Since we all carry smartphones that tell the time, a lot of us have scrapped the idea of wearing a wristwatch. But now, more and more people are getting back on board with the whole watch trend.
Yes, wristwatches were traditionally designed to be functional and help us keep track of time, but watches can also be treated like any other piece of jewelry. Even if you don’t need a watch to tell you the time of day, it’s still a great way to put the perfect finishing touch on an outfit!
Watches from luxury designers, such as Cartier and Piaget, can soar into the tens of thousands of dollars. But there are hundreds of stylish watches available that cost a mere fraction of the price.
Whether you’re searching for a sport watch, a classic wristwatch, or a trendy timepiece, here are the best women’s watches under $100.
Which Type of Watch is Right for You?
Watches come in all sorts of shapes, materials, colors and styles, some of which work best with a dressy outfit and some of which are more suited for everyday use.
If you’re looking for a dressier style that you can wear during the day and wear out at night, we recommend choosing a bracelet watch. Available in silver, rose gold, gold and two-tone and tri-colored designs, bracelet watches are perfect for pairing with everything from cozy sweaters to dressy evening looks.
Into the glitzy look? Opt for a bracelet watch with sparkling stones or Swarovski crystals for added glimmer and shine.
Prefer a more casual look that you can wear strictly during the day? A watch with a leather strap offers a classic style that’s easy to pair with any daytime look.
If you’re in a sporty mood, opt for a watch with a fabric, rubber or silicone band. From touchscreen smartwatches to waterproof designs that you can work out in, a sporty watch is perfect whether you’re heading to the gym or rocking your favorite athleisure look at home.
No matter what type of watch you’re shopping for, here are 15 of our favorite styles that retail for under $100.
Bracelet watches are a staple in many women’s wardrobes, as they can be worn as a bracelet or in conjunction with a stack of other bracelets or bangles. Here are a few of our favorite bracelet watches that you can mix and match with any outfit (and not have to worry about busting your budget).
With a mesh band and a small round dial, the Skagen Signature Two-Hand Stainless Steel Minimalist Watch offers a classic look with a modern touch. This watch is detailed with stick indices on the dial, a buckle closure and two simple hands that give it a cool, minimalist look.
It’s available in a variety of chic color combinations, including a silver-tone band with a gold bezel, a rose gold band with a pretty pink dial and a gold band with a shiny blue dial.
If you’re looking for a gold-tone watch with a bit of sparkle, the GUESS Classic Watch is a perfect choice. This gold-tone stainless steel watch features Japanese quartz movement and three slender gold hands on the dial.
Not a fan of yellow gold? This design also comes in a variety of other colors.
With a convenient day and date display, the Citizen Quartz Silver-Tone Watch is easy to pair with any outfit on any occasion. This chic design features a stainless steel case, a sunray dial and luminous hands that light up in the dark.
A fold-over clasp makes it easy to put on and take off, and it’s water-resistant up to 165 feet – you can wear it while you’re swimming or showering, but not when you’re diving or spending a long period of time in the water.
Can’t decide if you want a silver watch or a rose gold watch? With the Michael KORS Riley Watch, you don’t have to. This pretty quartz watch has a bold two-tone design for easy pairing with all of your favorite pieces of jewelry.
With a multifunction analog display, this watch features three sub-dials, a crystal set bezel and sparkling crystal accents on the dial.
When you’re in the mood for something colorful and versatile, the iTouch Multi Marble Resin Strap Watch Gift Set is one that you can wear in a variety of different ways.
For less than $50, this watch comes as part of a five-piece set with four coordinating bracelets included. The watch itself features a resin link bracelet with a pretty marble pattern, a gold-tone bezel and a white dial. The bracelets can be worn with the watch on the same wrist, on the opposite wrist or on their own when you’re not in the mood to wear a watch at all.
There’s a reason why leather strap watches never go out of style: they’re versatile! You can wear them with jeans and a t-shirt, you can pair them with a work outfit for a day in the office, and you can wear them for a casual night out.
If you’re searching for a ladies watch with a leather band, here are five of our current faves:
A slender band and a mini dial make the Fossil Carlie Mini Three-Hand Leather Watch a delicate and feminine option. This casual watch features a pale grey leather strap with a rose gold-tone case, offering a cool contrast that’s easy to pair with any casual outfit.
If you want to change up the look of this watch, Fossil also sells interchangeable watch bands in different colors, most of which retail between $39 and $49.
With a vegan leather strap and a crystal-embellished bezel, the Timothy Stone Parker Watch offers the perfect blend of glitz and metallic shine. In a chic rose gold finish, this watch features a tonal dial with Roman numerals and a polished alloy case that makes it incredibly affordable.
At under $40, this watch is so inexpensive you might want to consider buying two!
