15 Of the Best Men’s Watches Under $500

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Looking for some investment timepieces that don’t cost an arm and a leg? We’ve got you covered right here with the 15 best men’s watches under $500.

Of course, you can complete your collection with pieces under $100 and under $200, but if you’re willing to spend just a bit more, you can really add in some high-value forever watches

Whether you’re looking for a Swiss automatic, a high-quality quartz, or an artful conversation piece, all are represented here! 

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15 of Our Faves Under $500

Here are our picks in the categories of field, dive, pilot, dress, and casual watches!

  1. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400
  2. Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400

    The Casio G-Shock GW-9400 is the most rugged and tactical of the field watches, and it’s loaded with features. These include a 1000-hour stopwatch, 24-hour countdown timer, sunrise and sunset data, and a Triple Sensor which includes a compass, pressure sensor, and temperature sensor. At an imposing 53mm, this digital survivalist watch is as tough as it looks.

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  3. Bulova Lunar Pilot
  4. Bulova Lunar Pilot

    This historically important legend is designed to pilot you all the way to the moon, as it did for the Apollo 15 Lunar mission. The Bulova Lunar Pilot is a refined and well-designed chronograph known for being impressively high-functioning. It has 100m of water resistance, a sapphire crystal, and runs on Bulova’s proprietary Ultra High Frequency quartz movement for advanced accuracy and reliability.

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  5. Seiko Coutura SSG019
  6. Seiko Coutura SSG019

    The Seiko Coutura is impressive and uncommon both in design and function. Aesthetically, it's a wild mix of organic and machine-like designwork, from the leaf and spider web textures in brilliant blue to the industrial subdial and angular integrated bracelet. Function-wise, it runs on light power and a radio-controlled timekeeper for military precision.

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  7. Hamilton Khaki Field H70555533
  8. Hamilton Khaki Field H70555533

    From its multi-layered dial face and silver-outlined syringe hands, to the brown contrast-stitched leather band, this Hamilton Khaki Field is the sophisticated timepiece of the field watch group. Its Arabic numerals are highlighted by a racetrack, making it exceedingly legible. It runs on Hamilton’s H-10 caliber, an automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.

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  9. Bertucci A-11T Americana
  10. Bertucci A-11T Americana

    Though inspired by WWII US Military watches, the vintage quality of the Bertucci A-11t Americana makes it fun and even a little playful. The small seconds dial is an amusing and useful touch, while its 42mm case boasts a titanium construction. Other features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, lume, and 200m of water resistance.

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  11. Seiko Prospex PADI Turtle SRPA21
  12. Seiko Prospex PADI Turtle SRPA21

    Classic yet distinct, the Seiko Prospex Turtle SRPA21 rocks a high-shine Pepsi bezel with a silky blue sunburst dial. The cushion-like case gives this 45mm tool watch a unique look, while maintaining the timeless diver aesthetic. As a Prospex PADI, it has 200m of water resistance, a robust automatic movement, and is durable enough for actual diving. 

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  13. Orient 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Diver
  14. Orient 70th Anniversary Limited Edition Diver

    This limited edition timepiece takes Orient’s beloved dive watch template, and decks it out with exquisite design features. This includes a gold gradient dial face, a shiny bronze-toned case, and a sophisticated calfskin leather strap. Limited to only 2500 pieces, this diver features a sapphire crystal, 200m of water resistance, and a 22-jewel automatic movement.

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  15. Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Pro Diver
  16. Victorinox Swiss Army INOX Pro Diver

    Despite its brawny stainless steel and rubber construction, the Victorinox INOX Diver still exudes an elegant sleekness. It boasts a smart, clean design, exemplified by bezel numbers that are visible straight on and from the side. An ISO-certified diving watch, this INOX also has anti-magnetic properties, military time, and a triple-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

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  17. Laco Aachen Blaue Stunde Pilot
  18. Laco Aachen Blaue Stunde Pilot

    If you’re looking for a pilot watch that’s classic but fun and eye-catching, the Laco Aachen Blaue Stunde is your guy. It has a sandblasted stainless steel case for a lustrous yet tactile quality, and a blue sunray dial that complements the traditionally legible pilot-style face. The 21-jewel automatic movement can be seen through the exhibition sapphire caseback.

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  19. Tissot Le Locle T0064071603300
  20. Tissot Le Locle T0064071603300

    This Tissot Le Locle features a diamond-patterned dial in a silver-tone that perfectly matches the case, giving the whole watch an elegant sculptural quality. A smooth track runs behind the Roman numeral indices providing legibility and a graceful design. The back of this 39mm timepiece is beautifully engraved, and displays the automatic movement through exhibition windows. 

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  21. Tissot Visodate T1184301602100
  22. Tissot Visodate T1184301602100

    Perfect for important meetings or black-tie dinners, this vintage-inspired Tissot Visodate’s cursive appellation, applied indices, and gold sunburst dial level it up from the standard Visodates. It also runs on Tissot’s exclusive Powermatic 80, an automatic movement that stays accurate even if it hasn’t been worn for three days.

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  23. Timex Marlin Automatic 40
  24. Timex Marlin Automatic 40

    This Timex Marlin is a modern and cool take on the traditional dress watch. Whether you’re going for gold or silver accents, the long indices and minimalist design allow the applied indices to really shine. The black sunburst background is more contemporary, while the silver adds elegance through its pearl-like gloss

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  25. Timex American Documents
  26. Timex American Documents

    The Timex American Documents is a clean and slick everyday watch that can easily pass as a dress watch with the right suit. The small seconds dial adds a touch of tool-like practicality to the organized design, without taking away from its minimalism. Additionally, this Timex is leveled up with a gold-plated Swiss automatic movement.

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  27. Mr. Jones Sun and Moon
  28. Mr. Jones Sun and Moon

    Mr. Jones watches are true pieces of art created by Crispin Jones, a designer with a Royal College of Arts pedigree (each timepiece even comes with signed paperwork). The Sun and Moon watch features a moving day-to-night image to tell the minutes, right above a minimalist hours subdial. Every Mr. Jones model is an exquisite, interactive conversation piece that tells time in a unique and creative way.

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  29. Swatch Sistem51 SY23S403
  30. Swatch Sistem51 SY23S403

    Swatch fuses its playfully colorful and collectible design language with full-on Swiss sophistication here. This line is called Sistem51 because each timepiece is made of 51 parts, including a 90-hour Swiss automatic movement, which you can admire through the gorgeous patterned exhibition caseback. The denim blue leather strap matches the dial, which features a sunburst in the middle, and a racetrack outside of that, where the applied indices sit. 

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We sure hope so! The sub-500 category is a great place to shop since you can spend a little extra on high-quality and well-built pieces, without having to think about insurance or future resale value. It’s the fun parts about investment buying, without the burdens!

Do you like high-functioning Seikos and Bulovas or stylish Timex watches? Elegant Tissot timepieces or playful Swatches?

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