7 Best Quartz Watches (In-Depth Buying Guide)

If you're looking for the best quartz watch on the market today, this guide is for you.

The introduction of quartz crystal technology into the watch industry has revolutionized timekeeping to its core.

Quartz quickly established itself as an accurate and reliable way to tell time that we now have watches that are so accurate that they only gain or lose one second in one year.

Of course, manufacturers were quick to realize quartz’s potential resulting in an explosion of different brands and models of quartz watches that we see in the market today.

As you might have guessed, choosing one of the best quartz watches for you can be a challenge.

With the sheer number of options available, it’s even hard to decide where to start your selection process.

But fret not, we got you covered.

This round-up is all you’ll ever need to get your shopping adventure.

Invicta Men's 9212 Speedway Chronograph Quartz Watch

Invicta Men's 9212 Speedway Analog Japanese Quartz Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch
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Invicta Men's 9212 Speedway Analog Japanese Quartz Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch
  • Case Size : 39.5 mm
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  • Japanese Quartz movement with analog display

Invicta watches for men have been living up to the brand’s name which means is Latin for invincible. Indeed, both in performance and elegance, the Invicta Men's 9212 Speedway Analog Japanese Quartz Chronograph Stainless Steel is unmatched, which explains why you’ll usually spot it in many quartz watches.

This elegant timepiece is painstakingly assembled by hand so you’ll be assured of its craftsmanship and the attention to detail to give you a stylish yet very durable timepiece. It has a two-tone stainless steel bezel, bracelet strap, and steel case accented in certain parts with 23K gold plating.

The gold color accents can be further seen in its dial with the gold markers and hands (hour hand and seconds hand) resulting in a very luxurious feel.

It also features a chronograph function. You can see the subdial and the seconds hand. It is also water resistant up to 660 feet or 200 meters, which makes it technically a dive watch under $100, at least for those who want to do some recreational scuba diving.

The Invicta Men’s 9212 Speedway features Japanese Quartz movement with analog display. Constructed out of stainless steel, its case measures 39.5 mm - which is the ideal size for most male wrists - with the screw-down crown as well as a date window. It’s a very versatile timepiece that fits both in your sporting and working life.

PROS
CONS
  • Elegant style
  • Intricately designed hand and markers
  • Affordably priced
  • Water resistant
  • Battery powered which means you’ll have to change its battery when it runs out of power

Vincero Luxury Men's Chrono S Wrist Watch

Vincero was founded 2014 but it quickly gained a foothold in the luxury quartz segment with its well-crafted timepieces. Uncompromising when it comes to quality, the Vincero Luxury Men's Chrono S Wrist Watch is an embodiment of the company’s motto of giving the best product to their customers.

This is a very well-build men’s timepiece and could handle an active man’s lifestyle. Its crown and 43 mm case is constructed with 316L surgical grade stainless steel, making it very durable. Even its mineral-crystal glass is sapphire coated to make it scratch and scrape resistant, protecting the gorgeous blue dial beneath as well.

If you enjoy recreational diving, you don’t have to change watches when you go into the water. This Vincero is water resistant and can withstand water pressures of up to 5 ATMs which effectively makes it a quartz dive watch under $200.

As a luxury watch, the Vincero Luxury Men's Chrono S Wrist Watch - Top Grain Italian Leather Band is very stylish. Its bezel and hands are done in silver which contrasts perfectly with the blue dial giving it an aura of luxury. While the black dial is quite common, you’ll see the elegance and luxurious feel in this watch's blue colored background. This upmarket feel is further enhanced by its genuine Italian calf leather strap that measures 22 mm.

With its uncluttered design makes it very easy for reading the time, especially since it is 43mm in diameter. It also features a chronograph function and the high precision Japanese Miyota Quartz movement.

PROS
CONS
  • Easy reading
  • Scratch resistant
  • Water resistant
  • Uses sapphire crystal
  • Complaints about damaged strap upon delivery

Benyar Men's Analog Leather Str​​​​​ap Wrist Watch

BENYAR - Wrist Watch for Men, Leather Strap Watches Quartz Movement, Waterproof Analog Chronograph...
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BENYAR - Wrist Watch for Men, Leather Strap Watches Quartz Movement, Waterproof Analog Chronograph...
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If you are looking for an affordable yet elegant quartz timepiece, then Benyar’s Men's Analog Watch Fashion Business could be the perfect timepiece for you.

