Are you getting sick of seeing headlines like “The GQ Gift Guide 2018: Stylish Watches On Any Budget” and ending up reading a bunch of watches that cost $750?
I mean, we all know by now that what kind of watch you wear says a lot about you. But is it horrible if the accessory says, “I would rather travel to Tahiti than spend $1000 on a watch”?
We know. That’s why we’ve put together this nifty table of watches for men under 100 bucks — so you can find a great timepiece and still afford a trip to Tahiti.
Top Models Under 100 Dollars
|Invicta Men’s 8926 Pro Diver Collection||4.1||$$$||+|
|Casio Men’s GA100-1A4 G-Shock||4.3||$$$$||+|
|Casio Men’s DW5600E-1V Classic Digital||4.2||$$||+|
|Polar RS100 Stopwatch||4.2||$$$$||+|
|Casio Men’s MRW200H-1BV Black Resin Dive||4.1||$||+|
|Seiko Men’s SNK809||4.4||$$||+|
|Timex Men’s T49851 Expedition||4.6||$$||+|
|Casio Men’s MQ24-1E Black Resin||4.0||$$||+|
|Kenneth Cole New York||5.0||$$$||+|
|Fossil Men’s CH2600||4.5||$$||+|
How to Choose One
After looking at a LOT of watches, I’ve broken it down by the individual pieces of them in terms of what I look for and reviewed when writing this article.
Pro Tip: Get more than one watch!
Italians say you should have at least three models. I am American, but I can definitely get behind this. Though I think most of us can probably get by with two that suit the three occasions Italians list for types of them to have: occupation, formal, and sport.
“And if you are still in doubt, just buy a Rolex Air-King.” So, if you must have a black, chunky, rubber, digital watch that doubles as a sonic screwdriver/hairdryer, consider a more formal analog model as well.
You are going to have two basic choices (though some of your flashier watches incorporate both) of your display: Digital or analog. I have to admit, I like analog better. They are for geeks. They are for functionality. They are not for job interviews or nice, sit-down dinners.
Leather is a good choice, but it’s not going to last as long as stainless steel or rubber, obviously (because it’s organic, yo.) A nice black leather band with a black face and gold markings looks simple, elegant, great.
A silver or gold band is pretty classic. There are all kinds of orange and zebra-print watches out there. Avoid them. Which leads us to…
Rubber bands. This is the band for you if you want to play soccer or go swimming. They are durable and long-lasting. This is a great everyday accessory, and unless you are in a profession that depends on an elegant appearance, they can double as a watch for work.
Functions are going to go hand-in-hand with chunky, black, rubber, digital. But for every model you want to have accuracy. an alarm, luminosity, and a self-winding feature that works with your arm movements is very nice.
As with most things, you do sacrifice functionality for fashion. The more elegant your watch the less it will do for you (unless you want to spend significantly more than $100).
So, here are some of them that meet our criteria for either elegance or work/sport, all for under $100…
Casio Men’s G100-1BV G-Shock Classic
This is one of the analog-digital I was talking about earlier. It also has the Japanese Quartz Movement feature that works with our arm movements, so you never have to worry about it running down.
You could use this model for some scuba diving (though it does not meet all of the requirements of scuba diving certified models), because it has a protective mineral crystal dial window, luminosity, and a stopwatch, and is water-resistant to 200m. It has a rubber, sporty band. It $69.30 in some venues right now, regularly priced at $99.00.
Invicta Men’s 8926OB Pro Diver Collection
This is another automatic-winding watch. It, however, has silver stainless steel band. In addition to water reistance, this model has one feature that I think is actually essential in a diving gadget, if you want to use this device for scuba diving:
A unidirectional bevel, to make sure that the watch won’t tell you that you have been in the water for less time than you actually have. You are going to find this neat piece for about $85.
Kenneth Cole New York Men’s Super-Sleek Collection
This accessory has a beautiful silver analog face with markings instead of numbers. Its mineral crystal face protects it from scratches. It has a black leather strap and a stainless steel buckle and case.
It runs about $80, and, in our humble opinion, it’s a great buy. You’d be hard-pressed to find this kind of sleek look for over $100 bucks, making this an excellent entry watch.
It’s also a good business casual model — a little something to add to your daily wardrobe. All in all, this is a solid all-around pick.
Ofebia Luxury Line
This is a gold-tone watch with gold gears in the face for days of the week, the date, and gold roman numerals.
This comes to you directly from HongKong. It has MiyotaTM 2015 movement. The band is a high-quality black leather, with a stainless steel case. So, the look is pretty classic, and you can pair it with plenty of different outfits.
Additionally, this can certainly act as a poor man’s luxury model. We’d recommend wearing it with a grey suit and silver tie bar, letting the watch anchor the outfit. This is a very, very nice looking model, and it will cost you $46-85 online.
Fossil Machine Three Hand Stainless Steel Fs4773
This is another beautiful watch. Polished stainless steel, water resistance, three arms. It is a much simpler look than the Ofebia, but just as classic. This model could do the job of three watches, with its looks and functionality.
First, you could wear it as business casual model with your standard office attire. You could also wear it as a dressier vacation model, pairing it with a polo and some nice shorts; it’s not a sporty watch, but you can do it when you’re wearing an upper class sporty look. Lastly, you can probably pull off a formal look with this watch depending on your suit.