Dress watches – Best Dress watches under $500

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Although you may not be aware of it, some of us like to stick to a budget when purchasing stuff. Not all, but some items which cost relatively cheap can have quality as good as the expensive ones, though it’s hard to find. Watches nowadays are being often used as an everyday accessory. More than its ability to track time, people also look upon its appearance and its impact on the one who wears it. A dress watch is probably pretty common if you look at men’s wrists.

However, most are quite expensive (for a reason). But if you’re looking for a good quality watch while sticking to your budget, we’ve got you covered. These are some of the best ones with a friendly price tag.

Dress watch #1 Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino Version III’

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Dress watch #2 – Swatch Sistem 51 Irony YIS413


Coming from Swatch’s Sistem 51 Irony collection, the Swatch Sistem Dark YIS413 features a genuine Swiss automatic movement with a 90-hour power reserve. It’s made from stainless steel and 18ct gold, with an all-black dial. It comes with a rubber strap, and although a true dress watch strap should be leather, this serves a unique look.

Dress watch #3 – Seiko Men’s ‘Solar Recraft’

When Seiko introduced its retro-theme Recraft series last fall, the watch enthusiasts were excited about it. The retro-styled Seiko SNKP25 watch comes with a rectangular stainless steel case and a dark brown leather strap. The green dial has gold-tone hands and hour markers with white accents. A day of the week and date display is shown at the 3 o’clock position. The watch is powered by Seiko Caliber 7s26 automatic, a self-winding movement that has a 41-hour power reserve when fully wound. The movement of your wrist throughout the day powers the watch. A scratch-resistant Hardlex crystal is used along with an exhibition back that allows you to view the movement in action. The watch is water-resistant up to 50 meters.

Dress watch #4 – Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555)

Dress watch #4 Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic (H32515555)

It may seem simple but it’s undeniably sleek – I’m talking about the Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic. It’s a perfect companion for your business attire but doesn’t look too pretention when styled with a casual look either. If you take a close look at the case design, you’ll quickly understand why people love this watch for its elegance with just the right amount of detail and styling to make it look stunning on one’s wrist. It’s a versatile timepiece that can be worn for any type of occasion.

Dress watch #5 Mondaine Evo Big Men’s A132.30348.11SBB

Dress watch MONDAINE MEN'S A132.30348.11SBB

The face of this watch almost looks exactly like the Swiss railway clocks. Its design is simple and smart, effortless to read. It has a sapphire crystal dial with a measurement of 40mm and runs on a Swiss automatic movement. If you can afford this, step up the game by purchasing the version with Milanese strap and double date window as pictured here, though it’s a little over $500.

Buying guide for a dress watch

Most people believe in the saying, first impressions last. Better invest a dress watch for special occasions as it gives great impressions. Here are some tips in choosing a men’s dress watch.

  1. Buy a dress watch from a reputable brand, if you want your watch to last for years in your wrist.
  2. Choose a fairly simple style that won’t use any ‘fast fashion’ trends. The simple and sophisticated style would be great. Choose a style that will improve your look but be sure it does not take over.
  3. Better choose something more classic in style for it will last longer so also it will fit under the cuff of a long-sleeved dress shirt easily. Choose a watch that’s less than 37 to 42mm in diameter and less than 15mm thick.
  4. If you choose a dress watch with a brown strap, matching it with your brown shoes and belt. On the other hand, if you choose a black strap or silver strap then your shoes and belt must be black also. Pair with a gold belt buckle for watches that have gold tones. If you’re wearing a blue suit, choose a blue watch face.

Invest in a good dress watch

It’s good to invest a lot in something like a dress watch, but sometimes, we just want to spend the smallest amount we can while expecting we get good stuff at a cheap price. Though it seems hard, you’ll find a watch that’s good enough regardless of its inexpensive price.