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The 8 Best Watches Under 500 Dollars

By: B.A Morley, Editor, TheWatchIndex.com
The 8 Best Watches Under 500 Dollars

Not everyone can afford a $10,000 Rolex or a $30,000 Patek Philippe, but that doesn't mean that you can't afford a good quality watch. There are quite a few quality watches manufactured by trustworthy brands that are priced under 500 dollars. 

We've compiled the 8 best watches under 500 dollars, and they're all available now. There's no need to break the bank because these watches look great, are highly accurate, and are built to last. 

What do you think? Did we miss a watch? Let us know in the comments below! 

Timex Waterbury Traditional Chronograph

Timex Waterbury Traditional Chronograph

Timex began in 1845 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and this Timex Waterbury Traditional Chronograph honors the brand’s history in the watch industry. This watch features a timeless design, a sturdy stainless steel case, and a highly accurate chronograph complication.

Price: 139 USD

Brand: Timex

Model: Timex Waterbury Traditional Chronograph

Reference Number: TW2R38400VQ

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 42 mm

Height: 12 mm

Movement: Quartz

Water Resistance: 5 bar

Strap: Stainless steel bracelet

Case Back: Closed case back

Features: Chronograph, INDIGLO light-up watch dial, 24-hour military time display, and date window at 4 o’clock

Braun Classic Watch

Braun Classic Watch

This Braun watch is a classic watch that can be worn to the office or on the weekends. With its clean-cut design and smooth leather strap, this watch can easily be dressed up or down. It’s up to you if you’d like the black dial and brown leather strap version or the white dial and black leather strap version.

Price: 200 USD

Brand: Braun

Model: Braun Classic Watch

Reference Number: BN0024BKBRG

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 38 mm

Height: 8.3 mm

Movement:  Quartz

Water Resistance: 5 bar

Strap: Leather

Case Back: Snap case back

Features: Running seconds sub-dial

Citizen Promaster Diver

Citizen Promaster Diver

This Citizen Promaster Diver is an ISO-certified dive watch that’s powered by a solar-powered (Eco-Drive) movement. With Eco-Drive technology, this watch is able to recharge itself with natural and artificial light. Because this Citizen watch never needs a battery, you won’t have to open the case back and compromise the watch’s water resistance.

Price: 316 USD

Brand: Citizen

Model: Citizen Promaster Diver

Reference Number: BN0191-55L

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 45 mm

Movement: Solar-powered quartz    

Water Resistance: 20 bar

Strap: Stainless steel

Case Back: Screw-down case back

Features: Uni-directional rotating bezel, ISO-certified dive watch, date window at 3 o’clock, and luminescent hands and hour markers

AVI-8 Hawker Hunter

AVI-8 Hawker Hunter

AVI-8 may not be as well-known as some of the other brands listed here, but that doesn’t mean they don’t produce quality watches. AVI-8 produces pilot watches, and each collection is named after vintage planes from World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

Price: 375 USD

Brand: AVI-8

Model: AVI-8 Hawker Hunter

Reference Number: AV-4052-06

Case: Stainless steel with black ionic plating

Diameter: 45 mm

Height: 12 mm

Movement:  Quartz

Water Resistance: 5 bar

Strap: Leather

Case Back:  Closed

Features: Chronograph with 10 minutes retrograde and date window between 4 and 5 o’clock

Hamilton Field Quartz

Hamilton Field Quartz

With its rugged style, modern-yet-vintage design, and 24-hour time display, the design on this Hamilton Field Quartz watch was inspired by Hamilton’s military heritage. Because this watch is powered by a quartz battery, you can guarantee that the time will be accurate and you won’t have to worry about winding your watch on a daily basis.

Price: 395 USD

Brand: Hamilton

Model: Hamilton Field Quartz

Reference Number: H600.703.103

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 38 mm

Movement: Quartz

Water Resistance: 10 bar

Strap: Fabric

Case Back: Closed

Features: 24-hour military time display and date window at 3 o’clock

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic

The Tissot Everytime Swissmatic is a minimalist watch that features a timeless design. The modern style of this watch ensures that you can wear it for nearly any occasion. We’ve chosen to pair our watch with a black leather strap; however, you can opt for a stainless steel bracelet or a textile strap.  
 
Price: 395 USD

Brand: Tissot

Model: Tissot Everytime Swissmatic

Reference Number: T109.407.16.051.00

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 40 mm

Height: 11.6 mm

Movement: Automatic

Power Reserve: 75 hours

Water Resistance: 3 bar

Strap: Leather

Case Back: Transparent case back

Features: Modern design with a date window at 3 o’clock

Seiko Prospex Automatic

Seiko Prospex Automatic

The Seiko Prospex Automatic is an ISO-certified dive watch, meaning that this watch is suitable for scuba diving. This dive watch features a 20 bar water resistance, a screw-down crown and case back, a uni-directional bezel, and a scratch-resistant stainless steel case. 

Price: 495 USD

Brand: Seiko

Model: Seiko Prospex Automatic

Reference Number: SRPB53

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 44 mm

Movement: Automatic

Power Reserve: 41 hours

Water Resistance: 20 bar

Strap: Silicone strap

Case Back: Screw-down case back

Features: An IS0-certified diving watch, a date display at 3 o’clock, LumiBrite hands and hour markers, and a one-way rotating elapsed timing bezel

Victorinox I.N.O.X.

Victorinox I.N.O.X.

Victorinox is known for their Swiss Army knives, but they’re also known for creating reliable watches at affordable prices. This Victorinox I.N.O.X. watch is powered by a highly accurate Swiss-made quartz movement.  

Price: 495 USD

Brand: Victorinox

Model: Victorinox I.N.O.X.

Reference Number: 241737

Case: Stainless steel

Diameter: 43 mm

Movement: Quartz

Strap: Leather

Case Back: Screw-down case back

Features: A date window between 4 and 5 o’clock and an end-of-life indicator on the case back


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I am surprised to not see the Bulova Accutron II watches (like the Snorkel), or the Dan Henry watches, both of which are incredible watches for the price.

Thank you for your comment! It was incredibly difficult to narrow the list down to eight. I agree with you that Dan Henry watches and the Bulova Accutron II watches are fantastic options for people on a budget.

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