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20 Best Men’s Watches Under $200 in 2022 and Beyond (Diver, Dress and Digital)

Watches are a statement of intent, a fashion piece that can bring style and substance to every ensemble. We all respect Rolex, Tudor, Longines and IWC but watches advertised by George Clooney are more for ultra-rich people. While that’s true for luxury mechanical timepieces, you can still have a fashionable, respectable quartz watch without breaking the bank.

BUT, not so true anymore for automatic watches. Things have changed a lot in spring 2022.

Despite the COVID and chain supply shortage, things with automatic watches changed in some positive direction. As a matter of fact, in May 2022, you can buy a decent automatic diver under $200 on Amazon. Not ISO certified diver, but appropriate for scuba diving and swimming, since there are models that are 200 m water-resistant.

Nice men’s watches under 200 perform many of the same functions as their more expensive counterparts and have plenty of class to boast about.



Leaders in the Segment

Japanese watchmaker Orient is still a leader in the under $200 segment. For years Orient Mako 2 and Rey 2 were best buys, but now for a few bucks more (actually $204), you can buy Orient Kamasu and enjoy a sapphire glass. Another Japanese brand that you should not neglect is Seiko, especially if you want to buy a tool or dress watch. If you are looking for a more robust wristwatch, don’t skip Casio. Other brands we need to mention are Invicta, Timex, Fossil, Citizen and even Swiss-made Tissot. For fashion brand enthusiasts, there are many Michael Kors models.

So, stop staring at that super-expensive Hublot, and jump into our guide on the best men’s best watches for less than $200.

Before we jump to our list, check this gorgeous SEIKO 5 SPORTS SRPE model. The retail price was $275, but now it’s around 200 dollars.

Read >>> SEIKO SRPE53 REVIEW

Men’s Watches Under 200 Dollars

1. Orient Kamasu – Best Value for $200

Orient Kamasu

Orient Kamasu (Model: RA-AA0003R19B) costs slightly above $200, but it is without a doubt the most quality wristwatch on our list. Orient introduced this model back in 2018. The retail price was over 400 dollars, but today you can buy it on Amazon or other watch-specialized online shops. You can choose from four dial colors – blue, gray, burgundy and black. Kamasu uses in-house Orient caliber, rated at +/- 10 seconds per day. Many complain about the bracelet, but for this amount of money, it’s hard to find a better one. Kamasu definitely offers the best value for the money in this segment and is a decent alternative for discontinued Seiko SKX. Speaking of SKX, read our in-depth review about Seiko SRPE a.k.a. dressskx.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Case Size – 41.5 mm;
  • Case Thickness – 13 mm
  • Lug to lug – 47mm
  • Band width – 22 mm
  • Movement – Mechanical hand-wind and hacking
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 40 hours
  • Water pressure resistance – 20 bar
  • Date window

PROS// Spectacular dial, Accurate and durable movement, In-house Orient movement, Good for a small wrist, Sapphire crystal, F6922 movement, 200 m water-resistant, Unidirectional bezel, Great lume.

CONS// Wide lugs (20 mm would be a better option), Hollow end links.



2. Orient Mako FAA02002D9 – Most Popular Orient Series

Orient Mako FAA02002D9

The Orient Mako AA02 is a true classic and can be considered as one of the best automatic watches under 200$. The AA02 rests on the diver legacy. It has transitioned away from the dependable 46943 automatic movement to the more robust automatic F6922 caliber that’s hacking and hand-winding. This updated automatic movement eliminated the need for a second crown at the two o’clock position. The diving bezel has also been revamped to be 120 clicks for better precision. These changes have definitely enhanced the utility of the watch while preserving the vintage aesthetic that this classic watch had become known for. Dial options – blue, black and Pepsi.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Case Thickness – 13 mm
  • Lug to lug – 47mm
  • Lug width – 22 mm
  • Diameter (without a crown) – 41.6 mm;
  • Movement – F6922
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 40 hours
  • Water pressure resistance – 20 bar
  • Mineral crystal
  • Date window

PROS// Durable in-house movement, Brand history, Good for a small wrist, F6922 movement, 200 m water-resistant, Unidirectional bezel, Great lume for the money.

