You don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money on a timepiece that will earn you respect or even praise from a dedicated watch snob. While most "lower-end" watches will not satisfy the particular attention to detail or value that serious enthusiasts are keen to notice, there are a number of superlative "everyman" watches that will nevertheless garner a nod from the horological elite.
Are they merely measuring up other watch lovers by how much money they are spending? It often appears that way, but that isn't the precise truth. More accurately, it would be safe to say that most of the timepieces available that have unique or very refined designs and excellent materials, as well as features, tend to be much more expensive. Timepieces are often an inherently expensive item (hence why they are in the luxury category), so it isn't surprising that cost is often associated with how "nice" something is.
Everyone would love to enjoy deep pockets when it comes to purchasing watches, but the reality is that finding a good watch that is also a really good value takes some work. Fortunately, the aBlogtoWatch team has compiled this list of 10 affordable watches that get a nod from snobs so that you can mingle with the elite timepiece collectors of the world and not feel as though your choice of watch is being immediately dismissed.