There’s a myriad of affordable watches on the market. Finding the best watch that can be well-matched with your suit will also be a subject of personal preference. 

However, not every watch can be matched with a suit. Also, the ones they do are usually very expensive. That’s why I’ve taken the liberty to assemble a list that will help you find some good affordable watches within a reasonable budget.

Ready to explore the best affordable watch options? Wonderful! But first, let’s recur some of the basics we talked about here.

Top 10 Best Affordable Watches for Men

You don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to own a high-quality watch. There are many stylish, affordable watches out there. You will still look good and save some budget.

I have compiled a list of the top 10 best affordable watches and brands that also go well with suits. Each product is reviewed with a consultation with specialist reviewers.

But to be honest, choosing the best watch can be a matter of personal decision. That’s why there isn’t such thing as “the best watch” – only high-quality and good-looking ones. Here are mine:

Watch
Image
Case
Case Width
Strap
Strap Width
Tissot Carson Premium

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Tissot Carson Premium with black leather
Swiss quartz movement
Stainless steel
Sapphire crystal
Thickness: 7mm
40mm

Water resistance: 165 ft.
Leather
Optional: Metal
20mm
Seiko SUP880

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Seiko SUP880 black leather dress watch
Japanese-quartz movement
Solar power source
Thickness: 6.1mm
28.5mm

Water resistance: 100 ft.
Leather
22mm
Nordgreen Native

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Nordgreen native black leather
Japanese quartz movement
Stainless steel
Thickness: 7.2mm
36mm
40mm

Water resistance: 100 ft.
Leather
18mm/20mm
Fossil The Minimalist

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Fossil the Minimalist with brown leather strap
Quartz movement
Stainless steel
Thickness: 8mm
44mm

Water resistance: up to 165 ft.
Leather
22mm
Emporio Armani AR2457

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Stainless steel chronograph watch model #AR2457 from Emporio Armani
Quartz movement
Stainless steel
Mineral glass
Thickness: 9mm
43mm

Water resistance: up to 165 ft.
Stainless steel
22mm
Filippo Loreti Ascari

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Stainless steel watch with white case by Filippo Loreti
Seiko quartz movement
Stainless steel
Sapphire mineral glass
Thickness: 11.9mm
42mm

Water resistance: 330 ft.
Stainless steel
22mm
AX Armani Exchange

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A|X Armani Exchange Chronograph
Quartz movement
Rubber
Mineral cover glass
Thickness: 12mm
45mm

Water resistance: up to 165 ft.
Silicone
22mm
Michael Kors Layton 8781

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Michael Kors Layton MK8781
Quartz movement
Stainless steel
Mineral crystal glass
Thickness: 10mm
45mm

Water resistance: 165 ft.
Stainless steel
22mm
Citizen Eco-Drive

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Citizen Eco Drive with black case and stainless steel watchband
Quartz movement
Stainless steel
Thickness: 12mm
44mm

Water resistance: 650 ft.
Super titanium
22mm
Daniel Wellington Durham

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Daniel Wellington classic Durham with light brown leather strap
Japanese quartz movement
Stainless steel
Thickness: 6mm
40mm

Water resistance: 100 ft.
Leather
20mm

Tissot Carson Premium

Tissot Carson Premium with black leatherTissot is a genuine Swiss brand, producing high-quality, top-class affordable watches since 1853. Their reputation is indisputable, making the brand one of the best in the world.

Tissot Carson is a nice-quality swiss-quartz movement watch with a case size of 40mm and a strap width of 20mm. It’s also water-resistant up to 165 feet.

The case is made of steel. However, it is also pretty thick, or exactly 7mm. The glass is also scratch-safe and is made of sapphire crystal.

Since Tissot Carson Premium is available with both metal and leather bands, I can safely state that this watch looks splendid with all suit colors and is the perfect partner on all occasions.

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Seiko SUP880

Seiko SUP880 black leather dress watchSeiko is a high-quality Japanese watch brand that is designing watches since 1881. The brand has an excellent reputation for producing durable and precise watches and is often compared to Swiss watch brands.

The SUP880 dress watch by Seiko is solar-powered and features a Japanese-quartz movement. It is also water-resistant up to 100 feet.

The case diameter is 29mm, which makes is subtle and perfect under a white dress shirt. The band is made of leather and is 22mm wide.

If you appreciate quality over fashion brands, then Seiko watches might be a good yet affordable choice. They have a plethora of different models that might be suitable for you.

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Nordgreen Native

Nordgreen native black leatherNordgreen Native is one of my favorites. A product of Danish designer Jakob Wagner, the watch enjoys a sleek Scandinavian design and brilliant classic look.

Nordgreen Native is available in two case sizes: 36mm and 40mm, with perfect thickness of 7.2mm. The watch uses a Japanese quartz movement and has a 2-year warranty.

The band is made of leather and is 18mm/20mm wide. The straps are interchangeable, and both the case frame and the dial case are available in multiple colors.

I favor this watch for all suit colors and all formal occasions. It’s simple, neat, and minimalistic – everything we said one dress watch should be.

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Fossil The Minimalist

Fossil is one of the most famous watch brands worldwide and a name that speaks of itself. They produce good-quality, fashionable, yet affordable watches.Fossil the Minimalist with brown leather strap

The Minimalist by Fossil is a lovely watch at an even better price. It’s a combination of 22mm brown leather band and 44m silver case, with a case thickness of 8mm.

The blue dial case matches perfectly with a blue or navy suit. As a simple and minimalistic dress watch, consider it a choice for all formal and business occasions.

