Top 12 Best Affordable Integrated Bracelet Watches [List & Guide]

Best Affordable Integrated Bracelet Watches

Top 12 Best Affordable Integrated Bracelet Watches [List & Guide]

Watches with an integrated bracelet design have become some of the most iconic appreciated, and innovative watch designs in the world. At the forefront of this, we have the Patek Philippe Nautilus, Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and the Vacheron Constantin Overseas, amongst others. These three legendary designs have all been designed by one iconic designer, Gerald Genta.

All of these iconic integrated bracelet designs were introduced in the 1970s, and therefore, many of them have a 70s vibe to them. But at the same time, this design has, to a great extent, also proven to be truly timeless as it is more popular than ever. In recent times, more and more brands have hopped on the trend of the integrated bracelet watch design as the popularity of this watch style has increased. This includes the Tudor Royal, Bell & Ross BR 05, and A. Lange & Sohne Odysseus, and many more.

The good news is that you can get a watch with an integrated bracelet design without the price tag of tens of thousands of dollars. Therefore, we will look closer at the best affordable integrated bracelet watches.

The integrated bracelet design gained an upswing in popularity during the 1970s, and at that time, several brands apart from the most famous ”holy trio” (Patek, Vacheron, AP) released their own versions. Now, there are more watches with integrated bracelets than ever, and with that said, there are quite a few to choose from in all price categories.

What is a watch with an integrated bracelet?

The vast majority of watches are designed with a case and a bracelet that is attached to the case using its end links and a spring bar. The bracelet can in turn usually be removed and replaced with a different strap with the same diameter. Watches with integrated bracelets are a bit different as they are designed to be integrated into the case instead, and therefore they do not usually have spring bars.

The whole concept of the integrated bracelet design is to create a seamless design where the bracelet and case are made to look like one single seamless unit, unlike those with straps or regular bracelets. The result of this is that these type of watches get a sporty, unique, and seamless design that stands out from most other watches on the market.

The integrated bracelet watches are a matter of preference. Many people love it, but others prefer to be able to easily change between straps as they please, and this is generally not as easy on watches with integrated bracelets since they require the straps to be specifically made for that case.

Best Affordable watches with integrated bracelets

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Bulova Gunmetal Automatic 98A179

First up on this list is a Bulova with an integrated bracelet design. The fact is that Bulova released its first integrated bracelet watch back in the 1970s which looks almost identical to the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, and so it has a long history of making this type of watch design.

This watch, however, stands out from the ordinary and has its very own unique and distinct style. It features a stainless steel case with a gunmetal IP plating and a diameter of 46mm. The bracelet blends into the case of the watch perfectly and gives it character and a sporty look. Bulova has done a great job with the case finishing and decoration by using brushed and polished elements. Also, the crown is positioned at 2 o’clock on the case which prevents it from digging into the hand when wearing it. On top of the case sits a sapphire crystal. The integrated bracelet has a double-press deployment clasp.

The watch is powered by an automatic movement, but apart from its integrated bracelet design, the highlight of this timepiece is certainly its skeletonize dial. This is a feature that watch enthusiasts, in particular, will appreciate as it works as a reminder of the mechanical piece of craftsmanship that beats inside. The movement offers a power reserve of 40 hours.

In addition to the skeletonized dial, another nice feature is that this watch also has a see-through case back, allowing you to see the movement from that side as well.

The majority of the dial is skeletonized and it has applied metal hour markers with luminescence as well as skeletonize hands with luminescence applied to them. The water resistance is 100m/330 feet which makes it suitable for handling swimming and water splashes.

All in all, if you are looking for a sporty, versatile, and masculine timepiece that stands out from the ordinary, but also offers a great level of craftsmanship, this Bulova watch is a great choice.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 46mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Power-reserve: 40 hours
  • Crystal: sapphire

Bulova Classic Chronograph 98B333

Next up, we have this Bulova Classic Chronograph 98B333 which is a large, bulky, and sporty timepiece with an integrated bracelet design. The watch is large and is, therefore, most suitable for men with large wrists and for those who appreciate a watch with a great wrist presence. It has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 45mm and a thickness of 13mm. To add to its sporty appearance, it has a large crown guard on the side of its case which keeps the crown protected.

