High end watches made with the finest swiss quartz movements and gold plated casing are great. However, there are very few of us who actually have a couple of grand to spend on a watch these days. Personally I’ve never been someone who spends a lot of money on a timepiece. A watch that cost’s more than your car petrifies me and the thought of losing/damaging it would mean it stayed firmly in it’s box. Although watches are not meant to be hidden away, are they? They’re meant to be worn everyday with pride and love!
With this in mind, today I’ve chosen 11 great watches that are built with quality, look ace and probably most importantly won’t break the bank.
Let’s See the 11 Mens Watches Under £200/$300
1. Uniform Wares / 104 Series Wristwatch (Brushed / Orange Rubber)
Uniform Wares manufacture great minimalistic, contemporary men’s watches and my pick of the bunch is this 104 series wristwatch with orange rubber strap. The watches features a 5 jewel swiss quartz movement, stainless steel casing and hardened crystal lens, oh and it’s only £170 … score!
2. TSOVET SVT-SC38 / Sea Foam & Khaki Canvas
California watchmaker Tsovet have really impressed me with this SVT-SC38 model. It has a similar build and style to the Uniform Wares 104 watch and features a 5 jewel swiss quartz movement, stainless steel casing, hardwearing canvass strap and cool turquoise face. A great summer watch and a steal at £149.00.
3. Vivienne Westwood Heritage Watch
Vivienne Westwood is not renowned for manufacturing watches. However, I’m really into this quirky heritage watch featuring swiss movement, brown leather strap with button detail and understated Vivienne Westwood emblem on the face. Only £195 from Watchshop.
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4. Royal London Chronograph Watch
The men’s Royal London Chronograph is a great looking watch for £119.99. The watch features a two-tone steel/gold plate, is powered by a chronograph quartz movement and is water resistant to 100 metres. There are a number of colour options to choose from but my pick is this version with the classic brown strap showcased below.
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5. Daniel Wellington Classic Canterbury Watch
Classic Swedish watchmakers Daniel Wellington are renowned for their NATO Straps and this Canterbury watch is my pick of their current collection. Features include a Quartz Japan citizen 1L22 movement, Silver case and a cool eggshell face with clean, simple markings. A quality, classic watch for only £149.00.
6. The Slushy Swatch Watch
A quirky colourful swatch watch can be a great casual summer accessory. This red and blue slushy watch features the quality swiss movement we’ve come to expect from Swatch, yellow numerals and date counter on the face. All for £38.00.
7. Casio G-Shock GD-X6900-1ER Watch
I’ve owned a few G-Shock‘s in my time and have always had a bit of a soft spot for them. This black GD-X6900 features all the usual gadgets, such as checking the time in more world destinations than you can shake a stick at and being water-resistant to a whopping 200 metres; very handy if you forget to take the thing off when doing the dishes. Get it for £95.00 over at End Clothing.
8. Nixon Mens Sentry Leather Watch
The Nixon Sentry Watch is another timepiece with nice simple aesthetics. The Sentry features a minimalist day & date display and a brown leather band, quality Swiss movements and great understated blue detail on the strap and hands. Available for £145.00 at Triads.
9. Timex Retro Pink Calculator Watch T2N238
Ok this is not the most inconspicuous of watches, but it’s pretty damn cool! The Timex T2N238 Calculator Watch comes in a range of colours and features the standard digital timex face and believe it or not … a calculator for your on the go number crunching needs. Prices range from £15.00 to £30.00.
10. Timex Intelligent Quartz Gents Fly-Back Chronograph Watch
Sticking with Timex, this Fly-Back Chronograph is a great looking watch and features the finest quartz movement, a beautiful cream dial with second time zone/date function and a durable brown leather strap. Available at Watch Hut for £123.00.
11. Emporio Armani Marco Brown Leather Strap Watch
We finish off with something a little more classic. This Emporio Armani Watch is a great formal timepiece that looks fantastic and has impressive build quality. Features include a salmon coloured face with roman numerals and a hardwearing brown leather strap. It’s elegant watch that looks far more expensive than its mere £111.00 price tag, A good choice for your everyday office watch.