If you are looking forward to buying a premium watch within an Rs. 10,000 budget then you have a plethora of options to choose from.
In this price range watches from makers such as Fossil, Casio and Titan are particularly attractive.
Even if you are shelling out up to Rs. 10,000 for a watch you must keep a keen eye on getting the maximum value for your money.
So, without much further ado here are our top ten picks for watches priced under Rs. 10k.
We Highly recommend you to read the Wristwatch Buying Guide at the end of this article to get in-depth knowledge about latest wristwatch technologies and tips on making an informed decision about which product to buy for your needs 🙂
Top 10 Best Wristwatches Under R10,000 in India
Although my favorite among all is Casio Edifice EFR-556DB-2AVUDF but you must check all of them to make your buying decision.
If you are looking for something that would a perfect compliment for a business attire or appropriate in a more formal setting then the Casio Edifice Analog Blue Dial Men’s Watch is what you are looking for.
If you are going to attend a business meeting or require a watch to facilitate your professional work, then the design of this watch suits such situations perfectly.
The watch has the standard three chronograph dials. It also comes equipped with a date display. The watch resists water up to a depth of 100m.
The great 2 years warranty that you get with the watch is simply the icing on the cake. The case, as well as the strap, is made of premium quality stainless steel.
The glass has been specially designed to resist scratches. The shiny dial with is in the hue of an elegant blue is simply a perfect complement to a professional attire.
If you are looking for a reddish dial we recommend you check out the Casio EX361 variant of this watch.
If you are a music aficionado then you are absolutely going to fall in love with the GBA from Casio.
The watch not only has its looks themed on music but also lets you control various features of your smartphone with your watch after establishing a connection with Bluetooth.
If you cannot stand being separated from music then this is the watch you were looking for all along.
You can control your smartphone and perform functions like changing volume, browsing through tracks or even change equalizer levels with the help of this watch.
The watch features a sub-dial which keeps you updated about the connection status with your smartphone.
The strap and case are made of resin and the model is simply the best one that Indian men can have as a g shock watch that is priced under Rs.10k.
#3. Fossil BQ1007
If you are looking for a distinctly fashionable men’s watch then this analog piece from Fossil is meant for someone just like you.
It blends in harmoniously with almost any type of casual attire.
The dials have been designed beautifully in their off-white color glory suitable complemented by roman number markers in black and silver hands.
The watch is characterized by the ease in which you can have a quick look at the time. The model ships with chronograph subdials along with a stopwatch.
The watch also comes with a date display. The buckle clasp is made from premium leather and the case is made out of stainless steel. It is water resistant for depths up to 50m.
The case diameter stands at 42mm and is just ideal for this kind of watch. This should be the go-to watch in your wardrobe for casual occasions.
It is also the best chronograph watch available for men at the under Rs. 10k price range.
If you are particularly short on budget and would like to save something like a thousand or half-thousand rupees out of the maximum budget of 10k then the Fossil FS4545 is definitely for you.
Regardless of the price, this is one well-designed watch, to say the least. Rather the dial is absolutely beautiful.
It comes with Chronograph subdials along with a display of date in a stunning brown and black color combination.
This is another watch model intended for casual use and befits almost any type of casual occasion and attire.
The time indicators and hands are colored white to make things bright and make gauging the time really easy. The strap is a leather one albeit of good quality.
The stainless-steel case is durable, and the build quality is simply superb.
#5. Fossil FS4656
The machine collection of watches from Fossil is reputed for their high build quality as well as the spark of trendy and casual style it adds to the appearance of the wearer.
This is yet another top pick for people looking for a casual solution to their need. This model sports a black dial and chronograph subdials. It can resist water for a depth of 50m.
It ships with a military brown strap that flaunts the military colors in such a fashionable manner that it is completely worth your money.
This is definitely one of the more attractive Fossil watches out there and a necessity for the nuanced men’s wardrobe.
If you want to exude an aura that suits the modern woman across her many a roles in all of which she excels and does so with elan and grace then this Titan model is what you are looking for.
It is beautifully crafted to the point of being a poetic celebration of the femininity, grace, and confidence that women stand for.
