30 Best Men’s Watches Under $500 [Updated 2022]

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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.

 

1. Orient Triton Automatic Blue Dial Pepsi Bezel Men’s Watch

By combining Japanese expertise in design with eloquence, the Orient Triton Automatic is the watch of timeless styling and mechanical finesse. As another stainless-steel case and bracelet dive watch, watch collectors have sought after this timepiece for its unique and luxe-looking character — it additionally continues to stand the test of time. Moreover, its uni-directional rotating stainless steel bezel, blue dial and is touched up with 22 glittering jewels will have heads turning.
 

Brand: Orient
Size: 43.4 mm
Movement: Automatic 
Price: US$253.00

 
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Orient Triton Automatic Blue Dial Pepsi Bezel Men's Watch

 

2. Tissot T-Race Swissmatic Automatic Blue Dial Men’s Watch 

Embodying Swiss quality and innovation since 1853, Tissot has cemented itself as one of the biggest watch brands in the world. The T-Race Swissmatic design is inspired by the frame and parts of motorbikes. Swaggering a stainless-steel case with a blue leather strap, blue dial, silver-tone hands and markers decorated with 19 jewels; the Swissmatic movement is a true innovation in the watch-making industry and contributes to the classy look the watch conveys.
 

Brand: Tissot
Size: 45 mm
Movement: Automatic 
Price: US$414.99

 
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Tissot T Race Swissmatic Automatic Blue Dial Men's Watch

 

3. Rado The Original Quartz Gold Dial Men’s Watch

Wanting to make a golden impression? Then the Rado Original Quartz is a gateway to exquisite comfort, luxury and sophistication. With a silver and gold stainless steel bracelet, gold dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers, you can’t help but lament that it’s too good to be a sub-$500 piece. A hallmark from this piece and others from Rado is its avant-garde scratch‑resistant material that has made the same impression as the new version made of stainless steel. Albeit a tad vintage in style, this watch model is for men who seek stand-out good looks and have a strong personal style.
 

Brand: Rado
Size: 35 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$379.99

 
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Rado The Original Quartz Gold Dial Men's Watch

 

4. Shinola Canfield Chronograph Quartz White Dial Men’s Watch

Classic chronograph with a twist. The Canfield Chrono is a unique timepiece with a top-loaded case construction for a larger face and clearer view. From the neatly framed date window to the smooth dark leather strap, its craftsmen believe details weren’t meant to be overlooked, they were meant to be celebrated. Addedly flaunting silver-tone hands and a classic profile, the Canfield can accentuate even the least stylized of men.
 

Brand: Shinola 
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$408.89

 
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Shinola The Canfield Chronograph Quartz White Dial Men's Watch

 

5. Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono Timer Black Dial Men’s Watch

Smooth and sophisticated, this stainless-steel stalwart is the stylish sports timepiece that’ll complete any man’s chronograph collection. The watch is forged from stainless steel and bears a black dial that oozes masculinity. Boasting a count-down timer to auto-start chronograph, perpetual calendar and day of the week sub-dial, the Chrono is easily one of the high-quality wristwatches for this price compartment manufactured by the best in the world.
 

Brand: Timex
Size: 46 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$203.20

 
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Timex Intelligent Quartz Chrono Timer Black Dial Men's Watch

 

6. Victorinox I.N.O.X. Quartz Black Dial Men’s Watch 

Victorinox’s consistent focus has been on tradition, quality and innovation. The I.N.O.X. watch is made to endure a life of the daring and has been forged for those who love the outdoors. Distinctly being 200 meters water-resistant, consisting of a black carbon case with a black textile strap, black dial gunmetal hands and Arabic numeral hour markers make the timepiece designed for demanding environments. It’s been labelled a casual watch style but is fitted for the maverick man type.
 

Brand: Victorinox
Size: 43 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$475.00

 
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Victorinox I.n.o.x. Quartz Black Dial Men's Watch

 

7. Versace Essential Quartz Silver Dial Men’s Watch 

Exuding a classic sense of refinement, the Essential timepiece is a stand-out by dint of its pizzazz and well-known brand cues. With its iconic Silver Medusa Head dial, silver-tone hands and stainless steel case with a black and green leather strap, this casual and contemporary piece is the essence of strong fashion features. The luxe trapping is an essential accessory for urban men with a timeless sense of style.
 

