7 Best Men’s Watches under £200 for 2020

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Are you searching for an elegant and yet affordable watch, either for you or for a loved one?

Below you will find the 7 best watches for men in 2020, which you can buy for less than £200. Check the table below…

ModelMovement TypeWater Res. 
Rotary GS00310/01
(Editor's pick)
Automatic10 bar
Daniel Wellington 0206DW
(budget choice)
Quartz3 bar
June & Ed W-0020Quartz50 metres
Skagen 233XLTTMQuartz3 bar
Rotary GS00651/21Automatic5 bar
Casio EdificeQuartz10 bar
Daniel Wellington 0106DWQuartz3 bar

1. Rotary GS00310/01 – Men’s Automatic Watch with White Dial Analogue Display and Brown Leather Strap

At a Glance

Key features

  • Hard Mineral crystal lens with special scratch – resistant protection.
    Rotary GS00310.01
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  • Round hypoallergic & tarnish resistant stainless steel case.
  • Analogue display.
  • High-quality leather strap.
  • 100 metres water resistance.
  • Self-winding automatic movement.
  • Rotary UK Warranty (check the “Description” Section for details).

Other Features

Model Number GS00310/01
Shape Round
Clasp Type Buckle
Case Diameter 38 millimetres
Case Thickness 12 millimetres
Band Width 19 millimetres
Band Colour Brown
Dial Colour White
Water Pressure Resistance 10 bar
Warranty Description Lifetime
The box also contains
  • Presentation box
  • Watch Cushion
  • Guarantee
  • Instruction
  • Wrist Tape

Description

Ever since its foundation in 1895, Rotary, the famous Swiss watch manufacturer, has successfully strived to offer elegant and, at the same time, affordable watches in a vast range of designs.

This particular watch Gents Skeleton watch features an unusual exposed Open – Dial Skeleton, partially revealing the intricate inner mechanisms moving the hands. This modern touch is strangely – yet elegantly – embosomed by a classic Roman numeral dial and is finished off with a leather strap. The rather attractive patterned plate bears a few subtly coloured screws. The gold coloured gears and central section successful emphasise the mechanism’s beauty and is nicely balanced with the silver dominating the rest of the watch.

Its standard 40mm face of is ideal for men with relatively small wrists and the leather strap won’t require any new holes to fit comfortably around your hand. It is easily worn and taken out, and soon enough you will forget you are even wearing it, as it’s quite comfortable and light.

Hour adjustment is rather simple and effortless. As all Rotary watches, it is Waterproof and can be worn without fear during swimming or casual diving in small depths. It comes with a Lifetime Guarantee, offering further proof and assurance that the watch won’t let you down.

Still, in order to keep the warranty valid, you will have to send the watch back to a Rotary agent  for a chargeable service every 3 years (the company takes care to remind you with a small letter) and to ensure you provide a till receipt as proof of purchase when you send the watch back. Bear in mind that servicing is chargeable.

Some wonder…

Some of you may wonder whether this watch needs manual winding. The answer is yes – it must be wound up about 20 times upon purchase but this is required only once, especially if you wear it regularly, because its automatic movement mechanism is wound by itself by the movement of your hand.

Pros

Well, for starters, it is indeed a very attractive watch, made of materials of excellent quality – for its price. Its lifetime guarantee is another great feature – despite the fact that you will have to send it for service every 3 years. Most buyers find that term reasonable enough – for a lifetime guarantee.

The winding mechanism means you will never need a battery change and, if you wear it regularly, you won’t have to wind it again.

Cons

Some clients found the accompanying instructions to be a bit frustrating: the leaflet refers generally to all Rotary watches, leaving the owner with gaps regarding his model.

 Another disadvantage is the lack of date function. Some buyers have also observed that while its design is indeed great, it doesn’t help the wearer read the time when the light is a bit dim.

