solid, dependable watches at affordable prices for several decades and you can feel confident strapping one to your wrist. Doing so marks you out as eminently sensible, with an appreciation for quality, but not a tendency to overspend.
15 Best Watches Under $200
- Seiko SNE102
- Feice Automatic Sport Watch
- Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch
- Casio Edifice Aviator Chronograph
- Skagen Ripple Effects
- MVMT Element Chrono
- Jack Mason Aviation Watch
- Citizen Eco Drive Chronograph
- Timex Norway
- Bulova Dress Watch
- Mondaine Elegant Display Watch
- Original Grain Koa Minimalist
- G-Shock Vivid Color Series
- Elgin Racing Chronograph
- Timex Navi XL
Because we’ve done the research for you, these are timepieces with an interesting story, a window into the world of watches that you may find gets you hooked. It can also be something of a rabbit hole to be sure, but before committing to four figures on a watch that will last you a lifetime it’s a good idea to take one or two of these for a spin. They’re handsome enough to complement any outfit and tough enough to accompany you on anything from an adventurous hiking trip to your next job interview.
Perfect for the man who needs to dress up and dress down — either occasionally or on a daily basis — this handsome 39mm watch features a stainless steel two-tone case, a dark blue dial with baton hour markers, a Japanese quartz movement with an analog display and a croco-embossed leather band with buckle closure. It’s the ideal combination of practicality and elegance.
$98.95 at Amazon.com
Feice Automatic Sport Watch
Refreshingly different, you might think Feice watches come from Scandinavia — but in fact, the brand is a Chinese tribute to the Bauhaus style. And it’s certainly one worth keeping an eye on. With a silver-plated dial, automatic movement, exhibition caseback, power reserve and one year warranty, it puts paid to the notion that a Chinese watch isn’t something worth considering. $139.99 at Amazon.com
Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch
Chic, stylish and delightfully functional — which are all the things one might expect from a timepiece with the name Michael Kors on it — this 44mm black IP three-hand watch boasts a Japanese-quartz movement and is water resistant to 50m, so you can wear it while washing your hands or taking a short recreational swim without worrying about damaging the timepiece.
$195 and Amazon.com
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Vincero Chrono S
Vincero is dedicated to crafting high-quality watches that double as bold and uncompromising statement pieces. Its flagship Chrono S is certainly no exception as it helps the company stand out from the crowd with a style that means business. It comes with a top-grain Italian leather strap in brown crocodile, but it is interchangeable if you want to shake up your look from time to time. Plus, it’s water-resistant so you can wear it everyday regardless of the weather.
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$169 at VinceroWatches.com
Casio Edifice WR Aviator Chronograph
The complex dial on this piece lets you calculate things like airspeed and fuel consumption when flying an aircraft, but aside from that it just looks damn cool. The stainless steel bracelet and black and white dial with red accents are pure panache. Casio may be famous for its (now dated) digital watches, but this shows they can do analog very well. This is one piece that definitely punches above its weight price-wise.
$99 at Amazon.com
Skagen Ripple Effects
If you’re looking to make fashionable waves, Skagen’s latest drop from its fashion-forward Aaren Kulor collection, “Ripple Effects,” is absolutely the coolest way to go. The multi-hued watch face displays a rippling rainbow movement inspired by the Northern Lights in Denmark that will bring a dash to color to your wrist, as well as the rest of your wardrobe.
$99 at Skagen.com
MVMT Element Chrono
MVMT kicked off the affordable — as opposed to merely “cheap” — watch craze several years ago with the notion that style and quality shouldn’t have to break the bank. Since then the collection has grown to include styles from simple to sport to sea-bound. This case is thinner and more streamlined so you’ll never feel clunky wearing it.
$135 at MVMTwatches.com
Jack Mason Aviation Watch
Aviator or pilot’s watches are a men’s style classic and the elegant simplicity of their dials lends itself well to nearly any ensemble. Their slight military bearing also calls quiet attention to the wearer. This piece from Texas’ Jack Mason features a handsome blue dial, luminescent markers, contrast stitching on an Italian leather strap, an engraved crown, and a caseback etched with an airplane propeller all in a rugged 42mm size.
$195 at Nordstrom.com
Citizen Eco Drive WR100 Chronograph
This is a field watch style piece inspired by vintage military issue equipment. The contrasting red second hand and rugged green canvas band gives it enough panache to pair perfectly with jeans and a tweed jacket. And it’s solar powered to boot. Another great Japanese watch brand that’s undervalued, which makes it eminently affordable, Citizen has been producing quality timepieces since 1918.
$129.99 at Amazon.com
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The brand that keeps on ticking also keeps on giving us wearable, stylish timepieces that look great on any man’s wrist. The Norway’s minimalist design, with a striking blue face that make the easy-to-read numbers really stand out, makes this watch the ultimate less-is-more men’s accessory. If you have a little more to spend, Timex recently dropped its handsome American Documents collection inspired by, and made in the good ole’ U.S.A.
$99 at Timex.com
Bulova 98H51 Dress Watch
Bulova, founded in 1875, makes affordable Swiss watches that have borne witness to several of history’s most significant events including famous space exploration missions. This is a masterfully simple watch that eschews complicated displays for a reserved, elegant appearance. The rose gold-toned case also elevates it above steel models and looks great with a suit. Even James Bond wore a Bulova at one point.
$85.99 at Amazon.com
Mondaine Elegant Display Quartz Watch
Mondaine’s watches are based on the official Swiss railway clock, a design icon that has been widely imitated the world over. It’s powered by a highly accurate Swiss Ronda quartz movement, the same one that makes sure the trains in Switzerland run on time. This is a very high-quality piece that comes with a two-year international warranty and is well worth the price. It says that you’re interested in precision and good design.
$179 at Amazon.com
Original Grain Koa Stonewashed Minimalist
If you want to stand out from the maddening crowd, consider adding a wood watches to your style wardrobe. This striking 40mm watch offers a minimalist look featuring Koa wood, which has been reclaimed from the largest native tree in the Hawaiian Islands. No wonder this “original” timepiece appeals to men who want to sport something slightly exotic, but also completely dependable.
$199 at OrginalGrain.com
G-Shock Vivid Color Series
Are you seeking an easy way to brighten up your life? Casio’s state-of-the art Vivid Color Series, now available in stunning shades of blue, orange and yellow, comes equipped with Casio’s Triple Sensor Version 3 Technology and includes a direction sensor for compass readings, pressure sensor for altimeter/barometer readings and a thermo sensor for temperature. Talk about taking a turn for the better!
$130 at Amazon.com
Elgin Stainless Steel Chronograph
Elgin is an American watch brand with heritage dating back to 1864 which once supplied watches to the U.S. Army. This classic stainless steel racing chronograph design has the look of a fancy Swiss piece, though the quartz movement actually comes from Japan – which just means it’s a lot more affordable. This is intentionally designed to look like a more expensive watch but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
$130 at Amazon.com
Timex Navi XL
Even if you never go into the water, the men’s “diver watch” remains a popular style for those wearers who want to project masculinity and ruggedness, even if the biggest climb they do every day is up the subway stairs. This new Timex style fits the bill to a T, although its fabric slip-thru strap also helps give this timeless-feeling timepiece a modern take on a vintage design.
$125 at Timex.com
If you still didn’t see a watch that satisfied your horological cravings, check out all our watch coverage. You’re sure to find something.
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