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.