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Best Men’s Minimalist Watches Under $200

For some, a watch can serve as a central component of one’s individual style. While a substantial, ornate timepiece may represent the wearer’s tastes to some, those of us with more subtle preferences might prefer something a little less dramatic and attention-seeking.

With an emphasis on function, minimalist men’s watches aren’t without their own understated style. A simple but thoughtful design may just say more about you than those oversized anchor-bracelets ever could!

We found the best men’s minimalist watches under $200 available. Foremost in our picks are a reputation for quality. Luckily, there are a few fantastic options to choose from made by some of the most well-respected names in timekeeping:

Pick #1

Our top pick should come as little surprise. The Citizen Black Eco-Drive Axiom has a clean edge-to-edge design without hour markers other than a 12 o’clock dash, making the face nearly as simple as could be.

The main reason this watch is our top pick is that it represents the category perfectly. Low key and balanced in it’s design, this piece is a standout in the class.

Made by heavy-hitter Citizen and featuring the well-known Eco-Drive system which powers the watch with ambient light, you know this watch will not only last but is supported by a world-class watchmaker.

Pick #2

The second watch in our list is the Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino Version III. This is a modern Japanese take on the minimalist style.

Often noted for its build quality at any price, many reviewers use this watch in a dress setting due to the sunburst dial and domed crystal. It also features in-house designed automatic hackable movement, and ability to hand-wind.

All movements are made in Japan and Orient has been manufacturing mechanical watches for 65 years now. There are 4 styles to choose from which should make finding the right look for you a snap.

Reviewers do mention that the case at 40.5mm is on the larger side, so keep this in mind if you have smaller wrists or just prefer watches in the 35-39mm range.

Pick #3

Although last on our list, this next pick may very well be first on yours. The Nixon A105 Sentry watch makes for a solid all-around choice at well under the $200 mark, with some styles even falling into the double-digits.

Stand-out features start with no less than 24 individual styles to choose from, along with Japanese quartz movement and 100m water resistance. Reviews are extremely solid at 4.3 with almost 500 reviews.

As long as the larger size (42mm) is compatible with your tastes, the ability to choose from so many styles makes this watch almost custom in nature.

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Best Men’s Minimalist Watches Under $100

For some, a watch can serve as a central component of one’s individual style. While a substantial, ornate timepiece may represent the wearer’s tastes to some, those of us with more subtle preferences might prefer something a little less dramatic and attention-seeking.

With an emphasis on function, minimalist men’s watches aren’t without their own understated style. A simple but thoughtful design may just say more about you than those oversized anchor-bracelets ever could!

We found the best men’s minimalist watches under $100 available. Foremost in our picks are watches supported by honest, unbiased reviews. Luckily, there are a few fantastic options to choose from in this emerging field by names perhaps less recognized in timekeeping:

Pick #1

First up is a watch that you may not have heard of.  The VAVC Simple Black takes the top spot mostly on value alone. Two color options keep it simple with a black-on-black design and a touch of color in either red or blue depending on your choice.

Though lesser known, VAVC offers a 2-year warranty and reviewers have noted a helpful and responsive support presence when needed. Most reviewers claim that the watch looks as good or better in person then they expected.

Some claim that this is an MVMT clone at a cheaper price, but that the differences are negligible. And notice the size; at 42mm it’s not a small piece, so consider that when you make your choice!

Pick #2

The second watch in our list is the Stuhrling Original Ascot. With a classic take on the minimalist theme, this watch skews more traditional than modern but without needless ornamentation.

Examples of this are the leaf-style hands and onion-style crown along with the highly polished case and leather band. The detail work even extends to the bottom of the case with stylized engraving. Even if only the wearer recognizes these touches, sometimes that’s enough.

With Swiss movement and a decent 50m water resistance, this watch is the more refined choice, if a touch more expensive.

Pick #3

And our final pick is for those of you thoroughly unconcerned with status and bragging rights, but find pleasure in finding hidden treasure. The SONGDU Analog is simplicity itself with 5 styles to select from.

Easily the least expensive of our choices, this watch is no less winning.  Reviewers are mostly smitten with the watch for its handsome looks and strong value. Also, note the sleek 7.5mm case thickness.

While form and function are highly rated, keep in mind that at this price point, materials must be kept fairly basic. The watch face is simple glass and therefore may scratch more easily than crystal. For a casual use watch, this is a fair trade-off.

Looking for something a little nicer? Check out the Best Men’s Minimalist Watches Under $200.

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Best Men’s Work Coats and Jackets

When it comes to outfitting the modern working man, most guys care about only one thing: durability. In this category of men’s clothing, you really do get what you pay for. And what you’re paying in the best work jackets really comes down to materials.

You can expect simple designs and perhaps a touch of style, but first and foremost is functionality. These jackets are made to last and handle the regular abuse of the modern job site.

You may not be surprised by our top picks, but that’s probably due to the well-earned reputation of the brands we chose. Whichever jacket you decide on, it will last for years and return every dollar of your investment.

Pick #1

Our first pick is really not a singular choice, but rather an entire brand: Carhartt. A perfect example is the Quick Duck Jefferson Traditional Jacket. Carhartt has done an amazing job in becoming a name synonymous with high quality workwear, and this piece is no exception.

Made from a 60/40 cotton polyester blend, this jacket is water-repellant and features Thinsulate insulation for warmth.

As you might expect, this jacket has hundreds of outstanding reviews. In fact, 83% of reviewers gave 5 stars with another 13% giving 4. The most common praise was the outstanding warmth of the jacket as well at the high quality construction.

If you didn’t know, Carhartt as a brand tends to run large. It’s recommended to read reviews and consider ordering a full size smaller than you normally wear. The cut is usually boxy and American, leaving plenty of midsection breathing room.

Pick #2

Our second pick is the Caterpillar Heavy Insulated Parka. While our first pick may be a tough act to follow, Caterpillar is doing working men everywhere justice with their workwear lines.

This heavy synthetic coat has a sleek look and a longer fit which should help keep the weather out when reaching or bending while at work. Windproof and water resistant, this parka is built for the outdoors. Some thoughtful additional reflectivity suit that purpose as well.

There is a good deal of versatility as well, with a removable hood and plenty of easily accessible pockets on the chest and inside including a cellphone pocket.

Reviewer note the substantial build without excess bulk and plenty of warmth. Sizing is pretty spot-on, if a touch large.

Pick #3

And now for something a little different. The Legendary Whitetails Maplewood Hooded Shirt Jacket is the working man’s version of an old favorite; the flannel shirt. There are 3 colors available to find the right style.

The exterior shell is a heavy, classic cotton while the interior is quilted satin with 130gm poly-fill insulation. A double lined fleece hood adds a little more protection and warmth. While not a heavy coat or parka, this shirt jacket should cover a wide range of outdoor conditions with a bit of thoughtful layering.

Reviews for the Maplewood are, in general, outstanding. A number of the buyers leaving less than 5 stars had no issues with the build quality, but rather the sizing. Overall, the consensus seems the indicate that this jacket runs large. It’s probably worth reading some reviews from those with similar weights and measurements to find the correct fit. Remember, Amazon has a generous return policy, so it’s not a big deal if you get it wrong the first time!

Posted by Whichie Staff in Guy Stuff