CONS// Wide lugs (20 mm would be a better option), Hollow end links.



3. Orient Ray 2 FAA02005D9 – Best Looking

Orient Ray 2 FAA02005D9

Orient Ray 2 was introduced back 2016. Even today, it is one of the bestselling Orient divers worldwide. And the price of $135 plays a vital role in this conclusion. You can get it in three dial options, but models on rubber are also available for around $135. Like Kamasu and Mako, Ray is a fantastic diver watch suitable for dress combinations as well. It can be a daily wearer, or like we all love to say – desk diver. The watch looks more expensive than it actually is. Bracelet is decent, automatic movement with hacking and wind is fantastic for this price point. There are several dial options, but sunburst blue and black look very sharp. Ray 2 looks awesome on the NATO strap as well.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Case Size – 41.5 mm;
  • Case Thickness – 13 mm
  • Lug to lug – 47mm
  • Band width – 22 mm
  • Power Reserve: Approximately 40 hours
  • Movement – Mechanical hand-wind and hacking
  • Water pressure resistance – 20 bar
  • Date window

PROS// Rubber and bracelet options, Looks good on NATO/Zulu strap, In-house movement made in Japan, Good for a small wrist, 200 m water-resistant, Unidirectional bezel, Lume is unbelievably good.

CONS// Wide lugs (20 mm would be a better option), Hollow end links.

4. Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz – Best Quartz

Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Quartz

Another Japanese watchmaker with great history and heritage. This is the only ISO-certified diver on the list. It costs a few bucks more than $200. Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster Diver, mode BN0151-09L is fueled by light, but don’t worry. It can run for months, even in darkness. So, there is no need for battery replacement with the Eco-Dive series. Because of the case size, the watch looks “toolish,” and it’s not suitable for those with below 7.5-inch wrist. It looks sporty at the same time, so it is not perfect for the office/work environment. The most popular is a blue dial, and it comes out of the box on a rubber strap. Many of those who purchased Citizen Eco Promaster replaced rubber straps with Zulu or even Milanese mash.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Case Size – 43 mm;
  • Case Thickness – 12 mm
  • Band width – 19 mm
  • Movement – Eco-Drive
  • Water pressure resistance – 20 bar
  • Date window
  • Rubber strap
  • Bezel: One-way rotation

PROS// Eco-Drive technology is fueled by light, Movement never needs a battery, ISO-certified, Looks good on NATO/Zulu strap, 200 m water-resistant, Awesome lume, Retail packaging.

CONS// Mineral crystal, Not suitable for a small wrist.

5. Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1 – Best Digital (With Analog Hands)

Casio G-Shock GA100-1A1

The G-Shock is a timeless hand accessory, and since its introduction back in 1983, Casio has sold more than 100 million examples of this uber-popular digital watch. It includes several unique features, even between G-Shocks, like being the only mid-size G-Shock with a third analog hand to tell the seconds – an attribute typically reserved for the higher range of G-Shocks. It also boasts a front-facing light button for quick and easy access. G-Shock GA100-1A1 has been created with some cool sports and training functions – including a one-press stopwatch button that activates the stopwatch instantly from timekeeping mode and a 120-record lap time memory which includes the time and date. It’s one of the best men’s sports watches under 200 dollars with a 200m water resistance.

  • Material – Resin;
  • Size – 51 mm;
  • Movement – Quartz
  • Case diameter – 17 mm
  • Lug width – 18 mm
  • Day/Date/Month
  • Analog hands
  • LCD backlight

PROS// 200 m water-resistant, Rugged, stylish and incredibly reliable, Not heavy for the size.

CONS// Not for a small wrist, LCD could be better.

6. Timex Marlin Automatic – Best Dress Watch

Timex Men's Marlin Automatic

If you are looking for a retro feel – look no further. Timex’s Marlin watch is one of the best dress watches under 200. It’s provided shoppers with a quality-performed rendition of one of the brand’s most stylish 1960s models. A hand-wound mechanical movement, polished stainless-steel case, and classy design pay homage to the era’s most prolific watch forms, while an acrylic crystal, Arabic markers, and chrome hardware serve to divide the watch’s finer elements. If you’re not sold on Marlin’s ageless style, the fact that Timex is in charge of this internationally recognized flagship might make you change your mind.

