5 Watches So Handsome You Won't Believe They're Affordable

You don't need us to tell you that hunting for an heirloom-worthy timepiece can easily result in a four- or five-figure tab. Here's the thing, though: scoring a wonderful watch doesn't need to require dropping a semester's tuition. In fact, for less than a grand, you can score wristwear that's sure to turn heads wherever you go. Here's just a taste.

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Automatic Chronograph Leather Strap Watch

There's a reason the chronograph has never gone out of style: history's coolest men have always sworn by it. (See: Bond, James; McQueen, Steve; Brando, Marlon.) This classic black-strap option, from Tissot, then, is sure to stand the test of time. ($945; nordstrom.com)

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Automatic Khaki Navy Pioneer Brown Leather Strap Watch

In a crowded field of brown-strap-silver-face timepieces, vibrant blue hands set this Hamilton automatic apart. ($995; macys.com)

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Swiss Conquest Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch

If you're looking for an endlessly versatile timepiece—the type of wristwear that can go with literally anything in your wardrobe—look no further than this monochromatic stunner from Longines. ($750; macys.com)

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Classics Chrono Quartz Watch

Most 40mm watches look small, especially on guys who don't slack in the weight room. That's not the case with this Frederique Constant. Thanks to an intricate guilloché detailing and a meaty croc leather band, it's the rare type of small watch that projects big. ($995; bloomingdales.com)

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Field Watch with Leather Strap

Not that you'd ever want to soak the sumptuous leather strap, of course—but it's good to know that this Luminox field watch is water-resistant up to 200 meters. Oh, and it looks amazing, too. ($600; neimanmarcus.com)

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