The most affordable watches of 2021


This story is part of our year-end series This year in equipment rounding off the most notable 2021 releases. For more stories like this click here.

Of course, we’ve come a long way since 2020 – which felt, in more than one way, like the end of the world. But maybe you wanted facilitate get back to normal in 2021 and, you know, not spend all of your hard earned money on a statement coin. Or maybe you have that centerpiece and just want something you can slip on and type in? Well that’s perfectly fine, and we’ve got you covered. These are some of the best affordable watches of 2021.

Rec TTT Great Escape Watches

REC watches

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REC watches

Presented by Rec Watches

Rec Watches is all about the three-pronged concept that shapes its name: “Recover. Recycle. Recover.” It’s that spirit that drives every watch she releases, including – in this case – her very first motorcycle-inspired watch collection. However, this version is far from just any motorcycle watch; The TTT Great Escape is built with a true piece of cinematic history. Recycled original clutch discs and connecting rods from Steve McQueen’s 1962 Triumph TR6 Trophy from The great Escape, TTT Great Escape from Rec Watches uses one of the most memorable motorcycles in history to literally create an entirely modern luxury watch. By building these salvaged materials from the Triumph bike directly into the dial, the team at Rec Watches also included nods to McQueen’s on-screen racing via the dark green color scheme used on the dial, rotor. and the inner liner of the bracelet. Movie buffs will also notice the motorcycle’s license plate (WH-13371) appearing at 5 o’clock on the inner dial. Apart from the tributes to The great Escape, Rec Watches’ TTT watches also feature a convenient interior-exterior dual case construction that allows the wearer to turn the entire dial to toggle between RIDE and DRESS modes; RIDE mode shifts the 12 o’clock marker by 30 degrees for easy readability, even on the go. Exclusive to Gear Patrol readers, Rec Watches is offering 10% off with code GEARPATROL10.

Price: $ 1,995


Parchie School-Time

parchie watch


Children’s watches have never looked so good. I mean, when was the last time you saw a 12 o’clock bezel and a once-through bracelet on something designed for a prepubescent human? Never, that’s when. Available in three colors.

Price: $ 50


SWATCH 1984 Black Divers Bioceramic

swatch 1984 black bioceramic divers


It may look like a typical SWATCH, but this one is made from bioceramic, a bioplastic derived from castor bean and zirconium dioxide ceramic. A tribute to a watch from 1984, its sober look hits the mark.

Price: $ 90


G-Shock GBD800UC-3

g shock gbd800uc 3


All alarms, calendars, timers, etc. G-Shock standard, but in an olive green colored resin case and matching strap.

Price: $ 99


Citizen Chronograph CA0621-05L

Citizen Chronograph ca0621 05l


We challenge you to find a better looking chronograph for the money. Then we challenge you three times to find one that is light-powered and water resistant up to 100m.

Price: $ 190


Orient automatic diving watch

orient automatic diving watch


An automatic diver’s watch with 200m water resistance on a matching steel strap and a cool vintage-inspired look and today’s date display and and and for $ 200? Just add to cart. Do it now.

Price: $ 206


Seiko 5 SRPG37

seiko watch 5 srpg37


Reminiscent of old classic Seiko 5 sports watches, the SRPG35 features an automatic day-date movement, a black dial with Arabic numerals and a water resistance of 100m. However, it has been increased to 39.4mm for the modern wearer.

Price: $ 207


Timex Waterbury Traditional Automatic

timex waterbury traditional automatic


A 39mm stainless steel Timex with automatic movement, day-date display and 100m water resistance? Sign us up. (It comes on a leather strap but should look like a killer on a NATO.)

Price: $ 259


Dan Henry 1972 Maverick Chronograph

dan henry 1972 maverick chronograph


Inspired by a classic chrono from the early 1970s, the Maverick is a quartz powerhouse: a 12-hour chronograph, alarm, and all-black case and strap make it a real steal of a $ 350 watch.

Price: $ 350


Bulova Lunar Pilot Chronograph

bulova lunar pilot chronograph


A true men’s / girl’s watch, the Lunar Pilot Chronograph is pretty much the coolest thing you can buy for under $ 500. It might not be as instantly recognizable as the Speedy, but wearing one is by far the coolest way to fly under the radar.

Price: $ 391


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