When thinking about good watches, the first thing that comes to the mind of most people is that they are expensive and difficult to find, and it is true that there are very expensive watches out there but there are also more affordable options that are very good too. This time I will explain about what in my opinion is the best watch under 100 dollars out there in the market and give some reasons why I think that. I also hope that this can be useful for the people that are looking for an option in this price range.
As you can see in the title of this article, the watch that I am talking about is the Seiko SNK809, which in my opinion Seiko is one of the best non-Swiss watch brands because of all the history of the brand. You can read more about the brand in this other post I wrote about Good watch brands for men – That will not break your bank.
The reason I say that the brand is a plus of this watch is because Seiko is known for the reliability of their wristwatches and also the quality they offer for the money you pay, its incredible, and in the case of this watch the quality for your money that you get is amazing so we can say that
This watch comes with 21 jewels automatic in-house movement, with reference 7S260, which is a very well done movement by the brand with a history of being very reliable and used in a huge range of the brand’s watches. At this price range, you will normally get a quartz movement and that’s why this is one of the reasons this watch is the best under 100 dollars because you are getting a well done and reliable movement for the price you pay which has a 40 hours power reserve. You also get a movement display back, which is not common in this price range.
The watch line
The line of this watch is the famous Seiko 5 line, which has a huge variety of timepieces and also a rich history in the watch world. It was introduced in the 1960s with the intention of being an affordable watch line within the brand.
The 5 in the name means that the watches need to have five principles or characteristics, the first one is that it needs to have an automatic movement, the second being that it needs to have a day/date complication, the third one be that the crown needs to be situated in the 4 o’clock position, instead of the most common one in the 3 o’clock position, then the fourth principle be that it needs to be water resistant and the fifth, and maybe a very important one, they have to be resistant and long-lasting.
Because of the line and its 5 principles, this watch has very good characteristics which are also some reasons I find it so good and the best timepiece at this price point.
The size of the case is 37 mm, which is a small watch by today’s standards and if you are not used to it can be a little bit too small for you, but believe me that with a couple of weeks of using it you will get used to it.
Therefore, because of the case size, it is a very subtle and under the radar watch, which is a plus because this watch is more like an everyday watch and I think that for the everyday activities its better to have a subtle and easy watch to use, unless your everyday style is a suit and then you will need a more classy and dressy watch, but if this is not the case and your everyday style is a pair of blue jeans and a basic t-shirt or shirt this watch is the perfect one for a daily driver.
As I said before, this watch is a very good one for a daily driver watch, that is also because it is very versatile. It originally comes with a nylon strap which is good and has a sportier feeling and looks and because the design is of a field watch it makes it very good for a day in the mountains or a weekend in the forests and those sportier activities.
On the other hand, if you change the strap with a lather one, for example, you can easily use this watch with a more casual look and activities, like for a lunch or casual dinner or even a semi-formal attire, note that it is not the best watch for formal occasions and neither a dress watch, but for more casual occasions and styles and a good leather strap it can be perfect and it will be a very good addition to your style.
All those reasons are why I think that the Seiko SNK809 is the best watch under 100 dollars today in the market, but if the field watch style is not for you, there are plenty of options in the Seiko 5 line which are also affordable and you will always get a good quality watch for your money.
The different colors
The Seiko SNK800 line has four different colors which are: Black (SNK809), Blue (SNK807), Green (SNK805) and Beige/Cream (SNK803). Those are different color variations that are available for this watch, depending on the color the prices can vary a little but the will be around 100 dollars or less.