Mr Mark Jessen
50 Best Watches Under $500 | Man of Many
A case of Rose Gold surgical grade stainless steel and inside a Citizen Miyota Quartz movement, the Vincero Chrono S is the perfect entry-level chronograph with a bit of added flair. The watch is water-resistant to 5 ATM and has luminous hands for visibility at night.
1. Vincero Rose Gold Chrono S
This is a dark watch from the dial to the case to the strap. The second hand stands out with its read colour and I for one wish they did it with the rest of the arms and indicators. The black case is from stainless steel and the strap is a decent 24mm black leather.
2. MVMT Black/Black Leather
The Heritage 1863 is inspired by an 1860’s pocket watch. At 40mm, it has a 316-L polished case coated in rose gold. On the face, you’ll find Roman numerals and a Sunray dial. Inside is a Japanese Quartz movement.
3. Ambassador Watches Heritage 1863
The Australian watch industry is growing by the day, but Melbourne Watch Co were one of the originals on the scene, and their collections of elegant timepieces are loved by many. The square-shaped Carlton collection features Seiko chronograph movements and are a great all-rounder, to be worn in the boardroom or on weekends. It’s retro style is combined with a modern twist and one of our favourite features is that it has an engraved relief of Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building, The Carlton, a historic landmark in the state of Victoria after which the watch is named.
4. Melbourne Watch Company Carlton
Undone, experts in the custom watch-making world, have taken on a challenge whereby their aim was to re-create a series of ‘Undone Made’ artisan grade watch dials, known to be very popular in the 1960’s in Europe. The result? The beautiful Undone Mystique Collection available in 4 colours dubbed the Eclipse, Neptune, Mercury and Mars with finishing available in either silver or rose gold. The production involves a very labour-intensive twelve-step process, from start to finish that delivers a meticulous watch of the highest quality.
5. Undone Mystique Collection
A classic minimalist watch from Rossling & Co that features an ultra-thin case, sunburst blue dial, Quartz movement, 40mm case diameter and it is beautifully finished off with a brown leather strap. The Bauhaus style design is timeless that can be worn with just about anything.
6. Rossling & Co Classic Westhill
The MAEN 39 Date is the successor to the limited edition classic moon-phase watch, but still has all the features we love with the same elegant appeal. In fact, with the new case design featuring step-up bezel, one could say it’s perhaps even more sophisticated. The midnight blue is the perfect finishing touch.
7. MAEN 39 Date in Midnight Blue
Made in one of the most advanced watch facilities in the world, Oliver Coen utilize cutting-edge technology to achieve world-class accuracy and reliability. Their watches are backed by a lifetime warranty, which is completely unrivalled. Although affordable, Oliver Coen watches are often worn by high profile celebrities including Premier League footballers. Get 15% with the code “manofmany”.
8. Oliver Coen Connaught
The brand might be called About Vintage, but there’s nothing necessarily vintage about these watches. With a clean yet modern take on a classic look, the watches can be worn from the office to the pub with ease. Each timepiece is made with a unique number engaged on the case. The watch features a 41mm case, and a Miyota 6s11 Chronograph quartz movement.
9. About Vintage Chronograph
A pilots watch with all the trimmings, this Jack Mason Aviator screams a military and rugged look. A black PVD coated stainless steal case contrasts against the white dial markers and hands. Also some sublet American Flag colour accents on the second hand.
10. Jack Mason Aviator Watch – JM-A101-005
A strikingly elegant chronograph timepiece, the Grande Collection from Renard comes in a range of colours but our favourite by far is this deep dark blue tone on the face. The domes glass gives a slightly curved effect to the watch which sits beautifully on the wrist. Water resistant to 5ATM, it has an HMS Japanese quartz movement.
11. Renard Grande Collection
The case is made from stainless steel and the strap is premium leather. The display is a digital LCD with a blue-green EL backlight and is water-resistant for up to 3 ATM. Various colour combinations available and it carries a two year warranty. Discover some other daring digital watches here.
Rustic and classic, every watch face is carefully selected from watch shops, antique stores and a variety of stores in and around Brooklyn. The strap is handmade natural leather with a black X stitch.
13. Timex Weekender
This watch has an easy to read dial with calendar display in a stainless steel case. The glass is made from a protective mineral which is anti-scrape and the strap is high-quality leather.
