Why must you own a watch?

Every man who wants to rock their style and wants to elevate their fashion sense must own a timepiece.

Owning a quality wristwatch resembles the true personality a man carries within himself.

A timepiece reflects the style and the personality of the person, giving them the ability to express themselves.

Wearing a watch makes a man feel more confident and upright. It makes a person feel more assured and positive about himself.

It expresses the alpha personality which a man carries within himself.

Thus, owning a timepiece is a must if you truly want to look an alpha male.

That being said, lets move on to the next section.

I want a quality watch, but I am on a budget!

It does not matter if you are rich or if you are on a limited budget. What matters the most is that you want to elevate your fashion game. You want to improve your personality and you want to feel more confident.

The great news is that even some of the renowned watch brands in the world make affordable watches. And they make those timepieces well, stylish, elegant, quality looking with new and improved features.

Just on a lighter note, in this article, we will be bringing you a list of watches which are in the price range of $300 to $500. But what if you still want a watch costing you less than $300?

No problem! We have got you covered. Head over to this article about the men’s watches under $100. And if you have slightly more cash in your bank account then head over to this article about the best watches under $200.

Having said that, let’s now finally dive into the list of best watches under $500.

10) Bulova Men’s Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch 96B258

Bulova 96B258
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Making it into the top 10 of our list of best watches under $500 is the Bulova Men’s Lunar 96B258.

The Bulova Men’s Lunar 96B258 is a custom made watch, made in the United States.

It features a 45 mm case diameter along with sapphire glass and a black dial.

This timepiece has a precise movement of its chronograph and offers a stainless steel chronograph functionality.

Additionally, this wrist watch is water resistant up to 50 meters or 165 feet making it suitable for short periods of water activities. However, it can not withstand swimming, snorkeling or other high intensive water activities.

Other than this, this timepiece offers a beautiful black dial covered with 3 perfectly working sub dial chronographs.

Also, this watch offers a date window at the 12 o’clock hour hand.

During our intensive research, we also found some of the disadvantages of this watch.

Even though this watch has a beautiful and comfortable bracelet, the bracelet is actually larger than the other normal watches available in the market.

The bracelet is 7.25 inches in diameter making it bigger to fit on a normal wrist.

Other than this, this watch weighs over 0.44 kg or 15.8 ounces making it a bit heavier than the other variants available.

One should consider these factors before making any purchasing decisions.

9) Seiko Men’s Prospex Stainless Steel Automatic-self-Wind Watch with Silicone Strap, Black, 21 (Model: SRPC44)

Seiko SRPC44
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Seiko never fails to impress us with its built quality.

The Seiko Stainless Steel SRPC44 offers an automatic self-wind movement functionality, making it the best automatic watch under $500 in our list.

It means that the motor of this watch will drive power from the arm movement.

It reserves power for 41 hours. This simply means that without any arm movement, this watch can work fine for 41 hours. However, it will stop working at the 42nd hour and beyond.

Therefore you will need to reset this watch after 41 hours in order to make it operational.

The SRPC44 features a 45 mm goldtone case along with goldtone hands and accents.

It has a comfortable black rubber silicon strap which feels soft when worn.

Like all the watches in our list, this watch is also water resistant up to 200 meters or 660 feet. Thus this model can bear high impact water sports such as scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, etc.

On the downsides to this watch, we have a very wider band. The 21 mm wide black band, is one of the downsides to this timepiece.

Secondly, watch delivery depends on the vendor to vendor. We have found slight manufacturing faults such as (scratches on the glass, broken glass etc) from different vendors.

This however has nothing to do with the Seiko brand.

8) Citizen Men’s PCAT Multifunction Charcoal Watch

Citizen Charcoal Watch
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The simple yet classic Citizen PCAT Multifunction Charcoal Watch comes in sapphire blue accents.

The granite ion-plated steel case along with the charcoal grey dial combines perfectly with the sapphire blue color this watch comes with.

