13 Best Affordable Swiss Watch Brands For Men
Today we’re going to be taking a look at 13 of the best affordable Swiss watch brands for men. The term affordable can be pretty flexible when it comes to Swiss made watches. Obviously the highest end and most expensive brands like Rolex and Breitling won’t be found on this list.
That being said, there are still some watches that you may consider expensive. It just depends what you consider to be an affordable or cheap Swiss watch. So Don’t be surprised to spot the odd watch at over £1000 on this list, not that there’s many of them as I have made a conscious effort to feature the most affordable watches from each Swiss brand.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy this list of the best cheap Swiss watches for men. Don’t forget to comment at the end and let us know what your favourite brand is.
Raymond Weil Watches
The first brand we’ll be taking a look at is Raymond Weil. This brand were established in Geneva in 1976 offering a selection of luxury, premium timepiece with Swiss precision. Raymond Weil is a family run company, originially created by Raymond Weil, these days it is managed by Weil’s son in law Olivier Bernheim and his two sons Elie and Pierre Bernheim. They’re actually one of the few remaining independent brands in the Swiss watch industry.
If you’re looking for excellent quality Swiss watches that focus on luxurious styles and materials then Raymond Weil are defintely worth checking out.
Raymond Weil’s Swiss watches have styles that are available for both men or women from their popular collections such as Raymond Weil Freelancer, Maestro, Nabucco, Toccata and more.
Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the most popular Raymond Weil watches currently available. Obviously it’s pretty difficult to just pick out 3, I strongly recommened you take a look at all the brand has to offer.
1. Raymond Weil Men’s Freelancer Diver Automatic Watch
This is a popular Swiss made watch from Raymond Weil’s Freelancer collection. It’s a stainless steel diving watch that’s powered by a Swiss automatic movement. It’s fitted with a stainless steel metal bracelet that fastens with a push button deployment style clasp.
As you’d expect from a high end Swiss diving watch, this Raymond Weil Freelancer has a high contrasting dial design with plenty of lume for easy reading in dim lit conditions. It also comes with a very impressive 300m water resistance rating.
2. Raymond Weil Men’s Toccata Affordable Swiss Watch
Next up I wanted to show off a more affordable Swiss made watch from Raymond Weil. This timepiece is from their popular Toccata collection. It has a very simple design in essence with a classy touch of rose gold detailing that goes well with the soft genuine leather strap.
For those that aren’t a fan of automatic watches, the Swiss made quartz movement at the heart of this timepiece may be more up your street. As for water resistance, it features a respectable 50m which is more than enough for this style of watch.
3. Raymond Weil Men’s Freelancer Chronograph Automatic Swiss Watch
The Freelance collection features some of the best Raymond Weil watches in my opinion. Here we have another luxurious Swiss watch, this time featuring a chronograph display.
Bulova are another popular brand know for some of their excellent Swiss made watches. It’s worth noting that the majority of their affordable watches aren’t Swiss made. Just a couple of their collections which tend to be the more expensive luxury watches, as you’d expect with most Swiss made timepieces. That being said, Bulova are still considered an affordable watch producer for Swiss watches.
Bulova as a company was founded in New York City back in 1875 by Brayden Bulova. Bulova’s popular affordable Swiss watch lines are known as Bulova Accu Swiss or peviously Bulova Accutron. These days the company is owned by Citizen, a brand I’m sure many of you are well aware of.
Below we’ll take a look at 3 popular affordable Swiss watches by Bulova.
1. Bulova Accu Swiss Military Men’s Mechanical Watch
First up we have a high quality relatively affordable Swiss watch from Bulova’s Accu Swiss collection. It runs on a Swiss mechnical movement and has a 50m water resistance rating. Protecting that beautiful high visibility dial is a sapphire crystal glass that offers excellent scratch resistance. With its military pilot design, it’s no suprise that the watch features a generous coating of lume on the hands and hour numerals to make them easier to read in dim lit conditions.
2. Bulova Accu Swiss Tellaro Men’s Automatic Watch
Up next we have another popular Swiss made Bulova watch from the Accu Swiss collection. Powering this beautiful Bulova watch is a Swiss made automatic movement for excellent reliability and timekeeping. It’s an ultra smart looking watch that’s best suited for smarter occasions in my opinion. The water resistance rating isn’t all that great at 30m, but in all honesty I can’t see many people using this watch like that.