Brand: Versace
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$295.00

 
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Versace Essential Quartz Silver Dial Men's Watch

 

8. Heritor Atlas Blue Dial Men’s Watch

Every Heritor ticks a precision-crafted mechanism. The Atlas Blue Dial is fashioned from top-grade stainless steel and flaunts an arresting blue dial with yellow gold-tone hands that are transparent; ensuring the intricate workings of the automatic movements are shamelessly shown. While remixing vintage and modern style cues, expect the Heritor Atlas to grant a lived-in feel as well as a state-of-the-art functionality on par with performance-driven alternatives. Slip on the Heritor watch with any office outfit.
 

Brand: Heritor
Size: 44 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$484.99

 
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Heritor Atlas Blue Dial Men's Watch

 

9. Philip Stein Prestige Quartz Men’s Black Leather Watch 

A sassy design by Stein. The almost-all black timepiece is a casual watch style and makes its presence known on any wrist. The dial features a sub-second sub-dial, which is coupled with the day of the month display. A stainless-steel case with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ensures the prestige handles adverse conditions accordingly, and a leather band makes for comfy wear. The Philip Stein Prestige quartz watch is a smart-looking timepiece for any occasion. 

 

Brand: Philip Stein
Size: 47 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$499.00

 
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Philip Stein Prestige Quartz Men's Black Leather Watch
 

10. Heritor Open Box Carter Silver Skeleton Dial Black Leather Men’s Watch

The Heritor Carter Silver Skeleton is a premium design complete with high-quality materials. The timepiece is equipped with a sleek analogue display with a black dial, and a genuine crocodile-embossed leather strap with a buckle clasp to give a precise fit. The masterwork resonates well with the essence of Heritor Armstrong watches as it comes with an impeccable design, engineering and execution. No matter how sleek your outfit looks, the Carter guarantees you’ll look better.
 

Brand: Heritor
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$459.90

 
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Heritor Carter Silver Skeleton Dial Black Leather Men's Watch

 

11. Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s AT4010-50E Watch 

In 1995, Citizen revolutionized 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. Synchronized 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.

 

Brand: Citizen
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Price: US$459.90

 

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Citizen Eco-Drive Mens AT4010-50E Titanium Perpetual Chrono A-T Watch

 

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.

 

Brand: Invicta
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$83

 

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Invicta Men's 8928ob Pro Diver Gold Stainless Steel Two Tone Automatic Watch

 

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.

 

Brand: Seiko
Size: 43 mm
Movement:Japanese Quartz
Price: US$170

 

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Seiko Men's Snn241 Stainless Steel Watch With Brown Leather Band

 

14. 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 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 the 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.

 

Brand: Orient
Size: 41 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$222

 

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Orient Men's FAA02005D9 Ray 2 Analog Japanese Automatic Silver Watch

 

15. Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph 

The Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph watch combines classic style with modern features. The navy sunray dial is complemented by the Italian brown leather strap and is comfortable for everyday wear. Harnessing a Japanese Quartz movement, this timepiece is water-resistant up to 100m. The watch is compatible with any 22mm straps so you can dress your watch for any occasion.

 

Brand: Jack Mason
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$399

 

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Jack Mason Men's Chronograph Watch Aviator Brown Italian Leather Strap

 

16. Hamilton Men’s 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.

 

Brand: Hamilton
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$459.90

 

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Hamilton Men's Khaki Field Auto Original Watch #h70555533 Orig

 

17. 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.

 

Brand: Daniel Wellington
Size: 40mm
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Price: US$312

 

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18. TRIWA Nevil Quartz Black Dial Black

The Triwa Nevil Quartz Black Dial Black watch has a genuine leather strap, a stainless steel sunray dial with silver 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.

 

Brand: Triwa
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$97

 

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Triwanevil Quartz Black Dial Black Leather Men's

19. Calvin Klein Time Quartz Silver Dial Watch

The Calvin Klein Time Quartz Silver Dial 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.

 

Brand: Calvin Klein
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$79

 

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20. Emporio Armani Kappa Black Dial Watch

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.

 

Brand: Emporio Armani
Size: 42 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$94

 

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21. 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.