2. Daniel Wellington 0107DW – Men’s Quartz Watch Classic Sheffield with Leather Strap

At a Glance

Key Features

  • Protective Mineral Glass Window Lens.
    Daniel Wellington 0206DW
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  • Round Stainless Steel Case.
  • Leather Strap with a standard buckle.
  • Water Resistant for up to 30 metres

Other characteristics

Model number

0107DW

Part Number DW00100007
Model Year 2018
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type Analogue
Metal Stamp Stainless Steel
Case Material Stainless Steel
Case Diameter 40 millimetres
Case Thickness 6 millimetres
Band Material Leather
Band Colour Black
Dial Colour White
Bezel Material Stainless Steel
Bezel Function Uni-directional
Weight 41 Grams
Movement Quartz
Water Pressure Resistance 3 bar
Warranty Description 2 years

Description

A rather thin and elegant watch, with the brand’s distinctive clean design, featuring most of the basic functions. Refined, with crisp design blends matching perfectly its leather Nato strap, it will certainly appeal to anyone in fond of classic and timeless designs.

This fabulous Daniel Wellington watch comes with a luminous, minimalistic design, with clearly discernible yet elegant silver markers instead of numerals and similar hands. The Eggshell white dial, adorned with silver tones, helps you discern the time even at night or in rooms with dim light.

The case is made from silver stainless steel – along with the buckle, etched with the Daniel Wellington logo – and is water resistant to 30 metres. The versatile black leather strap seems thin but it’s actually of an excellent quality and, as always with all the Daniel Wellington watches, it is an important part of the watch: using the interchangeable straps you can have a different – yet equally elegant – watch matching most of your outfits.

The watch features quartz analogue movement and comes with a two-year manufacturer’s guarantee and a stylish gift box.

The Daniel Wellington watch is suitable for every occasion, whether it is a black-tie event, a game of squash or enjoying a pleasant stroll by a river.

Some wonder…

If you are wondering about the colour of the hands, they are silver. It is a genuine DW watch, accompanied by all the proper warranty cards and documentation.

Others wonder whether the women’s and gent’s watches have any differences, for example in the strap length. The answer is no. While men’s watches are usually bigger in diameter, there are many women who prefer the bigger Daniel Wellington watch. What is more important is the buyer’s taste, not his or her gender. 

Pros
The watch features an amazing, gentleman befitting look – as it should, for a genuine Daniel Wellington watch. The leather strap is of excellent quality and can be easily replaced.

For those of you who have thin wrists and want to combine elegance with a minimalistic design, it is just ideal – at least for this price.

The quartz movement makes sure that time accuracy will never be an issue.

Cons
Again, the watch has just the basic function, without date presentation. Some buyers have also complained about the poor quality of the presentation box.

Another issue is the battery, which you will have to replace from time to time – depending on how regularly you use it.

3. June & Ed W-0020 – Quartz Stainless Steel Men’s Watch with Sapphire Crystal Dial Window

At a Glance

Key Features

  • 41mm stainless steel case with Sapphire.
    June & Ed Quartz W-0020
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  • Crystal dial window, with exceptional scratch resistance.
  • Japanese – quartz movement.
  • Date & Stopwatch function.
  • Genuine leather band with buckle.
  • Water resistant to 50 metres.

Other useful information

Brand Name June & Ed
Model number W-0020-M-SL
Part Number W-0020-M-SL
Dial Window Material Type Sapphire
Display Type analogue
Case Diameter 41 millimetres
Band Material Leather
Dial Colour Silver
Movement Japanese-quartz
Box also includes June & Ed watch with instructions, 6-month warranty.

Description

Another prime example of how little is need to have a classy and elegant design is this very popular creation of June & Ed.

It features a 41mm stainless steel case adorned with sapphires. Its crystal dial window is characterised by exceptional scratch resistance.

The mechanism features a Japanese – quartz movement, which means its operation is based on the regular vibration of a tiny section of a quartz crystal.

