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The 10 Best Men’s Watches Under $1,000

You don’t have to break your wallet for a great wristwatch. A host of good brands have something interesting to offer and let you stay in budget.

Being quarantined for months certainly takes a toll on us. For many, we are going stir-crazy looking for something to do, and often, that something is shopping on line. Of course, the economic times have also taken a toll, and so this year many shoppers are looking to keep their wallets in check. Luckily, a host of watch brands offer affordable watches that have a great value proposition — whether you are buying for yourself or for a  gift. Here we take a look at 10 great watches that sell for under $1,000.

Certina DS Podium – USD 495

Powered by a quartz certified chronometer movement, this Certina DS Podium watch is crafted in stainless steel with a great green dial that borders on teal.  The 40 mm watch boasts luminescent hands and markers for easy night reading. The watch offers hours, minutes, central seconds, and a date indication at 6:00. It is water resistant to 100 meters so it offers the right blend of form and function, especially with its matte-and-polished stainless steel bracelet.

Certina DS Podium
Certina DS Podium

Delma Periscope – USD 700

If you’re looking for something bold and sporty, no need to go further than the Delma Periscope watch that is water resistant to an incredible 500 meters. Powered by an ETA quartz movement, the steel watch measures 45.5mm in diameter and offers a date indication on the bright yellow dial. Luminescence helps with under-water (or in the dark) readability.

Delma Periscope
Delma Periscope

Orient Classic Steel – USD 350

For those who want to showcase a little watch savvy, this Orient Classic Automatic watch does the trick. A  long-standing Japanese brand with a good history, Orient pairs chic looks with performance in this 40.5mm watch. When fully wound, the watch offers 40 hours of power reserve. The brown dial is gradient in color, starting lighter in the center and getting darker at the edges. It is water resistant to 30 meters.

ORIENT Classic
ORIENT Classic

Mondaine Essence – USD 200

From the Essence Eco-Style collection by Swiss watch brand Mondaine, this Essence Houndstooth watch boasts a sustainable strap made of fabric and backed with natural cork for added comfort. Even the watch case uses recyclable materials such as castor oil. The two-tone graphic houndstooth fabric is a classic look and pairs nicely with the white dial and Mondaine black markers and hands. The red seconds hand adds a pop of color.

Mondaine SBB CFF FFS watch - best mens under 1000
Mondaine SBB CFF FFS Railway Watch

Movado Museum – USD 695

Lovers of the Bauhaus style can’t go wrong with this Movado Museum dial watch. Devoid of any numerals or markers, the single concave dot at 12:00 is meant to emulate the sun. Wearers can figure the time based on the location of the pointer hands. The iconic watch boasts a rich blue dial and is paired here with a great Milanese mesh bracelet in stainless steel. The 40mm watch is powered by a quartz movement and is water resistant to 30 meters.


Hamilton Intra-Matic Automatic – USD 950

A watch to brighten any day, this Hamilton Intra-Matic Automatic watch is powered by an automatic movement and offers hours, minutes, seconds, and date indication at 6:00 on the sleek blue dial. When fully wound, the watch offers an impressive 80 hours of power reserve. Even though it is inspired by one of Hamilton’s most handsome historic wristwatches, the Intra-Matic Automatic Hamilton is water resistant to 50 meters. The 40mm retro-style classic is a perfect choice if you are looking for a watch that can easily transition from the office to the weekend.

Hamilton Intra-Matic Automatic
Hamilton Intra-Matic Automatic

Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Date – USD 795

Sporting a classic vintage look, this Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Date watch has so much to offer the modern man. Built in stainless steel, the Swiss-made timepiece houses a Swiss quartz movement that offers hours, minutes, seconds, date, day of the week and a chronograph function for timing events. It is even water resistant to an impressive 100 meters. What makes the watch special is its stunning blue sunray dial that boasts luminescence for nighttime reading. The matching blue textile strap finishes the look.

Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Date
Alpina Startimer Pilot Chronograph Date

 Maurice Lacroix Eliros Date 40mm – USD 740

A deft blend of a classic look with a sportier dial, this Maurice Lacroix Eliros Date watch exudes urban chic. it is crafted in rose gold plated stainless steel and features a light brown vintage-inspired leather strap with the brand’s logo “m” on it in gold. The dial is a striated pattern in grays and charcoals.  Housing a quartz movement, the Eliros Date is water resistant to 50 meters.

Maurice Lacroix ELIROS DATE 40MM
Maurice Lacroix Eliros Date 40mm

Zodiac Olympos – USD 795

Boasting a highly unusual case shape with a round bezel and dial, this Zodiac watch is for those who are very self-confident and want a unique look. The crown is placed at 2:00 so as not to interfere with the case design, which is inspired by a vintage timepiece. The watch is crafted in gold-plated stainless steel and features a matching gold dial. It is powered by an automatic movement and is water resistant to 50 meters.

Zodiac Olympos
Zodiac Olympos

Luminox Bear Grylls Survival 3780 Land Series – USD 720

If adventure is your thing and you enjoy pushing yourself to the limits like the famed Bear Grylls, then this Luminox is for you. Water resistant to 200 meters and offering a case made of Carbonox™, the chronograph watch is meant to go the distance. It is equipped with Night Vision Tubes whose luminescence is brighter than anything else on the market and lasts longer (25 years). The woven textile strap coordinates with the outdoorsy green dial color.

Luminox Bear Grylls Survival 3780 Land Series
Luminox Bear Grylls Survival 3780 Land Series


The list goes on and on, but suffice it to say that there is an affordable watch on the market that will suit your every activity, mood, and style. If you have not found what you are looking for, take a crack at The Watch Pages search where you will find 100’s more watches under 1,000!

About the Author

Roberta Naas - Watch Journalist
Roberta Naas

Roberta Naas is a veteran watch and jewelry journalist who began her career in the early 1980’s, and was the first female watch journalist in the United States. She is the editor and founder of the authoritative watch blog, ATimelyPerspective, has written six books on watches, writes for numerous consumer publications (including Forbes and Elite Traveler) – and always brings forth in her work the essence of what makes watches tick. She tirelessly travels the world in search of watch news and stories that she turns into compelling and enlightening articles.


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