31 Watches Under $500 That Look Like a Million Bucks

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IF YOU'RE HEADING into the watch market with a $500 budget, then you’re heading into a vast and confusing selection. That under-$500 watch range spans the top end of affordable watch brands like Timex and Citizen, while overlapping with entry level timepieces from mid-tier brands like Seiko and Hamilton. Add the younger, more affordable watch brands like Vaer and Kyoto into the mix, and the options can get overwhelming.

Fortunately, we've got you covered. That great thing about the under-$500 watch market is that it's a price point filled with watches that punch well above their weight. Whether you want the complications of a chronograph watch, or the durability of a diver, you can find luxury-level performance and features that won’t drain your bank account. To help steer you in the right direction, we assembled a list of the best mens watches under $500.

Best Watches Under $500

What to Consider

Case Diameter

How can you tell if a watch you find online will fit your wrist? All you need is the case diameter and a ruler with a cm scale—remember that there are 10 mm in 1 cm because the metric system is easy. Place the ruler flat on top of your wrist perpendicular to your arm. This will give you an approximate idea of how much room a watch case will take up on your wrist.

For reference, men’s watches range anywhere from 34mm to 45mm and up. Most dress watches run in the 36mm to 42mm range, while dive watches and chronographs run from 40mm to 45mm.

Movement

What's under the hood? Movement refers to the power used to operate watches.

Quartz

Battery or solar energy is used to power a tiny quartz crystal that vibrates at a constant frequency. This frequency is translated into seconds to maintain a consistently accurate watch. Being the smallest and simplest type of watch movement makes them by far the most affordable.

Automatic

A mechanical movement that winds itself with the motion of your body. As the most technically complicated variety, automatic watches are usually the most expensive. You will never need to buy a battery, but you will have to get the watch serviced every few years, kind of like a car engine.

Mechanical/Hand Winding:

A mechanical movement that has to wound by hand to keep ticking. This is done by turning the crown. Hand winding movements were all but extinct until making a comeback in recent years thanks to a tactile affinity among horology fans.

Mecha-quartz:

This new hybrid movement has become popular among micro-brands making chronographs. It combines elements of a quartz and automatic movement. Generally, the main time runs on automatic, while the other complications use the quartz power.

How We Selected

We've been updating this story since June 2023. Since then, Lanphear and Men's Health editors have tested more than 60 watches under $500. We considered each timepiece's movement, size, materials, and just how great they looked. We considered all sorts of watches that work for a variety of looks and occasions. We also consulted with our fashion director Ted Stafford, who has more than a decade of experience trying and testing the best watches on the market now. Ahead, read on for our shortlist of the best watches under $500.

“TSUYOSA” Collection

When searching for a watch to keep on your wrist day in and day out, it pays to stick to the classics. Citizen did just that, drawing inspiration from vintage Japanese—an angular case edge, the crown at 4:00—and Swiss—the narrow, squared off hands and indices design. What resulted was a watch for all occasions that is both automatic and water resistant.

After taking this one for a month long test drive, there is no occasion where it does not shine. It was flattering the amount of times people mistook it for a much pricier watch brand. For a personal touch, seven different color options are available, including two new additions of white and a sunburst aqua.

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5 Sports GMT

Visually, Seiko pretty much copied the 5 Sport directly from the fan-favorite SKX line that ran from 1996 until 2019, making it one of the most iconic watch designs of all time. So adding a GMT complication is the first major upgrade, aside from an improved movement, in several decades. It is both stylistically and functionally refreshing. GMT watches are having a moment right now, and this is easily the best automatic option for under $500. It is a watch that you can wear every day and will remain a foundational piece of any collection.

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x Todd Snyder MK-1 Amalfi Dress Watch

Timex and Todd Snyder continue a beautiful partnership with the new MK-1 Amalfi. The design started with ‘80s field watches in the Timex archive, but the vaunted menswear designer put a formal twist on it with gold accents on a cream colored dial. It is supposedly inspired by Mediterranean vacations, with an appropriate level of water resistance included, but there is no bad occasion to wear this watch. The hand wound mechanical movement provides a clean sweeping second hand, as long as you remember to give it a few twists every time you put the watch on.

