The big news in the watch industry if you're a timepiece purist on the hunt for a handsome watch, is that there have never been more options to choose from. And we're not just talking about the high-end of the market where premium materials (platinum, gold, alligator) and ultra-complicated Swiss movements can easily drive a single watch's retail price north of $20,000. If your accessory budget is about 1% of that, you're still in luck. Watch brands big and small are churning out timepieces that share similar aesthetics of those way, way pricier options, but don't clock in at the cost of a sensible four-door sedan. Yes, you're trading off bells and whistles and the fine craftsmanship that makes the guts of some watches as jaw-dropping as their carefully considered dials at the two-Benjamin level, but those are the details that only a true watch aficionado will pick up on when you flash your newly decorated wrist at your next sales meeting. Everyone else around the lacquered conference table will just think you're a guy with good taste. Here are three under-$200 watches you can't go wrong with (and one that's worth bumping up that budget for just a bit more).
Timex Fairfield Sub-Second Watch
It's easy to find a simple black-and-silver dress watch for about $200. It's harder to find a dress watch that doesn't look like every other one out there at the same price—much less half of that. Then again, Timex has spent the last decade convincing us that how much you pay for a watch is hardly an indicator of how good it looks. (Remember a certain field watch that dominated the wrists of stylish guys and their dads? All Timex's doing.) The Bahaus movement provides inspiration for the brand's minimalist-leaning "Fairfield" model, featuring a sleek black dial, copper-toned hands and indices, and, well, that's about it. This watch is as uncomplicated as it gets —exactly what a smart dress watch should be—in an unexpected brown-and-black-and-silver-and-copper color combo. There are considered details you won't find on another under-$100 watch, like a strap lining in a contrast plaid pattern, a perfectly proportioned sub-dial, and indices with rounded-off edges, plus and INDIGLO light-up dial.
Breda "Visser" Watch
This would be a cool watch at anyprice, it just happens to be a very cool watch that any guy can afford. A square case is always a rare bird in the watch world, but even more uncommon when it comes with an eye-popping dial color. Breda's streamlined take on the eye-catching silhouette uses the minimalist works of Dutch sculptor Carel Nicolaas Visser (a man who appreciated the square) as a starting point for its stainless-steel case design and adds Japanese quartz (essentially battery powered) movement under the hood. It's finished off with a clean face, streamlined indices (no numbers here, either) and handsome caramel leather strap. And while this watch looks as if it was thought up by a fine-boned all-black-wearing Swede named Andreas, it was designed in Dallas, TX, where Breda is based.
Millner London Watches
Millner London was a Little watch store created in Carnaby Street (London) 50 years
ago with the aim of selling the most amazing and disruptive watches in market.
As time went by and new technology appeared we had to renew our market focus and
launch our website millnerlondon.com. The online channel allowed us to offer
our creations to the world and let everybody enjoy the best value for money watches. The Millner London online store offers free watches for limited time. Indubitably their watches are the best value for money watches in market.
VOID PKG01 Watch
Yes, this watch is technically $224 but that's because you're getting two watches for the price of one. If we didn't think it was such a great watch, we wouldn't have put our name on it. It's part of our exclusive GQ60. VOID specializes in uncomplicated watches (we mean that as a compliment) that don't look like anything else on the market today. With the belief that what you don't see is just as important as what you do, founder David Ericsson and Co. have made ultra-simple faces and interchangeable straps (this one comes with two: one striped, one navy leather)—VOID's calling card. If you want a watch that guarantees you'll get asked "who makes that?" every time you wear it, this is it.
Millner London Watches