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I think you might agree with me when I say:
Just because it’s popular doesn’t mean it’s worth it.
Take the market of women watches, for instance. While high-tech fitness trackers and smart watches are more popular, traditional women watches are still the fashion statement which they once were. They still provide the timeless look, the elegant feel, and are still the fashion symbol.
Agree with me? It means you have a soft spot for traditional women watches.
However, with the market inundated with best affordable women’s watches, you’ve to be very careful in your choice. One wrong step and you might be looking at price tags in the range of thousands of dollars. To prevent you from making that mistake, we only selected the best women watches under $300 for this article.
The Michael Kors Bradshaw packs a lot of useful and elegant features. It has a rose gold finish which allows it to complement any wardrobe. Then there is its scratch-resistant material which protects the Bradshaw from rendering replaceable.
To add to its classic take, a chronograph, as well as three handy sub-dials, are added. A sophisticated touch is also provided thanks to the addition of Roman numerals. Fortunately, Michael Kors has avoided the use of unnecessary designs or color patterns on the Bradshaw, so it retains its classic take.
And just when you thought that the Bradshaw is nothing more than a traditional watch, its water resistance forces you to think again. For, it is water resistance up to a depth of 100 meters, meaning you it can withstand splashes of water and rain, though you cannot swim with it.
- Roman Numerals give it a sophisticated touch
- Three subdials mean you’ll never get your time wrong
- Water resistance up to 100 meters
- Made of scratch resistance material
- Not luminous; might be difficult to tell the time in poorly lit places
If you think that the oversized design of the Bradshaw might be too much for your slim wrist, the Mondaine Evo Petite offers you an alternative. It is a scaled-down version of Mondaine Evo – one of the Swiss watchmaker’s trademark designs – and provides a domed mineral glass for magnification effect.
Despite its petite shape, Mondaine has a brilliantly legible overall effect, thanks to its larger dial. With sparing minute and hour lines added to the distinctive hands, a graphically clear and legible overall effect is provided to the Evo Petite.
The Evo Petite also provides a premium feel to its wearer with its black leather strap. And if you want to impress your audience, its fixed stainless steel bezel will come into play. It is water resistance up to 30 meters and its scratch resistant mineral crystal amplifies the durability of this watch.
- Swiss made
- 2 year International Warranty
- Scratch resistant
- Stainless steel bezel
- Not backlit
Compare it with the Michael Kors Bradshaw, and the Runway is a totally different beast. For, while the former is only water resistant, you can take the Runway for short bursts of swimming. The simple, elegant design of the Runway couldn’t also be more different to the trendy, chic one of the Bradshaw.
Its 42mm stainless steel bracket is tinged by a rose-gold-tone, and both the tonal dial as well as the baton hour markers are stainless steel. The watch would never get loose on your wrist as it has a double push-button with which you could fold over its clasp for better safety.
Finally, while it has the same, traditional analog display, the Runway differs from the competition with its quartz movement. This moving pattern is preferred by watch enthusiasts as not only does it adds elegance to the timepiece, but it also requires low maintenance apart from the usual battery replacements.
- Quartz movement
- Stainless steel bracket
- Double push-button safety
- Can withstand short bursts of recreational swimming
For those times when you are looking for an accessory which you can dress up with, the Guess Women’s Stainless Steel watch won’t let you down. It is made for special occasions and thanks to the embellishments of crystals on band and bezel – plus the crystal hour markers – will add sparkle to any outfit.
The Guess comes in three tones: silver, gold, and rose gold, which means that if you want, you can match it to your jewelry to give the whole a put-together look. And it has a 22mm silver-tone metal case which looks dazzling on a multitude of wrist sizes.
That said, there’s more to the Guess that its sparkle. It’s a precise timekeeper with an analog display and quartz movement. The crystal markers mark the band and bezel and the hours are marked by Roman numerals. Add this to its three-hand design, and you’ll get an easy time reading its display.
- Three-hand design
- Jewelry type closure
- Band and bezel contains crystal embellishments
- Bracelet style
- Some users had trouble with the opening/closing of the band
The design of the Mondaine Classic is inspired by the Official Swiss Railways Clock, hence the reason why it provides accurate timekeeping and has a unique red second hand. Add to this the red bottom of the black leather band, and you get a fun sort of color with the Mondaine Classic.
If you belong to the category of persons who have petite wrists, this watch’s 30mm case diameter will enamor you. It has black indices marking the time and both the minute and hour hands complemented by a bold red second hand.
To make for easy reading, all of the abovementioned is set against a white background. Both the leather band as well as the stainless steel case means this watch will outlast the worst of times. And you can count on it for accuracy too, for it offers the Swiss quartz movement, is water resistant, and protected against manufacturing defects with a 2-year warranty.
