Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The 5 Best Men's Watches for under 50 dollars

It is possible to find good men's watches for under 50 dollars?  It's a really good question.  I am a watch fan.  I am also often short on disposable funds for things like watches.  And I assume, I am not alone in this issue.  So, for us lesser financially fortunate individuals, the best men's watches under... is bringing you The 5 Best Men's Watches for Under 50 dollars.

I have scoured every source I know to pick out the best men's watches I can find for under 50 dollars, then whittled down my list to the 5 best men's watches that fall under 50 bucks.  It hasn't been easy, there are much more choices than I ever imagined.  The goal, of course, is to try to find the best bang for your buck, not only in this price range, but every price range I will be posting about on the best men’s watches for under blog.

I tried to make this list, along with all of my "best men's watches for under" lists, have variety.  That variety can come in many different ways.  I will try to vary price, style and brands, to give you options, and not stick with one particular watch, or brand because I like it.

When making my choices, not only do I consider the company and overall specs of any individual watch, but also buyer reviews from the sites that sell these watches.  Consumers usually have a good grasp on what they expect to receive for their hard earned cash and they should play a very important part in deciding on a new watch, not to mention any other purchase you may be planning to make.

So, the very first list on The Best Men's Watches for Under... will now begin. 

The 5 Best Men's Watches for under 50 Dollars

Model: 1M-DV74B7B
Case: 44.15 mm, Solid 316L Stainless Steel
Band: 22mm, Nato Nylon
Movement: Japanese Quartz analog
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Battery: 371 silver oxide cell (3-5 year)
Water resistance: 200M/660ft

The Torpedo is a good buy at under 50 dollars
Momentum watches are a division or the St. Morris Watch Corp. that designs and assembles sport watches.  It's what they make and what they specialize in.  They are rugged watches that will hold up to the punishment of an active lifestyle, whether your intention is to have a dive watch for the purpose of diving with it or just a watch that is built for all conditions, Momentum can fit that bill. Momentum watches are assembled, by hand, in Vancouver Canada, and has succeeded in creating quality watches at reasonable pricing.

The Torpedo itself has a large, 44mm stainless steel case, with the crown at the 4 o’clock position, to keep it from digging into your wrist.  The watch face comes in white or black, and has large dashed lines to mark the hours.  The hands are large and easy to see.  The watches come with a web Nato nylon strap for comfort and strength, with a buckle closure.

The Momentum has an hour hand, minute hand and second hand, and includes a stainless steel dive bezel with 120 clicks and is unidirectional.  It also includes a date window, with a lumi dial face, if purchased in white. It also has a typical screw down back.  On top of that, it is rated for 200M water depth.  The hour markers, and minute markers, along with the hour and minute hand have illumination imbued into the features for easy dark reading. This is a lot for a men's watch for under $50.

The Torpedo utilizes a Japanese Quartz movement.  I am not sure of the brand or model of the movement at this time.  Generally, Momentum uses Miyota movements, but has also used Time Module movements.  More than likely, the Torpedo uses a Miyota.

I should also disclose the fact that it is available for under $50 dollars on Amazon, not the Momentum watch website.  Purchasing it on the Momentum website will set you back 100 dollars instead of the 50 it is available for on Amazon, this being said, Momentum is a solid company that stands behind its product.  The Torpedo is a watch I would consider, which is why I am placing it on my list of best watches under 50.

If you like the looks of the Momentum watches, you can see more at The Best Men's Momentum Watches for Under...

Model: 431171
Case: 40mm, stainless steel
Band: 18mm, black leather
Movement: Vostok Mechanical 2414A
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Date
Battery: N/A
Water resistance: 30M/100ft

Nice Russian watch with style
Vostok is a Russian watch company that has been in existence since 1942, producing rugged military and diving watches from its factory in Chistopol, Russia.  The company originally only produced defense equipment during the war years, but as soon as the war was over the company started making mechanical wrist watches, but did not take the brand name “Vostok” until the 1960’s.

The company was appointed an official watch supplier for the defense department in 1965, which was the same year they started producing the Komandirskie.  A watch that appears to be a wonderful deal, making the best men's watches for under 50 dollars, easily.

The Komandirskie is not a huge watch, measuring in at a 40mm diameter, stainless steel case, with a stainless steel screw on back, and crown located in the standard 3 o’clock position.  It has a black hour hand and minute, and a red second hand.  The white dial face includes the minutes and hour numerals. The band is black leather and is 18mm wide, with a buckle closure.

The Komandirskie has luminous features on the hour and minute hand, along with places on the dial face itself. It has a date window on the watch face, and is water resistant up to a depth of 30M.

The Komandirskie includes a Vostok 2414a mechanical movement.  Shock resistant and rated at 19,800 BPH.  The movement is a hand wound unit, and, should not be considered a precision time piece.  I have heard of them losing as much as a minute per day, but they are tough, that is what makes them a great buy at under 50 dollars.

There is no real Vostok website.  You can find authentic Vostoks on both Amazon and Ebay though, along with a couple of other sites.  The Zenitar store on Ebay has been selling authentic Vostoks for some time now.  But, other than possible troubles with getting the watch, the watch itself is tough. It will give you a Russian watch at under 50 dollars.  Uniqueness for such a low price is really hard to beat.

Weekender Collection
Model: TW2P715009J
Case: 40 mm, Stainless Steel
Band: 20 mm, Nylon
Movement: Quartz
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Day, Chronograph, Light
Battery: Lithium metal battery
Water resistance: 30M/99ft.

