Many of us think that affording a smartwatch or a fitness wristwatch or a watch that is equipped with latest features is beyond our means – that is, these watches are expensive and not really made or designed for the common man. But the truth is far from this. In this age, thanks to advanced technology and innovative designing, engineering and production processes, it has become relatively easier to get a dream wristwatch at the best rates. There are affordable timepieces, both automatic and quartz – watches that are priced within your budget; watches that are below $50 or below $100 and so on.
And these are not inferior-quality watches, in anyways. These are not wristwatches that are made with low-grade materials or ones that will started to develop snags within days of purchase. These watches are genuinely well-made with the best of materials, designed for superior performance, powered with the most advanced technology and made with smartest features. And, to top it – they are from some of the most respected brands in the industry. These are timepieces that are truly worth the amount and in fact even more – these are real value-for-money wristwatches. Basically when shopping for watches the requirements you should be asking yourself about are: lifestyle, value, price, aesthetic value and functionality. Believe it or not someone somewhere always forgets one of these and ends up making a choice that doesn’t suit them.
To drive home the point and to prove our point that that there are timepieces available at affordable prices, we are listing out the top 30 best value watches to look forward to this year in 2020. These are watches that have stood the test of time on different parameters that include – durability and steadfastness, superior functional features, avant garde performance and impressive looks. From simple and minimalistic analog and digital watches to smartwatches that act as motivators towards your fitness goals, there are plentiful to look forward to.
Best value watches under $50
US Military Men’s Analog-Digital Chronograph Silver-Time and Black Silicone Strap Watch by Wrist Armor
Priced at $49.99, this is a cool and trendy wristwatch that reads both analog and digital time. The good thing is that you get to select from three colored options of the seconds hands – Red, Blue, and Yellow. A sports watch with 52mm case diameter and powered by Quartz movement, this waterproof wristwatch has backlight, an alarm and displays time in analog and digital format. The watch is suitable for swimming and snorkeling but not for underwater activities. The matching silicone strap is made with superior quality which adds style and comfort to this unique timepiece and made to fit tight with your wrist. Weighing at 5.2 ounces, the watch is a good buy at this price. A. Each Wrist Armor watch comes with a branded gift box and has a 2-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
Casio Men’s Solar Sport Combination Watch
Priced at $37.49, this affordably priced watch from a leading wristwatch brand should definitely be your preferred buy for its robustness and high-energy performance. Choose from two great colors -black and green. Not only does this watch cost less, it runs on a sustainable mode with the solar battery. With full charge, the batteries run consistently for 10 months at a stretch. You need to recharge the battery using a solar panel that is built into the watch. Dual time keeping – analog and digital, 5 daily alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, auto calendar with 12/24-hour format. World time, displays day in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian and German. With LED Backlight and water resistant till 100 meters, the watch also has neo-brite luminous markers and hands.
Timex Unisex Expedition Classical Digital Chrono Alarm Time Mid-size watch
Priced at $41.11, this is another top brand that presents its Expedition Classical watch with the patented Indiglo lit-up dial face. With a stopwatch, countdown timer, this digital watch with an auto calendar is available in different colors – black, plum, blue, gray stripe, gray and blue, gray and pink stripe, red, blue, and blue and black stripe. Comes with nylon strap that makes it comfortable to wear and take-off. The case is made of stainless-steel but still weighs 1 ounce and is extremely lightweight. Waterproof till a depth of 100 meters.
FANMIS Men’s Digital Watch
Priced at $13.99, the watch is scratch resistant dial face and shockproof too. The watch comes with a year’s warranty from the brand. Choose from different colors of the band and the case. This is an electronic sport watch with LED backlight. Waterproof up to 50 meters, the case comes with a special design so that you can easily wear the watch to the shower, for a swim or even during handwash. For all outdoor and indoor sports activities, wear it with ease for the glass is made from hard resin. Multi-functional features include- chronograph, auto calendar, alarm with a PU Silicone band comes with superior comfort.
