Men know that a great-looking watch is more than just a utilitarian addition to the wardrobe. That’s why many of you have several watches. Sports enthusiasts will want waterproof, dirtproof, and shockproof timepieces, while an executive who spends much of his time in “the corner office” is more likely to wear a model of understated class. Balancing budget considerations and functionality, here are 10 of the best watches you can find for under £500.
1. The Classic Slim Wrist Watch from Brathwait
This beautiful and elegant wrist watch is at ease in any situation, dressy or casual. Its classic good looks combine melano Italian leather, rugged stainless steel construction, and a Swiss quartz precision movement for dependable timekeeping, year in and year out. Water-resistant up to 328 feet, it’s also easily “transformable” with the interchangeable straps Brathwait offers in a variety of colors and finishes, from stainless steel bracelets to cloth and different leather finishes.
2. “Takes a Licking and Keeps On Ticking”
Timex has long been known for its endurance — witness the old commercial line — but there’s more to Timex than digital watches for athletes. This particular part of the Intelligent Quartz line, the Flyback, has a bi-retrograde quartz movement, using microprocessors to power the main dial and subdials, for accuracy that’s unbeatable. Backlighting, a sleek black case, and a brown leather strap give it a touch of panache.
3. Need a Windfall? Think Swatch
When you think of “Swatch,” do you think of neon plastic? Well, that’s only half the story: recently, Swatch has added both class and sophistication to their timepiece lines. One great example is the Windfall, with its 39mm diameter, chronometer subdials and pushers, and legendary Swiss quartz accuracy and reliability. Put this Swatch to work and leave retro behind!
4. From Seashore to Trading Floor: the Orient Automatic Dive Watch
You may have heard it said that every man should own one terrific dive watch — but what if you’re not a diver? Never fear: this watch will take you a long way, even on dry land. One of many Orient understated dive watches, the Raven, has a fully automatic movement and unidirectional bezel. Add the black ion plating and you’ve got all the suave charm of a “spy” piece at a great price.
5. Choose Your Weapon
Love the ambience of Samurai steel? Here it is, right on your wrist! Japanese quartz movement, stainless steel backing, and heavy-duty construction give the Komono Winston Print Bumblebee an ideal combination of elegance, aesthetics, and durability. A breathable fabric band equips it — and you — to feel just as at home with it in the gym as the boardroom.
6. Feeling as Light as Air
An optical illusion that tells magnificent time, the Skagen Hald Leather Multifunction Watch appears to float just above the wrist…and provide you with a great look at any altitude. With inset faces that allow 24-hour timekeeping in suave blue, gray, or white, this watch supplies priceless elegance for even a tight budget.
7. German Engineering with Great Looks
When it comes to myriad machines, large and small, Germans know how to make meticulous detail beautiful; these Braun watches are no exception. You could exhibit the white-face chronograph in an art museum — but we’ll bet you’d rather wear it! Its counterpart, the full-function black-faced chronograph model, has a neat yellow stopwatch hand for sporty contrast. High fashion or high impact…they’ve got you covered.
8. Budget-Friendly Bling
Wear this classy Seiko chronograph and smile — your friends need never know how thrifty you’ve been! The multi-layered dial with flight tachymeter is a show-stopper; solar quartz ensures that its faithful timekeeping doesn’t stop, even when normal batteries have long given up the ghost. With a 43mm-diameter stainless steel case, it’s ready for tough duty; with the classic white-stitched leather band, it’s ready for a night on the town…all at a great price that lets you splurge on dessert.
- The “Boss” of Great Fashion
In his usual inimitable style, Hugo Boss gives you this white-faced dress watch crafted with simple elegance that bespeaks great taste. Outstanding style details such as slender silver hands, markers, and case bezel pair effortlessly with a croc print leather strap, and Swiss quartz movement makes sure you’re always on time for the next great event — an unbeatable combination from a name known for excellence!
10. Look like a Million without Spending It
Masculine and sophisticated in any language: that’s Michael Kors’ Jetmaster. A 45mm case makes it large enough to stand out in just the right way, and quartz movement keeps you going without having to stop for batteries. And, if you’re one of those guys who loves to see “how stuff works,” this is the timepiece for you: you can see through the mechanicals from both front and back!
These are just a few of the top choices out there; look around and you’ll find tons of options for just the right timepiece to harmonize with YOUR taste, budget, and “real life.” Happy hunting!