If you’re looking to switch your style up with either a dress or sports watch, it’s not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on a quality piece! Here are our top recommended watches coming in at under $100. This curated list features respectable brands and watch models that have a good following behind each. Each watch is one you can wear proudly in any situation.
1. Casio Men’s Black Analog Anti Reverse Bezel Watch
Casio is a well known watch brand famous for making digital sports watches such as their G-Shock line. This particular model is a dive watch rated at 200m, with handsome features akin to a Rolex Submariner for less than 1% of it’s cost. This watch is big, beautiful, and worth every penny. It’s black resin band give it a utilitarian look and being a well known household brand, it’s easy for this watch to pull off the particular look of a luxury dive watch, without being a try hard copy of one.
2. Seiko Men’s SNK805 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas
What is great about the Seiko 5 is it features a quality mechanical movement at an excellent price point. Most of the other watches on this list, while great looking, feature some sort of battery powered movement. You certainly can’t go wrong with the Seiko 5 featureing a handsome matte steel case and a green canvas strap. It has a look that is both military inspired and classy at the same time. The Seiko 5 is simple, tough, reliable, rarely needs repairs, easily repairable when needed, it’s been compared to the AK-47 and Chevy small-block V8 engine in terms of reliability and resilience.
3. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date
Citizen is an old standard in making atractive and affordable attractive watches for the modern man. Eco-Drive watches use a battery recharged by a solar panel hidden under the watch face. The Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date is a classy option featuring a 40mm steel case on a handsome faux croc pattern black band. It features a minimalistic design with a non-magnified date (Preferable for dress watches as it gives the watch a cleaner appearance). Suitable for the office or formal events and will keep ticking with the modern eco-drive technology within.
4. Seiko Men’s SUP880 Analog Display Japanese Quartz Black Watch
Seiko is another classic Japanese brand with a reputation for making fine watches. As opposed to Casio or Citizen, Seiko’s time pieces can go into the thousands for some of their more innovate mechanical pieces, such as the Grand Seiko line. This particular watch, features an analog display and classic design elements similar to a Cartier Tank. What we like about this model, is that it’s solar powered, similar to the Eco-Drive. At full charge, the power reserve is an impressive one year in length!
5. Seiko Men’s Blue Dial Blue Nylon Strap Solar Watch
The Seiko Men’s Blue Dial Blue Nylon Strap Solar Watch is an attractive pilot’s style watch similar to IWC’s Big Pilot. It also evokes memories of a Panerai or Bell and Ross watch. What’s great about this watch is it is solar powered and is water resistant up to 100m. It features a Nato style strap, which is very in style right now. The stainless steel finish is a combination of brushed steel at the top of the bezel and tops of the lugs, with a shiny stainless steel on the sides; a very nice combo with a classy look, yet still maintaining it’s military styling ruggedness.
6. Timex Men’s Expedition Scout 40 Watch
Timex is an American watch manufacturing company founded in 1854. Many have grown up with a Timex or have seen their father’s or uncle’s sport Timex’s throughout the years. Our favorite configuration of this watch, is the edgier black on black look, which still maintains classic Timex style and quality. The watch features a black 40mm brass case, which is a rare and very interesting design element. To add on top of all of this, the brand’s signature indiglo backlight feature makes it easy to read the watch face in the dark. Also quite handy to use as a very dim backup flashlight.
7. MVMT Classic Watches | 45 MM Men’s Analog Minimalist Watch
MVMT is a relative new comer to the entry level watch market. It is a company that was founded in 2013 and built a following via social media. This model features a minimalist look with classic feature such as a non-magnified date window.
8. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Day/Date display
With Eco-Drive, a handsome watch face, and military inspired details, the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Day/Date display, BM8180-03E is an excellent selection for a budget friendly watch. This is a watch that can go with you from the office, to the gym, to weekend outdoor adventures.
9. Timex Unisex Weekender 38mm Watch
The Timex Weekender watch is a great looking watch featuring a matte black dial, a striking red seconds hand, a soft leather band, and the company’s signature Indiglo light up feature. Similar to Panerai watches, the bands feature a quick change feature, allowing you to switch bands between dressy and casual styles. It is a sleek 38mm sized watch. The battery life on this model is a solid ten years.
10. Casio F91W-1 Classic Resin Strap Digital Sport Watch
Rounding out the list is a classic Casio digital watch. Its retro design will charm you and its sturdy reliability will serve you well as this tried and true style has been around for decades. Just one glance of it brings back feelings of 80/90’s nostalgia. It features water resistance of up to 50 meters and a lightweight and compact design. This design will fit smaller wrists perfectly as well. This is the pinnacle of 80’s technical simplicity ready for your wrist.
Updated: January 3, 2019