Best Men’s Watches 2018-2019 : 20 Best Mens watches under 200 -2018 – Best Designer and Budget Watches

Best Men’s Watches 2018-2019 : 20  Best Mens watches under 200 -2018 – Best Designer and Budget Watches

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A watch says a lot about a man. Obviously, if you’re walking around with a $10,000 Rolex on your wrist, you’re broadcasting the “I’m wealthy” signal. But if you’re not wealthy enough (yet!) to buy a high-end watch, or if you already have a high-end watch but you don’t want to wear it in your everyday life (try wearing a Rolex on the subway and see what happens), it’s good to spend a bit of cash to get a nice-looking watch that you don’t have to worry about losing or damaging.

So, we scouted some of our favorites, assembling a list of the 20 best watches available for under $200—they look good enough to wear anywhere, but are affordable enough that you won’t have to break the bank to buy ‘em.

Please note that even though they’re compatible with the Apple iPhone, Android Wear smartwatches will deliver the best user experience when paired with an Android smartphone.

The Best Looking Men’s Watches under $200

But first, the (way too philosophical) case for wearing a wristwatch…

Q: Why wear a watch when I’ve always got my phone on me?

A: If we start dying the day we are born, then would it not behoove us to appreciate our fleeting existence instead of passing from one distraction to the next? A mobile phone is a stunning achievement in technology, but it does little to further the human experience. They are effective devices for communicating, but they’re also a gateway to addicting, wasteful distractions. But wearing a wristwatch is a constant, visible reminder that your life is not unlimited. Each flick of the second hand is a tangible signal of your eventual demise. We are all dying men, and our perishing only accelerates when we fall oblivious to the inexorable period at the end of our sentence. A wristwatch is a stylish reminder that we are always running out of paper and ink.

So, dead man, here’s 2016’s best looking watches under $200. Maybe one will catch your eye… before it and its eyeball neighbor closes forever.

Did you know your watch says a lot about you and your style?  Besides being used for practical reasons, the right watch adds a little something-something to your wrist and allows you to make a statement without having to try.  This season we’re still seeing all the great classic silver and gold watches, but now the watch faces are changing, quite drastically, in shape and size.  And you know what?  We’re ok with that.  Here’s our editor’s picks for the best selling and on-trend watches for guys in 2018

1.  Best Men’s Watch for 2017:  Movado ‘Large Bold’ Bracelet Watch 42mm – Buy It Here For $595

Mens Watches 2016: Movado Large Black Bracelet Watch 42mm

Buy Here: $595


2.  Skagen Ancher Chronograph Mesh Strap Watch, 40mm – Buy It Here For $150

Buy Here: $150


3.  Nixon Gold Charger Bracelet Watch For Men, 42mm – Buy It Here For $165

Buy Here: $165


4.  Ted Baker ‘Connor’ Leather Strap Watch, 42mm in Ecru & Blue – Buy It Here For $110

Buy Here: $110


5.  Michael Kors Large Lexington Chronograph Bracelet Watch, 45mm – Buy It Here For $275

Buy Here: $275


6.  Shinola “The Runwell” Leather Strap 47mm Watch – Buy It Here For $550

New Shinola Watch for Men 2016

Buy Here: $550


7.  Nixon Men’s Rotolog Dark-Wood (Water-Resistant) Watch – Buy It Here For $153

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Buy Here: $153


8.  Jack Mason Brand Nautical Chronograph NATO Strap Watch, 42mm – Buy It Here For $275

New Jack Mason Mens Watch 2016

Buy Here: $275


9.   Invicta Men’s 6981 Pro Diver Analog Swiss Chronograph Black Polyurethane Watch – Buy It Here For $90

Buy Here: $90


10.  Tissot Couturier Chronograph Leather Strap Watch, 41mm – Buy It Here For $525

Buy Here: $525


11.  Gucci Black Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch 44mm – Buy It Here For $1,895

Gucci Black Stainless Steel Watch for Men 2016

Buy Here: $1,895


12. Movado Navy Edge Watch with Black Rubber Strap  – Buy It Here For $495

Movado Black Rubber Watch 2016

Buy Here: $495


13.  Junghans ‘Max Bill’ Stainless Steel & Leather Watch – Buy It Here For $1,095

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Buy Here: $1,095


14.  Apple Smart Watch (Sport) Space Gray Aluminum Case/Black Band – Buy It Here For $303

2016 Apple Smart Watch Black Band: Mens Watches

Buy Here: $303


15.  Skagan ‘Ancher’ Round Leather Strap Watch, 40mm – Buy It Here For $81

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Buy Here: $81


16.  Ben Sherman Men’s ‘Carnaby Outdoor’ Quartz Stainless Steel and Cloth Automatic Watch – Buy It Here For $118

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Buy Here: $118


17.  Shop Some Classic & Traditional Watches – Pick Your Favorite Here

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More Designer Watches Here!