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Emporio Armani AR2457

Stainless steel chronograph watch model #AR2457 from Emporio ArmaniSubtle and stylish stainless steel chronograph watch from Emporio Armani. Perfect for those you seek a trendy and stylish look at an affordable price.

The case is made of durable mineral crystal and has a diameter of 43mm. The band is made of stainless steel, too, and is 22mm wide.

Again, chronograph watches are not designed for the most formal dress codes. Wear it in more casual settings, such as business or semi-formal events.

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Filippo Loreti Ascari

Stainless steel watch with white case by Filippo LoretiFilippo Loreti Ascari is a tribute to the legendary formula champion Alberto Ascari. It’s a fashion watch brand with contemporary design and craftsmanship.

The whole watch is made of stainless steel. The case diameter is 42mm, and the thickness is 12mm, with a glass made of sapphire.

It features a Japanese movement made from Seiko, also known for its high quality and durability. All in all, this is a nice affordable fashion watch.

I recommend this particular watch with light suits since the band and bezel reflect the light impressively. However, you can find it with various display colors and bands.

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AX Armani Exchange

A|X Armani Exchange ChronographThe AX Armani Exchange has an analog quartz and chronograph movement. With a case thickness of 12mm and a size of 45mm, it’s a great fit for most suit wearers.

The watchband is made of silicone, with a width of 22m and circumference of 200mm. A lovely chronograph watch at an exceptionally affordable price.

Since the AX Armani Exchange is available in various colors, I recommend it with all suit colors. If the event is formal, though, maybe you want to skip this watch and choose a simpler one.

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Michael Kors Layton 8781

Michael Kors Layton MK8781Michael Kors Layton is one of the simplest yet incredibly beautiful chronograph watches. It features a 45mm stainless steel case, 10mm thin.

The dial case has a quartz control movement, and the glass is protected with mineral crystal. It’s an avant-garde and stylish watch that goes along well with light suits, such as blue or beige.

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Citizen Eco-Drive

Citizen Watch is another famous Japanese watch company that produces high-quality, good-looking, and affordable watches.Citizen Eco Drive with black case and stainless steel watchband

One of their most popular products, Citizen Eco-Drive, is a water-resistant diving watch up to 200m. The case size is 45mm, and the cover is made of mineral crystals.

Suitable for semi-formal attire, like cocktail parties, etc. Match it with a dark suit, like black or navy.

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Daniel Wellington Classic Durham

Daniel Wellington classic Durham with light brown leather strapDesigned in Sweden, Daniel Wellington Durhan gives a nice and classic touch to your suit. It’s affordable, minimalistic, and clean. With a case size of 40mm and 6mm thin, it feels pretty light.

I’ve purposely chosen this light-brown leather version, to give you some good options for lighter suits like khaki, beige or cream. Like many previous ones, the bands are interchangeable, and the watch case is available in multiple colors.

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Things to Consider When Matching Watch to Your Suit

Fitting your suit correctly is one of the essential steps in making the perfect silhouette. But now that you have suited up, it is time to put the finishing touches on your ensemble.

Affordable watches can be a good match with a suit

Matching the right shoes and accessories with your attire can significantly enhance your overall look. Just like there are rules when you match your sunglasses, the same applies to watches.

A watch pulls your wardrobe together and serves as a reflection of your personality. To create an effortlessly chic appearance, you need to find the right watch to match your suit.

Know the Occasion

Just like you match your clothing to the event, it is essential to match your watch the same way.

Your accessories should always reflect the tone of the occasion. If one piece is out of place, it throws off your entire look. Your watch should seem a natural extension of your clothing.

how to match your watch type by dress code

For a more formal look, keep your watch simple. It should have a dark leather band, with no distraction on its face. Opt for a watch with no distractions; it only needs an analog clock.

Your watch options begin to expand as you get more casual in your dress.

Match the Color

Color is another attribute to consider when looking to match your watch to your suit. Common fashion sense dictates that you do not want your clothing colors to clash. This extends to your watch. It can make or break your ensemble.

A surefire way to ensure your watch is appropriate is to choose one that is the same color as your suit. Nothing is easier than matching color for color. It creates a monochromatic extension of your jacket sleeve.

It may not always be possible to match your suit color to your watch. Another reliable route is to match your watchband to your belt and your shoes. If your watch strap is leather, keep all leathers the same color.

Complementary colors are usually a viable option. If the clothing colors are in order with the season, they create a harmonious effect with your watch. Take yellowish clothes and a blue watch as an example.

Metals should always complement your suit. If you are wearing a warm-toned suit, then a warm metal would be appropriate. To fully complete the effect, match your cufflinks and jewelry to the metal in your watch.

Choose the Size

Your watch size must be proportional to your body type. If you have a larger frame, you can get away with a larger watch. Look for a smaller one if your watch frame is on the smaller side. If your watch is too small or too large, it can look either comical or sloppy.

Watch size chart: how to choose the proper watch size for your wrist

The size of your watch must also be appropriate for the occasion. A formal event requires a slim watch that slides easily under your cuff. Your watch can be larger if you are wearing a looser jacket or doing work with your hands.

Wrapping It Up

Good quality watches can also be affordable. You just have to know where to look.

Choosing an affordable watch is also a personal choice in terms of fashion and style. However, durability and quality is something that companies build for ages.

Don’t forget to consider the occasion. The watch category and band material determine the formality of the watch.

Then, pay attention to your suit’s color and your wrist’s size to match the watch case diameter.

Alexander Stoicoff
Author: Alexander Stoicoff

Hi, I’m Alex, and I’ve studied and specialized style in Rome. Through my writing, I want to help men dress well and learn the purpose and significance of suits and other formal attire. My final goal is to make men more confident in their wardrobe choice and life in general.

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