10 Best Watches for Men 2020 (Buyer’s Guide & Reviews)

A timeless piece of accessory that keeps you updated about time while preventing you from going out of style! This is how I would define a watch.

Especially for men, a classy and elegant timepiece is an essential rather than an accessory. Why? Well, it not only completes your look, but it also helps create the best first impression, be it for business meetings, dates, or even a casual day out. 

That being said, with so many remarkable options available out there under various price categories, choosing one that best complements your style can be tricky. So, how do you find the ideal watch that fulfils your requirements?

Bonjour! I am Sameer Kumar, residing in the city of dreams, Mumbai. And after a ton of research, I bring you 10 best watches for men under five different price points. Not just that, but to further simplify your search, I have also included a buyer’s guide at the end of this guide.

So, without further ado, let’s begin!

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Best Watches For Men In India

Price plays a vital role in determining all of our purchases. Yes, mine too! For this reason, I have decided to review the two best watches under each of the five price points. And with this segmentation of the top 10 options, I am positive that you will be able to purchase the perfect watch without facing any kind of challenges or exceeding your budget.

Let’s take a look.

Best Watches For Men Under 1000

1. Sonata NL7930PP01 Super Fiber Analogue Watch

Personally, I love small dial size watches as they offer versatility, allowing you to wear them for both casual and formal occasions. That being said, with the Sonata SF analogue Watch, I was able to achieve this desired diversity along with Sonata’s brand reliability at a budget-friendly price.

Why Buy This Product?

First things first, Sonata being a notable Indian brand, catering to the budget requirements of a wide range of people, this is a reliable option available at the most affordable price point. So, I would definitely recommend it to someone with a meagre budget.

That being said, honestly, while purchasing this product, I was a bit apprehensive of its overall quality and appeal. But after careful examination, I was impressed that Sonata did not compromise on its design and build, despite its low price. Featuring a black synthetic band with a round and white, quartz analogue dial, this watch is the perfect blend of style and functionality.

Apart from this, I could wear it easily with the help of its buckle clasp. In fact, you don’t even have to bother taking it off while washing hands or if it suddenly starts raining because of its water-resistant depth of 30 meters. Now, you and I both have to admit, a water-resistant watch under 1000 is pretty awesome!

What Could’ve Been Better?

Well, truth be told, I couldn’t really find anything wrong with this watch as it ticked all the right boxes. However, you might face issues with its size, especially if your wrist is quite broad. Having said that, it was a perfect fit for me, and I loved the fact that the watch blended well with most of my attires.

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2. SKMEI AD1155 Digital Quartz Watch

Being a data analyst, I understand the importance of timekeeping in order to meet critical deadlines. And with the SKMEI Digital Watch, featuring Japanese quartz movements, I was able to do just that by tracking time with precision and accuracy.

Why Buy This Product?

Before getting into the details of this model, let’s talk about its brand. Well, for most of you who don’t know, SKMEI is a leading name in the industry, dealing with the manufacture of best-in-class watches at a reasonable price. That being said, the SKMEI Digital Analogue Watch serves as a trustworthy and durable option with a warranty of up to 6 months.

In fact, brand reliability was one of the prime factors which made me confident enough to invest in this watch. Now, coming to design and style, this digital watch features a black silicone band and a black, round analogue display, making it look simply breathtaking. In fact, this is why I love the colour black! It ensures elegance and sophistication, irrespective of the occasion.

Furthermore, I was impressed by its dual dial and dual time zone support as it came in handy while travelling to foreign countries for work. That’s not all! With its EL light chip, you will be able to view the display clearly, even in the dark. These are some of the features, which surely makes this watch stand out from the rest.

What Could’ve Been Better?

I find it important to mention that despite offering durability, the silicone band might cause your wrist to sweat, making it uncomfortable to wear throughout the day. With that said, I was still able to make the most of this watch with its design and water-resistance.

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Best Watches For Men Under 2000

3. Sonata NK7924NM01 Analogue Men's Watch

Even after preferably staying single, I love going on dates to musical shows, movie theatres, and fancy restaurants. And this timeless and contemporary, black dial, analogue watch, yet again from Sonata, helped me create the best first impressions on many such special dates and occasions.

Why Buy This Product?

On looking closely, I fell in love with the intricate design of this classy and elegant black watch from Sonata. From its minutes, hour, and seconds hands to analogue display, studded with stones, everything just enhanced its modern aesthetic.

