The 30 Best Cheap Watches for Men Look a Million Bucks

The 30 Best Cheap Watches for Men Look a Million Bucks

Cheap Watches for Men Under $100

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Here you’ll find household names like Casio, or American icons like Timex, as well as some of the best, rarest gems from Amazon. Because your entry to cheap watches for men needs not to be a cheap hand-me-way-down.

best rugged watch under $100

Relic by Fossil Rylan Quartz Watch

Rylan Quartz Watch

best rugged watch under $100

Relic by Fossil Rylan Quartz Watch

Now 42% Off

Rugged with a progressive, industrial profile, this stainless steel watch is a perfect choice for urbanites who live by the mantra of sophisticated style. Made to be water resistant at up to 165 feet, it’s suitable for recreational swimming and showering too.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 51mm

Best Outdoor Watch under $100

Timex Unisex Weekender Watch

Unisex Weekender Watch

Best Outdoor Watch under $100

Timex Unisex Weekender Watch

Now 32% Off

Bring a pop of color to your wrist game with this olive green watch. The nylon strap is adjustable and designed to fit up to an eight-inch wrist circumference. That’s not the only thoughtful feature: The watch also includes 24-hour military time, should you ever need the conversion.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 38mm

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Best Minimalist Watch under $100

Fizili Ultra-Thin Wrist Watch

Ultra-Thin Wrist Watch

Best Minimalist Watch under $100

Fizili Ultra-Thin Wrist Watch

“This is a beautiful watch, very pleasing on the eyes, [and] the thinnest watch I’ve ever owned,” writes one of the 5,700+ customers who gave this sleek piece a glowing 5-star review. “It tucks easily under my sleeve.” Read: It’s a great buy if all you want is something unfussy that won’t make you feel like you’re wearing a bulky accessory.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 40mm

Best dive watch under $100

Casio Duro Analog Watch

Duro Analog Watch

Best dive watch under $100

Casio Duro Analog Watch

Now 33% Off

Thanks to its black resin band and stainless steel case, Casio’s analog watch might not look like a breezy beach accessory, but it has a secret skill: This durable watch is water-resistant up to 660 feet deep, which makes it more waterproof than most watches.

Movement Japanese Quartz
Case Size 44mm

Best Chronograph under $100

MEGIR Luminous Men’s Chronograph Wrist Watches

Luminous Men's Chronograph Wrist Watches

Best Chronograph under $100

MEGIR Luminous Men’s Chronograph Wrist Watches

This elegant piece looks like it was dug up at some fancy antique market—when in reality, it’s under $35 and eligible for Prime shipping. And it comes with chronograph functionality, meaning you can use it as an accurate stopwatch as well as a regular dressy timepiece.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 38mm

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Best dress watch under $100

Ultra-Thin Rectangle Dial Watch

Ultra-Thin Rectangle Dial Watch

Best dress watch under $100

Ultra-Thin Rectangle Dial Watch

“If you’re looking for a thin and lightweight watch for very little money, I don’t think this one can be beat,” writes one reviewer, who notes they’ve had the watch for two months without any signs of it slowing down. The rectangular face is a little unusual, but if you like slick lines and a contemporary feel, it could well be your new go-to accessory.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 37mm

Cheap Watches Under $200

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At this price point, cheap watches for men look much better and classier already as you continue to spot names like Vincero and Casio while breathing the fresh air of Nordgreen and Skagen.

Best dive watch $200

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Best dive watch $200

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Now 15% Off

Go battery-free with an automatic diver watch. Invicta’s customer-favorite version is made with luminous markers, water resistance up to 200 meters, and a stainless steel outlook that’ll dress up any look (yes, even your faded wash tee).

Movement Japanese Automatic movement
Case Size 40mm

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Best dress watch under $200

Skagen Signature Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

Signature Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

Best dress watch under $200

Skagen Signature Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

Now 37% Off

The watch equivalent of a Hans Wegner chair, this minimalist-meets-mid-century design is another great Scandinavian style option from Skagen. It comes with a 40mm stainless steel case, a three-hand analog display, and a chic leather band. The tiny blue and orange accents make it stand out just enough.

Movement Quartz
Case Size 40mm

Best chronograph under $200

Vincero The Chrono S2

The Chrono S2

Best chronograph under $200

Vincero The Chrono S2

With gold accents matching the rich tan leather band, Vincero’s Chrono S is the perfect everyday piece. Not only will it go with just about everything in your wardrobe, but it can definitely stand up to some wear and tear. Oh, and it’s a chronograph in case you’ve not noticed, delivering as much form as function.

