The 12 Best Modern Watches for Men Under $200 (You’ll Love #7)

There are tons of cool watches out there. You’ve seen them come in all different shapes, sizes, colors, movements, and at this point you think you’ve seen them all. But have you ever thought about ditching the classic analog watch and donning something a little more modern?

If you’re looking for new sleek, modern watches then look no further – I’ve compiled a list of the 12 best modern watches for men that you can get for less than $200! By the end of this, you’ll have a short list of quality, contemporary pieces that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. So, let’s dive in!

Blue modern watch for men

12. Tommy Hilfiger – Cool Sport – $95
Rating: 4.6 / 5.0

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A sleek and vibrant piece with a modern feel, the 46MM Cool Sport from Tommy Hilfiger is the modern watch you need in your collection.

Full features include a durable mineral crystal face, navy blue silicone strap for durability, comfort, and functionality, and a stainless steel casing with water resistance protecting your piece up to 100 feet. With this water resistance, your piece will be protected if you get caught in heavy rain or if it accidentally gets dropped in the pool for a short time.

One thing to note about the Cool Sport is that its case size is a bit larger than average watch cases. At 46MM it will sit firm and sturdy on your wrist so if you’re someone who prefers a bulkier size to your watches, this is the watch for you! It’s also worth noting that the popular modern style is to wear a bigger timepiece.

Looking at it overall, the Cool Sport has a very versatile style that would fit nicely in a professional setting but would also work great with casual outfits. The lines on the dial are crisp and defined, the strap and face are made of durable material, and you know you’re buying from a well established company in Tommy Hilfiger.

Black minimalist watch for men

11. Black Tie Watch Co. – Balkan SS Black – $85
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

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One of the best sellers from Black Tie Watch Co., the 40MM Balkan SS Black is the minimalist addition you need for your modern style!

Full features include a scratch resistant coating on a mineral crystal face, water resistant casing up to 100 feet, stainless steel case back, and a unique 60 second sub dial design. With the scratch resistant coating on the surface, you can always have peace of mind that even the toughest everyday bumps and scuffs won’t damage your new watch.

The links are also easily removable so that you can get that perfect fit for the size of your wrist. Balkan comes with a 12 month warranty, free shipping, and free returns so you can shop risk free knowing you’re making a great purchase! Also, as a thanks for checking out this article, please enjoy some $$ off Balkan with promo code blog20 at checkout.

Modern transparent watch for men

10. Kenneth Cole – Transparency – $80
Rating: 4.1 / 5.0

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A piece like nothing you’ve ever seen before and a design that’s sure to turn heads, the 44MM Transparency from Kenneth Cole is the touch of modern you need on your wrist. A minimalist gunmetal case with a transparent dial, this watch is the definition of modern, minimalist style.

Full features on the Transparency include a 44MM stainless steel gunmetal casing, stainless steel watch band, a scratch resistant mineral glass see through dial, Japanese quartz movement, and water resistant casing up to 100 feet. With this water resistance, you can rest assured that your watch will be protected if you get caught in rain, it gets wet, or if it’s briefly dropped in water.

The main selling point on this piece is obviously the transparent dial. If your goal is a watch that stands out from the crowd and draw tons of compliments, this watch is definitely one to add to your Wishlist. At this price along with free shipping, this is a solid modern option to consider adding to your collection!

Modern digital watch for men

9. SKMEI – Digital Sports Watch - $38
Rating: 4.2 / 5.0

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A complex and boldly modern watch, the Digital Sports Watch from SKMEI is perfect for men looking for a unique and large piece to add to their collection.

Full features include an accurate Quartz movement, water resistance up to 100 feet, date reading, a unique squared shaped case, an alarm setting, and a luminous backlight feature on the dial. Because this watch is luminous, you’re able to read the dial in dim lighting or even if it’s completely dark. This is a great feature for someone who operates often in low light situations.

