Posted: 14 February 2019
Hey. Do you have the time?
Wearing a watch in 2019 is a strong statement. Most people let their smartphone do the time-telling in their lives now, but someone who wears a watch is letting everyone know that they mean business.
The problem with buying a watch nowadays is that they’re way too much money to act as a piece of fashion. A nice Swiss made watch will set you back hundreds of dollars at least. Is it really worth it to spend that much on something you may only wear a few times?
Luckily, there are still inventive watchmakers that keep prices low, that understand the need for looking good on a budget.
In this article, we’re going to look at the 10 best watches under 100 dollars. That’s right, you can look distinguished with a cool watch for under $100. Let’s dive in.
1. Skagen “Holst” Multi-Function
This timeless design by a timeless company. The Holst gives off a modern and classy vibe without the high price point of others like it. It’s available in several different face and strap combinations, but our favorite is the silver face on black strap.
It’s practical, as well, with day and month sub-dials embedded within the face. Useful but not cluttered is the look here. It all fits nicely in a 40mm casing.
2. Bulova Men’s 96B104 Dress Watch
At around $90, this Bulova watch is another classic looking piece. It’s got an extremely simple design, with only a date marker at 3 o’clock. This watch is stylishly versatile, but one might criticize its flimsy band.
The 37mm stainless steel dial with Japanese quartz movement is exactly what you want from a cheaper watch, however. If cost must be cut somewhere to lower the price, then let it be with the band.
3. Timex Camper Watch
For something a little less stylish and a little more practical, the Timex Camper Watch comes in at around $25. Make no bones about it, this thing is what it says it is.
A durable strap and a resin case will tell onlookers that you value practicality. This thing is for the busy man with places to be. Lightweight with luminous hands will allow you to easily see your watch at any point in the day without the discomfort on your wrist.
4. Seiko Automatic Watch
If you’re new to the world of wrist watches, the Seiko Automatic Watch might be just the starter watch for you.
Since their humble beginnings in the 1800s, this Toyko company has been known for advanced craftsmanship and even more advanced technology. This particular model is a military-inspired, which values simplicity.
The adjustable navy blue band makes it a great option for those who wonder, “what size watch should I get for my wrist?”
5. Cheapo Harold Japanese Wave Watch
Too long in the watch game has “cheap” been a bad word. Cheap can look good and cheap can function well. This watch by Swedish company CHPO has a beautiful stainless steel case holding an elegant white face with three simple black hands.
The band is aptly decorated with curvacious blue lines to suggest waves. Great for a day at the beach or your summer vacation. Check out CHPO’s line of incredibly good looking and affordable watches.
6. Aulta Seaward Watch
Surfing lifestyle company Aulta is fairly new to the watch game, but you’d never know it with the Seaward line. Built for the extreme sports enthusiasts out there, these watches are both functional and stylish.
Powered by a Japanese Miyota day and date movement, the Seaward line is available in gold and grey or gunmetal and mint. Both look incredible and comfortable. They’ve got to be to keep up with Aulta’s live fast and free motto.
7. Komono Watches
We’re going to sneak two watches into the Komono section. Komono was founded in Belgium in 2009 and have been making sleek and minimalist accessories ever since.
They offer both men’s and women’s watches for extremely affordable prices. The two we’re looking at here are the Winston and the Magnus.
The Winston has a deep blue face with mineral crystal coating for an almost Navy-inspired look with its perforated brown strap. Its counterpart, the Magnus, has a brushed metal case and a dark brown strap offset by its sharp white face and simple number and hand combination. Both are real lookers.
8. Ben Sherman Canvas Herringbone Watch
You may not think “watches” when you think of Ben Sherman. The British company has been successful in the world of shoes and preppy clothes for over 50 years.
However, their Canvas Herringbone watch is a great representation of what they do with accessories at Ben Sherman. It’s understated, with a simple white face and stainless steel case match well with the blue canvas strap that looks incredibly comfortable and cool.
9. MVMT Black Watch
Well, if simple’s what you wanted, it doesn’t get more simple than MVMT’s “black watch”. The name doesn’t exactly inspire much hope in the way of style, but this all-black look is sleek and professional.
MVMT watches have set the watch world on fire in the last few years with their super-stylish, super-affordable watches. The Black Watch is striking with all black features, save for the cherry red second hand and the interior of the strap. Everything else is, well, black.
10. Nixon Gold Rose Time Teller Watch
Lastly, we’ve got a watch that nobody will believe is under $100 when you tell them. The Nixon Gold Rose is, again, very simple, but the flashy golden stainless steel case and bracelet will have people doing double-takes at your wrist.
Sometimes, looks are everything.
Just a Few of the Best Watches Under 100 Dollars
There are so many more options out there for watches on a budget. These are our picks for the 10 best watches under 100 dollars, but do your research and you’ll find even more. Companies like MVMT, Aulta, and Cheapo are reinventing how watches are made and priced. Style no longer has to come at a huge cost.
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