The Best Budget Friendly Watches For Christmas 2023
Tuesday - 05 December 2023
This year more than ever, customers are going to be shopping affordably. That doesn’t mean you can’t grab yourself a beautiful wristwatch in time for Christmas, though. More brands are offering accessible wristwatches for a manageable price than there ever were before, which brings us to our guide to the Best Budget Friendly Watches for Christmas 2023.
Whether you normally focus on affordability or not, you’ll be aware that the price of a luxury watch is often reflected in its materials and design. Here at Jura Watches, we stock timepieces from some of the globe’s most prestigious manufacturers. From high-end to fashion brands and designer watches, we’re pretty sure we have a little something for every budget. If you do want to opt for a high-end timepiece, however, check out this list of the Best Men’s Watches for Christmas 2023 here (link) and the Best Ladies’ Watches for Christmas 2023 here (link). They’re sure to provide you with plenty of inspiration if you want to push the boat out for someone special this year.
Before we get stuck in, let’s take a look at some reasons why you might want to invest in an affordable watch this Christmas
Why Buy an Affordable Watch This Christmas?
Let’s get this straight – an affordable watch can still be a symbol of luxury. You don’t have to break the bank to own a decent timepiece. More and more brands are researching how to create sustainable watches these days and many manufacturers offer a lower-priced version of their most expensive watch. A watch for Christmas will also make a great gift for anyone in need of a practical tool for work. They’re also great for marking a special milestone or remembering a moment in time.
Above all, watches are a very traditional gift idea for a loved one. The sentiment behind an instrument that measures the passing moments of every day is symbolic of the preciousness of time itself and promotes the motto to “enjoy every second of life”. It’s true – life is for enjoying and for living in the moment. A timepiece, whether expensive or affordable, is a reminder of that. Here in this guide, we’ve condensed the best affordable options from a very expansive list. We hope it gives you some inspiration when gifting the perfect token of love to someone special this Christmas 2023.
Hamilton is probably one of the most famous manufacturers associated with affordability. The brand’s best-seller is also the Khaki Field. So, to kickstart this guide to the best budget-friendly watches for Christmas, we’ve added the Hamilton Khaki Field Expedition watch to the list. Khaki Field watches take inspiration from military watches from the 1930s. Surprisingly, these designs are still perfect for today. They are robust, functional and super easy to read. It makes sense that a Khaki Field watch from Hamilton could make a perfect gift for anyone who needs a tool watch for work. Whether mission-related or much less dramatic, the need for a watch like the Hamilton Khaki Field Expedition watch goes far beyond aesthetics. It features everything you need in a reliable field watch and more. The 100-meter water-resistant watch is crafted from steel and measures a diameter of 41mm. Time is presented on a black dial where plenty of vintage-inspired beige lume is used to ensure legibility and to keep that all-important retro flair of the Khaki Field watch alive.
The Citizen Tsuyosa Automatic is stylish and affordable. It’s also pretty modern. If you want to bring a touch of sportiness to your partner’s wrist, you can do so for under £300 this Christmas. The 40mm model is sophisticated enough to wear every day. This, in part, is down to the model’s integrated stainless steel bracelet. A blue dial promotes legibility all day and all night thanks to Super-LumiNova-coated hands and hour markers. Citizen’s range of watches is super large, so if you want to check out more of what the brand offers, including its impressive Eco-Drive technology, take a look here (link to all Citizen watches).
The Laurel was the first wristwatch made in Japan by Seiko. So, this watch certainly packs that all-important element of “history” into its design. First off, the watch is limited to 6000 pieces worldwide. Secondly, it belongs to the 5 Sport watch collection, which means it ticks 5 important boxes. It must have an automatic movement, be water resistant, have a day-date display, have a recessed crown at 4 o’clock and have a durable case and bracelet. Similar to the original “Laurel” design, his Limited Edition 5 Sport watch features a white dial with a red accent at 12 o’clock, blue-coated central hands that have been treated with lume, and an additional leather strap sourced from a non-profit leather-working group called LWG Certified Tanneries.
