Watches for $200 Are Out There From Skagen, Fossil, Diesel, Timex

The Best Watches for $200 Or Under

For all those readers out there who follow my train of consciousness you will probably know I am a great fan of the Casio Edifice for its design, function, and price, but what about all the really great watches for $200 and under on the `high street`? Let`s take a look at some of the best watches for $200 or under.

Watches Under $200

Okay, so it’s easy to find watches under the $200 mark but what’s difficult is finding the balance between quality, function, reliability, and dare I say it? style! I’ve been spending the last week trying to come up with a definitive list but I came to the conclusion its an exercise in futility. You see I am constantly amazing at the number and the quality of great timepieces out there and as writing a top 200 list would be redundant, I’m choosing the write what I’m calling “This week’s top 5”.

This Week’sTop 5

My choices are made by looking at the product, its manufacture, and its story which as we all know in horology it a major point of interest, and of course, my own personal taste. Perhaps you will agree with my choices but perhaps you’re gonna disagree?

Skagen Of Denmark

skagen

The Skagen Signatur. Skagen of Denmark is a brand of watches initially produced by Skagen Designs Ltd which is now part of the larger Fossil group. Now we see this brand has grown into a major American contemporary watches and accessories brand based on Danish design.

The simple and elegant lines of this 40mm Signatur whisper subtlety and class, where less really is more.  The watch case is a simple round design in dark gray matte with minimal case diameter, housing the matte white dial and three-hand movement. Hours are marked by linear and dot indexes, with minutes indicated by dots and numeric markers at each hour. A nice touch is the quick release pin, making it easy to change the leather strap.

I can imagine this in a casual setting with blue jeans or chinos, an American classic.

 

Details
Style: SKW6352P
Case Size:40 mm
Finish: Brown/Black
Case Thickness:8 mm
Water Resistant:5 ATM
Origin: Imported
Strap Width:20 mm

Fossil

FossilThe Fossil Commuter. Fossil Group who now own other interests including Skagen of Denmark is as American as apple pie. A fashion designer and manufacturer since 1984 based in Richardson, Texas. Their products range includes Watches, Wallets, Designer Jewelry, Designer Fragrance, Women’s Handbags, Various Leather Products: Computer Bags, Backpacks, Belts and their brands include Fossil, Relic, Abacus, Michele Watch & Now Coach NY, and Zodiac Watches.

With a solid footprint in the fashion market, they can’t fail to produce great designs with a built-in quality. The Commuter mixes the subtlety of a delicate round case in matte gray and stylish leather strap, with the masculine and over emphasized lugs on this design. The dial is stylish and strong with a two-tone finish against luminous hands and markers and second bars around the circumference.

 

Details
Case Size: 42mm
Case Shape: Round
Case Thickness: 12mm
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Dial Color: Black
Movement Type: Quartz
Closure: Strap Buckle
Circumference: 200 +/- 5mm
Strap Color: Light Brown
Strap Width: 22mm
Strap Material: Leather
Collection: The Commuter
Water Resistant: 5 ATM
Origin: Imported

Diesel

DieselThe Diesel DZ1803. Diesel is an Italian retail clothing company, located in Breganze, Italy, but its retail interests in denim clothing and accessories have succeeded in giving this European fashion powerhouse something of an Americana feel.

In keeping with the Diesel design cues, the model does possess some subtlety in its matte gunmetal appearance with simple leather strap, but there’s no denying its masculine bias. A wide case edge housing a white with gray detailed dial with oversized Arabic markers and an enormous 9 O`clock maker sets this piece off against other simpler designs. The hands are large and visible from the other side of the room in poor light, making this a mans` watch.

You will have noticed by now these three watches all share some design cues in the color schemes and the simple yet robust design. Let’s change the mood a little.

