7 Best Men’s Watches Under $500 in 2019

Looking for the best men’s watches? You’re in the right place! Read on to discover the best luxury watches you can buy for under $500.

Ben Hodgson
Jun 8 · 4 min read

Choosing the best men’s watch can be an exciting, but daunting experience.

The best watches are long-term, beautiful investments. They provide confidence, inspire the imagination and are suitable for a wide variety of occasions.

Below, we’ve reviewed the 7 best men’s watches you can buy from the top brands for under $500.

Let’s get started!

Winner of Best Mens Watch: Berkeley by Oliver Coen, $199

Top pick: Berkeley by Oliver Coen

The Berkeley by Oliver Coen wins the best men’s watch under $500 award, not just because it’s jaw-droppingly beautiful, but because it also comes with something quite remarkable…

Oliver Coen craft their watches in Switzerland in the most advanced watch facility in the world to achieve astonishing levels of precision and reliability.

They back up their claim by offering a lifetime warranty, so should anything happen to the watch, they will repair or replace it for free. This puts the Berkeley in a league of its own in terms of value for money, but let’s move on to the design of the watch.

The stunning timepiece features a gold case composed of surgical-grade stainless steel. The sophisticated dial displays a wealth of information while remaining effortlessly readable.

The exceptional design, build quality and lifetime warranty combine to make the Berkeley the best men’s watch under $500.

Rating: 9.5 /10

Price: $199
Buy from:
www.olivercoen.com

Update: Save 15% with discount code INSIDER15

Runner-Up: Helvetica No1 Light Watch by Mondaine, $425

Runner-up: Helvetica No1 Light by Mondaine

If our top pick is sold or you want a similarly attractive watch, consider Mondaine’s Helvetica watch.

Inspired by the font which was designed by Swiss designer Max Miedinger, the Helvetica No1 Light is a charmingly understated watch.

Rating: 8.7 /10

Price: $425
Buy from:
www.mondaine.com

Budget Pick: BN0032 by Braun, $150

Budget pick: BN0032 by Braun

Not many people know the German brand famous for electric shavers, have been making watches for over 40 years.

The BN0032 features on our guide to the best men’s watches due to it’s clean, modern design and relatively cheap price.

Rating: 8.2 /10

Price: $150
Buy from:
www.braun-clocks.com

Also great: SGEH67P1 by Seiko

Also great: SGEH67P1 by Seiko

Another company who gives two fingers to catchy model names. Seiko is one of the world’s most respected watch companies and often the starting point for budding watch collectors.

The SGEH67P1 is a beautiful watch combining monochrome tones with a classic dial.

Rating: 7.9 /10

Price: $269
Buy from: www.seikousa.com

Men’s Watches — the best of the rest:

Everytime by Tissot

Tissot introduced the first mass-produced pocket watch in 1853 and have been making reliable watches ever since.

Everytime by Tissot, $300

The Swiss made Everytime features a classic design which will age beautifully, therefore earning its place on our best men’s watch guide.

Rating: 7.5 /10

Price: $300
Buy from: www.tissotshop.com

Night Flight by Swatch

The Night Flight takes inspiration from the Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch, making it the best affordable alternative.

Night Flight by Swatch, $200

Made in Switzerland, the men’s watch features a black chronograph dial homed in a classic stainless steel case.

Rating: 7.2 /10

Price: $200
Buy from:
www.swatch.com

C40 by Uniform Wares

If prominent branding isn’t your thing, Uniform Wares is the best watch for you.

C40 by Uniform Wares, $465

The irresistibly clean and logo-free dial is paired with an Italian nitrile rubber strap. An elegant, minimal, luxury timepiece.

Rating: 7 /10

Price: $465
Buy from www.uniformwares.com

I hope you’ve enjoyed this guide to the best men’s watches under $500. Looking for the best women’s watches? Read our guide here.

Ben Hodgson

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Style consultant and contributor to a some of the world’s biggest magazines. Debut book coming winter 2019.

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