As we were browsing the best gifts for dads, we came across a category on Amazon that was slightly surprising — sprinkled among the site’s many, many watches from brands you’ve never heard of were several actually great timepieces, from brands like Braun, Nixon, Skagen, and Daniel Wellington. The better part? Lots of them cost just a Benjamin and a half (or less). We went and found the best 20-some for a dad, a boyfriend, a nephew, or yourself.
Look how graceful that yellow second hand is.
The one with a white dial is even cheaper.
This olive canvas band would look great in the summertime.
Because you’re wondering: The second hand is yellow, the minute hand white, and the hour hand gray.
It screams of Nantucket, but it’s not even $40.
We are big fans of the affordable (but expensive-looking) Daniel Wellingtons.
The not Danish but “Danish-inspired” brand Skagen makes handsome minimal watches. This one has a nifty silicone strap.
For a sportif friend.
What looks like a stopwatch on the Movado-esque dial is actually an activity tracker — once you hit your steps for the day, it reaches 100 percent.
Done in black, the Lacoste watch is not at all preppy.
The straps on this black-and-gold watch are a cool mesh metal.
This Skagen watch looks much pricier than it really is.
The slickest Swatch we’ve ever seen.
A pre-Apple digital smartwatch that tracks sleep and monitors your heartbeat, and lets you answer texts on a black-and-white display.
A nice Fossil sports watch with lots of stopwatch subdials.
A stripped-down and kind of ’70s number.
Timex watches sometimes look flimsy, but in nearly all-black, they can be very sophisticated.
Swap the canvas bands on this blue-dial watch to give it extra personality.
Blue and brown is a classic combination.
No numbers, just hashes.
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