As expected this Bulova Accu Swiss features a sapphire crystal glass for excellent scratch protection. Like the previous Swiss Bulova watch, this model also features a nice thick genuine leather strap for extra comfort.
3. Bulova Accu Swiss Murren Men’s Automatic Chronograph Watch
The final Swiss Bulova watch we’re taking a look at is this popular model with the mesh style stainless steel strap. I wanted to showcase one of Bulova’s Swiss chronograph watches for this final option. This model runs on a Swiss automatic chronograph movement and has a full day and date display on the dial of the watch.
The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal glass, as expected from Bulova’s high end Accu Swiss range. This model, like the previous one, also lacks in the water resistance department with a basic 30m rating.
Longines are another instantly recognisable Swiss watch maker. They were founded by Auguste Agassiz in 1832 and are based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland. These days the company is owned by the Swatch Group. A fun little fact is that the winger hourglass logo is the oldest registered trademark for a watchmaker.
Beloew we’ll take a look at 3 of the most popular Swiss watches by Longines.
1. Longines Conquest Men’s Wristswatch
First up we have the popular masculine Longines Conquest watch that combines exceptional technical prowess with state of the art materials and construction. The watch features a high quality sapphire crystal glass with several layers of anti reflective coating on the underside. The dial features a high contrasting easy to read display with Super LumiNova for excellent visibility in dim lit conditions. This Longines watch runs on a brilliant quartz L115 Calibre watch movement. A great choice for people looking for timeless style.
2. Longines Men’s Master Collection Chronograph with Moon Phase
Up next is the Swiss made Longines Master Chronograph. This watch is ideal for those with a bit of a larger budget seeking to get the most out of their money. The watch features an alligator deployment buckle strap and has a 30m water resistance rating. The watch is powered by an automatic caliber 678 movement that has a fantastic 48 hour power reserve. A very beautiful looking Swiss watch from Longines.
3. Longines Gents Heritage Conquest 35mm Watch
The final Swiss made Longines watch I have to show you is a very traditional classic dress watch which features the popular 35mm casing that people look for in these vintage style watches. This is a timepiece that’s perfect for any occasion, work or play. The automatic movement keeps the watch moving with a smooth sweeping second hands. The strap is made of a soft genuine leather with the casing made of stainless steel. There’s also Super LumiNova on the dial for excellent visibility in dim lit conditions.
Tag Heuer Watches
Tag Heuer are a Swiss manufacturing company that designs and manufactures watches and fashion accessories. They began in 1860 when they were founded by Edouard Heuer in Switzerland under the name of Uhrenmanufaktur Heuer AG. The most popular Tag Heuer watch lines include Formula One, Link, Carrera, Monaco, Aquaracerm Connectedm and Grand Carrera.
Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the most popular Tag Heuer watches
1. Tag Heuer Fomula 1 Swiss Quartz Watch
This popular Tag Heuer watch is from the Formula collection of racing style watches. It features a brilliant high contrasting display with chronograph timekeeping and a small date display at the 4 o’clock position. It runs on a highly precise TAG Heuer quartz movement that vibrates at 32,768 beats per second.
2. TAG Heuer Aquaracer Chronograph Watch
Next up we have a popular timepiece from the TAG Heuer Aquaracer collection. This watch features 300m water resistance with a Swiss made quartz movement at its heart. There’s a scratch resistant sapphire crystal protecting the high visibility display as well as lume covering the hands and hour markers for better visibility at night or in dim lit conditions.
3. Tag Heuer Carrera Swiss made Watch
The final watch we’re looking at from TAG Heuer is this timepiece from the Carrera collection. This TAG Heuer Carrera features a stunning Swiss made TAG Cal 1887 automatic movement that can be viewed through the exhibition style caseback on the rear of the watch, a favorite feature of mine. The dial features luminescent hands and hour markers for better visibility in dim lit conditions.
Victorinox Swiss Army Watches
The Iconic Victrorinox Swiss Army brand is most well known for their Swiss Army knives. Victorinox were founded in 1884 by Karl Elsener and Nicholas Elsener in Switzerland. Since 1891 they’ve been delivering knives to the Swiss Army. In 1989 Victorinox entered the watch business with various collections which range from rugged dive watches to luxury dress watches. Popular Victorinox Swiss Army watch collections include Infantry, Divermaster, I.N.O.Xm Airboss and more.
