5 Stylish & Affordable Watches
Watches are one of the biggest statements you can make with your outfit, and easily your most important accessory. Aside from being stylish as hell, the obvious benefit is telling the time without needing to reach into your pocket and pull out a device. Now, we aren’t big watch guys in the sense of paying a premium because of the movement of the watch. We’re in it for the style and want the most bang for our buck. So we have some great options for when you’re ready to upgrade your watch without breaking the bank.
Timex Weekender - $21
The Timex Weekender is an easy pick. Not only is it a very stylish watch, but you can’t beat the price and it’s easily one of the most flexible watches you’ll own. It looks best when wearing it in a casual setting and dressed down.
While the face isn’t too busy, the fun part of this watch is with the bands you can swap out. Any style, color, or pattern imaginable is probably available for this watch. This is what makes it so flexible, because you swap out bands according to your outfit choice. If you add this watch to your collection, add at least 2-3 additional bands that you can change up.
Note from Marvin: This was one of my first pickups, when I started my foray into taking my personal style more seriously. I love the versatility of being able to swap the bands and play around with color coordination. I still wear this watch often.
MVMT Black/Tan Leather - $95
I actually came across this MVMT watchwhen I was looking to replace my all black Citizen. I like this one because it’s a little bulkier than many of my other watches, which are very low profile – typically I go for thin straps with thinner faces.
I really dig the pop of red on the logo and second hand and the black and tan give the watch an edgier look. I typically wear this when going out at night and I’ll offset it with pops of red in other pieces of my outfit.
Daniel Wellington St. Mawes - $108
Daniel Wellington makes some extremely classy looking watches, and the St. Mawes is a great pick. The faces are simple and polished, which make it a great option for wearing when you’re in a suit for a special occasion.
You can buy Nato straps for this, but its elegance truly stands out when worn with a classic brown or black strap. While I’m typically not a fan of [rose] gold watches, this is the first watch that I’ve found where I’d consider it as an option.
Hypergrand Maverick - $369
When I found the Hypergrand Maverick it instantly jumped to the top of my list of the watch I want to purchase next. While the face is not as simple as a Daniel Wellington, it’s still very clean and well balanced. The standard leather straps it comes with look very stylish, supple, and comfortable. Nato straps are an option with this watch, but the honey or nautical blue leather straps look the best.
Citizen Eco-Drive Stiletto - $372
For the longest time, this Citizen Eco-Drive Stiletto was my favorite watch to wear. I loved it for its simplicity. Black band, thin, black bezel, black watch face – understated and subtle, yet stylish at the same time. This was my go-to when I wanted to dress things up a bit – typically with dark jeans, a button up, and a blazer or sweater with nice, leather shoes. There’s no need to get hung up on the rules about matching your watch band to your shoes to your belt. Mixing neutrals is totally acceptable when executed properly.
A Few Thoughts on Watches
As mentioned in the intro, we’re more into the visual style of watches over the mechanics. But if you’re looking to shell out serious money for a mechanical watch, just don’t fall for designer fashion label watches (like Gucci, LV, etc.). You won’t necessarily be getting a high quality watch, you’ll just be paying for the name. So do your research before spending thousands on a watch.
Don’t feel the need to only own one watch. Like any other item in your closet, have a few different options for watches. An everyday watch is good, alongside something you can dress up and wear in more formal settings. Bonus points for having a collection of bands that you can interchange with all of your watches.