5 stylish watches under £500

Updated: Feb 6, 2020

This is the first in what we hope to be an occasional series of blogs exploring watches and men’s obsession with them.

Today I am asking whether you can get a quality time piece (a decent watch ) for under £500? My answer yes! You may have to look beyond the usual suspects but if you’re to willing broaden your horizons it is possible to find classic designs and reliable mechanics for well below the £500 price point. Here in no particular order are some of the modern classics that fit the bill:

Hamilton Khaki King Series Men Automatic Watch:

With its rugged good looks and high-quality materials this Swiss made watch is certainly one to consider if you are looking for a time piece under £500. Its brushed stainless steel case, non-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and unique dial layout give it the wow factor when it’s on your wrist. Run by Swiss-made movement, the Khaki King is powered by the ETA Cal. 2834-2. It is a 25-jewel movement ensuring a high level of accuracy that still makes it operational even during long trips. It also features a 38-hour power reserve that guarantees you that you have enough power for the rainy days. It has a 50-metre resistance, and a day/date function located on the dial of the watch.

The basics:

Price: £365

Stainless Steel Case In Brushed Finish With Polished Bezel

Case Diameter 40 mm

Case Thickness 11 mm

Automatic Movement

Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal

Protected Steel Crown

50 M Water Resistant

Bulova Men's Archive Lunar Pilot Date Single Chronograph

This large handsome retro styled timepiece is based on a Bulova watch worn by astronaut Dave Scott during his 1971 Apollo mission to the moon. Excellent build, quality bold styling; an exceptional quartz movement and an interesting back story make this one of, if not the best chronograph you can buy for under £500.

The basics:

Price £399

Stainless Steel Case In Brushed Finish With Polished Bezel

High Performance Quartz Crystal Movement

Scratch Resistant Sapphire Glass

Case Diameter: 45 mm Case

Thickness: 13.5 mm Water

Resistance: 50


3- Year Limited Warranty

Citizen Promaster Marine BN0151-09L /BN0150-28E

This may be an entry level Pro -diver price point, but there’s nothing entry level about this watch. A true divers watch, this is a large, heavy classic men’s time piece. With its brushed aluminium case, excellent build quality and ISO 6425 certification the Citizen Promaster Marine stands up well in comparison to its more expensive competitors. With eco-drive technology and no battery changes, make this a superb low-maintenance and affordable choice. A truly beautiful watch.

The basics:

Price £155.90

Stainless steel casing with a unidirectional bezel

Solar powered Japanese quartz movement with analog display

Mineral crystal glass

Case 43 mm

Rubber strap with ripples and dive tables

ISO 6425 certified and water resistant to 660 ft (200 m)

BN0151-09L : Dark Blue dial face with luminous hands and hour markers

BN0150-28E: Black dial face with luminous hands and hour markers

SO 6425 certification means the watch must meet the minimum safety standards that applies to all diving watches.

Junghans Max Bill Quartz Grey Dial

A simple no frills design that for me makes this one of the most beautiful watches around. Readability, watchmaking and art harmonize in a time piece that will look good on any on the wrist. Understated, and restrained this watch demands respect. There are automatic and manual versions of the watch, as well as the seriously cool Chronoscope Chronograph, but for our sub-£500 purposes the quartz version is way to go.

The basics:

Price: £490 CASE stainless steel,

Quartz movement J645.33

Convex hard Plexiglas with coating for enhanced scratch resistance.

Case 38.0 mm, height 7.9 mm

Splash resistant

Corniche Heritage 40

There is very little not to like about this classic dress watch. It offers a cost effective elegant solution for those looking for a more traditional looking formal watch. A vintage look , Swedish styling combined with a rock solid Japanese movement makes this a very compelling package.

The Basics:

Price: £225

Stainless Steel case

Miyota 9015 Automatic movement

Hesalite scratch resistant glass.

40 mm Case : Waterproof to 5 ATM

Author: JG

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