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Best Value Watch Brands 2014

Updated on December 14, 2015

Whether you are shopping for yourself or a loved one, finding a well made, stylish watch for a reasonable price can be a tricky proposition. We look at three of our favorite brands, all of which offer great value for money.

Nautica – Men’s NCS600 Chronograph Black/Grey Dial
Nautica – Men’s NCS600 Chronograph Black/Grey Dial

Nautica Watches

If you are looking for a watch in the under $200 bracket you will do well to find a better brand than Nautica. Nautica watches are always well made and are hard wearing, designed to be worn daily.

Generally, Nautica watches have a classic design, not dissimilar to more expensive brands like Rolex and Seiko, and tend to be analogue rather than digital.

The black and grey chronograph for men below is a perfect example of a Nautica watch which looks as though it should cost over $200 but is in fact much cheaper. Ideal for daily wear, whether you work in an office or outdoors, it is a watch which should last a long time and has a reputation for being reliable.

Mens White Chrono Dial Black Leather Strap Watch
Mens White Chrono Dial Black Leather Strap Watch

Braun Watches

If a classic design is not what you are after, you may prefer the more modern but equally excellent quality offered by Braun. As a brand perhaps more synonymous with shaving and grooming, Braun also have a reputation for manufacturing well made and durable watches.

Typically a Braun watch will be of the analogue variety and have a plain black or white face with small numbers and will cost between $100 and $250.

Not everyone will like this style of watch but if you are buying for a man who considers himself stylish and is someone who takes pride in their appearance, this minimalist and sleek style is likely to be a hit,

Accurist Fashion Mens Chronograph Watch
Accurist Fashion Mens Chronograph Watch

Accurist Watches

Most people are familiar with the Accurist watch brand. They are sold in numerous high street shops and have succeeded in achieving a significant market share in a range of segments of the watch market. This is due their strategy of producing fashionable watches from swiss-made components at affordable prices.

Today you can find a wide range of styles in the Accurist product portfolio, all of which offer great technical performance and you know that a lot of thought has gone into the design of each watch.

The Accurist men's chronograph displayed to the right is one of our favorite watches under $250. It is a substantial watch with a chunky stainless steel bracelet and cool yellow dials on a black analogue watch face.

You will also find an excellent selection of ladies watches from Accurist which is something that cannot be said about some of the other top watch brands.

The reputation and success of Accurist is explained very well by Wikipedia:

Accurist Watches was one of the first manufacturers that introduced fashion into the watch industry. In 1967, Asher’s Loftus brother, Richard, launched the Old England collection, which were soon worn by celebrities such as Twiggy, The Beatles and The Princess Anne. In keeping with the fashions of the time, this collection was far from traditional as it was characterised by oversized numerals, bright colours and contemporary design.

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Other great value watch brands which just missed out on our top three include; Casio, Fossil, DKNY and Citizen. At the end of the day though these things are all down to personal taste, if you find a brand you like and trust then by all means stick with them.

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Which brands do you think offer the best value for money?

Have you worn a Nautica, Accurist or Braun watch? If so let us know your thoughts by commenting below.

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