18.  BONUS: Rolex Sky Dweller 18kt Yellow Gold Mens Watch – Buy It Here For $33,000

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Buy Here: $33,000


2016 Best Watches For Men Under $500

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11.  Gucci Black Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch 44mm – Buy It Here For $1,895

Gucci Black Stainless Steel Watch for Men 2016

Buy Here: $1,895


12. Movado Navy Edge Watch with Black Rubber Strap  – Buy It Here For $495

Movado Black Rubber Watch 2016

Buy Here: $495


13.  Junghans ‘Max Bill’ Stainless Steel & Leather Watch – Buy It Here For $1,095

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Buy Here: $1,095


14.  Apple Smart Watch (Sport) Space Gray Aluminum Case/Black Band – Buy It Here For $303

2016 Apple Smart Watch Black Band: Mens Watches

Buy Here: $303


15.  Skagan ‘Ancher’ Round Leather Strap Watch, 40mm – Buy It Here For $81

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Buy Here: $81


16.  Ben Sherman Men’s ‘Carnaby Outdoor’ Quartz Stainless Steel and Cloth Automatic Watch – Buy It Here For $118

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Buy Here: $118


17.  Shop Some Classic & Traditional Watches – Pick Your Favorite Here

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More Designer Watches Here!


18.  BONUS: Rolex Sky Dweller 18kt Yellow Gold Mens Watch – Buy It Here For $33,000

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Buy Here: $33,000

Orient Ray II Automatic – $189.02

Orient Ray II Automatic | Dappered.com

Already on Amazon for under two bills. Automatic movement that hacks and hand winds. 200 m water resistance. 120 click bezel helps keep track of elapsed time. Classic dive-watch looks. Recently re-designed, and that movement is an improvement over the old option.

Rodina NOMOS Homage – $119.99

Rodina NOMOS Homage | Dappered.com

Made by the largest manufacturer of mechanical movements in the world (that’d be China’s Sea-Gull). It is an unabashed, some would say totally shameless, “homage” to the much, MUCH more expensive Nomos Tangente. Same Bahaus looks, at a much more accessible price. Rotor isn’t as silent as most automatics, but it does have a sapphire crystal, and overall, the thing delivers. Full review here. UPDATE: Got some bad news from a reader named Harrison. He ordered this thing, and upon arrival all he got was… wait for it… an empty box. Sea-Gull has so far denied refunding him or sending him another watch. I had something similar happen to me once (a box showed up, empty, with no watch in it.) but the company made good, quickly, by sending another watch. It wasn’t Sea-Gull though. Just beware. If something goes sideways, you might have a terrible time trying to get the company to rectify the problem. 

Timex x Red Wing 42mm Chrono, 40mm, or 38mm – $138 – $158

Timex x Red Wing

Easily one of the most successful watch releases of 2016. Timex took a couple designs from their retro-inspired Waterbury design, and paired it up with straps made from Red Wing boot leather. The end result flew off the shelves, and for a while there, was tough to find. Now back in stock via Todd Snyder (the exclusive US distributor), or, via END clothing, for less, as long as you’re willing to take the over-seas shipping risk. Image above is via the Timex Instagram.

Orient Bambino Version I, II, and III – $130 – $180ish

Orient Bambino

Orient’s flagship dress watches. Or… flagships. Flagfleet? The original is a total classic. Version #2 uses more antique looking elements. Version #3 is modern and minimalist. All are powered by an in-house, automatic movement, and the domed crystals are a brilliant touch. Price and in-stock selection can vary depending on where you’re buying from, but the most popular places to find these seem to be Long Island Watch, Amazon, and direct through Orient’s USA site.

Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Dive Watch – $199.99

Deep Blue Master 1000 Automatic Dive Watch | Dappered.com

Not the easiest to find (currently sold out via GILT, but keep an eye out at flash sale sites for these things), but you get a lot of hard working watch for the cash. 300m water resistance means it should handle rough swimming with relative ease. Thick case has a very sturdy feel to it. Helium release valve at ten o’clock, while useless to the vast majority of us, helps give it a more sporty and balanced look. Movement hacks and hand winds. Looks terrific on a NATO strap.

