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Best Men's Watches for the Money 2015

Updated on January 7, 2015

Top Rated New Value Watches for Men in 2015

If you're a watch collector like I am, then you know that its difficult to know exactly what watches give you the best deal for your money. This post has all the need-to-know information in each price point so you can make a decision based upon what your budget is. After looking at over 100 watches for this particular post hopefully I can give you a good idea of not only what is most popular, but also what is the best value men's watch in 2015.

Timex Men's T5E231 Ironman
Timex Men's T5E231 Ironman

Best Men's Watches Under $50 2015

Timex Men's T5E231 Ironman

While they may not be optimal in dressy occasions a digital watch is still nice to have when you're on the go. The easy-to-read time as well as the durability of a good plastic band make it ideal for most sports.

In the Under $50 category the Timex Men's T5E231 is my favorite as its packed with useful features. One of those that's really nice when you're out running late is the flick features which is a hands free way to see activate the Indiglo night-light. It also works very well when you jump in the water as it's resistant to 330 feet and has a 100-Lap Memory Recall and gives you your average lap time. It also comes with a Five alarm feature for your busy schedule and 9 interval timers.

For the money it's a great deal and ideal if you regularly run, bike, or swim.

Casio Men's G100-1BV G-Shock
Casio Men's G100-1BV G-Shock

Best Value Men's Watches Under $100

Another watch with great value is the Casio Men's G100-1BV G-Shock which is great for dives or casual use around town. What I like most about this particular watch is just how tough it is. I've taken it in the ocean, wilderness, and even on a few scuba dives. So far it's outlasted my abuse and even though I'm 6'4" the band has enough length.

If I have one complaint it's that the digital portion is a little more difficult to read than other watches in the same price range. That being said this watch, in my opinion, is tougher and looks nicer than most of those.

In this category I've also listed a few dress watches below that despite their price look surprisingly nice in a suit or while in business casual dress.

Pebble Smartwatch Black
Pebble Smartwatch Black

The Pebble Smartwatch allows you to view notifications from email, SMS, Caller ID, calendar and your favorite apps on your wrist. Once you get one, you'll never go without.

Michael Kors MK8077 Gold-Tone Men's Watch
Michael Kors MK8077 Gold-Tone Men's Watch

Best Men's Watches Under $200 for the Money

Michael Kors MK8077 Gold-Tone Men's Watch

I understand that not every man can pull off a solid gold watch that is so flashy, but this particular watch is so stunning that you really should give it a try. I've received several compliments on the various occasions that I've warn it. While it's not a skeleton watch (you can see my favorite skeleton watches below) I like the look of the 3 subdials along with the overall design of this watch.

Additional Details: The Michael Kors MK8077 comes with the featured stainless steel bracelet and an oversized gold stainless steel case. It uses quartz movement, is water resistant to 100 meters, has a Champagne chronograph dial with numerals, three subdials, a date window, and comes with a standard 2 year limited warranty.

Casio Men's PRW2500T-7CR Pathfinder Watch
Casio Men's PRW2500T-7CR Pathfinder Watch

Best Men's Watches Under $300

Whether you're on the side of the mountain or on the beach the Casio Men's PRW2500T-7CR Pathfinder Watch can give you exactly the kind of functionality you're looking for. It's perfect for expeditions, backpacking, or any kind of travel away from civilization. The Duplex LC display informs you of changing weather with its included barometer, thermometer, altimeter, and compass. It's also nice that these operate off of solar power. On a side note, it's absolutely a conversation starter on an airplane.

Additional features include water resistance up to 660 feet, world time for 48 cities, 6 atomic timekeeping, duplex LCD layout for quick reading, Triple Sensor with Tide & Moon Graph/Data, Tough Solar Power, Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow, five alarm system, and it gives you up to 23 months of use on a full charge if you use the energy saving mode. If you're looking for a manual to find out more information about this product, then you can find it here.

A High Value Men's Dress Watches Under $300

Tissot Men's T0274171705100 T-Race Moto GP Watch
Tissot Men's T0274171705100 T-Race Moto GP Watch

Best Men's Watches Under $400

If you appreciate the quality and accuracy of Swiss made watches, then you know that Tissot is one of the Swiss brands that gives you a better overall value for your money. This particular model, the T0274171705100 T-Race Moto GP was recommended to me by a friend who used it quite frequently. I'm glad I took his recommendation as I wear this watch regularly in business casual or while out and about and it gives off a very sporty or racing vibe while maintaining a level of class and sophistication.

