Are they gone now? Ok, now only those of us who want the best quality and performance from our watch, regardless of price remain. The following is a list of watches that will require top dollar to put on your wrist. So we can go ahead and eliminate any potential apologies for the cost of these models. But they are where they are on this list because of the quality materials they are made from, the durability they’ve been tacproven to have, and the numerous functions they serve. So let’s take a look at the best watches available for around or under $500.
This Garmin model is perfect for the golfer who wants an advantage on the course. The 1.2 inch color display screen is a touchscreen that is sunlight-readable and scratch resistant. The display uses GPS to show precise distance to greens and hazards using full-color course maps. Over 40,000 courses are preloaded into the watch. It will last up to 10 hours in golf mode while going 10 days in watch-only mode. The bands are Quick Fit, which allow for changes in style without tools.
Cost is $399 to $499
This Orient analog model is made from the finest materials with its stainless steel link bracelet and mineral dial window. The watch includes a 40 hour power reserve indicator and the current date on the display. There’s also a double push-button safety closure to ensure this hefty investment doesn’t fall off your wrist. It’s also water resistant up to 200 meters.
Cost is $499
This Reactor model is perfect for scuba divers who also want a watch that is fashionable for a night out. The 52001 is water resistant up to 300 meters (990 feet). It can also stay at a depth of 30 meters for up to 2 hours. There’s also the never dark system on the screen, so the display will be clear in any depth of the water.
The titanium watch also features Japanese quartz movement and a mineral crystal dial window. There is a 10-year lithium power cell that keeps the watch going. And the fold over push-button clasp keeps it secure on your wrist.
Cost is $499
The Fenix is one of the top workout watches on the market today. The Fenix calculates much of your workout for you. Recovery time, recovery check, ideal finish time (known as race predictor) and VO2 max can all be figured using this Garmin model.
The 1.2 inch high resolution Chroma color display is sunlight-visible and features an optically bonded display. The 100 meters of water resistance allows for this watch to be used while swimming. And the battery lasts up to 16 hours in GPS training mode, 40 hours in UltraTrac mode, and 2 weeks smartwatch mode. The watch also features 24/7 heart-rate monitoring.
You can also sync your watch with apps on your phone or on the computer to store your data.
Cost is $498.99 (Cost includes a bundle featuring 1 watch, 1 chest band, 1 charging cable, 1 wall charging adaptor).
The case on the Chieftan is made from 316L surgical grade stainless steel. The watch also features Swiss quartz movement and a black alligator-embossed calfskin leather band. And the screen is made of scratch resistant sapphire crystal.
The 42 mm face features 3 subdials with a small seconds’ counter, a 1/10th second counter, and a 30 minute counter. The second hand on the main face is a moon counter. There’s also a calendar featuring the day of the week and the month. The Chieftan is also water resistant up to 30 meters.
Cost is $495
The Navihawk features a stainless steel bracelet and case. Its movement is Eco-Drive U680, and its time is kept atomically. So you can be sure the time will stay accurate.
The face is covered by anti-reflective mineral crystal. But this watch is also prefect for water sports with its 200 meters of water resistance. There’s also three sub dials and 8 different settings for the main face. And the push button deployable clasp will keep the watch secure around your wrist.
Cost is $475
This sharp looking model from Citizen is made of stainless steel and features a sharp looking brown band made from calfskin leather. The 42 mm face includes three sub dials: one for a 24 hour clock, one for the day of the week, and a third that allows you to switch between time zones. Japanese quartz movement keeps the analog display accurate. And the window is made from anti-reflective sapphire.
Cost is $475
This analog model features a ceramic band and case. The Swiss quartz time movement keeps the watch accurate. There’s also 3 sub dials that give this Aqua Master model a cool and functional look.
Cost is $495
The stainless steel case is held in place by a screw down case-back embossed with Alpina. The window is scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The watch hands are controlled by Swiss automatic movement. The Alpiner also features a 38 hour power reserve and an Incabloc anti-shock system.
The Alpiner is water resistant up to 50 meters, a pin buckle holds the watch into place, and it can fit on up to a 9 inch wrist.
Cost is 495.69
The gold case and leather strap aren’t the only sharp elements to consider when looking at this Burgmeister model. For one, there are four sub dials on the face of the watch that keep up with, among other things, the day of the week and the 24 hour clock. There’s also the materials the watch is made from, which include a 316L solid stainless steel case that is resistant to acid and corrosion and a durable leather strap.