This multifunctional watch is priced at $16.99. It has an automatic calendar in the day-date-month format, LED backlight, stopwatch, pedometer and is water resistant as well as shock resistant. The dial window is made from high-grade plastic crystal. The digital watch is powered by Quartz movement. It is available in two colors- black and green and has crisp and clean design. It has round dial with plastic case and the rubber band, the watch weights about 2.4 ounces and is extremely light and comfortable to wear and move around. Waterproof up to 99 feet.
OLEVS Classic Men Watch
This watch that runs using Japanese Quartz movement is priced at $33.77. It is available at seven different color models. This is Classic Men Watch can be worn to any occasion, is a great casual and formal wear, great for swimming but not for underwater activities. Wear it with total ease during outdoor sports activities like fishing and running. Has a night-light function that keeps the watch illuminated for 30 seconds. Big round luxurious design, this is an analog watch with minimalistic design. Powered by Japanese Quartz movement the watch is made with stainless-steel that is scratch-resistant and weighs about 2.998 ounces.
CASIO Japanese-Quartz Sport watch Analog
Priced at about $ 25, this watch has a classy look to it. Robust and tough, the watch is powered by Japanese Quartz movement; the body is made of durable plastic while the band is made of reliable resin. Has a guaranteed accuracy level of +/-20 seconds per month. It is waterproof till 100meters which means that one can wear it for swimming, sailing, snorkeling, surfing and even other surface water sports activities. Three white-colored hands showing Hours, Minutes and Seconds, with Arabic numbering on a black dial looks captivating. It has a rotating bezel and is available in 12/24-hour format.
Timex Men’s Expedition Scout 40 Watch
Another gentle looking watch created for a gentleman is this model from Timex. It is affordably priced at $39.99. It is available in a comprehensive range of almost 20+ choices of color combinations. The strap of the watch is made from genuine leather and is adjustable. This timepiece has Arabic numerals for time with markers in between, date window at 3 0’clock, and fits perfect with a wrist of 8-inch circumference. Big dial at 40mm, the case has been made of brass covered with mineral glass crystal. It comes with the patented Indiglo technology for backlight and has luminous hands. It can be worn for a swim but keep away during diving and snorkeling.
Casio Men’s W800H-1AV Classic Sport watch with black band
A truly simplistic watch from Casio priced at $17.35 has been made to meet the basic demands of time keeping. All-black digital watch that shows accurate dual time is suitable to wear to all places and goes well with all types of attire. The look is minimalistic but there is a definite sophistication in the octagonal-shaped dial. It comes with LED backlight, stopwatch and a battery life of 10 years and it’s water resistant up to 100 meters. Resin-made case has a diameter of 37mm and thickness of 13mm. It is topped by a plastic window and resin band. At 1.2 ounces weight, it is a comfortable wear.
Casio F9W-1 Classic Digital Sports watch
Rectangular small-sized dial, the digital sports watch is priced at $11.56. From one of the top brands of wristwatch makers, expect a watch that is high on performance and minimal in looks. Ideal for wearing to all types of events, this imported watch runs on Quartz movement. The resin case is 33mm wide with a mineral dial window. The ribbed resin band of the watch is comfortable. It is Water resistant and show the day and date, has features to display net time, and split time. Shows accurate time with +/- 30 seconds in a month and has a stopwatch functionality with 1/100-second accuracy. Great watch at this value.
Timex Women’s Easy Reader Date Expansion Band Watch
An elegant watch from Timex, this one is affordably priced at $39.92. Available in three different tones- Gold and white, Silver and white, and Two tone and while. The case and the band are made from durable stainless-steel. The dial face is clear white bearing big Arabic numerals from 1 to 12 with markers in between. Three hands – Hours and Minutes are black-colored while the second’s hands are gold or silver-toned. It comes with Timex Indiglo backlight dial. The band fits well with the wrist while the dial has easy-to-read time features. It is water resistant up to 30 meters. It is undoubtedly a great looking watch for women.