Furthermore, unlike the previous Sonata model, this one featured a bigger, round black dial, which still fit my wrist perfectly without looking bulky. In fact, I am sure that it will offer a handsome fit for you as well. This is because it comes with a stainless steel band teamed with a deployment clasp, engineered to ensure an apt fit, irrespective of one’s wrist size.

Sonata’s craftsmanship is worth mentioning as it provides timelessness to all of its watches. That being said, this timepiece is also no exception! In fact, it also offers durability and strength to last for years so that you keep making remarkable memories with it. So far, I, for one, have been able to do that.

What Could’ve Been Better?

If I go by my personal opinion, the studded stones present on the analogue display enhances the elegance of the watch, giving it a modern look. That being said, I have also come across people who are not that keen about this feature. So, you may or may not like its design, depending on your own individual preference.

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4. Timex Analogue Men's Watch TW00ZR262E

With its reputation of being one of the pioneers in watchmaking, I was convinced that a Timex watch is a must-have to complete my luxury and exclusive watch collection. Now, Timex being one of the largest watch manufacturers, there were several options to choose from. But I just couldn’t get my eyes away from this specific model for obvious reasons.

Why Buy This Product?

Designed with a round blue dial and a brown leather band, this Timex analogue Men’s Watch offers a creative colour combination that actually works. Well, I definitely feel that it makes me stand out in a crowd whenever I wear it! In fact, the innovative design and bold colours will also make you feel good about yourself after wearing it.

Furthermore, you must already know that a brand like Timex delivers unparalleled quality apart from the classic style. That being said, this model meets all quality requirements to fulfil your expectations. This was something that really impressed me as the brand I trusted did not let me down.

Not only this, but when I first wore this watch, the buckle and leather strap ensured a comfortable and secure fit. And this lasts, even till today! That’s not all; it is water-resistant up to 30 meters. So, you can wear it in the rain or even while washing your hands, without the fear of damage.

What Could’ve Been Better?

So, I would definitely recommend this watch, especially to those who love the feel and look of leather. However, even though it offered noteworthy quality, the strap was a bit too stiff. It took some time to attach it to the buckle, especially in the beginning. But over time, the band gets more flexible, solving the overall issue.

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Best Watches For Men Under 3000

5. Timex Expedition MF13 Analogue-Digital Men's Watch

As mentioned earlier, Timex is one of the largest watchmakers in the world, offering a wide collection of innovative leather band watches. On that note, I have to introduce you to another masterpiece from the Timex Expedition series, a sporty watch I love wearing on a casual day out.

Why Buy This Product?

Equipped with all the right features and a spectacular design, the Timex Expedition M13 is one of my favourites at a mid-range price. Why? Well, before getting into the details of it, let’s talk about its standout feature. So, Timex shifts from the conventionally designed sports watch to bring innovation into this creation. In fact, this is what drew my attention to it in the first place!

Having said that, with its classy and round beige colour dial teamed with an earthy brown shade leather strap, this artistic watch serves as the perfect blend of simplicity and elegance. And this is why you will be able to wear it for every occasion, both formal and casual.

Apart from this, it comes with two-in-one functionality, offering both analogue and digital display in the two different time modes. Not only that, but I was also really impressed by the other features Timex offered, including an Indiglo night-light, 24-hours alarm, and a dial case, featuring a directional compass ring. For these reasons, I would definitely recommend this unisex watch to those fashionistas who love adventures.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Now, coming to its minor drawbacks, I was not pleased by the quality and authenticity of the leather strap. It kept deteriorating after a few months of regular use. To be honest, I would recommend a premium silicone strap if you wish to wear it daily. That being said, it’s an exceptional option, equipped with all the features needed for an adventure.

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6. Fastrack Black Magic Analogue NK3089SL05

Even if you aren’t as big of a fan of watches as I am, I’m sure you’ve heard of Fastrack. Being a popular brand dealing with the manufacture of trendy and stylish watches, Fastrack offers another casual yet cool timepiece, namely the Black Magic Analogue Men’s Watch, which is definitely noteworthy.

Why Buy This Product?

This is a brown leather strap watch, which features a round black dial with mineral glass, giving it a somewhat unique look. In fact, this bold yet subtle colour combination is what urged me to buy this Fastrack model in the first place. To be honest, I was already sold at its intricacies, which makes it so cool and casual at the same time.

