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 top 10 affordable watch options? Wonderful! But first, let’s recur some of the basics we talked about here.
- 1 Things to Consider When Matching Watch to Your Suit
- 2 Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men’s Suits
- 3 Wrapping It Up
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.
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 to it.
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.
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 compliment 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.
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.
Top 10 Affordable Watches for Men’s Suits
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 here a list of top 10 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:
Solar power source
Sapphire mineral glass
Mineral cover glass
Mineral crystal glass
Tissot Carson Premium
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 stainless 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.
Seiko 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.
Nordgreen Native is available in two case sizes: 36mm and 40mm, with a 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.
Fossil The Minimalist
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.
Emporio Armani AR2457
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.
Filippo Loreti Ascari
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 band and bezel reflect the light impressively. However, you can find it with various display colors and bands.
AX Armani Exchange
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.
Michael Kors Layton 8781
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.
One of their most popular products, Citizen Eco-Drive, is a diving watch that is water-resistant 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.
Daniel Wellington Classic Durham
I’ve purposely chosen this light-brown leather version, to give you some good options for lighter suits like khaki, beige or cream. But just like many previous ones, the bands are interchangeable, and the watch case is available in multiple colors.
Wrapping It Up
Good quality watches can also be affordable. You just have to know where to look.
Choosing a 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 the size of your wrist to match the watch case diameter.