 

Details
Case Size: 46 x 53 mm
Case Thickness: 10mm
Water Resistance: 5 ATM
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Finish: Brushed, Polished
Attachment Color: Brown
Dial Color: Silver
Movement: QUARTZ/3 HAND

Timex iQ+

The Timex IQ Move. What can we say about Timex? A true American blue color hero that’s been with us since 1854 and now an iconic vintage brand in its own right. With the new generation of Timex watches we are seeing some great innovations that are ahead of the major Swiss brands. Not only can we have a watch that looks like an expensive watch with the performance and reliability you have come to expect from Timex, we can also take advantage of some nice additional features.

The Timex IQ has a Bluetooth connection allowing you to connect to your smart device, so now you create fitness goals, set alarms and control the hands of your watch with your smartphone. Just think, you’ll never need to think about time zones, daylight savings and short months again. With the Timex IQ the time and date stay in sync with your phone.

 

Details
Genuine Leather Strap
Uses Bluetooth® technology to connect with smartphone apps and display fitness data conveniently on the wristPerfect Date® (Perpetual Calendar)Countdown Timer & AlarmINDIGLO® Light-Up Watch Dial
Attachment Buckle/Clasp Type: Buckle
Attachment Color: Black
Attachment Material: Leather
Attachment Type: Strap
Case Finish: Brushed/Polished
Case Height: 12.5 mm
Case Lug Width: 18 mm
Case Shape: Round
Case Size: Mid-Size
Crystal/Lens: Mineral Glass
Dial Color: White
Dial Markings: Markers (Full)
Watch Movement: Quartz Analog

Timex Fairfield Chrono

Timex Fairfield ChronoThe Timex Fairfield Chronograph. Timex introduced their Fairfield Chronograph stating “We challenged ourselves to create a multifunction chronograph watch with minimalist Bauhaus influences. We think you’ll love our tastefully simple solution

To be honest, there isn’t much more to add to that mission statement from Timex. Just look at the simplicity and clarity of their vision. The case is so subtle it’s almost unnoticeable just as the crown and Chrono pushers are. The dial is a brilliant white against silver markers and hands giving a level of refinement that’s almost impossible to find in a watch in this price range, but here is it so feast your eyes. The strap is colorful, young in expression and uncompromising in its functionality.

This may not be the most visible of watch faces to read in low light or in a hurry, but if you have time to appreciate this piece you will continue to enjoy it for years to come.

Details
Nylon Strap
Chronograph Watch
INDIGLO® Light-Up Watch Dial
Chronograph Measures to 1/20th SecondDate FeatureINDIGLO® Night-Light with Night-ModeNylon Slip-Thru StrapChronographINDIGLO night-light
Attachment Buckle/Clasp Type: Buckle
Attachment Color: Blue
Attachment Material: Nylon

Bonus: Smart Turnout

Smart-TurnoutThe Smart Turnout Savant. For the first time, I have decided to add a bonus to my list because I thought it was so beautiful it needed to be included. Okay, so you may notice there is a similarity in this piece to all the above. In short, it has a very simple design, the strap is nylon and unpretentious, the case has very narrow circumference in gold or brass color which suits the blue dial perfectly.

In short, it has a very simple design, the strap is nylon and unpretentious, the case has a very narrow interference on its circumference in gold or brass color, which suits the blue dial perfectly.

All the hours are numbered with minute counters between them in Gold/Brass appearance as are all three of the hands against the dark blue dial. The standard date window located at 3 O`clock also stands out well against the deep, warm blue of the dial.

Details
Brand: Smart Turnout
Case width: approx.38mm
Case depth: approx.7mm Gender
Dial Colour: Blue
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Strap type: Fabric Strap Colour Multicolour
Water resistance: 50 meters
Date: Yes
Movement: Quartz (battery)

What do you think of my list? Have I got it right or am I barking up the wrong tree? Why not tell me what you think, I won`t be offended.

For more information about where to look for your favorite watch brand why not read my watch store reviews to get a better idea where to look?

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carl scutt
carl scutt
Carl's the founder and editor of discountwatchstores.com. His background's in Technology and Internet Marketing. He currently lives in southern Spain. Learn more about him here, and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+.
Watches for $200 Are Out There From Skagen, Fossil, Diesel, Timex
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