When it comes to pulling the trigger on the best men’s watch, either for yourself or a lucky recipient, chances are you’re seeking something well-rounded—something that looks good, feels comfortable, and doesn’t break the bank.
Now, we’re not the betting kind, but if you’ve already embarked upon your search, we’d say chances are even greater that you’ve found the pricing across the new and vintage watch markets to be a little startling. After all, watches are an investment, and from refined and formal, to high-tech and sporty, just about every watch category out there has its range of heavy hitters with the price tags to match.
But at Timex, we’ve always taken great pride in crafting affordable watches that still embody the best of emerging technology, ergonomics, and design. From budget-friendly time-tellers to heirloom-worthy dress watches, Timex offers countless accessible ways to put something practical and stylish on your wrist. Read on for our top 10 best men’s watches that deliver value just as well as va-va-voom, and feel free to shop our full men’s collection while you’re at it.
First released in the 1970s, our original Q Timex gave a new generation a modern watch with quartz technology. This timepiece is a natural evolution of our much-loved Q Timex 1979 Reissue watch, adding new color and a reasonable $179 price tag to the iconic features of the original: a black rotating bezel, woven stainless-steel bracelet, functional battery hatch, and domed acrylic crystal.
The direct descendant of our 1960s televised torture test survivors, today’s Easy Reader® is as durable as it is classically cool. This watch has been a best-seller for Timex since it first launched in 1977, and it continues to persevere due to two key factors: its simplicity and accessibility. Devoid of frills and fancy add-ons, the Easy Reader is just that, an easy-to-read watch that does nothing more than what’s it’s supposed to do: tell the time.
Our best-selling Field Mini seamlessly blends military-derived design with a relaxed look you can wear every day. Featuring a petite 26mm case, this well-crafted field watch sports a rugged metal construction, natural fabric strap with a rich tan leather trim, INDIGLO® backlight, and water resistance rating of 50 meters.
Wallet-friendly and sport-ready, the Timex Ironman® R300 features a GPS as fast and accurate as you are. This smartwatch is packed with a powerhouse battery, guided workouts from elite athletes and coaches, continuous optical heart rate monitoring, and more, delivering a range of performance metrics to help you tune your workouts and reach your running goals. The crisp sunlight-readable display, simple user interface, and robust mobile connectivity come together for a made-for-sports smartwatch that will have no trouble keeping up with you.
Our iconic Marlin was released at a time when the “Timex All Star Jazz Show” aired live from New York City, and when one third of all watches sold throughout the country were a Timex. In the years since, the evolution of this beloved, mid-century watch has brought classic design to the contemporary consumer, solidifying the notion that nothing “keeps on ticking” like a Timex. This reissue of our handsome 1960s Marlin pairs the purity and pleasure of a hand-wound mechanical movement with timeless sophistication, and it happens to clock in just below budget at $199.
Inspired by one of our first and most iconic quartz movement watches, the Q Timex 1978 Reissue is an ode to innovation, then and now. Fusing a sleek 35mm stainless steel case and angled date window with vintage details—a period-correct domed acrylic crystal, battery bump, and faceted, hand-applied hour markers that catch the light from any angle—this timeless classic captures the bold spirit of an era that changed everything.
Featuring a solar-powered movement that lasts up to four months and eliminates the need for battery changes, our Field Post 41 Solar is a military-inspired outdoor men’s watch made to accompany you anywhere. It also boasts an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 100-meter water resistance rating, and a screw-down case back and crown in a perfect 41mm case profile. And thanks to the luminescent hands and dial markings, the sun works overtime to make this watch legible in the dark. Equipped with a comfortable green fabric strap made from 100% recycled plastic, this watch can stay on your wrist all the way to the top.
We traced back to our beginning in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company and found new ways to bring our heritage of craftsmanship and authentic watchmaking into the modern day. This men’s watch features a meticulously stitched caramel brown natural leather strap, stainless-steel case, and navy dial that offers a wearing experience with ageless aesthetics.
Released in celebration of the Q Timex collection’s 50th anniversary, this archival quartz watch delivers boldness from every angle, boasting a gold-tone tonneau case profile, 43mm long and 39mm wide, with all-around polished finishing. The original’s 1972 release proved that quartz watchmaking could fulfill our promise to deliver accurate, reliable, and affordable wristwatches—and with its reissue priced at a palatable $169, we like to think that promise still holds true.
The Timex Fairfield collection is known for its thoughtfully designed timepieces and sleek, minimalist aesthetics. This particular iteration teams a clean white dial with a silver-tone steel case and smooth black leather strap, and at just under $100, it’s tastefully free of complications—financial and otherwise.