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Best Men's Watches for the Money 2017

Updated on July 11, 2017
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I work from home with my five kids and wife and review everything from gag gifts to men's collectibles and computer hardware.

A watch is more than just an accessory. For me, it is a conversational piece. It's the perfect way to strike up a conversation and get to know other people around you. Whether you're out at lunch or on a sales call, what you wear on your wrist can really set you apart.

Many of you know that I'm an avid timepiece collector. I like wearing watches not only for dress and casual occasions, but also for each day. That being said, I don't want to purchase something solely based on brand name. In my opinion, value is even more important.

In this article, I've chosen a few of my favorite watches from the thousands on the market right now, and I'll break them down to you by price.

Men's Watches Under $500

1. Citizen Men's Blue Angels Watch

With a bold blue and yellow look and atomic timekeeping, it's really a great choice for style and practicality.
With a bold blue and yellow look and atomic timekeeping, it's really a great choice for style and practicality.

If you're looking for something with a good value in this price range, then I highly recommend the Citizen Men's Blue Angels watch, which is a great deal at under $500.

  • Citizen claims that, with its atomic timekeeping, it's the most accurate in the world, giving you automatic time in 26 world cities.
  • It's also radio controlled throughout North America, the UK, Europe, China, and Japan.
  • In addition to being accurate, this watch is practical and modern. It uses Eco-Drive and is fueled by light so you never need a battery.

Verdict:

If you're looking in the $500 range, then this is one of the first watches you should consider in terms of value and design. You could also consider spending a bit more and going with the Titanium version, which usually sits around $700.

2. Movado Men's Museum Leather Watch

Movado's men's museum leather watch brings together simplicity and elegance.
Movado's men's museum leather watch brings together simplicity and elegance.

Style, sophistication, and boldness are all things that really stand out to me when looking for a watch. I recently had a look at this leather band Museum watch made by the Swiss company Movado. While you might be fooled by its minimal design, you shouldn't be fooled by its quality.

  • It features calf skin leather, Swiss Quartz movement, and a sapphire dial window.
  • The face was a bit bigger than I expected at 40mm.
  • The face and band are available in many styles to fit your needs.
  • As a fan of medium to large-faced watches, I was fine with this one, but it may not be so ideal if you prefer to have a smaller face.
  • At just under $500, this is a good value, but it does occasionally go on sale for less.

Watches Under $300

A timepiece that costs $300 can still make a statement. Whether you're looking at Japanese or Swiss timepieces or simply wanting to get a smartwatch, you'll still look elegant.

1. Invicta Venom F0003 Men's Watch

I've really enjoyed this timepiece over the last year. The Venom Men's Watch from Swiss manufacturer Invicta looks fantastic, has precise Swiss quartz movement, and is a great value for the price.

  • The blue dial with luminous hands and various chronograph functions give you both style and functionality.
  • Large 52mm case diameter. This watch is for those of you who prefer a large face. When you wear something this large, it really makes a statement, and it will get noticed. I've gotten a compliment on it nearly every time I've worn it.
  • That being said, it's a bit on the heavy side for everyday use, and I find that it's a better fit to wear on special occasions.

If you're looking for a large face, you won't be sorry if you go with the Invicta F0003. This imported timepiece looks as good as others I have that cost several times as much.

2. Apple Watch Sport

Admittedly, the Apple Watch Sport isn't for everyone.
Admittedly, the Apple Watch Sport isn't for everyone.

One of the more talked about watches released in 2015 was the Apple Watch Sport. Today, it's a more practical option, now that the price has dropped to just under $300. It looks incredible and comes in a variety of watch faces, bands, and sizes that work for just about everyone.

A Perfect Option for the Modern Man

  • What sets it apart from other watches is its functionality when used with the iPhone. You can read texts and tweets, get directions, or use apps right on your wrist.
  • I also found other features, like the fitness tracker, to be more useful than expected.
  • Overall, you'll have to decide whether or not this is the right watch to have as a companion to your phone or whether you'd just rather use your phone.
  • It's a must-have for tech lovers, but may seem overpriced to those who don't care to get familiar with its features.

3. Tissot T-Trend Couturier

If you're looking for a dressier timepiece in the $300 price range, I highly recommend taking a look at the Tissot T-Trend Couturier first.

  • This watch looks sophisticated and classy with its black leather band.
  • It also has a durable stainless steel construction.
  • For accuracy and movement, Tissot uses Swiss Quartz.
  • The case diameter is 41mm, so it's similar in size to the Movado Museum watch.
  • It has a water-resistant depth of 100 meters.
  • The leather band is both comfortable and elegant.
  • The face looks fantastic with its black, grey, and silver design, along with its synthetic sapphire crystal for protection.
  • Overall, it's a good buy for just $300 and looks just as classy as many watches I've seen in the $1,000 price range.

4. Huawei Watch

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Another watch for $300 budgets is this stunning smartwatch from Huawei.