While it is designed for daily use, it’s appearance is far from ordinary with its black dial, polished stainless steel case and leather strap giving it an air of luxury and sophistication.

It is water resistant up to 3 ATM. While it is not suitable for snorkeling, swimming or diving, this level of water-resistance is enough to deal with those accidental water splashes.

It has a polished metal casing which contrasts nicely with the black dial. Meanwhile, the watch’s hands are grey in color with white highlights for the hour and minute hands and red highlight for the second hand. There are three sub dials which are used for its chronograph function. The dial is enclosed by a scratch-proof mineral glass. Completing the chic look is a brown genuine leather strap.

There is also a date window so you don’t have to worry about forgetting the date. You can tell the time at a glance since it's having a easy read with a case diameter of 40 mm.

It is one of the top quartz watches for gift giving. It already comes with a box so wrapping it up won’t be a problem. For additional peace of mind, it has a 24-month warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

PROS
CONS
  • Very affordable
  • Perfect for gift giving
  • Chronograph function
  • Might not satisfy demanding buyers

Vincero Luxury Men's Kairos Wrist Watch

You might have noticed that we’ve already included a Vincero previously from its Chrono S line. But we are still including another quartz movement timepiece from the same brand only this time, it will be coming from a different line called the Kairos Collection.

One glance and you’ll immediately know the difference between the two. The Vincero Luxury Men's Kairos Wrist Watch, which still made with the same attention to detail as the Chrono S, does not have the three subdials of the latter model. The reason for that is that it does not have a chronograph function.

In addition, the Kairos is slightly smaller at 42 mm compared to Chrono S’ case which measures at 43 mm.

Price is also a bit lower because of the lack of the chronograph but for those who do not want the feature and opt for a more clutter-free look without those subdials, then the Kairos is one of the most excellent quartz watches from the brand.

Other than those few differences, the Kairos model offers the same features and specs. You can either choose a blue dial or black dial depending on your preference.

It is still water resistant up to 5 ATM. Scratch resistant mineral coated with sapphire crystal glass still guards the hands and the watch’s dial. It also features the same precise Japanese Miyota Quartz movement as well as a date function.

Constructed out of surgical grade stainless steel, you’ll still be getting the same toughness and durability. Meanwhile, the quartz dress watch’ stylish elegance is enhanced with its 22 mm genuine Italian calf leather strap.

PROS
CONS
  • Water resistant
  • Scratch resistant
  • Stylish design
  • Reading is easy
  • No chronograph feature

Casio Quartz Resin Casual Watch, (Model: MQ24-7B)

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Casio Men's Classic Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black, 20 (Model: EAW-MQ-24-7B2)
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Casio Men's Classic Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black, 20 (Model: EAW-MQ-24-7B2)
  • Round watch with logoed white dial featuring Arabic numeral markers
  • 35 mm plastic case with protective resin glass dial window
  • Quartz movement with analog display

Not everyone is looking for the same thing. Some prefer watches will all the features that could possibly fit into the timepiece while other people prefer a much simpler timepiece that basically just tells time.

If you belong to the latter group, the Casio Quartz Resin Casual Watch, Color:  Black (Model: MQ24-7B) is perfect for you.

The Casio MQ24/7B belongs to the Casual Classics collection.

Its design can be considered basic and simple but there is nothing wrong with that since the timepiece is specifically designed to tell the time. There are no subdials or date windows to distract the user and, with its black large numbers and indicators against a white background.

The black casing measures 35 mm and is made of a plastic resin blend. Actually, it's not just the case that’s made of plastic but the black stationary bezel and link bracelet are all made out fo the same material. This keeps its weight to a minimum and its price down. It has a steel-case back and its dial is protected by a durable mineral window.

