What are your favourite, cheap, but good watches?

Thought it might be interesting to hear people’s thoughts on this as I’ve read some similar posts.

let’s ignore currencies and exchange rates, so let’s put the cap at 200, what is the best value for money watch you can think of, in your collection or just something you know of.

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I got my SKX007 for 130 which I think was a bargain.

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most of the entry level orient for me

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My absolute fave cheap watch is this Casio W-217H. If I’m being honest, it’s my only true tool watch, because I use it for specific reasons only. It’s more adult sized, with a larger display and better backlight than the F91W. It’s my go-to beater. It’s digital chrono makes it my workout watch. It’s great backlight and module with backlight activation on the lower right makes it my nighttime watch. Black on gold display and alarm are just a bonus. This is number 2, and I will rebuy and rebuy and rebuy this forever. 
 

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Would have to be my G-Shock 5610 NASA4 edition. 

  • It has more functionality than any of my other watches (more than I actually need tbh)
  • It's at an affordable price point where I wouldn't feel compelled to ever sell it in order to make room for another piece
  • It brings a smile to my face every time I wear it -- it's got NASA on it (school-boy me is giddy), and it's in a fun orange that they really nailed
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GShock Casioak models for digital and Orient (Bambino, Mako, Ray) for mechanical. These are the ones I own anyways. Casio Duro gets an honorable mention as well.

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My tops:

  • Gshocks
  • Bulova Hack
  • Hamilton Khaki Field
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Casio is the king of cheap goodness. The G-Shock GWM5610 is my favorite. Orient is a great value too. My favorite is the Kamasu, which can be found for under $200. Islander has several nice watches for under $200, with solid customer service you might not get everywhere. Seiko still has plenty of nice sub $200 offerings. I'd even add the Invicta Pro Diver. I am very impressed with mine for the price.

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I would say my Vostok 420007 if you can call that good. That is certainly loved and lightly moded. Got it for 35$ 

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tonmed

GShock Casioak models for digital and Orient (Bambino, Mako, Ray) for mechanical. These are the ones I own anyways. Casio Duro gets an honorable mention as well.

Just had a look at the, Mako and the Ray, like them both. I’ve never really looked into Orient, It seems like they have some good offerings 👍

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Casio DW 290, several San Martin models as well as several Orient models.  There are also several G Shocks that fit the price point.  You might want to look at Vostok and Seagull.

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I think this Steeldive offers incredible value for money. Just over 100€ from China.

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It's hard to keep homage/copy watches out of the running here. I'm sorry but for less than a hundred bucks, Pagani Design gives you an insane (albeit unoriginal) looking watch, with *decent* finishing and solid mecaquartz functioning. Or an Invicta with an automatic movement. But I totally get why this would make people uncomfortable.

Casio is a heavy hitter in the <$100 category. The A168 gold and the Duro come to mind. I don't subscribe to the fascination with the F91-w though - it's a WalMart watch and I can't see it any other way.

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This is my favorite <$200 in my collection

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I think this Steeldive offers incredible value for money. Just over 100€ from China.

I’ve been looking at steeldive actualy, is the one in your photo the “king turtle” homage? Nice 👍 

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That's my favourite cheap watch right now. I'm exclusively wearing it while sleeping. If i wanna know the time when I wake up in pitch black, indigo and black hands really work well. Since I always put eye ointment in during sleep, everything is very unsharp when I open my eyes. I cannot even read lit up digital numbers properly. This is where this design shines. Even fully unsharp and fuzzy, you can see where the hour hand is.

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