Who says you need to spend big to get a great watch? Sometimes, the best timepieces can set you back less than $500 USD. While they may not be as elaborate or bejewelled as some of the more pricey pieces, these watches are still incredibly stylish. Most importantly, they’re also functional and ideal for regular use. So, whether you need a new watch to wear to the office or a chic design to suit your weekend wardrobe, you’ll find the perfect women’s watches under $500 below.
1. Skagen Women’s Mesh and Glitz
The Women’s Mesh and Glitz watch from Skagen boasts an understated yet glamorous appearance. The stylish design features the brand’s signature mesh band as well as a slim, 28mm stainless steel case with mirror border. The dial is made from vertically brushed chrome and features 12 crystallised indicators that add to the luxury style of this timepiece. Although this watch appears as if it would be expensive, the price is incredibly affordable and budget-friendly.
2. Timex Women’s Easy Reader
While the Women’s Easy Reader from Timex may not be sleek or modern, its classic appearance provides it with a charming personality. A direct descendant from the brand’s 1960’s models, this timepiece is both durable and classically cool. As the name suggests, the Easy Reader watch is also easy to read. Thanks to its white dial, full Arabic numerals, and Indiglo light-up display, you’ll never have a problem telling the time again.
3. Michael Kors Women’s Darci
While the Darci watch from Michael Kors does boast a quartz movement and is water resistant to 50m, it’s the stylish design that’ll make you fall in love with this timepiece. Crafted from gorgeous rose gold-tone stainless steel, this bracelet watch is chic, feminine and sophisticated. The large, 39mm case features a glamorous glitz bezel, tonal dial, and contemporary stick hour markers.
4. Daniel Wellington Women’s 0608DW Sheffield
A chic, minimalistic watch has become a style staple, and no one does this type of understated elegance better than Daniel Wellington. In particular, the 0608DW Sheffield watch is pared back luxury at its best. Featuring a 36mm, round, stainless steel case and black leather band, the Sheffield is entirely simplistic yet utterly stylish. You can wear it to work for a sleek, office look or on the weekend for a refined casual style.
5. Citizen Women’s Eco-Drive Two-Tone
Perfect for daily wear, the Citizen Women’s Eco-Drive Two-Tone offers minimalist style and high functionality. The impressive timepiece features a simple and classic design combined with a precision-quality, Japanese quartz movement. Additionally, the movement is fuelled by natural and artificial light, meaning that the watch does not require a battery. The Eco-Drive Two-Tone is also water resistant to 100m and suitable for swimming and snorkelling.
6. Tissot Women’s T0482171705700 T-Race
Tissot has been a leader in watch innovation since 1853 and continues to create good quality and elegantly designed timepieces to this day. The brand, which is known to offer high-quality products at attractive prices, is the perfect place to shop when you’re in need of a high-performance watch at an affordable price. In particular, the label’s T-Race watch is incredibly good value and offers wearers a sleek, quartz movement timepiece with a stainless steel case, black chronograph dial, and 100m of water resistance.
7. Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch
When it comes to the best timepieces for under $500, you can’t forget about smartwatches. While they may not be traditional, these timepieces are filled with technology and offer great value for your money. As for which smartwatch to choose, try the Samsung Gear S2 Smartwatch. Not only is this watch entirely practical (you can send and receive texts as well as get calendar notifications and news updates), but it’s also incredibly stylish and available in 18K rose gold and platinum models with genuine leather straps.
8. Mondaine A627-30303-11SBM
The A627-30303-11SBM watch from Mondaine is both elegant and functional. Featuring a white dial with black hands and hour markers, this watch’s face is easy to read and eye-catching. Also adding to the timepiece’s minimal yet bold aesthetic is the brand’s iconic, red second hand with the large red dot at the tip. As for time-keeping capabilities, this watch will ensure you get to every appointment on time thanks to a Swiss Ronda quartz movement.
9. Frederique Constant Mid-Size FC-220M4S36
The Frederique Constant Mid-Size FC-220M4S36 is both elegant and beautiful. Featuring a “classical meets contemporary” design, this watch boasts a 37mm stainless steel case, silver guilloche dial with a mother-of-pearl frame, and a grey satin strap. Its face features a date display as well as black hands and Roman numerals, which make it easy to read with a sharp aesthetic. Quality is also of the highest calibre for this timepiece, which was assembled by hand in Switzerland.
