Best Watches Under $100 For Men – Wristwatch Guide, Review & How To Buy

To buy all the watches mentioned in the video and for more check out our complete guide to watches under $100 here:

To get the accessories I’m wearing, visit links below:
Two-Tone Knit Tie in Charcoal and Cognac Yellow Changeant Silk:
Mohair Blue, Burgundy, Green and Yellow Silk Wool Medallion Pocket Square:

Do’s and don’ts of inexpensive watches:

Do think about what you would buy if money were no object. Once you have that, try to find something that looks somewhat similar or inspired by it in the low $100 region.

Don’t get something that looks something like a replica of an expensive or a well-known watch.

To sum it up, don’t buy a replica watch because it’s not only illegal, but people can also see that it’s not the real thing and don’t buy something that just wants to look like it rather get something that’s inspired by it.

Do buy a slim and appropriately sized watch.

Do buy a watch with a canvas band because it’s very sporty and if you don’t wear suits, it just suits the character of your outfit much better.

Don’t buy inexpensive, gold-plated watches because most of the time the gold plating is very thin and once it wears off, it looks extremely cheap. Instead, stick with stainless steel or other silver looking metals because they age much more gracefully.

Do not buy a rubber band unless your watch is specifically dedicated for sports activities because otherwise, you are much more prone to sweating and it just looks inexpensive and cheap.

Do inspect the leather straps on those watches because at that price point, you can’t expect a super high-quality leather and when it’s cheap and stiff, it may be uncomfortable to wear on your skin.

Do buy the watches online because there’s very little risk and they have a great assortment.

Now, if you just have a $100, a really great way to score a relatively high-quality watch is to go vintage.

The $100 watch is not an heirloom piece, but it’s a great in between for when you’re saving up for a better watch, or you just don’t care enough about watches, and you want something that tells you time that looks presentable.

Most watches in the $500-$1500 price range are overpriced so don’t save up for those rather stay lower and go vintage or save for something that’s more expensive than that.
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Gentleman’s Gazette


Ritch Flynn says:

Nomos > DW

chasem007ify says:

If money were no object. It’s subjunctive

S Dj says:

And where is Q&Q watch here ? Is this a good or bad watch, with good or bad quality ?

jdavid941 says:

All your videos are great. Keep up the good work.

F Elix says:


Expat Esquire says:

May I wear a Rolex Submariner everyday? I am a lawyer by profession and the Rolex Submariner in steel with date is my favourite watch ever and it just makes me happy to look at it because it appeals so much to me. But, I see many channels and people say that the watch may not be worn with a suit. I would like your opinion please. Perhaps I will need to just wear the Rolex Submariner on weekends, but it is not my preference, but I would like your opinion. Thank you!

OldSport says:

Daniel Wellington = cheap crap watch.

giro227 says:

have not watched the video yet, but i will say my retro looking Timex a classic, if you like old mobster movies or have watched allot of movies from the 60s-90s  you will know what i am talking about, anyways think i paid around 800 NOK for it, right under 100$, but off course this might depend on the year its sold…

XDTinman says:

The pocket watch is a fantastic accessory, and feels truly alive when you use it.

Ramza says:

Recently being interested in watches, you eventually have to face with “what watch you make an impression on others?”. Well, let’s just say that in real life, 99% of the people are oblivious to what watch you wear and it will be the last thing they would notice. So, when choosing watches, buy something that YOU like. It’s reasonable advice but it’s easy to get sidetracked imo.

Jason Fleck says:

I’d like to know where he found an IWC Big Pilot for under 100 dollars!

Lucky Graffiti says:

UNDER $100? Try AliExpress, you can get the SAME thing for anything from $2-$10! That’s where I get all my watches, free shipping!

Daniel Braaten says:

I want a Rolex Presidential 18k gold….So i bought a Rolex Datejust instead!

Michael Barberry says:

What about the $100-200 range?

EyeWitnessChina says:

The Seiko 5 is simply the best watch under $100 on earth.

MrVaeron says:

In the range of 500-1500 bucks, prob. the best watches are in terms of cost/quality ratio.
Good movements and great finish. Everything above is spilled with brand cost and a lot under that particular range is cheap stuff (execpt Seiko and Citizen)

ndgo says:

$160 is a great budget for watches anything over that is just a waste of money. Unless you are talking about Rolex and… u crazy.

