21 Affordable Watches That Look Like a Million Bucks
A great watch doesn't have to cost as much as your rent. While there are definitely a lot of high-end options that are worth your time and attention, there's also a veritable smorgasbord of stylish, well-made watches that cost less than $300. We're talking classic Timexes, of course, but thanks to brands old and new, we're also talking chronographs that look a whole lot more expensive than they are, plus dress watches, sport watches, and more. There's a lot to sift through, though—which is where we come in. We've scoured the internet for the best watch deals out there, and pulled them all together for you. Here are 21 watches that are well worth the (relatively humble) investment.
Marlin Hand-Wound Watch
The Marlin is a smaller watch at 34mm, but if you're a fan of mid-century style, you can't do much better.
Marlin Automatic Watch
If the hand-wound Marlin's a little small for your liking, this 40mm automatic version should suit you just fine.
Odyssey Gritty Glow Watch
The slightly squared-off shape of MVMT's Odyssey gives it an elevated feel.
Skagen is all about simplicity, and this watch is a perfect example of the ethos.
Belmar Three-Hand Date Watch
The classic looks, date display, and stainless steel bracelet all come together to make this watch look a lot pricier than just $115.
M24 II Watch
Miansai's minimalist timepiece is set off by an olive green strap. Just enough color to keep things interesting.
Oversized Bryson Watch
The texture on the dial of Michael Kors' oversized watch gives it some welcome depth—and an extra dose of style.
Konrad Retrograde Watch
You don't see square watches around all that much. Go ahead and take this opportunity to change that.
Maritime Sport MS1 Watch
Timex + Todd Snyder
Looking for a diver watch feel but don't actually need to go diving all the time? This one's for you.
Time Teller Corp Watch
This model mixes up two of Nixon's most popular styles into something that's a little utilitarian, a little minimalist, and very good looking.
Kapten & Son
The deep blue on the dial feels especially elegant, and it'll go with everything in your wardrobe.
Leonard & Church
Perfect for guys who are into a darker aesthetic but still appreciate clean, classic lines.
Who says your watch can't be the most colorful part of your outfit?
Square Digital Watch
This is like your old-school Casio, just with the volume (and durability) turned up to 11.
If you're in the mood for something a little more playful, this dusty blue should do the trick.
Rubber Strap Watch
All that black and silver makes for a bold statement.
For those times when you want to match your timepiece to your sneakers.
Varick Multifunction Watch
Looking for just a subdued pop of color? How about bright red hands and toned-down everything else.
Usually, you have to pay a lot more for this kind of refinement. Luckily for you, Tissot offers it up for a steal.
There's a reason Daniel Wellington was a key player in kicking off the minimalist watch trend: The brand's wares just plain look good.
Larsson & Jennings
A seriously stylish chronograph like this is something that'll always be in style.
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