For additional models of this particular watch you can check out Tissot's site. Also be sure to check out more of my favorite men's watches under $400 below.

Swiss Military Calibre 06-5H1-04-007
Swiss Military Calibre 06-5H1-04-007

Best Men's Watches Under $500

The classic military look of this Swiss Military Caliber watch not only looks great in just about any situation, it's super durable as well.

It comes with a solid stainless steel hawk engraved case and steel bracelet.

It's water resistant to 330 feet, has luminous hands and hour markers, chronograph sub-dials, and a date display window.

Citizen Men's Chrono A-T Watch
Citizen Men's Chrono A-T Watch

Best Men's Watches Under $1,000 2014

World's Most Accurate Watch

In this price range the Citizen Men's AT4010-50E Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch has to be my number one pick for best value watch under $1,000. This is mainly because at this price point you get a premium eco-drive watch with supper accurate perpetual time, an impressive titanium band and a sapphire glass lens.

I really like the large face that this watch has in combination with the lightweight feel. This is partially because of the titanium band. Another great feature is Citizen's five year limited warranty. Even higher priced watches normally don't exceed 2-3 years.

Compare the Citizen Men's AT4010-50E With:

TAG Heuer Men's WAP1110.BA0831 Aquaracer Black Dial Watch
TAG Heuer Men's WAP1110.BA0831 Aquaracer Black Dial Watch

Best Men's Watch Under $2000 2013

My pick in this category is a watch that's just above $1,000, the TAG Heuer Men's WAP1110.BA0831 Aquaracer Black Dial Watch. I like that it has a large face but that it doesn't feel overly bulky.

As you'd expect at this price range the dial window is made of Anti reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and it's water resistant to 984 feet. The quartz movement is battery operated and the case and bracelet are polished with brush steel. Tag Heuer also gives you lifetime battery replacements.

Overall this is a beautiful watch that I purchased earlier this year and wonderful to have in my collection. It's definitely suit worthy.

Breitling Men's A1739102 - BA78 Superocean
Breitling Men's A1739102 - BA78 Superocean

Best Men's Watch Under $3000 2015

Breitling is a fantastic Swiss watch and professional instrument company that's been in business since 1884. They are constantly innovating and improving their technology and instruments and are the original inventors of the modern chronograph. Because of this innovation they have workeed with the air force and partnered with luxury automobile manufacturer Bentley.

Breitling also continues to sponsors aeronautical endeavors because of its association with aviation. Want to know more about Breitling? Here are a few videos explaining the history of Breitling since 1884.

Because of its history and involvement in aviation I'm proud to own several Breitling watches. Perhaps the best value Breitling watch on the market in 2014 is the Breitling Men's A1739102/BA78 Superocean which is stainless steel with an anti-reflective sapphire dial window. Details for this watch include automatic self wind, 6600 Feet water resistance, 22 millimeters band width, 16.7 millimeters case thickness, 44 millimeters case diameter, fold over clasp with safety, and includes a 2 year warranty.

TAG Heuer Men's CV2A10.BA0796 Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch
TAG Heuer Men's CV2A10.BA0796 Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch

Best Watch for Men Under $5,000 2014

This next watch is one of the more stunning in my collection and at under $4,000 is a great buy for the money. The TAG Heuer Men's Carrera Automatic Chronograph Watch watch sells itself with its sophisticated Black Aluminum Bezel with a white marker Tachymeter. The hands are silver toned and luminous and powered completely by automatic self-wind movement.

The stunning chronograph has 12 hour, 30 minute, and 60-second subdials. The right side of the watch also features an elegant crown with a black cabochon with two pushers.

Additional details include: Sapphire crystal dial window, fold over clasp with double push button, calendar date display, 100 meter water resistant, and the bracelet is tapered stainless steel.

Cartier Men's W7100015 Calibre de Cartier Silver Opaline Dial Watch
Cartier Men's W7100015 Calibre de Cartier Silver Opaline Dial Watch

Best Men's Watch Under $10000 2014

Like Breitling, Cartier also can trace its history back more than a hundred years when Louis-François Cartier took over the workshop of his master in Paris, France in 1847. Only pocket watches were produced until 1904 when Alberto Santos-Dumont complained to Louis (the founder's grandson) that pocket watches were not practical to use while flying. Louis set out and made a square wrist watch that immediately gained popularity.

