Watches have long been regarded as statements and status pieces, especially among men. Now more and more women are joining the watch game. With that comes more designs and styles for ladies from every walk of life. From round to ovals, and straps of leather and silicone, you can find a watch that speaks to your unique personality.
More and more luxury brands are coming out with affordable watches that the average Jane can afford. You won’t need to buy a Rolex or Swiss-made timepiece (although they are preferred) to keep tabs on the minutes of the day. Let’s look at the affordable options that can add a glimpse of class to your accessory game.
View The Best Women’s Watches Under 100 Below
1. Nine West Floral Rose Watch
In a day and age where mixing metals is a new and trendy fad, rose gold adds the perfect bit of softness yet edginess to a monochrome outfit. The real leather straps locked onto a flowered watch face gives this particular women’s watch a very feminine look. The mineral crystal surface still makes this watch case susceptible to scratches, so it’s important to be extra careful when you wear it for certain activities.
The entire watch is rose gold, even down to the hands and markers. To match the rose gold-tone of the timepiece, Nine West pairs it with a real leather blush pink strap. With Japanese quartz movement, the watch will tell accurate time, all the while exuding an air of playfulness.
+ Real leather blush pink strap.
+ Overall cute and feminine look.
+ Beautiful 3D flower decorations on the watch face.
+ Japanese quartz movement.
Why We Like It – The pink color and flowers are enough to brighten up any outfit. Pair it with a few rose gold bracelets and a ring to complete the look!
2. Timex Easy Reader Watch
Timex is another great brand that’s been in the time-telling field for a while now. This next option is a take on a classic and basic style that’s still very in. A simple watch face with easy to read numbers, and equipped with colorful genuine leather strap options, gives this watch a five-star rating.
As an Amazon’s Choice product, these affordable watches under $100 come in a silver-tone brass case with a mineral glass crystal surface. What sets this apart from the above option is the water-resistance of up to 100 feet! However, this only gives these watches splashproof protection so they still shouldn’t be worn in the water. At night time, the watch face lights up with an Indiglo watch dial.
+ Has water-resistance up to 100 feet!
+ Indiglo light-up watch face.
+ Colorful genuine leather strap options.
+ Easy to read Arabic numbers
Why We Like It – This is a simple watch for women but it comes with every feature a basic watch should have, such as water resistance and Indiglo.
3. Casio BG169G-4 Baby G Watch
Baby G’s and G-shocks were all the rage in the 90s, and they have made a significant comeback with their sporty exterior and color choices. This glittering digital watch provides an alternative to the traditional leather band. The price is somewhat higher than the other options, but that isn’t without reason.
It comes with shock-resistance, an EL backlight, day counter, world time, alarms, a mute function and much more! The 42mm resin case is a tad more resilient and features a Japanese quartz movement with a digital display. A lot of kids prefer these digital watches as they are easier to read, and the resin bands are better for sporty individuals compared to a stainless steel watch.
+ Water-resistant up to 200 meters making it suitable for water sports.
+ Japanese quartz movement
+ Shock resistant and complete with a variety of other features.
+ Glittering resin band
Why We Like it – For the exercise aficionados with a zest for water sports, the Casio Baby G is a great option for women. It can be submerged in water, and it looks very cute in sparkly pink!
4. Fossil Relic Queen’s Court Quartz Sport Watch
Take one look at this gorgeous design and you’d never think it would be classified as a sports watch, but it is! It comes in many colors, all in a stainless steel case and with crystal trimmings. The watch case is only 27mm and suits women with very slender wrists. The markers are easy to read with Arabic numbers for 12, 3, 6 and 9.
It’s quite a gorgeous and flattering design, with the metals and crystals mixed together. This Fossil watch also has a water-resistance of up to 165 feet! It’s a casual everyday watch that can be worn for sports and seamlessly transitioned from day to night outfits.
+ The beautiful and luxe design embellished with crystals, and a stainless steel case
+ A lot of different colors of stainless steel to choose from.
+ Water-resistance of up to 165 feet.
+ Clear and easy to read Arabic numbers.
Why We Like It – These watches for women will make sure you’re looking elegant and classy when you step out of the house no matter what your outfit is.