The watch is also water resistant up to 50 meters, so you can swim while wearing it (though you don’t want to dive or snorkel with this model).
Cost is 470.50
The unique color schemes of the MW5 would be enough for some people. But you also have to consider the Swiss Chronograph movement, the gravity satellite that keeps the watch accurate, and the overall light weight (135 grams) of the watch.
There’s also three sub dials on the face and a 2 year warranty valid anywhere you purchase it.
Cost is $465
The best feature of this Citizen model is that it’s solar powered, so you never have to purchase a battery or charge this watch. But then there’s also the quality materials used to produce it. The case is stainless steel, the window is a mineral dial, and the movement of the display is Japanese quartz.
There’s also a synthetic band with buckle closure for secure fit. And the watch is perfect for water sports with its 200 meters of water resistance.
Cost is $464.99
Both the band and the case for this Victorinox model are coated in PVD stainless steel. The watch face features 3 sub dials. And the Chrono Classic is a great water sport model that comes with a surprising water resistance of 330 feet when you consider the price.
Cost is $153
This Bean & Vanilla model is made from 100% Koa Wood. The natural wood finish means that each watch will have a unique look to it. The natural oils from your skin help naturally polish the watch, making it more beautiful each time you wear it.
The dial is made of non-reflective and highly scratch resistant Sapphire Crystal. Citizen movement keeps the watch working and accurate. And the digits on the watch face are roman numerals.
Cost is $455
The case and band of the JG7600 are made from stainless steel. The watch runs through ISA multifunction quartz movement. There are three sub dials for a 24 hour clock, the day of the week, and the month of the year. And the face is coated in Sapphire Crystal.
Cost is $450
This Swiss quartz chronograph model uses Swiss quartz to keep the time accurate. The face is mostly covered by the watch’s three sub dials, giving the TL9 a unique look. But luminous hands and markers still make it easy to read. The strap and buckle are a durable silicone. And the watch is water resistant up to 30 meters (though it should be submerged in water).
Cost is $450
The case and band of this Jiusko model are made from 316L silver stainless steel. The secure clasp is butterfly style. And the window is scratchproof Sapphire glass. The watch face is a large 43 mm. The markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12, are diamonds. And the dial is a unique, gold open heart skeleton design. The 210 is also water resistant up to 100 meters.
Cost is $449
This sleek and functional watch from Citizen is powered by converting light into energy (and can convert both inside and outside light into energy). The face is built from durable titanium. The time is kept accurate from the watch’s Japanese Quartz movement. And the dial is protected by a mineral crystal window. Two sub dials and the date are also featured on the face, which lights up when you’re in the dark. The Eco Drive is also water resistant up to 200 meters.
Cost is $446.25
This sleek looking model from Seiko includes a 24 hour clock, a sub dial for the month, and a handy leap year indicator. The SNP’s case is made from stainless steel with black hard coating. The bracelet is ceramic, and the window is anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
The watch features kinetic movement and is caliber 7D48. The three-fold clasp and push button secure it on your wrist while keeping it easy to remove. The SNP is also 100 meter water resistant.
Cost is $435.99
The sharp looking silver case and strap with bronze/gold strip down the middle for this BINKADA model are made from stainless steel. The white face provides a sixty minute sub dial and an opening so you can see the gears working inside the watch. Diamonds are placed on all the even number hours. And this watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, so it is suitable for swimming or showering.
Cost is $429.90
“Precision” is an accurate word to use when describing this Bulova model. The case and strap of the Precisionist is made from stainless steel. The window is mineral glass. The chronograph movement keeps the watch accurate. And it is water resistant up to 300 meters.
The face features four sub dials. Included on these sub dials are hour, minute, 1/10th second clocks, and even a 1/100th clock.
Cost is $426.94
The stainless steel case and silicone band highlight the high quality materials used to make the Evol from Mulco. The face is protected by a mineral crystal window. The movement is maintained by Swiss Quartz Ronda 1063 movement. Water resistant up to 100 meters, the Evol also features sub dials for measuring 30 and 60 minutes. A third sub dial gives you one/tenths for exact time keeping.
Cost is $425