20 Best Men’s Watches Under $100

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Quality doesn’t always have to mean spending fortunes.    

If you’re one of those guys who prefers to keep the budget as low as possible while hoping to receive a long-lasting and good-looking wristwatch, we’ve got some good news for you.

The 20 timepieces we’ll cover here are the best men’s watches under $100 that possess reliability at affordable rates and aesthetics that will knock you off. 

best men's watches under 100

How Did We Choose the Watches?

We compiled the list taking into account the following factors:

1) The watches have been available for $100 or less most of the time 
2) They are made from durable materials and run on reliable movements
3) The watches come from acknowledged manufacturers
4) They have received positive feedback from verified owners
5) The watches represent a broad array of types and styles


Best Men’s Watches Under $100

Without further ado, here are the best men’s watches you can buy for less than $100.

Seiko 5 Automatic SNK805

BEST AUTOMATIC WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Automatic
Case Size: 37mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Green Seiko automatic watch with canvas strap

Starting the list of the best men’s watches under $100 is a genuine classic from Seiko.

The Japanese manufacturer is often considered the best brand for collectors who want to engage in entry-level automatic watches. The calibers of older Seiko 5 watches may not be anything spectacular (for obvious reasons considering the price tag), but they are still very reliable and will last long years without any concerns.

The Seiko 5 SNK805 comes with a 7S26 caliber that has approximately 40 hours of power reserve and vibrates at a rate of 21,600 beats per hour (6 ticks in a second).

Unfortunately, the caliber doesn’t offer hacking and hand-winding. It means you can’t halt the second hand for time synchronization or manually wind the mechanism.

Regardless, the 7S26 movement is a workhorse that rarely lets down and keeps adequate accuracy. Even the iconic Seiko SKX watches carry the same caliber, which says all about reliability.  

Green Seiko SNK flat on a table


The watch features a three-hand movement along with a day-date window. In addition, the hands contain LumiBrite lume, so the watch is readable at night. However, don’t expect the luminosity to be on par with dive watches because the SNK809 is a simple everyday timepiece, not a diver.

In terms of size, the watch is relatively small. It measures 37mm in diameter and a mere 43mm in the lug-to-lug distance. Therefore, the Seiko SNK805 is suitable for wrists that measure below the average men’s wrist size (about 7.3in). 

Although the watch is very durable and will most likely serve you for 10+ years, there’s one particular disadvantage you should know right from the start – the low water resistance of only 30m (100ft). Therefore, make sure to take it off before going swimming or snorkeling. 

Other than that, the watch reflects the quality that Seiko is sought-after for.

The Seiko 5 SNK line offers various color combinations and styles. So feel free to check out other Seiko SNK watches that come in black, beige, and blue.


Citizen Weekender AW1361-01E

BEST SOLAR WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Solar quartz
Case Size: 45mm
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Citizen solar watch with a price tag under $100

While several of Citizen timepieces belong to the top solar watches on the market, finding one that possesses this high-quality technology for a hundred or so bucks is not easy. The Citizen Weekender AW1361-01E, however, is one of such rarities.

Powered solely by light, the watch never needs a battery and keeps an energy reserve for up to six months when fully charged.

Since the timekeeping of solar watches is based on a quartz crystal, the accuracy is on par with any typical quartz watch on the market. Therefore, the combination of accuracy and convenience makes such timepieces, including the Citizen BM8242-08E, the handiest there are. 

Besides the solar power, the watch catches the eye with distinctive aesthetics that sees red accents match a smoky black dial. The dial also has a day-date function and a three-hand lume-filled movement.

The eye-catching and unique face is covered with mineral glass, which is a decent crystal in affordable timepieces. 

Last but not least, a 100m (330ft) water resistance makes it suitable for swimming and snorkeling. However, consider swapping the leather strap for a more suitable one if you intend to use it for such occasions.

If you prefer brown leather watches instead of black, you should check out the Citizen AW1361-10H. It is basically the same watch as the one here but comes with orange accents instead of red.


Wenger Sport Casual Watch

BEST SWISS WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Quartz
Case size: 42mm
Water resistance: 100m (330ft)

Black-dialed Swiss sports watch

Another affordable timepiece comes this time from a Swiss brand Wenger.

Although the watch manufacturer is more known for its Swiss Army knives, it nevertheless is a well-established Swiss watch producer that often has its wristwear priced at very affordable rates. 