Seiko SPC163P2 Dress Chronograph – $147.99

Seiko SPC163P2 Dress Chronograph | Dappered.com

It’s back! Reviewed this thing months ago, and then it disappeared from US retailers. Not only is it back, it’s also available with a black dial on a black leather strap. Applied indices, multi-level dial, and sharp hands make it look much more expensive than the asking price. Looks great dressed up. Would also look really sharp on a brown leather strap. Also pictured at the top of the post.

Withings Activite Steel – $149.95 ($169.95)

Withings Activite Steel

The sleeker looking option from Withings. Yes, that is in fact an activity tracker. One of the better looking affordable activity trackers on the market. To see how it (or at least it’s kid brother, the “Pop”) measures up against another activity tracker from Timex, head here.

Citizen Canvas Band Eco Drive Chronograph – $176.25

Citizen Canvas Band Eco Drive Chronograph | Dappered.com

Casual for sure, but the build quality plus the fact that it’s powered by light means it can be a maintenance free go-to for years and years and years to come. Vintage military looks. Even the strap has metal grommets instead of cheap, punched out holes. Simple and intuitive. 42mm case. If you’d prefer something smaller, they make a very similar, non-chrono version which runs around $120.

Daniel Wellington Watches: $80 – $100ish

Daniel Wellington | Dappered.com

When some of the more affordable watch makers went off the deep end in terms of strange, almost Transformers/Voltron looking designs, Daniel Wellington launched and doubled down on the dead simple. Not even a date window on these things. Quartz movement of course. 40mm in diameter for the men’s styles. Plenty of bright striped fabric strap options, as well as more subdued leather bands.

Standard Instruments Pilot Mission Timer Watch – $199.98 ($267)

Standard Instruments Pilot Mission Timer Watch

That case shape. Oyster-y. Casual, rugged, but designed with serious purpose and based on military designs from the 1970s. No branding on these things. Swiss Rhonda quartz movement, and despite being quartz, there’s a nice, almost mechanical/automatic heft to it. But it’s not weighty either. Something you could easily wear during whatever active activity you prefer. 42mm in diameter, but wears larger thanks to the 47mm lug to lug distance (yet it still doesn’t look or wear like a monster.)

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph – $199$225

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph

Has made plenty of lists since this brand debuted a couple years back (used to be called Antonie Arnaud, now they’re Armogan), and they get all those mentions for good reason. They 100% nailed the design with this watch. Retro inspired, but doesn’t look like you’re wearing a prop. Speaking of prop, the slim, propeller like hands are gorgeous. As is the font they chose for the dial. Sure, it’s a quartz (Miyota), and yes the domed crystal is just mineral and not sapphire, but the looks are so well done that plenty of us overlook the sorta ho-hum specs. And the build quality really does feel nice and solid. Nothing flimsy, rickety, or noisy. Well made. Looks great. Tells the time and the 12 hour chronograph is a nice bonus. Also available direct through Armogan’s website for $232.

Skagen Holst Multi Function – $84.98$155

Skagen Holst Multi Function

A seemingly perpetual high-style for a low-price favorite. Modern and minimalist, without being too modern and minimalist. Big fan of how they ditched the traditional date window at 3 o’clock, and instead transmit the day and date via sub-dials at six and twelve. Available in a couple different strap & dial combos, but it’s hard to beat the lean and mean looking silver dial on a black strap. 40mm case size. Nice and slim. Full review here.

Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono – $99.11

Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono

One of Timex’s more sturdy feeling models. Second time zone indicator, chronograph, indiglo, and that true-blue dial looks terrific up against the surprisingly supple brown leather band. 43mm in diameter but doesn’t wear too big or clunky. Would look great with shorts and a polo, as well as dark jeans, well made boots, and a warm sweater come fall. Other dial/strap color combos available. Oddly priced pretty high, at $165, direct through Timex. So, look on Amazon or elsewhere.

Bulova 96B104 Dress Watch – $93

Bulova 96B104 Dress Watch

These were David Wellington in style long before David Wellington came along. Simple. Clean. The band is super flimsy, but the watch itself feels decent enough for the price. Just 37mm in diameter, so best for guys looking for something with a (very) classic size, or, happen to have smaller wrists. They used to put the undeniably cool, tuning fork logo at 12 o’clock on these, but a few years back they switched that out for a basic looking “BULOVA” badge.

Seiko 5 SNK80 Series Automatic – $58

Seiko 5 SNK80 Series Automatic

Small package at just 36mm in diameter. Small price. Legendary watch. Aviation inspired. Powered by a tough, inexpensive, Seiko 5 automatic movement. This is the kind of watch you’d see on many a wrist in a zombie apocalypse movie (as long as, y’know, the characters aren’t swimming through rivers… water resistance is just 30m). Exhibition caseback. Available in multiple color/strap combos.

