For some, taking the time to save up for an expensive watch is part of the fun in growing a refined watch collection, however, that doesn’t mean to say that there isn’t an array of affordable timepieces that perform reliably for a fraction of the price. Many watch companies like Citizen, Seiko, and Michael Kors are revered the world over for their affordable yet stylish timepieces that can accompany the wrist to all manner of occasions. Here is a list outlining some watches priced under $200 that can be enjoyed with smart formal or casual attire.
The great thing about Citizen watches with built-in Eco-Drive technology is that they’re power by any source of light. The set of sword-shaped hands on the dial of this watch is guaranteed to keep accurate time for you no matter where or how you’re wearing this rugged military-inspired timepiece. The Citizen Chandler watch hugs the wrist with a green woven strap and patterned stitching. Luminous indexes light up the dial during light-limiting conditions, plus the watch is packed with masculine design elements, from its rugged stainless steel casing to its pilot-inspired Arabic numeral hour track. With a legible red-coated central second hand and a visible day-date feature at 3 o’clock, this is a go-anywhere, do-anything kind of watch for under $200.
Seiko 5 Sport
This military field watch from the Seiko 5 collection is a reliable, strong, and sporty timepiece. It comes complete with a set of characteristics that makes it a strong contender in our line-up featuring some of the best watches currently on the market priced at just under $200. For a start it comes equipped with a mechanical movement with a day-date display at 3 o’clock. Similar to the Citizen Chandler watch, it features a pilot-inspired dial that is both easy to access the time from and highly legible, thanks to luminous coated plots around the hour track and lume-coated hands. Seiko is also known for its Diashock technology. This anti-shock casing provides ultimate protection over a movement kitted out with a Diaflex mainspring. The watch is 42mm in diameter and crafted from stainless steel with an appealing price tag that sits under the $200 mark. It’s an affordable military field-style watch kitted out with a Hardlex glass lens that prevents the dial from damage caused by knocks, bumps, and scratches.
Casio G-Shock Black Cloth
Watches from the Casio G-Shock Black Cloth collection are executed on a CORDURA® nylon band – a material chosen for its strength and durability, not to mention 24-hour comfort. This model exudes a military-inspired aesthetic with a blacked-out face. An LCD light display enables easy time reading in dark conditions or during the middle of the night and its rugged case is designed to withstand extreme sports, challenging conditions, and outdoor environments. The model features an electro-luminescent backlight with afterglow, as well as practical features like 200-meter water resistance, stopwatch function, and flash alert. It comes as no surprise that a watch under $200 such as this is geared towards daring adventurists and those who frequently use outdoor gear.
Fossil Nate Chronograph
The Nate Chronograph Black Leather Watch from Fossil is another blacked-our design that takes advantage of the brand’s innovative use of materials and functions. It's an oversized case crafted from ion-plated stainless steel to give the timepiece its naturally stealthy look on the wrist. With chronograph features governed by an ultra-accurate quartz movement nestled into the heart of the watch, you’re sure to get your money’s worth out of this durable and hardy-looking tool. If you like masculine watches and you’re looking for a timepiece to take to the gym or to combine with sporty attire, this is an affordable timepiece that doubles-up as a bold statement piece, thanks to its combination of high visibility baton indexes and Arabic numerals. The imposing push-pieces located at 2 and 4 o’clock on the side of the case pair well with the all-black case of this Fossil watch, which has also been integrated with 200-meter water resistance. Fossil was established in 1984 and uses its technology-laden designs to communicate the core values of its brand ethos through a huge range of modern timepieces.
Making our list of popular watches priced at $200 or less is this Michael Kors watch which, if you’re a fan of dress watches with a subtle vintage vibe, you’ll certainly be drawn to this 42mm stainless Steel model which frames a sophisticated black dial with a horizontally striped decoration. Timekeeping is kept to the basic essentials, with a date window located at 4:30 and a set of luminous coated central hour and minute hands. The baton markers are understated yet legible, and the timepiece is powered by a quartz movement that guarantees around-the-clock accuracy. Expert designers at Michael Kors have chosen a classic brown leather strap to complete this model, giving it a discreet vintage-inspired persona when worn with smart or casual attire.
Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge
Daniel Wellington is known for manufacturing simple, minimalist timepieces that answer to the needs of today’s modern man. This Daniel Wellington Classic Cambridge watch however, certainly stands out from the crowd. Its striking aesthetic mixes golden tones from a double plated stainless Steel case measuring 40mm with a playful band in colors of red, white, and blue. Powered by a Japanese quartz movement inside a slim case depth, this is a timepiece for those with a refined taste in the classic dress watch style. The striped NATO strap is vibrant and dynamic helping to balance the simplicity of the dial perfectly. Daniel Wellington Classic watches feature slim stick indexes and forego any unnecessary complications. They even go without a date feature. Celebrating timeless preppy American fashion, the Classic Cambridge watch from Daniel Wellington proves that less really is more.