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When we think of watch collections, we often imagine prestigious models whose prices are far from accessible to all budgets. However, there are many interesting pieces whose prices remain very affordable. To prove it to you, we have chosen to list a few safe bets. Well-made, trendy and pleasing to the eye models, at less than €100, to start your watch collection without breaking the bank.
1# The Casio MDV series diver
For diving fans, nothing forces you to go for the most elaborate and expensive models. You can definitely start with this 200 m (20 ATM) waterproof Casio model. It features a black resin strap and a 48.5mm round stainless steel case, topped with a black aluminum graduated rotating bezel. The same nuance applies to the dial adorned with voluminous luminescent indexes and hands, to which is added a date window at 3 o’clock. Only the second hand offers a bit of color here with its red outline.
There Casio MDV series is a relatively classic, functional and efficient watch, with a simple and unfussy design, perfect for a first time diver.
2# The Timex Standard 40mm
This Timex presents a sober look lined with a colorful twist provided by its pronounced green dial, a color that can also be found on the topstitching of the black fabric strap. Thick baton indexes, triangles for the quarter hours, large arrow-shaped hands and Lollipop second hand, all coated with luminescent material: a perfectly legible and well-balanced whole.
The 40mm case and stainless steel lugs display smooth, harmonious curves, with a traditional oversized onion-shaped crown at 3 o’clock that evokes a pocket model of the brand from the 1900s.
This creation is also available in two other versions, one with a black dial, the other with a beige dial. Green remains our favorite for its most singular aspect.
This Timex Standard 40mmelegant with a slight military inspiration, is a good starting point to start a collection.
3# The Timex T80 × Peanuts Dream In Color
Timex is a good reference for those looking for a well-made, quality watch at a reasonable price. This model is reminiscent of the style of the 80s. It is a little more playful than the previous one, and even more original with its sky blue dial covered in several bands of color.
In the center, a digital screen displays the time, the date and a few other functions. In the lower part of the dial, the dog Snoopy is shown sleeping on a rainbow. This watch carries a positive message, conveys optimism and does not take itself seriously. This is precisely what pleases us here. This lightness is coupled with a touch of elegance provided by the octagonal steel case and its integrated bracelet.
There Timex T80 × Peanuts Dream In Color is a little pleasure, a watch that definitely puts us in a good mood.
4# The Red & Black Swatch
For those who love color and contemporary watches, this Swatch Red & Black is an ideal model, with a little something playful that we owe to its lively tones. Red for the bracelet in biosourced material, matte black for the 41 mm case in Bioceramic, and on the dial a red hand for the hours, blue for the minutes, while the thin second hand is in yellow. All on a white background with a black circle in the center.
This tocante, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Bauhaus style in its choice of colors and its clean lines, is a perfect model for summer.
5# The Casio G-Shock GMA-S2100GA
We return to Casio with here the GMA-S2100GA offered in several color variations, including one in blue, one in black and one in cream white. This watch is aimed at both men and women looking for a robust, urban and trendy piece. Muscular but not too muscular (much less than many other G-Shocks), waterproof up to 200 m, it is equipped with a resin structure which gives it excellent shock resistance as well as a very reasonable weight.
On the dial with analog and digital display, each element finds its place, between the indexes, the large hands, the day disc at 9 o’clock and the LCD screen between 3 and 6 o’clock. Several features are available, such as universal time, multiple timings and alarms, dual LED lighting, calendar, 12/24 hour format and many more.
A casual and complete watch that will accompany you in town and in nature.