Citizen BL5250-02L Titanium Eco-Drive Watch – $199.99

Citizen BL5250-02L Titanium Eco-Drive Watch

Seems like this model is one of Citizen’s longest running designs. And for good reason. Its titanium case is lightweight, but the beefy size keeps it from looking or feeling flimsy. Sure, the dial has a LOT going on, but large, sword style hands make it easy to read. Getting used to the complicated quartz movement will take some time, but once you get the hang of it, you realize this watch can do a few tricks most others can’t. Full review here.

Timex Fairfield Grey Strap – $55.96 ($69.95)

Timex Fairfield Grey Strap

A dead-simple, clean, unisex style that can be worn with just about anything. Started showing up in Timex promo materials (and in images on their website…) yet was tough to find for the longest time. Seems like Kohl’s of all places is the place to nab one of these on a discount? 20mm lugs means you can mix and match plenty of after market straps with ease, while the 41mm brass, silver-tone case should look just fine on most wrists.

Seiko SRP767 Automatic – $149.14

Seiko SRP767 Automatic

Full honesty: Some guys are gonna hate the looks of this watch. It leans heavily towards the jewelry end. The case itself isn’t matte or brushed, but instead cleanly polished. And the links have some shine to them too. Now, that said, it feels extremely well made for the mid $100s price. The movement hacks and hand winds. The silver, textured dial is something else in person. And the blue hands are pretty damn handsome. Skeleton caseback gives you a view of the movement. Onion style crown is easy to grip and pops into each position with a decisive click. No wiggle or wobble. Looks like something from decades past. In a good way. Might be worth trying to put on a leather strap? Maybe?

Casio MDV106-1AV Dive Watch – $40.99

Casio MDV106-1AV Dive Watch

Almost certainly the best bang-for-the-buck watch on the market today. For $41 you get 200m of water resistance, a stainless steel case and rotating bezel that feels much more expensive, and classic looks that at a glance look like this thing cost a heck of a lot more than a quick trip to the ATM. Even the stock rubber strap that it comes on is decent (soft-ish, not rigid plastic). Throw an aftermarket strap on there to boost its already good looks to the next level.

Seiko SNDC31 Cream Dial Chronograph – $99.00

Seiko SNDC31 Cream Dial Chronograph

A well designed, retro-inspired chronograph look from a dependable brand. Similar to the Armogan Spirit of St. Louis, but smaller and cheaper. Font & layout looks like it’d be quite at home on the dash of Jay Gatsby’s yellow convertible. 38mm case wears a little larger. Closer to 40mm. Maybe it’s those chronograph pushers on the side. Also available in a black on black scheme.

Invicta Pro Automatic – $84.99

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Secret Agent looks on a cubical worker’s budget. Good feel and solid, 200m water resistance too. Nice stainless steel band and case. Automatic movement. Exhibition case back. 40mm case dial. Also looks great on a rubber/silicone or leather strap. (Yes, leather, even though it’s a diver. Why not?) Amazon description currently says it’s Made in the USA? Um… pretty sure it’s not.

Kenneth Cole Dress Chronograph – $85.00

Kenneth Cole Dress Chronograph

Kenneth Cole? Really? Hear me out. While Mr. Cole doesn’t have the greatest rep around these parts, this watch has 185 reviews on Amazon, and it’s currently sitting at 4.5/5 stars. Not bad for our ever hyper-critical world. And in-person, it doesn’t disappoint. Looks like something that could have appeared at a World’s Fair during the roaring 20s. No date window on this thing, which some will hate, while others will appreciate the increased symmetry. Beautiful font. A really nice looking dress chrono. But beware. Some reviews have reported duds. So make sure you order from somewhere with an easy and customer friendly return policy. Also know that the leather strap is far from the best. It’s real glossy. Many (if not most) will want to find a replacement.

NOTE: As is always the case, get to know the return and warranty policy of the seller you’re purchasing from. Unless you’re buying direct from the brand, or a pricey authorized retailer, warranty details almost certainly won’t match up with the original guarantee. But, plenty of us have had a ton of luck with the likes of Amazon, Jomashop, etc… and that’s why those are linked to above, if the price is far better when compared to buying direct through the maker. Know of a watch that costs less than $200 and should have made the list? Feel free to send those tips in to:

1 Huawei Watch 2 Classic

Huawei Watch 2 Classic

$370 BUY NOW

With sleek looks, excellent OLED display with high resolution, two-day battery life, and snappy performance, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is handily the best Android Wear device in its price range. Other important bits about the smartwatch include a built-in heart-rate sensor and GPS, IP68 rating for water resistance, and standard 22-millimeter lugs for easy strap changes. 