BENYAR Men Watch Quartz from CEYADG
A reasonably priced high-quality men’s watch at $34.98, the BENYAR watch is a chronograph multi-functional watch shows analog time. Has three sub-dials each showing the Hour, Minute and Seconds. Robustly built, this one is good value for money. The pure leather strap of the watch looks good and is quite comfortable to wear. It is also waterproof and is powered by Quartz movement. Its stylish look that matches with all kinds of clothes and for all types of events makes it a preferred choice. It is available in three different options.
CRRJU Unisex Watch Ultra-thin minimalist wrist watch
The all-white look of this cheap watch is quite impressive. It has a tone of blue color, for example in the Hours and Minutes Hands as well as in the sub-dial for seconds hands add tons of aesthetic look the watch. The ultra-thin CRRJU wristwatch is priced at $23.96 and though has been designed for men, also looks extremely elegant on the wrist of women. It can be worn for casual, official, daily or at special events. Matches perfect with all kinds of attire. The dial is extremely slim and is made of stainless-steel. It is complemented with an attractive mesh band. It is a truly minimalist simple watch! At 2.08 ounces, the watch is light in weight. It is also waterproof at 30 meters.
Marathon by Timex Men’s TW5K94800 Digital Watch
It’s a branded watch available at dearth cheap price of $17.99. Digital watch that also has 24-hour stopwatch, 2 time zones, daily alarm, 24-hour time, hourly chime, with auto calendar showing date and day. The case has a diameter of 43 mm and is made from reliable resin. The strap is also resin-made that is adjustable and fits perfect with 8-inch wrist circumference. The dial is covered by steadfast acrylic lens. It is illuminated with Indiglo backlight. The watch is water resistant up to 165 ft. The item weight is 1.76 ounces making it quite comfortable to wear to office, for a swim or a social event. It is powered by Quartz movement.
Peugeot Women’s Small Petite Link Bracelet watch
An adjustable band, 14k gold plated but made from stainless steel. It fits perfectly with your small wrist. The price is the best feature. This good-looking gold-plated watch from Peugeot is priced at $11.48 which is really value for money. There are other color options priced at $39.99 and $49.99. The watch has a basic simple design and is easy to wear and read time. It acts as a bracelet befitting all events and places and is powered by Quartz movement. Buy this watch for its sheer minimalistic look, cheap price and also Lifetime warranty from the maker. Also, lifetime free battery replacement available from Peugeot.
CUCOL Men’s Wooden Watch
A highly recommended watch because of the fact that it has been made from sustainable resources. The face and the case have been made from real good quality traditional bamboo. The scent of bamboo keeps lingering while the dial is protected by a glass. The quartz crystal oscillates at a consistent rate and requires no winding whatsoever, which accurate readings every time. This value for money eco-friendly watch is priced at $19.99. The strap is made from pure cowhide leather while the watch operates using Japanese Quartz movement. The battery comes with a long life. No winding required even if this is an analog watch. You will love this modern stylishly designed wristwatch.
MEGALITH Men’s Sports Watches
An amazing collection of sophisticated modern looking watches that are all priced at $32.99. There are six color options to pick from. This analog quartz watch has been made to be of military-grade. It is ideal for men and boys and comes with LED backlight. Ithas multifunctional features like alarm, stopwatch, auto calendar, hourly chime, scratch resistant and durable make. The battery life is three years, and is made up of rust-free material, German glasses on the dial face that are hardened. This is a designer watch best to wear to any occasion. Has a rugged look and water resistant till 30 meters and weighs 3.42 ounces.
Amuda Men’s Quartz wristwatch
Extremely reasonably priced at $12.50, bring home this smart elegant looking watch that has been made for high-quality performance. This Imported analog watch is configured with roman numbers and markers in between. The watch has three hands for hours, minutes and seconds. It is powered by Japanese Quartz movement for accurate time keeping. This timepiece is very comfortable to wear and flaunt with its impressive design and make. It comes encased in stainless-steel case that is waterproof. Its dial is a classic white with a date feature. The dial is covered with a high-hardness mineral glass. Good to wear to casual and formal places. The leather band makes tying and untying easy and convenient. Water resistant at 99 feet – okay for handwash and rain drops but not advised for swimming and diving.
