Investing in a watch is always a good decision. It’s something you’ll have forever, and most styles stand the test of time, no pun intended. Unfortunately, not every man can afford a Rolex or an Omega. Not to worry: There are comparable timepieces that won’t break the bank. The rule follows: For every expertly crafted timepiece, there is a less expensive counterpart that can be mistaken as such. Here are five affordable watches comparable to their expensive cousins that are just as good, if not better than the real thing.
1. Michael Kors Channing Gold-Tone Watch
This beautiful gold watch is ideal for both formal and off-duty occasions. The timepiece is 100% stylish, and we love its shiny gold-tone finish. It’s perfect for the man on the go and is sure to be your year-round favorite.
(Michael Kors $275, available at michaelkors.com)
2. Seiko-SKA655P1, Men’s Kinetic Stainless Steel Navy Blue Dial
This Japanese-made watch is the answer to all of your watch dreams — solid quality and loved by watch enthusiasts. Solid cases, reliable, workhorse automatic movements, and excellent lume are just some of the key features that really make Seiko watches stand out, especially this stainless steel beauty with a navy blue dial. The Kinetic Stainless Steel is truly a lot of watch for not a lot of money.
(Seiko $110, available at worldofwatches.com)
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Danny Bracelet 43MM
The Daniel watch, informally “Danny,” is a fresh update to Marc by Marc Jacobs classic men’s style watches. It’s incredibly sleek in silver tone stainless steel with a sun-ray black face and silver indexes and dials; this watch can fool even the most dedicated watch enthusiasts into thinking you’ve spent thousands of dollars on it.
(Marc by Marc Jacobs $225, available at marcjacobs.com)
4. Orient Dress Watch
Orient watches, a freestanding subsidiary of Seiko, but with its own history, heritage, and innovations, is Japan’s largest producer of mechanical watches. This automatic, with stainless steel, rose gold plating, and a black leather band, is a fantastic option for men who not only want a different-looking standout, but the comfort and lightness that comes with leather. This watch is of typical Japanese quality, despite the affordable price point. In other words, you’re getting much more than what you’ve paid for.
(Orient $235, available at orientwatchusa.com)
5. Invicta Men’s Speedway 9212
A bonus watch for under $100 — you can’t beat that. The Invicta Men’s Speedway is another Japanese high quality watch. Whether you plan to dress this up or down, the timepiece goes perfectly with mostly every outfit you can find in your closet. The sophisticated design and durable technology make it an affordable investment. The Invicta Men’s Speedway, designed with three sub dials, a date window, and a two-tone strap, lends itself to the utmost in affordable sophistication. Who would have thought that a watch with chronograph function, screw-down crown, stainless steel construction, and water resistance could look so good and cost so little? Not us, that’s for sure.
(Invicta $74.95 available on amazon.com)