In this day and age, when telling the time is as easy as a tap on your smartphone, the idea of flicking your wrist around to get a read on your watch can be a subtly suave way of keeping time. That being said, for budding watch enthusiasts to part with and drop some serious dollars on a timepiece can be daunting to even consider.
For this article we are going to save you some time (and dough) with these five mens watches under $500. With one for every occasion, you’ll never be late for a date again.
You’re looking at the only weekender watch you’ll ever need. This timeless classic features a 40mm case that operates on a quartz movement. This timepiece also features three chronographic subdials, which allow for measuring time to 1/20th seconds. Along with a date display and the brand’s signature INDIGLO back light, perhaps the best option is how simply the NATO strap slips off the dial. Invest in a variety of strap colours and patterns to suit your mood and outfit.
Timex Collection, $30.00 – $60.00, Amazon.com.
If you need something versatile and hardy enough to accompany you through your day, then you’ll need something as resistant as this Seiko Le Grand Sport. A solar-powered watch, the Le Grand Sport boasts a decent power life (10 months until the next charge, to be exact) and is capable of resisting water conditions up to approximately 320 feet. It also comes encased in sapphire crystal, making it less prone to unsightly scratches. Set on an embossed leather strap, the watch will pair perfectly with your casual gear or a smart suit, depending on your sartorial needs. We’d venture to say that out of all the mens watches under $500, this one is the friendliest timepiece for lads in the fast lane.
Seiko Le Grand Sport with Leather Strap, $295, Seikousa.com.
A classic gent needs a classic watch, and this one certainly meets that criteria. The Dapper York by Daniel Wellington sits handsomely on your wrist with a 38mm-sized dial. True to the Swedish brand’s form, the Dapper York runs on a Japanese quartz movement, and you can choose between a rose gold or silver casing. Depending on your preference of colour, select from one of three straps crafted from quality Italian leather. This watch is essentially modern minimalism meeting old-school class.
Dapper York in Rose Gold with Leather Strap, $299, Danielwellington.com.
Arguably the most modern watch out of the lot, the Void V01MKII makes the fourth spot on our list of mens watches under $500. Featuring a sandblasted steel casing that with a digital LCD screen, the time-teller is an engineering marvel with its 8.4mm depth. Apart from the slimness of the watch itself, it’s set on a sturdy strap made from calf leather, and can be submerged to a depth of about 165 feet in water.
V01MKII in Gold and Black Leather, $295, voidwatches.com.
If the words “utilitarian” and “functional” appeal to you, get yourself an SVT-LS47 by Tsovey. The design is inspired by aeronautical engineering, which can be seen in the stencil design of the numerals. The timepiece is also engineered to keep up with you on your outdoor adventures, evidenced in the use of a hardened mineral crystal case and a solid leather strap. This Swiss-made watch runs on the Ronda 515.1 movement, and is completed with a brushed dial face and laser-cut detailing.
SVT-LS47 in Black with Natural Leather Strap, $450, tsovet.com.