Big Timers: 40 Best Men’s Watches For Any Budget

May 19, 2017

Category: Style

Ever since man first glanced towards the heavens in order to discern our place in the universe the concept of timekeeping and time management have been integral elements in the happenings of our day to day lives. From what began as harvesting and agriculture to the contemporary rat race of technological advancement we see today, an adherence to timeliness equates to success, in turn resulting in money to be made. So yes, we’re agreeing with the idea that time is money. So, if you’re going to compete, plan on working towards building something bigger than yourself, or just want to practice common courtesy you better wear a watch.

However, anyone who decides to take this advice to heart quickly discovers the overwhelming breadth of the watch world, a seemingly infinite universe of options as vast and never ending as time itself. All irony aside, you’re going to need some assistance to prevent yourself from picking up a subpar item. That’s why we’re here, because it’s understood that watches are meant for both form and function. Therefore, allow us to enlighten you a bit with these 40 best men’s watches for everyday wear. Because if time is money, you best start keeping track.

Under $100

Seiko 5 SNK809 Automatic Watch

Seiko 5 SNK809

For the price point, very few watches can beat the value of this Seiko, featuring a round black dial with day/date windows and an exhibition case back. It boasts a precise 21-jewel automatic movement with analog display, luminosity, a sweeping second hand, and a date window that can be formatted in either English or Spanish.

Purchase: $55

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch

Invicta Pro Diver

Featuring coveted Japanese movement with an analog display, this reliable timepiece boasts a water resistance of top to 200 meters. And alongside this impressive resistance rating, the Invicta also manages to come equipped with a stainless steel bracelet, screw-down crown, and exhibition case back.

Purchase: $79

Daniel Wellington Analog Quartz Canterbury Watch

Daniel Wellington Canterbury

A refined watch indeed, this imported round gold tone watch with a white dial is sure to draw attention on any ritzy outing. It features a 40 mm stainless steel case, Quartz movement with analog display, a stylish striped nylon band with a buckle closure, and is water resistant up to 30 meters.

Purchase: $87

Form Function Form Horween Leather Timex Weekender

 Horween Leather Timex Weekender

Fans of both leather and minimalism can look towards this Timex Weekender for assistance in staying on time. It hosts everything you’d come to expect from a Timex watch, in addition to a vegetable-tanned Dublin Ale leather band by Chicago-based Horween Leather Company lending itself to a handsome appearance.

Purchase: $98


Under $250

Form Function Form Leather Timex Weekender Chronograph

  Horween Leather Timex Weekender

Stunning. That’s all we can say upon first glance upon this Chronograph. It features a Timex movement, a functioning chronograph, and a vegetable-tanned Dublin Ale leather band from Horween Leather Company. But perhaps the most striking feature of this watch is blue dial face that stands out with elegant precision.

Purchase: $128

Timex Expedition Military Field Watch

Timex Expedition Military Field Watch

Timex. What else to do you need? Maybe that this particular piece hosts an Indiglo night light, features mineral glass crystal or is water resistant up to 100 meters? You’ll also find a QuickDate feature on the silver dial face, a smooth functionality thanks to its high-quality Quartz movement, and a water-resistance of up to 100 meters.

Purchase: $139

Techne 245 Merlin Watch

Techne 245 Merlin

Find a watch that’s as stylish as it is functional can really bring a smile to your face. Take this Techne for instance, powered by Japanese Miyota 1L45 quartz movement, houses a luminous dial face, and features a durable band for extended wear. It also hosts an auxiliary dial for seconds as well in case a particular sense of time is your desired flavor.

Purchase: $145

Skagen Klassik Three Hand Date Watch

Skagen Klassik

With a classic aesthetic, functional design and supreme quality, it’s clear that the Danish brand has a knack for design. Each timepiece features a 40mm case, stainless steel band, analog quartz movement, and boasts a water resistant depth of 99 feet.

Purchase: $155

Orient Mako II Automatic Diving Watch

Orient Mako II

A dive watch for under $200? Life doesn’t get much much better than that. This offering from Orient features a mineral crystal, 120-click unidirectional bezel, Japanese automatic movement and a water-resistance up to 220 meters. Wearers will also appreciate the attractive blue dial face as well.

