You don’t have to make a mortgage sized payment to find an interesting watch on your wrist. Sure, there are stunning watches out there in the realm of four, five or even six figures, where exotic materials, crazy movements and one-off designs abound. But there are also fantastic watches that are built solid with character and style that don’t require you to spend thousands. In fact, the price point for a good watch is lower than most think. There are dirt-cheap watches out there that sell for $100 or less, that will make great timepieces.
The sub-$100 range watch is a tricky market to shop. The price range is filled with poorly built knock-offs, crappy movements, or chintzy designs. But,T The affordable watch doesn’t have to be plastic or poorly built. The below watches represent the best of the best when it comes to truly bargain-barrel budget time.
The Best Watches Under $100
Timex Waterbury – $100
Timex is the name in affordable watches and in recent years they’ve become the name in affordable stylish watches thanks to some great collaborations and timeless designs. Timex’s Waterbury is a quartz field watch with a beautiful band created in collaboration with Red Wing Boots. It features a clean black dial face, a heavy stainless steel case, a leather strap from Red Wing leather and Timex’s “Indiglo” electroluminescent backlight. A great timepiece for $100 flat.
Casio G-Shock Sport Watch – $62
A flashy, sporty, robust face and extra-large case. This watch has all the bells & whistles and it’s huge. The rugged design features both analog and digital displays, plus options for displaying World Time in 29 time zones, 5 alarms, a stopwatch, a countdown timer, 12- and 24-hour formats, and day/date/month information. The black resin band is strong, yet soft and pliable enough to not get in the way while getting work done.
Citizen BF0580-06E – $75
If you need a slick timepiece to pair with a suit and wear into the office, it’s hard to beat this stainless steel case and black banded watch from Citizen. Citizen’s timepieces are highly regarded for their quality at any price point and this selection is classy to boot. This Citizen watch is powered by a standard Japanese Quartz battery so you don’t get Citizen’s trademark Eco-Drive tech, but it also comes in at a much lower price point.
Casio Edifice EF527D-1AV – $100
Citizen Nighthawk vibes at a third of the price! A chronograph watch, that works for under $250 a feat of its own, an added stopwatch function is icing on the cake. The Edifice dial also features a slide rule, a date window, a Japanese quartz movement and water resistance up to 100 meters.
MVMT Watches Black Face with Black Stainless Steel Bracelet – $100
MVMT’s ethos of creating a line that cuts out the brand inflation and retail markup of other popular timepieces is something I can 100% get behind. Their contemporary and minimalist designs are appropriate for both casual and professional wear and the incorporation of high-quality materials at the price point is hard to beat.
Timex Expedition Scout Watch – $36
Simple, cheap, solidly built. The Timex Expedition Scout watch is a field watch for the people. It’s got vintage proportions and styling and is the perfect watch for traveling the world without having to worry much about it being lifted.
Stuhrling Original Aviator 699 Watch – $80
This is a stunning watch for coming in at a measly $80. It’s super clean-looking without being boring looking, it has a great day/date/day-of-the-week layout and it’s built like a tank.
Bulova Silver Dial Dress Watch – $75
If you need a watch suited strictly for spruced-up events and office boardrooms, look no further than this Bulova. It’s a clean, unassuming mid-size timepiece with a 35mm stainless steel case, silver dial, mountain pointed baton hands, and black leather strap.