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Lunar Pilot

Yes, the Lunar Pilot runs on a quartz movement, but it is an ultra high frequency quartz. Without getting into too much technical detail, that means the watch ticks at more beats per second than all but the most expensive automatic watches. The result is a timing accuracy down to 1/25th of a second. In more practical terms, the black and silver design has wide style range. You can dress it up with a suit or wear it as a casual every day piece.

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Sundby Titanium and Charcoal Steel Mesh Watch

Titanium is the popular new metal for watch cases, and the benefits are pretty clear. Compared to traditional stainless steel, it is scratch resistant, lighter, and more durable. Skagen offers a very affordable minimalist titanium watch. The dial and hands are straightforward, and the date window is minuscule. It makes an even smaller impression on the wrist, with a super shallow case and a paper thin mesh strap. This is an easy everyday watch that will blend in.

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R1 USA Racing Chronograph

Vaer built this retro-inspired chronograph with a mecha-quartz movement to combine the best of both worlds. What exactly is a mecha-quartz movement? It is a hybrid built specifically for chronograph watches that keeps active time with a super precise quartz component, and tracks elapsed time with an old fashioned mechanical component. Mechanical movements tick at a much faster beats-per-minute rate, which is why the hand sweeps so smoothly. This makes for a more accurate stopwatch. To further assist accurate readings, the sub-dials are painted with different colors to denote different blocks of time.

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Khaki Field Watch

Take a look at the history of field watches and one name boldly stands out: Hamilton's Khaki Field Watch. With rugged good looks, well proven durability, and a dependable movement, this timepiece has secured a place in menswear infamy. There is no date or day window, just the time with inset 24 hour "military time" markers, an indication of the watch's military heritage.

I have found that band dictates the style category of this watch. Meaning that a leather band makes it a little dressier, every day option, while a fabric nato strap gives a more rugged military look.

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Basecamp Classic

Hong Kong-based watchmaker Undone brings vintage design elements into the modern age. Three distinctly shaped hands run along a simple dial with big curvy numbers in a black and tan color scheme. As unique as each aspect is, it all somehow flows together. Capping it off is a high domed crystal face that adds a bubble effect when viewed from flat angles. It is hard to stand out in the watch world while still offering useful every-day style, but Undone has certainly pulled it off.

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Gents Classic Chronograph

Some of the design features of this watch are so subtle that you hardly even notice them, until they are glaringly obvious. For example, the dial is concave and the lens has two layers, working together to capture light in a way that creates exceptional readability from most angles. It is low tech, but brilliant, which is how you could describe the Gents Classic Chronograph in general. This is a perfect business casual office watch because it is unique, but not flashy.

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Pulse Tandem

Resembling a bathroom scale more than a wristwatch, this Breda is certainly a change up. Think of it more as a piece of jewelry that tells time than a typical timepiece. The Pulse Tandem offers an easy way to freshen up your work and social vibe. As unusual as this watch looks, it actually works well with suits and formal attire. The solid gold or silver appearance, depending on which look you go with, is more elevated than a leather watch band.

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Bambino Version 7

No watch brand does elegant design at a friendlier price than Orient. The Bambino provides a simple and sleek look usually associated with luxury dress watches. Sword style hands, dash indices, and a two-tone color scheme are all markers of a classic dress watch. Landing a dependable mechanical watch for $250 is a real treat. A faux-croc leather band puts a little extra icing on the cake.

Notice the oversized crow? Manual winding watches are often equipped with larger crowns to make the hand winding process a little easier.

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T-Classic PRX

If you hide the price tags, Tissot fits right in with all the Swiss luxury watch brands. Take the PRX for example, a modern dress watch with a Swiss made quartz movement in a perfectly balanced 39.5 mm case. It is a perfectly professional watch because it affirms good taste while remaining modest. The steel and navy color scheme will match every level of office attire, from khakis and a polo, all the way up to a three piece suit.