Although the watch manufacturer is more known for its Swiss Army knives, it is a well-established Swiss watch producer that often has the wristwear priced at very affordable rates. And the Wenger Sport Casual we have up next has one of the best price tags throughout the whole Swiss product line.

What’s even better is that there are no trade-offs in terms of quality when the Swiss Made label guarantees the employment of a Swiss quartz movement with high precision and reliability. 

In addition, the mineral crystal you find covering the dial is further enhanced with a thin layer of sapphire coating. What this addition does is that it adds more scratch resistance compared to a standard mineral with no coating. 

Feature-wise, the watch is equipped with a simple chronograph function that lies on three subdials. Also, you’ll find the date window at the 4 0’clock position. 

Visually, this Wenger watch combines the black background with red accents that give the timepiece a “casual sporty” appeal. It means the watch is an appropriate wearable for everyday events and jobs that don’t require a suit and a tie.

If you’re after Swiss quality but prefer metal watches instead, you should see the Wenger Sport Stainless Steel Watch. Specs-wise, it is the same watch as the leather version. However, the stainless steel model costs a little more and has swapped the leather strap for a full stainless steel bracelet. In addition, it comes with a blue dial instead of black.


Orient Bambino 2nd Gen “Version 1”

BEST DRESS WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Automatic
Case Size: 41mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Classic dress watch with white dial and silver hands

The Orient Bambino Version 1 is one of the best watches for $100, not just because it looks damn good but also because it is equipped with one of the most trustworthy automatic calibers at a given price range – the F6724

In fact, Orient manufactures all of its calibers in-house and has done it since the 1950s.

The high number of highly reliable yet affordable calibers is one of the reasons we’ve included several Orient watches on our list of the best affordable automatic watches.

But coming back to the caliber, it offers highly-coveted hand-winding and hacking features. It means that besides the automatic winding, you can also manually wind the watch, as well as synchronize the time to second precision.

Also, the movement holds about 40 hours of power reserve and makes 6 steps in a second.  

Aesthetically, the Bambino watch is a consummate dress timepiece with minimalistic styling. The only addition besides the three-hand movement is the date window at the three o’clock position, but it usually is more than enough for such types of wristwear.

The watch also sticks out from the crowd with its domed mineral crystal, adding vintage appeal and subtleness. 

The only downside of this Orient Bambino is that it comes only 30m water-resistant. So only light rain and splashes of water are allowed. 


Casio G-Shock XL Series

BEST OUTDOOR WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 53mm
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

Sturdy G-Shock watch for around $100

The G-Shocks have long been the toughest watches around. One of the models even holds a Guinness record when not even a 30-ton vehicle driving over it couldn’t do any harm.

Although the famous model isn’t our next entry, it shows how much effort the company puts into achieving its durability standards.

The G-Shock XL Series watch we’ve chose to feature on this list has a knobby exterior that protects the dial and pushers from unexpected hits and knocks. The case and band are made of resin, a material that absorbs impacts better than stainless steel. 

And adding to the completeness of physical reliability is a 200m (660ft) water resistance preventing water from entering the case.

Therefore, this particular G-Shock, as well as any other G-Shock timepiece, is a spot-on watch for heavy-duty jobs and hobbies.

Casio Men's G-Shock XL Series Quartz Watch Resistant Strap, Beige, 25.8 (Model: GA-700UC-5ACR)


Further, this analog-digital G-Shock features a timer, alarm, and LED light with afterglow for everyday occasions.

On top of that, it comes with the World Time function in 31 timezones. Therefore, if you consider yourself a frequent traveler who switches between timezones, this will be a handy feature to have on a watch.

However, like with any other G-Shock watch, the size is what limits their appropriateness for any wrist. This particular G-Shock measures a whopping 53mm in diameter (including the crown) and 17mm in height. Therefore, anyone with slender wrists should consider other options.


Casio Edifice Sapphire

BEST SAPPHIRE WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 42mm
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Titanium watch with black dial and white markers

Not many watches feature a highly regarded sapphire crystal while costing around a hundred bucks. Well, this one from Casio does.

That crystal is the best you can find in wristwear for being much more scratch-resistant than widely popular mineral glass.

This Casio Edifice Sapphire is also water-resistant up to 100m (330ft), which is another great sign of quality.

The brushed 42mm stainless steel case and band the watch is built on complement its suitability for all kinds of water activities. And not only can you use it in the water but also for other events due to its thin dimensions – at 8.3mm, it slips neatly under the sleeve.  