Despite its minimalistic design, it has also Date & Stopwatch function, and its water resistance reaches an almost unrivaled – for this price – 50 metres depth. The watch comes with a genuine leather band and close with a silver plated buckle.

A very nice looking watch, modern with a minimalistic look and with wonderful colour combinations.

Pros
This watch looks much more expensive than it actually is and is just ideal for those who want to combine style and elegance with as less fuss as possible. The strap is made from genuine leather and is comfortable, with a nice stitching on edge.

For those of you who consider offering it as a present, it would be helpful to know that the packaging is just lovely.

Cons
Unfortunately, as with all watches with minimalistic design, it can be a little hard to check the time in low light conditions.

Another troubling characteristic is its warranty of just six months, which is somehow disappointing for a watch of this price and could arouse some suspicions regarding its reliability.

Finally, most of you will find the instructions to be somehow generic and a bit “fuzzy”.

4. Skagen 233XLTTM – Men’s Quartz Wrist Watch

At a Glance

Key features

  • Round titanium case with elegant brushed finishing.
    SKAGEN 233XLTTM
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  • 3 ATM water pressure resistance.
  • Stainless steel mesh bracelet.
  • Sliding clasp.
  • Dark grey dial with white indexes and arabic numerals.
  • 3 hand movement with date.
  • Chromed and luminous hands.
  • Mineral glass.

Other useful information

Brand Name SKAGEN
Model number 233XLTTM
Part Number 233XLTTM
Model Year 2011
Item Shape Round
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type Analogue
Clasp Type Sliding Clasp
Case Material Titanium
Case Diameter 37 millimetres
Case Thickness 7.75 millimetres
Band Material Stainless Steel
Band Length Men’s Standard
Band Width 22 millimetres
Band Colour Grey
Dial Colour Grey
Calendar Date
Weight 54 Grams
Movement Quartz
Water Pressure Resistance 3 bar
Warranty Type Manufacturer
Warranty Description 2 Years

Description

Founded on minimalist Danish design values, Skagen is a modern lifestyle brand firmly devoted to simplicity, approach-ability and a chaste style.

The Skagen 233XLTTM men’s watch offers a superbly light, thin timepiece, featuring a masculine style without all these bells and whistles that often distinguish this sort of watches. With a sturdy and almost colourless design that was never meant to attract unneeded attention, this watch emphasizes strength and durability, wrapped up in an elegant and discreet look. The titanium construction is light-weight but incredibly strong and is hypoallergenic, as well as nickel – free.

An almost flat hardened mineral crystal glass covers the face with a water – resistance to 3 atmospheres (30 metres depth). Signature Skagen mesh bands, plated in metallic grey shade, are connected to a round brushed case made of lightweight titanium. The grey sunray dial is home to 12 chrome and white luminous numbered indicators and hands.

The bracelet can be adjusted to fit wrists of any possible size and is equipped with a simple lift slide: fine rolled stainless steel mesh, with a clasp that locks securely in a two-step latch that hides a release mechanism to slide the latch up or down, ensuring maximum adjustability.

The watch features a 24 – hour dial and date function unobtrusively placed above the numeral 6. It works with a standard watch battery.

Comfortable, stylish, with more than the basic functions, the Skagen 233XLTTM men’s watch is suitable for both casual and more formal appearances.

Pros
Most people that bought that watch have admitted that it looks much more beautiful up – close. It is an excellent option for those of you who are bored or simply hate these bulky, “heavy – weight” watches that were popular up until recently.

Cons
Unfortunately, only the casing is titanium – the strap is made of stainless steel and is not easy to adjust and fit to your wrist for the first time. The instructions are not so helpful, not so much because of their content, but mainly because of their tiny size, which almost require a magnifying glass to see and read.

