We did the research to find all the best cheap watches on the market. We capped the price at $100 and searched through every well-priced watch to find only the most versatile, reliable, and best-looking options for you. We think you'll be VERY pleased with the options we found…
• The perfect watch for long-distance, marathon, and Ironman runners
• Lightweight, comfortable, and won't get in the way
• Good battery life; durability isn't an issue with this watch
Sleek and slim, low-profile watch face, simple features, low price, highly durable, and water resistant.
Interface isn't the easiest to use and you can't press buttons (timer/stopwatch) underwater.
Performance: The sleek, lightweight design of this watch makes it ideal for comfort on long distance runs. There's no rubbing, grinding, or chafing, and the natural curve of the wristband makes it sit comfortably on your wrist. The resin band has a special notch that stops the loop from sliding around.
Want something that will last? This watch lives up to its name. The watch face is made of a highly durable material that will survive a lot of regular use. The battery life is also well above par, with a 4-year lifespan.
Features: The watch is designed with Ironman and long-distance runners in mind, so it comes with all the features you could ask for: a 100-lap counter with 30-lap memory, 100-hour chronometer, 3 alarms, timer, accurate stopwatch, and an Indiglo LED light to illuminate the watch face after dark.
It's easy to move through the features with the press of a button (or two). It's definitely a handy watch to have when you run!
Price: At $35, this is one of the best-priced watchers on our list, yet it doesn't sacrifice quality for price. It's a durable, well-designed timepiece that will be a marathon/Ironman-runner's dream.
Durable, 1/20 second chronograph, feels solid, 100-meter water resistance, secure clasp closure, beautiful, good range of features, and includes analog feature.
Looks a tad "busy" with a lot of features and functions.
Performance: If you're looking for a chronograph watch, you'll definitely want to consider this one. With its stainless steel band, secure clasp, and mineral dial window, it's a timepiece that can handle a lot of wear and tear. It's also fully water-resistant up to 100 meters, making it a great watch to take diving, snorkeling, and swimming.
The watch has a large face, which means it will draw attention. It looks expensive and feels durable and solid on your wrist. The accuracy is excellent, thanks to the quartz analog timekeeping. It's better than any digital watch, and has a far more elegant appearance!
Features: The main selling point of this watch is the chronograph, or stop-watch, built into it. The bottom dial is used as the second hand, and it can be turned on/off or reset easily. Calibration of the clock hands is a breeze thanks to the A/B buttons built into the watch. The screw-down crown ensures the watch is water resistant, making it an awesome diver's watch.
The watch face shows the date, time, day of the week, and more. It's a tad "busy", but it looks absolutely beautiful.
Price: At $92, this is a great deal! The watch is durable enough to handle years of hardcore use, but thanks to the stainless steel and mineral dial, it will always look good.
• Durable, long-lasting, and simple—the perfect watch for outdoor use
• Simple, bold design
• Delivers quality at a decent price
Japanese quartz movement, simple yet elegant, durable, water-resistant, user-friendly features, lightweight, solid craftsmanship, and precise.
Band is poorly designed; chafes and may be uncomfortable for some users.
Performance: If you want a simple, no-frills watch to keep up with you on your hiking and camping trips, this is the perfect choice. The watch has very few features, but delivers the durable, long-lasting quality you need to survive an active lifestyle. The mineral dial and stainless steel case can take a beating and keep running for years.
The Eco-Drive watch is light-powered, meaning you'll never need to replace the battery. As long as you spend plenty of time outdoors, the watch will stay fully charged and keep precise time. Some users have complained that the canvas band is uncomfortable and chafes, but once you break it in you should have no problem with it. (Or, simply replace the band with another one, such as a paracord or resin band.)
Features: The watch comes with only the most basic features, including day of the week and month and a bold black dial face with luminous numbers that light up in the dark. The Japanese quartz crystal keeps the watch accurate and precise. Thanks to the Eco-Drive light-powered design, you won't have to worry about running out of battery life.
The watch is also resistant to water up to 330 feet (100 meters), but it's recommended to use only for swimming and snorkeling, not scuba diving.
Price: At just under $100, this is a bit pricey considering how simple it is. However, the fact that you'll never need to buy a watch battery again is definitely a "pro" that makes the watch worth buying.
Cheap, comfortable, simple, stylish, light-up dial, water-resistant, versatile,and features a clean and classy design.
Prone to breakage after a year or two, unfortunately.
Performance: If you need a watch to take with you on holiday, you'll love this one. It's simple enough that it won't draw the attention of thieves, yet offers an effortlessly stylish addition to your casual outfits. The canvas strap and large circular dial makes for a simple appeal that will blend with any change of clothing. Whether you're lounging on the beach or strolling the streets of the city, this is the casual watch to have.
Like all Timex pieces, it offers a reasonable amount of durability at a very good price. It's definitely not a "forever" watch, but one to have handy if you're going someplace where you don't want to call attention to yourself. The wide assortment of watch strap colors and styles give you plenty of options for your clothing. Best of all, the watch strap is comfortable even in hot climates.