It may be a simple model but when it comes to telling the time, it is very accurate. Actually, it's so precise that it tells time accurately within 20 seconds each month. It features the reliable Japanese quartz movement known for its accuracy and reliability.

Surprisingly, it is water resistant. Of course, it’s not suitable for swimming or diving but everyday splashes or rain won’t be a problem for the timepiece.

PROS
CONS
  • Water resistant
  • Very affordable
  • Easy read hands
  • Lightweight
  • Simple watch, no additional features

Citizen Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Watch with Date Function

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Citizen Men's Quartz Stainless Steel Watch with Day/Date, BK3830-51A
  • 38mm Case diameter
  • Day, Date and Moon phase Sub dials; Flame Fusion Crystal
  • Water Resistant To 100m (330ft): In General, Suitable for Swimming and Snorkeling, but not Diving

Citizen Men's Stainless Steel Quartz Wristwatch is one cool timepiece that looks nice and comes packed with features you will normally expect in more expensive models. The surprising thing is that this model is actually very cheap and, for those who are looking for an elegant timepiece on a budget, this could be the most excellent choice for you.

Its design is best described as a casual dress watch. It looks elegant with its steel case, crown and bezel in silver-colored zinc alloy finish. Its face has a white background which offers a nice contrast to the gray-lined luminous hands and markers. With its understated elegance, it’s definitely a timepiece you can wear in the office or on social functions.

Beneath all that visual appeal is a product that offers good performance for its price. It features CITIZEN Japanese Quartz movement known for its precision and accuracy. It is also water resistant up to 330 feet or 100 meters so getting it wet from regular swimming or snorkeling won’t be an issue. However, the manufacturer says it should not be submerged for a long time underwater so you can’t take it while diving.

It is also comfortable to wear. It features a stainless steel bracelet that not only enhances the watch’s visual appeal but offers comfort to the wearer even for prolonged use.

PROS
CONS
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Classic design that is elegant
  • Very affordable
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Can’t be worn while diving or in cases where the it is submerged in water for a long period of time
  • Looks very thin

Timex Women's Ironman 30 Mid-Size Sports Watch

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Timex Women's TW5M19900 Ironman Transit Mid-Size White/Rose Gold-Tone Resin Strap Watch
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Timex Women's TW5M19900 Ironman Transit Mid-Size White/Rose Gold-Tone Resin Strap Watch
  • Adjustable white 12 millimeter resin strap fits up to 7.5-inch wrist circumference
  • 100-hour chronograph with 10-lap memory; 24-hour countdown timer
  • customizable alarm; 24-hour military time mode; 2 time zones; Day, date & month calendar

Timex’s Ironman 30 series is one of the most popular sports watches today. With its chronograph feature, reliable performance, and very affordable price, the Timex Women's Ironman 30-Lap Digital Quartz Mid-Size Watch, White - T5K515 belongs to this quartz timepiece rundown.

It has tons of features one can use in day-to-day living. Aside from its tried and tested stopwatch feature with its 24-hour countdown timer, you can also save reminders for special occasions such as appointments, anniversaries and birthdays.

Meanwhile, its alarm mode can be customized with daily, weekly, weekdays as well as weekend options. Those who regularly travel will love its feature where you can set its time and alarms in up to three time zones.

It is also super easy to read. Since it's a digital sports watch, one glance alone will suffice for you to be able to know the time. You don’t have to do a quick analysis like what you always do when reading an analog quartz timepiece. In addition, it's equipped with Indiglo light-up system so you can read the time even in the dark. No need to search for a light source.

For active users, it's water resistant up to a hundred meters. This makes it suitable even for some water activities such as snorkeling and swimming.

PROS
CONS
  • Chronographs/stopwatch
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Indiglo – reading is possible even in the dark
  • Digital time format
  • Some watch buyer might not like digital clock display

Casio 'Classic' Quartz Metal & Resin Casual Watch

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Casio Men's Data Bank Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black, 18 (Model: F91WM-9A)
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Casio Men's Data Bank Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Black, 18 (Model: F91WM-9A)
  • Case / bezel material: Resin, Resin Band, Resin Glass, Water Resistant
  • LED light
  • 1/100-second stopwatch Measuring capacity: 59'59.99" Measuring modes: Net time, split time, 1st-2nd...

