Starting with Budget men’s watches as low as $50 and ending with high-end luxury chronograph watches, here is our annual guide for the top men’s watches of 2018.
Looking for the perfect Birthday or Christmas gift idea for that man in your life or simply want something for yourself? As the only male contributor to this website, hopefully, I can help. I’ve been wearing and collecting watches for years as I like the way they set me apart. Sure, I can get the time from my cell phone. Yet, there’s something more established about having a watch available on my wrist at all times.
Buying a watch online can also save you a bit of money by avoiding the commission you’d have to pay for a seller. So, we’d recommend that route as long as you can get genuine paperwork for more expensive options.
Casio Men’s G-Shock
I have a brother who wears this and literally never takes it off. He can run through the mud, swim in the lake, and camp outside without worrying about it. Functions include an EL backlight with afterglow, a multi-function alarm, and a stopwatch. The included battery should last at least 3 years
- Inexpensive (Around $40)
- Included Battery Lasts Several Years
- Same Design Casio has had for a decade
Timex Ironman Triathlon
The 4 easy-to-use buttons are intuitive and what’s you understand how they function, give you a lot to work with while you’re doing intervals. In fact, this watch works for pretty much any fitness activity you’re doing except for resistance training. During those activities, it feels a bit restrictive. Yet, most watches have this problem so it’s something I typically look past.
The profile of it is rather small. So, it’s not distracting but not a statement piece either. Of course, you get the classic Indiglo feature with this watch. It’s great for seeing the time at night. That being said even most fitness bands have this feature in 2018.
- Priced around $35
- Stopwatch with 30 Lap Memory
- Water Resistant to 330 feet or 100m
- Timex has oversized, full-size, mid-size, and clear view options and designs
- Strap can be a bit restrictive during weight training
Invicta Men’s 89280B Pro Diver
The Invicta Men’s 89280B is a gold plated and stainless steel watch with a round face and 40mm diameter. The back is skeletonized so you can see the movement inside. This adds for a nice touch when someone asks you to have a look at it. The included bracelet has a clasp for keeping it in place. The design looks a lot like Rolex’s Submariner design; although a fraction of its overall price.
The movement is a Japanese Seiko NH35A which operates at 21,600 beats per hour. That’s not quite as stellar as Swiss automatic movement, but it’s not far off either and you’re not paying the Swiss movement price. Typically, this particular piece will be accurate within 1-3 seconds a day. Manual winding and hacking are also a part of this model. Together these features aren’t typically found in this price range. In fact, you’d be lucky to find it for twice this price.
Perhaps what I like most about this watch is its overall cost. If you’ll really be in the water diving, it’s better to take a chance on a watch like this than something much more expensive. Keep in mind that it’s self-winding. So, it’s something you have to be willing to keep up on. If you’d rather have a battery, look elsewhere.
- Water Resistant to 200m (660 feet)
- Solid Japanese Automatic Movement at this Price
- Handsome Gold and Stainless Steel Design
- Finish won’t last as long as some high-end options
Seiko Men’s Canvas Automatic Watch
It’s not a big watch at 37mm and it isn’t heavy either. For that reason, and because it wears extremely well, it’s a great daily wearer. Some may prefer to switch out the band. It’s not that expensive to do so. It takes 18mm straps – same spinbars. Search “snk809 nato strap” for additional options. If you do so, you may find yourself thinking this looks like a watch that costs two to three times what you bought it for.
The watch itself glows well in the dark, is intuitive to set, and is fine to take with you to the pool or in the shower. It uses accurate movement with Seiko’s 7S26. Thus it keeps relatively good time although you may find yourself adjusting it every few weeks.
- No Batteries
- Band is Easily Replaceable
- Under $100
- Not as Easy to Read as Some
- Band Feels Cheap Compared to the Face
Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro Smart Fitness Band
For design, the watch band is extremely comfortable. The curved glass on the watch face also adds to this. The look of the watch face can be customized as well with various options including more options you can download.
The Gear Fit 2 Pro is compatible with both Android and IOS, so it should work with just about any phone out there. Speaking of phones, if you don’t want to take your phone with you while you’re working out, you can download music directly to the Fit2 and leave your phone behind. It also has offline Spotify support.
Overall, this is a watch that makes a statement, looks pretty good, and isn’t terribly expensive. Would I wear it with my tuxedo? No. Would I use it while I train or to run around town to simplify sending and receiving texts and phone calls? Absolutely.
- Comfortable Band
- IOS and Android Support
- Swimming Support
- Offline Spotify Support
- 2 Day Battery Life
Suunto Core All Black Military Watch
Let’s start with the features as that’s what really sets this ABC watch apart. This includes an altimeter for elevation, a storm alarm, a weather trend graph, and a compass just to name a few. It’s water resistant up to 30m and includes a depth gauge up to 10m while you’re snorkeling.
Admittedly this watch gives you function over beauty. It’s lightweight, has all the features you need for the backcountry, and takes a true beating. Yet, it scuffs rather easily, and the band could be sturdier.
