Ten Best Watches Under 200 Bucks Reviewed

From computers to alarm clocks, smartphones have replaced a lot of items, and although smartphones can easily convey time, they have not entirely replaced the need or desire for a fine watch. However, depending on your needs, there are six specific things you should consider to ensure your watch meets your needs. In this article we will look at the best watches under 200 bucks, but the best one for you will depend entirely on what you prefer from the features and styles that are available in this price range.

Construction

Plastic and stainless steel are common materials used for the construction of watches. However, watches come in an array of other materials that may or may not suit your needs. For instance fine watches can be made of wood. Others that serve as jewelry might have diamonds, which might not be suitable for beach wear. Then there are those that are made of tough resin, which can stand up against the toughest environments and activities. Finally, you should also consider the appearance of each material because some materials might be sturdy, but depending on your tastes, you might not find them stylish.

Usage

Many modern watches are built to withstand active lifestyles that may or may not involve water, rocks, or high temperatures and humidity. As such, they are built with a variety of capabilities that enable them to survive the environment and keep on ticking, so to speak. Additionally, they are often built with functions that provide assistance to people engaged in various activities. For instance, if you like to hike, many watches will help you track your activity and the number of calories you burn along the way.

Brands

Many of the traditional brands are still producing quality watches. Timex, for instance, remains an industry leader. However, in the sub-$200 market, other brands, such as Garmin, known for GPS technology, also have entered the competition. Finally, other upper-end brands include Nautica, Samsung, and Invicta.

Types and features

Features are often tied closely with a watch’s type. For instance, some watches are designed to provide the one central function for which watches are known: time keeping. However, many others types of watches offer a variety of added functions, again, depending on their type. Some fitness watches, for instance, offer fitness tracking and calorie counting while business watches will offer email and voice-mail messaging. Some watches that are designed to help increase business productivity might offer scheduling or voice recording.

Of course, other types of watches have less functionality because they serve as jewelry. As such, they are often bedecked with rubies or even diamonds. Because their primary purpose is as a fashion accessory, they are often as sturdy as they are beautiful because they must stand up to repeated wear.

 

Ten Best Watches Under 200 Bucks – Reviews

1. Michael Kors Women’s Runway Rose Gold-Tone Watch

Features

This Runway watch by Michael Kors is an elegant, rose-tinted, metallic watch designed to accentuate any elegant ensemble and mirror the gleam in any woman’s eye. Within the main window, it features illuminated hands that will convey the time in dimly lit, intimate environments. Additionally, it is fitted with three windows that can help keep track of different increments of time: seconds, minutes, and hours. It also features a stainless-steel build, so it will neither tarnish nor rust. Finally, it has a back clasp for an elegant, comfortable, precise fit.

Extras

  • Just because this watch is beautiful does not mean it cannot withstand the elements. For instance, it is water resistant up to 100 meters, making it perfect for the lake, beach, or Jacuzzi.

Pros

  • stylish
  • understated appearance
  • three incremental chronograph windows
  • water resistant

Cons

  • no additional shades or styles available

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2. Garmin Approach S20

Features

The Garmin Approach S20 is designed to help golfers improve their experience on the green. To this end, it offers such features as shot-distance tracking and shot recording. The shot recording is especially useful because it allows golfers post-round analysis of their game.

Extras

A rather sophisticated extra involves its ability to be paired with the Truswing sensor. When paired with Truswing, the built-in golf-swing analyzer can detect your swing movement, record the angle and speed of your body, and provide a variety of statistics to show you if you were off balance in your arms, back, or legs. Yes–you read that correctly, this watch knows more about your last swing than you do.
Additional golf functionality includes the watch’s ability to track the number of rounds as well as the average putts per round, and number of fairways hit.

Pros

  • comprehensive golf functionality for complete post-game analysis
  • pairs with Truswing golf-swing analyzer

Cons

  • Truswing sold separately

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3. Invicta Men’s 17203 AVIATOR Stainless Steel

Features

This men’s watch is stylish, functional, and sturdy. In terms of style, it features an 18K rose-gold, ion-plated surface that will not tarnish or rust. The stainless-steel band ensures a comfortable, durable fit, and it will never need replacing. The synthetic sapphire window is as tough as the band and will resist scratching and cracking for years. In terms of functionality, the rose bezel is tipped with three, prominent buttons, so you can easily set the time.

Extras

Perhaps the best part of this watch is that it is water resistant to a 100 meters, allowing you to enjoy it in a variety of water sports. Additionally, the watch comes in a variety of styles, and a variety of bands are available, ensuring you can find a timepiece that complements both your attire and personality. For instance, bands come in leather, gold, stainless steel, and rose gold.

Pros

  • water resistant
  • comes in a variety of options

Cons

  • not waterproof

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4. SUUNTO Core Military Men’s Outdoor Sports Watch

Features

The men’s outdoor sports watch from Suunto is a great addition to any wilderness exploration or mountain-climbing gear. For instance, whether you are trekking through unfamiliar wilderness or caught in a whiteout, the on-board compass can help you navigate your way to safety. With sunrise and sunset times for more than 400 locations, you will never be caught unprepared to make or break camp.

Extras

In terms of mountain-climbing information, this watch displays your current elevation. It also tracks and records ascent and descent information, allowing you to determine your progress.

Because safety is of paramount importance whenever you enjoy the outdoors, the watch’s ability to predict changes in the weather is critical, and it does this via an on-board barometer that tracks changes in air pressure. If dangerous weather is detected, the installed storm alarm will alert you to the possibility of an approaching storm.