Bulova has paid great attention to the case design by combining brushed with polished elements as well as raised and beveled parts. For added sportiness, it also has a steel bezel with a black aluminum bezel insert. Being a chronograph, it also has two chronograph pushers on its side. On top of the case sits a flat mineral crystal. The integrated bracelet is designed with a fold-over deployment clasp.

This sporty timepiece has a water resistance of 100m/330 feet. This is enough for swimming and handling water splashes but it is not made for diving. The dial goes well together with its overall design and is black, has a sloped rehaut, applied metal hour markers with polished bevelings. The hands are sword-shaped and have luminescence applied to them. To add some color to the otherwise monochrome dial, the seconds hand is colored red. Between 4 and 5 o’clock, it also has a date window integrated on the dial which is always practical to have.

As we can expect, the dial features three chronograph sub-dials as well.

All in all, this Bulova watch is a sporty, bulky, and robust timepiece with a very sporty appearance. Due to its size and design, it is mostly suitable for those with large wrists or a preference for large watches, but if you are looking for just that, this is a great choice.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 45mm
  • Thickness: 13mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m
  • Crystal: mineral
  • Movement: quartz

Bulova Classic 96B015

If you’re looking for something more elegant, sleek, and stylish, and want an integrated bracelet watch with a unique and distinct style, this Bulova is a great affordable choice.

The watch has a clean and stylish case design with a diameter of 37mm and a thickness of 8mm which makes it suitable for many different wrist sizes but also makes it perfect for formal occasions. To go with this elegant theme, the case is also mostly polished. The integrated bracelet combines brushed and polished elements and flows seamlessly into the case. On top of the case sits a mineral crystal.

The bezel is relatively thin which leaves all the focus and room for the dial, The dial is silver and has a beautiful Sunday groove pattern at the center. Around the outer edge of the dial, it has applied metal hour markers with a polished finish and at 3 o’clock, we find a date window that is always practical to have for everyday use.

The watch is powered by a Japanese quartz movement for perfect accuracy and has a water resistance of 30mm/100 feet which means it is only resistant to water splashes and should not be used when swimming. But since this watch is designed primarily for formal occasions, it is not a big deal.

With all of this said, this is a perfect watch for everyday wear as well as formal occasions for those who want something different and unique compared to the classic, traditional, and perhaps boring dress watches.

Specifications

  • Crystal: mineral
  • Water-resistance: 30m
  • Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 8mm
  • Movement: Japanese quartz

Bulova Diamond 96D138

If you want a bracelet with an integrated bracelet design that combines sportiness with elegance and has a timeless and sleek design, this Bulova watch may be for you.

The watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 44mm and a dodeka bezel (12-edge bezel). The bezel gives the watch a distinct style with its polished edges and brushed upper side. Bulova has also paid great attention to the case design by utilizing sharp and aggressive lines and angles to give it more of a sporty and distinct appearance. Furthermore, the bracelet has been integrated perfectly into the case and creates a seamless design that blends in perfectly. The bracelet follows the same theme as the case with brushed and polished elements with aggressive lines. It is also equipped with a double-press fold-over clasp.

Since this watch is a chronograph, it has two chronograph pushers on the side of the case as well as 3 sub-dials positioned on the dial. Speaking of the dial, Bulova has done a great job here as well. The dial is navy blue and has a matte finish. The sub-dials have a grooved pattern that reflects the light beautifully. Between 4 and 5 o’clock, it has a discreet date window integrated into it. To enhance its elegant and classy appearance, the watch also has 8 diamonds applied to the dial. The hands have a classic sword shape, are polished, and have luminescence applied to them.

The watch is powered by a quartz movement and offers a water resistance of 100m/330 feet.

If you want a sleek and elegant integrated bracelet watch with an elegant design that works both on formal occasions as well as everyday wear, you can’t go wrong with this Bulova. In addition, its unique design will surely stand out from the crowd.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 44mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Movement: quartz

Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic

The term ”affordable” is always relative, and this is why we also decided to list the Maurice Lacroix Aikon which is a highly popular and appreciated integrated bracelet watch.

Yes, it is more expensive than all of the other watches on this list with a price of almost 2000 dollars, but at the same time, it is still a watch that has a lot to offer. And compared to the Royal Oak or some of the other top-tier integrated bracelet watches, it is certainly extremely affordable.

This watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 42mm and a distinct and unique design both for the case and the bezel, which both feature both brushed and polished elements.

This watch is really well-thought-out, has great attention to detail, and has impressive finishing.