OLEVS Men’s Wrist watch
Four amazing options priced at $32.99 are truly value for money. Choose from a black dial, blue dial, golden colored dial or a white dial. It is powered by Japanese Quartz movement. The watch offers guaranteed performance for a year or two with ease. The leather band of the watch is breathable making it comfortable to wear. The lens is made from tough material thereby making it scratchproof. Waterproof – good for daily wear and protected from sweat, can be worn to the shower or even during handwash. It is not recommended for swimming or underwater activities. It is recommended for formal and casual wear. It is perfect for men and boys. It is available with a 1-year warranty from the manufacturer. It features a superfluous luxury design that is made with robust stainless-steel.
Tonnier Men’s Weekender Men Watch
Conventionally designed this smart analog watch from Tonnier has been priced at $21.99. It’s really affordable for a multifunctional watch powered by Quartz Movement. Meant for all-day wear – outdoors, indoors, formal or informal meets. Plated alloy case is wear-resistant. It has a nylon strap that makes for a comfortable and durable wear. It is made up of guaranteed high-quality high-grade material. Its hands are luminous that can be used to watching time in the dark and comes with adjustable calendar. It can be worn for outdoor activities too. 3 ATM Water resistant but not meant for shower or swim. The nylon strap is stiff initially but with regular wear will soften up.
Infantry MDC Men’s Military Analog Watch
Four enviable colored dials – black, blue, green and black-green – bound by a black NATO band, this is a durable watch making it easy to wear and for comfort. Priced at only $12.99, use this watch for everyday wear, be it to your office or to an indoor or outdoor activity. A tactical sports watch with accurate analog time keeping. The watch has three hands – white colored Hour and Minute hands and red-colored seconds hand. Other features are 12/24-hour military time, anti-scratch dial window made from mineral, and encased in stainless-steel case for enhanced durability. It is 3 ATM water resistant – so no stress for water splashes but is not meant for swimming, diving, or shower. This is a minimalist stylishly designed watch which is light in weight.
BUREI Men’s Fashionable Minimalist Analog Wristwatch
A wide choice – almost 24 options to choose from – and these are all affordably priced at $25.99. The watch is slim make and reflects Nordic classic design. It looks fashionable and extremely elegant and is perfect for gifting purposes. It is a durable watch that can be worn everyday and to any kind of event. It is powered by Japanese Quartz movement. It shows Analog time with three hands and markers. It has a ate window at 3 o’clock position. The brass dial is bound by a mesh band made of stainless-steel and lobster claw clasp. It has an adjustable band, is waterproof up to 30 meters, but do not wear it for a swim or to the shower. It has a round case with 41mm case diameter and .7 centimeters thickness.
Infantry Big Face Military Tactical Watch for Men
This is an all-black wristwatch priced at $34.99. Dual time display. Japanese quartz movement displaying analog and digital time. Thus, facilitating easy reading of time. Multifunctional features include – alarm, stopwatch, 12/24-hour format, luminous backlight, auto calendar showing day-date-month, rotating bezel and hourly chime. The dial has been designed and engineered to be heavy-duty and has a diameter of 46mm. The dial window is made from anti-scratch mineral. The case is made of heavy-duty stainless steel that makes the watch truly versatile and durable. Tested for water resistance – is 3 ATM waterproof – is okay to wear through handwash and sweat but not advised for swimming and bathing. Tactical design which means that you can track time in the dark only when the backlight feature is switched on.