The best men's watches under 50
Timex Group USA is the current rendition of the long lived company, which began as the Waterbury Clock company, in 1854.  The Waterbury Clock Co. was located in Connecticut, USA.  The company was one of the largest producers for both U.S sales and Europe. 

Down on their luck, the Waterbury Clock Co had a very tough time, after the great depression, until a license agreement was reached with Walt Disney, resulting in the production of the Famous Mickey Mouse watch.

In 1943 the company was renamed, the United States Time Corp., and by 1950, with some very exciting innovations, the company released the first Timex brand watches, marketed as inexpensive, yet durable watches.  The Timex history is long and always in a state of flux, but they continue to make quality time pieces, and the Weekender series is a perfect example of what they are capable of.  Giving us a stylish, yet well priced men's watch for under 50 dollars.

This Timex Weekender is a Chronograph with a gun metal black 40mm round case. The crown is located at the 3 o’clock position and the two chronograph buttons are located at the 2 & 4 o’clock positions.  The dial face is black with white numerals and chronograph sub dials.  The hands are black.  It has a screw on stainless back and a 20mm black nylon band, with buckle clasp.

The watch features Indiglo Arabic numerals and Indiglo piping on the arms, along with chronograph, and a crystal mineral dial window.  It is water resistant up to 30M.  The case is stainless steel finished with a gun metal style.

The Movement for the Timex Weekender is quartz.  It’s all I can seem to find out about it.  That, and that it is probably manufactured in the Philippines.

The Timex Weekender is a good looking watch, with a list of nice features for a watch for under 50 dollars.  It looks great, and is produced by a well know company.

G-Shock Multi-Function
Model: DW9052-1BCG
Case: Hardside/ABS Plastic
Functions: HH, MM, SS, Day, Date, Stopwatch, Alarm
Battery: Lithium metal battery
Water resistance: 200M/600 ft.

The best men's watches under 50
Casio has been around since 1946 in Japan.  But they did not get their start as a watch company.  Originally, they produced something called a yubiwa pipe, a ring that would hold a cigarette.  But this was just their beginnings.  Shortly after the success of the yubiwa pipe, they set to develop their own electric calculators, and by 1954 and was Japan’s first electro-mechanical calculator.

It was during the 1980’s when they became one of the first manufacturers of quartz watches, both digital and analog.  And by 1983 they released their first G-shock.

The G-Shock looks like most G-Shocks.  It is not to my personal liking, but I will not judge a book by its cover.  The watch has multiple digital displays and 4 buttons, set at the 2, 4 8 and 10 o’clock positions, it is made of black ABS, and the band is a black resin with a buckle clasp.  It looks like it could be run over and still keep working.  Toughness is an important feature for a watch that will cost less than 50 dollars.

The G-Shock has a ton of features on it.  It is shock resistant of course, it is water resistant up to 200M. It has a backlight with afterglow.  It has a daily alarm and a countdown timer that can be set for up to 24 hours.  It has an auto repeat function and a 1/100 second stopwatch.  It has an hourly time signal and a calendar that is pre-programed until the year 2039.  Like I said, a lot of available features.

The watch has a quartz movement, as to be expected from Casio, and despite my qualms with the looks of the G-shocks, and digital watches, in general.  I have to say, I am rather impressed that you get all this for less than 50 dollars.

Case: 35 mm, Stainless steel
Band: 18mm Leather
Movement: HMT 0231 Mechanical
Functions: HH, MM, SS
Battery: N/A
Water resistance:

The best men's watches under 50HMT has been making watches in India since 1961 in a collaborative effort with the Citizen watch company.  Producing watches for the Indian military.  They had a scare in 2014, when they intended on closing their doors, but they received a flood of orders when the word got out, and instead, minimized production.  This is not to say it will be easy to get one of these.  It will take some searching, and it is possible to get a fake or frankenwatch, meaning one built from pieces.  You will need to do your research before purchasing.

The HMT Pilot is fairly small, the stainless steel case measures 35mm.  It has a screw on back that has the model and other information etched on it.  It has a black dial face with the numeral 12 only.  It has the tick marks for the other hour markings.  Its crown is located in the standar 3 o’clock position.  And it comes with a black leather band, with a buckle clasp.

Features-wise, well, you don’t really get any features.  This is a old fashioned timepiece.  You have your hour, minute and second hand.  I am not even convinced it has any luminous feature.  I have had a hard time verifying that.

The movement is a HMT 0231 hand wind mechanical.  17 jewels and a 38 hour power reserve.  It supposedly keeps adequate time, but it’s not a precision time piece.

The main purpose of owning this watch is that you are getting a watch that has been almost the same for over 50 years.  It is a piece of history and a conversation starter.  It is a nice looking watch in my mind as well.  And it’s usually found for under 40 dollars.  Sometimes, lately I have seen them for as much as 70.  I believe that is a supply and demand issue though.  This is a watch I intend on owning in the very near future.  I love it.  From the 5 best men's watches for under 50 dollars list, this is by far my favorite.

Wrap up
I hope you have enjoyed my first post on The Best Men's Watches for Under... blog.  I intend on writing a lot more posts over the next few  months to get this blog populated well with all kinds of men's watches.  I hope you find the blog helpful in your personal search for the perfect watch for you or a loved one.

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