A wristwatch is a must have for any man. Quite simply, it completes his wardrobe. I would even venture to say that a man looks naked without one. In fact, it’s probably the only universally acceptable accessory for guys. We understand that most of you are in savings mode and while there are extravagant options that will set you back a few hundred times more, we’ve decided to focus on helping you get fitted with a great looking watch for 1 bill or less. With value options to go sporty, dressy, or casual, we’re endorsing a smattering of timepieces that should have you covered for any occasion.
A smooth looking piece from Diesel. The wider case and large lugs give it more presence across the wrist. The DZ1116 also has a unique black dial with lines leading into the hour markers. A smart option to whether you’re at work or play.
Cost: $100 @ Diesel
The EOS Master offers a traditional round casing. The hands are a bit on the small side, but what really makes this piece great is the black Sunray dial. The oversized hour markers and numbers make for a bold statement.
Cost: $95 @ EOS New York
Fossil Analog Brown Dial
I like Fossil watches because you get a lot of style for a little money. Here, the combination leather/canvas strap gives this watch an urban, retro look. Definitely a hip/casual piece that brings out the trendsetter in you.
Cost: $95 @ Fossil
Guess Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch
Guess has you covered when it comes to this stylish watch. Featuring a rectangular case with stainless steel bracelet, this piece exudes flash (for cheap!). You’ll get added points for a textured dial with day/date sub dials and for pointers that gives you something different than the traditional day/date windows.
Cost: $95 @ Guess
Invicta Pro Diver Automatic 8928
A popular model from Invicta, it’s hard to go wrong with this classic-style diver. The two-tone stainless steel case with a matching bracelet, blue dial, and automatic movement make for a great looking homage to the Rolex Submariner.
Cost: $99 @ Amazon
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Kenneth Cole New York 12-6 Barrel Watch
Kenneth Cole knows fashion and it’s easy to tell why. The clean, sleek tonneau-shaped case is reminiscent of some expensive high-end brands. This is the one you strap on when you want to look and feel like a million bucks.
Cost: $85 @ Kenneth Cole New York
Nixon The Atom
In the Atom, Nixon has hit the market with a truly no-nonsense watch. A simple digital display and canvas strap give it a retro feel. When you’re done rocking this, pass it on to your 5 year old nephew, and he’ll fit right in with the cool kids and their Casios.
Cost: $80 @ Nixon
The Pulsar Chronograph features everything you expect in a, well, chronograph. It’s got a stainless steel case with matching bracelet. This is a great looking and multifunctional piece. When you’re bored at work, click a few pushers and watch the hands march around the subdials. Good times.
Cost: $81 @ Joma Shop
Skagen Silver and Charcoal
Skagen is the one you want if you’re looking for a super slim watch that fits easily under your shirt cuffs. Chances are, you won’t even notice it’s there. Here, a lightweight steel case and mesh bracelet make for a comfortable daily-wearer.
Cost: $100 @ Skagen
You simply can’t talk about inexpensive watches without mentioning Swatch. However, we’re not just talking about the cheap plastic watches they’re known for. This one has stainless steel case, leather strap, and a carbon fiber dial pattern.
Cost: $100 @ Swatch
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