The criteria for what constitutes an excellent dress watch are less straightforward to establish than those for a pilot watch or a dive watch. But there are guidelines we can follow if we want to make sure we pick an excellent dress watch. Simple design of a dress watch is important as it should polish up your appearance instead of being conspicuous. Dress watches feature smaller bands and bracelets, and thinner cases so it can fit under your cuff.
We searched far and wide for the best dress watches the market has to offer, all under $500. We looked at the quality of the movement, design that will stand the test of time.
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Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz
The Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent is a modern interpretation of a conventional watch that is understated yet striking. This quartz watch is an elegant, sophisticated, and tastefully crafted option for the distinguished gentleman. This might be one of our favorites due to the great combination of the black leather strap and the brown dial. Due to these 2 main colors, you can wear almost any suit, as color mismatch won’t be an issue.
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Tissot T-Classic Tradition
With a vintage-style perfectly matched with classical elements and delicate finishing, the Tissot Tradition line adds a touch of nostalgia to ultra-modern watchmaking. Design features like as guilloche ornamentation on bracelet variants and a softly curved case complement the classic look in a modern setting. A classic, timeless watch by Tissot.
The Victorinox Alliance is exactly what you would expect from a Swiss brand for an everyday watch. A gorgeous, clean looking timepiece, with truly timeless design elements. The black dial and brushed stainless steel is a combination that is hard to beat. The reliable quartz movement is housed in a moderately sized (40 mm) case. An overall great watch.
Bulova Classic Silver Dial Black Leather
Bulova’s watches in the Classic collection are inspired by vintage design, have an understated, elegant look. This Bulova Classic with Silver dial and the black leather strap is definitely an elegant timepiece.
The 2nd generation Orient Bambino is a very budget friendly option, but this doesn’t mean you have to make compromises when it comes to quality. Due to automatic movement, you’ll have a smoothly swiping seconds hand breezing over the Roman numerals on the cream dial. A very classy appearance with timeless design. A great choice!
Frederique Constant Slimline Black
Frederique Constant watches are sometimes underrated timepieces. The Frederique Constant Slimline is a watch that combines very classic elements with some new design solutions. The white Roman numerals on black dial brings the classic elegant look, and the seconds subdial is the subtle and exciting design solution. The 40 mm case width and the date window at 3 o’clock position establishes this timepiece as an absolute classic.
The Corso by Citizen is made for the ultimate business man. Sleek, elegant, straight to the point. It has a classic, timeless style due to the black dial and stainless steel case, paired with a sophisticated black leather strap. The Corso is powered by Citizen’s Eco-drive technology (so basically powered by light, any light), ensuring you never have to worry about changing the battery.
Jowissa LeWy 3
Jowissa’s LeWy 3 is quite simply a stunning play of hues and finishes. The brown leather strap and sable-brown dial pair beautifully with the rose gold elements. This watch is hand-assembled in Switzerland, uses a quartz movement and is offered at a great price point.
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