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Best Watches Under $100 For Men – Wristwatch Guide, Review & How To Buy

Best Watches Under $100 For Men – Wristwatch Guide, Review & How To Buy


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! In today’s video, we discuss inexpensive watches
or watches under $100. Now, we all like expensive looking watches. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the money
and sometimes we just need something that looks good and does the job. In the price category of $100, you just focus
on the looks because you can’t expect a super high-quality watch at that price point. Now let’s talk about the do’s and don’ts of
inexpensive watches. Do think about what you would buy if money
were no object. Once you have that, try to find something
that looks somewhat similar or inspired by it in the low $100 region. That way, you can basically “test drive” the
watch and see whether you like it, whether you like the style and whether you get a lot
of wear out of it even if you could afford a more expensive one. On the other hand, don’t get something that
looks something like a replica of an expensive or a well-known watch. Rolex today are the most faked watches in
the market, and if you look at the brand Invicta, you know what I’m talking about. If you think about buying a replica watch,
we suggest you watch this specific video here. To sum it up, don’t buy a replica watch because
it’s not only illegal, but people can also see that it’s not the real thing and don’t
buy something that just wants to look like it rather get something that’s inspired by
it. Let’s say you have a watch with a nato strap,
well, you may get the same watch, but you can buy a nato strap watch. Do buy a slim and appropriately sized watch. For most men, 40 mm is ideal, if you are shorter
or if you have small wrists and hands, please check out this guide here. There is a current trend to go with chunky
oversized watches, however, that looks just cheap and bulky and has nothing to do with
elegance. It will simply oversize the inexpensive nature
of that watch, and you don’t want to draw attention to it. In the sub $100 price category, you find a
lot of simplistic watches that are rather clean and nice. The father of these simplistic watches is
probably Daniel Wellington. In recent years, they came out and started
in the $150 price segment. Now you have lots of imitators who offer similar
or different simplistic and clean designs under $100. For example, look at this Bergmann watch. Clean, simplistic design, this is definitely
a do if you like that kind of look. Do buy a watch with a canvas band because
it’s very sporty and if you don’t wear suits, it just suits the character of your outfit
much better. Don’t buy inexpensive, gold-plated watches
because most of the time the gold plating is very thin and once it wears off, it looks
extremely cheap. Instead, stick with stainless steel or other
silver looking metals because they age much more gracefully. In this price category, do not buy a watch
with a very thick, heavy metal band because it’s only of cheap quality and it will not
only age poorly but also malfunction and you want to do yourself a favor with that. The exception is a thin mesh which is much
less likely to show its age.The other alternatives are canvas or leather. Do not buy a rubber band unless your watch
is specifically dedicated for sports activities because otherwise, you are much more prone
to sweating and it just looks inexpensive and cheap. Do inspect the leather straps on those watches
because at that price point, you can’t expect a super high-quality leather and when it’s
cheap and stiff, it may be uncomfortable to wear on your skin. Do buy the watches online because there’s
very little risk and they have a great assortment. For an extensive list of watches for under
$100 that we recommend, please check out our full-fledged guide, here. As a quick run through, personally, I like
this $35 Timex and if that’s all you have, I think it’s a great buy for the money. If you like a sportier look, this olive green
Seiko may be the right one for you. For the office, this kind of Stuhrling original
with a clean design and a leather band is probably your best bet. Alternatively, this Bergmann watch is also
a good office contender. Now, if you just have a $100, a really great
way to score a relatively high-quality watch is to go vintage. To learn more about vintage watches and what
you should pay attention to when you buy one, please check out this guide, here. My personal favorite watch under a $100 is
this vintage pocket watch from Gruen. It’s very thin, and it’s just a unique accessory
that immediately sets you apart from others. I also like to wear it with vests and a watch
chain.It’s just a really nice accessory, you get a very nice movement. Very few people buy pocket watches anymore,
but back in the day, a lot of men did. That means, there is a huge supply of pocket
watches out there, however, a low demand which means a great price for you. You may never even take it out of your pocket
but the chain is a fantastic look, and I wear it all the time and get complimented for it
left and right. Much more so than I would have a regular wristwatch,
even one for $5000. That being said, the $100 watch is not an
heirloom piece, but it’s a great in between for when you’re saving up for a better watch,
or you just don’t care enough about watches, and you want something that tells you time
that looks presentable. Most watches in the $500-$1500 price range
are overpriced so don’t save up for those rather stay lower and go vintage or save for
something that’s more expensive than that. To learn more about watches in all kinds of
price ranges, please check out our guides here. To get more watch information right into your
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Reader Comments

  1. You can't say directly "Do not buy" ! Its obvious that tastes varies from person to person ! What u liked , may not be liked by others !

