A watch is an easy thing to splurge on and looking for men’s watches under $200 is a very reasonable place to do the splurging. Because watches can sometimes be a little too enticing, it’s good to make a budget when you set out to buy.
The two Benjamin range means you’ll be getting a men’s watch that is very solid and a step up in the “nice department.” It can be tough to make a good decision, but that’s the fun part: deciding which timepiece to choose.
Watches: Which Type for You?
Mechanical – these are watches that are powered by the intricate components that make up the guts of the watch. They’re powered either manually (by winding) or automatically (which happens when the movement of the watch wearer transfers energy to those intricate components). Mechanical watches are pretty much synonymous with Swiss watches, but there are plenty of Japanese mechanical watches. This type of movement (mechanical is a “movement”) is what you’ll find the majority of time in the super deluxe watches.
Quartz – these are watches that are powered by a battery. The battery sends a current through a tiny quartz in the guts of the watch, and that powers the components. Seiko, a Japanese company, invented the quartz watch in the 1960s.
Water resistant – there really is no such thing as a “waterproof” watch. This is something that reputable makers in the watch industry are well aware of and completely accepting of. You can read a more in-depth (pun intended) explanation in our post 10 Best Waterproof Watches for Men 2018. In a nutshell, you can definitely get a watch that has great water resistance and will suit your H2O needs.
Swiss or Japanese made – Of course, the tradition of mechanical watches goes back a long time in Switzerland. That’s great. But don’t discount at all the long tradition of Japanese made watches. Citizen, Seiko and Casio are some of the best brands there are.
This list is broken down into five sporty watches (#1-#5), six dressy watches (#6-#11).
To sum up, the high-dollar collectible watches (Rolex, et al) are almost always mechanical watches that feature incredible (and incredibly expensive) workmanship. You just won’t get that same level of technical excellence under $200 (or, for that matter, under $2,000). However, you will be getting a super well-made watch that looks great. Getting a men’s watch at the $200 level is a great step toward creating a collection that may grow for you. This price range is very likely going to provide a bit more workmanship and sophistication that a watch under $100. It’s like anything else: you get what you pay for. When you’re paying for one of the watches in this list of 11 Men’s Watches Under $200, you’re getting quality, looks and value.
UPDATE: This list was updated 7/9/18. We replaced a few watches that are either unavailable or had increased beyond the $200 limit. All prices have been updated, but they do fluctuate somewhat over time. Note: the list isn’t ranked, we’re just numbering the watches for simplicity.
11 Men’s Watches Under $200: Sport Watches
1. Seiko Men’s SKX007K Diver’s Automatic Watch
You can’t go wrong with a Seiko, especially if you’re looking for dive watches under $200. This is an automatic movement watch, so you don’t have to wind it and it doesn’t need a battery. It’s got great, rugged looks with the stainless steel case and the black unidirectional bezel, black dial and luminescent white hands and hour indices.
The case is 42mm. It’s got a day/date window and the band is black rubber. Fantastic reviews, with more than 700 reviews and a 4.1 out of 5-star rating average.
- 200m (660 ft.) water resistance
- Automatic movement
- Top company
- One reviewer mentioned the crown can be tough to grasp when needed
2. Luminox Men’s 3051 Navy SEAL Colormark Watch
Luminox is official watch of the Navy SEALs. They’ve got a wide variety of high-performance sport watches that hover around the $500 (and up) mark, so this is a very solid find to get a Luminox men’s watch under $200. Right now, this watch is priced at a fantastic 55 percent off MSRP.
Water resistant to 200 meters, the watch features a 44mm polyurethane case, so this watch can take a licking. The dial features the white luminescent hands and hour indices, as well as five minute interval numerals on the unidirectional bezel. Date display at three o’clock. Under the hood, it’s Swiss quartz movement.