This highly shock-resistant Casio G-Shock watch combines Bluetooth connectivity with a solar-charging system. It’s a great value-for-money watch this Christmas, especially if your other half likes technical timepieces. It takes the 2100 series to a whole new level, converting light to power and eliminating the need for a replacement battery. It pairs with a smartphone to provide accurate time, whilst its Carbon Core Guard structure provides ultimate shock resistance during outdoor pursuits. Its classic black styling also comes with a white LCD. Other functions include a calendar, 5 daily alarm capacity, 200-meter water resistance, a resin strap, and stopwatch functions.
The Victorinox Journey 1884 Limited Edition has a distinctive military feel to its design. It has an inner 24-hour scale and a black PVD-coated serrated rotating bezel in black. Perfect for plenty of outdoor use, the watch features a water-resistant rating of 200 meters and features a screw-down crown flanked by a robust crown guard to avoid accidental bumps and knocks to its surface. The 43mm steel model is field watch-inspired. Its black aluminium bezel inlay frames a set of luminous hands and Arabic hour markers, together with a red-coated seconds hand. The mineral glass front is one feature that keeps the cost of this watch down. Affordable but equipped with plenty of features to enhance robustness, it’s a superb adventure watch for those who spend lots of time in the great outdoors.
Classic, colourful and concise, the Casio Vintage Nostalgia watch is perfect for anyone wanting to take a trip down memory lane this Christmas. Its neobright hands set against a vintage green dial take the wearer back to yesteryear. The central luminous hour and minute hands sit underneath a piece of mineral glass granting perfect legibility. The watch, although classic, looks undeniably sporty too. Nice touches can be appreciated in the design’s fluted bezel, its crisp and simple minute track, and its stainless steel bracelet with links executed in brushed and polished finishes. There’s also an air of “Seiko” about this model, constituting the perfect alternative for anyone wanting to stick to a strict budget this holiday season.
The dive watch that is suitable for all occasions. This William Wood watch features a strap that is made from upcycled fire hoses from all over the world. It's a great talking point and demonstrates the direction that many companies are headed towards – environmentally friendly watches! The hose is cleaned and repurposed to create a durable strap for showing off the finest features of this William Wood watch. They include a deep blue curved sandwich dial with cut-out hour markers. The dial sits underneath a double-domed anti-reflective sapphire glass front. The smaller features include a fire bell chime-inspired seconds marker, a practical date window at 3 o’clock, and a brass inset on the crown that has been made from a 100-year-old British brass firefighter's helmet.
Tissot watches are known worldwide for their affordability. The PRX range is a great example of a watch that offers a lot of value for money with its price tag just shy of $650. Aside from the desirable Tiffany dial, the Ice Blue version of the PRX is another coveted timepiece. Finished in the colours of winter, it features the unmistakable waffle dial pattern that has come to represent the range, along with luminous hands that are propelled around the display via the Powermatic 80 movement. The engine is renowned for its impressive 80-hour power reserve and also features a silicon hairspring to protect the movement from damage caused by magnetism. This watch is finished on a flat link stainless-steel bracelet but can be interchanged with another band if desired. If the love of your life is a fan of the steel sports watch, the Tissot PRX Powermatic 80 watch is the ultimate stocking filler this Christmas.
Go Christmas tree green this year with an enticing option from Certina. Priced at just £600, it features the same Powermatic 80 movement but is housed in a unique Certina design. The DS Concept by Certina was conceptualised in 1959. It has formed the building blocks of every durable Certina watch since. The principles of the DS concept reflect the latest technical standards at the brand’s house of Manufacture, taking the brand and its watches to unprecedented heights. Whether the loved one in your life is a mountain explorer, a deep sea diver or neither, he is sure to appreciate the boundless durability of the Certina DS-7 Powermatic 80 watch. The 38mm stainless steel model is perfect for the slender wrist, plus it features plenty of luminous material on the hands and markers of the deep green sunray dial, enhancing legibility in the dark. One of the unusual features of this Certina watch is how the steel bracelet tapers to a narrower diameter around the wrist, adding an elegant finish to this three-handed time and date model.
That was this year’s guide to affordable watches this Christmas. If you’ve seen something you like and want to know more, contact our Jura Watches sales team today on 01335 453453.