From its three plain hands and Arabic numerals at five-minute intervals to slanting line markings, all these small features make a huge impact on the overall design. Apart from this, the line-markings made the watch extremely easy to read. And I am sure you will agree as well.

What’s more? Well, the leather strap and buckle enclosure is designed keeping the comfort of the wearer in mind at all times. That being said, I was able to wear it comfortably for an extended period as it offered the ideal fit. In fact, you can adjust the buckle and strap to ensure a secure fit, making it perfect for your wrist.

What Could’ve Been Better?

Despite ensuring a comfortable fit, I found the dial of the watch to be a bit too bulky, and the strap was thick. In other words, its heavyweight design may cause inconvenience in the beginning, especially during work. That being said, gradually, after wearing the timepiece for a few days, the weight did not bother me much.

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Best Watches For Men Under 5000

7. Fastrack NL3147KM01 Analogue Men's Watch

Élégant et intemporel are the terms I would use to define this black timepiece from Fastrack. Having said that, I always longed for a sleek, metallic watch, which could be worn with Jeans or Chinos for a formal setting or a date night. And with the Fastrack Black Dial Watch, I have been able to make a great first impression while getting quite a few glances, even in a crowd.

Why Buy This Product?

Well, if you wish to captivate an audience or woo a special someone, then this dark knight is a must-have. From experience, I can assure that a black metallic watch will get you through any occasion with class and style. And with this timepiece from Fastrack, you can achieve the futuristic look you desire.

Apart from the metallic design, what I loved the most about this watch is its offset second hand. In fact, this is that one feature, which makes it stand out from the other options on the list.

Furthermore, the black stainless steel strap is equipped with a driver’s clasp closing mechanism. Not only does this provide a secure fit, but it also ensures the safety of the wearer. Personally, I found it extremely easy and comfortable to wear throughout the day.

That’s not all; the beautifully crafted timepiece also comes with a water resistance depth of 50 meters. So, I didn’t even have to take it off while washing hands or doing the dishes.

What Could’ve Been Better?

I have been wearing this Fastrack black watch for quite some time now. And so far, I have not had any major problems with it. However, recently I am noticing that the colour of its metallic strap is slowly fading. This is not a significant concern as such, but it may compromise its sleek finish.

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8. Fossil Analogue Blue Dial Men's Watch BQ2311

Before introducing you to another innovative leather wristwatch with a blue and brown colour combination, it makes sense to know a little more about this brand. Fossil is an American designer that deals with a wide range of fashionable and good quality watches. And this watch is one of those creative innovations from Fossil.

Why Buy This Product?

Inspired by Fossil’s creativity and unique colour contrast, I decided to go ahead with this innovative timepiece, despite it being a higher-end watch. Having said that, this was a decision I do not regret, even a bit.

Featuring a three-hand quartz built into three separate sub-eyes, this multi-functional timepiece keeps you informed regarding the day, date, and 24-hour time. Pretty convenient, right? Well, not only that, but it also offers a stopwatch feature to further add to your convenience.

As mentioned earlier, I love the blue and brown colour combination of its dial and strap. That being said, Fossil offers freshness and versatility, allowing you to interchange your bands at any point of time. Yes, the watch is amazingly diverse! In fact, I was able to maintain my signature style while swapping between silicone, leather, and stainless steel bands using its quick-release pin.

Furthermore, with its creatively designed and trendy tin case, I was also able to give this timepiece as a gift to a very close friend on his birthday. And guess what? He really loved it!

What Could’ve Been Better?

I experienced a bit of discomfort while wearing the watch for an extended period. This is probably because the straps are a bit too tight. To solve the issue, I would recommend you to replace the straps with the soft leather band instead.

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Best Watches For Men Under 10000

9. Fossil Grant Chronograph FS4832 Black Dial Watch

Since we are already nearing the end of this list, it’s time to provide recommended options for those on the higher-end side of the budget. For this reason, I bring you another innovative and stylish watch from Fossil, which also serves as the perfect gift for close friends and family on special occasions.

Why Buy This Product?

The first thing we look at before buying a product is its price tag, and that goes for all watches too. That being said, when I first checked the price of this timepiece from Fossil I was a bit apprehensive about spending such a huge sum on a watch. But then, its features and design were convincing enough, and I ended up buying it without any regrets afterwards.

Designed with a black metal band and a black round dial, featuring punctuated roman numerals, this sleek and stylish watch is a go-to for best-dressed occasions. Apart from this, you will be pleased to know that its dial includes three separate sub-eyes for keeping the wearer informed about the day, date, and time.

