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The 25 Best Timex Watches for Men Under $300, Tested by Style Editors

Timex Easy Reader® 38mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band

Easy Reader® 38mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band

Timex Easy Reader® 38mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band

If there is a “signature Timex,” it is the Easy Reader, which tells you everything you need to know about the brand. A simpler, more straightforward watch face couldn’t be designed. Yet it is remarkably pleasant to look at and, of course, easy to read. A date window, Indiglo backlight, and 30 M water resistance add discrete layers of functionality. Our favorite feature, however, is the steel expansion band because you just don’t see that anymore.

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Timex M79 Automatic 40mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

M79 Automatic 40mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex M79 Automatic 40mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

The newest addition to Timex’s M79 line exemplifies everything we’ve come to love about the brand in recent years. Features that made the M79 so popular, like the perfectly sized 40 mm body with angular edges, the “T” hour hand, and day-date window are all there. Now you’ve got an updated steel bracelet, green and black rotating bezel, and a charcoal gray face with a subtle sunburst texture. Underneath all that is a dependable automatic movement.

Timex Expedition North Sierra 40mm Fabric Strap Watch

Expedition North Sierra 40mm Fabric Strap Watch

Timex Expedition North Sierra 40mm Fabric Strap Watch

Adventure watches should be tough, water resistant, easy to read, comfortable, and a little flashy. What they don’t have to be is expensive. Look no further than the Expedition North Sierra for a field watch that provides everything you need for under $100. While a few different color and strap varieties are available, we recommend the navy and orange nato strap because it is comfortable, breathable, and waterproof.

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Timex Marlin® Automatic 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Marlin® Automatic 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex Marlin® Automatic 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Men’s watches were sleek and understated in the 1960s, which is when the Marlin line first came out. Timex upgraded the guts, both in size and function, with a modern automatic movement. While staying true to the retro face and case designs that sets this watch apart. The dark brown leather bands emphasizes the slight shimmer of the navy blue face. This is a dress watch through and through.

Timex Marlin® Hand-Wound California Dial 34mm Leather Strap Watch

Marlin® Hand-Wound California Dial 34mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex Marlin® Hand-Wound California Dial 34mm Leather Strap Watch

Known as a “California dial,” the combination of roman numerals on the top half and Arabic numerals on the bottom half is an ultra rare commodity in the vintage watch market. Thankfully, Timex made it easy to find one with this compact 34 mm Marlin. The mid-century vintage look carries on through the green faux gator leather strap. What’s most fun about this watch is the hand-wound movement, which adds a little tactile connection to your timepiece.

Timex Standard Sub-Second 40mm Apple Skin Leather Strap Watch

Standard Sub-Second 40mm Apple Skin Leather Strap Watch

Timex Standard Sub-Second 40mm Apple Skin Leather Strap Watch

Placing the second hand on a smaller inset dial was common in the early twentieth century. Timex modernized this style with a faux leather band made from recycled apple skin. Balancing vintage design aspects with 2023 aesthetics has become a key characteristic of the brand, and this watch is the perfect example.

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Timex T80 Neon 34mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

T80 Neon 34mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex T80 Neon 34mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex pioneered “smart watches” back in the 1980s. Now, the T80 offers relief from modern smartwatches when you feel like there is a little too much happening on your wrist. You get the time, day-date, an alarm, stop watch, and light up window. The Neon version comes in three colors but pink is definitely the color of the moment.

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Timex Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex Q Timex Reissue 38mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Looking to the past has been the secret to the Timex renaissance. Along with a few key collabs, the Q line has been the most successful reissue so far. With almost a dozen Q models to choose from now, it has almost become a sub-brand of its own, but the original quartz diver is still the top option. A red, blue, and silver color scheme in a perfectly proportioned 38 mm package works every time.

Timex X Todd Snyder MK1 Black Dial Camo Strap

MK1 Black Dial Camo Strap

Timex X Todd Snyder MK1 Black Dial Camo Strap

Todd Snyder, one of our all-time favorite menswear designers, has been a proponent of Timex ever since his time as Men’s Creative Director at J.Crew. And he has been making drool inducing exclusive collaborations with Timex ever since. The latest is a chronograph with vintage military chops and a stealthy all-matte black finish.

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Timex IRONMAN® Classic 30 Resin Strap

IRONMAN® Classic 30 Resin Strap

Timex IRONMAN® Classic 30 Resin Strap

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With a cult following in the endurance sports world, the Timex x Ironman collaboration has unquestionable bonafides. When the triathlon competition first teamed up with Timex in the 1990s, the modern sport watch was pretty much invented. Keep track of individual laps times, overall time, and past times, all with complete water resistance and a light up screen. There is also an alarm clock to wake you up for those early training sessions.

Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT 39mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Waterbury Traditional GMT 39mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex Waterbury Traditional GMT 39mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

GMT watches used to be rarified air. While luxury automatic versions are still pricy, you can pick up a quartz watch for far less. One of the best looking examples out there is part of the Timex Waterbury collection. A two tone steel and gold case and bracelet pairs beautifully with a blue and red dial and bezel. The second is is painted with the signature Waterbury green that appears throughout the line.

Timex Marlin® Sub-Dial Automatic 39mm Leather Strap Watch

Marlin® Sub-Dial Automatic 39mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex Marlin® Sub-Dial Automatic 39mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex drew inspiration from 1960s mod culture for the Marlin Sub-Dial. The sub-dial in question displays a 24 hour clock synced to the main dial. With an automatic movement, both dials move with a smooth ticking motion. The included leather brand has a quick release feature for easy change up. There is a small display window on the back to show off the movement.

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Timex World Time Reissue 39mm Leather Strap Watch

World Time Reissue 39mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex World Time Reissue 39mm Leather Strap Watch

Fresh from the vault, Timex went super retro with the World Time Reissue. Each city named on the bezel represents a different time zone around the world, marking 12 o’clock in that time zone. So when you set the watch to your home time, then rotate the bezel to the appropriate spot, you can can tell the time anywhere.

Timex Standard Diver 43mm Eco-Friendly Resin Strap Watch

Standard Diver 43mm Eco-Friendly Resin Strap Watch

Timex Standard Diver 43mm Eco-Friendly Resin Strap Watch

For all your water adventures, look to the Timex Standard Diver. Black and silver contrasted dial and hands make for clear visibility, highlighted further by the red second hand and red-blue bezel. A resin strap stays light and dry without getting cold under water.

Timex Q Timex Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Q Timex Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Timex Q Timex Chronograph 40mm Leather Strap Watch

Chronograph watches had a golden age in the 1970s, sported by icons like Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. This Q chronograph comes straight out of that era. From the bezel and bumpers to the sub-dials and hands, every detail is spot on. The cream and black combination gives a “panda” effect that is very sought-after in vintage chronographs.

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Timex Harborside Coast 43mm Bracelet Watch

Harborside Coast 43mm Bracelet Watch

Timex Harborside Coast 43mm Bracelet Watch

Dive watches like the Harborside demonstrate why the genre formerly reserved for the water is now perfectly at home with formalwear. That black dial and red bezel on a polished steel case and strap can fill in for any dress watch out there. That said, this is still a serious diver with a 100 m water resistance.

Timex Legacy Ocean 42mm Recycled Plastic Bracelet Watch

Legacy Ocean 42mm Recycled Plastic Bracelet Watch

Timex Legacy Ocean 42mm Recycled Plastic Bracelet Watch

Building a case and band out of recycled plastic is a fitting way to make a dive-inspired watch. Anyone who wants to promote keeping plastic waste out of our oceans and waterways can share that goal by showing off this wonderful watch. The only catch is that it is only rated for 30 m water resistance, so it is only good for light swimming.

Expedition Camper 39mm Fabric Strap Watch

Expedition Camper 39mm Fabric Strap Watch

Expedition Camper 39mm Fabric Strap Watch

When heeding the call of the great outdoors, a reliable watch is a must-have. Timex built the Expedition Camper to be lightweight, durable, and highly visible. The nylon and rubber composite strap is designed to be comfortable for long wear in all weather conditions. Timex’s signature Indiglo makes the dial fully visible at night.

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Timex Waterbury Chronograph 41mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Waterbury Chronograph 41mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Timex Waterbury Chronograph 41mm Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

Functionally, this is a pretty standard chronograph, but the multi color sub-dials make all the difference. The red dial tells the real-time seconds, while the blue dial tracks minutes and the green dial tracks hours in the chronograph. Its stainless steel build makes this super easy to style with just about anything.

Timex Q Timex Rainbow 36mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band Watch

Q Timex Rainbow 36mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band Watch

Timex Q Timex Rainbow 36mm Stainless Steel Expansion Band Watch

Built on top of the standard Timex Q, this rainbow on matte black paint job adds the perfect splash of color to any outfit. A 36 mm case size is small enough to keep the bold design from being overpowering. Underneath all that is a reliable quartz movement with a handy day-date window.

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Brad Lanphear

Contributing Commerce Style Writer

Brad is a contributing style commerce editor. After a decade working for menswear brands including J.Crew and Ralph Lauren, Brad switched from selling fashion to writing about it. His words have appeared in Huckberry, Heddels, and The Manual.  

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As Men’s Health’s Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia. 

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