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The Best New Affordable Watches of 2024 (So Far)

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Calling all bargain hunters.

Watch collecting can be a very, very expensive hobby. Many of the top luxury brands have retail prices that average over $10,000 per watch, and that’s before getting into super-premium brands like Patek Philippe or Audemars Piguet … and don’t even get me started on brands like Richard Mille, which start around $200,000.

The point is, looking at so many desirable watches that are woefully out of your price range can become depressing in a hurry. So to inject some fun back into the hobby, I’m rounding up all of the best affordable new watches released this year, and I’ll be updating it throughout 2024. But just what is an affordable watch?

Affordability is relative, and the word means different things to many people. For some, $500 is unfathomably expensive for a watch. For others, $5,000 is a bargain. For this guide, I’ve capped the price at $2,000, which I think is a limit that most watch enthusiasts would classify as affordable.



Seiko Prospex 1965 Heritage Diver’s Watch SPB453

A 2024 update to Seiko’s popular 2020 line of 1965-inspired dive watches, the SPB453 and its stablemates the SPB451 and SPB455 have smaller, thinner cases, higher water resistance and an increased power reserve over their predecessors.


Certina DS Action GMT Powermatic 80

An update to Certina’s previous Powermatic 80-powered GMT, this version — which comes in Pepsi and two-tone variants in addition to the black and green — features a smaller and more wearable case size, a more traditional GMT design and an external sapphire bezel.


Luminox Atacama Field 1960 Series

Inspired by the field watches of the mid-century but modernized for today’s expectations, this rugged field watch features an oversized case crafted from Luminox’s lightweight but tough Carbonox material, always-on tritium gas tube luminescence and a sand-textured dial inspired by its eponymous desert.


Timex x NN.07 “Original Tick Tock”

For Timex’s second collab with fashion brand NN.07, the two companies looked to encourage people to get off of social media and get outside with an adventurous watch — i.e., more tick tock, less TikTok. Using the Timex Expedition North Field Post 36mm as a base, this limited edition includes a stainless steel bracelet and opts for a more minimalist dial, with the 7 index and seconds hand in blue as a reference to NN.07.


Seiko Presage Classic Series SPB467

A refined piece from Seiko’s Presage Classic series, the SPB467 features a salmon-colored (technically araigaki), textured dial inspired by silk. This is paired with a dressy seven-link bracelet that’s somewhat akin to a Jubilee with its contrasting mix of satin-brushed and mirror-polished finishing.


Nomos Glashütte

Nomos Club Campus 38 Endless Blue

One of several bright and intriguing colors in Nomos’s entry-level Club Campus line, the Endless Blue variant matches a fetching Tiffany Blue-esque dial with lumed numeral indices outlined in lavender and a bright-orange small seconds hand.


Tissot PR516 Mechanical

A modern reissue of a Tissot chronograph from 1970, the PR516 is a rare, Swiss-made, hand-wound chronograph for under $2,000. It combines retro styling with impressive water resistance, a dual-function (and dual-color) tachymeter/pulsometer bezel and pleasantly restrained dimensions of 41mm across and 13.7mm thick.

Jack Mason

Jack Mason Ellum Manual Wind

Jack Mason’s ongoing transformation from fashion brand to enthusiast favorite continued with the release of the Ellum Manual Wind, a completely reborn dress watch model from the Texas-based brand. With an intricate woven linen dial, a nicely finished hand-wound Swiss movement and a thickness of just 9mm, the retro Ellum offers a shocking amount of style and value.


Casio Casiotron TRN-50

To celebrate its 50th year in 2024, Casio released this limited-edition, upgraded reissue of its very first watch. The reborn Casiotron features some high-end, G-Shock-esque features, including Tough Solar power, Multi-band 6 atomic timekeeping and smartphone connectivity.