10. Nixon Time Teller
The Time Teller from Nixon is a unisex watch that blends the line between traditional men’s watch designs and modern women’s styles. While the minimalistic aesthetics of this timepiece are understated and classic, Nixon offers four colour choices to suit your personal tastes. Made from stainless steel, the Time Teller is available in silver-tone, gold-tone, black, and chic rose gold-tone styles.
11. Movado Women’s 3600284
If you’re after a watch that’s special but won’t break the bank, then the Movado 3600284 is well worth considering. This minimalistic and modern timepiece is stylishly unique and sure to make a great statement sitting on your wrist. Featuring a silver-tone sunray dial with rose gold-tone hands, the 3600284 appears clean and contemporary and sticks to the brand’s signature aesthetics. Its narrow band and 25mm case also make this watch ideal for ladies with delicate wrists.
12. Hamilton Women’s H32325131 Jazzmaster Viewmatic
Coming in just under $500, the Hamilton Women’s H32325131 Jazzmaster Viewmatic is one of the most luxurious watches on this list. Featuring a Swiss mechanical automatic movement, this timepiece is as efficient as it is stylish. When it comes to appearance, a sharp black face and chic stainless steel case and bracelet will have you hooked. As a bonus, the Jazzmaster Viewmatic is also water resistant to 50m, meaning that it’s suitable for showering and swimming.
13. Victorinox Swiss Army Women’s 241307 Alliance Sport
Style and function combine in this chic sports watch from Victorinox Swiss Army. As well as a sharp stainless steel case and beautiful blue dial, this watch is also water resistant to 100m. This impressive feature, which can sometimes be difficult to find in fashion and affordable timepieces, means that the Alliance Sport is suitable for both swimming and snorkelling. So, whether you’re spotting fish in the ocean or doing some laps in the pool, this watch and its Swiss quartz movement will continue to keep perfect time.
14. Seiko Women’s SUP028
Designed for precision time keeping, the SUP028 from Seiko features the brand’s solar powered quartz movement. It’s thanks to this unique mechanism that the watch requires no battery, meaning that as long as it sees sufficient sunlight, it’ll keep ticking along. Like the movement, the design of the SUP028 is also impressive. The timepiece, which features a traditional appearance, boasts an elegant stainless steel bracelet with gold-tone striping.
15. Bulova Women’s Highbridge Substantial Ceramic + Stainless Steel Construction Watch
Think you can’t get a diamond encrusted watch for under $500? Think again. This Highbridge watch from Bulova features eight diamonds individually hand-set on a white mother-of-pearl dial. Featuring a stainless steel and ceramic design as well as a Japanese quartz movement and date display, this luxurious yet affordable watch is as chic as it is practical.
16. Casio Women’s LTP1237D-7A
Casio has long been associated with high-quality, affordable watches, and the brand’s LTP1237D-7A watch is no exception. This stylish watch, which costs less than $50, is an excellent bargain. While its unique style is somewhat understated, this timepiece’s silver-tone stainless steel design adds a degree of opulence. Together, the two elements create a chic and elegant watch that’s simultaneously classical and contemporary.
17. Kate Spade New York Silvertone Holland
A unique, slim strap makes this Holland watch from Kate Spade New York a chic, must-have accessory. As well as its stylish grey leather band, this timepiece also features a sophisticated silver sunray dial housed within a 34mm metal case. The contemporary appearance isn’t the only thing to love about this watch. A Japanese quartz movement, 30m water resistance, and a price tag under $200 are all additional reasons as to why you should make this timepiece your own.
18. Marc by Marc Jacobs Women’s MBM3242 Baker
If you’re shopping for a designer brand watch on a budget, then Marc by Marc Jacobs’ is where you should look. Specifically, the label’s Baker watch is a wonderful option that’s both stylish and affordable. The timepiece features a modern, round 36.5mm stainless steel case and minimal white dial. As well as a chic aesthetic, the dial also boasts “MARC” hour markers and features a chronographic subdial.