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Just last week, in the end of my 4-days trip I managed to broke my favorite dive watch from Casio, that served me well for about three consecutive years. It was not some luxury timepiece. Quartz mechanism, stainless steel case, nylon strap, 200$, but when I think how long it took me to pick out what to buy… If I recall, it was about five days of internet surfing, 100 or even more different watch models, 1000 comments, feedbacks, and reviews. That time is was Casio (as I said before), and this time… you can read it below. So, just yesterday I finished my second crusade for my new favorite wrist watch, that have to serve me well again for at least four years (I hope).

A little bit about myself. I like to go on long off-road trips to see some hard-to-reach areas. Also in my every quarter list are fishing, camping and mountain trips. But not all life is made up of weekends. Black tie events occur regularly and you have to look the part – business suit, dress watch, black shoes and all that, you know. So, I need one watch for my hard trips and one for my business meetings. If you happen to put your sport watch on with your business suite, some people may think it frivolous, and you can lose the order, you were hunting for.

May be I am biased against swiss watches, although I can afford timepiece for $3000-$5000. But in any case I prefer to spend my money reasonably. I would by new LED headlights for my Jeep rather than to burn my dough trying to stand out from the crowd. And hardly anyone can make the difference between $3000 and $300 watch. So, this review is about my take on the best men’s watches under $200. So, let’s go.

Name Mechanism Price
Timex Weekender Watch Quartz 30
Timex Weekender Chronograph Military Watch Quartz 42
Timex Expedition Scout Watch Quartz 39
Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono Watch Quartz 120
Seiko Adventure Solar Chronograph Watch Quartz 199
Seiko Diver Watch Automatic 183
Michael Kors MK8184 Quartz 155
Seiko Quartz Chronograph SPL57 Quartz 189
Casio Dive Watch MDV106-1AV – My Choice! Quartz 148
Casio G-SHOCK GD-100MS-3ER Quartz 70

Timex Weekender Watch

Timex is a true American heritage brand—headquartered in Connecticut, they’ve been making affordable watches since the mid-1800s. The Weekender is arguably their most iconic watch, and it certainly “takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’” like the brand’s famous slogan professed. The best part about the Weekender (aside from its price) is the ability to easily swap out different watchbands whenever you get the itch, and this particular model pairs a rugged leather strap with a classic Timex face, making it quite literally the perfect weekend and everyday watch. Simple and sturdy everyday stylish watch, good for men and women.

  • Price – $30
  • Weight – 4.8 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 40 x 9 mm
Pros
  • Classic design
  • Clear clock face
  • Indiglo light feature
Cons
  • Quartz mechamism (for those who prefer mechanical watches)
  • Maybe it looks a little bit cheap

Timex Weekender Chronograph Military Watch

This is one watch that won’t hurt your bank account but looks like it did. A military-style chronograph from Timex, the watch features a classic stainless steel case with a black face, large easy-to-read numbers, and three subdials. Topped off with a genuine leather strap, this is a watch you’ll never want to take off. And you won’t have to – it’s water-resistant for up to 100 feet (it means you can wash your hands without taking it off).

  • Price – $42
  • Weight – 4.0 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 40 x 11 mm
Pros
  • It’s chronograph
  • Luminous
Cons
  • The strap could be better, very thin leather

Timex Expedition Scout Watch

Best men’s watch for the price

Heritage outdoorsy watch from Timex The Timex Expedition Scout is an attractive, lightweight piece which has a rugged, outdoorsy aesthetic to it. The easy-to-read face features Timex’s brilliant Indiglo night-light. The model range is derived from the virtually indestructible 1960s infantry watches and adapted to meet the explosive growth of outdoor activities in the 1990s. Stainless steel case with classic shape. Water resistant – 50 m. Best for any situation except black tie events.

  • Price – $39
  • Weight – 2.24 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 40 x 11 mm
Pros
  • Rugged looking design
  • Indiglo night glow
  • Genuine leather strap
  • Aviation styl
Cons
  • It’s not a dress watch
  • Reported rare issues about night-light

Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono Watch

Steampunk style

One of Timex’s more sturdy feeling models. Second time zone indicator, chronograph, indiglo, and that dark dial looks terrific up against the surprisingly supple brown leather band. 43mm in diameter but doesn’t wear too big or clunky. Would look great with shorts and a polo, as well as dark jeans, well made boots, and a warm sweater come fall. Other dial/strap color combos available. Oddly priced pretty high, at $120, direct through Timex, but it worth every dime. The face is a little bit overwhelmed, but everything is on it’s place and in general watch looks cool. Stitched leather strap is just as it shown on the pictures.

