With the sheer amount of watches out there its tough to decide what looks beautiful but is horrible and what is beautiful and quality. Over the years I’ve come across certain watches that always seem to be considered the best of the best under $500.
I’ll be honest…it’s almost always a Swiss brand.
Of course i makes total sense because the Swiss know what they’re doing but they don’t ALWAYS have to be Swiss.
Now with that said most of the watches below are Swiss, lol.
We’ll start out with an Orient. Orient Watch is a brand name from the Seiko company. Seiko makes the list dont worry.
The Orient Bambino is, like the others on this list, absolute quality. The case is a cool 40.5mm in diameter. So this awesome watch can fit small and large wrists and still look awesome.
Tissot isn’t exactly a household name but it is definitely at the top of my list of quality watch companies.
And yes, its Swiss.
It has a very modest case diameter as well at 40mm and sports a sapphire crystal for durance.
The Jazzmaster is one of my personal favorites. I personally love the Hamilton brand every since I saw it as a kid in Men In Black. If you don’t remember, this is what it looked like.
Anyways, guess what? Hamilton is a Swiss brand.
Its another watch that looks great on small and big wrists alike. And did someone say affordable quality? This automatic watch comes in at a cool $440.00.
It turns out Swiss watches with automatic movements kill it
The Swiss know how to make watches. It’s no wonder most of the best watches you can find are made there. Japanese automatics are fine too if you pick a solid brand.
Of course they don’t HAVE to be Swiss but you can never go wrong with one.
There are WAAY more watches under $500 that are quality and you can check them out across the web but check back for more later!