Pros

  • operates in extreme temperatures
  • measures depth to 30 feet
  • available in a variety of styles
  • 24-month warranty
  • weighs only 2.26 ounces
  • includes a weather-trend graph

Cons

  • men’s version only

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5. Timex Women’s Dress Analog 18mm Bangle Watch

Features

The elegantly designed bangle watch from Timex is a beautiful addition to any women’s ensemble. The silver-and-gold design combined with the crystal indices are set in a delicate tonneau shape. The result is a gorgeous–yet functional–piece of jewelry. Finally, the mineral-glass crystal ensures you will not easily scratch this watch.

Extras

  • In addition to its beauty, elegance, and style, this watch will tolerate splashes and brief immersions in water.

Pros

  • water resistant to 30 meters
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • adjustable clasp up to 7.5 inches

Cons

  • not for bathing or swimming

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6. Nautica Men’s Bay Ho Multifunction Watch

Features

The Bay Ho watch from Nautica is a high-quality, durable watch made of stainless steel. The quartz movement design means you do not need to wind this watch–ever. Additionally, the wrist band includes a fold-over clasp and a double-push button, ensuring this watch will not fall off–ever.

For added convenience, the larger, main dial includes a variety of mini dials that show 24-hour time, the date, and the day. Finally, the mineral crystal is resistant to scratches.

Extras

  • Because this watch is water resistant up to 100 meters you can enjoy swimming or snorkeling without worry.

Pros

  • water resistant to 100 meters
  • stainless steel
  • case included

Cons

  • not suitable for diving

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7. Timex Men’s Dress Analog Multifunction Bracelet Watch

Features

This timeless, stainless-steel watch by Timex is black and gold, making it suitable for business-casual or even formal events. The mineral-glass crystal is resistant to cracks or scratches, and the casing is water resistant up to 30 meters.

Extras

This watch comes in three varieties:

  • black and silver
  • black and gold
  • stainless steel

Pros

  • stylish
  • multiple options

Cons

  • not for bathing or swimming

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8. Ferrari Men’s 0830023 Race Day Watch

Features

The Ferrari Race Day Watch is designed for the racing enthusiast. For instance, it offers a high-contrast, red-and-black band and face, and it features a tachometer-style bezel, so you can track speed precisely to the second.

Extras

The face features three sub-dials, so you can track seconds, minutes, or hours, and the timing mechanism features a high-quality quartz movement. The mineral-quartz window is supported by a tough, 44 mm, stainless-steel case, and the band is made of durable rubber, capable of comfortably fitting large or medium-sized wrists.

As it is made for racing, it understandably features a stopwatch, allowing you to time cars around the track or dragsters down the speedway.

Finally, for water sports, it is water resistant for up 50 meters, making it suitable for surface sports but not for scuba diving.

Pros

  • stylish
  • stopwatch functionality
  • quartz movement
  • water resistant

Cons

  • not waterproof

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9. Anne Klein Women’s AK/1362 Diamond-Accented Bracelet Watch

Features

Few watches have the style of this diamond-accented bracelet watch by Anne Klein. Plated with a rose-gold finish, it is an exercise in understated elegance. It features a total of three hour indicators at the three, six, and nine positions. Situated above, a solitaire diamond glimmers from the 12 o’clock position.

At only 32 mm in thickness, this watch is slim and feminine. As such, it will never steal the show, but onlookers will never forget its there.

Extras

To accommodate various wardrobes or occasions, the AK/1362 comes in six different styles.

  • rose gold
  • silver
  • gold and green
  • rose-gold and green
  • gold
  • two-tone blue

Finally, as it could make a stylish gift for any special occasion, it comes in an off-white jewelry box with a cushioned seat.

Pros

  • beautiful
  • thin and feminine

Cons

  • not water resistant

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10. Samsung Gear Sport Smartwatch

Features

First and foremost, this smartwatch by Samsung brings nearly all the functionality of a smartphone, allowing its wearer to access a variety of apps. It is compatible with both Android and iOS devices, and the main dial is a hefty 1.2 inches in diameter.

Extras

In terms of fitness tracking, it will allow you to count the number of calories you burn as well as the number of steps or movements you make throughout the day. With a twist of the bezel, you can bring up a menu and enter how many calories you have eaten.
Additionally, it features a digital personal coach to help remind you when you need to be more active.

Of course, it is compatible with Samsung Pay. This feature allows you to link your phone to your Samsung wallet. Once linked, to make a payment, all you have to do is simply swipe your watch across the card reader of any participating retailer.

Because the bezel is the primary method of interacting with the watch, all you have to do is turn it a little more, and you can receive updates on your e-mails and messages. Additionally, you can return phone calls using just this watch.

For the active wearer, this watch is water resistant, allowing you to swim with it. It is water resistant up to 50 meters, so you do not have to fear splashing or dunking it.

As a smart-device hub, the watch allows you to access and control such smart objects as your television, door lock, or lights. Again–all that is required is that you turn the bezel.

Finally, you also have access to a variety of informational apps.

  • CNN
  • Yelp
  • Uber
  • Spotify

Pros

  • multi-functional
  • water resistant
  • easy to operate via the bezel

Cons

  • This is one of the best smartwatches in its category. With so much functionality, it is hard to fault it. That said, if it featured an air-tight, waterproof case, it would be just about perfect.

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