Best Watches for Men Under $200
A watch that costs less than $200 is categorised as a budget watch. This classification has been the way for many years. Budget watches have been creeping toward the top end of the price range, but staying there-there-abouts.
There is an abundance of timepieces to choose from within this range and they’re all readily available.
Be careful, though, as it’s easy to be lead to think that some of these choices are good ones because it’s so easy to get hold of them. Look at the specification of your budget watch to ensure you’re getting the most for your money.
Let’s have a look at five of the best budget watches under $200
This used to be a really sought-after piece but today it simply delivers a good quality watch at a reasonable price.
This Swatch comes with a stainless steel strap and case front. This particular version is 42mm thick and offers a deep blue dial and the date at the 3 position as well as two silver hands for the hour and minute and a striking red second hand for easy reading.
You can pick up numerous versions, depending on your taste. It’s a classy look that doesn’t hurt the pocket.
Inside is a classic quartz movement, which isn’t representative of Swatch as a whole, as they offer some high-quality automatic movements too. If you flip the watch over, it has a glass back and offers a viewing into the movements. The dial is protected by acrylic glass and the watch, on the whole, offers 30m water-resistance.
This classic look comes complete with a leather strap. It lets you into the world of Swiss-made timepieces without carrying an insane price tag.
Don’t expect mechanical movements, but do expect real Swiss quartz made by ETA (the most renowned quartz provider).
This particular model is formal fashion. It has a 38mm case and some classy-looking lugs. The dial is simple but pristine. It’s well-defined with black accented features against the white face.
This is almost at the $200 mark, but if you have more in the bank, check out Tissot in more detail and you might fall in love with their mechanical range.
Skagen is a Danish company that make some truly beautiful minimalist timepieces. They were independent until Fossil came along, but they continue to function outside of the Fossil Group to retain the brand.
The Signatur has a clean look that shows how uncluttered a dial can be without compromising on design.
It has a 40mm stainless steel case of 40mm and a leather strap.
Inside is, unsurprisingly, quartz movement. It does offer 50m of water-resistance, though.
Bulova has a long-established history of making classic timepieces. They were most dominant of the watch world in the 50s. They produced one of the most precise watches the market had seen at the time.
If you’re not able to attain a mechanical movement, Bulova’s quartz are a very close second.
The black dial offers a retro date at the 3 position. There are no numbers, just markers and a second, minute and hour hand.
Inside is an automatic self-winding movement and it’ll offer 30m of water-resistance.
If you want something classy, you can trust a Bulova to last.
This timepiece comes from a brand who are known for German design that is typically industrial. They’ve got almost 100 years of innovation behind them and in this time Braun has created a signature style.
This is a sleek 37mm case that comes in black ion-coated stainless steel. It has a matching black dial and simple markers.
The markers themselves are bright, so you get great readability, especially that of the yolk-yellow second hand.
It’s got quartz movement on the inside and offers 30m water-resistance.
There are so many options of decent quality watches within this $200 or less budget range.
They vary from sporty to formal. It really depends on what you want your timepiece for as to which one will be the ‘best’ for you. This article covers 5 quite generally, but you can spend hours researching into the different kinds of watch at this price point for different occasions.
There are some much loved as well as proven brands producing watches that, granted, aren’t made of the best materials (for example you’ll see plastic on the dial rather than any kind of crystal), and stainless steel silver rather than titanium. You’ll also see a lot of quartz, rather than mechanical movements. But, this isn’t to say what you can purchase will be sub-quality on the whole.
If you’re thinking you’re more sporty than any of the above watches, then you’ll love our review on G-Shock, which are truly the most rugged watch you can find at this price.
If, however, you want something that looks more expensive than it actually is because you’re in a more professional setting, head to our review of watches that look more expensive than they are. The men’s article is here, whereas the ladies can head over to this version of the article here.
What you should know, regardless of the kind of watch, at this price point, the quality will not vary greatly between brands. There is only so much you can get.
Don’t be scared to shop around! The best thing you can do is mooch around this site and read the views of people who have done the hard work for you!