We’ve presented the ladies with a digital quartz watch so it’s time for the gents to get one. If you are in search for budget-friendly quartz, the Casio Men's 'Classic' Quartz Metal and Resin Casual Watch, Color: Black (Model: F-91WM-9ACF) is one of the most affordable watches for casual wear. It also comes with useful features to help you manage your time, so we’ve included it in this list.

Even at first glance, everyone will feel somewhat familiar with its design. And they should be as it’s a tried and tested design for past Casio bestsellers. Its case, band, and bezel are made from resin so you’ll get a lightweight watch that is also durable and waterproof for regular water splashes. However, it might not be suited for swimming.

It also has LED light which makes it very easy for reading even in the dark. It has a chronograph feature as well as capability to remind you of important times such as appointments.

PROS
CONS
  • LED light
  • Water-resistance
  • Chronograph/stopwatch
  • Affordable
  • Not everyone likes watches made out of resin
  • The classic look might put off some buyers

What to Consider Before Buying

But now, you’ve been eyeing and is already inclined to choose a particular model. But before you take the plunge, here are a few things you need to consider.

Precision

Watches are engineered to be as accurate as possible, especially the quartz ones. However, this precision timekeeping ability varies greatly between types and models. For instance, the Longines Conquest V.H.P. 41mm Black Dial offers an amazing accuracy of ±5 sec/year which can be ideal for a pilot. Similarly, the Grand Seiko 9F Ref. SBGT241 is accurate up to +/- 10 seconds per year but those two watches can be quite expensive compared to other quartz models.

quartz watch

Since not everyone needs that extra precise time measurement in their daily lives, it would be more practical to choose cheaper but less accurate watches. The modern models gain or lose +/-1 second in one day, which should be accurate enough for most users [R].

Calendar Feature

One feature that some quartz buyers love while others don’t really need is a watch’s calendar feature. If you don’t really need to check the day’s date very often, you can do without the feature and you’ll probably save money by buying a simpler timepiece. Others, however, need to double check the date they put on documents or to keep track of deadlines.

A watch with a calendar feature will really come in handy for these people. If you have the extra cash, you can even go for higher end models with perpetual calendar feature as perpetual calendar automatically keeps track of which month have 30 or 31 days and which year is a leap year so it can extend the date for February to 29.

Analog or Digital Display

Some buyers think that analog watches – with its second, minute and hour hands – look better than their digital quartz counterparts. However, other buyers also prefer digital watches because it’s easier to read the time since they display it already in numeric format.

analog quartz watch

Water Resistance

Quartz timepieces differ in their degree of water resistance. The question is how much water resistance do you need from your watch. For divers, they obviously must buy watches that survive the pressure encountered when diving at certain depths (if you need such a watch, read my best triathlon watch buyer's guide). For those who only love to snorkel, some quartz crystal watches are water resistant up to 30 meters which is more than sufficient. But for those who are not into water activities, the minimal water resistance is still necessary accidental water splashes or rains.

Battery Life

How often does a watch’s battery need to be replaced? This is also a very important factor to consider before deciding on buying a watch (especially when buying men's military watches). Of course, a battery that lasts longer would be best so better check it with the manufacturer to get the facts right.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Your most pressing questions answered.

What is the Best Quartz Watch?

The best one in this category is the Invicta Men’s 9212 Speedway. Performance-wise, it delivers the most accurate timekeeping and has the extra chronograph function. Besides, although it has a cheap price tag, it looks premium, and it’s often mistaken as a $500 luxury watch. Its design looks similar to Rolex Daytona.

What is the Most Accurate Quartz Watch?

The most accurate one is the Casio Men’s Resin watch. It has a Japanese quartz movement, and it remains accurate +/-20 seconds each month.

Do Quartz Watches Last Forever?

Depending on how good the movement is, with the proper and regular maintenance can last you a lifetime. However, if you compare it to the mechanical watches, technically, it doesn’t last as long as the mechanical ones

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