If someone is asking you what you want this year for Christmas, or you’re looking to purchase yourself a little something, how does new timepiece sound? Besides being functional, wristwatches are the essential fashion accessory for men. Today, it’s not uncommon to have several different watches for different occassions and clothing ensembles. Whether you need a sports watch for getting your sweat on to pairing it with a suit for a formal event, you should have a selection of watches so you’re prepared.
If there’s one problem with timepieces, they can get very expensive. We’re not knocking luxury brands. There’s a part of us that would love to invest in a piece from Omega or Bulgari – most of us don’t have thousands of dollars to spend on a watch though – there are plenty of other options that won’t break the bank, however.
If you’re searching for a new watch, but one that is within a resonable budget, here are 12 quality timepieces that cost under $500.
Hamilton Swiss Mechanical Officer Green Canvas Strap 38mm
A simple , rugged piece that is water resistant to 50 meters. Also features a black dial with luminous numerals, three hands and date window along with Swiss quartz movement. Available at Macy’s for $395
Jack Spade Primary Colorblock
If you’re feeling more on the adventurous side, this is a perfect option. A simple, yet vibrant, piece from Jack Spade that’s under $100.
Timex Originals Classic Round
Say what you will about Timex, but the brand does know how to make timepieces. The company has only been doing so since 1854. This classic watch is perfect for casual wear and has a timeless look with a polished silver-tone case, tan leather strap and black dial. It’s on sale at HERE for only $65.
Nixon The Chronicle SS Watch
A beautiful, clean and solid offering from Nixon. This slick watch is equipped with Swiss Movement for accurate time keeping. It’s on sale at Amazon for just over $200.
Braun X Dieter Rams
This stainless steel timepiece features a monochrome face and flexible metal mesh strap was engineered by Braun – a company that has been around for over 90 years. The modernist feel was designed by Dieter Rams and is available at Mr. Porter for a comfortable $200.
This Swiss Quartz Chronograph from CK has black fabric strap attached to the sliver-tone dial with screws for an interesting look. Other features include: stick indices, three hands, luminous accents, three sub-dials, date window and the iconic Calvin Klein logo. This piece is also water resistant to 100 meters. Available on Amazon for $370.
Movado Museum Leather Watch
A refined and minimal timepiece that features a stainless steel case, black Museum® dial with concave dot and black outer ring, black calfskin strap, Swiss quartz movement. It’s available at Movado for $495.
Victorinox Swiss Army Summit XLT
Victornix has earned a reputation as one of the top watchmakers ever since the brand appeared in 1989. The brand’s Summit XLT series has a distinctive look that can function as either a sports watch or casual timepiece. Pictured is the 241337 Summit XLT Chrono Watch, however, we suggest you browse through Amazon. There a number of incredible pieces from this iconic brand.
Larsson & Jennings Läder Black
Minimal. Sophisticated. Elegant. These all describe the Läder series. This series pays homage to British aesthetic and features Italian suede leather straps. This is one of the more luxurious timepieces available. And, it comes at only a fraction of the price. It’s on sale at Larsson & Jennings for $334.
Brera Eterno Chrono
A modern, and bright, timepiece that includes a 45mm stainless-steel case, Miyota Quartz OS20 movement and three sub-dials.It’s modern design is rounded out by the distinctive bright-orange rubber strap. It’s currently on sale HERE for $476.
Tissot V8 Quartz Watch
Tissot is one of the top manufacturers of timepieces on the market. You can’t go wring with any selection from the brand. But, we really enjoy this bold chronograph featuring a unique dashboard-inspired counter. Pictured is the outstanding black dial and stainless steel bracelet, but there are numerous other dial and strap combinations. Tissot has them for $495.
Citizen Eco -Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
Citizen is an amazing timepiece brand known for being the “first” at some of the greatest watch technologies. Most notably known for its green technology of Citizen Eco-Drive, Citizen does have its fair share of expensive selections. However, the brand also offers a number of reasonably priced watches – such as Avion, Men’s Chronograph, Perpetual Calendar Chronograph (pictured above )and Calibre 8700.
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