Features: This watch is simple, featuring a canvas strap with typical belt-style closure, a circular stainless steel case with Indiglo watch dials that light up at night, and Arabic numerals with 24-Hour military time. The watch is water resistant up to 30 meters, but it's recommended to NOT use it for more than brief immersion. If you're going to swim, it's better to take off the watch.
Price: At $30, this is one of the best cheap watches for men who need something to take on their travels. You can leave your fancier timepieces at home yet bring this one to help you always know the time.
• Great for outdoor/athletic use; hardcore build quality
Durable stainless steel case and band, beautiful, water resistant, multi-functional, excellent precision, uber-masculine, break-resistant dial window, and rugged.
Watch is much larger than expected, and some reviewers report quality control issues.
Performance: If you're the kind of man who ONLY wears stainless steel watches, this is the one you want. It's rugged enough to survive the sort of beating you give it on your travels, outdoor adventures, or athletic activities. The stainless steel case and band will keep up with your active lifestyle. The dial window is both break-resistant and flame-resistant, making it a durable choice indeed.
The appearance is stylish, with the coin-bezel edge and clear black numbers engraved into the polished stainless steel. It's a "guy's watch" for men who want something that will last for years to come.
Features: The watch comes with a built-in tachymeter, day of the week/month dial, second hand, and large numbers that light up after dark. It's water-resistant up to 100 meter (330 feet), making it a great watch for using while swimming, surfing, and snorkeling.
On the downside, some users have complained that the watch case is just too big, suitable only for men with large forearms/wrists.
Price:At $75, this is one VERY well-priced watch. You'll find it's durable and rugged enough to keep up with anything you can throw at it and look good all the while. If you're a stainless steel watch guy, this is one of the best watches under 100.
• Designed to survive just about anything you can throw at it
• A feature-rich watch; highly functional for sports and outdoor use
• One of the best sport watches for women and men athletes
Digital features included, highly durable, excellent range of functions, good battery life, rugged appearance, good fit, comfortable, and lightweight.
You have to manually adjust both digital and analog time separately.
Performance: This is a watch that's built to survive any sport or training program. It's lightweight and sits comfortably on your wrist, but you can feel just how solid it is every time you move your arm. The durable material can survive a beating, and you won't have to worry about the watch as you run, train, swim, row, cycle, hike, or lift weights.
Like all G-Shock watches, this timepiece is shock-resistant, can handle up to 200 meters of water, and is resistant to magnetism. You get about 3 years of battery life, and you'll find that it's a very accurate watch. It's a good-looking watch as well, as the red contrasts beautifully with the black watch case and band with its white accents. All in all, worth it!
Features: The watch comes with a digital screen that will do more than just display the time—it can also show date, speed, stopwatch, timer, and more features. You can cycle through the display modes easily, and you'll love how it includes the functionality of a digital watch into a classic analog timepiece.
The EL backlight allows you to check the digital time after dark, though a few users have complained that the light isn't bright enough. You get an accurate stopwatch, a calendar, dual time feature, a daily alarm, and the ability to switch between 12 and 24-hour formats. A great timepiece with all the features you need for your runs or workouts.
Price: $42 is a very reasonable price to pay for this durable watch. You'll find that it can keep up with your active lifestyle. No matter what you do--practice Yoga, go paddleboarding, lift weights, or run marathons/Ironman races—this sports watch will handle itself!
• Gorgeous and rugged mix of analog and digital watch
• Designed to handle any sport, activity, or outdoor use
• Packed with a lot of sport-specific features
Highly precise stopwatch, packed with useful features, built from durable resin, hard-wearing and good-looking design, affordable, G-Shock quality, large buttons for easy operation, and designed for years of daily sport use.
Orange display light is faint and useless in the dark.
Performance: One of the best things about this watch is the fact that it's so rugged and durable. Made in the U.S. from high-quality resin, it's built with the classic durability that has made the name of G-Shock so well-known in the sport accessory world.
This watch can take one heck of a beating! It's shock-resistant, waterproof up to 200M, resistant to magnetism, and comes with a battery that lasts 2 years. Yet despite its durable design, it's also a beautiful watch. The extra-large face looks stylish and hardcore, and the matte black finish pairs nicely with any casual or formal outfits. Given its dual analog/digital function, it's a truly gorgeous piece of hardware!
Features: The fact that it's a mix of analog and digital makes this watch highly functional. The white hour/minute hands will glow in the dark to tell the time, but there's also an orange backlight for the digital display. (Be warned: a lot of users complain the backlight is useless.)
The watch is magnetic-resistant, waterproof, and built to last. You get World Time, a fully automated calendar up to 2099, auto LED light, a stopwatch accurate to 1/1000th of a second, and a speed indicator. Definitely a sports watch you can use for everything!
Price: At just over $70, this is one of the best -priced watches around. You get an incredibly durable design, excellent functionality, and a beautiful appearance. Low price, but HIGH value!
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