Tamlee Golden Hour Fashion Brown leather Men’s Military Watch
Priced at $20.99, this is a watch that is truly fashionable. Wear a stylish watch to any kind of event at affordable prices. It is available in three different color options. Powered by Japanese Quartz movement, it is an energy-friendly analog and digital watch. 3-bar waterproof so that you can wear it with ease for daily use but be cautious when going for a swim or shower. High-quality stainless-steel case and bezel covered with hardened glass that is scratch resistant. It comes with Luminous backlight, auto calendar, 4.64 ounces weight, 4.30 centimeters case diameter, alarm, stopwatch, shock resistant. It’s Genuine leather strap that not only looks elegant but also makes for a comfortable wear and can be worn for outdoor sports activities too.
Best value watches between $50 - $100
Zeitenwende Men’s Analog Quartz Watch
Minimalistically designed, this analog watch is ultra-thin and super lightweight. This innovatively made watch is priced at $59.99. Classic look. The watch is bound by an ergonomically Perlon bracelet that has a pin-buckle closure that it makes it easy for adjustments. This also gives the watch a stability and durability of a different level. This watch is 3 ATM water resistant. Powered by Swiss Ronda 762 Movement and installed with Long Lasting battery. The makers also give a two-year warranty. There are three color options to choose from – slate grey, Blue and Brown.
BUREI Men Business Casual Elegant Chronograph Sports Watch
Priced at $59.99, this is another good-looking and versatile watch from a leading wristwatch maker BUREI. Powered with Japanese Quartz Movement, the crocodile grain leather band is soft, durable, flexible, comfortable and prevents any smell. Guaranteed for 2 years performance, the watch has been designed simply but is a luxurious addition to your collection. 24-hour read-out, stopwatch, chronograph, analog date calendar, classically designed watch with a case diameter of 41 mm and net weight of 64 grams. You also get 12-months replacement as also 24-months maintenance free from the manufacturer.
Invicta Men’s 89280B Pro Diver Gold Stainless-steel two-tone automatic watch
A big face, round dial with a striking corrugated unidirectional bezel and illuminated markers and hands will truly attract you to this watch. There is a big-sized date window at the 3 o’clock position. This 23k gold-plated watch is priced affordably at $69.23. The case and the band are made from high-quality stainless-steel. The window is Mineral dial window with NH35A movement caliber make it a multifunction watch. It is powered by Japanese automatic movement with Analog display. The band is double-toned in gold and stainless-steel. The watch is water resistant to 200 meters making it suitable for professional divers and underwater activities; but not advised for scuba diving. Backed by 1-year limited warranty.
Michael Kors Women’s Runway Brown Watch MK2256
An elegant beauty with simple design, the Runaway Watch from Michael Kors is priced at $99.96. With a clear and clean designing, it becomes your apt companion be it to a formal meeting or an informal party. The round dial that bears the logo of the brand is brushed and polished with gold tone. The case diameter is 42mm and is made of stainless-steel. The dial window is made of mineral. Analog watch that uses Quartz movement for providing precise time and the strap is made from pure leather. The watch is water resistant to 33ft making it fit for handwash but not for diving and other water activities.
Fossil Women Neely Stainless Steel Quartz watch
There are 3 different dial-case-band combinations to choose from. Quite economically priced between $34.60 to $79.50. Small-sized dial with a diameter of 34mm. Slim case with thickness 10 mm. Analog watch with three hands. Its Powered by Quartz movement and comes with a option to go with leather strap or a mesh one. It a 3 ATM water resistant but not advised for swimming or diving. Its a perfect watch for office wear with 1-ounce weight. Stainless-steel case and bezel topped by a mineral window.
FOSSIL Women’s Virginia Quartz Stainless Steel Dress Quartz watch
Priced at $132.98, this exquisitely designed watch from FOSSIL is a precious addition to your collection of accessories. Rose-colored case and band made from stainless-steel is the perfect bracelet to wear to a special occasion. Along with this elegant analog watch, take home a 16” +2” curved necklace in rose gold. The chain has a heart-shaped pendant embedded with mother of pear. The pendant and the bezel of the watch is studded with crystals. The watch has three hands and is powered by Quartz movement. It is Water resistant to 165 feet suitable for short periods of recreational swimming and showering, but not diving or snorkeling
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