The featured watch in this price range is the Cartier Men's W7100015 which I don't own but have been able to borrow from a fellow collector on occasion. The watch certainly takes on the sophistication and elegance of French style while maintaining a look of strength and fortitude.

L'Odyssee de Cartier

This is a film about Cartier's history, a journey between dream and reality and showcases some of Cartier's more modern and artistic pieces.

Zenith ChronoMaster Men's Watch 18-1260-4034-02-C506
Zenith ChronoMaster Men's Watch 18-1260-4034-02-C506

Best Luxury Men's Watch 2015

Below I've listed a few men's watches that I've been admiring over the last year. One I've been able to wear but have yet to own is the Men's Zenith ChronoMaster which in my opinion is one of the most elegant watches I've ever seen at any price point. The metallic portions of its design are made with 18K Rose Gold including the Double Folding Clasp on the Leather Crocodile band, Roman Numerals, and hands. There are 3 chronographs which include; a 12 hour register, 30 minute register, and a central second register. The Dial window is Sapphire Crystal Scratch Resistant while the case back is Screw-In Sapphire Crystal See-Through.

Overall the Zenith ChronoMaster can be the highlight of any serious watch collection and is worthy of its pricey tag.

Stuhrling Original Men's 165A.33112 Skeleton
Stuhrling Original Men's 165A.33112 Skeleton

Best Men's Skeleton Watches 2014

Buying a new watch doesn't always have to be expensive and there's a few skeleton models out there right now that I believe are just as elegant and interesting as watches many times their price. The one I believe to be the absolute best value is the Stuhrling Original Men's 165A.33112 Classic Winchester. The dial window, made of Krysterna scratch resistant crystal, showcases the inner workings of the watch which are entirely exposed.

Overall you get a fantastic Swiss watch with Reliable automatic-self-wind movement and 20 jewels at a fraction of the price of many others. It's definitely worth a look as a start to any man's collection.

Men's 51-30 Watch with Black Dial [Watch] Nixon
Men's 51-30 Watch with Black Dial [Watch] Nixon

Best Big Face Men Watch 2014

Big face watches are in-style right now and below I've listed a few of my favorites for 2015. Of all of these that I've tried my favorite is the Nixon Men's 51-30.

It's important to understand, for this type of a watch, that it's not practical for every day use. I find these heavier watches perfect for a lunch meeting or evening event. They are bold and will truly get you noticed.

Overall while it is a bit heavy as a big guy it doesn't bother me much and I really like how it looks. It's also an absolute steal right now at Under $300. Another similar watch that also has great value is the Diesel Men's DZ7221 SBA Silver Watch shown below.

Men's Pocket Watch
Men's Pocket Watch

Best Men's Pocket Watches 2015

It's fun to own something a little bit different than what most other people have and with a beautifully designed pocket watch you get just that. It can be a compliment to any fine piece of clothing.

The featured watch is made by the Charles-Huber Paris company and has a Satin Finish. The inner-workings of it are beautifully exposed through the window. The movement is mechanical hand wind.

Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch
Garmin Forerunner 110 GPS-Enabled Sports Watch

Best GPS Sports Watch for Men 2014

Knowing how long and how far you've gone is essential in creating the feedback you need in order to improve your running or biking. The Garmin Forerunner 110 is the bestselling watch for runners right now because its packed with useful features that are easy-to use.

Technical details include; GPS-enabled trainer watch accurately records your distance, time and pace, High-sensitivity GPS receiver, Rechargeable battery, and you can upload your data to the Garmin Connect site in order to view your workout summaries and create new goals. In my opinion, it's a must-have for any serious long distance runner.

Unique Nixon Watch
Unique Nixon Watch

A Cool, Funky, and Unique Men's Watch

Here's a watch that you normally wouldn't consider dressy, but right now is making a big push in style. Featured in the picture is the Nixon Newton watch which is perfect for the man looking for something that's just a little bit different. It's lightweight, looks great, and is a great value at under $100.

Want to look at some more unique watches?

Check out this post written entirely about these new watches; Cool, Funky, and Unique Men's Watches.

Men's Watches Discussion and Commentary

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      5 years ago

      I am looking for an analog chronograph watch for men at below $50 with steel case and band and a fine finish, at least 3 atm WR. If the dial is also a nice intricate 3 layer, it would be preferred. In general I need brand new real chronograph watch for under $50 brand new from a reputable manufacturer??? Please recommend.


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