Most men want a watch that is both practical and stylish and versatile enough to wear with any outfit. So where do you find something that fits the bill and the budget? With some money in the bank, we have found this season’s best men’s watches under $500.
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1. Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s AT4010-50E Watch
In 1995, Citizen revolutionised the way watches were created when they released their first light powered Eco-Drive watch. This technology, which is used in their new Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chrono A-T model, harnesses power from any artificial or natural light source. This light is then converted into energy that is stored in a lithium ion cell, so that the watch may recharge itself on light indefinitely. In conjunction with a sharply masculine design, the watch’s materials ensure it is durable and water resistant to 200m. Sleek silver titanium forms the watch’s chain link band, case and bezel. Additionally, the dial window incorporates anti-reflective sapphire crystal making it scratch resistant. Synchronised to the atomic clock and featuring a Japanese quartz movement, this highly accurate watch will ensure that its owner will never be a second late.
2. Orient Men’s FAA02005D9 Ray 2 Analog Watch
Dive deep into the ocean with Orient’s Men’s Ray 2 Watch, which is water resistant for up to 200m. With a stainless steel band and a deep-sea blue dial, this robust watch is an essential for the adventurous man. The elegant design of the Orient Ray 2 makes it the perfect timepiece to tackle the crisp ocean waters or to complement a sharp looking suit. This timeless mechanical watch harnesses Japanese automatic movement and is powered by the wearer’s body movement. The self-winding function means that it will never require a battery, however, it can also be powered through hand winding or hacks. Additionally, the mechanical movement ensures that the sound of its hands is a smooth, sweeping silence, as opposed to the ticking of a quartz movement.
3. Hamilton Men’s H70555533 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch
For men looking for an added air of distinction, Hamilton’s Khaki Field Stainless Steel Automatic watch provides the answer. The versatile watch combines the timeless, luxurious feel of a deep brown calfskin leather band with the modern refinement of a stainless steel case. Harnessing an automatic self-winding movement, it is water resistant to 100m with a scratch resistant, anti-reflective sapphire dial window. It, therefore, excels not only in sophisticated aesthetic design but also in its functionality and durability. A black dial ensures increased luminosity of the watch’s silver hands, numbers, and date display.
4. Void VO3D
This VOID VO3D timepiece by Hong Kong designer David Ericsson is named after Hugin & Munin, a pair of Norse mythological ravens that flew all over the world sourcing information for the god Odin. Hugin means ‘thought’ and Munin means ‘memory’.
5. Daniel Wellington, Classic Bristol 40mm
The Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol watch is the quintessential watch for men. It is simple, elegant and classic with its brown leather band, eggshell white round dial and silver-toned detailing. This watch will suit anyone and is appropriate for any occasion making it the perfect choice for any man.
6. TRIWA Blue Steel Nevil
The Triwa Blue Steel watch has a genuine leather strap, a stainless steel sunray dial with brown chronograph sub-dials, and a high contrast second hand. This timepiece features a hand-cut acetate case, push buttons on the side, and a silver-toned bezel.
7. Calvin Klein, Infinite Gents Watch
The Calvin Klein Infinite Gents Watch is all luxury with a classic round white dial and has a date function. It will look good with a work suit, at a black tie event or with a simple button down and chinos on the weekend. The pure elegance of this watch will match any occasion.
8. Nixon, The Sentry Chrono
Be bold and make a statement with the Nixon Sentry Chrono watch. Measuring in at 42mm it is a large watch that will turn heads with its 6-hand chronograph movement, 24-hour subdial and stainless steel band. This timepiece is a unique watch designed for both business and pleasure.
9. TOKYObay, Agent Watch
The TOKYObay Agent watch is all about contrast. Featuring a buffalo brown leather band and contrasting linen stitching, rose gold accents with a black face and white hands, it makes an impact. With a mineral glass lens coated with an IP finish, making it less reflective, this watch is pure class. It is elegant enough to keep for special occasions, but when it looks this good, you will want to wear it all the time.