If you’re looking for truely affordable Swiss watches, then Victorinox are a brand you should be following. Below we’ll take a look at some of the best Swiss watches by Victorinox.
1. Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Officers Mecha Watch
The first Swiss made watch from Victorinox Swiss Army that we’re featuring is this smart and modern looking timepiece. It has a high visibility display with large numerals and lume coated hands for better visibility in dim lit conditions. I like the look of this style of date display with 3 positions on show at any time. This model runs on a Swiss automatic movement and has a 100m water resistance rating.
2. Victorinox Swiss Army Alpnach Automatic Men’s Sports Watch
Here we have another one of the best Swiss watches from Victorinox Swiss Army. As you’d expect it features a high quality Swiss build with a two tone rubberised bezel and strap. The automatic Swiss movement is on show through the exhibition style caseback that’s protected by a sapphire crystal window, as is the front dial.
3. Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick GS Stainless Steel Watch
The last Victorinox Swiss Army watch I’m showcasing is the Maverick. This Swiss watch features a high quality sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. This is excellent at preventing scratches and scuffs on the dial of the watch. It’s powered by a high quality Swiss quartz movement for brilliant accuracy and reliability.
Tissot are an affordable Swiss watch maker that was founded in Le Locle, Switzerland by Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Émile Tissot back in 1853. Since 1983 Tissot has been a member of The Swatch Group Ltd which is the largest watch producer and distributor in the world.
Tissot have a nice range of affordable Swiss watches, officially being classed as mid-range market products by the Swatch Group. Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Tissot watches currently available within a reasonable budget.
1. Tissot Men’s Tradition Classic Watch
The first Swiss made watch from Tissot that we’re featuring is this classic looking minimal timepiece. It’s an understated men’s watch with a high-shine stainless steel casing that’s paired with a soft genuine leather brown strap. This affordable Swiss watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and features a sapphire crystal glass protecting the dial.
2. Tissot Men’s Quickster Chronograph Swiss Sports Watch
Here we have another popular Tissot timepiece, this time with a much sportier look with a chronograph dial and large 42mm casing diameter. The watch is made with a black ion-plated stainless steel and fitted with a Swiss chronograph quartz movement. Like the previous Tissot watch it also features a sapphire crystal glass for excellent scratch protection.
3. Tissot Men’s Classic Dream Quartz Watch
The last Tissot watch I’m showcasing is the men’s Classic Dream watch. This is a very affordable Swiss watch and ideal for those who are just starting out with collecting Swiss watches. It’s powered by a Swiss quartz movement and features a protective sapphire crystal glass. This Tissot timepiece features a classic dial design with Roman numeral hour markers and a smaller 38mm casing design.
Maurice Lacroix Watches
The Maurice Lacroix brand produce a range of luxury watches and are based in the Canton of Jura and headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Maurice Lacroix was founded in 1975 as part of the Desco von Schulthesss company which dates back to 1889.
These days Maurice Lacroix produces a variety of affordable Swiss made watches which manage to exceed the high standards of the global watch community. Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Maurice Lacroix watches currently available.
1. Maurice Lacroix Men’s Pontos Day/Date 18ct Gold Automatic Watch
This is a fantastic luxury Swiss watch from Maurice Lacroix, it’s a small example of what you can expect from their higher end timepieces. The Pontos features a classic elegant design with a stainless steel casing that has a solid 18 carat rose gold bezel. There’s also a protective sapphire crystal glass for excellent scratch resistance. It’s a Swiss automatic watch that comes with a genuine crocodile leather strap.
2. Maurice Lacroix Men’s Les Classiques Quartz Silver Day and Date Watch
This next Maurice Lacroix timepiece is a much more affordable Swiss quartz watch. The dial features this popular day/date display with the day of the week displayed at the top of the dial and the date display at the 6 o’clock position. It’s powered by an accurate Swiss quartz movement and features an anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass.
3. Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Men’s Swiss Chronograph Watch
Last on our list of the best Maurice Lacroix watches is this popular Swiss made chronograph timepiece from the Les Classiques collection. It’s a beautifully designed Swiss chronograph watch that’s powered by an accurate and reliable Swiss quartz movement and has a protective sapphire crystal glass for excellent scratch resistance.
