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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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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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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If you are looking for a unique design, Citizen’s Stiletto might be the watch for you. We love the elegant all black version, and the stunning sleek lines. The case is very slim, which makes for a very comfortable, bracelet-like wear. Their new Eco-Drive technology ensures you never have to worry about changing the batteries again. A great, reliable everyday timepiece.
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.
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.
Jack Mason Canton Day-Date
The Canton Day-Date Automatic has a very elegant, classy design. The white dial perfectly complements the stainless steel bracelet and case. The day and date displays are at the 3 o’clock position and are very easy to read. It has a very reliable Miyota 8205 automatic movement and to top it all off, the movement is visible through the exhibition style caseback. Definitely one of our favorites.