People make mistakes hundreds of time a day, which can only explain why men oftentimes buy lousy watches with good money. There are millions of men out there wearing poor-quality overpriced fashion watches from department store glass cases and even airport kiosks.
They’re likely ignorant of the plethora of great watches out there that won’t suck your wallet dry or leave you hanging with unreliable timekeeping just when you need it most. We’ve gathered an illustrious group of watches that cost under $150, a price point just about everyone can afford without blinking.
What you get is a great timepiece with great style and the right components to last, whether you’re on the hunt for a universal watch that can hit the office and the bar or ones that are more focused on the task at hand — be it one for a spring wedding or a spring vacation. Whatever the case, choosing any one of these will leave you with both fashion points and leftover funds for that next watch purchase we know you’ll make.
MVMT Black Leather Watch
Here, minimalist style meets minimalist price. MVMT’s crisp and classy timepiece is topped off with simple hands and markers and while the 45mm case is bold, the overall effect is pure subtlety. For this price, the fact that it gets a real leather strap and mineral crystal glass is impressive, indeed. Not to mention, it’ll look great paired down with denim or dressed up with a tux.
Timex Originals Stainless Steel & Leather Watch
Timex’s Waterbury is the kind of watch you can wear to work and out for the weekend without skipping a beat. Its classic style is just as good with a blazer and jeans as it is with a polo shirt and Bermudas. Plus, it’s equipped with Quartz movement, a rich brown leather strap and a high-visibility Indiglo night light, which all translates to daily (and nightly) practicality and comfort.
Swatch Windfall Chronograph
This one qualifies as a bargain Bond watch if we ever saw one. The contrasting silver and black make it both stealthy and sophisticated. Accurate Swiss quartz movement, real chronograph pushers and dials and 30-meter water resistance only adds to the package.
Fossil Stainless Chronograph
If you’re in the market for a devilishly dark best sports watches for men, the CH2573 is perfect and perfectly affordable at a hair over $100. The black dial has clean markers, subdials, a simple date window at the 4 o’clock position and a tachymeter bezel — all lending to a sporty look that matches the white-stitched black silicon band. Hell, it looks so good, you could even pull this one off with a nice gray suit if you were so inclined.