The Top Affordable Watches of 2018

We’ve said it a thousand times, but we’ll say it again: an awesome watch doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

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Ahh, the affordable watch. So much more attractive than the not-affordable watch.

While 2018 saw the release of some pretty fancy, haute horlogerie-type stuff, thankfully there was also a wealth of affordable mechanical and quartz timepieces that came out in this year and are ready for some wrist time. From hand-winding field watches to microbrand divers to multifunction smart watches, we’ve got you covered with the best affordable releases of the year.


Seiko Launches a New Trio of All-Black Dive Watches

Black dials, black case coatings and vintage-inspired lume give these divers a stealthy edge.

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The New G-Shock Rangeman Has a Built-In Solar Panel to Charge Its GPS

It's also the first G-Shock to support wireless charging.

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This Hamilton Reissue Has All the Markings of a Perfect Field Watch

It also only costs $475.

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This Handsome Minimalist Watch Costs Less Than $200

A reliable movement, a handsome design and a leather travel case make this a solid deal.

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Timex Releases Another Military-Inspired Field Watch

Featuring a classic dial, a 36mm case and two different straps options.

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One of Our Favorite Affordable Watches Is Being Discontinued. Buy It While You Can

Seiko's Alpinist combined dress watch looks with field watch dependability. No wonder everyone loved it.

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Timex and Todd Snyder Bring Back a Rare Military Watch

Featuring a dose of modernization.

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Casio Is Making a New Version of the Original G-Shock, This Time in Steel

For a brand so heavily associated with plastic, stainless steel comes as a surprise.

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This Affordable Japanese Dive Watch Is Your New Gateway Into Collecting. And It’s Not a Seiko

Your new summer beater has arrived.

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Hamilton’s Reasonably-Priced Pilot’s Watch Is a Throwback to the Days of Early Aviation

Hamilton has a long history of making pilot's watches and it shows in this new timepiece.

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Leave It to Junghans to Create the Perfect Minimalist Gold Dress Watch

The German watchmaker subtly adds gold to its iconic Bauhaus design.

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Citizen Teamed Up With a Japanese Bagmaker to Create an Old-School Field Watch

It features a classic case and dial but a modern movement.

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Mystery Ranch Teams up with Timex to Make a Stealthy Field Watch

It's a Japan exclusive, but you can still get your hands on one.

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Shinola’s Newest Watch Marries Two Complications With Clean Design

It packs a chronograph and an annual calendar onto the dial without looking like an overly-complex mess.

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This American-Assembled Field Watch Is Like a Mechanical Shinola

A vintage-style timepiece from an Ohio-based watchmaker.

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This Pilot’s Watch Is Made by an Underrated German Brand

It's inspired by a 1950s chronograph worn by Steve McQueen.

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Farer’s New Hand-Winding Watches Tick All the Right Boxes

The British microbrand has proven adept at making perfectly-proportioned mechanical watches with stunning dials.

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This Affordable Diver Is Slim and Simple Enough to Be Worn With a Suit

Rocking a minimal dial, a slim bezel and a hand-winding movement.

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Seiko’s Iconic Tuna Diver Goes Fully Digital

That's a good thing.

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G-Shock’s New Watch Blurs the Line Between City Style and Field-Ready Ruggedness

A 52.4mm steel case and hard-wearing Cordura strap make this one tough timepiece.

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Swatch Skin Irony: The Perfect Summer Dress Watch and It Costs Less Than $200

Its case is sleek and compact, and the design toes the line between stark minimalism and playfully colorful.

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This Affordable Mechanical Watch Can Dress Both Up and Down

Plus, you can configure the dial and case size to your liking.

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Alpina’s New Sub-$1,000 Travel Watch Is Built for Adventure

It boasts a travel-ready GMT complication and a 300-meter depth rating.

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You Can Finally Buy One of Our Favorite Cheap Mechanical Watches Again

When it debuted late last year, the Timex Marlin quickly sold out. Now it's back in stock, though who knows for how long.

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This Is One of the Most Affordable Mechanical Chronographs You Can Buy

But if you want one you'll have to hurry.

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This Blacked-Out Timepiece Is How You Do A Minimalist Dive Watch The Right Way

It features a compact, DLC-coated case, a Seiko automatic movement and a unique dial configuration.

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A Vintage French Dive Watch Is Reborn — and It Costs Less Than You Think

It's basically a one-for-one remake of the original.

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This Rugged Watch Combines Two High-End Complications In an Affordable Package

Get a chronograph and a world timer in one, well-rounded tool watch.

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Weiss Updates and Refines Its Entry-Level Field Watch

Featuring a smaller case and a compact hand-wound movement the brand says is finished and assembled in the United States from Swiss parts.

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Timex’s Handsome Hand-Winding Watch Now Comes in Black

In addition to finally coming back in stock, the sought-after Marlin now comes with a handsome new dial.

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These Stealthy New Dive Watches From Unimatic Look Fantastic

These four new U1 dive watches from Italian micro-brand Unimatic are stealthy, beautiful, and almost guaranteed to sell out quickly.

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Junghans’s Latest Watch Combines Two of the Brand’s Greatest Contributions to Timekeeping

An exceptional Bauhaus-inspired design gets a super-accurate movement.

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Huckberry And Alsta Teamed Up For A Special Edition Nautoscaph

Huckbery and Alsta have joined forces to bring you a special edition Nautoscaph III dive watch with black PVD case, limited to 50 pieces.

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This New Smartwatch Claims to Have a Two-Year Battery Life

That's 730 days between charges.

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Mido’s New Dress Watch Packs an Underrated Complication Into a Handsome Design

A dress watch with a big date and an 80-hour power reserve for around $1,000.

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G-Shock Releases a New Limited Edition Of One of the Toughest Watches We’ve Ever Tested

G-Shock partnered with New Era to produce a limited edition version of its super-tough DW5600 digital watch.

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This Diver-Inspired Collab From Timex Is Highly Affordable

A 43mm watch designed with sneaker brand Greats.

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This Kickstarter Watch Company Offers a Feature-Filled Diver at A Reasonable Price

And a dial inspired by a sea urchin skeleton. Really.

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You Won’t Find a Better GMT Watch Than This for Under $1,000

Just consider acting quickly, as it's likely to sell out fast.

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Worn & Wound’s New Watch Collaboration Features a Different Kind of Two-Tone Case

An accessibly priced military-style watch with an automatic movement and a unique case.

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The G-Shock GA710B-1A2 is Feature-Packed and Extremely Affordable

Available in a black finish with metallic blue accents, this new G-Shock combines ruggedness and utility.

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G-Shock Gives Its Iconic Tough Watch Premium Leather in This Exclusive Collaboration

A rugged case meets goat and alligator leather.

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Ball’s Tough New Field Watch Has an Absurd Amount of Lume

Whole lotta lume.

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Get Your Nostalgia Fix with These Cheap and Stylish Digital Watches

Three new takes on a classic.

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This Year in Gear


Just like that, 2018 has come and gone. Take a look back at the best of what the past 365 days had to offer in This Year in Gear

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