It’s easy to conclude that the most interesting watches are found at the high end of the price spectrum, where complications, in-house movements and exotic materials are the norm. But the fact is, we love watches on the affordable end just as much. And there’s something to be said about finding a watch that packs a lot of value for little money, or is simply a reliable daily beater. To honor these heroes of the low-end watch marketplace, we’ve compiled some of our favorite stories about budget timepieces.
Dirt-Cheap Dive Watches Perfect for Summer
Handsome, affordable and tough as nails — all you need for the perfect summer beater watch.
A Customizable Dress Watch for the Casual Generation
A take on the dress watch that fits a new generation of the workforce: those donning smart casual in lieu of the business suit.
The Homage Watch Makes Icons Affordable
Homage watches are often disregarded as cheap knockoffs, but there’s more to the story.
With the SRP777 Homage, Seiko Rewinds the Clock
The new Seiko SRP777 is a dive watch in the Japanese company’s Prospex line that is an homage to the Seiko 6309 from the 1970s and ’80s.
Classy Dress Watches Under $1,000
Think of a dress watch. Imagining anything you can afford? Truth is, our idea that dress watches must be luxury items is way off.
Is an Aluminum Field Watch Sensible?
It may be based on a watch made for pilots, but the Hamilton Khaki Pioneer Aluminum worked just fine as a tough field watch in Lowcountry South Carolina.
10 Great Watches Under $150
Some dirt-cheap watches that sell for $150 or less have all the basic facets of a great timepiece.