Sure your phone tells time. But there’s something about a watch that makes a man look a little more put together. It’s also much more civilized to glance at your watch when someone asks for the time rather than having to whip out your obscenely large phone, which you know will result in getting distracted by a text or tweet because oooohhhh shiny.
Of course, depending on the intricacy of their movements and the value of their materials, watches can cost almost any price. You can pick up a cheap plastic one for your daughter for less than five bucks or you can plunk down $725k on the Richard Mille that Rafael Nadal wears. For us mere mortals, a more modest budget should suffice. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice style: there are a number of watches out there that cost less than $200 and look as good as a time piece that costs five times that. Here are seven watches that do just that.
Timex MK1 Steel Chronograph
This Todd Snyder collaboration with Timex MK1 is an updated version of a watch the company made exclusively for the U.S. Marines in the 1980s. While the original was plastic, Snyder has incorporated the water-resistant chronograph design into a lightweight, stainless steel case, making it more durable and, at under $120, a real steal.
Swatch Sistem Planet
This Swatch System Planet is an automatic watch for the people. The white on blue design features a date function at three o’clock and an image of the globe peaks around the movement through a clear caseback.
MVMT Chrono Series
Black on black on black is very ‘in’ right now. A sharp looker at twice the price, the MVMT’S face is covered by a hardened mineral crystal making it difficult to scratch. At 45mm, the MVMT Chrono is a sizable hunk of metal. So if you’ve got a wrist on the smaller size, opt for the 40mm version.
The Fitbit Versa is one fit smart watch. More than 15 exercise modes modes work with a heart rate monitor to track your performance so you can optimize your workout. It’s water resistant, so you can even use it in the pool. The Fitbit stores music, connects to your phone and headphones via bluetooth and has a four-day battery life, giving you most of the functionality of an Apple Watch at half the price.
Seiko Solar Tank Watch
A classic design that looks great everywhere, from the office to a PTA meeting, this Seiko is powered by the sun. So it doesn’t need a battery or to be wound and is good to go for 12 months once its fully charged.
The dream of the 90s is alive… or at least it can be on your wrist. The Casio G-Shock is a classic throwback, famously shock resistant and water resistant to 200 meters. While we might not wear the G-Shock to work, it would certainly look great on a golf course or the sidelines of a peewee soccer game and at under $100, it’s an affordable touch of nostalgia.
Nixon Unit Star Wars
Unleash the Force… or at least your inner nerd with the Nixon Unit Star Wars. This digital model, gives you time, date, temperature and comes in five versions inspired by the latest Star Wars movies (we like the Death Trooper Black and the Scarif Trooper white, red, and blue.)