One thing to consider about this modern watch is its size – it is much larger than average watches and may appear bulky if you have an average or smaller than average wrist. However, many people these days tend to prefer their watch to be on the bigger side. In any sense, this is a great modern watch option that deserves consideration for your wardrobe at a price that you won’t find anywhere else!

Modern blue fabric watch for men

8. Skagen – Multifunction Kristoffer - $71
Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

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The Kristoffer is a lively, modern piece that’s made for the casual man, but can also be worn by the business casual professional as well. The minimalist design on the dial as well as the subtle color scheme gives you a clean and professional appearance no matter the occasion!

It has a nice sized 42MM stainless steel casing, good water resistance up to 165 feet, gray sandblasted dial, and an interchangeable woven fabric band. The water resistance on the Kristoffer makes it great for short periods of swimming, protects against splashes, a drop in the water, or even if you decide to take a shower with it on.

Overall, this is a solid piece that you can wear everyday with most outfits. The design is minimalist, unique, and the right type of modern for the subtle man. It comes with free shipping and a 2 year warranty so you know you can shop risk free knowing you’re making a great purchase.

Modern skeleton watch for men

7. Fossil – Townsman Chronograph– $175
Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

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An intricately designed timepiece that is sure to turn heads for all the right reasons, the 44MM Chronograph Townsman from Fossil is the definition of affordable luxury. Fossil is known for quality and craftsmanship at affordable prices and the Townsman is no different.

Full features include a unique open skeleton design showing the inner workings of the gears as they turn inside the case, quartz movement, scratch resistant mineral crystal glass face, day / date reading, a stainless steel case with water resistance up to 165 feet, and a durable leather strap.

The water resistance in the Townsman is exceptional. With this resistance you can rest easy knowing that accidentally dropping it in water or even hopping in the shower with it on won’t damage your piece.

The most attractive part of this piece is certainly the open skeleton design. Some people (myself included) may not be a fan of having full, open designs where the face is crowded with nothing but gears. In the Townnsman, only a small part of the face exposes the gears while the majority is covered by the chronograph sub dial design. A nice mix of both worlds at an outstanding price!

Modern field watch for men

6. Citizen – Military Quartz Watch – $140
Rating: 4.5 / 5.0

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An ‘Amazon’s Choice’ product for good reason, the 43MM ‘Military’ watch from Citizen is a functional and durable watch built to last in even the toughest conditions. Founded in 1930, Citizen has been committed to providing multi-cultural mindset fostering excellence and creativity at great prices.

Full features include Japanese Quartz movement, a 43MM stainless steel case, great water resistance up to 330 feet, nylon material on the strap for comfort, durability, and functionality, and analog day/date reading.

The presence of the nylon strap makes this piece lightweight and breathable on your wrist and can handle scrapes or abrasions that may happen on an everyday basis. The water resistance on this one is also exceptional. With this level of water resistance, you can go swimming with it on or even enjoy some snorkeling with peace of mind knowing your piece will be protected.

An awesome, functional field watch at a great price from a great company in Citizen.

Grey mesh watch for men

 5. Black Tie Watch Co. – Balkan SS Mesh - $95
Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

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A best seller from Black Tie Watch Co. and for great reason, the Balkan SS Mesh is a sleek, modern watch that will give your outfit the edge it needs. With its adjustable stainless steel mesh strap and minimalist design, this is sure to be your next favorite watch!

Full features include a scratch resistant mineral glass casing, quartz movement, water resistance up to 100 feet, an adjustable stainless steel mesh watch band, and a 60 second sub dial etched into the middle of a sandblasted gray dial.

A big thing you may want to consider when purchasing your next watch is its scratch resistance. If you’ve worn watches for some time, you’ve likely experienced the pain and disappointment of accidentally brushing you watch face against a wall or rough surface. No one wants their brand new watch ruined and your money thrown away just because an annoying scratch. The scratch resistance on the Balkan SS Mesh ensures that you'll never be put in this situation.

The Balkan also comes with a 1 year warranty, free shipping, and as a thank you for checking out this blog post, please use code blog20 at checkout for some $$ off!