You are Offensive says:

True that is. What do you think about the video I made? Thanks for the tips!

Takdis Bin Taher says:

Can anyone please help me with the Stuhrling dress watch’s model? I want one of that. A link will be very helpful.

Alexei Kyznetsov says:

Buying under $100 watch is the same as buying under $100 suit.

SomeTenth says:

Very good guide! I’d suggest to stay away from fashion watches. A good manufacturer is Orient.
And maybe the best tip- go second hand. Second hand watches can be found in a perfect condition, yet at a much cheaper price.

Morgan Black says:

Invicta started before Rolex not that they’re better but they aren’t copies.

Jiggly Ween says:

since when is it illegal to buy a replica product? lol it’s only illegal to sell. It is fully legal to own as many replicas as you’d like.

Yosia S says:

talking about cheap metal band
*”shows IWC”*

GlobalistEnemy01 says:

I wear a pocket watch in my jeans coin pocket. Probably not super fashionable.

Jordan Cookie says:

Are you saying invictas are illegal?

ohio br says:

How much did Daniel Wellington pay you to mention them by name? People please don’t buy Daniel Wellington watches. I know at this price point it’s more about looks than getting a decent time piece but Daniel Wellington is such a rip off. They’re $15 Chinese junk with a 1,500% markup. You can go to amazon or aliexpress and get a watch that looks and functions exactly the same (probably made in the same factory) for $15.

Leonardo Aragao says:

Nice points!

Carlos M. Ruiz says:

Dear Sir, as a watch enthusiast I must disagree, that Casio MTG is by not means cheap quality, is hand made in Nigata Japan. price tag used to be 1000USD may be cheaper now. I have a collection that includes Seiko, Casio, Omega, Sinn, Rolex. regards

D Pec says:

This guy lmfao

1. Stührling : chinese bad quality mushroom brand, don’t have anything unique going for them
2. Difference between a “replica” and an homage, if you want a 10K submariner, just buy a 100$ Invicta 8926OB. Nothing wrong with that, it has INVICTA stamped on the case for crying out loud…
3. Don’t go vintage if you’re looking for <100$; the service cost might be higher then what you payed for the watch to begin with

Do's: Seiko / Orient / Citizen / Sea-gull / Invicta (some models) / Vostok
Don't: Daniel wellington, the fifth, or any of these cheaply made watches...

Shaheer Ahmed says:

what about the MVMT and Vodrich?

Gizman says:

Wow! A great and very timely video!!! A++++++++++++

Formula Arena says:

Buy a Vostok Amphibian!

Tom Wessel says:

If it doesnt hurt financially when buying it is not worth owning.

dfcvda says:

link for that pocket watch please.

Andrei Florea says:

Wondering why the 5th are not on the list,epic quality for the money 🙂

Rover Coupe says:

Wearing a watch puts extra wear on one’s cuffs.

Ce_Oso QRO says:

Stay away from Orient. Terrible experience with it.

George Grbic says:

vintge Seikos’ ROCK!!!! Best era is throughout the 1960’s and 70’s !!!! I have nearly 90 watches (mostly Seikos) and Seiko (with their nicknames, distinctive style, history, quality and affordability) makes for an AWESOME!!! hobbie!!!!! BTW so happy to have found Gentleman’s Gazette !!!

Stigs stupid cousin says:

I am just curious why a lot of people seem to hate on Invicta??

RongWayThinking says:

save a little and stick to Japanese and you can get some Swiss pieces for under $500

Mitchell Rowland says:

I like how he called an IWC cheap when talking about bracelets.. derp

HonduranGent says:

Im amazed at how informative this video actually was. Great job!

Gregor Ott says:

Did you really chose an IWC for what watch not to buy??? You made me laugh so heavily

Franco Guillen Camilli says:

I understand that in most cases traditional silver-looking watches will look more elegant, but I can’t match that metal with my gold wedding ring. I’m sure there’s got to be other gentlemen out there with the same issue, can anyone give me some advice?

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