Movado are an American watchmaker that was founded by Léopold Achille Isidore Ditesheim in 1881 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Movado are probably best known for their Bauhaus inspired Museum Watch that was designed in 1947 by Nathan George Horwitt.
1. Movado Men’s Museum Watch with Black Leather Strap
The solidary signature dot is an iconic dial design for Movado watches. This is the Museum Classic, it’s a 40mm watch with a tone-on-tone outer ring and silver-toned dot and hands. It’s a Swiss made watch that’s powered by a Swiss quartz movement and features a protective sapphire crystal glass.
2. Movado Men’s 1881 Automatic Swiss Watch
Up next in our look at the best Movado watches is the Movado 1881. This model features the iconic dot dial design and runs on a Swiss automatic movement, and because of this is generally more expensive than the quartz alternatives. The 1881 is named in honour of the year Movado began.
3. Movado Men’s Bold Thin Swiss Quartz Watch
This final Swiss made Movado watch I have to show you features a slim 8mm thick casing and is fitted with a comfortable black ion plated steel mesh style strap. It’s powered by a Swiss quartz movement and has a protective sapphire crystal glass for brilliant scratch resistance.
The Swiss Mondaine brand are most well known for their watches that are based off of the iconic Swiss Ferderal clock face designs that were created by Hans Hilfiker in 1944. In 2006 The Swiss brand Mondaine purchased a 50% stake in the American company Luminox. This allowed mondaine increased access to the US market, and Luminox in return better access to the European and Asian markets.
Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Mondaine Swiss watches currently available.
1. Mondaine Men’s Swiss Railways Watch
The Mondaine Evo model is a top selling timepiece that features a sleek design and style based around the classic Swiss railway clocks. The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and features a domed hardened mineral crystal glass.
2. Mondaine Men’s Helvetica No1 Watch
Next up from Modaine we have the Swiss made Helvetica. The Helvetica features a collection of minimalist Swiss watches that run on reliable and accurate Swiss quartz movements. This model features a soft genuine leather strap and has a basic 30m water resistance rating.
3. Men’s Mondaine Stop2Go Swiss Railways Watch
The last Mondaine affordable Swiss watch we’re featuring is possible the best known for Mondaine. It’s designed to mirror the movement of the Swiss railway clocks perfectly, this involves a complicated Swiss made quartz movement. The movement is a specifically designed Swiss Quartz movement, with a first for the brand. The second hand runs slightly fast for 58 seconds, sweeping around the dial, and then stops at the 12 o’clock mark for 2 seconds, before resuming.
The Hamilton watch company is another popular luxury Swiss brand that’s a part of the Swatch Group. They were originially incorporated in 1892 with their first watch being produced back in 1893.
These days the Hamilton brand features a beautiful range of affordable Swiss watches. Below we’ll take a look at 3 of the best Hamilton watches currently available.
1. Hamilton Men’s Khaki Field Automatic Watch 38mm
One of the best known Hamilton watches is the Swiss made Khaki automatic field watch. It’s a classic men’s timepiece with a 38mm stainless steel casing and brown genuine leather strap. It’s powered by a Swiss automatic movement, ETA 2824. This Swiss automatic movement can be viewed through the exhibition style caseback of the watch.
2. Hamilton Men’s Khaki Scuba Automatic Diving Watch
Next up we have the popular Hamilton Kahki Scuba automatic watch. This model runs on a Swiss made automatic ETA 2834-2 movement. This movement can also be viewed through an exhibition style caseback. The dial features a high visibility design with a popular day and date complication on show. This affordable Hamilton watch has a 100m water resistance rating.
3. Hamilton Men’s Jazzmaster Open Heart Automatic Swiss Watch
The last well known Hamilton watch I’m featuring is the Jazzmaster Viewmatic automatic Swiss watch. This timepiece has a hi-tech look with its open heart design that exposed some of the movement of the watch. The dial is protected by a sapphire crystal glass that offers excellent scratch protection.
Alpina watches were founded in 1883 by Gottlierb Hauser. These days the luxury Swiss watch manufacturer is based in Plan-les-Ouates, Generva, Switzerland as is owned by Frederique Constant.
