As we were browsing the best gifts for dads, we came across a category on Amazon that was slightly surprising — sprinkled among the site’s many, many watches from brands you’ve never heard of were several actually great timepieces, from brands like Braun, Nixon, Skagen, and Daniel Wellington. The better part? Lots of them cost just a Benjamin and a half (or less). We went and found the best 20-some for a dad, a boyfriend, a nephew, or yourself.
Braun Men’s BN0211BKSLMHG Classic Slim Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch
Look how graceful that yellow second hand is.
Braun Men’s BN0032WHSLMHG Classic Mesh Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch
The one with a white dial is even cheaper.
Citizen Men’s BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch With Green Canvas Band
This olive canvas band would look great in the summertime.
Projects Unisex Crossover 40mm Leather Band Watch
Because you’re wondering: The second hand is yellow, the minute hand white, and the hour hand gray.
Timex Weekender 40mm Watch
It screams of Nantucket, but it’s not even $40.
Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Bristol in Black 32mm
We are big fans of the affordable (but expensive-looking) Daniel Wellingtons.
Skagen Hagen Watch
The not Danish but “Danish-inspired” brand Skagen makes handsome minimal watches. This one has a nifty silicone strap.
Casio Men’s Sports’ Quartz Stainless Steel Casual Watch
For a sportif friend.
Nokia Steel – Activity & Sleep Watch
What looks like a stopwatch on the Movado-esque dial is actually an activity tracker — once you hit your steps for the day, it reaches 100 percent.
Lacoste Men’s ‘12.12-TECH’ Quartz Plastic and Rubber Smart Watch
Done in black, the Lacoste watch is not at all preppy.
Stührling Original Men’s 122.33551 Classic Ascot Somerset Watch
The straps on this black-and-gold watch are a cool mesh metal.
Skagen Men’s Signatur — SKW6426
This Skagen watch looks much pricier than it really is.
Swatch SUOB704 Dark Rebel Black Silicone Strap Black Dial Unisex Watch
The slickest Swatch we’ve ever seen.
Pebble 2 + Heart Rate Smart Watch
A pre-Apple digital smartwatch that tracks sleep and monitors your heartbeat, and lets you answer texts on a black-and-white display.
Fossil Mens Grant Sport — FS5238
A nice Fossil sports watch with lots of stopwatch subdials.
Nixon Time Teller Watch
A stripped-down and kind of ’70s number.
Timex Men’s Metropolitan Skyline 40mm Watch
Timex watches sometimes look flimsy, but in nearly all-black, they can be very sophisticated.
Seiko Men’s SNK807 Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch With Blue Canvas Band
Swap the canvas bands on this blue-dial watch to give it extra personality.
Nautica Men’s N16695G NCT 17 Brushed Stainless Steel Watch With Brown Band
Blue and brown is a classic combination.
Alessi Men’s AL8004 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch With Black Leather Strap
No numbers, just hashes.
Diesel Watches Mega Chief
It looks like the Death Star, doesn’t it?
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