Watches you will find in the 100 and under dollar price range are pieces that your seasoned collector could consider “beater” watches, while those just getting into collecting can find some solid, low level of entry solid time pieces. There’s a certain piece of mind that comes associated with strapping on a watch of low cost, when you can wear these pieces without worry and with upmost comfort. While searching the internet or local suppliers for watches in this price range you will be bombarded with pieces of low quality and fashion orientation with actual value and craftsmanship on the short side. Amongst all these value stricken watches there are certainly those diamonds in the rough, it is these watches we will attempt to highlight in this list.
10. Invicta Pro Diver Model 8926
Invicta has an often negative stigma in the watch community for many reasons, however the invicta pro diver should be completely left out of this stigma. The pro diver provides quite the package for under $100 including a stainless steal bezel and bracelet, Japan quartz movement, 200m water resistance, and a comfortable fitting 40 mm case, and a clean look based off the Rolex Submariner. While some many scorn at the brad name 12 o’cock, The Invicta Pro Driver is a great pick for the low price tag where drivers are a rarity.
9. Timex Expedition Scout 40
This watch is a great pick for those looking for a weekend wearer with a rouged look and application. This classic pick sports an analog display, tough nylon or lather strap, 40 mm case, and is water resistant to 50 meters. The timex expedition scout 40 will ensure your covered for any weekend excursion or casual outing.
8. Citizen Axiom Eco-Drive
The Citizen Eco-Drive is an incredible collection as a whole but this watch in particular stands out for it’s minimalist vibe and more than affordable price tag. The Axiom sports a 40mm black dial with a choice of black, silver, or gold bracelet. The watch is also water resistant to 40 meters, has a mineral crystal window, and a date window at 3 o’clock. Great pick for a budget minimalist watch with the added bonus of being powered by the sun.
7. Casio World Timer
The Casio World Timer is without doubt a timeless classic, sporting an impressive world time function for a less than expected price. The Cassio World Timer is a watch great for people looking to start a collection or a perfect weekend wear with a rouged sheen and functional versatility. If purchasing this watch you can expect a Japanese quartz movement, 100 meters of water resistance, a world time function, 5 alarm capability, countdown timer, led backlighting, and calendar function. We think most would agree the Casio World Timer packs a whole lot of value into a $30 price tag.
6. Timex Weekender
The Timex Weekender is a pretty watch that has the versatility to dress up and down with ease, this makes the timex weekender a great pick for a daily wearer. This watch totes a case measuring a comfortable 40 mm, a genuine leather strap, iconic Timex INDIGLO, and 30m of water resistance. The Timex Weekender is ready for you come casual event to camping trip.
5. G-Shock GA100-1A1
The size of this watch may turn many off, with a case diameter of 55mm and thickness of 17mm. However the G-Shock GA100-1A1 is a tank of a watch with included chronograph complication, 29 time zones, back lighting, 200 meter water resistance, count down timer, 5 daily alarms, and a full auto timer. This watch can take a beating and will keep on ticking, as is the case with most offerings from G-Shock. For people looking for a watch as adventures as they are and toting a plethora of features, the G-Shock GA100-1A1 may be the watch for you.
4. Seiko SNK795
The Seiko SNK795 is a clean stainless steal sports watch good for most settings. The reason this watch is one of the best buys for under $100 is do to its copious amount of features. This watch comes with a Seiko 7S26 movement with a 40 hour power reserve and display back, a day date window at three o’clock, the crown placed at four o’clock, water resistance of 30 meters, push button release clasp, hardlex crystal window, luminescent hands and makers, and a comfortable 37 mm case diameter and 11 mm case thickness. A good automatic watch under $100 is rarity, finding one with this many complications and features other than our number 1 selection can only be the Seiko SNK795.
3. Casio F-91W
The Casio F-91W’s value lies in a few simple things, the nostalgia, it’s value for cost, and reliability. Many passionate watch people can track the origins of their passion to the Casio F-91W, for many people the strapping on of this watch brings with it feelings of a simpler time and childish resurrection. Looking passed the nostalgia factor the Casio F-91W sports an impressive amount of features including 30 meters of water resistance, a back lit display, 100 second stop watch, +/- 30 second accuracy per month, and automatic calendar, daily alarm, and an hour time signal. When you add in the only $10 price tag and reliability day in and day out this becomes a hard watch to pass up on.
2. Orient Bambino Generation 2
The Orient Bambino Generation 2 is a sharp dress watch with iconic looks, it’s beauty and specs allows this watch to hang with other dress watches in a much higher price range. The Orient Bambino Gen 2 comes in a wide variety of color combinations, an orient in house automatic movement, domed hardened mineral crystal, water resistance of 30 meters, genuine leather strap, date window at three o’clock, and comfortable case dimensions at 11.5mm thick and 40.5mm in diameter. Looking at this watch alone makes it one of the best budget sections money can buy and when looking at the beauty within, this time piece truly stands out among the rest.
Price: Can be found at and around $100 with a bit of searching.
1.Seiko SNK800 Series (809)
The versatility and what seiko has been able to produce for such a low price tag makes the Seiko SNK800 series in particular model 809 a shoe-in for our #1 best watch under $100. This watch has the capability to be dressed up with a leather strap, turned into a compatible sports watch with a stainless steel bracelet, and lives in the weekender everyday wearer space with its included nylon strap and rugged build. The 800 series also includes value like only seiko can produce sporting a display back to show off the seiko automatic caliber 7S26 movement, 40 hours of power reserve, comfortable case size of 11.5mm thick and 37mm in diameter, 30 meters of water resistants, scratch resistant hardlex crystal, luminescent hands, and stainless steel bezel with nylon strap. The versitilaty and futures make this watch perfect for those who want a one watch collection on a budget and for that reason us and many others consider it the best watch money can buy for under $100.
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