Great Timing: 20 Best Men's Watches Under $200

A man's watch plays many roles: It has to fit his wardrobe, look fashionable and, above all, be functional. Having an array of options is great, but sorting through them is the tricky part. Lucky for you, we did all of the work and found our favorite watches to wow him. And the best part? They're all under $200!

Our watch picks satisfy a range of tastes. Newcomers, like Nixon, deliver style on time and under budget with inexpensive watches that make great groomsmen gifts. Classic style gets modernized with watches from Timex and Fossil. Oceanic tones have come ashore as dazzling blue and green dials make waves.

There are also transparent "skeleton" watches that reveal complex mechanisms; sleek black watches that make the perfect wedding watch for the groom; water-resistant watches designed for adventuring; and smartwatches that are cheap in price but among the best digital styles we've seen. Below are our best under $200 finds, which prove that there's never been a better time to buy a watch.

<strong>Men's Watches Under $200 J. Crew Oar Stripe MK1 Watch</strong> photo

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Best Classic Men's Watch: Timex for J. Crew Oar Stripe MK1 Watch

The Timex for J. Crew Oar Stripe MK1 watch is one of our favorite classic watches of 2018, thanks to its military inspiration, proprietary Indiglo night light and J. Crew's signature red, white and blue Oar Stripe band. All-American Timex, which has been ticking since 1854, teamed with J. Crew for what will surely be an instant classic in this exclusive chronograph design, which features an aluminum case with a domed acrylic crystal and is water resistant to 30 meters. It's perfect for the groom who is about to go sailing — or simply wants to look like he is. ($95; jcrew.com)

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Best Personalized Classic Men's Watch: Orvis Man's Best Friend Watch

This charming timepiece will win many admirers, particularly those who believe a dog truly is man's best friend. The dog silhouette is the perfect touch for the sportsman who wants to pay homage to his faithful retriever. Made of highly polished stainless steel, this Orvis watch has a timeless design that is made to withstand the elements, including water resistance to 328 feet (a screw-down crown is added for extra protection). The canine-centric design, while whimsical, is nonetheless subtle. The watch can also be personalized on the back of the case with up to three letters, making it an ideal gift for the groom or groomsmen. ($89; orvis.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Nixon Unisex Sentry 38 Leather White/Stripes Watch photo

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Best Classic Men's Watch on Amazon: Nixon Unisex Sentry 38 Leather White/Stripes Watch

Nixon is a new-ish watch maker that began in the '90s in Southern California with the goal of "making stuff a little better." It has made timekeeping better with watches like the Unisex Sentry 38, which your guy will love. It features patriotic stripes on a leather band with a stainless-steel buckle. For a price that's well under $200, it's hard to believe it has features such as water resistance up to 100 meters, Miyota Japanese quartz three-hand movement and a dial with custom-molded hands. The custom-made case is stainless steel, as is the bezel and crown. ($57; amazon.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Michael Kors Men's Lexington Two-Tone Stainless-Steel Watch MK8344 photo

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Best Affordable Men's Luxury Watch: Michael Kors Men's Lexington Two-Tone Stainless-Steel Watch MK8344

Looking for a luxury watch for way less? Walmart's got it! Meet the Lexington model from fashion designer Michael Kors, who has long created a sense of elegance in everything from runway clothes to leather goods (and who could forget his expertise on Project Runway?). This watch could seriously fool all but the most eagle-eyed of watch connoisseurs into thinking it costs thousands rather than a mere $135. Water resistant up to 330 feet, the two-tone timepiece features a stainless-steel case and bracelet and a silver dial. Three chronograph sub-dials amp up the luxury look. ($135; walmart.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Lacoste Men's 12.12 Chronograph Silicone Band Watch photo

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Best Blue Face Watch for Preppies: Lacoste Men's 12.12 Chronograph Silicone Band Watch

This watch will instantly appeal to the fashion-conscious man who seeks style at every turn. The fashions of Lacoste, named after the tennis champion René Lacoste – nicknamed "the Crocodile" – have for decades been seen on the best-dressed men of the world. This sporty chronograph in a deep, decadent blue is sleek and chic enough to be worn by your handsome preppy as he tans poolside or dances the night away. Naturally, Lacoste's signature crocodile is seen hanging out among the dial markers and the triple sub-dials. This watch is also made of durable materials, including a silicone band, a stainless-steel buckle closure, quartz movement and a mineral crystal face. ($160; nordstrom)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch photo

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Best Green Face Watch on Amazon: Timex Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch

We're super impressed with this vintage-style watch, which is an excellent value for the unbelievable $40 price. It has a wealth of features for a watch under $200, including Timex's proprietary Indiglo dial, which illuminates so it can be seen in the dark. The classic, round green face features three chronograph sub-dials that add to the overall aesthetic of quality. The case is made of brass and the band is brown leather with a buckle closure. Its tick is whisper quiet, even in stopwatch mode, and the hour is adjustable without moving the minute hand, which makes the Weekender Chrono a great watch for travel through the time zones. ($40; amazon.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Skagen Aaren Blue and Dark Red Reversible Leather Watch photo

