If you are looking for a good looking, high quality watch for everyday use, you came to the right place: we searched far and wide for the best the market has to offer, all under $500. We looked at the quality of the movement, design that will stand the test of time, and reasonable water resistancy in case you find yourself at a lake jumping competition. In no particular order, here are the winners:
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Vaer C3 Atlas Black
The Vaer C3 Atlas Black is a smaller watch – 36 mm case width – and that is exactly why we think it could a great everyday go-to watch. It’s a great fit for smaller wrist sizes and will be a comfortable wear for anyone. Simple, and elegant dial design, the Vaer C3 Atlas can be easily dressed up or down.
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba
The Khaki Navy Scuba Quartz 37mm, with its sporty design and great practicality, maintains perfect time at the beach or in the water. This timepiece offers a nautical touch to any outfit, therefore it could be your everyday go-to watch.
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.
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.
Spinnaker Hull Riviera NOIRE
Timeless elegance and sporty flair come together beautifully in the Hull Riviera NOIRE by Spinnaker. This watch can absolutely be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion. The reliable Japanese automatic movement (by Seiko) is sure to keep you on time, and is housed in a sturdy, cushion shaped stainless steel case. The Hull Riviera is water resistant up to 100 meters, always ready for an adventure.
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Undone Vintage Killy
The popular UNDONE Vintage Killy watches are custom-made vintage-inspired 40 mm Mecca-quartz timepieces.
Each watch in the collection is ideally suited for day-to-day wear thanks to its 40 mm size, which is perfect for almost all wrist sizes.
A collection of classic dial designs, rich in complex features and textures and presented in a color palette that represents class. A classic timepiece with understated flair for the modern gentleman.
Seiko Essential SUR309
Seiko’s SUR309 from their Essential collection is another straight to the point watch. It has a beautiful blue dial with sunray finish, the date calendar is positioned at 3 o’clock and the 40.2 mm case width makes it a comfortable wear for all wrist sizes. The stainless steel bracelet gives this watch a classic, elegant feel, and the water resistance ensures you can use it for sport activities as well. A great choice that will stand the test of time.
VAER D5 | Arctic USA Diver
Vaer watches are assembled in the USA and they go through rigorous testing: the D5 goes to the limits of real-world depth exposure, so they can be ocean-ready. While the style of this watch is distinctly military-inspired, the fine details on the dial make it an interesting cross between elegant and rugged. The D5 comes with the Vaer’s standard 24-month warranty, and the comfortable case size make it a perfect fit for most wrists.
The simple yet beautiful design of the Maven watches is inspired by the French Marine Nationale. Complete with a Swiss Quartz movement provided by Ronda so you can be sure of accurate timekeeping. The elegant color combination of taupe and white reminds of summers in the south of France, so we are envisioning this watch as your go-to summer accessory.
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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