What especially stands out about this watch is its stunning blue anthracite with a striking and eye-catching pattern which provides depth and makes the watch so much more interesting. In addition, the dial has applied metal hour markers and simple sword-shaped hands with luminescence.

The watch offers a water resistance of 200m which is also quite good. Powering this watch is a Swiss automatic caliber with a power reserve of 38 hours with 26 jewels. As an additional feature for the watch nerds, it is also equipped with a see-through case back which allows you to see the decorated movement inside.

All in all, this watch is beautiful, versatile, and has a perfect balance between elegance and sportiness. It has impressive attention to detail and it is evident that every single detail is carefully thought out. Yes, it is a bit expensive compared to the others, but you are certainly getting your money’s worth in quality, craftsmanship, and the level of detail it offers.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Water-resistance: 200m/660 feet
  • Movement: Swiss Automatic
  • Power-reserve: 38 hours
  • Crystal: sapphire

Citizen Eco-Drive Super Titanium Armor Watch AW1660-51H

The Citizen Eco-Drive titanium Armor Watch AW1660-51H is, as the name suggests, a sporty and robust timepiece, but it also has an integrated bracelet design.

Both the case and bracelet are made in super titanium which is 40% lighter and 5 times harder than traditional stainless steel. It also offers a great level of scratch and corrosion resistance.

With its matte titanium finish on both the bracelet and case, it gets a very sporty and industrialized appearance which makes it versatile and suitable for sporty occasions. The watch is equipped with a rotating bezel with a 60-minute graduation scale. Overall, both the case and bracelet are made with large parts which give it a bulky and sporty appearance. For comfort, the crown is positioned at 4 o’clock and integrates somewhat into the case.

The dial matches the titanium finish perfectly and has grey color with an interesting pattern. At 3 o’clock, it has a date window and around the dial applied metal hour markers as well as sword-shaped hands with luminescence applied to them. On top of the case sits a sapphire crystal.

The water-resistance of 100m/330 feet is decent and suitable for swimming and handling water splashes. It is powered by a quartz movement that incorporates Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology. This is very practical as it eliminates the need for replacing the battery.

This watch does not offer the same level of elegance and classiness as some of the other timepieces in this list, but if you’re looking for something more sporty and with a more unique appearance, this watch is worth considering. In addition, its titanium construction also makes it much lighter on the wrist.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Movement: quartz Solar
  • Water-resistance: 100m

Seiko SNKK52 Seiko 5 Automatic Gold-Tone

The Seiko 5 SNKK52 is a highly popular watch from Seiko and certainly one that is sure to catch people’s attention. With its all-gold design, this watch is hard to miss, so if you want a watch that is sure to stand out, this is a great choice.

Due to its case shape, in particular its bezel, it’s evident that this watch has taken inspiration from the Patek Philippe Nautilus, and if you enjoy the design of that watch but don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars, this is an appropriate substitute.

The watch has a yellow-gold tone case with a diameter of 35.5mm and a Hardly crystal on top. The case combines brushed with polished elements such as polished beveled edges which achieves a balance between sportiness and elegance. It is presented on a yellow gold bracelet with seamlessly integrates into the case.

The watch is powered by an automatic Seiko caliber which is known for being robust durable, and long-lasting.

The water resistance of 30m/100 feet isn’t the best, but it is able to withstand water splashes.

Its full yellow gold dial is sure to catch people’s attention with its beautiful sunburst finish, but it doesn’t end there as the applied metal hour markers are made in yellow gold, and equally, so the sword-shaped hands with luminescence applied to them. A practical and useful feature of this watch is that it has a day and a date window positioned at 3 o’clock.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 35.5mm
  • Water-resistance: 30m
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Movement: Automatic

Casio Edifice Quartz EQS-800CDB-1AVCF

The Casio Edifice EQS-800CDB-1AVCF is a great choice for people who want an affordable integrated bracelet watch for everyday wear and perhaps also with a motorsport-inspired design.

The watch has a large stainless steel case with a diameter of 47.5mm, a fixed black bezel with 60-minute markers and an ion plating, a crown guard positioned at 3 o’clock. On each side of the crown, it has two push buttons that are used for the chronograph function. The case is quite bulky with aggressive and angled lines which contributes to a sporty look. The stainless steel bracelet has a sporty design to it as well which blends in perfectly with the case. It also has a 3-fold clasp.