5. Invicta Pro Diver Two Tone Watch
Despite what the name suggests, you do not need to be a pro diver to wear these watches for ladies. Made in the rich and lavish style of the Rolex, these watches for women are just as invincible. “Invicta” happens to mean ‘invincible” in Latin, and it successfully describes the resilience of this watch.
For under $100, you get a timepiece that never fails to provide you with accurate time, thanks to its Japanese quartz movement. It comes with stainless steel chain links. Would you believe the center strip of gold is 18K gold plated? Never forget the date with the magnified date window at number three, and rest assured when swimming, due to its water-resistance capabilities of 200m! Made for pro divers, indeed!
+ Absolutely amazing water-resistance capabilities.
+ Stainless steel case with 18K gold plated center chain links.
+ A magnified date window.
+ Japanese quartz movement.
Why We Like It – If 100m is just not enough for those water sports enthusiasts out there, we doubt you can surpass this watch’s capabilities in terms of water-resistance.
6. Fossil Neely Casual Quartz Watch
This women’s watch takes ‘back to basics’ to a whole new level. It may lack all the glitz and glamor of Michael Kors, but it comes at a fraction of the price as well. The watch face is very simple, with line markers and three watch hands to show you the hour, minute and second of each day.
Take your pick from a variety of stainless steel watchcase colors and leather straps. If metal links are more up your alley, you also get an option for that as well. With a case diameter of 34mm, it fits the average lady’s wrist, without overpowering the rest of your outfit. Made for just everyday wear and not for sporty and outdoorsy occasions, the water-resistance is only 30m.
+ Sometimes simple is the only way to go.
+ Comes with stainless steel watch cases and leather straps
+ 30m water-resistance.
+ Easy to read surface.
Why We Like It – Fossil is a big name in watches, and if you aren’t an avid watch-wearer and need the best watch just to complement your outfit of the day, then this style is a great staple to have.
7. Anne Klein Genuine Diamond Dial Bracelet Watch
Did someone say genuine diamond? We sure did! We bet that caught your attention! This is a simplistic and minimal design by Anne Klein, still under $100. These watches for women include designs that are simple and straightforward, all-matching metal colors, or ones with a distinctive watch face that provides an excellent contrast to the band.
The mineral crystal lens surface is tough enough to withstand daily wear, making this watch an excellent permanent piece to your accessories selection. No matter which style you choose, the number 12 is replaced by a real genuine diamond! No more of these boring crystal details – you can boast about a genuine diamond embedded in your watch!
+ An imported model with a genuine diamond at 12.
+ Different metals with contrasting watch faces.
+ Japanese quartz movement.
+ A sophisticated and simple design.
Why We Like It – The best and most unique part about this watch for women would be the genuine diamond substituting the 12 marks. It’s a special detail not all people can say they have!
8. Timex Easy Reader Date Expansion Watch
The cute font used for this Timex women’s watch is almost whimsical. The two-tone or monotone stainless steel bands are expandable, giving these women’s watches a bracelet-like design. It comes with a date window so you never forget the day, and the numbers are cute and very easy to read.
The mineral glass crystal case covers the timex watch dial that lights up in low-light environments. This simple watch has about 30m of water-resistance, which doesn’t exactly make it a good shower buddy.
+ The simple yet classic design is easy to wear.
+ It has a date window instead of the number 3.
+ Indiglo lightup watch dial.
+ 30m of water resistance.
Why We Like It – The way it’s worn makes this option something a lot of women find themselves reaching for, right before they step out the door.
9. Nine West Sunray Bracelet Watch
This next one is a different spin on metal watches. It’s a sort of mesh design that conforms better to the wrist, making for a more comfortable fit. It’s a slightly larger choice than most women’s watches, measuring at 40mm. This is perfect for those who like the oversized look, or have a slightly thicker wrist.
A lot of these more stylish designs won’t be waterproof but they still come with the preferred quartz movement that helps keep accurate time. Nine West is a trusted global brand specializing in many products, and now watches too!
+ Mesh band for a comfortable fit.
+ Very affordable price.
+ Japanese quartz movement
+ Mineral crystal lense
Why We Like It – We like the mesh band as it sits more comfortably on your wrist and it also provides more breathability. Although you wouldn’t necessarily wear these watches for women while exercising, this is still important in terms of comfort.