  • It has a 1.4" full circle AMOLED display that looks classic but has a modern feel.
  • The Huawei comes pre-installed with a variety of displayable faces and has additional band options that you can swap in and out.
  • It's compatible with Android and gives you notifications and alerts for calls, texts, and apps.
  • It has a solid screen with high-quality sapphire crystal, as well as a durable case and band.
  • Overall, it's the best experience I've had with a smartwatch so far and well worth the $250 price tag.

Men's Watches Under $200

1. Nixon The Chronicle SS Watch

I really enjoy Nixon watches, so when I saw this Nixon Chronicle SS watch on sale for under $150, I had to bite the bullet.

  • It's solidly built and has a solid face.
  • It's also accurate because of its Swiss movement.
  • This particular watch face isn't quite as large and encompassing as Nixon's 51-30, but at 48.5mm, it's still very large and gets a lot of attention.
  • I also really appreciate Nixon's bands. This particular model comes with an adjustable 23mm custom solid stainless steel 3 link bracelet.
  • Overall, this is an inexpensive option with great value. In the under $200 range, it's a great price.

2. Suunto Core

Available in a variety of straps, the Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer watch has been popping up on a lot of my friends' wrists lately.

  • It's super functional with features like an altimeter, barometer, and compass, and it has a great look to it as well.
  • If you're frequently on the go, features like the intelligent storm alarm are a must-have.
  • I'd recommend it as a tool for mountaineering, skiing, and any kind of wilderness travel you might do.
  • This watch is more valuable to the outdoorsman. If you're out and about quite a bit, go for it. Otherwise you might want to pass on it.

Watches Under $100

1. Men's G-Shock Series

It's really amazing what you can get for under $100. If you want something that's sturdy, lightweight, and accurate, then I highly recommend Casio's G-Shock series.

  • This particular model is extra large and shock-resistant.
  • It has various chronographs and world time for 48+ cities.
  • The case diameter puts it on par and in-style with Nixon's larger face watches.
  • With a water-resistant depth of 660 feet, it also doubles as a sports or diving watch.
  • Overall, this is an inexpensive and lightweight watch that's perfect for everyday wear.

Good Men's Wood Watches Under $25

Wood is a material that I'm seeing more of on the market right now.

1. Gearbest Bewell ZS

At this price range, you might not expect too much, but this watch beats expectations.

The Gearbest Bewell ZS has a unique wooden build and style. Believe it or not, I've had more compliments on this than on watches that cost me $1,000. It is, however, a bit fragile, and it's not one that I'd wear in the rain or on a daily basis. But, for $25, it's well worth adding to your collection.

2. Cucol Bamboo Wooden Watch

While I like the look of the wooden watch above, there are a few things I like more about this one.

  • First of all, it has cowhide leather straps. These are more comfortable and easier to adjust.
  • Second, it has Japanese Quartz movement, and therefore, it is incredibly accurate.
  • This is another great inexpensive timepiece to add to your collection. I highly recommend it.

Luxury Men's Watches Under $5,000

For men that can only accept the best, here's a look at a more luxurious watch. With models starting at prices as low as $1500, with some nearly exceeding $5,000, this series is for the man looking for functionality and luxury.

1. Tag Heuer Men's Automatic Link Chronograph Watch

While I've been reviewing my favorite budget watches for most of this article, I wanted to take the time at the end to share one of my favorite mid-range luxury watches. Clearly, this isn't the most expensive or elegant timepiece out there, but it feels that way. That's why I enjoy wearing it the most.

  • The Tag Heuer Link Chronograph watch features quality Swiss automatic movement. So, it functions without a battery. There's no need for winding either, as it powers with the movement of your arm.
  • The look is elegant, classic, and great for the boardroom or social gatherings. The mechanism, the face, and all the details make this watch the handsomest that you can own.
  • It's available in a wide variety of styles, but my personal favorite is the one with the light blue dial. The color and style fit the type of dress I prefer for more important occasions.

Ultimately, this watch is luxurious and comfortable. It's definitely something I'd recommend to any serious watch collector.

2. Qclocktwo W Watch by Bigert and Funk

The face of this watch is also available in a larger clock version.
The face of this watch is also available in a larger clock version.

For my last watch, I thought I'd bring something a little different to the table.

  • This Qclocktwo W Watch by Bigert and Funk is unique. It uses various words to tell you the time and date.
  • This particular model is available in black or white and is worthy of a dressy event.
  • It's also sleek enough for a casual outing.

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Final Thoughts

Is there a watch you'd recommend or that you have your eye on this year? Let me know in the comment section below.

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      Bruce Farrar 3 months ago

      To me Bulova with the precisionist watches surpass many other brands with shear accuracy...less than 10 seconds a year is simply phenomenal.

      The watches are rugged, well made, look good & functional.

      At a price that is affordable

      You'd expect to pay far far more.