Attend any major racing event, and no doubt you'll find everyone from fans to race officials to actual race car drivers wearing great timepieces that are racing-inspired. Back in the day, chronograph style timers were used to track lap times and splits, now replaced by uber-accurate digital timing. But racing-style watches are even more popular today than they've ever been before. Some mimic speedometers and gauges, while others are more subtle but still bear the markers and hands that are traditional to racing timekeeping instruments of yore.

With the racing season in full swing and endurance races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans soon to come this summer, we give you three great selections of watches a different prices that have racing in their DNA. From less than $200 to nearly a grand, here are our selections. These will make great gifts, especially to yourself.

Hugo Boss Racing Chronograph 

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The design of this watch runs counter to its affordable price. The big 44mm diameter stainless steel case has a gorgeous black bezel, three silver chronograph subdials and a date window. The rubber strap mimics racing tires, and the scratch-resistant mineral crystal ensures resilience over time. It's the kind of watch that can toe the line between dress and sport equally, and the super-accurate quartz movement is on time, even if you're not.

Buy Now: $194

Tissot T-Race Chronograph


The T-Race bears a bold design that's all racing sport. It's got a big 45mm steel case with a textured black bezel and a stunning multi-function dial with its own unique magnified date window. The quartz movement is bonafide Swiss, and the orange highlights are set off by the matching rubber strap. It's even good for snorkeling due to its 330 ft water resistance.

Buy Now: $379

TAG Heuer Formula 1

The Tag Heuer Formula One line is iconic with its racing-inspired designs. This quartz version is about as handsome as it gets thanks to the crisp black dial with contrasting silver and white lumed markers and numerals. Sapphire glass is the top-of-the-line and resists scratches better than any crystal out there. It also has a black-ion plated unidirectional bezel that's addictive to play with. Full stainless steel case and bracelet and Swiss movement make it one to pass down to your kids, if they're good enough, that is. 

Buy Now: $848