The only downside we found was the date window. It is nice to have the feature on a timepiece, but if it’s difficult to capture due to non-existent contrast, then it’s a shame.

Regardless of this minor con, Casio provides some of the best value propositions in the watch world, and this timepiece proves it once more. It is even hard to believe that such a high-quality watch has a price tag around the $100 mark.

This Edifice also features among our list of the best affordable sapphire watches, so feel free to check how it compares to pricier competitors.


Invicta Pro Diver 8926OB

BEST DIVE WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Automatic
Case Size: 40mm
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

Rolex homage watch from Invicta

The Invicta Pro Diver 8926OB, which has strong resemblances to a Rolex Submariner, is often considered among the best dive watches you can buy for less than a hundred dollars.

It comes 200m (660ft) water-resistant (though not ISO-approved), has a screw-down crown and coin-edge unidirectional bezel and features luminous hands and indices.

One of the nicest features of this Invicta piece is the Seiko’s non-branded NH35A automatic caliber, which is hand-windable and hackable and holds a 40-hour power reserve. Not many quality automatic watches are available at two-digit prices, so it’s no wonder this wristwatch is so popular among watch buyers.


Another merit this timepiece has is its favorable 40mm case size. Not many dive watches come of that size, so it’s no wonder people like it.

However, the cheap price of this Invicta Pro Diver doesn’t come without some minor flaws. For instance, you shouldn’t expect much from the luminosity as it is quite dim and fades rather quickly. Also, the metal bracelet makes a rattling noise when handling it off-wrist.

Feel free to read our hands-on review about the Invicta Pro Diver 8926OB where I’ve outlined everything you should know about the watch.


Seiko Chronograph SNN245P1

BEST CHRONOGRAPH UNDER $100

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 41mm
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Yellow and black Seiko timepiece

Seiko’s quartz watches are not as sought-after as the automatic ones, but it doesn’t mean they don’t provide enough reliability. Quite the contrary, its quartz pieces belong to the top of the game.

A nice example of a quality quartz-driven watch is the Seiko SNN245P1 that has received all but positive feedback from wearers for its pleasant black and yellow combination.

The prime function of the watch is the stopwatch feature that measures in 1/5-second increments. The feature can be accessed through two pushers at two and four o’clock positions – the top one starts and stops the stopwatch while the bottom resets it. 

The dark-colored dial is covered with Seiko’s proprietary Hardlex crystal, while the 41mm case comes in durable stainless steel.

The watch is also suitable for swimming as it features a 100m (330ft) water resistance rating. But be sure not to push the buttons while in the water. Otherwise, the water may intrude into the construction and ruin the ticker for good. 


Stuhrling Original Skeleton Watch

BEST SKELETON WATCH UNDER $100

Movement: Automatic
Case Size: 44mm
Water Resistance: 50m (165ft)

Stuhrling timepiece with wheels and gears visible from the dial

The Stuhrling brand is quite similar to Invicta in offering eye-catching and expensive-looking watches for a very reasonable price. However, the separating factor between the two is the number of skeleton watches Stuhrling provides. One of such, the Stuhrling Automatic, can freely be considered the best at a given price range.

The inner workings of an automatic mechanical caliber are visible from both sides, giving insight into the movement’s complexity. The caliber originates from China, is decently precise, and has a 36-hour power reserve. You can also manually wind the watch but not halt the second hand.

One of the greatest traits of this Stuhrling is the industrial look that beams from the dial’s design. In addition, the hour numbers have been replaced with metal pieces that add urban touch and uniqueness, while the highly contrasting blue hands make sure the time capture is as easy as possible.

Stuhrling Original Mens Automatic Watch Skeleton Stainless Steel Self Winding Dress Watch with Premium Leather Band Legacy Collection (Silver)


A subtle addition to this Stuhrling is the onion-shaped watch crown. Not only does it look elegant, but it is also easy to handle due to its shape.

All in all, this watch may not be top-notch in terms of quality, mainly because of its Chinese caliber, but it will surely receive positive attention from your friends and coworkers.


Fossil Grant Chronograph Watch

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 44mm
Water Resistance: 50m (165ft)

Affordable Fossil watch with blue dial and Roman numerals

The Fossil brand is the most prevailing fashion watch company in the world. Founded in the 1980s in the US, it has ever since filled the market with eye-catching and affordable timepieces for any taste.