- Bold minute and hour indices
- Stainless steel case and leather band gives it durability
- Minimalistic design perfect for petite wrists
- 2-year warranty
- We didn’t like having Mondaine’s logo on its front
Looking for a watch which won’t look distinct from your jewelry? The Citizen Eco-drive with its Swarovski Crystal accents and a stylish background will definitely look the part. Its Eco-drive system will take away the need of the batteries and charge the Citizen, instead, with solar-power.
Giving the Eco-drive a futuristic look is its mother-of-pearl face, which, thanks to the absence of indices, give the whole watch a modern, sleek appeal. Also, be it the band or the 27mm stainless steel case, a constant sprinkling of crystal accents give them a premium feel.
Moreover, if you are a person who needs reminding what day of the wee it is, the Eco-drive comes with a calendar which is located right next to the 3-hour mark. And while its manufacturer states otherwise, users of the Eco-drive state that its water resistance is enough for you to take it for swimming.
- Powered by solar energy
- Crystals embedded on both the band as well as the case
- Remain charged for weeks even without sunlight
- The Calendar sign is a bit small and difficult to read
The Bulova Women’s watch is for the ladies out there who want a designer touch on their wrist but cannot afford to pay over the odds. The 310 Swarovski crystals which this watch contains are brilliantly hand set on its band as well as inside the dial, giving it a premium look.
Apart from its jewelry clasp closure, its silver-tone bangle bracelet has enough to complement any jewelry you might be wearing, That said, it’s much more than just a shining showpiece, as the quartz movement of its dial might deal.
And while it might look fragile, this silver-tone watch gives its competitors a run for their money by offering 30M water resistance. Still, we won’t recommend that you take it for swimming.
- 310 individually hand-set crystals
- Quartz movement
- Shiny jewelry clasp closure
- Sparkles on contact with sun rays
Ask the fashion gurus out there, and they’d tell you to look for a chic, minimalistic watch if you want to ‘’look the part’’. It means that what you should look for is understated elegance, and that is where the Daniel Wellington comes into play.
Featuring a round, 36mm stainless steel case, it amplifies its appeal by pairing it with a black leather band – making the Sheffield entirely simplistic but stylish at the same time. Then there are the stick indices inside the dial to give it an elegant look.
Justifying the reputation of Daniel Wellington as the market leader, the versatility of this watch is a godsend for its wearers.
And nowhere will you encounter versatility more than when choosing its band. For, in addition to the black leather, you could go for navy, light blue, white, red, and even pink. That means that – provided you can spend some more – you could have a strap for every occasion.
However, if you look at your balance before making every purchase, the black leather of this watch would be enough. Whether you wear it to the office, carry it to the party, or own it for a date with your loved one, the black leather would never look out of place.
- Minimalistic yet elegant design
- A wide range of straps
- Elegant stick indices
- Leather calfskin band
- Black band might not make it suitable for every occasion.
It is not often that we encounter a women’s watch which is stylish, trendy, and cost-effective at the same time. Fortunately, the Movado Women’s watch serves as an exception. With a sea of silver – on both the band as well as inside the dial, the Movado has what it takes to decorate your wrist.
Unlike most ‘’women’s’’ watches out there – which are big enough to fit any man’s wrist, the Movado has a nice, delicate 25mm case. Add to this its narrow band – which shines on the first hint of sunlight, and it is made perfectly for those of you with delicate wrists.
To separate it from the competition, Movado has ditched the quarts dial for this women’s watch. In its place has arrived a mineral dial window with no indices, a small logo of the manufacturer, and a golden dot at the 12-hour mark. Pair it with the gold colored dial, and the silver-golden combo makes the Movado a stylish look.
- 25mm case for delicate wrists
- Mineral dial window
- Rose gold-tone hands
- Gold colored dial
- Won’t come cheap
Designed for the majority of women – as its bracelet style might tell – the Seiko Women’s two-tone is a precise timekeeper. You can keep wearing it for one year or ten, but it won’t require any battery replacement as its design lets it power with solar energy.
In case you are wondering, you won’t have to step into the sunlight every day just to charge the Seiko. Instead, as we found out during our review, you could keep the Two-tone in your drawer for weeks, and it would still display accurate time.
Just like its timekeeping, the design of the Seiko is also stunning. The fact it’s two-tone means that the stainless steel silver band has a sprinkling of gold-tone striping on it. This combination allows you to match it with both your bangles as well as your diamond ring.
To top it all off, Seiko has done away with the circular display in favor of its trademark rectangular design, with the result that this being one of the best women watches under $300 would sit perfectly on your wrist all the time.
- Gold-tone striping
- Solar powered
- 30M water resistance
- Rectangular dial
- Its links are a bit difficult to remove