There's no doubt that you can spend some serious cash on a good watch. But that's not to say you can't find a well-made, classically designed timepiece that also happens to be affordable too. Here are four smart, sturdy watches that whisper "I've got style ... and plenty of money for drinks tonight."
Designed by Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs in the '70s, these sleek timepieces were re-issued last year with a scratch resistant mineral glass, 38mm silver case and textured leather strap.
$160, at Steven Alan
A ruggedly handsome water-resistant watch with a 21 jewel self-winding movement, 18mm canvas strap, luminescent hands and markers, and a skeleton case back.
Made in England from aeronautical metals and rubber, these watches have a quartz movement and a minimalist design inspired by British industrial wall clocks.
at Cooper-Hewitt Shop
This stainless steel watch with Japanese quartz movement is part of Citizen's eco-drive line, so it charges in indoor and outdoor light (and never needs a battery).