Best Men's Watches for the Money 2017
Many of you know I'm an avid watch collector. I like not only having a watch for dress and casual occasions, but also a unique watch for each day. That being said I don't want to purchase a watch simply because of a brand name. In my opinion, value is even more important.
For this post I've chosen a few of my favorite watches from the thousands on the market right now. Below, I'll separate them by price and give you my favorite watches for the money in each category.
A Watch is More than Just a Decoration:
For me a watch 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, your watch can really set you apart. Here's a few of my favorites so far in 2017.
Men's Watches Under $500
Wearing a Watch is Bold and Elegant
In 2017, men are expecting more out of their watches in terms of style. For the time, we can always look at our phones. So, why wear a watch at all? It makes a statement. For this reason, nold looks and watches with unique faces are more popular than ever before.
Citizen Men's Blue Angels Watch
Citizen claims that with its atomic timekeeping it's the most accurate in the world giving you automatic time in 26 world cities. In addition it's 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.
If you're looking in the $500 space, 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.
Bold and Unique, the Citizen's Blue Angel watch is a great buy at just under $500.
Movado Men's Museum Leather Watch
Wearing a watch needs to be more than simply about telling time.
Style, sophistication, and boldness are all things that really stand out to me. One watch I recently had a look at was this leather band Museum watch made by Swiss company Movado.
While you might be fooled by its minimal design, you shouldn't be fooled by its quality which features calf skin leather, Swiss Quartz movement, and a sapphire dial window.
Overall I found this watch to be perfect for me; however, 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 this was fine with me, but this is definitely good to know if you'd prefer to have a smaller face. At just under $500 this is a good value, but it does occasionally go on sale for less.
Good Budget $300 Men's Watches
Even a watch that costs only $300 can make a statement. Whether you're looking at Japanese or Swiss timepieces or simply wanting to get a Smartwatch, you'll still look elegant.
Invicta Venom F0003 Men's Watch
In the $300 price range is a watch I've really enjoyed 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 function.
Large 52mm Case Diameter
This watch is for those of you who prefer a large watch 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 every day use and I find it perfect as a watch that I wear on special occasions.
If you're looking for a large face, you want be sorry if you go with the Invicta F0003. This imported timepiece looks as good as others I have that cost several times its price.
Apple Watch Sport
One of the more talked about watches released in 2015 was the Apple Watch Sport.Today, it's a more practical option now that its price has dropped to just under $300.
In terms of its looks, the Apple watch 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 one of many apps rather than pulling out your phone. 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 in general. It'll be a must-have for some tech lovers and overpriced to others who don't care to get familiar with its features.
Tissot T-Trend Couturier
If you're looking for a dressier watch in the $300 price range I highly recommend that you take a look at the Tissot T-Trend Couturier first.
This watch not only 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 to the Movado Museum watch above in size and it has a water resistant depth of 100.
For band, I prefer the leather that it comes with. I find it to be both comfortable and elegant.
The watch 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.
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 watch faces and has bands that can be swapped available for additional wearable options. In addition, it's compatible with Android fans and gets notifications and alerts for calls, texts, and apps.
For quality Huawei has done a nice job here with a solid screen with high quality sapphire crystal, case, and band.
Overall, it's the best experience I've had with a smartwatch so far and well worth the $250 price tag.
A Cheap and Good Men's Watch Under $200
My Choice: 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 a watch that's solidly built and has a solid face, but is 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 as well.
I also really appreciate the way that Nixon puts together its bands. This particular model comes with an adjustable 23mm custom solid stainless steel 3 link bracelet.
Overall this Nixon watch is inexpensive for what you're getting. In the under $200 it's a great price for an upbeat men's watch.
Available in a variety of straps, the Suunto Core Wrist-Top Computer watch has been popping up on a lot of my friend's 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 on the go a lot, 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.
On the other hand, this watch is the most valuable to the outdoorsman. If you're out and about quite a bit, go for it. Otherwise you might want to pass on it.
Budget Men's Watches Under $100
Men's G-Shock Series
It's really amazing what you can get, in terms of a men's watch, for under $100. If you want something that's sturdy, light weight, and overall very accurate, then I highly recommend Casio's G-Shock series.
This particular model is extra large, shock resistant, has various chronographs, and world time for 48+ cities.
The case diameter puts it on par and in-style along with Nixon's larger face watches I mentioned previously and with a water resistant depth of 660 feet it also doubles as a sports or diving watch.
Overall this is an inexpensive watch that adds a lot of value. Because of it's lightweight it's perfect for those looking for a watch to wear daily.
2 Good Men's Wood Watches Under $25
Wood is a material I'm seeing more and more on the market right now. These two inexpensive watches are sure to start a conversation.
Gearbest Bewell ZS
At this price range, I'm sure you wouldn't be expecting too much, but this watch beats expectations.
The Gearbest Bewell ZS biggest offering is its unique wooden build and style. Believe it or not, I've had more compliments on it than watches that cost me $1,000.
The Gearbest Bewell ZS is 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.
Cucol Bamboo Wooden Watch
While I like the look of the first wooden watch I featured a bit more, there are a few things I like about this watch a bit more.
First of all, it has cowhide leather straps. These are more comfortable and easier to adjust. Second, it's a Japanese Quartz movement watch and thus incredibly accurate.
This is another great inexpensive watch to add to your collection. I highly recommend it.
Luxury Men's Watch from $1,500 to Under $5,000
For men that can only accept the best, here's a look at a more luxurious watch. Starting at prices as low as $1500 with some nearly exceeding $5,000, this series is for the man looking for functionality and luxury.
Tag Heuer Men's Automatic Link Chronograph Watch
While I've been reviewing my favorite budget men's 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 watch isn't the most expensive or elegant out there but it feels that way. That's why I enjoy wearing it the most.
The look is elegant and classic and great for the board room or social gatherings. The mechanism, the face, and all the details of it 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 not only luxurious, it's comfortable as well and definitely something I'd recommend to any serious watch collector.
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A Unique Men's Watch for Around $1,000
For my last watch I thought I'd bring something a little different to the table. I mentioned before that I feel like a watch these days needs to do more than just tell time. It's a fashion statement. I really enjoy unique watches which have unique ways of telling the time.
This Qclocktwo W Watch by Bigert and Funk does just that. It uses various words not only to tell you the time, but also can display the time and date as well.
This particular model is available in black or white and is worthy of a dressy event or sleek enough for a casual outing.
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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