Keep Your Wrist Covered with Watches for Under $200

Although many of us use our cell phones to check the time, cell phones aren’t stylish. Nor are they acceptable in most courtrooms. So take a step back to the analog age and check out these watches. I’ve included some dressier watches as well as a few more ‘casual’ looks. Since watches are rarely seen when you’re wearing a coat, I don’t think there is anything wrong with a slightly more casual watch. Of course, those huge watches that cover your entire wrist are never OK with a suit.

Some of these watches are on the larger side. Watch out if you wear cuff links. Sometimes it’s tough to fit a large watch under a French cuff. Consider yourself warned.

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  • Amazon.com is a great place to buy watches! And most of those watches are uglier then sin, IMO…..

  • Brian

    I’m a bit of a watch guy and the sub-$200 watch is right up my alley. I’ve had great success on eBay. If you do some research on the watchuseek.com forums and find out which sellers are legit, you can do well. You can also look for “vintage” watches on eBay – you’ll get a higher-quality and better-looking watch for the same price. For the same reason, if you’re buying new, I recommend you buy a watch from actual watchmakers and not with a fashion brand name.

    Another affordable option would be to swap out the strap on an existing watch. My wife bought me a watch that had a faux-croc strap that I hated. It sat in a drawer until I clued in that I could change the strap – I put it on a nice thick brown leather strap and I wear it regularly now.

    • I agree about swapping out straps. I have two watches that I have spare straps for. I don’t switch them too often, but when I do it’s like having a whole new watch.

    • amazon is good – I got a nice movado that I still wear that way.

  • Jonathan Moody

    I agree with the above commenter – buy a watch from a watchmaker, not a clothing company. Seiko is a great way to go for a sub-$200 watch. It will actually last. Also, buy a few different leather straps and the tool to change them. It’ll get you 3 $200 watches for about $250.

    I disagree with the author’s comment about a watch not showing when wearing a suit. The dress shirt should cover the watch, but the watch should be visible with any slight movement. The suit sleeve should show 1/4 inch of shirt sleeve at all times, and therefore should in no way obstruct the view of your watch. If your clothing fits properly, your watch will be in view for a great deal of the day.

  • Molly

    I’m a little disappointed that there are no watches for women in here. There are female attorneys too!

    • We alternate Dress for Success columns for women and men. Check back next week to see what Lauren has to say.