Most men today feel the need to wear a watch. Workplaces often lack a convenient clock and no one wants to be caught turning his/her head every five minutes to check that clock with the seemingly immovable hands.

Of course, many jobs are of such a strenuous and/or messy nature that wearing a nice watch may not be recommended at all.

But for the man who wants to own and wear a good—looking timepiece when away from the workplace, or who wears that watch everywhere, there’s good news.

And for the guy who does the dirty work, we have good news as well.

Sire, you can pay out big bucks for Rolex, Chopard, Blancpain, and many other fine watches, and they’re worth every euro. But on the flip side, unless you have a key to the executive restrooms (as in the film: The Apartment), you’re unlikely to: (a) be able to afford one, and (b) you wouldn’t want to wear it as an everyday watch. That means that you have several thousand dollars lying in a bedroom drawer, dollars that bring in no interest and aside from not wearing that watch on a daily basis, you may also harbor the hopeless dread that someday, at some time, some drug—crazed burglar will sneak in and your watch will disappear never to be seen again.

Well, as mentioned, there’s good news. Of course, we all know cheap watches can be picked up in stores all over the country. Some cost as little as $5. Flea markets usually have stalls set up that sell cheap watches along with other (frequently) knock-off merchandise. But those watches are, for the most part, unreliable and to replace a battery will likely cost more than the watch did.

But for around $100 or less, you can own a really good—looking watch. One that you’ll be proud to wear on more dressy occasions and at the same time unless you’re a ditch digger, you can wear at work as well. If, God forbid! you should lose it or break it, well — $100 isn’t so hard to swallow. A good source for information may be found at

We’ve looked the field over and assembled five of what we believe to be some of the best looking, most reliable watches you can find for $100.

1. The MVMT Classic

White wristwatch is simple and elegant with its black leather strap and it will cost you a very affordable $95. These watches are sold directly from the maker so you avoid a lot of the expense you have when you buy through middlemen. The company offers a catalog as well, and few of its watches go much higher than $100.

2. Timex

Timex has always been a dependable company and while the company no longer advertises as heavily as in years past, it still “takes a licking and keeps on ticking”. The Times Weekender at $29.99 is a real buy. An elegant watch with not only a 12—hour face, but a 24—hour face as well. Its round no-nonsense design is really great and it comes with a sturdy woven strap that will probably outlive a leather watchband by years.

3. The Komono

The Komono watch at just under $100 is a real eye-catcher. With its clean, classic case and black face enhanced by a handsome leather watchband, it’s sure to please any man.

4. The Invicta

For a really sporty and sturdy look, the Invicta Men’s 14330 Specialty 18k Yellow Gold—Plated Watch at only $71.49 is a real star. This watch can be a great choice. This particular model more closely resembles the heavy—duty super expensive watches from storied Swiss watchmakers, but at a price almost anyone can afford. This baby comes with three interchangeable leather watch bands, but you can also find a nice stainless steel watchband with heavy clasp similar to the expensive watch bands, but at a fraction of the cost.

5. Daniel Wellington

And for Number five, we’ve picked another really elegant dress watch. This one with its tastefully plain and simple face combined with a heavily padded leather watch strap shouts (in a refined way of course!) “Elegance! A man of refined taste!” This Daniel Wellington Bristol Watch available for only $84.99 is a really nice accessory for any man’s wardrobe.

These of course, in no particular order, are only a scant few of the fine watches available today for $100 or less. The choice is infinite and the watch you choose to wear is a very personal choice, so don’t let us hold you down to the five watches we’ve mentioned. No one got paid for mentioning any brand and the five watches are only a personal choice. The main object here is not to steer you to a particular vendor but just to give you an idea of what’s available. So look the field over and when you see the watch that was meant for you, you’ll know it. Good Luck!