10. Emporio Armani, Valente
Just like Armani, a black leather watch will never go out of style. This classic piece features a textured leather strap, pin buckle fastening, chronograph detail and a round face with Roman numeral dials and Armani brand. It is a classic watch that is appropriate for both work and the weekend.
11. Skagen SKW6105 Ancher Watch
Dark calfskin leather and shining stainless steel combine to form Skagen’s Ancher Black Leather Watch. With a minimalist, clean aesthetic inspired by Danish design, this piece is both versatile and timeless. A refined 40mm stainless steel cases frame a dusk blue dial, with luminescent silver hour markers and three sunray subdials. With water resistance to 30m and chronographic, time recording functions, this watch is perfect for athletic men interested in swimming or other sports. Featuring a quartz movement, the Ancher is therefore not only sleek and sophisticated but also focuses on functionality.
12. Invicta Men’s 8928OB Pro Diver Automatic Watch
Reminiscent of deep blue waters and sunken treasure, this two-tone watch delivers a luxury design that is guaranteed to capture the attention of onlookers. A stainless steel three-link bracelet is accentuated with 23K gold plating, matching the 40mm gold plated round case. Adding further refinement, the luminous hands are crafted into the shapes of a sword, breguet and a Mercedes logo. As the brand’s name translates to ‘invincible’ in Latin, each of Invicta’s timepieces are enduring and expertly crafted. Powered by Japanese automatic movement, the mechanisms of this self-winding watch may be further admired through the skeleton case back. This classic, sophisticated piece is water resistant to 200m and features a resilient mineral crystal face, making it the perfect watch for the land, the sea or the boardroom.
13. Seiko Men’s SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch
The rich, deep hues of oak and the polished finish of stainless steel come together in Seiko’s quintessential men’s watch. Lightness and darkness complement one another in this timeless piece, which features a brown leather band and a 42mm stainless steel case. Encased beneath scratch resistant Hardlex crystal, the dark brown dial is illuminated by white detailing. This includes two subdials, a date window and luminous hands and hour markers. This chronographic watch uses a Japanese quartz movement and is water resistant to 100m, making it suitable for any occasion.
14. Citizen Men’s BM8180-03E Eco-Drive Analog Watch
This military inspired design is another essential men’s watch created by the innovators at Citizen. Eco-Drive technology allows its Japanese quartz movement to be powered by light. Whether worn in the office or out in the wilderness, it will convert any type of light into energy. Perfect for adventurous explorers, it features a woven khaki canvas band with stitch detailing, as well as a stainless steel case and black dial. Additionally, this rugged watch is water resistant to 100m with a durable crystal dial window.
15. Casio Sport Watch
Casio’s timeless, heavy-duty sports watch is the ultimate necessity for athletic men. Bringing timepieces into the digital age, this watch features a digital display as opposed to the traditional analog. Perfect for competitive or aspiring sportsmen, this design ensures that the accompanying countdown timer and stopwatch can be followed to the millisecond. With added features of shock resistance, water resistance to 200m and an afterglow EL backlight on the dial, this watch is built for endurance and exploration. The black resin band and casing may be brightened with side detailing in red, yellow or grey. For men looking for a single coloured watch, the Casio Sport Watch is also available in a strong, all black design.
16. Skagen Men’s Titanium Watch
Refined and unique, Skagen’s Titanium Watch uses bold orange accents to create the ideal accessory for businessmen. A simple stainless steel mesh band and silver titanium case provide a streamlined, professional look. Additionally, the grey dial features a ring of orange that functionally measures seconds, while also expressing the wearer’s style and creativity through this subtle burst of colour. This versatile watch grew from Skagen’s desire to combine Danish design with contemporary innovation. It uses a quartz movement and is water resistant to 50m.
17. Winston Regal Forest
The modern, colourfully expressive branch of the Regal watches or the classic versions that stay true to their more traditional roots. The Winston Regal is the most well known Winston design yet.