Gentlemen still look at our wrists and not our phones to keep ourselves on track. We do so because we believe that an attractive timepiece is still an essential part of the modern gentleman’s style. Here are four of our top picks for best affordable (if not downright cheap) men’s watches to add style to your wardrobe.
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From sporty chronographs to hit the gym to more elegant dress pieces ideal for a first date or work, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite under $200:
Luxury on a Budget
ARMITRON – Brown Leather Strap Watch 38MM
Why we love it: Since 1956, Armitron has embodied and nurtured the spirit of individuality. It still does that with this classy and classic two-tone watch.
The round silver shape bezel coupled with gold-tone numerals and the handsome caramel strap adds a luxury look that not everybody will have.
Where to wear it: First date; quick check-in with your boss; rooftop dinner
Price tag: $
NIXON Siren SS 36 MM
Why we love it: The unisex Siren digital watch from Nixon features a yellow gold case finished with a white, super soft silicone band for ultimate comfort.
The water-resistance feature is very beach-appealing but it’s blended with a clean style for a perfect casual or sporty timepiece too.
Where to wear it: BBQ with friends; surfing, hiking; pool party
Price tag: $$
ESQ Men’s Black Strap Watch
Why we love it: This ESQ chronograph watch is an accessible luxury timepiece. It features a textured black dial, 45mm stainless steel case with a rose gold plated bezel and a fine black leather strap.
Where to wear it: Airport lounge; Night at the opera; World Cup final
Price tag: $$$
TIMEX Watch WATERBURY Limited Edition Male Chronograph – TW2P64900
Why we love it: The Waterbury collection from Timex balances well retro with classic-styling elements. We love the carefully stitched natural grey leather strap and the solid stainless steel construction.
It complements well with more modern details like the subtle cream and pop-of-orange hands, which contrast well with the lighter-grey dial.
Where to wear it: Summer festival; Coffee with friends; Sunday Movie
Price tag: $$$