While most automatic watches cost hundreds of dollars, the Timex Marlin is pretty fairly priced at $249. It features a modest 40mm case size, a leather band, and a dial with a date display. In addition to this black, silver, and gold color combination, you'll find four other styles available.
As its name suggests, the Fossil Minimalist, is kept very simple with easy-to-read hour and minute markers on the dial. What makes this watch special — and most other Fossil watches — is the free engraving option. You can add a personalized message to make this gift more memorable. And with 16 color combinations available between faces and straps, you'll find a bunch of great styles. You could buy two and still be under the $250 budget.
Founded in 2014, Linjer is a new watch startup that sells well-made watches at affordable prices. While many of their styles are extremely minimal, the 41mm Chronograph is a solid choice for guys who like more intricate designs.
As the most crowdfunded watch company in Kickstarter history, Filippo Loreti has made a name for itself with luxury-grade watches at a fraction of traditional retail costs. This Rome style comes with a vibrant blue leather band and dial, a bright silver case and dial accents, and an engraving of Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio on the back.
Daniel Wellington is usually the watch brand of choice for true minimalists. The Classic Durham watch features a thin 40mm case, a white dial with gold hour markers and hands, and a brown leather band.
New York menswear brand Todd Synder and Timex have teamed up for quite a few different watches, and the Beekman is one of, if not the most unique. Inspired by classic cars, the watch features a tachymeter gauge in the iconic swirl pattern, an Indiglo night backlight, and a genuine leather band with a croc skin pattern.
The Seiko Diver's watch is a classic. With an automatic movement, it's designed to keep ticking without any batteries. Its stainless steel case and bracelet are contrasted by a navy blue dial and a navy blue and red bezel.
The Victorinox Alliance watch offers the dependability of a Swiss-made watch without costing an arm and a leg. Its two-tone silver and gold color pairs well with everything, which makes it a nice everyday watch.
If you want he connectivity and functions of a smartwatch, but prefer the look of a classic analog watch, the Skagen Holst Hybrid is a great choice. You can get notifications from your smartphone, set timers, control your music, and more.
The Tissot V8 Automatic features a white dial with a date display, a silver case, a blue bezel, and a perforated brown leather band. With a 72-hour power reserve, it'll keep time even when if you don't wear it for a couple of days.
As the most affordable watch on the list, the Invicta Pro Diver boasts some pretty attractive features. It has a gold-tone case and bracelet, a blue unidirectional bezel, and a magnified date display. Its pearlescent face and automatic movement make it look and feel like a much more expensive timepiece.