  2. Hey, Daniel Wellington didn’t start anything new. They copied Tissot design. I suggest you do proper research before advertising fashion watches that are useless. 150$ for that watch is a waste because it goes against your first point – don’t buy a look alike of authentic watches. Look up Tissot. DW is a copy of it.

  3. How about the BASIC quality ? A 'fashion' watch with an inexpensive movement sold at much higher price point is a waste.There are options, notwithstanding marketing. You at bit pompous, or so you come across to me.

  4. Cool. Thanks. Though if it's the pocket watch, the iPhone would do, hehe. But pocket watches look better, I like them more than any other kinds of watches.

    God bless, Proverbs 31

  5. Seiko and Orient all day every day for sub-100USD watches, full stop. You will get a quality piece that a watch enthusiast will respect. The Seiko 5 you showed in the beginning is a great watch with history that can be had for around 75USD. Many collectors with very expensive Swiss and German watches have it and love it as much as their considerably more expensive pieces.

  6. D Wellington MVMT and like watches are terrible values: a $15 Chinese watch movement in a $10 case, sold for $150. The finish will wear off in less than a year. Leather straps will rot. This fellow knows nothing of watches, cheap or expensive.

  7. I wore a lot of thin titanium cased watches since titanium is gentler on your skin but the leather straps would dry out and get cracked due to sweat so I tried the apple watch. I didn't like how it was basically an extension of my phone rather than a nice piece to keep time with so I "invested" in a nice stainless steel automatic watch by Victorinox. $800 value but amazon had them for under $300 at "factory close out" prices. I checked and it's real too. Has a good bit of weight to it and I can see that the metal will age nicely. Can't go wrong with a simple/clean stainless steel watch!

  8. Good Grief, what is he on about?
    If you're looking for value I would recommend Hanova or Victorinox. Swiss-made (ish), stylish and available cheaply on eBay.

  9. You spent 1,000.00 on a pen but 100 bucks on a watch? Makes no sense to me. A man isn’t dressed until a good watch is on his wrist.

  10. As with all things one is entitled to an opinion and all good for that…… But I have been of the option that Raphael really is not a watch person as I believe that in the past he has stated that he is not that keen on watches….. Raphael may not for all his style knowledge be the best person for a subject like this but is still entitled to an option…. all praise for him sticking his neck out and giving an opinion… I've have always enjoyed Raphaels videos even if I don't agree with them….. Raphael carry on the good work…

  11. This video could be a lot shorter. Who really uses watches to tell time anymore? My iPhone is always on the right time, and far more trustworthy than any watch I've ever owned. The only time I ever wear a watch anymore is when I am actually dressing up, and a vintage pocket watch and chain is one of my accessories. While my iPhone may be more accurate, you look much better in a nice suit glancing at a nice pocket watch to get the time than you do glancing at your iPhone. It is also obvious that you are checking the time, and not seeing what's new on the Book of Faces.

  12. For the most part I have enjoyed all of these videos but the idea of spending more on a pair of socks or cufflinks than a timepiece, well, I can't agree. Not sure how one can argue that the quality in a Montblanc diplomat is highly desirable but a Bovet, not so much.

  13. Really liked those smaller thin watches. I prefer a leather strap. The watch I wear is a Movado that is so old I can't remember what I paid for it.

  14. Daniel Wellington is definetly not the father of simplistic design. If you want quality and simplicity, go for the Junghans Max Bill.

  15. Please DONT buy a Daniel Wellington. They are of terrible quality and are very overpriced for what you are getting. I recommend brands like Timex, Seiko, Orient as well as many other brands with higher quality stuff than this one.

  16. Sven is an authority on Menswear…
    He knows nothing about watches however 🙄

    For anyone watching; under no circumstances should you buy a Daniel Wellington

  17. I have worn Timex watches all my life — they are simple, reasonably priced, accurate, and functional. They tell the time! Having the second hand is handy for taking a pulse. Mine has a button to light up the watch at night — very handy when outside at night or that alarm rings at 5 a.m.! I like the simplicity of it. At their prices, you could have 2 — one with a striped band for away from work, sporty days etc., and one with a leather band for work and dress occasions. The money you save can go into your retirement fund. Re: cheap coloured metal — paint it with clear nail polish, or clear acrylic floor wax, and it will hold up a lot longer.