10. Citizen EQ0540-57A Quartz Watch
The sunray dial with larger hands sure helps visibility when telling time. It also includes a little date window at the third-hour mark, with the day of the week also displayed. The stainless steel case is actually only 25mm wide, one of the slimmest options we’ve come across.
The analog display comes with a Japanese quartz movement and is water-resistant up to 50m. This Citizen Quartz Watch is a fusion between style and practicality, making sure your every day is scheduled and organized.
+ Very slim stainless steel design.
+ Japanese quartz movement
+ Affordable price
+ Date window displaying the day of the week.
Why We Like It – The date display window, with not only the date but also the day of the week, can prove incredibly useful. Not many will automatically know what day of the week it is.
Women’s Watches Under 100 Buyer’s Guide
What to Look for When Buying the Best Women’s Watches
The best women watch can reflect your personal style and bring another level of convenience to the table. How many of us really like rummaging for our phones every time we need to check the time? For some reason (maybe it’s our personal opinion) wearing a watch just makes someone seem responsible and more like a grown-up.
That’s just a funny observation we made. After reading through our top 10 list, you’ll notice some features are seen across the board no matter the price, and some are unique to certain brands and a steal for the amount they cost. Let’s look at what we should want in a watch under $100.
The first thing to consider is the size of your watch case. Different watch cases will look good on different-sized wrists. This is because it could either weigh you down and overpower you, or complement your wrist size and your outfit to boot. We have a watch size guide detailing how to pick the right size for your wrist.
Remember that these are suggestions, and if you like a massive oversized watch on your dainty wrist then by all means more power to you! You may want to size up or down depending on the look you’re going for and other jewelry you throw into the mix. For example, a boho-chic look may mix well with an oversized round watch.
Style and Shape
Talking of the right look, do you want a strap or a bracelet-style watch? Choose from a single strap to a mesh strap to interlocking chains and more. Some watches have the option of interchanging the straps so you get a comprehensive style with only just one watch face. Choosing the strap will have an effect on your outfit, so make sure you get one you would actually wear.
The next part is picking the shape of the watch case. There are rectangles, squares, rounds, ovals, and even some other geometric shapes. The one you pick should complement your wrist and be one you like, of course!
One critical factor that attributes to the look of a woman’s watch is the material or materials used. Metals are often used and different shades of gold and gold-tone, silver to gunmetal and black obsidian are commonly seen.
There are also choices of leather, plastic and silicone straps. Ask yourself when you’ll be wearing the watch most. For banquets and dinners, we would suggest a stainless steel look, and for sporty outdoorsy people, the silicone look is the way to go.
Mechanical movement or quartz? That is the question. Mechanical watches are not as precise as quartz movement watches, which also costs less and requires less maintenance. However, traditional and long-standing brands, such as the Rolex, still exhibit their expert craftsmanship with mechanical watches.
The overall look of the best watch is solely dependent on your personal preference. From the color to the details is where you get to go crazy. We’ve shown you watches with crystal to diamond detailing, and there are so many more out there for you to explore.
For us personally, we need to have a watch with water-resistance. Even if it’s a minimal splashproof 30m, we don’t want to have to take off our wristwatch every time we need to wash our hands. While we don’t need the deep depths the Invicta provides, having a good 30m is practical.
Picking a fashion accessory can be a lot of fun if you know what you’re looking for. A watch can be a thing of beauty and lend itself to improving our outfit, as well as telling you exactly what time it is down to the second. We have faith that you will successfully find the best watch for women for the right price if you use our useful tips and use our top 10 list as a guideline on your search. Happy shopping!
Pocket watches were in before the wristwatch. Back in the olden days, these watches were regarded as the epitome of good fashion sense. The same could be said today, so pick a good one!
Did You Know?
There are body heat-powered wristwatches out there, aside from the usual solar or battery-powered watches. All the wearer needs to do is wear the watch on their wrists to get it working.
Now it makes us think whether the same idea applies to any heat source. Could you place one of these watches near the heater or lamp and watch it go? We won’t have the answer, but let us know the results if you ever try it!