The watch features enamel or pearl work, Swarovski crystals, and the model fits into any formal or casual occasion with characteristic ease.
The makers say the watch is inspired by the natural beauty of the world around us.
The intricate craftsmanship is just an example of the outstanding watchmaking quality of the brand. The watch is the perfect accessory for any woman.
#7. Fossil ES3284
If you are looking to add a dash of glitz and drama with a play of shiny steel then this watch model shout fit you to perfection.
It is intended for an audience that takes pride in its sophisticated ways and has a feeling to its vintage roots.
This model is part of the company’s Virginia collection and features three hands on a bracelet of stainless steel.
The accuracy of the watch is high thanks to the electronic movement facilitated by quartz crystals. The watch is meant for the long-term and is characterized by its durable build.
The female elegance of the design is reminiscent of finding a gem of a watch in an old antique store.
The watch can easily be worn on as different occasions as going to the market or an evening out.
If making an impression counts, then the Titan NE9721SM04J from the Purple series is what you want. It is the very embodiment of style and substance in the design of a watch.
Women can now attract attention with the black monotone color hinting with silver. The watch has two hands and has quartz movement.
The design of the dial is very, very contemporary and the rectangular black dial exudes an aura somber appeal.
The hands of the watch are stylishly colored silver which stands out in the monotone black making reading the time easy.
The pattern on the strap is elaborate and the creativity of the design obvious. The metal strap in dual colors and solid links pattern adds to the charm of the overall look.
The watch is perfectly suited for casual occasions and when you are going out to party.
The watch resists water up to a depth of 30m which is adequate for incidents of spilling water, sudden rains or even a slip into water by accident.
In order to add that air of urbanity through the perfect combination of functionality and form this model from the Gitte collection from the manufacturer.
Skagen is the perfect solution. It is meant for the discerning urban woman who revels in her identity. The dial is round sandblasted dark grey one.
The plain hands along with the stick markers facilitate reading time with ease and convenience. The silver colored strap is made of stainless steel.
#10. Casio Sheen SH194
Jump several notches higher in the hierarchy of women whose reputation for style and substance precedes them with this model from the Sheen collection of Casio.
It is a literal star-studded affair with Swarovski crystals adorning the bezels, band, and dial. It is just essential for any feminine wrist.
The watch has a retrograde day indicator with a mother of pearl dial. The dial is encased with ion-plated stainless steel.
Not to mention the mineral glass of the watch which ensures additional protection for the watch.
The same ion-plated stainless steel is also put into use in the watch strap and a proper fit is ensured by a three-fold clasp.
Buyer's Guide - How to Purchase Wristwatches
If you feel confused while buying a watch these days, you really cannot be blamed for that.
The sheer variety of timepieces makes it normal to feel confused. This variety is exemplified not only in the colors or sizes of the watches but also in the fact that there are several watches meant specifically for people in particular professions.
This type of mass market watches stands in sharp contrast to their roles in the lives of the people of previous generations.
Watches were earlier considered to be a possession of a very personal nature. It acted as a symbol of the status, wealth, family and aspiration of a person, not as a mere instrument for telling the time. We frequently found that watches were handed down from one generation to another.
This is because a watch is so much more than just a piece of technology or jewelry.
Why buy a watch at all?
One question that may naturally crop up in your mind considering the trends this year, we need watches nowadays. If the goal is simply to know the time, then gadgets confront us all around with timepieces especially mobile phones.
In terms of functionality, the timepieces on smartphones far exceed their strap on non-smart counterparts. With them, things like tides, phases, alarms, world time, stopwatches are there for us at the convenience of a mere touch.
No need to fiddle around with small, hard to reach bezels, pushers, and modes. Also, the watch related functionalities of smartphones are much more legible compared to the typical 25-mm dial watch.
Wristwatches have advantages too over having just a smartphone to check the time. In certain types of social and business events taking out your smartphone to check the time is considered to be bad manners. A wristwatch is particularly discreet in such circumstances.
Watches also have the advantage that they won’t vanish into a handbag or pocket leaving you no option but to dig around. Wristwatches have other advantages while you are on the go. In the chilly months of the year, you won't have to sort through layers of clothing.
