Our Top Chronograph Watches for Under $500 Revealed

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Ever since chronographs made their debut in the 19th century, people have been using them as a stop watch and measuring tool for speed and distance. While most people today may not be familiar with the additional functions of this watch, staunch chronograph users love its classic design and feel over modern, minimalist-style wristwatches.

The best part is that you don’t need to shell out a lot of money just to have a refined-looking chronograph! For this list, we have the best chronographs that cost less than $500! Fashion and function doesn’t have to be expensive, and these wrist watches are proof of that.

Best Chronograph Watches under $500


Diesel Men’s Mr. Daddy 2.0

Diesel Men's Mr Daddy 2.0 Quartz Stainless Steel and Leather Chronograph Watch, Color: Grey, Brown (Model: DZ7314)

$266.32
$350.00
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The Diesel Men’s Mr. Daddy 2.0 has a stainless steel casing made more durable with its gunmetal plating. Its authentic brown leather strap adds to its bold design, which definitely feels luxurious on the wrist even if you wear it on a regular work day.


GRAF Zeppelin Chronograph

Graf Zeppelin Chronograph and Alarm Watch 7680-1

$327.18
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Ask anyone what a classic wrist watch looks like and they’ll tell you it has a white dial color with the iconic Breguet hands, which is what the GRAF Zeppelin Chronograph exactly looks like. A great timepiece to wear on any occasion, this offers a sophisticated feel of a multipurpose watch right on your wrists.


Seiko Chronograph Solar Power Watch

Seiko Men's SSC015P1 Chronograph Solar Power Stainless Steel Watch

$365.55
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If you like the feel of steel clasps compared to leather watch bands, the Seiko Men’s Chronograph Solar Power Watch is a great choice. This solid wrist watch has a water resistance of 200 meters, suitable even for most water sports and activities. Better yet, it has built-in solar-powered panels that recharge the watch’s battery, no need for replacements!


Fossil Neutra Chronograph Watch

Fossil Men's Neutra Chrono Quartz Stainless-Steel-Plated Strap, Black, 20 Casual Watch (Model: FS5474)

$349.99
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You can never go wrong with the Fossil Men’s Neutra Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch‘s all black design. For those looking for a simple yet suave wrist watch, this is the perfect choice. Its dial window is made from glare minimizing minerals, reducing the reflections when hit by a light source, compared to sapphire crystal or acrylic dial windows.


Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Chronograph Stainless Steel Watch with Date, AT2141-52L

$139.99
$281.25
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As part of the Eco-Drive lineup, the Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph turns both artificial and natural light into energy for its battery. As long as light hits the panels, it will continuously recharge and you won’t ever have to worry about replacing the battery. This watch even has a tachymeter placed on the bezel, a functional feature especially if you need to measure speed and distance.