These 24 Affordable Watches Look Way More Expensive Than They Are

We all know someone who insists that if it doesn’t have a sapphire crystal face, stainless-steel body and Swiss movement, then the watch just isn’t worth buying. To them we say: Sure, but does it match my outfit? See, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a watch that looks just as good as those four-digit timepieces your uncle raves about. And to prove it, we rounded up 24 affordable watches, all under $200, that look much more expensive than they really are.

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Kate Spade New York ‘holland’ Round Leather Strap Watch, 34mm

We never knew how much we loved navy blue mother-of-pearl until the moment we spied this beauty.

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Versus Versace Les Docks Bracelet Watch, 36mm

Lion’s head chain links make this feel more like jewelry than a practical, everyday timepiece.

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Olivia Burton Sunray Mesh Strap Watch, 30mm

Perfect for the gal who’s into rose gold everything.

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Timex Variety Leather Strap Watch Set, 34mm

The four-piece set comes with a buttery caramel brown strap, a classic black leather strap and three different bezels (the ring surrounding the watch face), so you can switch up your watch as often as you change your shoes.

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Rebecca Minkoff Moment Leather Strap Watch, 19mm X 30mm

A pearl-hued, off-white strap looks just as chic as one that’s stark white, but shows wear less prominently and is easier to clean.

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Kate Spade New York Park Row Floral Silicone Strap Watch, 34mm

For the woman who prefers her accessories to stand out, rather than blend in. BTW, this vibrant poppy print could also pass for abstract leopard spots.

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Nixon The Time Teller Bracelet Watch, 31mm

Or if you want a true leopard print to wear day-in and day-out, may we suggest this subtle black-on-black version? Bonus: It will still be just as stylish if/when the current animal print craze dies down.

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Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Leather Strap Watch, 28mm

We’ve seen plenty of watches with black straps and white faces, but this inverted variation feels infinitely more elegant.

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Coach Park Tea Rose Bangle Watch, 26mm

The two silver tea roses lend a vintage vibe to this bracelet-eqsue timepiece. (Psst, we won’t judge if you go ahead and pretend it really is vintage.)

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Tory Burch The Reva Bangle Watch Set, 29mm

With no numbers and a focus on Tory Burch’s iconic geometric logo, this bracelet watch is as much fashion as it is function. Plus, five interchangeable bezels allow you to customize your look to match your mood.

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Mvmt Dot Mesh Strap Watch, 36mm

Who needs gold, silver or black when you can rock a stunning deep purple timepiece instead?

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Skagen Signatur Slim Mesh Strap Watch, 30mm

Proof that you absolutely can mix gold and silver.

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Fossil Scarlette Stripe Leather Strap Watch, 32mm

The striped strap lends a sporty, ’70s vibe while the crystal bezel and teal face give this watch just the right amount of glam.

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Olivia Burton Beehive Leather Strap Watch, 20mm

Like a mood ring but more grown-up (also, it doesn’t actually change colors based on your emotions, sorry).

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Michael Kors ‘parker’ Blush Acetate Link Chronograph Watch, 39mm

Crystals and chronographs and rose gold, oh my! Even if you’re wearing a simple white tee and jeans, this over-the-top-in-the-best-way accessory will make you look dressed-up.

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Nacre Mini Lune In Gold

So clean, so simple and so easy to add to your everyday jewelry collection.

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Bürgi Swarovski Crystal & Diamond Accented Watch, 29mm

Now this is a formal dress watch.

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Fossil Mini Carlie Bracelet Watch, 28mm

An excellent entry-level piece for anyone who loves a good bracelet but is wary of adding a clunky strap watch into the mix.

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Timex Celestial Opulence Leather Strap Watch, 37mm

Yeah, the constellations on the face glow in the dark.

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Coach Preston Leather Strap Watch, 28mm

If you’re not one for the basics (like tan, gold or black) but are also uninterested in going too bold (think orange or green), then perhaps this subtle dusty pink is the Goldilocks shade for you.

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Versus Versace Rue Denoyez Bracelet Watch, 34mm

Classic, unexpected and surprisingly fancy, but still delicate.

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Skagen Freja Crystal Accent Mesh Strap Watch, 26mm

The crystals in place of numbers make for a stunning statement of understated elegance.

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Garmin Vivomove Hr Sport Hybrid Smart Watch, 43mm

Who knew a smart watch could look so fashion-forward? Track steps, stress levels and your heart rate both while you’re sitting on the couch bingeing Fleabag and when you’re working out at the gym.

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Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Mesh Strap Watch, 28mm

A delicate classic to match your collection of simple gold bangles.



Abby Hepworth is an RRCA-certified running coach who has worked in fashion for over 10 years. Want to know what shoes are in this season? She's got you. Need recommendations on...