Basic without being boring, the Anne Klein Olive Green Leather Strap Watch adds instant style to any daytime look. The olive green band makes it as neutral as any black, brown or grey watch but offers a unique twist.
Detailed with a gold-tone case and a sunray dial, this analog watch features Roman numeral indices, three-hand movement, and a small Anne Klein logo on the dial. An adjustable strap with a buckle closure makes it easy to find your perfect fit.
Easy to pair with any outfit, the MVMT Beverly Watch boasts a high-quality look without the hefty price tag. This casual watch is constructed with a stainless steel case with a rose gold-tone finish, a grey-colored strap with a buckle closure, and a white dial with simple lines indices to indicate the time.
Like most MVMT watches, this design is versatile, chic, and understated – a perfect blend of style of function!
Perfect for wearing with any spring or summer look, we love the sleek design of the BCBGMaxAzria White Leather Strap Watch. A slender genuine leather band, a rose gold plated stainless steel case and sparkling crystal accents give this watch a carefree, contemporary look with just the right amount of glitz.
This design is finished with a smooth white dial accented only with small round indices, three slender hands, and a tiny BCBG logo.
Heading to the gym? Kicking back after a session of hot yoga? Need a watch to go with your favorite joggers and sneaks? These sporty timepieces are cool, colorful and oh-so-versatile.
Of all the casual watch brands on the market, Casio G-Shock is one of the best. Not only are their watches highly functional, but they’re also super sporty, making them perfect for any and every casual day.
This G-Shock digital watch features a resin case, Bluetooth capabilities so you can link it to your smartphone and a whole host of functions that make it perfect for a workout. When paired with a compatible app, this watch can be used to track stopwatch data, log your step count and record lap records (if you run). The pale pink color adds a fun, girly touch.
A nylon webbing strap lends a laid back, sporty vibe to the Timex Women’s Weekender Watch. Available in a variety of colors and prints, this watch features an adjustable strap design with a slip-through closure, a mineral crystal glass that covers the dial, and a brass case with a silver-tone bezel.
The dial is detailed with full numerals and displays 24-hour military time (so you won’t have to do any math when someone says 19:00 hours). It’s not intended to be submerged in water, but it can handle splashes of water.
This Letsfit Smart Watch is a super affordable smartwatch that does double duty as a fitness tracker. In addition to the day, date and time display and smartphone notifications, this watch also tracks your blood oxygen saturation levels, heart rate and distance traveled.
It’s perfect for people looking for a stylish way to improve (and track) their health and wellness. But it also works as a good old regular watch. If you’ve been wanting an Apple watch but don’t want to shell out $400, this inexpensive alternative will only set you back $40.
Love the classically preppy vibe of the Lacoste crocodile? If the Lacoste TR90 Quartz Watch with Rubber Strap could speak, it would say one thing and one thing only: tennis, anyone?
In a white-on-white design, this sporty watch features a textured rubber strap, a white dial with gold-tone stick indices and the classic croc logo at the three-hour position. It’s detailed with a scratch-resistant mineral crystal that covers the dial as well as a logo on the inside of the strap and a classic Lacoste polo shirt detail on the back of the case.
Skechers doesn’t just make comfy shoes – they also make colorful, cute, and super affordable wristwatches. Priced at only $30, the Skechers Tennyson Silicone Strap Watch features a comfortable silicone strap, a sleek metal bezel, and a digital chronograph dial with an easy-to-read display.
Like so many of Skechers’ shoes, this watch offers a youthful, playful look, making it perfect for workouts, runs, and laidback, lazy days.
Why Wear a Watch?
Unless you’re seriously into watches, there’s no need to splurge for a fancy Swiss timepiece or a diamond-embellished wristwatch. Watches for women don’t have to be expensive to be stylish – they just have to meet your budget and your unique sense of style.
Wear a watch for its functionality. Wear a watch to add a pop of color to an outfit. Wear a watch layered with bracelets for a fun, playful look.
With smartphones in all of our pockets, watches may not be necessary, but they do add a little something to a look … and we always love that!
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Best Watches for Women Under $100:
- Skagen Signature Two-Hand Stainless Steel Minimalist Watch
- GUESS Classic Watch
- Citizen Quartz Silver-Tone Watch
- Michael KORS Riley Watch
- iTouch Multi Marble Resin Strap Watch Gift Set
- Fossil Carlie Mini Three-Hand Leather Watch
- Timothy Stone Parker Watch
- Anne Klein Olive Green Leather Strap Watch
- MVMT Beverly Watch
- BCBGMaxAzria White Leather Strap Watch
- Casio G-Shock Women’s Watch Pink 50.7mm Resin
- Timex Women’s Weekender Watch
- Letsfit Smart Watch Fitness Tracker
- Lacoste TR90 Quartz Watch with Rubber Strap
- Skechers Tennyson Silicone Strap Watch