When's the last time you checked your watch for the time? As attached as we are to our cell phones, you'd think watches are obsolete. But that doesn't have to be the case. The timepieces are one of the few accessories that mix style and function. Whether you use a watch for its intended time-telling purpose or it's just for show, having at least one is essential. And warmer weather means more exposed sleeves, which means this is the prime time to purchase a watch. Whether you're dressing for the boardroom or the basketball court, our picks won't set you back more than $125.
For the Classy Gentleman
Sleek and clean best describe this classic time piece. The sturdy leather straps and stainless steel face means it will stay in your accessory arsenal for quite some time.
For the Stunner
With a watch this fly, you'll want to check the time nonstop. A statement piece like this holds its own against a simple crisp button down or cotton tee.
For the Athlete
It's heavy duty, loaded with functions, and affordable. This Timex is wearable enough for everyday use, but also features a stopwatch and counts laps when you're in serious fitness mode.
For the Trend Enthusiast
While a classic investment piece is necessary, sometimes you need something fun and trendy. Though you won't wear this for years to come, you'll get good use out of it paired with a graphic tee and cargos for a lazy afternoon.
For the Chameleon
Get three for the price of one with the red, blue and grey interchangeable silicone bands. It's simple, yet adds a refined touch to your rolled up sleeves for spring and summer.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.