With this entry, the Fossil Grant Chronograph, the brand aims to cater to men who every now and then wish to stand out from the crowd while not spending fortunes for that.

What makes it so appealing and popular is the combination of a blue dial and brown leather strap. The classic yet prominent blend works well with all kinds of attire and is suitable for various events. 

By the way, the leather straps from Fossil are genuine US-made products that outperform most of their competitors at this price range. Moreover, Fossil produces them by themselves instead of outsourcing.

Inside the 44mm case is hidden a quartz chronograph movement that measures up to 30 minutes. Along with the two stopwatch subdials also sits a 24-hour window for the international time standard.

Note: Some owners have pointed to the Roman numerals and stated the watch is fake because the numbers 4 and 9 are spelled wrong – they should be IV and IX, accordingly. The story with IX is simple – the subdial simply blocks the X’s bottom half and doesn’t mean it’s spelt wrong. 

When it comes to the IV, many brands have decided to use IIII instead. Why? Because IV stands for supreme deity Jupiter in Latin. Using God’s name on a watch (clock) where it is also placed upside down is considered disrespectful to the deity. That is why you see IIII instead of IV.


Bulova Dress Watch 96A153

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 40mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Silver-toned Bulova among the best men's watches under 100 dollars

Bulova is a famous American watch brand that rarely sells its timepieces for $100 or less. However, there are a couple of exceptions, and one of them is the Bulova 96A153

The watch has a straightforward design comprising a clear white dial and brown hour numbers/markers. The color combination drastically enhances the legibility, making it an easy-to-read watch from any angle you look at it.

The timepiece sits perfectly to the contours of the wrist as well with its 40mm case diameter and soft leather straps.

Also, the Bulova 96A153 sports an accurate Japanese quartz movement and gets protection from a mineral crystal. Unfortunately, the watch doesn’t come with a date window, which is a feature that I find pretty much a must in a timepiece. However, tastes and requirements for every individual are different.

In terms of suitability, the watch is a spot-on wearable for an office job, as well as for casual everyday wear. It’s not too extravagant nor too casual, which makes it a perfect sweet spot for a wide array of occasions.

However, one occasion this Bulova should be kept far away from is anything that is to do with water. Namely, it comes with a 30m (100ft) water resistance, which means it withstands only mild water impact, such as occasional splashes and light rain.

All things considered, getting a watch from a famous watchmaker for around $100 is a deal that shouldn’t be overlooked.

If you’re looking for an alternative to this watch at a similar price range, check out the Bulova 96A28. It is very similar to the 96A153, but instead of the brown hour numbers, the watch features silver-toned markers, making the timepiece a little bit dressier. 


Timex Expedition Scout Solar

Movement: Solar quartz
Case Size: 40mm
Water Resistance: 50m (165ft)

Timex Solar among the best men's watches under $100

If there’s one manufacturer that offers the broadest selection of durable sub-$100 timepieces, it’s the American brand Timex. Moreover, what makes Timex especially remarkable is that it has equipped some of its wristwear with appreciated solar technology.

The Expedition Scout Solar we have up next is equipped with that technology. The watch powers itself solely by light and can keep a charge for up to four months when fully charged. On top of that, the timekeeping is based on quartz movement, ensuring the accuracy of +/-15 seconds per month.

Like the watch’s name suggests, it suits active wearers spending most of their time outdoors. The timepiece comes 50m (165ft) water-resistant, which isn’t anything spectacular, but still guarantees its aptness for short periods of recreational swimming (with suitable straps, of course). 

The watch has quite a small size, standing at 40mm in diameter, and features appealing greenish accents on a gunmetal grey dial. All this color palette combined form a versatile design for various occasions.

One of the drawbacks compared to other watches that cost less than $100 is that the Timex Expedition comes with a brass case. The substance is not as appreciated as steel for being much softer.

On the other hand, while several Timex watches sport acrylic glass, this particular watch is equipped with mineral, which is much more resistant to scratches and impact damage. 


Seiko 5 Automatic SNK809K

Movement: Automatic
Case Size: 37mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Classic Seiko piece with black dial and metal band

The Seiko SNK809K belongs to the best watches under $100 for a good reason – it features a precise Japanese automatic movement and looks way more expensive than the price tag would suggest. 

The watch is basically the same in its specs and build as the SNK809 but comes with a stainless steel bracelet.

