Citizen Men's BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Analog

Best Outdoorsman's Watch under $100

Why people love it

• 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.

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