Affordable Watches—Fits Your Budget and Your Style

November 12th, 2009 | 9 Comments

What does affordable mean?

It’s you’re choice. Sticking to a watch in your price range allows you to buy several watches over time, as true watch lovers want, without dropping all your of savings on a major watch. But if you want one durable watch that’s truly fit for all occasions, it’ll usually cost you.

But a poll on the forum tries to quantify affordable. It showed that out of 183 people, 72 (approx. 40%) felt anything under $500 was considered affordable.


For the rest of the breakdown:

$500 is far from affordable to many. You need to decide what affordable means to you. The meaning of affordable is influenced by multiple factors, such as your financial situation, the reason you want the watch, and your personal taste.

But don’t confuse affordable with cheap. Affordable also means quality. Just because your idea of affordable is less than someone else’s or is too little to buy an expensive brand name like Rolex, does not mean you can’t find a quality watch in your price range. But if you have to start moonlighting to afford a certain watch, I’d keep shopping around.

Here are some watches that you can depend on without shrinking your wallet:

Casio Men’s Silver-Tone Analog Bracelet Watch

This watch runs an affordable $20.00 on It received positive customer reviews. It was noted for its accuracy, and affordability, but it doesn’t look cheap. People were impressed by this bargain, but your value of a watch depends on how much time and money you want to invest.

Orient Men’s White Automatic Watch

This model costs $160 on It has a classic design with multiple functions:

  • A date indicator
  • A day subdial
  • A 24-hour subdial

It has an automatic movement, which was installed using Orient’s in-house movements, which ensure top quality control, as they are installed by Orient professionals, and not imported from a major supplier. This watch received positive reviews. Buyers noted its “elegance and excellent accuracy” on

Seiko Men’s Kinetic Silver-Tone Watch

This Seiko model costs about $280 on It comes with a 3-year limited warranty, features an automatic movement, and the stainless steel bracelet contrasts nicely with the black face.

It received very positive reviews. Customers who were looking for a “sleek, professional, and dependable” watch had no regrets after buying this watch.

Jacques Lemans Geneve Men’s Automatic Watch

This automatic watch is priced at $461.50 on This watch reaches to the far end of most people’s price ranges. It has a Swiss automatic movement and is water resistant up to 50 meters.

The comfortable and durable leather straps can be interchanged; they come in brown and black.

These 4 watches span the spectrum of affordability. Although ‘expensive’ can be just a mindset, if any of these watches break your bank, I don’t think buying a watch would be one of your top priorities.

Even if your favorite watch is just out of your price range, doing a little research can find you a better price at a different retailer.

Otherwise, a watch that looks great at an affordable price is almost always worth buying.


  1. 9 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Frank In Miami on Jun 13, 2009

    No Eco-Drives in this list?? I can’t think of a watch that offers so much quality and bang for the buck than the Citizens (In the realm of quartz solar/light powered movements).

  3. By KC on Jun 15, 2009

    I agreed Solar Eco-Drives should be on the list, a $200 Eco-Drives gives you Perpetual Calendar, Minute Repeater, Solar Powered, Power Reserve which lasts 270 days on a full charge on some models. It can easily put any kinetic watch in shame.

  4. By Jordan on Jun 23, 2009

    Thanks for the great tip. A Citizen Eco-Drive would certainly help to expand the ranges of affordable, dependable, and personal taste.

  5. By RobG on Jul 26, 2009

    In this economy…most people I’ve spoken to consider sub-$100 “affordable”. Use ebay and google’s shopping tool (froogle) to help find the best prices. Tip: They never beat the DoD prices!

  6. By Ahren on Aug 12, 2009

    To me, affordable has to have another word after it: Automatic. I will only buy an affordable automatic. It’s easy to pick up a cheesy digital watch for 10 dollars at Wally-Mart, but where’s the style in that? Sorry for being a snob, but I don’t do quartz. I take much more pride in wearing an automatic.

  7. By Jade Zavatkay on Nov 12, 2009

    I want this as a DOD :) :) :)

    Keep them coming.

  8. By Jason on Nov 12, 2009

    Hello, does this website sell watches? I am interested in your watches and would like to purchase them at a discounted price if only you sold watches instead of just talking about them.

  9. By Ron Blackburn on Nov 15, 2009

    At the risk of stepping on toes, I can afford anythihg I want, That is not my reason for checking the price of a watch, car or airplane , I got what I got, by not just paying a set price for anything. If you feel that way well maybe you need to try another line of work. ( Greatly Offended )

  10. By Dani Killeen on Dec 2, 2009

    cool.. i want one

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