Purchase: $184

Jack Mason A101 Aviator Watch

Jack Mason A101 Aviator Watch

Taking its inspiration from the gadgets mounted within the cockpit of an aviation aircraft, this three hand watch features a 42mm case, traditional Aviator dial, and Super Lumina markings along with a sleek Italian band that gives the watch a classic aesthetic. Oh, and it’s also water resistant up to 100 meters and features a red, white and blue stripe on the second hand because, America.

Purchase: $185

Tissot T-Classic Tradition Watch

Tissot T-Classic

Every man needs a dress watch in his lineup. And for the price this option from Tissot is tough to beat. It boasts a Quartz movement, a 44mm case, Sapphire crystal for the window, and an analog dial type atop a handsome silver face. You’ll also notice a date display at the 3 o’clock position as well.

Purchase: $191

Tsovet SVT-CN38 Watch

Tsovet SVT-CN38

Inspired by 1940’s Californian modern design, this Swiss quartz Ronda 513.1 movement watch boasts a simple dial with blue second, minute and hour hands alongside minimalist alphanumeric characters. Simply put, it’s a gorgeous option for just about any fan of keeping time on their side.

Purchase: $200

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis

Inspired by the first successful transatlantic flight from New York to Paris, this aptly-named watch is designed to highlight the vintage styling most prominent during that era. It features a Miyota chronographic 0S00 movement, comes with a suede leather strap, and hosts a date display at the 3 o’clock position.

Purchase: $230

Casio G-Shock Master of G Mudmaster Watch

 G-Shock Master of G Mudmaster

For the guy not afraid to get his hands a bit dirty comes a G-Shock watch that’s both shock and mud resistant. It’s a beast featuring a digital compass, a thermometer, 200-meter water resistance, a stopwatch, countdown timer and five alarms. Easily one of the toughest watches around. We challenge you to try and break this thing.

Purchase: $244


Under $500

Victorinox Swiss Army Officer’s Mecha Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army

It’s not just pocket knives and multi-tools for Victorinox. They make quite handsome and functional watches as well. This one, in particular, features a stainless steel case and bracelet, date display, luminous hands and hour markers, a 40mm case diameter, and water resistance up to 330 feet.

Purchase: $265

Apple Watch Series 2

Apple Watch

Taking the smartwatch to the next level, Apple manages to day in and day out impress with their tech. The Apple Watch notwithstanding, this piece features a slew of convenient options including everything from built-in GPS to a water resistance of 50 meters to a direct fire speaker and microphone among many others.

Purchase: $269+

Citizen Eco Drive Diver Sport Watch

Citizen Eco Drive

Here’s another dive watch option with an easy to read dial, rotating bezel and large enough luminous hands to tell time in depths of up to 300 meters. Also, its Eco Drive technology is fueled by all kinds of light so it never needs a battery. You’ll also notice its large 48mm stainless steel case, mineral dial window, and it all runs on fine Japanese quartz movement.

Purchase: $276

Jack Mason A102 Aviator Chronograph

Jack Mason A102 Aviator

Similar to the A101, the A102 is the Chronograph version of the celebrated Jack Mason watch. It’s also water resistant up to 100 meters, comes equipped with a comfortable nylon band, and it’s all black aesthetic lends itself to the more stealthy EDC fan out there.

Purchase: $295

Tsovet SVT-FW44 Watch

Tsovet SVT-FW44

Taking its inspiration from a WW1 infantryman’s field watch, this option from Tsovet is powered by a Swiss quartz Ronda 513.1 movement, boasts a hardened mineral crystal and comes with a black leather band to match the sleek black dial face and case. It also features black and white hands and alphanumeric minutes for the dial characters.

Purchase: $325

Lum-Tec Combat B28 Military 24H Watch

Lum-Tec Combat B28

If military time is your preference then be sure to check out this rugged option built tough enough for survival out in the field. It’s powered by a Ronda 515.24H movement, boasts a stainless steel construction, and an all black nylon band to complement the black dial face and silver bezel.