More: Pair Your Smartwatch With One of These Great Android Phones

2 Casio WSD-F20 Protrek Smartwatch

CASIO WSD-F20 Protrek Smartwatch

$500 BUY NOW

Made by the company that’s been synonymous with tough watches since the early ’80s, the Casio WSD-F20 Protrek is the most rugged Android Wear smartwatch available today. Designed for outdoorsy personalities, the watch has built-in GPS, sophisticated dual-screen setup (it has one monochrome and one color display panel), a 50-meter water-resistant body, and up to a month of battery life in watch-only mode (up to two days when connected to a smartphone).

We only wish that Casio had opted to use fully circular display panels with higher resolution on the WSD-F20, especially considering the device’s price tag. In this regard, the watch lags behind the rest of the high-end Android Wear crowd. 

3 Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Smartwatch

Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 Smartwatch

from $255 BUY NOW

Available in a plethora of styles, the Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 is an Android Wear smartwatch with the latest-generation Qualcomm processor for wearable devices. Like its regular Fossil siblings, the device combines casual looks and good build quality. We only wish that Fossil opted to equip the smartwatch with a fully circular display.

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4 ASUS ZenWatch 3 Smartwatch

ASUS ZenWatch 3

$229 BUY NOW

The ASUS ZenWatch 3 has flashy gold accents, a high-resolution circular AMOLED touch display, and a trio of hardware buttons. A fast-charging battery and an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance are also among the device’s key highlights. The watch is available with a black or silver stainless steel case and a matching band. The ZenWatch 3 lacks a heart-rate sensor.

5 Huawei Watch 2 Smartwatch

Huawei Watch 2

$300 BUY NOW

The Huawei Watch 2 has been designed with active personalities in mind. It has a high-resolution, fully circular OLED display that’s among the best on any smartwatch, plus built-in GPS, a heart-rate sensor, and excellent battery life (up to two full days). The watch is also IP68 waterproof.

6 LG Watch Sport Smartwatch

LG Watch Sport

$349 BUY NOW

The LG Watch Sport has a fully circular P-OLED display that’s among the best out there. Other key features of the watch include LTE connectivity for full independence from your smartphone (works with AT&T), support for Android Pay, and a trio of buttons for navigating the user interface, including a rotating crown button. The gadget also offers a full set of activity-tracking features, including a heart-rate sensor and GPS. The strap of the smartwatch is not user-replaceable.

More: An In-Depth Look at the LG Watch Sport

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7 LG Watch Style Smartwatch

LG Watch Style

from $229 BUY NOW

Launched alongside the LG Watch Sport, the LG Watch Style has a much slimmer profile, thanks to the lack of a heart-rate sensor and LTE connectivity. Designed to appeal to a wider audience of potential users, the Watch Style has swappable bands, a beautiful, fully circular touchscreen, and a rotating crown button for navigating the Android Wear interface. There are three colors to pick from — silver, rose gold, and titanium.

8 Michael Kors Access Smartwatch

Michael Kors Access Smartwatch

$395 BUY NOW

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a flashier Android Wear smartwatch than this Michael Kors offering. Available in a multitude of styles, the oversized smartwatch has a water-resistant body, user-replaceable straps, and up to two days of battery life. Its display is not fully circular, however.

9 TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch

TAG Heuer Connected 2 smartwatch

from $1,550 BUY NOW

The TAG Heuer Connected 2 is an ultra luxurious Android Wear device with modular design and superb craftsmanship. You can choose between a body made from titanium, rose gold, or ceramic. One of the titanium options includes diamonds as well. Sapphire crystal comes standard on all options, while the band choices include leather, silicone, and titanium.

The luxury watchmaker’s second smartwatch is also a nice gateway to the company’s mechanical timepieces, as the Swiss manufacturer will allow you to swap the smartwatch module for a mechanical one.

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10 Nixon Mission Smartwatch

Nixon Mission Smartwatch

from $322 BUY NOW

The Nixon Mission is a large and incredibly rugged Android Wear smartwatch that’s water-resistant up to a whopping 100 meters. It has a sweet, fully circular AMOLED touchscreen, the latest chip for wearable devices by Qualcomm, GPS, a built-in thermometer, and an altimeter. There are three distinct colors to pick from — black, gray, and orange. 

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