- ABC Features (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass)
- Rugged Face
- Band breaks over time
From $300 to $400
Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium AT4010-50E Perpetual Watch
What is Eco-Drive?
The Citizen Eco-Drive is powered by light. Any type of light. That includes artificial. With a full charge, the Eco-Drive can work up to 6 months. This means you never have to worry about changing your battery. Even after 20 years the battery should keep around 80% of its original capacity.
The model we’re featuring above is the AT4010-50E. The silver-tone with black tachymeter topring design is handsome and rugged with the sapphire crystal over the top. The design is eye catching while not being over the top or gaudy.
The bracelet is titanium with a fold-over clasp and a hidden double push-button closure. It does scratch over time. So, it may need replacing in a few years if you use it while working or in the outdoors.
These watches keep amazing time as they’re synchronized with atomic radio. The case, including the ring, is titanium. This makes it more scratch resistant and lighter when compared to stainless steel watches.
- Eco-Drive Solar Power
- Keeps Pefectly Accurate Time and Date
- Scratch Resistant Face
- Lightweight Design
- Comes Set with the Correct Time
- Some Functions take Multiple Steps To Use
- Titanium Scratches Over Time
Seiko Men’s Leather Casual Watch SARB017
This combination of quality and a unique look sets it apart. As the face is green it might not fit with what you wear every day; however, it’s perfect to have in a collection.
The SARB017 isn’t made as a diving watch. However, it’s water-resistant, up to 660 feet.
- Green Dial Looks Fantastic From Every Angle
- Japanese Movement with 50 Hour Power Reserve
- Watch has no anti-reflective coating
- Band Isn’t as Nice as the Watch itself (Replacement options are available)
Movado Edge Blue Aluminum Dial
Movado is known for its unique yet classy designs. This new Blue Aluminum design looks fantastic. The minimalist look, blue watchface, stainless steel case, and rubber strap set it apart. Movado has other designs that look similar, but this is the new look we like the best.
For technical specs, this watch uses Swiss quartz moment and has a sapphire crystal dial window for additional durability. Its resistant to up to 30 meters. That being said, this isn’t a watch we’d recommend you regularly submerge.
- Swiss Quartz Movement
- Elegant Blue Aluminum Design
- Limited Features
Bulova Men’s Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch
One thing I personally love about it is how easy it is to tell the time. It’s big, bold, and luminous at night. The glass is sapphire (not Hesa and anti-reflective so you can get a good look at it even while in the sun. The timing of this watch is one of the best in the industry with 1/1000-second precision.
Ultimately, the Lunar Pilot offers a bit of history and a classic look for a very affordable price. It’s durable and a favorite of many for their watch collections.
- Apollo Mission History
- Classic Chronograph Watch Look
- Case Diameter Listed as 45mm but feels a bit smaller
At the $1,000 price point, we’re taking a look at some extremely luxurious watches. No, they’re not the most expensive watches on the market. However, they represent the features and class of watches many times their price.
Tag Heuer Formula 1 Watch
The face features a uni-directional rotating bezel, luminescent markers, and a 41mm size.
The design represents Formula 1 colors and exudes a luxurious racing quality to it that looks good in a tuxedo or sports jacket. With its rubber band and robust design I highly recommend it as a daily option.
Raymond Weil Men’s 2847-ST-00209 Maestro
The Display is analog with large Roman numerals with Pomme-Style hands and a date window. The band features a deployant buckle closure.
The Maestro is water resistant up to 165 feet; however, only swimming and showering is recommended.
Overall, it’s an elegant option in the $1,000 price range and a fantastic option for many collections.
Baume and Mercier Capeland Automatic Silver Watch
In the $2,000 price range, there are many watches that stand out. However, the one we’re featuring here is the Capeland from Baume and Mercier. It’s a Swiss-automatic movement watch with a white dial and luminous hands.
- Case Diameter: 42mm
- Chronograph 60 second, 30 minute, and 12 Hour
- Automatic Swiss Movement
- Scratch Resistant Sapphire with Anti-Glare
- See Through Back
- Deployment Clasp With Push-Button Release
- Brushed and Polished Stainless Steel
This particular watch has been made popular by the 007 James Bond series. It’s not an exact replica but with the right band looks nearly identical.
It’s a hardy stainless steel watch with amazing shine to it and precision time keeping. The craftsmanship is quality, the look is on point, and it’s the perfect mix of elegance and sport.
Rolex Batman GMT Master II 116710 BLNR
So far, we’ve seen it hold its value very well. You can wear it with a suit, wear it while casual, or even take it diving. It’s not a sure bet like a Rolex Stainless Steel Daytona, so if you’re looking for a more certain investment (nothing is certain) go that route.
The black and blue over the standard black adds an additional level of sophistication.
Overall, this watch looks great, so far is holding its value well, and is a statement piece. We recommend it at under $10,000.