  • Case type – Stainless steel;
  • Size diameter – 34 mm;
  • Movement – Mechanical hand-wind
  • Water-resistant 30m
  • Case Thickness – 10 mm
  • Lug size – 18 mm
  • Genuine leather strap

PROS// Great size, even for a small wrist, Very stylish, Suitable for every dress combination, Simple and easy to read dial.

CONS// No lume.

If you are looking for a dress watch in this category, pay attention to Orient Babmino selection as well. They look similar to Marlin, but are almost $50 cheaper.

7. SEIKO 5 SNK795 Automatic

SEIKO 5 SNK795 Automatic

Many will say – finally, SEIKO. Seiko 5 SNK is a true Rolex killer under 200 bucks. This is an elegant watch with date/day window, and LumiBrite hands. A delicate 37.5mm case diameter makes it perfect for small wrists and even ladies. This Seiko 5 is very stylish, a good-looking timepiece that looks classic and elegant. Dial is very simple, with a date window on the 3. The stainless bracelet looks and feels cheap, but you can replace it with 18 mm leather band.

  • Material – Stainless steel
  • Case Size – 37.5 mm
  • Movement – 7S26
  • Case Thickness – 13 mm
  • Day/Date window
  • Lume on hands
  • Water resistant – 30m
  • Crystal – Hardlex
  • Lugs – 18 mm

PROS// Great price for the quality, Case size for a small wrist, Looks more expensive, Suitable for everyday dress combination, Good lume for dress watch.

CONS// Bracelet feels cheap, Water-resistant only 30m, Not the most accurate movement, Some don’t like that Rolex feel.

8. Vostok Amphibian Scuba Dude Automatic

Vostok Amphibian Scuba Dude Automatic

Every watch enthusiast has one of the Vostok divers in his collection. Scuba Dude by Vostok is like Casio G-Shock, but in an automatic diver world. Vostok is old Russian brand, they made watches for Russian special forces. In 1996 they entered the US with great success. Vostok models, Amphibian, Komandirskie and Sturmanskie became famous because of their ability to survive heavy pressure and blows. Amphibian range of models are like wrist submarines. There is a ton of dial/strap options to choose from. Price range goes from $75 up to $145. Maybe this is not the best-looking watch under $200, but is definitely one of the sturdiest out there.

  • Material – Stainless steel
  • Case Size – 41 mm
  • Movement – Automatic (in-house Vostok)
  • Case Thickness – 15 mm
  • Day window
  • Lume on hands, dots and bezel
  • Bezel – Bidirectional
  • Water-resistant – 200m
  • Crystal – Acrylic
  • Lugs – 22 mm

PROS// Rich history brand, Community (fan base) around the brand, Thick, robust, but comfortable throughout the day, Looks good on bracelet and NATO strap.

CONS// Lume could be better, Some complain on accuracy.



9. Invicta Pro Diver Automatic 89260B

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic 89260B

If you are chasing for Rolex Submariner “homage” watch, and Steinheart Ocean-1 is out of your budget, Invicta has the answer. This is maybe one of the bestselling diver watches on Amazon. Invicta Pro Diver is made in Malaysia and runs on SEIKO proven automatic Caliber. There are unlimited options with Pro Diver when it comes to case size, dial color, bracelet material and finishing. You can even choose between the automatic and quartz option.