This brand was built on the idea of creating a watch with great luminescence. Luminox’s name is from the Latin: Lumi = light and Nox = night. Out of more than 490 customer reviews, it has a 4.2 out of 5-star rating average.
Price: $178.88 (55 percent off MSRP)
- 200m water resistance
- Official watch of the Navy SEALs
- Great luminescence
- Big price discount
- Poly case, as opposed to stainless steel (but it is very durable)
3. Casio Men’s Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch
A great deal on a terrific watch from the mighty Casio. This is from the brand’s Pro Trek line of time pieces. It’s got just about every conceivable feature, which really does make it a bargain when you’re talking about the best men’s watches under $200. To name just a few features:
- Solar powered
- Digital compass
- World time (31 time zones, 48 cities)
This is a big watch: the stainless steel case is 51mm. It features quartz movement with a digital display, which includes a backlight that functions manually or as it senses the ambient light. Water resistant to 100m. The watch gets fabulous reviews, with more than 690 reviews and a 4.4 out of 5-star rating average.
Price: $152.99 (39 percent off MSRP)
- Features galore
- Stainless steel case
- Solar powered
- Weak water resistance
- Not a G-Shock (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just pointing it out)
Find more Casio Men’s Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch information and reviews here.
4. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
Another great bargain for men’s watches under $200. This is a Citizen Eco-Drive, which is the brand’s proprietary technology for solar powered watches. There are actually photovoltaic cells that you can’t see embedded under the dial of the watch. It’s powered by sunlight or any kind of light.
This Eco-Drive is a “military-inspired” piece, according to Citizen, with a 39mm stainless steel case. That case looks great with the contrasting green canvas band. This is a chronograph so it’s got the three sub-dials: a one-hour timer; a 24-hour timer; a one-minute second hand. The larger red second hand — which looks great — is actually a chronograph hand which can be started and stopped (a stopwatch) with the pusher buttons.
The hands are luminous. Water resistant to 100m. Fantastic reviews: more than 730 reviews with a 4.3 out of 5-star rating average.
- Great, sporty look
- Eco-Drive (light powered)
- Smaller case size
- Low water resistance
5. Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Watch
This is another high-tech watch with plenty of features and it’s from the rock solid Timex brand. The term “fly-back” refers to the way the dials fly back to normal position when the chronograph functions are reset. This type of feature is traditionally associated with pilot’s watches and Timex describes it as “independent b-directional hands measure time and fly back like the dashboard gauge of a sports car.”
Features of this watch:
- Fourth hand indicator
- Indiglo night light
While this watch does feature 100m (165 feet) water resistance, it’s not the kind of timepiece you want to get wet. It does have an attractive brown leather band with a deployant clasp closure. The case size is 43mm and the date window is between 2 and 3 o’clock. A very good looking piece.
- Reputable manufacturer
- Great features
- Indiglo light
- 100m water resistance
11 Men’s Watches Under $200: Dress Watches
6. ESQ Men’s Dress Quartz Stainless Steel Watch
This stainless steel analog watch from ESQ has a very modern, beautiful look. The stainless case and band are a great setting for the textured black dial and sliver/white detailing.
The movement on this watch is Japanese quartz: it is battery operated. The case diameter of the watch is on the bigger side at 46mm. Features a date window at three o’clock. The band is adjustable because links can be removed. Features a deployant clasp, push button closure.
- Great looks
- Deployant clasp
- Weak water resistance (50m — but why would you want to take this watch swimming?)
7. Bulova Men’s 96C105 Black Stainless Steel Watch
Possibly the most unique looking watch of the list, this is from the long-time maker Bulova and it’s 39 percent off the regular MSRP. (If it was regular price, it wouldn’t come anywhere near a list of the best men’s watches under $200.)
It’s a stainless steel case and a stainless steel bracelet that features a deployant closure. The bezel and black enamel dial are almost invisible, they’re so dark, and the contrast with the silver hands, hour indices and sub-dials is striking. The sub-dials feature a unique day dial, a 24 hour dial and a date dial. The case is screw-back (a nice feature).