Movement Citizen Miyota
Case Size 43mm

Best tank watch under $200

Peugeot Vintage Rectangular Wrist Watch

Vintage Rectangular Wrist Watch

Best tank watch under $200

Peugeot Vintage Rectangular Wrist Watch

Between the antique brass face and the textured black leather strap, this rectangular wristwatch is ideal for vintage lovers. Peugeot is offering free lifetime battery replacement with each purchase, so you’ll never have to worry about upkeep.

Movement Japanese quartz movement
Case Size 30mm

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Best sport watch under $200

Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar Atomic Sport Watch

G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar Atomic Sport Watch

Best sport watch under $200

Casio G-Shock GW2310-1 Tough Solar Atomic Sport Watch

Now 26% Off

You can’t go wrong with a Casio G-Shock. And this one is tough as nails, rugged like a workhorse, and has some hidden perks: It’s a semi-diver with a 100-meter water resistance, powered by sunlight, and can time-keep automatically via calibration radio signals. That’s to say nothing of how hunky it looks.

Movement Japanese Quartz and solar-powered
Case Size 46.4mm

Best customizable watch under $200

Nordgreen Native

Native

Best customizable watch under $200

Nordgreen Native

“Ditch the apple watch and swap in a nice leather banded watch to round out your look,” says personal stylist Grace Thomas regarding the best watches for business casual attire. “Brands like Nordgreen won’t break the bank and are offered in beautiful leather options.” We especially love the Native because it’s fully customizable: on top of the dressy, minimalist style, you get to personalize the strap, size, dial, and color.

Movement Japanese quartz
Case Size 28mm-40mm

Cheap Watches Under $300

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Many cheap watches for men under $300 have a fascinating backstory to tell, whether it’s via their distinguished designs, functions, or actual histories behind the watch. Hence, the slightly higher but still affordable price point.

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Best field watch under $300

Vaer C5 Field

C5 Field

Best field watch under $300

Vaer C5 Field

Built like a luxe off-road SUV, Vaer’s entry-level field watch really is the exemplar of style and substance. And because it’s a field watch, it’s designed to last you through all kinds of outdoor adventures.

Movement Swiss Made Ronda
Case Size 40mm

Best dress watch under $300

SEIKO Essential SGP RECT Tank Watch

Essential SGP RECT Tank Watch

Best dress watch under $300

SEIKO Essential SGP RECT Tank Watch

Now 25% Off

Can’t afford that ridiculously expensive but even more ridiculously covetable Cartier tank watch, worn by the likes of Princess Diana and Muhammad Ali? Japanese watchmaker, Seiko, has a much more pared-down version that looks just as elegant, as a not-too-shabby alternative.

Movement Japanese Quartz
Case Size 28mm

Best dive watch under $300

Timex Q Reissue 38mm

Q Reissue 38mm

Best dive watch under $300

Timex Q Reissue 38mm

It feels true to the ’70s because, well, the model first hit the scene in that era and created a stir for quartz technology. Decades later, looking at the once smash-hit diver’s reissue, even the most critical watch aficionado can still appreciate its timeless design: A “Pepsi” red-and-blue bezel on a distinctive stainless steel body, updated with modern quartz movement.

Movement Quartz Analog
Case Size 38mm

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Best openwork watch under $300

Kenneth Cole Automatic Skeleton Watch with Leather Strap

Automatic Skeleton Watch with Leather Strap

Best openwork watch under $300

Kenneth Cole Automatic Skeleton Watch with Leather Strap

Wear it with your favorite structured suit or with a breezy button-down for a casual dinner; either way, Kenneth Cole’s Skeleton watch is a versatile find you’ll get tons of mileage out of. It’s practically a piece of art, and its openwork details and transparent design will actually get you looking at the clock ticking away, thoughtfully.

Movement Automatic
Case Size 42mm

Best solar watch under $300

Nixon Sentry Solar Stainless Steel Watch

Sentry Solar Stainless Steel Watch

Best solar watch under $300

Nixon Sentry Solar Stainless Steel Watch

This solar watch moonlights as your everyday dress watch. Made in stainless steel, it’s tough and rugged and will last as long as its power does: one hour under direct sunlight can fuel the watch for a month! Plus, it’s water-resistant at up to 100 meters, while oozing out class and elegance.

Movement Japanese solar quartz
Case Size 40mm

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Maverick Li

Style and Commerce Editor

Maverick Li is the Style & Commerce Editor of Men’s Health, where he covers clothing, footwear, watches, and grooming. He was previously the Assistant Commerce Editor at Esquire.

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Deputy Editor, Commerce

Christian Gollayan oversees e-commerce content for Men’s Health and Women’s Health. Previously, he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.

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Ted Stafford is the Fashion Director of Men’s Health. He oversees all style and fashion content for the brand, and also styles their fashion stories. His active lifestyle informs his passion for translating great designs into real-life style, a favorite part of his job. Prior to joining Men’s Health he worked at GQ magazine and Calvin Klein

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