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The 13 Best Men's Watches Under $200 to Shop Right Now

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Watches, and horology at large, have been a key part of traditional men's fashion for ages now. With the advent of the digital age, however, watches have become functionally obsolete since just about anybody can check their phone for the time. Because of this, the watch market has leaned even further towards one thing: status. Fear not, as there are plenty of good options that won't sacrifice status for an accessible price. We've put together a list of the best men's watches under $200 to shop.

Rather than truly being used as a timepiece, watches have become luxurious displays of wealth for your wrist. That's not to say watches haven't always been flexes, though. Brands like Rolex, Audemars Piguet, and Patek Philippe have prided themselves in the meticulous detail and quality that goes into their watches forever, but with rap artists and celebrities constantly mentioning these brands the floodgates have opened to an entirely new audience.

It seems as though watches surface in the new more and more often lately. The pastel blue dial of the Tiffany and Patek Philippe collaboration was all over the internet just a few months ago, and this week a vintage 1967 Cartier Crash watch was auctioned for over $1.5 million.

For the rest of us back on earth who can't spend a mansion's worth of money on a timepiece, the watch world may seem like a distant dream. Fear not, dear reader! There is absolutely no reason you can't ball on a budget, especially not when there are tons of options for beautiful watches at a reasonable price. To facilitate your search, we've compiled a few of our favorites from brands like Seiko, Casio, and Timex, comprising some of the best men's watches under $200 on the market.

1. Seiko SUR61

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Seiko

When it comes to affordable watches, few brands are as reputable as Seiko. Boasting some of the best quality of all of the brands in the sub-$200 range, the Seiko SUR61 is a great option for those who want a more elevated style at an approachable price point. This timepiece is water resistant up to 330 feet, with a 37.4 mm case diameter, making it a solid option for those who don’t want something particularly flashy, but want to make sure they’re getting something that will last.

The silver band coupled with the black face make this an exceedingly accessible option; it isn’t a head-turner, but those who know watches will give a head nod in recognition of commitment to the basics.

Shop Now at Seiko - $195

2. Seiko SWR049

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Seiko

As prescriptive notions of what certain watches should look like for certain genders continue to dissipate, many men are beginning to wear sleeker and sleeker watches. This evolution is in opposition to a long history of male watches that emphasize size as an aspect of masculinity—think of Tony Soprano and his wrist-crushing pieces.

The Seiko SWR049 is a beautiful classic option for someone looking for a slightly slimmer timepiece, as it clocks in at a meager 28.4 mm across the case. Similarly to the previous entry, it incorporates only silver, black and white, making it a minimal timepiece for those looking to unify an outfit with a watch, rather than building an outfit around their wristwear. Keep in mind this piece is only water resistant up to 99 feet, so it’s not as durable as some of the other options on the list.

Shop Now at Seiko - $195

3. Bau Swatch Black One

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For many of us, the Swatch is a nostalgic piece of our childhoods. I personally remember sporting a Swatch as a kid, and many others fondly reflect on the Swatch as an entry point into the world of horology.

Known for their frequent collaborations and special releases, this piece sees Swatch go back a century and reference one of the most famous design movements of all time: the Bauhaus. True to form, the Bau Swatch keeps this supremely simple, letting the classic primary colors and simple shapes that made the design movement so famous take the spotlight.

Shop Now at Swatch - $125

4. Swatch Big Bold Ceramic

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Swatch isn't just one for collaboration, though. Oftentimes, the Swiss watchmaker has been known to push boundaries when it comes to horology, and the Bioceramic series is no exception. Constructed from a revolutionary compound that combines ceramics with bio-sourced plastic, this watch represents the first of its kind.

These watches provide everything you expect when buying a classic Swatch, but with a ton more resistance.

Shop Now at Swatch - $140

5. Timex Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

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I could write a dissertation about Timex as the one true affordable watch brand in the game. Elitist watch aficionados and time piece newbies alike rejoice at the watches produced by Timex, which has been around since 1854. You can’t really find a watch that falls into the jewelry sub-genre (as opposed to leather wristbands) at the same price point as a good Timex. The 38mm case diameter means this is still a slightly more slender watch compared to some of the gigantic wrist-weights you’ll see diehard watch old heads rocking these days, but it’s still substantial enough to break up the silhouette of your arm.

This is easily one of the best men's watches under $200 you can find that still maintains a semblance of luxury.

Shop Now at Timex - $179

6. MVMT Raptor

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MVMT is a brand that has capitalized better on online marketing than almost anybody else. The brand burst onto the scene only in 2013, and has since dominated the online market for mid range watches.

With sleek, modern designs, MVMT makes a great option for anyone looking to dip their toes into the water and buy their first watch.

