Never underestimate the value of a great timepiece, quite literally when it comes to the best watches under $200. Staying on time in style is of the utmost importance as you look to build out a full ensemble, and it’s more important than ever in 2022 as you look to dress once more with intention. There’s a timepiece for every type of style fan and watch enthusiast, and at lower prices than you might think.
From the best field watches to stylish dress watches, plenty of iconic brands (new and old) continue to take aim at the idea that buying a great watch has to be expensive. Don’t get us wrong: We love adding some of the most expensive watches to our list of stylish dreams, but the best watches under $200 deliver plenty in terms of practicality, great looks and of course, utility. And after all, sometimes, you want to wear a dependable watch that looks great in multiple scenarios — from the office to the bar and back — without needing to pony up the big bucks.
Especially if you want to invest a bit more in other areas, like stocking up on stylish sweaters for the office or stepping out in new boots, saving some hard-earned cash on a still-reliable timepiece is a great bet. You’ll also see your fair share of recognizable brands when it comes to the best watches under $200, which is just about all you can ask for, right?
We think you’re going to like what you end up with on your wrist via our guide to the best watches under $200. Shop and save now.
1. Timex + Todd Snyder Q Timex Watch
Mark our words, this isn’t the last you’ll hear about Timex in our guide to the best watches under $200 — the American brand, founded in Connecticut as a maker of clocks, ticks on to this day producing affordable, stylish timepieces everyone can appreciate. For the past six years, they’ve found a big fan and frequent collaborator in Todd Snyder, the award-winning American menswear designer with a knack for updating classic picks in a fresh way. Hence, the Q Timex Watch, the sort of timepiece that’s like a dive watch — but not quite — and like a dress watch, but not quite that, either.
The versatility of this watch is a great thing because you’re getting a 1970s-style watch you can wear with anything in your arsenal, all for well under $200. It’s crisp and cool without being too flashy, and you really can rock it seven days a week.
2. Timex Weekender Watch
This is a wear-with-anything watch. Now, when we say “wear with anything,” it’s clear that you can’t quite rock this classic Timex Weekender with a black tux or with most suits (most — it could work nicely with a lightweight khaki cotton suit sans tie, in the summer!). But that being said, for getting the most out of your cold, hard cash, Timex has long delivered. The Timex Weekender is simple, straightforward and utterly classic, with a legible, clean dial with some nice contrast between the white watch face and the olive NATO (or fabric) strap shown here.
For wearing right now with a chambray shirt and a shawl cardigan, this watch delivers. For wearing in the spring and summer with a breezy white pocket tee and light wash denim, this Timex watch also delivers. At the office with a lightweight, unstructured navy blazer, a white Oxford shirt and tan chinos? Again, this is the watch you need, and it’s one of the best watches under $200.
3. Fossil Solar-Powered Stainless Steel Digital Watch
BEST SPORTS WATCH
Finding a watch that runs on solar power is a tricky enough endeavor, made all the more tricky if you want to shop a stylish, useful watch under $200. Fossil has been in the business of innovative timepieces for decades though, with a focus that’s only grown sharper in recent years: They repurposed ocean plastic in a watch launch for Earth Day 2021, and this solar-powered digital watch is about as forward-thinking as it gets.
The stainless steel case pairs seamlessly with the black silicone band, and 330 feet of water resistance offers up plenty of sun-fueled, sporty style. Features like chronograph mode and a countdown timer bolster its utility even further. What more could you ask for in an affordable sports watch?
4. Nixon Sentry Time Teller Watch
BEST BROWN LEATHER
Nixon’s watches were first a staple on the wrists of action athletes when the brand debuted in 1997, but they’ve quickly grown into so much more, including as a resource for handsome, slightly rugged and absolutely stylish watches. That goes for leather watches, and that goes for watches under $200 in general — the Sentry Time Teller Watch is no different, with an effortlessly cool vibe that the brand themselves calls “black tie meets block party.” Here, the difference is in the slick brass case, paired with a visually striking black dial and then outfitted on a rugged-yet-office-ready brown leather strap for a study in contrasts. Wear it with a henley and blue jeans for classically durable style, or take it to the office with a stretch dress shirt and tailored chinos.
5. Original Grain Appalachian Oak Mountain Range Watch
You’ve seen timepieces built with stainless steel cases and leather straps, or all-rubber watches made for daily wear, but what about a watch that flips the equation of traditional watchmaking on its head in an impossibly cool way? That’s what you get with Original Grain, masters at mixing up materials in crafting truly one-of-a-kind timepieces. Here they’ve blended rich Appalachian Oak wood (yes, wood) with stainless steel, and they’ve done the same with the rugged band, which blends both materials seamlessly. The result is a 43mm watch that hits on all the right style notes, delivering heirloom quality at a frankly incredible price. Plus, they plant a tree for each watch sold.
6. Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch
BEST TWO-TONE WATCH
Citizen watches are known for their elegant, totally battery-less design. Thanks to the brand’s signature Eco-Drive technology, any light source will power the watch forever. This means you get to stop fussing over changing a battery and get to just focus on a stunning timepiece that will pair well with any outfit, as the complimenting gold and brown looks fashionable with just about everything.
7. Timex Q Reissue Gold Tone Bracelet Watch
Sometimes classics are classic for a reason. This reissue of the 1970s Timex Q Watch is crafted in a stunning gold color. This version includes a black and blue rotating bezel, woven gold-tone bracelet, and makes for an overall incredibly striking option for those moments when you really want to draw attention to your wrist.
