Plus, they plug their wares on the Home Shopping Network like over-eager peddlers at a flea market.But in their massive selection, there are gems worth paying for.
That’s a real bargain, given that you get features that show up on watches costing twice the price or more.These are real watches for real people who use them day in and day out.The Mako is a fine example of watch that costs far less than its great specs would indicate.Both watches have a handsome design and won’t steer you wrong when you’re just starting out as a budding watch lover.If there’s one brand that captures value, reliability and longevity, it’s certainly Japanese watch powerhouse, Seiko.The Haywood Chronograph and the Wakefield Three Hand are both excellent choices that can toe the line between dress and sport without killing your wallet.
Citizen watches are reliable, handsome and many even come with their Eco-Drive solar powered movement that never needs a battery.
Clean dials, a lot of matte grey coloration and copious use of comfortable mesh bracelets make for a watch that’s stylish yet more on the understated side.
Our favorites are the Ancher Titanium and the Holst Steel Mesh Multifunction.
Timex really made its wristwatch presence known in the 1980s and has never looked back, improving its reputation with hypersuccessful lines like Ironman, Expedition and Intelligent Quartz.
What’s great about Timex as a starter watch is that you don’t have to invest much, with classics like their Camper Watch and Weekender costing well under $50 and even higher end pieces like the Intelligent Quartz Flyback Chronograph for less than $200.
My first watch was a two-tone Seiko with a quartz movement, a mineral crystal face and a solid link stainless steel bracelet– and I loved it, not only for its crisp silver case with the gold bezel, the dark matte grey dial with the day/date window, but because it symbolized a coming of age for me.