Purchase: $395

Minuteman MM01 Wrist Watch

Minuteman MM01

Built right here in the USA, each piece is manufactured by highly skilled CMW21 certified American watchmakers. They measure 43mm in width, boast a stainless steel case and case back, 200 meters of water resistance, Sapphire crystal, and luminous hands and dial for easy time-telling once the sun sets.

Purchase: $445

Seiko Prospex SBDC031 Dive Watch

Seiko Prospex SBDC031

Straight from Japan, this stainless steel watch is accurate between -15 and +25 seconds a day thanks to it’s Seiko 23 jewel automatic movement. You’ll also notice a date display, luminous hands and markers and the Lumibrite functionality offers amazing visibility in low light. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters.

Purchase: $478

Luminox A.1922 Atacama Analog Display Watch

Luminox A.1922 Atacama

Boasting a black day and date dial enclosed with a 45mm black stainless steel case, this Luminox is sure to stand out amongst anything you have lined up in your wardrobe. And for good measure, it’s also water-resistant up to 660 feet so a little rain won’t get you paranoid throughout the upcoming winter season.

Purchase: $489

Rossling & Co. Classic Automatic Rogart Watch

Rossling & Co. Rogart

Offering a classy minimalist design, the automatic Rogart watch functions via Japanese automatic movement and maintains a handsome appearance thanks to its white dial hosting the Rossling & Co. signature blue hands and silver case. You’ll also find a genuine black leather strap with a red leather backing for enhanced comfort.

Purchase: $499

Lum-Tec M60 GMT

Lum-Tec M60 GMT

It’s hard not to be drawn into this watch’s magnificent beauty. And it’s not just looks either. This Lum-Tec GMT watch is the real deal due to its 300 meters of water resistance, stainless steel construction, lifetime battery replacement service, Swiss-made movement and exclusive MDV technology that make the hands and dial visible in all light conditions.

Purchase: $499


Under $1,000

Hamilton Intra-Matic Watch

Hamilton Intra-Matic

Hamilton is known throughout the industry for their sleek design and quality craftsmanship. This Swiss made watch is no exception. It boasts automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve, scratch resistant sapphire crystal, a date display at the 6 o’clock position, stainless steel bezel, and a silver dial with black hands and index hour markers.

Purchase: $500

Throne Ramble 2.0 Watch

Throne Ramble 2.0

Built in Brooklyn, New York the 2.0 is the logical conclusion to everything Throne has accomplish as a company thus far. This watch features Swiss ISA 3571 Quartz Movement with Chronometer and a date wheel, a domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and a flush mounted case back all within its 40mm diameter case.

Purchase: $550

Shinola Runwell 47mm Watch

Shinola Runwell

Based out of Detroit, Shinola prides themselves on their built to last mentality. That is, each timepiece that comes out of their manufacturing facility in America’s rust belt includes some of the finest components in the world. We’re taking a watch featuring sapphire crystal, Super LumiNova printed dial details and a solid stainless steel case with a screw-down crown. And it ticks mightily thanks to Shinola’s Aragonite 1069 high-accuracy quartz movement.

Purchase: $550

Shinola Journeyman Watch

Shinola Journeyman

Another GMT watch worthy of your time, the Shinola Journeyman was built in conjunction with Filson to perform in our world’s most harsh environments. It’s all made possible through their Argonite 515.24H quartz movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, a brushed stainless steel 44mm case with matte brass PVD plating, and is water resistant up to 660 feet. Travel onward.

Purchase: $800

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

Weiss Standard Issue Field Watch

Built right here by hand in the USA, the Standard Issue Field Watch boasts a manually wound Caliber 1001 movement made up of over 100 hand-finished Swiss parts. And if that wasn’t enough, both the case and case back are machined from a solid piece of stainless steel, polished individually by hand, and the dials are made from a solid piece of naval brass. An heirloom-worthy timepiece no doubt.