Not only this but like the previous Fossil model, this one also comes with interchangeable bands for more diversity. Another impressive fact about this timepiece is its water-resistance of 50 meters. It can be worn around household sinks or while swimming in shallow water.

What Could’ve Been Better?

After regular use, the stainless steel strap started losing its colour, making it look quite dull. That being said, its quality remains intact, and if well-maintained, it will last for years. Other than this, I am positive that you won’t face any major issue related to this watch.

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10. Casio Edifice Chronograph Black Dial Watch

This list would be incomplete without the mention of this simple yet remarkable black dial watch from Casio. On that note, I would like to take some more of your time to finally introduce you to this extraordinary leather band watch, which features a layered face design to stand out from the other options on the list.

Why Buy This Product?

Even though this timepiece from Casio is one of the most expensive options on the list, its refined, luxurious design and impressive features make it worth buying. So, for me, the highlights of this particular model are its sub-dials, hour markers, and hands, which provide a multi-dimensional look. In fact, the layered design and craftsmanship make it stand out in a crowd.

That being said, you will definitely turn heads wherever you go. That’s not all, its stainless steel bezel and the futuristic dial is teamed with a textured black leather band to further enhance your sophisticated appeal.

The best part of the watch for me is its 100-meter water resistance depth, which protects it from accidental splashes. You can indulge in thrilling water activities like poolside diving and snorkelling without causing damage to it. Furthermore, the Casio Edifice has also been my travel partner in all situations, even on rainy days.

What Could’ve Been Better?

The Casio Edifice is a remarkable yet stylish model that justifies its price range. And to be honest, I haven’t really come across any issue related to it. However, certain users may prefer a stainless steel metallic band to go with its multi-dimensional dial. Having said that, this depends on an individual’s preference.

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Buyers Guide

By now, you must have a clear idea about all the 10 recommended options on the list provided above. However, were you able to decide which one you will be buying? Well, it’s okay, even if your answer is no. I know that buying a watch does not only depend on your budget. In fact, there are several other factors, which need to be considered.

Keeping that in mind, I have gone ahead and written this buying guide to help you out. And I promise you that these points will accelerate your decision-making for sure.

Firstly, decide on the type of watch you would like to invest in. An analogue timepiece is the most conventional type, which is a classic for every watch enthusiast, including me, even today. With time indicated by rotating hands, these models are available in both 12 and 24-hour formats.

Apart from this, I also love digital watches as they come with a few additional features like stopwatches, alarms, and timers. On the other hand, you can also go for an analogue-digital watch, which displays time in both digital and analogue formats.

The most popular dial shapes for men’s watches are round and square. But my personal preference is a round dial, which is not too bulky. As someone who loves playing a guitar and saxophone, a heavyweight and bulky watch would be inconvenient. So, I would advise you to make a decision based on these factors.

Furthermore, there are various colour options available as well, so make sure you opt for a dial that blends perfectly well with its strap. If you ask me, nothing can beat an all-black timepiece in elegance and sophistication.

So, there is a wide range of materials used to make straps, including metal, silicone, leather, and rubber. Now, a stainless steel band offers a sleek finish along with durability if maintained well. In fact, it goes well with all attires but tends to make the watch a tad bit heavy.

On the other hand, silicone straps are great options if you wish to go for a sporty and casual look. Apart from this, they offer comfort and flexibility, irrespective of the weather condition. Lastly, how can I leave out the traditional leather straps? The exquisite finishing and texture not only offer style, but they also ensure comfort at all times.

Make sure that the watch you decide to buy comes with a water resistance depth of at least 30 to 50 meters. This will enable you to wear it around the sink or on a rainy day without the fear of damage. Furthermore, for adventurers who love snorkelling and poolside diving, I would have to recommend a timepiece with a resistance depth of 100 meters.

Final Words

It goes without saying that a watch is the ultimate accessory for every man as no outfit can be complete without it. That being said, it is important to own and flaunt a sophisticated and elegant wrist watch that goes with any of your attires. This will help you captivate an audience or a special someone, irrespective of the occasion.

Not only this, but it also serves as the perfect gift option for loved ones on birthdays, anniversaries, or festivals. A pretty versatile accessory, right?

For these reasons, I hope that you find this guide helpful in finding the best watch as per your budget requirement. And on this note, I will now take your leave.

Till next time!

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