  • Material – Stainless steel
  • Case Size – 40 mm
  • Movement – 24 jewel automatic movement, NH35A Caliber
  • Case Thickness – 14 mm
  • Day window
  • Exhibition case back
  • Lume on hands and dots
  • Bezel – Bidirectional
  • Water resistant – 200m
  • Crystal – Mineral
  • Lugs – 20 mm

PROS// Great value for money, Many case diameter variations

CONS// Some will say good copy of the Rolex, Some units with quality control issues

10. Citizen Chandler Eco-Drive Watch

Citizen Chandler Eco

Leveraging Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology – powered by any light, Chandler Eco-Drive Watch never needs a battery. For a rugged appearance with a comfortable fit, this military-inspired wristwatch fits the bill with luminous hands, a day-date indicator, 100 meters water resistant rate, and 37mm screw-back case. The black dial gives a backdrop for simple Arabic numerals, placed in a stainless steel case along with a green woven strap with a buckle clasp and patterned stitching.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 34 mm;
  • Movement – Eco-Drive

 

11. ARMOGAN E.N.B

ARMOGAN E.N.B

Armogan’s E.N.B Chronograph is a race-inspired wristwatch that showcases a marvelous silhouette that was named after Belgium’s famous formula one team during the 1950s. A 316L stainless steel case supports the watch’s exterior, while a dual-dial chronograph and day/date window, and Miyota Japanese quartz movement keep you accurate and trendy. This classic example also boasts top-notch peripherals, including wheel rim etching on the case back, a perforated suede strap, and a sleek black background that demonstrates why the ARMOGAN E.N.B is one of the best men’s dress watches under 200 dollars.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 42 mm;
  • Movement – Miyota Japanese quartz.

 

12. Vincero Chrono S

Vincero Chrono S

Vincero Chrono S is dedicated to making high-grade watches that double as bold and uncompromising statement pieces. Its premium Chrono S is undoubtedly no exception since it helps the brand stand out from the crowd with that business style. It arrives with a top-grain Italian leather strap in black crocodile, but it is interchangeable if you want to refresh your image from time to time. Moreover, it’s water-resistant so you can wear it every day despite the weather.

  • Case type – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 43 mm;
  • Movement – Citizen Miyota Quartz.

13. Jack Mason Pursuit

jack mason pursuit watch

Pilot or aviator’s watches are a gentlemen’s style classic, and the elegant simplicity of their dials lends itself well to nearly any outfit. Their slight military bearing also draws quiet attention to the wearer. The Pursuit from Texas-based watchmaker Jack Mason showcases a cute blue dial, an etched crown, luminescent markers, contrast stitching on an Italian leather strap, and a case back engraved with an airplane propeller all in a bumpy 42mm size.

  • Case type – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 42 mm;
  • Movement – Japanese quartz.

 

14. TSOVET SVT-SL37

TSOVET SVT-SL37

Tsovet’s minimalist models have taken the watch planet over by night, and the SVT-SL37 is a testament to the brand’s simplistic design expressions. This timeless model features cutting-edge internals, due to its Swiss quartz ancestry. An accurate Ronda 505 movement is placed within the SVT’s stainless steel, gunmetal case, where it’s guarded by a gunmetal bezel, hardened mineral crystal, and typical push/pull crown. Aside from its matte black dial and inserted rose gold markers, the implementation of polished accents, rose gold hands, and an elegantly applied tan strap give the SVT a decisively vintage look.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 37 mm;
  • Movement – Ronda 505.

15. Michael Kors Oversized Slim Runway Black-Tone Watch

Michael Kors Oversized Slim Runway Black-Tone Watch

Elegant, fashionable, and tastefully functional — which are all the things you might expect from a wristwatch with the name Michael Kors on it. This 44mm black IP three-hand accessory features a Japanese quartz movement and is water resistant to 50 meters, so you can carry it while washing hands or taking a short recreational swim without worrying about harming the watch.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 44 mm;
  • Movement – Japanese quartz.

16. BRAUN BN0021

BRAUN BN0021

Braun’s BN0021 comes from a leading-industry shave equipment brand, but it does engrave its trial via minimalist design principles, classic styling, and a real commitment to Bauhaus’ ageless influence. The BN0021 features a simple dial face, matte stainless-steel case, and leather strap awarding wearers with an aesthetically-pleasing silhouette overall. To complement its refined functions, an accurate quartz movement is installed within, making a reliable, and easily recognizable accessory that’s as affordable as they come.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 38 mm;
  • Movement – Quartz.