  • Price – $120
  • Weight – 6.4 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 43 x 12 mm
Pros
  • Steampunk style (I really like it)
  • You can wear it in the shower
  • Extremely precise
Cons
  • Metal bracelet is too loose

Seiko Adventure Solar Chronograph Watch

Since Seiko opened its first shop in Tokyo in the late 1800s, they’ve been creating quality watches that blend craftsmanship with the very best technology available. With this Adventure Solar watch, Seiko offers a solar-powered watch featuring a compass dial, luminescent hands, a protective Hardlex crystal window, and an alarm chronograph. It’s a truly men’s watch.

  • Price – $199
  • Weight – 2.8 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 42 x 13 mm
Pros
  • Tempered glass is hard enough to withstand almost all harsh conditions
Cons
  • Too small second hand
  • To know where the true north is you have to use old fashion scientific way

Seiko Diver Watch

Best mechanical watch for men

Another offering from Seiko, this watch is a bit more rugged than other Seiko dive watches you’ll find, with its metallic bracelet, red and blue bezel, and Hardlex crystal coating on the face. It’ll be perfect for any adventurous activity you throw at it, and because it’s a dive watch, it’s water-resistant for up to 656 feet, so you can wear it anywhere near water and not worry about ruining it.

  • Price – $183
  • Weight – 7.1 ounces
  • Mechanism – Japanese automatic movement self wind
  • Case – 42 x 12 mm
Pros
  • Timeless design
  • Water resistance up to 2.0 ATM (660 ft)
Cons
  • Poor quality metallic bracelet (flimsy)

Michael Kors MK8184

It looks like a truly swiss watch

If you want something big and show-off-y, but don’t have several grand to blow on a Hublot, this piece from designer Michael Kors should do the trick. The luxury watch not only looks good, but also provides maximum functionality with a clear chronograph movement and date window at 6 o’clock. The chunky 48mm rose gold case is water resistant to 10 ATM, and attaches to a comfortable black silicon strap.

  • Price – $155
  • Weight – 9.6 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 48 x 14 mm
Pros
  • Very distinct and clear face
  • Two year warranty
Cons
  • Too blingy

Seiko Quartz Chronograph SPL57

Seiko has been known for precision, reliability and excellence since 1881, so just because this piece is inexpensive, don’t think it’s not a well-made watch. It’s the everyman’s Rolex, if you will. This particular model features a sporty face and chronograph movement. The bezel rotates, and most importantly of all, it’s waterproof to 100 metres. Only for men. It can be shiped with metallic bracelet or leather strap. Window is made from mineral glass.

  • Price – $189
  • Weight – 10.5 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 45 x 13 mm
Pros
  • Sport design
  • Water resistant up to 100m
  • Two year warranty
Cons
  • Fussy face

Casio Dive Watch MDV106-1AV

This thing is not for a dinner, but it is great timepiece

Almost certainly the best bang-for-the-buck watch on the market today. For $150 you get 200m of water resistance, a stainless steel case, sleek and solid design and rotating bezel that feels much more expensive, and classic looks that at a glance look like this thing cost a heck of a lot more than a quick trip to the ATM. Even the stock rubber strap that it comes on is decent (soft-ish, not rigid plastic). Throw an aftermarket strap on there to boost its already good looks to the next level. It was tested in a workshop with all its oil, saw and metal dust. And, of course, some underwater experience. My favorit. The best budget dive watch I’ve ever seen. Must have.

  • Price – $148
  • Weight – 2.89 ounces
  • Mechanism – Japanese Quartz
  • Case – 44 x 12 mm
Pros
  • Minimalistic design
  • Water resistant up to 200m
  • It doesn’t look and feel cheap
Cons
  • Nothing found

Casio G-SHOCK GD-100MS-3ER

If you need something that can take a bashing – look no further than G Shock. This affordable model is looks great, with both the case and strap made from matt green resin, and the lens featuring protective mineral glass. This surmounts to a watch which is submersible to 200 metres and is pretty much explosion proof. If you have desires to join the SAS (I had the same experience), or become a survival expert like Bear Grylls (almost did it), buying this watch is the first step on that journey. Just slipping it on will make you feel more extreme. The piece also packs in number features, including multiple timezones, a stopwatch, auto light, timer and five alarms – so you can wake up in time for your mission, then time how long it takes to take out a terrorist cell. Battery lasts more then two years. The glow is orange. I can say it’s awesome looking watch. If you fell yourself like an army man you definately have to buy this timepiece.

  • Price – $70
  • Weight – 2.57 ounces
  • Mechanism – Quartz
  • Case – 51 x 18 mm
Pros
  • Durable
  • Functional
Cons
  • Chunky

My conclusion

So, I’ve made my own choice. It’s Casio Dive Watch (MDV106-1AV) for everyday use and Timex Expedition Scout for black tie events. But I think this Casio timepiece is well worth to be a “dress watch”. It’s stylish and looks expensive enough. I need to try it on my next meeting and see what will happened.

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