  18. FYI
    1. Daniel Wellington is rather a marketing company then an actual watchmaker.
    2. Recommend not to buy cheap stainless steel banded watches, but did you really put an IWC in the video as an example?
    Gosh this channel is just garbage tbh.

  19. Why was I seeing Daniel Wellington coming? Another YouTuber that either doesn't understand anything about watches or is just an advertisement to this rubbish brand…. or both.

    Well my take on this, do not trust a guy wearing a baggy suit.

  20. So this is a "buy a China knockoff" guide. Why would I get a Wellington if I can get a 40€ China automatic that runs a few years? DW is already a pathetic brand, why not skip the branding entirely?

  21. Raphael, i love your videos. But after this one, sorry to say that i began to suspect u dont know much about horology

    Showing DW and saying IWC as a cheap metal bands. But, by all means, CMIIW

  22. I'm looking for a dressier watch for under $200. Opinions on MVTM, Vincero, and Citizen? I think their products look nice, but I'm unsure of their quality, et cetera.

  23. Nope nope nope. Wrong vid wrong channel. This is the opposite of your shoe video. Instead of buying trash save up and buy one decent piece. Then you can strap it up to dress it up / down if you wish.

  24. As someone that's collected wrist watches for almost 30 years, I would advise you to do a lot more research on this subject before attempting to present yourself as an authority. You know clothing and tailoring rather well, but as far as watches, you may want to consult with someone who is a bit more familiar with the subject matter.

  25. Invicta makes some gorgeous watches-with some nice Swiss & Japanese movements-
    And sorry, he’s contradicting himself showing large face watches – when in another video- he says only small face.
    Bad video for a channel I generally enjoy.

  26. You want to find good watch suggestions for affordable price ranges? Go watch Teddy baldassarre. Sorry Sven but this video is bad advice. Which is not the norm from your channel.

  27. Even though the title of the video is "Best Watches Under $100 For Men" I had some serious disagreements with the content here. This one was considerably off the mark I too went oh no! when he talked about cheap bracelets and then showed a photo of IWC (not a cheap watch) with a big ol red X on the image. Sorry that is not good advice.

  28. You guys are wrong about Daniel Wellington. Daniel Welllingtons have their place. For example I attended a party and a woman came up to me and grabbed my hand and looked at my watch and studied it for several seconds. Had I be wearing a Daniel Wellington the woman would have quickly dropped my hand and rapidly walked away never to be seen again. Another words Daniel Welllington are good for repelling gold diggers, and thereby protecting you from a life of headaches and brokenness.

  29. There are replicas at around 300£ that could be probably your best watch ever, I've got a replica Rolex Cellini and it's automatic with Swiss mechanism 2824, it's not gold and has not diamonds, but it's amazing and looks like a real Rolex

  30. Daniel Wellington watches are just rubbish. There are any fine watches in this price range but this isn't one of them.

  31. I know you only showed it as an example of “thick heavy metal band,” without knowing that the IWC timepiece in your illustration retails for thousands and that some people regard it in many ways as superior to Rolex, which you seem to be saying is the pinnacle of watchmaking. Rolex is actually on the bottom of its class, which is the in-house movement, admittedly a very high class to be on the bottom of.

  32. So many people today wear cheap watches that it is possible to wear a $40,000 watch to a party or down the street in a questionable neighborhood, without a single person having any idea. You are more likely these days to have your sneakers stolen than your wristwatch. Thank you for your video contribution to watch security, GG.

  33. I don't agree on outright banishing hommage watches. Take the infamous Rolex Cosmograph known better as Paul Newman. The brand Gevril made a hommage called Triveca which is of high quality and a corresponding price tag.

  34. Daniel Wellington….. Wow….. I was listening until you mentioned that joke of a company…. Just wow

  35. Smart watches can be stylish and decent priced too. Bands and watch faces are interchangeable and can go with any style you want.

  36. Great tip on the pocket watch. Especially as I don't care for watches and haven't worn one for about 10 years! I'd like a 19th century gold one and it would go well with a waistcoat. Luckily, as opposed to wristwatches, I don't think a modern equivalent even exists.

  37. Timex Weekender with a nylon strap is a pretty good inexpensive watch to own 👍
    (Nice video keep up the great work plus your theme tune is the best on YouTube!)

  38. DO NOT Listen to this non sense it's a waste of time.
    DO Check out other watch aficionado channels to learn more about watches if you're looking to collect like Teddy Baldassarre, Long Island Watch, and The Urban Gentry

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