Affordable Watches Worn By Celebrities February 17, 2021 – Posted in: Watch Stuff – Tags: Seiko, Timex, Casio
Given their fortunes and proximity to exclusive products, it comes as no surprise that celebrities are often wearing the most luxurious watches available. So it’s particularly refreshing when we spot the rich and famous wearing budget-friendly watches that almost anyone can buy. Here’s a roundup of celebrities wearing affordable watches made by the likes of Casio, Seiko, Timex, and others.
Celebrities Wearing Casio Watches
From retro-looking watches to solar-powered digital gadgets, the celeb crowd, including personalities like actress Kristen Stewart, actor Ryan Reynolds, and billionaire Bill Gates, has accepted Casio as an affordable watch brand worth wearing.
Mark Ruffalo may play the Hulk on screen but in real life, he doesn’t wear the Rolex Hulk (the affectionate nickname given to the green Submariner). He declared in an interview that, “my daily wear is my Casio solar-powered watch, because I’m pro-solar. And that thing will last. I can beat the living hell out of it. And it gets enough sun by just walking around on a sunny afternoon.”
Fellow actor Ryan Gosling is often seen wearing an understated Rolex Air-King but he sometimes switches it out for the vintage series Casio A168WA-1—particularly when he’s performing with his band, Dead Man’s Bones. This silver and black digital Casio can be picked up for less than $20, brand new!
(Image: Ryan Gosling / Casio A168WA-1)
Prolific rapper and producer, Tyler, the Creator is also famous for opting to wear a super affordable Casio watch despite him being worth millions of dollars. His Casio of choice is the quartz-powered MQ24-9B analog watch, which will set you back anywhere from $15 to $20.
Celebrities Wearing Casio G-Shock Watches
While Casio of course also manufactures G-Shock, these mega tough timepieces have proven to be so successful that the G-Shock name has spun off into its own universe, boasting a diverse line of watch models. Plenty of celebrities such as Kanye West, Usher, Rihanna, Pharrell, and Justin Bieber, have been known to wear G-Shocks throughout the decades and the watches’ appeal among the famous has remained strong.
To the outside world, John Mayer is a successful musician with a slew of Grammy awards to his name. But to those within the watch world, he’s also a legendary watch collector and enthusiast. While his collection houses an incredible assortment of coveted luxury watches, John Mayer also appreciates affordable watches—like the G-Shock. In fact, his love for G-Shock, particularly the Mudmaster and Frogman, paved the way for the recently released limited edition Casio G-SHOCK “Ref 6900” by John Mayer (designed by the musician himself), which retails for $180.
(Image: John Mayer / Casio G-SHOCK “Ref. 6900”)
As the frontman of Coldplay, Chris Martin is another incredibly successful musician (estimated to be worth around $100 million) that loves a good G-Shock watch in a bright colorway. We’ve spotted him wear a colorful array of G-Shock watches in red, yellow, pink, blue, and others, both on and off stage.
Celebrities Wearing Timex Watches
As an American company that makes affordable watches, Timex has been a popular choice with many U.S. politicians (including American Presidents like George W. Bush and Bill Clinton) to convey a non-elitist and approachable demeanor. Outside political circles, Timex is also the go-to watch for some celebrities.
Actor, director, and all-around Hollywood A-lister, Mark Wahlberg is known within the watch community for his impressive collection of super high-end Rolex and Patek Philippe watches. However, he’s not above wearing much more affordable timepieces—especially during his grueling workouts. He alternates between a few Timex watches but one we see often on his wrist is the black Timex Ironman Rugged 30, which sells at the bargain-basement price of around $40.
(Image: Mark Wahlberg / Timex Ironman Rugged 30)
Actor Steve Carell is best known for his role of Michael Scott in the hit sitcom, The Office. On the show, Michael Scott wore a Timex Perpetual Calendar, which NBC auctioned to raise money for the United Way non-profit organization. Off-screen, Steve Carell also wears a Timex, once telling a magazine reporter, “I have a Timex that lights up. That’s maybe my favorite watch.” He also added, “I think I got it at Target.”
Celebrities Wearing Seiko Watches
Seiko has long been a favorite brand among watch enthusiasts, prized for their diverse range of solid watches sold at accessible price points. Plus, Seiko watches have been a part of pop culture for decades with appearances in movies like Apocalypse Now (1979) worn by Martin Sheen, Ghostbusters (1984) worn by Dan Akroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis, and Aliens (1986) worn by Sigourney Weaver, and several blockbuster films starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Image: Arnold Schwarzenegger / Seiko H558-5009 “Arnie”)
Released in 1982, The Seiko H558-5009 was one of the world’s first hybrid analog-digital dive watches and gained cult status when it appeared on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wrist in action flicks like Commando (1985) and Predator (1987). The association became so strong that the watch was nicknamed the Seiko Arnie. In 2019, watch fans welcomed the Seiko Arnie reissue—the Seiko Prospex SNJ025, which retails for $525. Not a bad price for a celebrity watch with a history starring in big Hollywood movies!
Celebrities Wearing Apple Watches
The Apple Watch is perhaps the most popular accessible watch brand among celebs right now. Stars like Jon Hamm, Oprah, Mindy Kaling, J.J. Abrams, Gwen Stefani, Frank Ocean, Sophie Turner, and others are frequently seen with a reasonably priced Apple Watch on their wrists.
(Image: Mindy Kaling / Apple Watch)
However, while the Apple Watch starts at an affordable $199, the cost can quickly skyrocket with premium metal cases and special edition straps. For instance, the all-gold Apple Watch, as seen worn by Kanye West, Katy Perry, and Drake, tops out at around $17,000 while Beyoncé and the late Karl Largerfeld have worn custom Apple Watch models with solid gold straps estimated to be worth more than $30,000! Though the gold editions are well beyond the affordable realm, sticking to models in steel or aluminum won’t break the bank.
Clearly, the appeal of an affordable watch is not reserved for those with limited budgets. Regardless of the millions of dollars in their bank accounts, these celebrities still choose to wear inexpensive watches—and look great doing so.
Are there any other celebrities that wear affordable watches that we’ve missed on this list? If so, let us know in the comments section below.