Oct 9, 2019
The 5 Best Watches Under $50
Looking to start a watch collection? Here are the top 5 watches you can buy for under $50.
Any watch collector or horology enthusiast need a dive watch in their collection. If you are wanting to build a collection on a budget, then you'll want to know that the value packed into the Casio MDV106 is really quite astonishing. Here's what you get: a rotating bezel, all-steel case, 200 meters of water resistance, a screw-down crown, and lume on the hands. Walmart currently has an excellent price on these at about $42.
Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V
Another Casio watch to look at, but this time it is a G-Shock. There are tons of G-Shock watches on the market these days, most of which I think are gaudy, ugly, huge chunks of plastic that don't fit anything in a decent man's wardrobe. I hate to say it, but I think they all look a little too juvenile for my taste. Except for the Casio G-Shock DW5600E-1V. This classy, sport watch has the original G-Shock design. And it kind of reminds me of a thick Casio F91-W. With this watch you get 200 meters of water resistance, the classic Casio design, and multiple day-date features. The value is undeniable, especially when you can pick one up from Walmart for $43.
Recognized as a classic introduction into the world of automatic watches, the Seiko SNK800 series, which comes with black, blue, green, and cream variations, is one of the best values on the market. You get a time-tested Seiko time-tested 7S26 movement, mineral crystal, and a field watch aesthetic for about $50. At the moment, these watches are going for more than they are worth on Amazon, so watch eBay instead. You can find them in the $50 to $60 dollar region pretty easily.
The Cadisen C1032 is part of my list because it packs a ton of value for a low price. You get a sapphire crystal, a Seiko NH36A automatic movement, and all steel construction. You just have to be comfortable ordering this thing from China and waiting for a few weeks for it to arrive, but any watch with an automatic movement under $50 is just ridiculous. You can get this watch with a white or black dial. And it works with your formal or business casual attire.
Timex Weekender Braun BN0231BKBKGAL
Yes, I could have added a Timex watch to this list. They have a variety of excellent options for your first watch, including the Timex Weekender and the Timex Expedition. But I wanted to take a different approach, one that strays away from horological history a bit, toward minimalism in design. This is why I picked the Braun BN0231BKBKGAL watch for this list. Known more for its shavers and appliances, Braun has its own line of clocks and watches. What started as a radio company in 1921 by Max Braun, a mechanical engineer, is now a subsidiary of Procter & Gamble. But don't let that sway you from looking at their watches. The Braun line of timepieces has an inherent minimal design that, in my opinion, challenges the popular brands inside the Bauhaus style, including Junghans. Above all, wearing a Braun watch will be a conversation starter. You rarely see them on the wrist of another collector.