The watch is powered by a solar quartz movement and also has a power reserve indicator. As mentioned regarding the motorsport design, it has a carbon fiber dial. The dial has large applied metal hour markers and broad sword-shaped hands with luminescence applied to them. In addition, we find the classic three sub-dials for the chronograph placed on the dial. For convenience, we also have a date window positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.

The water resistance is as can be expected from a chronograph, 100m/330 feet.

In Casio’s own words ”Under the concept of “Speed and Intelligence,” the EDIFICE brand evokes the sense of velocity and energy that is found in motorsports, while offering diverse, ever-more advanced functions made possible by cutting-edge electronics technologies from Casio.  The new EQS-800 solar chronograph has enhanced charging technology that can store plenty of energy to drive the watch via the solar panel under the inset dials. This enabled the use of a carbon fiber dial-a first for a Casio solar chronograph.”

Specifications

  • Diameter: 47.5mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Movement: quartz Solar

Seiko SNKA01 5 Automatic

The Seiko 5 SNKA01 is an integrated bracelet watch for those who are looking for something more simple, discreet, and versatile. Unlike many of the other integrated bracelet watches, it doesn’t have a large and bulky case, nor a sporty and tool-like appearance.

Instead, it has a modest stainless steel case with a polished bezel and small ”lugs”. The crown is positioned at the signature 4 o’clock position. The watch is presented on a stainless steel bracelet with a polished and brushed design. If there is one thing we can complain about this watch, it is the quality of the bracelet. As is common for Seiko 5 watches in this price range (as well as many other brands), the bracelet does not feel 100% solid and has some rattle to it. But at the same time, it is what we expect from watches at this price point.

On top of the case, we have Seiko’s signature Hardlex crystal.

The case has a diameter of 38mm and a thickness of 11mm which makes it suitable for many different wrists and can be worn both by men and women. Like all Seiko 5 watches, it is powered by an automatic movement, specifically the caliber 7S26. A nice touch is that we get to see the automatic movement through the see-through case back that it has. The movement offers a power reserve of 41 hours.

To go with the simple and elegant design, it is presented with a simple white dial with applied metal hour markers and sharp hands with luminescence applied to them. Also, at 3 o’clock, it has a day and date window.

All in all, if simplicity is what you are looking for in an integrated bracelet watch, this is a great affordable option.

Specifications

  • Water-resistance: 30m
  • Movement: Seiko automatic caliber 7S26
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Thickness: 11mm
  • Crystal: Hardlex

Tissot PRX 316L T1374101105100

The Tissot PRX T137410110510 is a new model for 2021 from Tissot that has proved to be hugely successful. And it is easy to see why. In fact, I would say that for the price, this is certainly the best integrated bracelet watch on the market.

But whilst it is a completely new model, it’s far from a completely new concept. In fact, Tissot created the PRX in 1978 and this is, therefore, a reissue of the original model. Tissot has stayed true to its original model with this new iteration, and this just goes to show just how timeless this design really is.

The watch features a slim stainless steel case with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of 10.4mm. According to many, this is the sweet spot for an everyday watch with a sporty touch. Overall, the watch has a relatively simple and minimalistic design, but without compromising on the details and finishing. The case has a brushed finish with polished beveled edges and a polished bezel. The bracelet is also a crucial aspect of a watch, in particular when it comes to watches with an integrated bracelet design. Tissot has done an exceptional job with the bracelet of this watch as it blends in nicely and wears very comfortably.

The watch is powered by a Swiss quartz movement and the watch offers a water resistance of 100m/330 feet.

In Tissot’s own words ”Discover the brand new Tissot PRX now, its evocative and slim design makes it an uncompromising essential for all the design enthusiasts.”.

The dial of this watch blends in very well with its overall design and has a black dial with a sunburst finish. The dial has applied metal hour markers and matching hands with luminescence applied to them.

All in all, this is one of the best integrated bracelet watches in its price range with beautiful details, a stylish design, and great build quality.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 10.4mm
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Movement: Swiss quartz

Seiko SNK607 Seiko 5 Automatic

Another simple and versatile integrated bracelet watch from Seiko is the Seiko 5 SNK607.

This watch has a small stainless steel case with a diameter of 37mm and a thickness of 11mm which makes it versatile and suitable for many different wrist sizes as well as both for men and women.