Tornek-Rayville Type 7B “Blakjak”

Tornek-Rayville’s reimagining of an obscure military-issue watch from the mid-’90s swaps the original’s quartz movement for an automatic, trades the tritium lume for Super-LumiNova and upgrades the mineral crystal to sapphire, but otherwise maintains its ancestor’s utilitarian design and bulletproof build.


Farer Roché II

Farer’s updated version of its best-in-class worldtimer sees a number of upgrades over its predecessor. The movement now comes from Sellita and is customized specifically for Farer, with a 50 power reserve and blue custom rotor. The hands are now more contemporary and the date window has been cleaned up. And the crazy lume? Just as crazy as ever.


Baltic Prismic

Coming somewhere between a dress watch and a sports watch is Baltic’s difficult-to-classify Prismic. But whatever type of watch it is, one thing is for certain: It’s beautiful. The Prismic comes on a fitted stainless steel mesh strap and has a five-part case made of stainless steel and Grade 5 titanium. But the star of the show is the dial, which features multiple finishing styles and geometric patterns.


G-Shock x Team Land Cruiser Toyota Auto Body Mudman GW9500TLC-1

A collab between G-Shock and Toyota Land Cruiser’s Dakar Rally team, this limited edition Mudman is as rough and ready as ever — think a mud-resistant shell and a built-in compass, altimeter/barometer and thermometer — but takes things up a notch with some stylistic references to Toyota’s off-road legend.


Unimatic Modello Cinque

After first releasing a version of the Modello Cinque as a limited edition collab with Massena Lab, Unimatic released the 36mm dive-capable field watch on its own in two colorways. But, in typical Unimatic fashion, both are still limited editions.


Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 Damian Lillard Special Edition

If there were ever an NBA player who deserved a signature watch, it’s sharpshooter Damian Lillard thanks to his patented “Dame Time” celebrations where he points to his wrist after hitting a clutch shot. This collab with the league’s official timekeeper pairs a black dial patterned with Lillard’s jersey number “0” with the gold PVD version of the 40mm PRX Powermatic 80, and also features an image of Dame mid-celebration on the caseback.


G-Shock Ref. 5600 by Ben Clymer for Hodinkee

The third in a G-Shock/Hodinkee collaboration that saw watches customized by rockers John Mayer and Ed Sheeran, this version was helmed by Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer and features shout-outs to both Hodinkee and Casio.



Timex Marlin Jet Automatic

The Marlin Jet isn’t a reissue of a vintage Timex like other Marlins. Instead, it draws broad inspiration from mid-century space-age design and incorporates some interesting design quirks as a result. Most notably is the large hesalite crystal that encapsulates the entire bezel, making for a visually interesting case — especially for the price.

Christopher Ward

Christopher Ward The Twelve (Ti) 36

Christopher Ward’s The Twelve in titanium was already arguably the best watch in the Genta-inspired integrated bracelet sports watch style under $2,000 (or even $3,000), but some fans of the brand wanted a smaller case than the standard 40mm offering. So in typical CW fashion, the brand released this 36mm version, a unisex stunner that maintains the original’s overall design and COSC-certified movement.


Bulova Lunar Pilot Meteorite

Bulova’s Lunar Pilot is based on a 1971 prototype from the brand that actually went to the moon, making it a great budget alternative to the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch from both a stylistic and historical perspective. This 43.5mm premium version includes upgrades in the form of a lightweight titanium case and a dial made from a slab of meteorite.


Citizen Promaster Air GMT

Citizen knows it has a winner on its hands with its in-house Miyota 9075/9054 “true” GMT movements, which is why the Japanese brand keeps coming out with more and more watches using the bargain-priced premium engine. The Promaster Air GMT combines Citizen’s trademark knack for creating big, functional pilot’s watches with the 9054 (the el to create a do-it-all flyer … slide-rule bezel included.


Timex x Huckberry Titanium Automatic Field Watch

A good-looking, easy-wearing field watch with a lightweight titanium case, a bulletproof automatic movement from Miyota and a dive watch-esque 200m water resistance? All for under $400? This may be the best collab Timex and Huckberry have ever come up with.