Sure, those heirloom pieces on the auction block may draw your eye and a classic Swiss-made timepiece is a worthy investment, but $300 or less is a worthy price range for a myriad of stylish and versatile options. Consider some of our favorite choices:
The Ventus Caspian ($299)
A vintage field watch-look is hard to come by without shelling out thousands for something from the era. But Ventus has been quietly paying homage to the rugged style with their Caspian C-02 model for some time.
The Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol ($229)
As elegant a watch you will find at this price point, Daniel Wellington's slim designs are the perfect suit watch. Available in multiple styles and colors and in just the right not-too-big, not-too-small size of 40mm, the Bristol is the perfect finishing touch to all of your dressiest looks.
The Tsovet TW35
Another low-key e-commerce watch brand, California-based Tsovet is creating a wide range of classic an unique styles at a variety of price points, and the TW35 is just such one watch. With a classic racing-inspired square shape and an ultra clean face, the TW35 has a streamlined, throwback vibe that is a great match with any look. Plus at a slim 35mm it's a great match with suits and dressier formalwear.
The Timex Weekender ($40)
An essential budget watch, The Weekender's simple faces and cloth bands make for a versatile, wear-with-anything look. The price point on this Timex Weekender is surprisingly low, given that it would feel right at home on your wrist in everything from your favorite pair of denim to your midweek suit. Plus, the easy-to-change slipthrough band gives you flexibility to adjust depending on season or mood.
The Greyhours Essential ($175)
Pops of white make a great statement on weekends or in the office, and this Greyhours Essential does just that. With a clean, mid-century-inspired design, the Essential is versatile enough for any level of formality.
The Braun Classic ($300)
A sleek chronograph isn’t something you can usually find at low price point, but Braun’s Classic comes in right at the edge. We like this for a casual weekend out, and though it fits the bill for a pilot’s watch execution, and it's modern industrial design is just about as stylish as it gets.
The Komono Mangus ($100)
A clean, classic dress watch is a hard target to hit: you want something that is both right for black tie, and comfortable being dressed down. Enter the simple Komono Magnus, a modern take on the simplest of dress watch faces. Simplicity gets it street cred as well when paired with jeans.
The MVMT Chrono ($135)
Creating a hybrid of styles, MVMT’s Chrono combines the simple face of a dress watch with the capabilities of a chronograph. With a fashion-forward black finish, the Chrono will easily make the transition from rugged jacket to dinner jacket with ease and style.
The Tissot Quickster ($240)
If you're looking for a nautical, prep-inspired watch, finding just the right one can be difficult. Tissot’s Quickster Nato gets all the things right, from simple color scheme to elegant design. And it’s equally good on the slopes, under the sails, or just headed out for a weekend beer.
The Nixon Star Wars Collection ($125-$300)
Long known for stylish, action sports-oriented goods, Nixon has released, just in time for the movie, an incredibly unique Start Wars-ispired collection. Both elegant and rugged, these unique designs capture the spirit of the Galaxy Far, Far Away, but never vere into cheesy territory.