The stainless steel case has a polished bezel, brushed upper side, and polished beveled edges. It is presented on an integrated three-link steel bracelet which blends into the case perfectly and creates a beautifully seamless look. The crown is positioned at 4 o’clock and sits slightly recessed into the case. On top of the case sits Seiko’s signature Hardlex crystal.

The highlight of this watch apart from its integrated design is its black dial with a subtle yet important pattern which adds appeal to the watch and makes it more interesting. The hands are sharp and have luminescence applied to them. To add some color to its design, the seconds hand is painted red. Positioned at 3 o’clock, we also have a day and date window which is practical to have for everyday wear.

The water-resistance of this watch is, as we can expect 100m/330 feet, and being a Seiko 5, it has an automatic movement.

If you are looking for a smaller watch that works great for everyday wear that isn’t too big or sporty, this is a great affordable option.

Specifications

  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet
  • Crystal: Hardlex
  • Diameter: 37mm
  • Thickness: 11mm
  • Movement: automatic

Tissot PRX 316L T1374101103100

Last but not least, we have the Tissot PRX T1374101103100. This is the same watch as we looked at earlier but with a different dial, for those who prefer a lighter dial instead.

The watch keeps the same stainless steel case with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of 10.4mm which is the sweet spot for many men for an everyday watch with a slightly sporty touch to it. The bracelet blends into the case design perfectly and creates a beautiful, seamless look. The bracelet is equipped with a butterfly clasp with push-button closure.

This version has a beautiful silver dial with a brushed finish and rose gold/copper hands and applied markers which provide great contrast and complements the silver perfectly.

The water resistance is 100 m / 330 ft which is decent for an everyday watch. And powering it is a Swiss quartz movement.

All in all, this is a great watch that works exceptionally well for everyday wear.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Thickness: 10.4mm
  • Movement: Swiss quartz
  • Water-resistance: 100m/330 feet

Why buy an integrated bracelet watch?

There are several good reasons for buying an integrated bracelet watch. I would say that the primary reason why they are so popular is that they have a distinct and iconic design. Integrated bracelet watches get a distinct and instantly recognizable look that stands out in a world where most watches do not have them. They contribute to giving the watch a design that is memorable which a lot of people enjoy.

As a matter of fact, this is one of the reasons why some of the most iconic watches ever made, including the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and Patek Philippe Nautilus have come to become so iconic. A lot of watches on the market today look very similar to each other since they follow a similar recipe, but with an integrated bracelet, they do not have to follow this recipe, but can instead go a different route.

With this said, choosing a watch with an integrated bracelet design allows you to choose something that stands out from the ordinary.

Are integrated bracelet watches in fashion?

Yes definitely! Now more than ever! In recent years, a lot of different watch brands have introduced models with integrated bracelets to the market. From luxury brands like Chopart with its Alpine Eagle, but also affordable brands like Tissot with its PRX. Another brand that also introduced a new, luxury watch with an integrated bracelet is A. Lange & Sohne with its Odysseus. This goes to show that integrated bracelet watches are trendier than ever, and brands are listening to what the market wants.

What is also interesting is that many brands, for example, Tissot and Chopard are introducing new models which are based on old designs which had integrated bracelets. To a great extent, this just goes to show how timeless the integrated bracelet style is – although – like most things, style goes in waves for the most part.

And really, it’s easy to see why integrated bracelet watches are so popular. They combine sportiness with elegance and are in general suitable for a wide array of occasions. Oftentimes, they’re just as suitable for formal occasions as they are sporty.

The good news is that due to the popularity of these timepieces, a lot of brands and manufacturers make them. This means that this style is not just reserved for luxury brands and are priced at tens of thousands. But rather, they’re available in all kinds of different price ranges.

Background to the integrated bracelet watch

As discussed, the integrated bracelet style and trend primarily came about in the 1970s, in particular in 1972 when Gerald Genta designed the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak. Although this is, to a large extent, a timeless design, there are certainly some 70s vibes in many of the integrated bracelet watches – especially those that are re-editions of originals, including the Tissot PRX.

What is an integrated bracelet?

Watches can be styled in different ways, and some watches on the market are designed in a way that looks like the bracelet is integrated into the case whilst in fact it isn’t. In general, integrated bracelet watches have a design that makes it looks like the bracelet is fixed to the case and flows seamlessly together with the lugs without any interruption. Most watches today have a regular spring bar attachment to the lugs, but integrated bracelets are become more popular than ever and brands are following this trend closely.

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