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The 7 Best Men's Watches for Under $500

Who would know better about the best watches for men, then men? Men who are watch enthusiasts are known to do their research on the timepiece brands and models to get a watch that is reliable, functional, looks and feels good, and they know how to find all of this in a watch that fits their budget. So if you had $500 or less to spend on a good quality watch that was as cool looking as it was priced, would you know which watches to look at? There are so many brands of watches in a variety of price ranges, from low-end to moderate, and then of course, the fine watch brands, which we all know means shelling out big bucks for a watch. If you work with your hands a lot and have the potential to be hard on your watch, you probably prefer to keep the price of your new watch under $500 in case you ever had to replace it. For under $500, here are the seven best watches you can buy in that price range.

1. Bulova Special Edition Moon Watch

This is a re-issue of an earlier release of a Bulova watch that was worn by astronaut Dave Scott during the Apollo 15 Mission back in 1971. Bulova has a long-standing history of making quality watches that are as durable as they are classic and functional. The Bulova Special Edition Moon Watch is a fantastic watch that gives you the look and feel of a much more expensive watch that doesn't require you to break the bank purchasing. This watch has all the functionality you want and expect from Bulova and is a steal for this price. One of the best features is the high frequency quartz movement that keeps its accuracy within seconds, all through the years. This watch can be found for about $375.00, which makes it well worth it.

2. Tissot V8 Stainless Steel Chronograph

Anyone who knows watches, knows that chronograph watches will typically cost you a lot of money, especially when it's a Tissot. Tissot is considered a second tier Swiss watch company, which is why they are able to create their watches for a more reasonable  price, yet they are still high quality and beautiful pieces. This watch is very characteristic of the Tissot name, which is known for their sporty-looking timepieces. The manly watch comes with a leather band and is water resistant up to 330 ft. It is designed to be used anytime and gives you the feature of a tachymeter for use in your sports events. Best of all, it won't break the bank, at a price of $450.00.

3. Alpina Horological Smartwatch

When it comes to the classical watch, classic watches usually are the more attractive, aesthetically speaking, than Smart watches. This particular Smart watch by Alpina, a Swiss company, however, is one nice looking watch that combines the classic with modern technology and what you get is a beautiful watch that gives you more options and functions than the classics. This watch can monitor sleep patterns and physical activity as well as it adjusts to different time zones by using an interfacing app on your smartphone. It can restore itself in case you lose data, by automatically backing itself up. This is a nice feature for anyone who has ever experienced losing data o a Smartphone or computer. If you love keeping up with technology yet love the classic watch look, this watch is yours for just $399.99.

4. Daniel Wellington, Classic Bristol 40mm

Daniel Wellington is known for making men's watches that can go anywhere you go, which is what the Classic Bristol 40mm watch is intended for. Designed for both a casual and classy look, this watch is one of the top choices for men in versatility. It's simple and elegant with its eggshell white dial/face, brown leather band, and silver-toned finishes. You cannot go wrong with this classy, classic looking watch. The watch was designed with a Japanese quartz movement in a 6mm case and is water resistant up to 3 ATM. This watch can be found for between $100-$200, depending on where you shop for it.

5. Tissot Men’s PRS 516 Day-Date Calendar Watch

Tissot is a top name brand in watches and they have churned out some of the most popular models of all time. The men's PRS 516 Day-Date Calendar Watch is a round-faced watch with a classic white dial, offset by a black bezel to give it a bold contrast. It is shock resistant,water resistant to 33o ft., and rust resistant under normal circumstances. The luminous hands and hour markers make reading the watch easy, even in low lighting. You can purchase this watch for $499.00.

6. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Watch

Citizen is known for making some of the best watches on the market. They are a very well-known and trusted name in watchmaking and it's no wonder with their ability to create highly reliable, functional, durable and affordable watches. The Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Skyhawk A-T Watch is only one of many in their line-up for men that is quite popular. It is water resistant, rust resistant and is aesthetically pleasing with its bronze tones, black dial, and white hands and hour markers for contrast. It features a perpetual calendar, world clock, GMT display and many other features that you normally wouldn't find in a watch under $1000. But this particular watch sells for right at $500.

7. Tissot Men's T0484172705706 Rose Gold-Tone Watch with Black Band

Another one of Tissot's men's watch has made it to the list. The Tissot Men's T0484172705706 Rose Gold-Tone Watch with Black Band was constructed of rose gold stainless steel and offset with a black dial, which also sports rose gold on two of the sub-dials. A strikingly good looking watch, it is both masculine and classy, just the right combination for many men. The dial features chronographic functions, and a date display has been set at the 3 o'clock position. The watch has been placed in a 45mm casing, which is a size that fits nicely on most any sized wrist. It was also designed with a quartz movement and analog display, a silicone band and buckle closure.

Bottom Line

No matter what type of watch you prefer, more functional or a basic, classic-looking timepiece, there are many options to choose from in the price range of $500 or under. Why spend a small fortune to a high-end watch when you can get a well-made, quality watch with a brand you know and trust for much less. You can choose from a wide range of timepieces, whether you are looking for a sports watch, dress or Smartwatch, there are brands that are giving consumers what they need and want without charging high-end prices so that more people can afford to wear the brand, and the look they want.




Maria McCutchen

Written by Maria McCutchen

Maria McCutchen is an author and freelance writer living in Chattanooga, TN. She is the published author of her memoir, “It’s all in Your Head,” and a children’s book. She has been writing for over 15 years; writing articles, whitepapers, product write-ups and more for multiple online media sites, blogs, company websites and individuals. She is also an advocate for brain malformations, including Chiari Malformation, and works closely with the non-profit organization, The Chiari Project, writing for their quarterly newsletters.

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