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Top Cheap Watches for Men Under 100 Dollars

Updated on October 22, 2013
The Casio G-Shock G100 is a great watch for those who are a little more active.
The Casio G-Shock G100 is a great watch for those who are a little more active.

Selecting the Right Watch for You

For men, picking the right watch is equivalent to a woman picking the right pair of shoes.

With different components inside and different looks on the outside, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the choices.

Know When you will Wear the Watch

First you need to consider your job and what you do in your spare time. If you are looking for a watch to wear while you're at work, you want the most appropriate one.

Are you a construction worker, or do you work in an office? If you have a lifestyle and/or a job that is outdoors, you will want to opt for one that is sportier and has scratch proofing and water resistance.

However, if you wear a business suit and deal with clients, you might want something a little classier looking.

If you want to buy a watch that is a little more casual, where would you be wearing it?

Yet again, if you find yourself doing a lot of outdoor activities or sports, a durable watch is a better choice.

However, if you kick it with the guys watching sports on television or playing pool, you can opt for a dressier watch that still gives a casual look.

Getting the Best Band for your Buck When Buying a Watch

Believe it or not you don't have to sacrifice great style for a good price.

There are many good watches in the $100 price range that will be a good investment. It's all about finding which watch works for you and looks best with your style.

Show your Personality in your Watch

I personally feel that the watches you own show your personality. One thing I do when buying a watch is try to find something that I like and something that I don't think others would have. I don't like being just like everyone else. For this reason, i recommend finding a watch that is unique.

Do you like a more complicated piece of equipment that you can fiddle around with? Or would you prefer to just glance at your watch quickly and get the time?

Watches that require winding take a bit more extra care than those that do not.

Keep in mind the size of your wrist. If you are a very large guy, a smaller sized watches face will just be lost on your arm.

You also don't want a watch that going to dwarf your wrist as well. Make sure to note the size of the watch face for watches you are considering for purchase.

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Understanding the Types of Movement in Watches

Now let's talk about movement. Not every watch moves the same way. Quartz watches are the most common and the most popular. These are powered by a quartz crystal that vibrates and moves the motor and hands.

There is an electric current that goes through the crystal and rotates it very quickly per minute to keep the power going on your watch.

Quartz watches are the most accurate you can get. Batteries on these watches typically need to be changed about every year or so.

Watches that come with mechanical movements feature a host of gears and springs that must be wound by hand.

These also tend to lose or gain a few minutes every month or so, so they are not quite as accurate as quartz powered watches unless you keep on top of winding them.

These watches do have a tendency to last a lot longer than others though.

Automatic moving watches use mechanical movements but you are not required to wind them. Simply by wearing them the watch is powered and moved by itself.

Features in the Top Men's Watches

Most watches feature not only the hour and minutes displayed, but a second hand as well. It is common to find most watches that feature the date on the face as well.

However, other watches give you give you things like a display showing the phases of the moon or a continual calendar.

Sporty watches usually come with the most features. Some of these include a heart rate monitor, and even a GPS System.

If you look hard enough, you can even find some watches that feature a digital camera. Most watches are water resistant up to a certain amount of feet. Keep in mind that this is water resistance, not waterproof.

But rest assured that a watch that features water resistance will be safe while you wash your hands or if you get caught in the rain.

Finding the Best Fitting Watch Band

Bands, as well as watch faces, will vary quite a bit. There are typically two types of bands that watches come with.

The first is a bracelet type which is nice for adding or removing links for a good fit. Most of these are stainless steel, but you can find some that are gold plated or titanium as well.

Strap bands are made from varied materials like leather, nylon, fabric, rubber, or synthetic materials. Leather bands look great with business where or casual wear and are quite versatile.

If you need one watch that will look great with your entire wardrobe one with a leather band makes a great choice.

5 stars for Casio G-Shock G100


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      JC Heppler 3 years ago from USA

      I love buying watches and I love when I don't have to pay a lot for them either. Nice write up!

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      Tim 3 years ago

      I feel that spending $100 isn't enough. I think that watches under $100 are not quality and will break very easily.

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