With thousands of watches on the market today, finding a reliable watch that features an easy to read day and date function under $200 can be an arduous task. You do not want to sacrifice quality or design in a timepiece to receive a date and day calendar feature. Looking for brand names that are well known, have great reviews, and are affordable are three things you need to keep in mind. Many day/date calendar watches come with an unreadable font or number size, or the placement of the date window is not easy to find quickly.
We have done the legwork for you to find the 5 best watches with day and date features at an affordable price point. The top 5 list is comprised of some well-known brands that all have easy to read features and designs. From classic to casual, sporty to simplistic, this list has something for everyone and all are within a price range that is easy on the pocketbook.
|Watch||Size||Water Resistance||Crystal||Price Point|
|37 mm||165 Feet||Hardlex||$$$|
|37.2 mm||330 Feet||Mineral||$$$|
|42 mm||164 Feet||Mineral||$$$$|
|38 mm||165 Feet||Mineral||$$$|
|44 mm||330 Feet||Krysterna||$$$|
5. Seiko SGG709 Titanium
Seiko has been producing quality pieces for years, and the Seiko Men’s SGG709 watch has many of the features that, individuals looking for a reliable watch, contains. With a lightweight titanium case and linked band, the SGG709 is comfortable on the wrist. The 37mm case with an 8.3mm thickness sports a dark blue dial with contrasting white hands and markers. The luminous detail makes this timepiece easy to read in any light or lack thereof. Hardlex technology is used for the dial window making this crystal scratch resistant, but not quite as resilient as sapphire.
A stationary titanium bezel adds to the overall appeal of this pice. It has an easy to read day/date calendar window and can be worn to depths of 50m/165 ft. With its water-resistant rating. Japanese quartz movement on an analog display are standard, and the battery life is approximately five years. Including a 3-year warranty, this Titanium Watch is a solid investment with a nominal price tag. If you are looking for a lightweight titanium watch that can be worn anywhere, this timepiece fits the bill.
4. Citizen BM8180-03E Eco-Drive
If you are looking for a sporty watch that includes a day and date window, the Citizen Men’s BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Watch is an excellent choice. The stainless-steel design contrasts perfectly with the black dial. With a case diameter of 37mm and thickness of 9.5mm, this watch has a streamlined design that is easily worn by any individual. You will find a textured crown and stainless steel bezel on the BM8180-03E that surrounds the mineral crystal dial. Although mineral crystals are one of the least durable crystals, the overall design of this watch is sturdy and dependable.
The ease of Eco-Drive technology makes charging this watch a breeze. Able to charge in both natural and artificial light, the BM8180-03E watch keeps excellent time. The black dial includes luminous hands and hour markers and a day/date calendar window with a readable font. Water sports, except for scuba, are fine to participate in while wearing this watch since it has a water-resistant rating of 100m/330ft, and is fairly shock-proof. The 18mm wide green stitched canvas band has a fold over clasp buckle which is easy to close. The overall feel of this Citizen Eco-Drive is Sporty to the core!
3. Orient Starfish Day/Date Automatic
The Orient 42mm PVD Starfish watch is a head turner! The Black PVD stainless steel case measures 42mm in diameter and has a 12mm thickness. Silver applied hour markers with luminous dots are easy to read against the dark black dial. The hour and minute hands also have luminous accents and move seamlessly across the dial. With a 21 jewel orient automatic movement, the Starfish watch is self-winding, making it simple to keep accurate time. You will find a two-tone day/date calendar on the Orient 42MM PVD Starfish Automatic watch and an exhibition case window on the back that allows you to see the inner mechanisms at work.
Black calfskin has been used on the 22mm wide wristband that fits snugly into the 22mm lug design and is finished off with a secure stainless-steel buckle closure. With hand-stitched seams, the overall look of the wristband brings an elegant feel to this Orient watch. Water activity is not recommended while wearing the Starfish since the water-resistant rating is only 50m/165ft. Overall, if you are looking for a day/date watch for under $200 and lean towards classy yet casual design, this automatic timepiece might be the perfect choice to add to your collection.
2. Skagen SKW6078 Mesh
This Danish watchmaker is known for their comfortable yet fashion forward wristband designs. If you are looking for something a little different that will definitely have people commenting, the Skagen SKW6078 is the perfect piece to add to your watch collection. The titanium design is lightweight and comfortable on the wrist. The case measures 40mm in diameter and encases the mineral crystal window. The dial of the Skagen SKW6078 is stunning with its gray face and contrasting blue minute track (a fresh design element we have not seen on other watches). The hands have luminous inlays and the day/date calendar window is conveniently located at 3 o’clock.
The wristband on the SKW6078 is a mesh design that seems to mold to your wrist for exceptional comfort. The band has a box safety clasp closure for added security. With the mesh design, this watch really pops and will become a conversation piece. The water-resistant rating is 50m/165ft, warranting no water sports should be played while wearing this watch. If you like different, unique and bold, this one is for you! Perfect for the office or an evening on the town.
1. Stuhrling 699.03 Aviator
The highlight on our Top 5 Best watches with day and date features under $200 is the Stuhrling Original Men’s 699.03 Aviator Watch. With Japanese quartz movement and analog display, the 699.03 Aviator has a black ion-plated stainless steel design that boasts a 44mm stainless-steel case that is 10mm thick. A shatter resistant Krysterna crystal window is perfect for active watch wearers giving it durability. Water-resistant to 100m/330ft, the Aviator can be worn for most water activities except scuba.
What impresses us the most on the 699.03 Aviator, is the design elements on the dial itself. A textured black dial adds intrigue, and the skeleton hands are a perfect addition to the sporty feel of the Watch. With tritium luminous hands and markers, the glow is amazing even when worn in the water. The day/date feature is a unique calendar disk that uses a reduction gear train. Yellow contrasts add athletic appeal to the already sporty intention of the 699.03. There is a fluted crown and stationary stainless-steel bezel. Calfskin is used for the green leather wristband that is accented with metal studs for additional masculine flair. With a 2-year warranty, the Aviator is an ideal choice for the watch connoisseur that is looking for a timepiece that is both reliable, striking, and very affordable.
Day and date features on watches are not features that everyone looks for on a budget, but if you love the ability to keep track of what day it is by quickly looking at your watch, looking for stress-free design elements and easy to read calendar windows is the way to go. Whether you decide on the Citizen Eco-Drive watch or the eye-catching Stuhrling 699.03 Aviator watch, the Seiko, Orient or Skagen timepiece, each of these watches will suit your needs. Day and date calendar watches come in a variety of styles, but we think these are the top 5 best day/date watches available for under $200!