 

Brand: Citizen
Size: 37mm
Movement: Eco Drive
Price: US$142

 

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Citizen Men's Eco Drive Stainless Steel Watch With Bm8180 03e
 

22. 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 colored watch, the Casio Sports Watch is also available in a strong, all-black design.

 

Brand: Casio
Size: 43 mm
Movement:Japanese Quartz
Price: US$70

 

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Casio Sport Watch

 

23. 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 color. 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.

 

Brand: Skagen
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$79

 

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Skagen Men's SKW6105 Ancher Black Leather Watch

 

24. Armani Exchange Men’s Classic Stainless Steel Watch

Armani is a respected brand in the fashion industry, but they also make great accessories, like watches. The Armani Exchange stainless steel watch comes in a range of colors, including solid black. The design features a mineral dial window, ribbed hour track, and makes use of the Quartz movement with analog display. It’s a stylish piece, and an excellent gift for yourself or a loved one.

 

Brand: Armani
Size: 46 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$279

 

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Armani Exchange Men's Classic Stainless Steel Watch

 

25. Fossil Men’s Grant Stainless Steel Quartz Watch

Fossil wants to create watches that not only work well but are also fashionable and fun. It’s safe to say they succeeded with the Grant Stainless Steel and Leather Chronograph Quartz Watch. The blue dial is intricate, featuring Roman numerals and three separate dials to monitor hours, minutes, and seconds over 24 hours. The contrast of the dial with the brown leather band makes it an eye-catching watch — the bands are also interchangeable — that can be worn for short periods during showering or recreational swimming.

 

Brand: Fossil
Size: 44 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$113

 

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Fossil Men's Grant Stainless Steel And Leather Chronograph Quartz Watch

 

26. Timex Men’s Weekender 40mm Watch

You don’t need to spend a lot of money on a good watch. Despite the Timex Men’s Weekender 40mm Watch being at the lower end of the price range, it’s still able to compete with the more expensive watches out there. The design is simple, featuring a black Indiglo light-up dial with Arabic numerals, as well as 24-hour military time. The leather strap is adjustable and offers quick release spring bars for ease of use.

 

Brand: Timex
Size: 40 mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$66

 

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Timex Men's Weekender 40mm Watch

 

27. 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.

 

Brand: Skagen
Size: 40mm
Movement: Quartz
Price: US$93

 

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Skagen Mens Titanium Watch with Orange Accents

 

28. Orient Men’s ‘Ray II’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch

Orient has manufactured watches since 1950, and their Ray II collection has been upgraded in several ways, including 120 clicks for improved precision. The timepiece uses the Japanese-automatic movement and is considered by Orient to be a great alternative to some of their other dive watches. Celebrated for its brightness and how long-lasting it is, the Ray II is also water-resistant for 200 meters.

 

Brand: Orient
Size: 41 mm
Movement: Automatic
Price: US$192

 

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Orient Men's 'ray Ii' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch

 

FAQs

What are the best watches under $500?

Some of the best watches under $500 include Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s AT4010-50E Watch, Invicta Men’s 8928OB Pro Diver Automatic Watch, and Seiko Men’s SNN241 Stainless Steel Watch.

What are some affordable watches brands?

Some of the best affordable watch brands include Citizen, Timex, Alpina, Invicta, Victorinox, Seiko, Hamilton, Nixon, Stuhrling, Casio, Tissot, and Jack Mason.

What is the cheapest luxury watch brand?

Brands like TAG Heuer, Cartier, and Omega balance luxury features with a lower price point. However, many high-end luxury watch brands have lead-in models that can cost anywhere between $2000-$5000, which is affordable in the scheme of luxury watches. Examples include the Breitling Colt, Rolex Oyster, and Chopard Mille Miglia. Lastly, buying a second-hand watch is also a great option if you’re looking for a cheaper luxury timepiece.

Will A Watch Under $500 Look Cheap?

Watches that sit under $500 are generally pretty good at balancing quality and price. As long as the materials used are good and the watch’s construction is solid, then more affordable watches won’t look cheap. Of course, some watch enthusiasts might be able to tell. However, as long as you’re happy with the look and feel, and it tells the time, then there’s no problem with buying less expensive watches. 

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