Below we’ll be taking a look at 3 of the best Alpina watches currently available.
1. Alpina Men’s Startimer Pilot Chronograph Watch
The first watch we’re featuring from Alpina is this popular Startimer Pilot chronograph timepiece. This attractive looking Swiss made watch is powered by a Swiss quartz chronograph movement and has a protective sapphire crystal glass. It features a chronograph dial with a date display at the 6 o’clock position.
2. Alpina Men’s Alpiner Automatic Swiss Watch
Up next from Alpina Geneve is this popular Alpina Alpiner Swiss made automatic watch. It’s a classic style watch that’s suitable for both smart and casual occasions. The watch is fitted with a reliable and accurate Swiss automatic movement and has a useful 50m water resistance rating.
3. Alpina Men’s Startimer Pilot Chronograph Watch
Finishing up our list of the best Alpina watches is this popular stylish Startimer Pilot chronograph timepiece. It features a large 43mm casing diameter that showcases a high visibility chronograph display and a date function at the 6 o’clock position on the watch. It’s powered by a Swiss quartz movement and has a 100m water resistance rating.
Oris was founded as a Swiss luxury wristwatch manufacturer in 1904 by Paul Cattin and Geroges Christian in Hölstein Switzerland. You can find Oris branded quartz watches that date from the 1980’s however, these days the company only produces Swiss mechanical watches.
Below we will be taking a look at 3 of the best Oris watches currently available.
1. Oris Men’s Audi Sport Limited Edition II Automatic Chronograph Watch
The first Oris watch we’re taking a look at is this popular Limited edition collaboration with Audi, it marks the second year of the landmark partnership and is dedicated to the ground-breaking Audi R18 e-tron quattro featuring a silhouette of it on the caseback. The watch is powered by a 25 jewel Swiss automatic 778-SW500 movement and features a sapphire crystal glass and 100m water resistance rating.
2. Oris Men’s Artix Date Automatic Watch
Up next we have a popular simplistic men’s watch from Oris. The Oris Artix Date has a stylish curvy design and is built with a 4 piece case that’s water resistant to 100m. It’s built with a unique 3D dial construction and is powered by a Swiss automatic 733 – SW200-1 26 jewel movement.
3. Oris Men’s Divers Sixty-Five Automatic Watch
This last timepiece is a revival of the Iconic diver’s watch that first appeared in the Oris collection over 50 years ago. The model features a retro divers design that’s been build with modernised watchmaking techniques. It features a popular modern 40mm casing diameter and is built with an anti-corrosive stainless steel. The watch is powered by a 26 jewel Swiss automatic 733 – SW200-1 movement.
Roamer of Switzerland Watches
Roamer is a Swiss watch manufacturer that was founded in 1888 by Fritz Meyer in Solothurn, Switzerland. Roamer of Switzerland feature elegant and robust watches that are built to a high level of quality and craftsmanship with attention to detail always kept in mind.
Below we’ll be taking a look at 3 of the best Romaer of Switzerland watches for men.
1. Roamer Men’s Superior Swiss Made Moonphase Watch
The first Swiss made Roamer watch we’re featuring is the Superior Moonphase model. This is a gents two-tone steel and PVD rose gold plated watch that’s powered by a reliable and accurate Swiss quartz movement. A key feature of this Swiss watch is the moonphase complication featured on the dial.
2. Roamer Men’s Rockshell Chronograph Swiss Watch
This next popular Roamer of Switzerland watch features a large 44mm casing diameter that showcases this beautiful sports style chronograph dial. There’s a small date display at the 4 o’clock position on the watch and the hands and hour markers are coated with lume for better visibility in dim lit conditions. The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and has a 100m water resistance rating.
3. Roamer Men’s Classic Line Swiss Watch
The final affordable Swiss watch from Roamer that we’re featuring is a model from their classic line. This is a simple minimalist watch with a classic style dial. The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and has a 50m water resistance rating.
Thanks for reading
Thank you for taking the time to read through this list of the most popular affordable Swiss watch brands available. We’ve included quite the selection to hopefully give you a little bit of a nudge in the right direction for what you’re after. Be it a Swiss quartz or Swiss automatic, I’m hoping you’ve spotted the right type of brand for you.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this latest post, comment below and let me know what you think of these Swiss watch brands.