When buying any product, quality is the number one factor to consider. Expensive products aren’t always tantamount to better quality. On the other hand, cheap products don’t always mean lower quality. As consumers, we always want to purchase products that are of high quality at a lower cost. This is true when buying watches as well.
There are many high-quality watches that are sold in the market that will suit your budget. These watches may not be as popular as other brands but they will surely serve their purpose just the same — telling you what time it is. To help narrow down your choices, check out this list of the best affordable watches that you can buy for less than $500.
01. Timex Expedition Field Chronograph
$52.49 in stock
Need a watch to use for the great outdoors? This Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch is what you need. This handsome looking watch is inspired by a vintage military look. The rugged-looking dial features numerals in increments of five up to sixty.
Its chronograph functionality allows you to use it as a stopwatch for up to 30 minutes and measure 1/20 of a second. It also has an Indiglo backlight feature that lights up the dials in a blue sheen. The luminous hands are easily visible despite their stylish see-through design. Our favorite feature is its durable leather band, which is a refreshing feature on a watch that boasts water resistance of up to 100 meters.
02. Seiko Men’s SNK809 5 Automatic
1 used from $96.48
If you’re looking for a watch that does not use batteries, you should check out this Seiko Men’s Snk809 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch With Canvas Strap — an automatic mechanical watch. This specific model is a 21-jewel automatic movement.
The watch itself is powered by arm movement, and all you have to do to get the watch up and running is to swing it lightly side to side horizontally for about 30 seconds. It has a water-resistance of 100 feet so it is the ideal watch for swimming or snorkeling. This model also boasts a skeleton/exhibition case, allowing true connoisseurs and horologists to appreciate the art with which the movement of this watch was made.
03. Invicta Pro-Diver Collection Silver-Tone Men’s Watch
5 used from $69.10
Love traveling? This Invicta Pro-diver Collection Silver-tone Men’s Watch is a must-have. This stylish automatic watch will surely offer outstanding performance as it is meticulously crafted and rigorously tested. It is made of a stainless steel case and a black mineral dial window that features luminous hands, date window and unidirectional bezel.
At 40 mm, this watch may not be the biggest out there, but the classy design sets it apart from other models. It features traditional diver’s watch dials on its black bezel, but with a luminous effect for better visibility in the dark. With a 200-meter water resistance, it comes as no surprise why divers and watersports enthusiasts choose this over any watch in the market.
04. Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph
Take your outfit to the next level by wearing this Jack Mason Aviator Chronograph Watch inspired by the classic pilot’s watch design. It is made of 24 kt rose gold PVD plated bezel and a stainless steel case and comes with a brown Italian leather strap that can match any outfit.
The dial is gray and laid out in a traditional aviator style, but its best feature for a watch in this price range is the Lume. This watch comes with SuperLuminova technology which is usually incorporated into higher-end watches. The Lume covers the hands, an arrow at 12 o’clock, and a small mark behind each numeral that helps you tell the time in the dark.
05. Luminox Leatherback Giant Sea Turtle
Looking for a tough and reliable watch? The Luminox Leatherback Giant Sea Turtle Watch is what you are searching for. It belongs to Luminox’s Sea Turtle collection inspired by turtles that seamlessly float through the water with a tough and durable protective “armor” on their bodies. This model is named the “Giant Sea Turtle” for its large 44 mm diameter case.
Made of tempered scratch-resistant hardened mineral crystal, this watch is durable enough to be worn anytime, anywhere. Its water resistance of 330 meters also makes it great for water activities. It uses the Swiss quartz movement which, combined with large and luminous dials, makes this watch amazingly reliable for time-telling.
For more watches below the $500 budget, make sure to check out our top 5 Automatic watches under $500 and our best chronograph watches under $500.