Shop Now at MVMT - $198

7. Casio A158WA-1 Dress Digital Watch

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For a moment in the 2010s, this watch had an absolute choke hold on men’s internet fashion communities. At a price point south of $30 coupled with a nostalgia-appeal unlike any other watch, Casio’s classic digital models have remained a staple in the wardrobe of numerous fashion-focused men. With its alarm capabilities, water resistance, backlight and more functionality, there are few watches that boast more practicality than the humble Casio digital watch. If the silver isn’t your cup of tea, it also comes in gold, a black rubber wrist band, and a multitude of other options. It also costs about the same as a meal in NYC, so feel free to pick up a couple and rotate based on how you’re feeling. 

If you want something a bit more unorthodox, consider the calculator variation. It’s unlikely you’ll opt for the tiny buttons of your watch calculator over the convenience of your phone’s arithmetic tool in 2022, but the extra buttons give the piece a certain appeal for the nerd in all of us.

Shop Now at Amazon - $21.95

8. Fossil Fenmore Midsize Multifunction Brown Leather Watch

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Despite not being a luxury brand, a glance at a Fossil watch would make it easy to believe that it is. Fossil watches have one of the best price to quality ratios, and are sure to last you years. The Fenmore is a perfect middle ground option, as it can easily be dressed up or down given any occasion, and never feels out of place. The stainless steel case is perfectly complemented by the warm tones of the leather, and Fossil will even do custom engravings for you or a loved one.

Shop Now at Fossil - $80

9. G-Shock GA2100-1A1

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The G-Shock is simply an icon. It has long been intertwined with hip hop, and by extension streetwear culture, and the chunky silhouette is recognizable anywhere, in any color. The rugged look of the G-Shock always matched the energy of hip hop from the beginning, and artists of every era, from N.W.A. to Lil Uzi Vert have sported many a G-Shock.

For many, the G-Shock was a grail watch, as it was flaunted by our favorite stars but still remained within the realm of possibility of ownership. Other brands like Rolex were simply too unachievable from the start, but the G-Shock spoke to people in a way no other watch had before. Bolstered by collaborations with other iconic brands like Stussy and Medicom Toys, the G-Shock has cemented itself in history as an all time great.

Shop Now at G-Shock - $99

10. Casio A100WEG-9AVT

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Continuing our Casio watch fanaticism is the A100WEG-9AVT, known more simply as "the one with four buttons". If the classic hipster Casio watch was just too mainstream for you back in the 2010's, then I'm sure some of you reached for this timepiece instead.

The watch is a reproduction of Casio's iconic F-100 model, which was the company's first resin case watch. Now, the design has been updated for modern times, but still maintains the classic design elements that made the original so great. With the buttons, you can access the watch's calendar and stopwatch capabilities, on top of looking like you have some sort of space age Star Trek device on your wrist.

Shop Now at Casio - $74.95

11. Casio CA506G-9AVT

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Ah yes, the aforementioned calculator watch. If you've ever missed the convenient utility of your elementary school Casio calculator, or part of you misses the aesthetics of the flip phone era, this watch is right up your alley.

Inspired by the retro designs of 1998, this watch comes fully outfitted with the calculator and stopwatch, as well as an adjustable metal band. Despite the emergence and domination of smartphones, Casio calculators continue chugging along.

Shop Now at Casio - $64.95

12. Timex Waterbury Classic Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch

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The Timex Waterbury, especially in this colorway, is a work of art.
It all starts with the stainless steel case, which sets a great foundation for this watch. However, it's the dial, in that deep navy blue, which sets the watch apart from many of its peers. Add in the gold roman numerals and accents, and you have yourself a subtle yet striking timepiece that looks significantly more expensive than it is.

That's the thing about Timex, they truly make you feel like you're getting a luxury product for a steal. Because you are.

Shop Now at Timex - $140

13. Timex Expedition North Field Post Solar 36mm Recycled Fabric Strap Watch

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I know I said watches are a functionally obsolete piece of technology at this point, but they do have certain use case scenarios where they are legitimately helpful. For instance, in outdoor contexts like diving or mountaineering, odds are you won't have the chance to grab your phone if you need it.

To that end, Timex offers a simple field watch that just gets it done. The Expedition (the full name is quite the mouthful) features a stainless steel case that can withstand depths of up to 100 meters. In addition, the watch has a recycled fabric strap with a belt-style closure that is sure to stay on in whatever conditions you throw at it. The black and tan colorway is clean and unassuming, perfect for the intended applications.

There really isn't a brand better than Timex when it comes to figuring out the best men's watches under $200 for your wardrobe.

Shop Now at Timex - $169

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