This watch gets the best reviews of any in this list, with more than 250 customer reviews and a 4.6 out of 5-star rating average. Bulova first opened in New York City in 1875.
Price: $182.72 (39 percent off MSRP)
- Great price
- Deployant clasp
- Unique sub-dials
- Might be a slight challenge to ascertain the date
8. Tissot Men’s Classic Analog Watch
Tissot was founded in Switzerland in 1853, so this watch comes with a pedigree. The only reason it makes it into this list of men’s watches under $200 is because it’s discounted substantially.
There’s no better way to describe this watch than “lovely.” It’s a great looking time piece in a very classic style. The stainless steel round case is 38mm, so it’s not too big. The hours are designated with Roman numerals, including the traditional IIII for four o’clock (instead of IV). There are minute markers around the outer rim and the hands and dial markers are luminescent. Date window at three o’clock. The strap is brown leather. Quartz movement and Swiss made. Lovely…and elegant.
- Fantasic look
- Great discount
- Long-time brand
- One reviewer mentioned a longer break-in time for the band to “soften”
- Weak water resistance (30m) but with this watch that shouldn’t be an issue
9. Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Chrono Watch
There are two Swiss companies that produce the famed Swiss Army knife, and Victorinox is one of them. Obviously, Victorinox also makes a beautiful line of watches (as well as sport/casual watches). And it isn’t always easy to find a Victorinox in a list of watches under $200.
This one features a stainless steel 41mm case diameter and a black leather band with a buckle clasp. The dial of this chronograph is black and features Arabic numerals (except for 12, 2, 6 and 10). The contrast between the deep black dial and the white, luminescent hands is very handsome. The three sub-dials feature 60 seconds, 30 minutes and 10 hours.
The bezel is ceramic. The movement is Swiss made quartz.
- Stainless steel case
- Swiss quartz movement
- Weak water resistance (100m)
10. Claude Bernard Classic Gents Moon Phase Quartz Watch
Claude Bernard is a family owned brand located in the Jura Valley in Switzerland. The company makes a point of saying its business model is to make fine Swiss watches at affordable prices. It is tough to find a Claude Bernard that is priced low enough to be on a list of watches under $200 (two other models under $200 previously occupied this tenth spot, but both are substantially more now).
This is a stainless steel model with a rose gold color for the case and a mother of pearl dial. The hour markers are small squares with small faux diamonds set within. Of course, the main feature of the watch is the moon phase indicator, which is a very fun feature, especially in a higher quality timepiece like this watch. The date indicator is positioned above 6 o’clock. The band is leather and the case diameter is 40mm. A great looking watch.
- Moon phase indicator
- Mother of pearl dial
- Leather band
- Weak water resistance (but you don’t want to swim with this watch)
11. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Calendrier Watch
This is one of those watches that tiptoes up to the line between dress watch and sporty watch. Or, more specifically, it’s on the edge of dressy watch and watch-that-you-can-geek-out-on watch. The reason is simple: the piece features world time in 24 different cities. (Very simple to set up, using the unidirectional rotating bezel.)
In addition to the world cities time feature, the watch also features three subdials: one for the date, one for the day of the week and one for 24 hour time. And, of course, this is an Eco-Drive, which means that the watch is powered by light.
The price on this piece is fantastic: as of this writing, it’s 53 percent off MSRP, which is a savings of almost $200. A great buy when you’re looking for men’s watches under $200.
The Citizen Calendrier is often featured with a blue dial so this silver, white and black dial is somewhat unique. The blue calfskin leather band and blue hands pay homage to the traditional blue face dial. The case is on the big side, at 44mm.
- Huge discount (almost $200 in savings)
- World cities time
- Eco-Drive (solar powered)
- Good water resistance (330 feet)
- Watch dial is a little busy
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