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 the best watches under $500. You’re welcome.
Best Everyday Watch
Best Luxury Watch
The flagship timepiece from Shinola is a simple watch decked out in a sumptuous midnight blue. A bold, no-fuss face is complemented by a sumptuous leather band, which makes this a great pick for casual and formal settings alike. And while we know it’s not technically under $500, it’s still an awesome deal.
Best Budget Watch
It’s hard to go wrong with Timex, especially if you find yourself considering its Waterbury model. The streamlined watch features an easy-to-read face, a small calendar, and a leather strap that comes in olive, slate, or brown. It’s also priced for lower budgets, which makes this model the perfect addition to a penny-pincher’s closet.
Best Watch for the Bold
For a more modern look, check out the Chrono Series from MVMT. The matte black finish gives this timepiece a sophisticated edge, while the large dials on the side keep it looking masculine and fresh, and the bright red second-hand evokes red-line power. The band comes in either natural leather or black metal, though we suggest the natural leather to really amplify the contrasting color scheme, making this truly a statement timepiece.
Best “Classy” Watch
The 1815 Chronograph from About Vintage evokes a classic aesthetic with its bright face and crisp, brown strap. As the name suggests, this particular timepiece is inspired by the 1815 invention of the chronograph, a device that combines a stopwatch with a display watch. The blue dial numbers and hour, second, and minute hands compliment the rich brown of the strap and stand-out against the pure-white dial and silver case.
Built for the guy on the go, this ultra-durable watch from Armogan is designed to stand the — pardon the pun — test of time. Not only is it constructed with resilient stainless steel and leather, this timepiece is also water-resistant and protected by a two-year warranty. Not to mention the black and orange color-scheme is pretty bad-ass.
Best Smart Watch
For those in search of something a bit more techy, you can’t go wrong with the Apple Watch. Sure, it’s a tad more expensive than other timepieces on this list, but when you think about all that’s packed into this bad boy—cellular service, GPS, Wi-Fi and a heart rate sensor to name just a few — $399 feels like a bargain.
If you’re known to your friends as Mr. Money Bags and $500 is too little for your rich blood, check out our guide to the best watches under $1,000 and be impressed.
Article originally published by Cody Gohl on March 1, 2018. Last updated by Chase McPeak in November 2018 to include deals info. The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.