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Brycen

It isn’t easy to blend optimized performance with impeccable style, but Citizen pulled it off with the Brycen chronograph. At face value, this is a stylish ticker with a nice blue paint job that goes well with a suit or just about anything else. Take a closer look, and you’ll see that this is a precision timing machine. The stopwatch hand, which normally the second hand, measures the seconds in a minute. Minutes that have elapsed are tracked in the black sub-dial up top. Real time seconds are on the biggest sub-dial at the bottom.

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Philosopher

Call it minimalist or modernist, either way Nordgreen makes a beautiful, simple watch. Not only does the face have just enough detail to tell time, the case is almost impossibly thin, leaving the tiniest impression on your wrist. However, you can spice things up with a range of customizable options and take it even further by purchasing multiple quick-change bands. There are four case colors, eight face colors, and over a dozen strap options. Depending on where you go with those tweaks, this can be a fun casual timepiece, or a classy work watch.

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Q Reissue 1971 Velocity

Pulled straight out of 1971, this funky reissue from Timex is a breath of fresh air for a sport watch category that can start to all look the same. For a long time, features like the roulette table dial and speedometer second hand could only be found on the vintage market. Now, you can get the throwback look with the dependability of a brand new build and a state of the art quartz movement. With a super friendly price tag, this is an easy addition to any watch collection as a fun change of pace.

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Presage SRPG05

Part dive watch, part dress watch, the SRPG05 from Seiko is a timepiece for all occasions. It has a sleek vintage look that is easy to style with suiting, but looks great with casual attire. Considering it will complement absolutely anything you wear, there is no reason to ever take it off. Well maybe to sleep, if that gets uncomfortable for you.

This is the ultimate vacation watch because it can dress up for going out at night, and it is rugged and waterproof for daytime adventures. You won't have to worry about packing any additional watches, just roll with the one on your wrist.

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POP Bio-Based Resin

There is something fascinating about tech that looks like what people in the '80s expected it to look like now. Take this future-retro wrist watch for example. A digital analog watch face is just plain cool. This modest little Casio is action packed with features like a calendar, a stop-watch, an alarm, auto- daylight savings, and 31 time zones. It is ideal for travelers who don't want the distractions of a smartwatch.

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G-Shock Black and Rust Series

Everyone knowns G-Shock as the quintessential old-school smart watch. This includes a digital face in most cases, but not all. The analog-digital combination of the Black and Rust series provides the best of both worlds. You get all the G-Shock performance - an alarm, timer, calendar, and stop watch - combined with a more traditional analog hands look. Being shock resistant and waterproof means that you can wear this watch on absolutely any adventure.

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General-Purpose Quartz with Date

Canada isn't exactly know for its rich watchmaking heritage, but there is one exception: Marathon. Few companies combine rugged durability and heritage aesthetics quite as well. Take the General Purpose, a ticket originally designed for pilots and parachuters, but also has a business casual style. The composite fibreshell case is soft on the wrist, but extremely durable. At 35 mm, it is extremely light and makes a minimal impression on the wrist. Finished off with MaraGlo luminescent paint, the hands and indices are very visible in the dark.

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Old Smith 90-002

Kuoe is a new Japanese micro-brand that sticks to pre-WWII design principles. The Old Smith looks like your grandfather's watch that has been passed down for generations, but with all the benefits of being brand new. Under the hood is a Seiko NH38, a dependable workhorse movement that is easy to service. At 35 mm, the case is true to mid-twentieth century men's wristwatches. It feels light, and makes a subtle impression when worn.

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Navy Seal Foundation Exclusive Sea Series

Looking to spend most of your time in and around water? Need a watch that can take a beating? Is high night time visibility crucial? If you answered yes to all of three, then this is the watch for you. Luminox made its bones back in the '90s making the official watch for the Navy SEALs. That indomitable spirit lives on in pretty much every watch the American brand makes now. It's a sportier, flashier version of Luminox's bestselling Sea Series collection.

