You can get a pretty damn nice watch for $500. Previously we covered the great watches you can get for $250 dollars or less which includes some very nice timepieces in a very comfortable price range for most people. If you’re looking for more features, capability, more daring design, or geekier componentry like mechanical movements for $500 you can easily get there. The horological beauties below prove it.

Seiko SRP777

Seiko SRP777
Seiko SRP777

The Seiko 6309 “Turtle” from the 1970s is reborn as the SRP777. It’s water resistant to 200 meters and has an automatic movement with hand-winding capabilities. It’s a great modern diver with vintage looks.

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Style: Diver
  • Size: 45mm
  • Price: $475
  • Link: Link

Tissot Tradition Chronograph

Tissot Tradition Chronograph
Tissot Tradition Chronograph

Everything old can be new again, the stylish Tissot Tradition Chronograph would look as at place in your grandfather’s collection as it would accompanying a tuxedo and two tickets to Hamilton. The sleek, ultra-modern dial is accompanied by a more vintage looking case and strap and three sunken chronographs sit on the Guilloché decorated face of the dial. The angular hands really finish the sleek look nicely.

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Style: Dress
  • Size: 42mm
  • Price: $495
  • Link: Link

Seagull 1963

Seagull 1963
Seagull 1963

There are very few mechanical chronograph watches that exist under the $500 mark, and even fewer are this damn stylish and cool. The Seagull 1963’s vintage pilot-inspired design screams vintage bad-ass and the hand-wound mechanical movement made Tianjin Seagull Watch Co. (one of China’s top movement manufacturers) will keep you on time through whatever life throws at you.

Seagull 1963
Seagull 1963
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Style: Pilot
  • Size: 38mm
  • Price: $349
  • Link: Link

Laco 1925 Pilot Classic Analog

Laco 1925 Pilot Classic Analog
Laco 1925 Pilot Classic Analog

A classic pilot analogue with a nice black dial and big luminous green numbers. Encased in a stainless steel body with a brown leather strap.

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Style: Pilot
  • Size: 42mm
  • Price: $402
  • Link: Link

Hamilton Thinline Quartz

Hamilton Thinline Quartz
Hamilton Thinline Quartz

A crazy 7mm thin and 42mm wide make this dress watch stand out at this price point. You also get a very clean and easy to read face and a nice sapphire lens.

Hamilton Thinline Quartz
Hamilton Thinline Quartz
  • Movement: Quartz
  • Style: Dress
  • Size: 42mm
  • Price: $445
  • Link: Link

Panzera Breuer

Panzera Breuer
Panzera Breuer

Only 9mm thick and a rather large 44mm wide with a Miyota 81A automatic movement, what more could you want? How about great styling, a soft black leather strap and push-button deployment?

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Style: Dress
  • Size: 44mm
  • Price: $495
  • Link: Link

Uniform Wares M37

Uniform Wares M37
Uniform Wares M37

A very simple, elegant and legible dress watch encased in a very masculine gun grey case with an Italian calf leather strap. The lens is made from scratch proof sapphire.

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Style: Dress/Modern
  • Size: 37mm
  • Price: $400
  • Link: Link

Citizen Nighthawk

Citizen Nighthawk
Citizen Nighthawk

A practical and versatile pilot’s watch. Powered by a Citizen Eco-Drive quartz movement with dual-time and date functions. Plus a slide rule if you know how to use it.

  • Movement: Eco-Drive Quartz
  • Style: Pilot
  • Size: 42mm
  • Price: $250
  • Link: Link

Prometheus Piranha

Prometheus Piranha
Prometheus Piranha

The Prometheus Piranha is a watch inspired by the dive watch designs of the 1960s and 70s. The 500m automatic dive watch is powered by a Miyota 9015 Automatic Movement and features a 60 click unidirectional bezel. 

  • Movement: Automatic
  • Style: Diver
  • Size: 44mm
  • Price: $400
  • Link: Link