In the age of smartphones and electronic timekeeping, it surprises most to think that watches are still on the market. Well, why wouldn’t they be? They’re stylish, classic, and modern all at once, and many of the big-name brands have been fighting to keep up to date in today’s competitive timekeeping world. However, the market can get quite pricey, with some watches exceeding $1000 on their price tags! Can you imagine that? If you don’t have $1000 to spend on a watch, you might be looking for something to keep time with other than your smartphone (all those apps can be distracting). So, we have put together a handy list of 12 watched, which you can get for under $1000. Some things to consider when shopping around: lens material, diameter of the face, bonus features such as water resistance and luminescence, and the material used when making the strap. Many of them are well-known brands, others are wild cards, but they are all very good watches which deserve to be considered. If none of them are for you, then hopefully this list will give you an idea of what to look for, and what the market looks like.
The Best Watch You Can Buy For Under $1000
Let’s kick things off with our best choice: the Timex Weekender. Suitable for anyone who is looking for a watch that won’t break the bank, but still wants to have a name brand known for their excellent timepieces. A unisex watch, this timely timepiece is suitable for all occasions. It comes with an adjustable 20mm double-layered leather slip-through strap, which is not only sturdy but comfortable on the wrist. The face is a standard black dial with Arabic numerals, which measure out 24-hour military time; this is encased in a silver-tone 38mm brass case and crystal glass. Bonus features: light-up and water-resistant. Simply push the crown firmly against the threaded protrusion and hold it in to activate the Indiglo light-up watch dial. It can withstand splashes and brief immersion in water up to 30 meters (approx. 100ft). You may also like some of the best skeleton watches from our list, so take a moment to check them out.
Waterproof up to 100ft
Indiglo light-up dial feature
Adjustable leather strap
- Weight3.2 ounces
Our second spot goes to Invicta’s Men’s Diving Watch. A lot of passion and innovation has gone into the crafting of this dive watch, which you can see just by looking at it. The blue dial and stainless-steel band have been crafted with expert precision, and the whole thing can withstand up to 200 meters under water. It wouldn’t be much of a diving watch if it couldn’t withstand a little water, would it? If anything, this watch sets the precedent by which all diving watches should be measured. The 24mm-wide band comes with a safety-first clasp so that you can feel confident and safe while using it. Simply look at the stunning face to appreciate the durable mineral crystal which covers it. This beautiful timepiece would make an excellent gift for the diver in your life. It is the perfect gift for the discerning gentleman.
Waterproof up to 200m
Sets precedent for all diving watches
24mm wide stainless-steel band
Clasp is designed with safety in mind
- Weight12.8 ounces
Let’s say you’re quite tech-savvy and are in the market for something you can pair with your smartphone. Well, look no further than Carlyle’s touchscreen watch. This is a feat of smartphone compatibility engineering and is perfect for people who usually forget their phone back and don’t want to go home. It syncs with your smartphone, allowing you access to your information as often as you wish. The watch is powered to work with whichever OS you use (be it for iPhone or Android). After playing with it a bit, or reading the manual, you’ll find that you can extend the battery life with the pre-installed smart battery modes. That being said, a magnetic USB charger comes included in the box, and it can reach up to 80% charge in under an hour. If you are looking to keep an eye on your fitness, it has a built-in GPS for distance tracking, will track your heart rate and activity through Google Fit, and is always ready to help. It has a built-in speaker so you can get alerts, take phone calls, and make extra use of Google Assistant of Siri. For more amazing timepieces like this, check out our guide to the best altimeter watches.
44mm case size, interchangeable 22mm band
Swimproof, exercise proof
Charges to 80% in one hour
- Weight12.8 ounces
Another Timex watch to make the list, this classic style of watch is almost as legendary as the superhero it is named after. It measures in with an 18mm resin strap, which fits up to an 8-inch wrist circumference, has a 100-hour chronograph with a 30-hour memory, and a 24-hour countdown timer. You can set alarms for any occasion or time: daily, weekly, or for that key event happening at the weekend! Ironman Classic presents un 24-hour standard military time, can show two time zones, and has a day/date/month calendar presentation. The case is 38mm black resin with an acrylic lens, a black digital display, and an Indiglo light-up watch dial. It’s also water-resistant up to 100m (330ft) and is generally suitable for underwater adventures, including swimming and snorkeling, although we advise you to avoid diving.
18mm resin strap, 38mm black resin case with acrylic lens
Water-resistant up to 330ft
Indiglo light-up watch dial
Three alarm settings: daily, weekly, weekend
- Weight4 ounces
Fossil enters the list with a beautiful round, blue-plated Stainless-Steel Watch. The 44mm case is interchangeable with all Fossil 22mm watch straps, although the band featured is made from genuine leather with standard buckle closure. The face has a luminous 3-hand analog display and a mineral crystal face. Numbers are presented as Roman numerals; we recommend cleaning the watch with a soft dry cloth to keep it looking good. Bonus feature: the watch is water-resistant up to 50m (165ft), making it ideal for a quick, recreational swim and a shower, but it not recommended for diving or snorkeling. Our guide to the best Diesel watches features more quality timepieces like this, so check them out.