Purchase: $950



Oris Big Crown Automatic Watch

Oris Big Crown

When it comes to design, sometimes less is more. At least that’s the route Oris took when designing this simple yet refund timepiece. It features Swiss automatic movement, luminescent Arabic numerals and a brushed 45mm stainless steel case with a mineral crystal screw-down case back.

Purchase: $1,097

Autodromo Group B Evoluzione

Autodromo Group B Evoluzione

Come for the look, stay for the functionality. Inspired by the Group B road and race cars of the ‘80s, this Autodromo watch pays tribute to these vehicles via a CNC milled aerospace aluminum lug chassis that reduces the weight of the watch by 7 grams. It also features a sapphire crystal case, a 42mm case, water resistance of up to 50 meters and ticks along thanks to a Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel hacking mechanical movement.

Purchase: $1,100

Stowa Flieger Klassik Sport Baumuster B Watch

Stowa Flieger Klassik Sport

Boasting a clean and handsome design, these are, according to Stowa themselves, the best watches they’ve ever built. Alongside its excellent readability, it features blue steel hands and Swiss mechanical movements. It’s all housed within a 43mm case and it’s waterproof for up to 200 meters.

Purchase: $1,137

Oak & Oscar The Sandford

Oak & Oscar The Sandford

Based out of Chicago, this is the newest installment to Oak & Oskar’s American-assembled collection. It’s a 40mm timepiece with an independent GMT hand and a rotating inner bezel. For the movement, the Sandford hosts automatic Soprod movement and presents itself quite nicely with a charcoal gray sandwich dial, dark gray hands, 100-meter water resistance and a Horween leather strap with signed buckle.

Purchase: $1,850

Kobold Lengley GMT Watch

Kobold Lengley

Handsome in appearance and highly functional in practice, this GMT watch pays tribute to Samuel Pierpont Langley, an inventor, astronomer, aviation pioneer, and timekeeper. It features a 316L stainless steel US-made case, domed sapphire crystal, is water resistant up to 300 meters, and hosts a Ronda 515.24H quartz movement.

Purchase: $1,950

Tudor Heritage Ranger Automatic Watch

Tudor Heritage Ranger

For a more down to earth yet still refined timepiece, Tudor offers some of the classiest watches around. This Tudor Heritage hosts a stainless steel case with a handsome brown leather strap, fixed bezel, a black dial with silver hands, and boasts automatic movement with a Tudor caliber 2824 engine.

Purchase: $1,995

Bell & Ross GMT Aviation Dial Watch

Bell & Ross GMT Watch

In the world of GMT watches, you can’t go wrong with automatic movement. And Bell & Ross has that feature dialed in with this GMT Aviation watch. This timepiece features a black stainless steel case along with a black GMT dial, black rubber strap, and is water-resistant up to 100 meters. A stealthy time keeping relic for the fan of all black.

Purchase: $3,495

Zenith Pilot Type 20 GMT

Zenith Pilot Type 20

Since 1985 Zenith has been a reliable name in watch manufacturing. And with this GMT release, part of their Heritage series, they look to continue in that regard. Each piece features Elite 693 Automatic movement, dual time indication, a 48 mm case with a screwed-in crown and the case back is engraved with the Zenith flying instruments logo.

Purchase: $3,500

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT Watch

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean

As gorgeous as it is functional, this watch was designed as a tribute to the partnership between Omega and GoodPlanet. It features a blue dial and a date window at the 3 o’clock position, a bright orange aluminum GMT hand, polished blue bi-directional rotating bezel, is water resistant up to 600 meters while running off a self-winding Omega 8605 movement.


Rolex Perpetual Submariner Diver’s Watch

Rolex Perpetual Submariner

Nothing like a Rolex. Hands down. And this beautiful diver’s watch is quite the testament to their watchmaking prowess. This model, featuring a 904L stainless steel construction, is extremely resistant and highly polishable, boasts a striking green dial fashioned with 18-carat gold hour markers to prevent tarnishing, and caliber 3135 self-winding mechanical movement developed and manufactured by Rolex.

Purchase: $9,050

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