Look Sophisticated AF In One Of The 20 Best Men’s Watches Under $500
If you want to be taken seriously by your boss, your peers, and your lady friends you’ll need to get real about what you consider a good watch. Some of the best watches money can buy you will set you back thousands of dollars, but truth is that more affordable options exist.
When it comes to watches, $500 is a pretty reasonable price—it’s a bit of an investment, but you’re paying for the labor as well as the quality of the product. I view it as an investment in your style, and in turn, your future. Ahead, the 18 best men’s watches under $500 on the market right now.
Luminox are amazing, Swiss-built watches that are meant to be used and abused, and include a lume that glows unaided for up to 25 years. This particular watch features custom-developed Carbonox carbon compound case, Swiss-made quartz movement, Scratch and impact-resistant sapphire glass crystal, and it is water resistant for up to 200 meters.
Tissot’s Men’s T41148353 Le Locle Black Dial Watch is a traditional, yet elegant watch. While it does require some upkeep, it is a fine piece of machinery.
This one’s for the bros who like the industrial look without all of the bulk. Coach is always a trusted name for high-quality products, so the mineral crystal face and premium leather strap are meant to last you through the years.
Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s CA0444-50L Endeavor
The Eco-Drive Men’s CA0444-50L Endeavor Watch is a handsome, sophisticated, versatile watch that will definitely impress both sexes when then see you wearing it.
On top of that, it is water resistant for 660 feet (so it’ll live if you drown) and it is powered by light so you never have to go through the headache of getting your battery replaced.
Have you ever been into a Burberry store? I have, and I remember thinking that even the air smelled expensive. Regardless of your opinion on their classic plaid pattern, you can’t deny that this isn’t a nice-ass watch.
The leather is just the right shade of brown, details are simple yet sophisticated, and it’s the perfect blend of casual and elegant. This is the perfect investment for guys out there tired of tattered leather bands who are ready to join the Big Leagues of luxury watches.
Skagen will always be a trusted name in the luxury watch world, and this smartwatch is no exception. If your style is simple and minimalistic, this is the watch for you. It’s got all the basics of a top-quality watch (stainless steel band and mineral crystal face), without the bulk of a classic timepiece.
If there’s one thing I know about men’s watches, it’s this: Hugo Boss doesn’t play around when it comes to their timepieces. You can always expect a BOSS watch to be just that.
The high-quality brown leather, paired with minimal gold details is more aesthetically pleasing than a Matisse, and durable stainless steel case is everything you want in a luxury watch.
There’s something about a mesh stainless steel band that really get’s me going. This less expensive option is great for bros on a budget who don’t want to give up the quality of a high-end watch. The glass face of this BN0032 model is scratch-resistant like any other top-notch tim piece.
Bonus: This lil dude comes with a 2-year warranty so you’ve got protection against any possible mishaps.
The Diesel DZ7313 Stainless Steel Mens Watch is a futuristic stainless steel watch that has a bunch of awesome extra features, such as 4 clocks. This watch is great for anyone on the go due to its sporty design and bonus features.
Michael Kors’ Jet Master Automatic Chronograph Watch is a well-made, incredibly detailed watch. It’s water-resistant up to 50 M, so it’s safe to take this and boy out on a beach weekend—just don’t go scuba diving in it, okay?
Here’s the deal with this five-star Nixon: It’s big. Reviewers praise this watch for elevated style and high-class look, but warn you shouldn’t invest if you can’t handle the sheer size of it.
This one’s perfect for guys with bigger wrists and even bigger style. Stainless steel means it will survive anything you throw its way, and the mineral crystal face is scratch-resistant.
If you’re looking for a Smartwatch, try the Huawei Stainless Steel Watch. It is a high quality, high performance watch.
Another great simplistic option, this Mondaine stainless steel and leather timepiece is the perfect combo of traditional and modern. Black leather goes with everything, especially when it’s part of a classy-ass watch.
Its sapphire-crystal cover means it’s both scratch and shatter-resistant, so this watch will most likely outlive all of us.
The Seiko Men’s SARB017 Mechanical Alpinist Watch is a perfect option for anyone who is looking for a classic, mature watch.
It should be noted that this watch requires manual winding (can you say sophistication?) and it lasts for about 50 hours on maximum winding.
Update: Armani isn’t strictly for foreign douchebags anymore. In fact, the watches put out by Armani are arguably some of the best-looking, affordable options in the scope of luxury watches.
This one’s got the classic look of a stainless steel timepiece, but blue details in the face breathe a modern, nautical life into the traditional design.
Seiko’s MECHANICAL x Shinobu Ishigaki SARB065 Watch is one of the highest reviewed watches that I’ve come across. Subtle and stylish, this watch is an all around great choice.
Citizen’s Men’s AT4006-06X Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch
Another impressive, and good-looking watch, Citizen’s Men’s AT4006-06X Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch is appropriate for almost any situation.
If I could be a watch, I’d be this one from Movado simply because of its sleek design. This swiss-made, premium leather watch is for the guys who prefer style and modernity over traditional taste.
Emporio Armani Men’s ‘Luigi’ Quartz Ceramic Automatic Watch is a simple, and fashionable watch that will definitely standout, without being too flashy.
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