17. Timex Weekender Chronograph Men’s Watch

Timex Weekender Chronograph Men's Watch

A classic Timex Weekender Chronograph doesn’t need an introduction. It’s a long-lasting, casual beat-around watch that’s ideal for daily wear. Pressing the crown triggers the Indiglo feature, which lights up the accessory’s dial in a subtle blue backlight that’s not too sharp in low light. Nothing flashy, but just exactly what you need for knocking around town, hanging out with buddies, or getting ready for the weekend adventures. Plus, you can change the strap for other bands depending on your style or mood.

  • Material – Low lead brass;
  • Size – 40 mm;
  • Movement – Quartz analog.

18. Momentum Steelix Men’s Watch

Momentum Steelix Men's Watch

Few of us will probably need a wristwatch that can withstand a scuba trip 600 feet, but if you want to be ready for a plunge, choose the Momentum Steelix watch. This accessory is machined from a durable block of stainless steel. Momentum watches are famously hard to damage, attributing them as being the ultimate diver’s watch. A simple, yet far from an understated design make sure this watch will navigate just fine both in the ocean and in the office.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 44 mm;
  • Movement – Japanese, Seiko VX32G.

19. Tissot Everytime Large

TISSOT EVERYTIME LARGE

Tissot is an identifiable name for many watch enthusiasts, and while they’ve imprinted themselves onto the wristwear land thanks to their high-end offerings, the affordable Tissot Everytime T109 isn’t anything short of commendable. It boasts an accurate analog quartz movement, a synthetic sapphire crystal, and a handsome 42mm case, giving it plenty of presence on or off or your wrist. The watch’s stainless-steel case, classic dial, and elegant features make it one of the most beautiful on this roundup — but, due to a 100 feet water resistance, it demonstrates that aesthetic prowess isn’t always unpractical.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 38 mm;
  • Movement – Quartz.

 

20. Void PKG01

VOID PKG01

PKG01 from VOID brings up the tail-end of our 200-dollar watches list and highlights one of the most simplistic design principles on the market. Drawing from over five decades years of watch design, the brand chose to craft an ultra-slim version that was also proportionally-balanced, due to its acutely tapered crown. Minimalist red accents transcend a contrast versus the watch’s white dial, while, Japanese Miyota quartz movement, mineral crystal enclosure, and an analog display keep the PKG01 ($199) ticking smoothly.

  • Material – Stainless steel;
  • Size – 38 mm;
  • Movement – Japanese Miyota quartz.

Best Men’s Watches Under 200 Dollars Buying Guide

There are certain features you should be looking for when you’re buying the nicest men’s watches under 200 bucks, including:

Crystal

Even an affordable watch features a good quality glass. Sapphire glass is a good solution as it protects the watch face from scrapes and scratches, even after years of wearing. Mineral glass or crystal glass will safeguard your wristwatch as well but aren’t as long-lasting or durable as a sapphire;

Movement

Quartz movement is the better solution for a $200 watch, since they are more accurate. Quartz contains fewer moving parts than mechanical movement, which makes it less expensive for the manufacturer to make. Also, quartz movement displays time more accurately than automatic movement, so if the dependability is at the top of your list, opt for quartz; Watches on our list mostly have Miyota quartz movements. Seiko and Orient watches are powered by reliable in-house movements, and inexpensive to maintain.

Water resistant

Water can ruin your watch in an instant. Even when you’re spending less than $200 on a timepiece, you don’t need it to be repaired or replaced after one water mishap. The great news is that most watches on our list are water-resistant at least 50m;

Straps

Leather, canvas, NATO, Zulu, Perlon or metal bracelets are the straps’ options no matter how much you spend on a watch. Even affordable models come with genuine, good-quality leather. One of the ways that you can maximize the look of your watch is to purchase one that lets you change the strap. Buying one watch with multiple looks is an excellent way to economize, and one purchase goes a long way;

Finish

Choose top men’s watches under 200 dollars that have a nice finish to them, usually polished or brushed steel. It’s all about details – an affordable watch that has an attractive finish will look like it cost you hundreds if not thousands of bucks. Stainless steel metal is a superb solution, too, giving a stylish finish to the watch without making it flashy.

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