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If you are looking for a watch that is more than your entry level timepiece from a big box store this is a list for you. From Citizen to Stuhrling you are beginning to get into the price point for some nice watches. Whether you are looking for a casual watch, something dressier or in between, this list of the best men’s watches under $500 has something for everyone.

Stührling Luciano Men’s Watch

best watches under $500

If you are looking for a watch to make a statement, this certainly does the trick. With Stührling’s signature skeletonized dial, you can watch this automatic watch movement do its thing. Because this watch features an automatic self-winding mechanical movement, you won’t have to worry about getting new batteries.

The watch is water resistant to 50 meters with stainless steel case and links. It features a 47mm watch face for those that love a bigger timepiece for their wrist. The watch comes in four different varieties; gold, rose gold, silver and silver with blue accents. If you are looking to start a mechanical watch collection you can’t go wrong with starting with a Stührling. That is why it made its way to our list on best men’s watches under $500.

Bulova Series 160 Mechanical Watch

best watches under $500

Next on our list of watches is the Bulova Series 160 Mechanical Watch. This is a beautiful dress watch with a brown leather strap and a rose gold stainless steel case. It is another automatic mechanical watch which means you will have to wind it instead of using batteries. Bulova is an American brand founded in 1875 with a rich history of creating stunning timepieces.

The Bulova Series 160 watch features a 21 Jewel Movement that you can see through its on-dial aperture and exhibition case back. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters so you won’t have to worry too much if there is a sudden rain storm. If you want a piece of history, after all Bulova invented the first electronic watch, then you can’t wrong with this elegant timepiece.

Citizen Men’s Avion Watch

best watches under $500

Citizen makes some good watches at every price point. I personally like their casual watches more than anything else. The Avion is a perfect inbetweener watch, matching any apparel that you happen to be wearing. The Avion is also a solar powered watch which means it doesn’t need a battery. It features a quartz movement and is water resistant up to 100m, which means you can wear it in the pool without too much of a worry. The case diameter is 44mm so a nice size without being too large for smaller wrists. The Avion has various colors and bands to fit any style.

Apple Watch Series 5

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The Apple Watch is viewed by many to be the pinnacle of smart watches and what all other watches try to be. With built in GPS, and heart sensors the apple watch is a great tool to use when working out. It also enables you to quickly answer text messages and phone calls right from your wrist. The watch is also swim-proof, just spin the crown when you are done to make sure the watch is ready for your next activity.

I personally use my Apple Watch at work everyday. I am often running around the office and don’t have my phone on me. However, sometimes clients or coworkers need to get a hold of me. The Apple Watch enables me to quickly check what is going on while I am getting work done away from my phone. That is why it is our recommendation for the best smartwatch under $500.

Michael Kors Men’s Lexington Chronograph

Lexington Chronograph under $500

Michael Kors is a well known company with a long history of making timepieces here in the USA. The Lexington Chronograph has a luxury look without paying a luxury price. The watch has over 20 different varieties so there is an option for everyone’s style.

The watch is water resistant up to 100 meters which means you can wear it while swimming and shallow diving. It features a quartz movement and depending on the variety, either a stainless steel or aluminium case. With all these options it is impossible not to find a watch that suits your style under $500.

Best Men’s Watches Under $500

There you have it, our best watches under $500. If you are looking for less expensive options check out our post on the best men’s watches under $200. Do you have any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments below your favorite watches under $500.

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