The 7S26 caliber ticking inside the case provides a pleasant 6-tick/second sweeping hand motion. In addition, the movement is visible through an eye-catching see-through case back

Due to the 21 jewel bearings and Seiko’s know-how, you can expect the timekeeping to be accurate for a mechanical movement. You’ll not be able to manually wind it nor halt the second hand, though, but in a quality caliber such as this one, you can forgive these shortages. 

The watch comes in a 37mm stainless steel case, which may be somewhat small for regular wrists but compensates it with a bulky impression of a metal band. 

What’s nice is that the smaller case size won’t affect the time reading since the numbers have a contrasting white color, and the hands provide decent luminosity in dim conditions.


Citizen Quartz BF0580-57L

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 40mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Citizen watch with silver-toned case and blue analog dial

Citizen is best known for its Eco-Drive solar watches. In fact, more than 70% of the watches carry the technology, leaving the rest of the 30% to quartz and automatic pieces.

One of the representatives of the minority is the Citizen BF0580-57L, which runs on a Japanese quartz movement and reflects an exemplary image of a genuine dress watch.

The best part with this Citizen piece is the blue sunray dial. When exposing it to light, the dark blue tone turns into a beautiful royal blue, offering variegated looks in different lighting conditions.

Luckily, the dial isn’t too crowded when only the three-hand movement and a day-date window occupy it, leaving most of the space for the blue tone to dominate.  

In terms of dimensions, the watch is adequately sized for universal wear when the case diameter stretches to a convenient 40mm and the height measures only 9mm. It means you can wear it with various outfits, whether it be jeans and a t-shirt or a smart shirt and a blazer. 

The only drawback this Citizen has is its somewhat low-quality bracelet. It feels rather cheap and has larger-than-usual gaps between the links. Fortunately, the bracelet is easy to swap for a more suitable one at a jeweler.


Swatch Big Bold Quartz Watch

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 47mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Large-cased Swatch piece with orange accent

It is often difficult to imagine that Swatch, which sells its watches at astonishingly low rates, is actually a Swiss brand.

Swatch is the subsidiary of Swatch Group, a conglomerate that owns world-famous brands like Omega, Blancpain, and Hamilton. However, unlike the rest in the group, Swatch is dedicated to manufacturing simple and youthful timepieces from cheap materials.

The Swatch Big Bold runs on a quality Swiss quartz movement that is accurate and reliable.

But what really drives the price down are plastic and acrylic glass used in the case and dial covering. They’re far from the durability levels of stainless steel and mineral crystal, but to be fair, it’s not what Swatch is after. The primary focus lies in offering affordable Swiss watches to everyone. Also, the brand focuses quite a lot on the looks. 

A simple dial gives a funky impression, which goes down perfectly well with youthful and devoid of caring people. The huge case size at 47mm and a knurly orange silicone strap all but replenish the out-of-the-box appeal of this Swatch piece.


Casio Super Illuminator Watch

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 44mm
Water Resistance: 100m (330ft)

Casio piece is one of the best men's watches under $100

The Casio Super Illuminator is a watch that stands up to its name. The dial lights up evenly through two light bulbs at six and twelve o’clock position, providing a convenient time reading whatever the lighting conditions.

The illuminator functions through an extra pusher you’ll find above the crown. 

But this Casio is much more than just the illumination. First and foremost, it’s an affordable desk diver.

First off, the appearance is something you would normally expect from a much pricier watch. The dial is well-finished and pleasantly busy, featuring bold watch hands, a distinctive red second hand, and a day-date feature.

The unidirectional bezel fits flawlessly around the dial, and the stainless steel bracelet with its polished center links provides a nice combination with the overall dark tint of the face.

Quality-wise, there’s nothing to complain about either. The watch runs on a reliable Japanese quartz movement, has a mineral crystal covering the face, and is 100m (330ft) water-resistant. Therefore, the watch offers everything you could wish from an affordable desk diver. 

However, be aware – the watch is relatively heavy at around 7 ounces (200 grams). Even if you remove a couple of links from the bracelet, the watch is still heavy for a quartz timepiece. Therefore, consider this characteristic before going for this Casio watch. 


Skagen Jorn Minimalistic Watch

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 41mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

A blue-dial minimalistic watch from Skagen

The following entry among the best men’s watches under $100 comes totally different from other similarly-priced timepieces. The Skagen Jorn watch strikes with a minimalistic design that is so prevalent to Scandinavian watch manufacturers. 