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Best Men's Blue Face Watch with Blue Leather Band: Skagen Aaren Blue and Dark Red Reversible Leather Watch

This watch is simply gorgeous, which should come as no surprise since it's a Skagen; the company, while American, has always created its watches based on the understated simplicity and clean lines of Danish design. This watchmaker, a subsidiary of Fossil, has a knack for creating timepieces that look expensive and ultra-stylish at a bargain price, particularly considering their Swiss watch movements that are found in pricier European-made watches. The face and leather strap on this watch come in a deep, dark indigo that is breathtaking. A bonus: The strap reverses to dark red, adding more mileage to an already-fashionable watch. ($135; nordstrom.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Fossil Automatic Chronograph Townsman Watch photo

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Best Men's Blue Face Watch with Brown Leather Band: Fossil Automatic Chronograph Townsman Watch

This Fossil watch is built on an interesting concept: Modern with a vintage aesthetic. Its rich shades, including a chocolate-brown leather strap and a blue chronograph dial, lend an upscale appearance to this timepiece. As a clever design feature, the mechanism from one of the sub-dials can be seen through the crystal. The round, stainless-steel case encloses a dial covered in silver-tone Roman numerals, which are set against the dark blue face for a striking look. This stately gentleman's watch can be worn at the office, around town and to dinner and is the perfect gift for a groom who might choose to wear it on his wedding day. ($195; macys.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Kenneth Cole New York Men's Automatic Two-Tone Stainless-Steel Bracelet Watch photo

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Best Men's Blue Face Bracelet Watch: Kenneth Cole New York Men's Automatic Two-Tone Stainless-Steel Bracelet Watch

Once again, Kenneth Cole New York has designed a watch that looks expensive but is affordable. This automatic watch fits in with the other trendsetting timepieces that feature a skeleton dial. This dial is artistically framed in two tones of gunmetal gray stainless steel, and the stainless-steel bracelet is also made of dark and light gunmetal tones for a seamless look. Since the movement is three-hand automatic, the watch runs by hand or wrist movement; it never needs batteries and requires little care. It is water resistant to 30 meters. ($155; macys.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Stührling Original 835.04 835 04 Special Reserve Automatic Skeleton Leather Men's Watch photo

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Best Affordable Men's Skeleton Watch: Stührling Original 835.04 835 04 Special Reserve Automatic Skeleton Leather Men's Watch

Where to begin? This Stührling automatic watch features numerous eye-catching details, starting with an enchanting skyline complete with silver moon and stars against a blue background during the night hours and a sun bursting with rays during the day. The rose-tone case looks delicious against the crocodile-embossed, milk chocolate-colored band. Roman numerals mark all hour positions on the dial, which is skeletonized for a peek into the mechanics of the timepiece through the front and back. Available at Walmart, its elegance extends far beyond its modest under-$200 price, making it look just like a luxury watch. ($122; walmart.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Kenneth Cole New York Men's Automatic Stainless-Steel Mesh Bracelet Watch photo

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Best Men's Mesh Bracelet Watch: Kenneth Cole New York Men's Automatic Stainless-Steel Mesh Bracelet Watch

Another beauty from Kenneth Cole New York, this time in gleaming silver tones. It's simply amazing how the overall usage of stainless steel, from the mesh bracelet with fold-over clasp closure to the case, makes this watch shine. And it continues with the popular trend of the skeleton dial, which allows a view of the three-hand automatic movement within. Interestingly, the dial design only includes the numbers 12 and 6, which creates a smooth and uncluttered canvas for enjoying the "skeleton" feature. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters. ($145; macys.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Casio G-Shock World Time Ana-Digi Mens Watch GA400GB-1A4CR photo

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Best Old School Skeleton Watch: Casio G-Shock World Time Ana-Digi Mens Watch GA400GB-1A4CR

Casio's industrial-looking G-Shock model, designed by Japanese watchmaker Kikuo Ibe to be unbreakable, hit the scene 35 years ago in 1983. Its various incarnations still look like they belong on the wrists of hipsters everywhere, from deejays to surfers to mountain climbers. The World Time Ana-Digi model is packed with features, including 31 time zones, a 1/100-second stopwatch, a countdown timer, five daily alarms, an hourly time signal and a full auto-calendar. Known for its shock resistance — hence the name G-shock ± the watch is also water resistant to 200 meters. And, naturally, there's an LED light so everyone can admire this overachieving timepiece night and day. ($143; walmart.com)

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Men's Watches Under $200 Fitbit Versa Smart Watch photo

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Best Affordable Men's Smart Watch: Fitbit Versa Smart Watch

If your heart skips a beat at the Apple Watch's price tag, the Fitbit Versa Smart Watch is a waaaay less expensive option, coming in at just under $200. Buy this one instead of that one, and you'll have some extra dough for the honeymoon! It's a fusion of smart watch and fitness tracker that comes packaged in an unfussy design. The Versa's interface has been improved over an earlier model, which means easier fitness stat readouts. And since it works with iOS and Android, it's a no-brainer for those looking for a smart watch on the cheap. It's perfect for that triathlete in your life — or in your wedding party. ($199.95; nordstrom.com)

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