Citizen PCAT Multifunction Watch features an Eco-drive technology which means that this watch is automatic. It gets operational/charged when exposed to sunlight. Therefore it eliminates the need for any sort of battery.

The sports design watch comes with an ultra-high timing accuracy which synchronizes perfectly with the atomic watch.

Some other common features of this watch include a display of 12 or 24 hour time, day and date display at the 3 o’clock hour hand, tachymeter and 3 perfectly working sub dial chronographs.

This watch is water resistant up to 200 meters, therefore, making it suitable for high water-intensive activities.

When it comes to the downsides to this watch, this watch weights over 0.17 kg or 6.24 ounces which makes this watch too light to wear.

Nonetheless, Citizen offers a 5 years limited manufacturers warranty which adds to the peace of mind to the buyer.

7) Citizen Watches Men’s AT4124-51H Eco-Drive

Citizen AT4124-51H
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Yet another Citizen watch on our list is the Citizen Men’s AT4124-51H.

This watch drives motor power with the movement of the arm, thanks to the Eco-Drive technology included in this timepiece. This features perhaps makes this timepiece one of the best automatic watches under $500.

Moving on, this watch features a two-toned silver steel bracelet with double push, fold over release button. It offers a three-hand analogue display along with a date window at four o’clock hour hand.

Citizen offers three perfectly working sub-dials chronographs for different purposes.

Like all other watches, this watch is also water resistant up to 200 meters or 660 feet making it suitable for scuba diving, swimming or snorkeling, etc.

Additionally, the imported Citizen AT4124-51H has a sporty design and superior accuracy of the timings.

To its downsides, we could not find any negatives of this watch. Therefore it is one of the best watches under $500.

6) Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch

Victorinxo INOX
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Next up on our list is the impressive – modern classic Victorinox INOX Pro Diver Watch.

As highlighted by its title, this watch is best for professional divers who want to use a watch while diving.

This watch is ISO 6425 certified making it suitable for swimming, diving, snorkeling etc as it can reach depths of up to 200 meters or 660 feet.

Moving on, this watch serves a distinguished look from the rest of the watches out there in the market.

The silver steel bracelet gives this watch a distinguished and a revolutionary look and feel. It comes with a folding buckle element which helps you transition from casual to semi-formal and then to formal.

The strong and robust design can withstand extreme conditions. A proof of this is that this timepiece has passed 130+ extreme endurance tests.

Additionally, this watch is shock proof and anti-magnetic.

To the downsides, this watch comes at the price tag of $695 which makes it pricy. However, Amazon is offering a 50% discount on this watch. Don’t wait much. Hurry up grab the offer!

5) Michael Kors Men’s Merrick Automatic-self-Wind Watch with Stainless-Steel-Plated Strap, Black, 20 (Model: MK9038)

Michael Kors MK9098
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Michael Kors is renowned for its luxury accessories including its luxury watches.

On the 5th position of our best watches under $500, we have the Michael Kors MK9038.

This watch has a black, see-through dial with grey machinery and motors visible evidently.

It contains three time hands along with an analog display.

The specific features of this watch include a 43 mm case, a 20 mm wide band and a mineral display.

The imported Michael Kors is an automatic watch which means that it drives motor power with the movement of the arms.

Additionally, this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters of 660 feet. Therefore it can bear intensive water activities.

To the downsides of this watch, given the price of $450, this watch is expensive.

4) Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s JY8037-50E Navihawk A-T Watch

Citizen JY8037-50E
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Another Eco-Drive watch on our list is the Citizen JY8037-50E.

This watch has a very differentiated design. To some watch lovers, this design would raise their need levels exponentially. To some inexperienced user, this design would mean a lot of complexity.

The imported black Citizen JY8037-50E comes with 48 mm stainless steel case with anti-reflective mineral crystals making it easier to read the time on the display.

Its design includes automatic timekeeping of 43 world cities along with four perfectly working sub-dials chronographs. These features in this timepiece also make it one of the best automatic watches under $500.

