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.

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Marlin Hand-Wound Watch

Timex timex.com


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

Timex timex.com


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

MVMT mvmtwatches.com


The slightly squared-off shape of MVMT’s Odyssey gives it an elevated feel.

Signatur Watch

Skagen skagen.com


Skagen is all about simplicity, and this watch is a perfect example of the ethos.

Belmar Three-Hand Date Watch

Fossil fossil.com


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 miansai.com


Miansai’s minimalist timepiece is set off by an olive green strap. Just enough color to keep things interesting.

Oversized Bryson Watch

Michael Kors michaelkors.com


The texture on the dial of Michael Kors’ oversized watch gives it some welcome depth—and an extra dose of style.

Konrad Retrograde Watch

Komono komono.com


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 toddsnyder.com


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

Nixon nixon.com


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.

Chrono Watch

Kapten & Son kapten-son.us


The deep blue on the dial feels especially elegant, and it’ll go with everything in your wardrobe.

Bleeker Watch

Leonard & Church leonardandchurch.com


Perfect for guys who are into a darker aesthetic but still appreciate clean, classic lines.

12.12 Watch

Lacoste nordstrom.com


Who says your watch can’t be the most colorful part of your outfit? 

Square Digital Watch

G-Shock nordstrom.com


This is like your old-school Casio, just with the volume (and durability) turned up to 11.

Norrebro Watch

Uri Minkoff nordstrom.com


If you’re in the mood for something a little more playful, this dusty blue should do the trick.

Rubber Strap Watch

Hugo nordstrom.com


All that black and silver makes for a bold statement.

District Watch

Adidas nordstrom.com


For those times when you want to match your timepiece to your sneakers.

Varick Multifunction Watch

Coach nordstrom.com


Looking for just a subdued pop of color? How about bright red hands and toned-down everything else.

Carson Watch

Tissot nordstrom.com


Usually, you have to pay a lot more for this kind of refinement. Luckily for you, Tissot offers it up for a steal.

Classic Watch

Daniel Wellington nordstrom.com


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.

Rally Watch

Larsson & Jennings




A seriously stylish chronograph like this is something that’ll always be in style.

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Source : Esquire