1. Orient Bambino
A company dedicated to building mechanical movements since it was founded for almost a 100 years ago. No matter which generation of the Orient Bambino watch you may get your hands on, it is as solid in performance and design as any swiss movement, and with patience and efford, you can easily find used in mint condition, maybe even a new Bambino from Orient Watch Company below the one hundred dollar mark.
2. Seiko SNK807
Seiko needs no introduction, if you can tell time you know Seiko as a brand. The SNK807 offers a 40 hour powerreserve with the Seiko Caliber 7S26, and though it was originally retailed for a price around $199 you can easily pick up a new one around 89 dollar, and for that you get an extreme versatile watch, comes with a blue natostrap, but with a leatherstrap it’s a classy dresswatch with a modern touch.
3. Swiss Military Hanowa Pegasus Automatic
Swiss made is often claimed, rarely the full truth and nothing but the truth, but in this case its doesn’t get any more genuine. 26 jewels, 44 hour powerreserve, Sapphire glass, 18k gold plating. This watch will wear you and your grandkids out.
4. Rotary Skeleton
Classic brand, classic design, classic elements and complexity. A Rotary has the legacy fashionwatches like Daniel Wellington could only dream off, but never will come even close to. Established in 1895 by Moise Dreyfuss in the Swiss town of La Chaux de Fonds, a Rotary is a pedigree swiss mechanical watch, and the skeleton editions reveal the craftmanship that goes into the design and production of these low cost masterpieces.
5. Invicta 8930 Pro Diver Automatic
A 40mm Submariner homage based on the Miyota 8215 automatic movement. The solid-link bracelet is above its pricerange in feel and touch, and the bezel runs smooth and accurate. It more than you pay for, can be picked up new for around $70, and you get a full automatic diver watch.
6. Fossil ME3003
Fossil Men's Classic Stainless steel case, Leather strap, Black dial, Automatic movement, Scratch mineral resistant, Water resistant up to 5 ATM - 50 meters - 165 feet. Lets face it, it is a bargain buying this Fossil watch, the best mechanics, modern design, more than value for money.
7. Lucien Piccard Calypso Automatic Mens Skeleton Watch
A timeless traditional men's automatic. A huge 45mm high polised case. A smashing crocodile-embossed leather strap. The Lucien Piccard Calypso Automatic Mens Skeleton Watch LP-12683A-01 has it all.
8. Kenneth Cole KC8101
Yes it is somewhat a fashionwatch from a company that does a lot of other products not even remotely related to watches, but for under a 100 dollars you still get a solid genuie automativ watch. Design is a matter of taste, but this is a quality watch and will stand up against most others in this pricerange, and compared to fashionswatches with quartz movements, you get a real watch with this Kenneth Cole.
9. Seagull M172
Sea-Gull 40mm Automatic Retrograde Watch with Sapphire Crystal. A Sea-Gull ST2505 automatic movement. A retrograde day-of-the-month sub-dial is between the 9:00 and 10:00 position and, a power reserve meter is between the 2:00 and 3:00 positions on the dial. The watch has a premium 316L stainless steel case that is 40mm in diameter and 12mm thick. MRSP is $350 so finding it below $100 seems unlikely, except that it is possible if you got the patience.
Actually ANY Parnis will do… It is the King of real Homage watches, they do it better than anyone else, not trying to be more than just that, but solid quality all the way, and you get a Submariner or Seamaster Homage belove the $100 easily.