5. Rotary GS00651/21 – Men’s Automatic Watch with Silver Dial Analogue Display and Black Leather Strap

At a Glance

Key Features

  • Skeleton dial.
    Rotary GS00651/21
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  • High quality leather with 20 mm wide strap.
  • Stainless steel case.
  • Blue markers.
  • Round stainless steel case.
  • Lifetime warranty.
Brand Name Rotary
Model number GS00651/21
Part Number GS00651/21
Item Shape Round
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type Analogue
Clasp Type Buckle
Case Material Stainless Steel
Case Diameter 40 millimetres
Case Thickness 11 millimetres
Movement Automatic
Water Pressure Resistance 5 bar
Warranty Lifetime

Description

This watch combines some rather unusual characteristics but they are so skillfully and featly matched, that the outcome is surprisingly elegant and refreshing.

A highly accurate automatic movement mechanism is partially revealed, dominating most of the Skeleton dial’s centre. The dial features 4 Latin numerals and markers in bright blue colour. The hands stand out with their white inner stripe, making it much easier for the wearer to read the time even when the light is dim. The round shaped case is made from stainless steel in silver colour.

The strap is made from high quality black leather, 20 mm wide.

Pros
It is a watch of undoubted elegance, made from excellent materials and the lifetime warranty offered by the manufacturer guarantees the reliability and quality of its construction.

Cons
Well, for this price we would expect at least a date function.

6. Casio Edifice EF-539-1AVEF – Men’s Quartz Watch with Analogue Display and Stainless Steel Bracelet

At a Glance

Key Features

  • Comes with stop watch timer.
    Casio Edifice EF-539-1AVEF
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  • Protective scratch-resistant hard mineral crystal lens.
  • Round hypoallergic and tarnish resistant stainless steel case with chronograph display.
  • Durable stainless steel 20mm wide bracelet with push button clasp.
  • Water resistant to 100 metres.
Brand Name Casio Edifice
Model number EF-539D-1AVEF
Part Number EF-539D-1AVEF
Model Year 2013
Item Shape round
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type Chronograph
Clasp Type Push Button Clasp
Case Material acciaio INOX
Case Diameter 49 millimetres
Case Thickness 12 millimetres
Band Material Stainless Steel
Band Width 20 millimetres
Bezel Material Stainless Steel
Bezel Function Tachometer
Calendar Date
Special Features stop watch
Weight 200 Grams
Movement Quartz
Water Pressure Resistance 10 bar
Warranty Type Amazon 2 Year Warranty
Warranty Description 2 years

Description

EDIFICE is a prime example of classic elegance that has successfully integrated in its models innovative technology – in accord with the Brand’s motto “Speed and intelligence”. And this particular model justifies the manufacturer’s fame.

A unique blend of comfort, style and intelligence, this Edifice model comes with a silver stainless steel band and case with a white dial. The tough, scratch – resistant mineral glass affords excellent protection against the usual scratches and hits that threaten hand watches designed to be an everyday companion.

It has an adjustable bracelet that will comfortably fit wrists of all sizes and it features a more than sufficient water resistance of 10 bar (depth of 100 metres!), making it an ideal option for ardent swimmers and snorkeling enthusiasts and its standard 2 years guarantee clearly shows that its owner shouldn’t be afraid to accept challenges.

Pros
Of course, just the name Casio is enough to inspire the wearer with a secure sense of reliability and confirm its excellent construction quality. As a model, it includes features and materials that are much more expensive in other models and brands.

Its fierce water resistance and sturdy construction are also an unrivalled advantage, especially for this price. The watch’s band is thick, the dial is big and shiny, and all the additional functions are practical and easy to use.

Cons
It is difficult to find something negative to this particular model. Some have complained that it is a bit heavy – but most men would consider that a positive, rather than a negative characteristic. Others have noticed that the quality of the plastic on the inner bezel is not very good – but such elements are the ones that justify this model’s low price.

Some would also say that the dial can be a little bit difficult to read at a glance, but the eye will soon get used to it.