It also keeps both hands free for performing any sort of activity. Watches themselves can support a number of activities depending on the model.
Things to Look Out For in Watches
Like all other devices, there are certain qualities or features that you want your watch to have. The first thing to mention in this context that it must fit the kind of lifestyle you have. It must have the functions you need and want. The specifics that you want to watch out for are as follows:
This is perhaps the most obvious factor before you decide to buy anything not only wristwatches.
Watches come in a wide variety of prices to suit every pocket and budget. You can get one for free at a movie screening, they can be that cheap or you could even spend hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars buying a rare watch at an auction.
Wristwatches are one of those rare items whose price is decided by the capacity of the market. You will do yourself a world of good by researching thoroughly on the watches available in your budget range and promises to give you maximum value for your money.
This value that the watch provides depends on the person buying it. There are people who would save money for a decade to buy a Rolex while there are some who think spending more than Rs.1000 on a watch is stupidity.
Legibility is another factor of crucial importance which should be considered. There can very well be great looking and elegant watches whose dials make it impossible to tell with surety which indicates the hour, and which stands for the minute. If this happens you just might end up spending several minutes just to make out what the current time is.
Like all things that you are going to be wearing for extended periods of the day, the wristwatch you buy must be comfortable for you to wear. If it results in gashing your wrist or has a tendency to catch on to things, then most probably you are not going to look forward to putting it on every morning.
Another factor to consider is the size of the watch. If you have a small wrist big watches will not blend in besides making you feel uncomfortable due to their size. If the watch is too small then legibility might suffer and when it is placed on a large wrist it will look silly.
Study the flip side
If you have the budget to consider a tweeny bit pricey models of wristwatches then this is one thing you absolutely must find out.
Just flip over the watch and observe the case back for some time. If the watchmaker claims that the cases are made of gold and silver, then usually it should be accompanied hallmarks that attest to the purity of the metal.
There are other certifications too for regular watches like some testify that they are Swiss Made, it meets the standards of official chronometers or is created with the specifications of the government for martial use.
Even if the watch is not that expensive you should keep in the mind that even the cheapest back case of watches should provide essential information about the make and model of the watch.
These include the manufacturing company, the kind of movement the watch makes, the country where the watch was manufactured and the battery specifics. Water resistant watches have the depth of water it endures inscribed at its back.
Anti-magnetic watches have the name of the case material and the type of crystal used by the watch inscribed too. Some even come with serial numbers and limited-edition numbers.
The accuracy and weight
Expensive or even moderately priced watches are typically heavy when compared to their size. In fact, a good watch is characterized by its heft compared to the lack of it in poor quality watches of the same size. One exception to this general rule of thumb is deep-sea dive watches.
Apart from the weight, another crucial thing to consider is the accuracy. The accuracy of quartz watches manufactured these days is so bang on target that they can even be put into use for celestial navigation.
The accuracy of mechanical watches is good too though quite as not as great as their quartz counterparts. Swiss watches are subjected to rigorous testing by “Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute.” It ensures that these wristwatches are accurate to 10 seconds per day.
The accuracy of a mechanical watch can be evaluated by having a careful and good look at the second's hand. In quartz watches the hand beats only once in a second but in the case of mechanical watches the beats may occur several times in the time period of one second.
Brands are important in all types of consumer goods, particularly for watches. The brand name often determines the fate of a model in terms of popularity rather than the specs and looks of the model. So, as it turns out you may just be paying for the label rather than the actual item.
But watches have the rare quality that makes even high prices justified. There comes with a brand a reputation for finesse and expertise in craftsmanship. These names give a model a legendary aura which is often something very, very real and tangible.
Brands with the “Swiss Made” label are by nature expensive due to the financial costs associated with the certification by the government of Switzerland as well as the requirements specified by them to meet those standards. In fact, experts estimate the “Swiss Made” label alone perks up the prices by 20%
The problem with premier watches brands is that they can rarely be serviced by ordinary watch repair shops. As a matter of fact, often the spare parts need for their repairs are only available to manufacturer endorsed service centers which may not be the most convenient option for you.
There might also be warranty induced compulsions or those related to expertise that force you to opt for company certified service centers.