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Biosourced Quartz Watch

You may notice that a seconds hand is conspicuously absent here. This Swatch is designed more for artistic expression than time keeping. That isn't a knock on the accuracy, because Swatch is one of the most trusted watch brands in the world. While the colors and design are bold, the package is an understated 34 mm. Combined with how light and soft the biosourced strap and case are, you almost forget you have anything on your wrist when wearing this ticker.

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Waterbury Chronograph

Leave it to Timex to build a chronograph this good looking for just over $200. The look pays homage to the first generation of watches that were used for timing auto races in the late '60s and early '70s. A nearly-all steel finish really makes the three colored inset dials pop, a nod to vintage car instrument panels. Adding a tachymeter to the bezel makes this a genuine racing chronograph. In the simplest possible terms, it is used to convert elapsed seconds into a speed measurement.

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Sutton Automatic

Bulova gives you a little peek under the hood with a movement window on the face. The rectangular case is a quintessential dress watch design, reminiscent of the 1940s, and is timelessly cool. This is the kind of watch your grandfather wore because he saw Frank Sinatra wearing it. You can wear the Sutton with a tuxedo just as easily as with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. It is the perfect of example of the rule that a watch can always be too casual for your outfit, but it can never be too formal.

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Promaster Dive

Citizen categorizes this Promaster Dive as a women's watch, but we argue that it works as a compact men's dive watch as well. At 37 mm, the case size fits smaller men's wrist, and you can have a dive watch's performance without a chunky wrist-eating case. With a 200m dive rating and soft, flexible band included, this ticker is ready for aquatic adventures like reef diving, or taking the occasional dip in the pool when your lounge chair gets too hot.

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Minimal Sport Automatic

Minimal? Maybe, but the 45.5 case with a lume painted face will still make a statement. MVMT made a splash with its first foray into dive watches by using an automatic movement from Miyota - a subsidiary of Citizen. All of the essentials are there: a screw down crow, rotating bezel, high visibility face, and 200m dive rating. Yet, it comes together in a distinctly ultra modern look. This is a great alternative for those who want to step outside the standard dive watch look.

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Pro Diver Quartz

Two-tone watches went out of fashion for a long time, but they recently made a triumphant return, and we're here for it. Invicta totally nailed the look here, at a ridiculously affordable price no less. Blue really is the best color to pull the gold-and-silver look together. This is a great option to pick up if you're looking to round out your watch collection with something fun. It adds a little flair to casual summer outfits and makes for a great vacation watch, because you won't panic if something happens to it.

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$56.34

Leatherback SEAturtle Whiteout

We're pretty sure that no Navy Seal ever wore an all white watch. That fact doesn't make the signature Navy Seal watch from Luminox any less slick in a whiteout finish. A slimmed down 39 mm case adds to the low key appeal, making this an ideal summer watch. Having worn one for years, I can tell you that this watch can take a beating and be no worse for wear. It is perfect for beach vacations, outdoor adventures, and anyone who plans on spending a lot of time in a pool.

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High Tide

All you surfers, fishermen, and various other seafaring folk, this one is for you. Not only did Nixon build a watch with full water resistance and high visibility, it included a tide monitor. Which, if you've ever spent long periods of time at sea, you would know is super clutch. The high visibility screen, with built in back light feature, displays pre-loaded tide, sun, and moon data for 550 different coastal locations around the world.

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Sport Retro Digital

Built to take on the water, in the 1980s, this OG sport watch from Armitron still gets the job done. The low-key retro vibe is topped off with a steel mesh bracelet that wears soft and loose on the wrist. Work on your lap time, set a training alarm, and set dual time zones with ease. Best of all, the super lightweight case is barely noticeable on your wrist during workouts and creates minimal drag in the water.

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Classics Quartz Movement Black Dial Watch

Walmart isn't usually the place where you'd look for a watch, and it certainly isn't the place where you'd look for a Swiss-made watch by Frederique Constant. But here we are—weirder things have happened before, certainly—looking at Frederique Constant's classic black dial dress watch in all its glory, at Walmart. You don't get more classic than white-on-black roman numeral indices, with inset dials for the day and date functions.

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