The utterly straightforward smokey blue dial features thin and long hour indices and hands that, quite surprisingly, offer good legibility due to the contrasting tones.

However, Skagen has maybe taken the minimalism of this watch too far, in my opinion. Because if you look at the crown, it is so tiny and barely noticeable. Also, it doesn’t come with any ridges for a convenient grip. True, it goes well with the overall design, but it is quite a significant letdown in terms of practicality.

Though if you can look past it, the watch is still an eye-catcher. And it costs just a little over $50! 

Moreover, the Skagen Jorn has favorable dimensions for numerous attire when the case measures 41mm, and the height stands at a mere 8mm. It means you can easily slip it underneath the sleeve. 

Further, the brown tone of the leather strap offers great combination opportunities with the same-colored belts, shoes, and pants.

If you’re not a fan of brown straps or blue dials, you can check the mesh-strapped black Jorn or a white-dialed Jorn that both offer nice alternatives. 


G-Shock GA100 XL

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 51mm
Water Resistance: 200m (660ft)

All-black watch with digital dial

The G-Shock GA100 XL is one of the most feature-rich timepieces you’ll find for $100. 

The watch is a spot-on piece for law enforcement, sportspeople, and hikers since it comes with a 1/1000 chronograph, alarm, world time, 12/24-hour time, speed display, and LED light that can all be useful in intense situations. Like it is with all the G-Shocks, this watch comes 200m (660ft) water-resistant.

Visually, the watch will look bulky with a 51mm case diameter (including the crown) and a 17mm thickness. Therefore, make sure your wrist is not too slender – it just won’t look too nice on slim hands.

When it comes to overall usability, there are a couple of things to pay attention to. First off, the digital screens are not the brightest, which significantly hinders legibility. Also, the watch hands tend to fade into the busy dial, regardless of their contrasting tone. 

However, considering the features this G-Shock comes with and the price it is sold, these are drawbacks that own little significance. The GA100 is, therefore, a perfect entry point into the world of G-Shock watches.


Fossil Luther Dress Chronograph

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 44mm
Water Resistance: 50m (165ft)

An all-metal Fossil timepiece with black face

Fossil is represented with several of its pieces among the best watches for $100. This time, it’s a chronograph piece that has an iconic silver-and-black appearance. The dark-toned face along with light dial elements make it a genuine dress chronograph watch.

The Fossil Luther Chronograph has an above-average size at 44mm, which conveniently houses all the necessary elements and is not overly crowded. The quartz mechanism powers the three-hand movement, as well as the chronograph function that you’ll find from the three subdials. 

The beautiful face is protected with a shatterproof mineral crystal, while the whole construction comes 50m (165ft) water-resistant. The resistance guarantees protection against daily water exposure and rain but is unsuitable for anything more intense. 

So make sure to keep it away from full exposure to water if you don’t want to ruin the watch.

A great thing Fossil offers is a free-of-charge engraving in one of their stores or when ordering the watch from their website. Therefore, it makes it as an excellent gift for your loved ones. So, pick a watch engraving idea and make this gift a memorable one!


Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm

Movement: Quartz
Case Size: 40mm
Water Resistance: 30m (100ft)

Timex chronograph timepiece with blue face

Finishing the list is a simple yet reliable timepiece from Timex. The Weekender 40mm watch is a spot-on piece for casual everyday wear both aesthetically and functionally.

One of the trademarks of Timex, the distinctive greenish-blue Indiglo backlight, is of high quality, enabling the wearer to easily read the time in dim lighting conditions. The dial is also easily readable in daylight due to contrasting white numbering on a dark blue background.

The case is of decent size, comes in a silver-toned brass case, and runs on a quartz movement. The original strap is brown leather but can be replaced with a more suitable one if the preference is something else. 

However, one of the downsides of the watch is the relatively loud ticking sound that can become annoying. In fact, it’s almost a standard in every Timex watch. 

Other than that, for a sub-$100 price, you’ll get a decent watch that will last you for years to come.



Final Words

As you can see, the variety of very affordable yet quality wristwatches is much larger than you would’ve thought.

What’s essential, though, is to avoid super fancy pieces with a non-existent brand reputation because the probability of their longevity is most probably lower compared to the ones represented on this list of the best men’s watches under $100.

Whether it be a Seiko, Timex, or Casio, you can always rest assured that the money you’ve paid for it is not that significant to regret later. If you don’t like it or it fails you, buy another one. That’s the beauty of cheap watches.


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