Collecting anything should be a labor of love, not a painful dilemma. Unfortunately, the watch world doesn’t share the same sentiment. The big-money pieces make most of the headlines, sure, but there are plenty of great timepieces out there that don’t require you to crack into your savings account.
From unique designs to some remakes of popular high-end models, here are some of the best watches under $500.
The Skywatch, with its classic sport design, is an affordable option for any watch enthusiast. The bezel and dial are available in numerous color combinations, each with a comfortable silicon or nylon strap. Moreover, the company donates a portion of the proceeds to a host of charities, meaning you can outfit your wrist with something you enjoy while also giving back.
The Men’s Museum Classic from Movado is perfect for the guy with a penchant for a more contemporary look. Wth its all black face and sharp, angular hands, the watch is sleek and stylishly understated. Powered with Swiss quartz movement and built to be both scratch and water resistant, this timepiece is as functional as it is eye-catching.
Swatch Sistem $150
Swatch’s Sistem51 Automatic timepiece, which broke out in 2015 with four inaugural designs, is only rising in popularity. This year, Swatch has outfitted the 40-millimeter timepiece with an automatic in house movement and bounty of flavorful, chic options all to be had for under $150.
Bucking the convention that the only watches worth investing in are Swiss, the American-made Hamilton Khaki Dial Watch is about as classic as they come. With its easy-to read face, durable sapphire crystal exterior and thick leather strap, this watch is ideal for the traditionalist looking for an everyday timepiece. Plus, it’s totally water and scratch resistant.