Like all the Citizen Watches on our list, this watch also includes an Eco-Drive Technology, therefore in order to get motor power, this watch needs natural or artificial lighting in order to get operational.

Not to mention, this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters or 660 feet making it withstand swimming, snorkeling, etc.

The cons or improvements of this watch is that there is no user manual included with this watch.

Secondly, the design of this watch can be too complex for some beginners. Beginners may find it difficult to cope up with its design.

However, the brand gives a warranty of 5 years, which adds to the peace of mind for the buyer.

3) Movado Men’s Swiss Quartz Stainless Steel and Brown Leather Casual Watch (Model: 3600367)

Movado 3600367
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Making it to the number three of the best men’s watches under $500 is Movado 3600367.

This watch comes in a round shape containing a grey 44 mm diameter dial.

Movado 3600367 comes with a brown 20 mm wide band which adds to the beauty of this watch.

Featuring three correctly working sub dials chronographs, gunmetal gray metalization, this watch looks absolutely stunning.

Not to mention, this watch is also water resistant up to 30 meters or 90 feet. It can bear small splashes of water but cannot withstand high water-intensive activities such as swimming etc.

The watch comes with a 1.55-volt silver oxide battery which will last under 20 – 36 months under normal use.

To the downsides, this watch does not has any luminous hour hand or minute hands so you will have difficulty reading the time during the night.

2) Seiko Men’s Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033)

Seiko SARB033
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Making it to the second of our list of the best watches under $500 is the Seiko SARB033.

The 2008 designed watch never gets old with the transitions happening in the markets.

This watch is still an elegant and classic masterpiece available in the market.

The Seiko SARB033 is a Japanese imported watch which offers automatic movements technology. Thus the motor drives power with the movement of the arm. It has a 50-hour power reserve for this. Therefore it can operate well for 50 hours. After this, it won’t be operational anymore.

This watch features a sapphire crystal along with three analog hours and a date window at the three o’clock hour hand.

Some technical specifications of this watch include the 38.4 mm case diameter.

Also, this watch is water resistant up to 200 meters thus it can withstand water splashes, etc.

Seiko also offers a two year warranty on this watch.

1) Bulova Men’s 47mm Precisionist Stainless Steel Chronograph Watch

Bulova Men
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On number one on our list of the best men’s watches under $500, we have the Bulova 96B175.

This beast is big boys watch. This means that this watch is big, serious, and heavy. You will feel the weight on your arms if you wear the Bulova 96B175.

The watch comes with a round shape containing three correctly working sub dials chronographs contained on the black colored dial.

Bulova offers a silver stainless steel band with this watch. The bracelet is strong and robust. However, you will feel it difficult at times to adjust your arm according to the wristwatch. Nonetheless, with the passage of time, you will develop a habit to adjust your arm movement accordingly.

Now obviously, this watch is water resistant up to 300 meters making it suitable for swimming, snorkeling, etc.

The watch offers yellow continuously sweeping hands along with luminous hour hands and minute to make it easy for the users to read time in the dark.

One of the drawback to this watch is that this watch contains a reflective glass on the front which makes time difficult to read especially when it’s too much light out there.

Secondly, the luminescence is quite weak which makes it difficult for some people to read time in the night.

Overall, I personally enjoyed using this watch for 8 months and counting!


It does not matter if you are cashing out a paycheck of a CEO or if you are earning a decent amount of money, as long as you have that will to increase your style game and look decent and handsome, Bellamen will continue to support you.

Bellamen will continue to strive harder and harder to bring you the utmost top quality content that will help you unleash the alpha personality contained within yourself.

The list contained above about the best watches under $500 contains watches which are suited best for specific occasions. It ranges from sporty look to casual look to semi-formal and formal.

It is not necessary to buy every watch contained on the list. What is more necessary is selecting a timepiece that will rock you.

That being said, if you guys have any other watch ideas or anything that you want to say to me, feel free to drop a comment below or email me at support@bellamen.com.