8. Vincero Chrono S Watch
BEST TEXTURED LEATHER
If you’re well accustomed to watches and want and upgrade that announces how sophisticated you are, look no further than this rose gold Chrono S Watch from Vincero. The outer casing adds a pop of color to the Italian leather watch band that looks as good as it feels (and the leather will only get better with each wear.) The interior faces allow for timing features for a nice value-add. But the face itself is sharp without being too splashy, resulting in a complete package that looks expensive, even if you know that you got a great deal on it. Oh, and it’s scratch and water-resistant too, so you don’t need to fret if it happens to get a little dig on it.
9. Braun Watch
Not every single watch has to look like it’s trying to compete with a Rolex, which is where a stripped-down approach like this offering from Braun comes into play. The clean, black face really pops with the yellow second hand and the date display at the bottom. Otherwise, the watch is, overall, very minimalist in a manner that manages to be trendy. The steel bracelet is a bit of a rugged touch to give it more character. And it’s water-resistant to 165 feet in case you go for a swim while wearing it.
10. MVMT Minimalist Vintage Watch
BEST EVERYDAY WATCH
There’s a chance you’ve heard of MVMT (short for “movement”) before, as the direct-to-consumer watch brand has been making waves in the watch space over the last few years. The smartly priced and fashionable watches are a great way to get a good-looking watch for not a whole lot. We particularly like this vintage-inspired watch that’s great to dress up or down depending on what the situation calls for at any given point. Plus, the watches come with a two-year guarantee, so you can get your money back if you don’t love it.
11. Invicta 14876 Specialty Chronograph Watch
If you’d rather have a nice, chain watch for special and fancy occasions, this watch from Invicta is a fantastic offering. The gold-touches just look nice, helping to give the watch a special feel. Interior dials allow for timing, and for a date display. And it’s waterproof up to 165 feet so you can swim with no issue. It’s a fancy watch that doesn’t cost a fancy price.
12. Fossil Nate Watch
There’s something inherently mysterious about someone who rocks all black. And we’re not just talking about clothes, but down to your watch too. Fossil will help you channel your inner man of mystery with this jet black number that’s showy in its singular hue. The boldness of the numbers on the dial matches the boldness of the person who wears it, making for a fantastic statement piece.
13. Luminox Black Carbon Watch
For those tough guys who want a watch as rugged as they are, this Black Carbon watch from Luminox makes for a fitting companion. The rubber strap is a great compliment to the chunkier face. The interior hands are luminous to help you tell time even when it’s dark out. The date display is tucked away in the corner where it won’t interfere too much with the actual time-telling. It’s a watch that’s equally as suitable for power lunches as it is for powerlifting.
14. Swatch Digital Quartz Watch
BEST DRESS WATCH
With its sharp blue face, silver accents, and rich coffee leather strap, this Swatch Digital Quartz Watch offers just the right amount of color and pop to any outfit. Plus, the date functionality allows you to see, at a glance, what day it is so you’re never out of the loop.
15. Timex Easy Reader Day-Date Expansion Watch
Men who aren’t quite sure about working a watch into their daily life should consider this watch from Timex. The Reader Day-Date is a fantastic value for a watch that not only looks really clean but has plenty of features to turn even the most hardened skeptic into a believer. The Day-Date functionality allows for a quick glance at the day and date alongside the time. The contrasting red and black numbers on the face pop nicely without drawing too much attention to itself while the silver band is just flash enough to garner all sorts of praise.
16. Casio G-Shock Quartz Resin Watch
BEST RUGGED & AFFORDABLE
Casio’s line of G-Shock watches is now back in style, with their beefier face and great shock-absorbing abilities. The two-tone face of this particular version is not only striking but capable of taking a beating should it somehow fall off your wrist and onto a hard surface. The digital readout is a nice way of changing things up as well.
17. Swatch Transparent Silicone Watch
Swatch is known for watches that make bold and interesting statements and this Transparent Silicone Watch certainly accomplishes both. The translucent face allows you to see the interior workings of the watch itself, providing a striking watch that’s bound to garner all kinds of compliments when you wear it.
18. MVMT Minimal Sport Caspian Black Watch
MVMT’s take on a traditional dive watch turns out to be anything but plain. Thanks to a blacked-out colorway, this watch will look good no matter where you end up wearing it. However, should you take it diving, it’s good to dive up to 100 meters, which should provide plenty of great aquatic adventures.
19. Citizen Eco-Drive Axiom Watch
With a totally clean watch face and date functionality, the Citizen Eco-Drive Axiom is a pretty minimalist offering. Great for those who are used to wearing a watch but want something radically different, this watch is a great second or even third option. Plus, it’s still powered by that fantastic Eco-Drive functionality.
20. Tommy Hilfiger Quartz Watch
With its silicone strap and blue accents, this watch from Tommy Hilfiger might be a slight departure from watches you’re otherwise used to wearing. But it is nice to change things up every now and again! The watch face has a unique spin on day/date functionality with its sliding, notch-like functionality. Overall, the watch makes for a great secondary option if you already have a few watches you like already.
21. Goodfellow & Co Amber Crystal Watch
Target’s in-house men’s line, Goodfellow & Co, is known for making really stylish products for really fantastic prices. That’s certainly the case here, as this gorgeous brown watch is under $20 (!) and will look good on any wrist. Minimalist in its design, it still manages to be extremely elegant.