It’s easy to rack up an eye-watering basket balance when shopping for watches. Swiss-made timepieces with perfect mechanical complications and encrusted bezels certainly don’t come cheap, but it’s a myth that all nice watches come with a heavy price tag. We could lay out a hundred-point list about why you don’t have to spend big on your watch to make it count, from buying pre-owned to finding bargain alternatives, but after a look at Timex’s latest offering, we thought we’d let the king of affordable timepieces do the talking instead.

Founded in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company, Timex revolutionized the world of personal timekeeping. While other watchmakers looked to craft something luxurious and expensive, Timex opted to make something for the people. By 1901, the company had perfected the pocket watch at just one dollar per piece, making it the general public’s go-to option. 50 years later and every third watch sold in the US was a Timex.

Today, some 150 years after its inception, Timex has retained its spot as one of the world’s favorite watchmakers. How? Its latest collection tells you everything you need to know. From archive diving designs to luxury-feel chronographs, there’s a Timex for every wrist and they look a damn sight more valuable than their price tags let on. They work better than their price tags let on, too, with Swiss movements now powering much of the brand's collection.

Below, we’ve rounded up eight of the Timex watches that caught our eye this season. Ranging in price from just $165 to $348, this is a masterclass in how to get full marks on your watch game without running yourself into financial ruin. We told you it was possible.

Shop the best Timex watches of 2022 below.

Navi XL Automatic 41mm

Navi XL Automatic 41mm

$269

Timex

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Waterbury Heritage Automatic 40mm

Waterbury Heritage Automatic 40mm

$310

Timex

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Q Timex 38mm

Q Timex 38mm

$169

Timex

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M79

M79

$335

Timex

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Q Diver Watch

Q Diver Watch

$179

Timex

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Q Timex Malibu 36mm

Q Timex Malibu 36mm

$189

Timex

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Waterbury Traditional GMT 39mm

Waterbury Traditional GMT 39mm

$265

Timex

Buy at Farfetch
M79 Watch 40mm

M79 Watch 40mm

$348

Timex

Buy at Farfetch

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