7. Daniel Wellington 0106DW – Classic St Mawes Rose Men’s Quartz Watch

At a Glance

  • Protective Mineral Glass Window Lens.
    Daniel Wellington 0106DW
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  • Round Stainless Steel Case with Stainless Steel Bezel.
  • 3 bar Water Resistant
Brand Name Daniel Wellington
Model number 0106DW
Part Number DW00100006
Dial Window Material Type Mineral
Display Type Analogue
Metal Stamp Stainless Steel
Case Material Stainless Steel
Case Diameter 40 millimetres
Case Thickness 6 millimetres
Bezel Material Rose Gold Tone
Bezel Function Uni-directional
Weight 68 Grams
Movement Quartz
Warranty 2 years

Description

We will close our list with some of the best hand watches for men under 200 pounds for 2020 with another Daniel Wellington model.

This one is a truly stunning watch that manages to impress us without being flashy or bulky, but slim and elegant. Its case is a bit bigger than most Daniel Wellington model, but without sacrificing the elegance characterizing most DW creations.

Featuring a nice brown leather strap and a rose gold stainless steel case with water resistance of 30 metres, the St Mawes Rose model uses an analogue movement quartz mechanism, hidden beneath the eggshell white dial, which bears rose gold-tone markers and hands.

The Italian leather strap closes around your wrist with a rose gold stainless steel buckle, etched with the brand’s logo. It can be easily replaced with straps of other colour to match your clothes and accompany you in all kinds of different occasions.

The watch features a bezel, designed to help a diver calculate accurately the time that has elapsed during his dive. The uni – directional bezel function protects you against an accidental rotation of the bezel during your dive.

Some wonder…

Some people have noticed the striking similarity of the St Mawes model with the classic Bristol model, and have wondered whether it is exactly the same watch.

Actually, they are almost identical. The most important difference is that the classic Bristol model is a bit darker.

The leather strap may feel a bit stiff at first, but there is no need to worry. Usually, it adjusts to the shape of the wrist after a few days.

Pros
This is a truly beautiful watch, with a classic and simple appearance. It is surprisingly light and comfortable to the wrist.

Its minimal design, a distinctive characteristic of most of the Daniel Wellington watches, along with the brilliant quality of the leather strap, makes it an excellent “value for money” option.

The standard 2 year guarantee by the manufacturer is equally positive and adds value to it.

Cons
Well, for starters, it does not have a date function. Second, some buyers have complained that, despite the excellent construction quality of the mechanical parts of the watch and of its casing, the strap got quickly discoloured or even broke after a couple of months.

Lastly,  it would be wise to know a few basic things about watches. Thus you will be able to make a much wiser choice.

Quartz versus Automatic Movement

Modern watches use two main types of movement.

  • The quartz, which uses an oscillator, regulated by a piece of quartz and powered by a battery. This type of mechanism is cheap and extremely accurate. On the other hand, it requires a battery change from time to time.
  • The automatic. This type of mechanism utilizes the movement of the wearer’s wrist to wind the mainspring, which in turn powers the watch. Thus, automatic watches do not require batteries, but are not as accurate.

The Price

There are several factors that determine the price of a men’s watch, of which the most important are

  • the materials used;
  • the length of manufacture
  • the brand’s fame and heritage.

Bear in mind that a more expensive watch does not necessarily mean that it is more accurate. Quartz watches are cheaper but far more accurate. On the other hand, automatic movements cost more but their cases are usually made from more expensive and durable materials.

After taking in the above, you should have a better idea of what makes a great watch and which of them are genuine bargains.

Conclusion

We hope our list of the 7 best men’s watches costing less than 200 pounds has been helpful. Even if you disagree with some of our choices, they will surely give you an idea and help you find the watch that suits you best, for a price you can afford. Bear, also in mind that most of these watches actually cost around £200.00, but are now available online for less than £ 100.00 – a truly excellent bargain.