Multifunction, includes stopwatch
Three separate dials for seconds, minutes, and hours
Water-resistant up to 50m (165ft)
Brown leather band with buckle closure
- Weight7.2 ounces
A luxury brand makes it onto our list with their golden watch. The round watch face features a coin-edge bezel and sunray dial, which presents the date and white-filled indices. The stainless-steel case measures at 45mm with a mineral dial window. The band features a fold-over clasp with double push-button safety. Furthermore, Michael Kors Lexington Watch is water-resistant up to 100m (330ft), making it ideal for swimming and snorkeling, even suitable for a shower, but we don’t advise using it for diving. For more stylish timepieces like this, check out our selection of the best Invicta watches.
Water-resistant up to 100m (330ft)
Clasp with double push-button safety feature
Round watch face
- BrandMichael Kors
- Weight1.01 pounds
For the snappy gentleman who likes to dress for the part and is confident in his appearance, look no further than Seiko’s dress watch for men. Its classic design goes well with any dress suit, so you will always look the part at any social function. The round two-tone, 39mm stainless-steel case frames a dark blue dial with baton hour markers, and the window is made with Hardlex. The tech behind it is Japanese quartz movement with analog display. All of this fits on a croco-embossed leather band with buckle closure. This timeless timepiece is water-resistant up to 100m (330ft), making it suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not diving. You may also be interested in some of the best waterproof watches from our list, so check them out.
Water-resistant up to 100m (330ft)
Japanese quartz movement
Leather band with buckle closure
Dark blue dial case with baton hour markers
- Weight7.2 ounces
For out ninth spot, Buvola offers up a watch of unmatched classical design. It has a simplicity to it, which lends an air of class to any man who wants to splurge a little for something upmarket. A round-faced watch, Bulova Men’s Classic comes in a stainless-steel case with silver-tone hands and markers, a domed crystal lens, and a stainless-steel bracelet with a fold-over, double-push closure. The hands move with quartz movement. While it’s classic, it’s not too big. The case diameter measures at 39mm. And even better, as it is water-resistant up to 30m (100ft) so it can withstand the occasional splash of water but it not suitable for swimming or bathing. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best Tissot watches for more stylish options like this.
Water-resistant up to 30m (100ft)
Round-faced, 39mm diameter
Hands move with Quartz movement
- Weight15.2 ounces
We all know the nostalgic look of a Swatch wristwatch, but how many people have looked into their sporting designs? Swatch offers a two-year warranty on all of their watches, and if the battery stops working, you can take it to any Swatch retail store, and they will replace it free of charge. Swatch Twice Again is an original 2013 design, had a 41mm round case with a push/pull crown, and 3-bar water resistance. There are plenty of uses for this multipurpose watch. It’s particularly useful for cycling trails and the odd bit as a hiking watch.
41mm round face, push/pull case
Free battery replacement at any Swatch retailer
3 bar water resistance
- Weight5 ounces
Fizili Simple Watch takes our penultimate stop with a minimalistic, ultra-thin design. This all black watch is streamlined to take up less space on the wrist with a uniquely designed small dial for seconds. It is waterproof up to 30m. Advanced Japanese quartz movement powers the handles, and the battery will keep you telling time for over three years. The face is set into a premium leather strap. Not only comfortable on the wrist, the 20mm-wide, 24cm-long strap is durable, flexible, and odorless, making it suitable for daily wear. The very best artistry has gone into the IP black plating case and high-hardness glass lens (resistant to keys and general scratches) and stainless-steel case back. Fizili offers a 24-month warranty and a 100% moneyback guarantee for 90 days. And to keep it safe, each watch comes with a stylish black box for storage when you aren’t wearing it!
Japanese quartz movement
Premium leather strap (flexible, durable, odorless)
Waterproof up to 30m
Comes with a stylish black box
- Weight3.2 ounces
Capping off our list is everyone’s favorite childhood brand: Casio. Not just well known for their calculators, they also make some excellent watches! Casio G-Shock Men’s Sports Watch is shock-resistant, waterproof up to 200m, and comes in a handy case that you can keep it in when you aren’t wearing it. You can pick one of two format options for time display: 12-hour or 24-hour. Besides, you can set daily alarms (including countdown and set auto-repeat!) and use it as a 1/100 second stopwatch. The auto-calendar feature is pre-programmed until 2039, and the battery will last you for up to two years before you need to replace it. The face is electro-luminescent, backlit with Afterglow technology, and the lens is mineral crystal. This sports watch is accurate to ± 15 seconds per month and measures in elapsed and split time.
Water-resistant up to 200m
Choice of two possible time display options: 12hr or 24hr
Calendar is pre-programmed until 2039
Battery lasts for up to two years
- Weight4.8 ounces