 Large black modern watch for men

4. Armani Exchange – Hampton – $180
Rating: 4.7 / 5.0

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The Hampton is a sturdy, modern watch that will give an instant upgrade to your style! The piece features a bold black on black color scheme with gunmetal dial accents. At 46MM, this watch is great for people with larger wrists or for those people who prefer a slightly larger sized watch.

Full features on the Hampton include quartz movement with analog display, stainless steel strap, water resistance up to 165 feet, mineral glass face, and a unidirectional bezel.

The best part about this watch is how there doesn’t appear to be anything on it that doesn’t need to be there (if that makes sense). It’s hard to label it as a ‘Minimalist’ watch, but it's clear that Armani Exchange only stuck to the necessities with this piece. Customers describe it as being a nice, large sized watch with nice weight to it. From a company known for quality and class, the Hampton is an awesome option to consider putting on your wrist!

Modern dress watch for men

3. Seiko – Chronograph Dress Watch – $145
Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

A modern watch with a unique dark blue color scheme, the 42MM Chronograph dress watch from Seiko is a professional piece for the modern man that will also fare well in casual situations

Features include a polished 42MM silver stainless steel case, Japanese quartz movement, a dark blue durable and comfortable leather strap, chronograph sub dial design reflecting the hours, minutes, and seconds, and a date window reading.

The best feature on this piece is probably its water resistance. This chronograph from Seiko can resist water up to 330 feet meaning it will be safe should you wear it during showering, swimming, and even snorkeling.

The chronograph dress watch is sleekly tailored for design and masterfully assembled for accuracy. The dark blue colored dial combined with the navy blue colored strap will be a bold addition to your wardrobe and an instant upgrade to your style.

black and gold modern chronograph watch for men

2. Black Tie Watch Co. – Apollo Chronograph – $110
Rating: 4.8 / 5.0

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The Apollo Chronograph is the newest addition to Black Tie Watch Co. and has already been the fastest selling piece we’ve ever launched! The combination of a leather strap, chronograph dial, modern design, and bold color scheme make the Apollo a candidate for your new favorite watch!

Full features on the Apollo include a black genuine leather watch band, charcoal black dial, chronograph stopwatch, alarm setting, scratch resistant mineral crystal face, water resistance up to 100 feet, and even an alarm setting. The scratch resistance and water resistance along with the durable leather strap ensure that it is built even better than it looks.

Chronograph watches are some of the hottest trends among the watch community today. Their elegant style and distinct dial designs set them apart from other pieces. If you’re interested in checking out more affordable Chronos for men, check out a recent article we did: The 10 Best Chronograph Watches for Men !

Also, as a thanks for reading through this blog post, please use code blog20 for some $$ off any Black Tie Watch Co. timepieces. Each watch comes with a free 12 month warranty, free shipping, and free returns!

Modern mens chronograph watch

1. MVMT – Minimalist Analog – $98
Rating: 4.4 / 5.0

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A bold and striking piece from the guys at MVMT, the 42MM minimalist analog piece is a modern piece with a classic champagne tone. MVMT’s motto is that great quality timepieces shouldn’t break the bank and they back that promise with with this watch.

Full features on the Minimalist Analog include dual time zone sub dials, a 42MM case with strong water resistance up to 100 meters, a comfortable and durable nylon strap, and an accurate Japanese Quartz movement powering the 5 hand designs.

The Minimalist Analog has the look and feel of a watch worth hundreds of dollars more and has the modern design that you need in your collection. At this price point and with MVMT’s 2 year warranty offer, you can shop knowing you’re making a secure purchase on a quality piece!


We hope you enjoyed this list of the 12 best modern watches you can own for less than $200. Which ones are you thinking about adding to your collection? We’d love to know down in the comments below! Also, don’t forget to share this with any of your friends who could use a new modern watch!

black leather modern minimalist watch

About Black Tie Watch Co.

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