14. Parnis Big Pilot Power Reserve
This military inspired watch features a green dial nestled in a brushed stainless steel case with a green cloth weave strap. Features a day and date function with a white and red sweeping second hand.
15. Seiko Men’s SNK805
Simple and elegant, the watch looks sophisticated enough to go with any suit. It features a sandblasted dial in a lightweight and durable titanium case that is a only 5mm thick.
16. Skagen Signature Black Analogue Watch
With an anti-shock movement and accuracy (in minutes per year) of 4, even if you aren’t flying planes, you’ll at least know you have a trust-worthy timepiece on your wrist. With a diameter of 39.5 mm, the Techne Merlin Field Watch features a brushed 316L surgical steel case and a luminous compound in white lacquered hands.
17. Techne Merlin Field Watch
This watch strikes the perfect balance between form and function. Various coloured face and strap combinations available. The case is stainless steel and the strap is premium leather. Waterproof for up to 3 ATM.
18. VOID V03D-BL
The solid stainless steel case is polished to give it an almost coppery colour. The dial face is easy to read and has a date display as well as a secondary time zone. The strap is hand sewn from high grade leather.
19. AV-4030-04 Supermarine Seafire
This chronograph movement is encased in stainless steel with a mineral crystal glass. The leather strap is solid with a crocodile pattern embossed. The dial is available in white or black.
20. Breytenbach BB6640 Chronograph
This high-tech solar-powered watch features a compass dial, alarm chronograph and is water-resistant for up to 10 ATM. The body is a polished steel case with a classic brown leather strap.
21. Seiko Men’s SSC081 Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
This classic and slick watch features a bright white face with a red second hand and a date display. Encased in a stainless steel body with a black leather strap and is waterproof for up to 3 ATM.
22. Lacoste Black Leather Strap
A pilot classic analogue that features a black dial with big luminous green numbers. Encased in a stainless steel body with a brown leather strap.
23. Laco 1925 Pilot Classic Analog
The watch is injection moulded into one single piece to reduce the number of moving parts. Features a digital LCD display with a blue-green EL backlight. Various colour combinations can be pieced together for a unique combination.
This Swiss chronograph features a white face with a rose-tone case. Big black numbers makes it easy to read and the date display is above the 6 o’clock. A brown crocodile pattern on a genuine leather strap rounds it up.
25. Akribos XXIV Men’s AK589RG
This analogue watch features two brown chronograph sub-dials on a stainless steel sunray dial. The hand-cut acetate case features a silver-toned bezel and a brown genuine leather strap.
26. Triwa Havana Nevil Brown
This watch has one of the most unusual ways to display time. The red long arm still displays the minutes and the shorter white arm the hours. The stainless steel case and premium leather strap is available in various colours.
27. VOID V02-BR/BG
The black dial with white numbers is encased in a brushed stainless case and finished off with an orange 100% cotton canvas strap.
28. Triwa Lansen Orange Canvas Strap
The black face features three subdials that are for display only. Encased in a metal body with a nylon strap.
29. Asos Watch
The green chronograph dial is encased in stainless steel with a brown calfskin strap. The watch is water-resistant for up to 10 ATM.
30. Seiko Sportura Chronograph
The Collins watch collection was fittingly named after Melbourne’s iconic Collins Street. As with most watches from the Melbourne Watch Company, the Collins has a vintage yet modern feel to it and is sized at a sought-after 38mm. Another detail we love is the moon phase feature and elegant sunray dials. It is powered by the multi-function Miyota Cal. 6P80 movement. It is also water-resistant to 50m/5ATM which makes it the perfect business and casual accessory.
31. Melbourne Watch Company Collins
A simple, elegant and legible dress watch encased in a matt PVD gun grey case with an Italian calf leather strap. The lens is made from scratch-proof sapphire. (£390)
32. Uniform Wares 251 Series
The dial is a creamy eggshell white with black hands and hour indexes etched on the outer rim of the case. Encased in stainless steel with a genuine brown leather strap. Water-resistant up to 3 ATM.
33. Alessi Unisex AL13001 Out Time
Inspired by a nautical life, the Regatta Westhill is the result of numerous re-designs and 11 months of development until it was perfect with great attention to detail. A quality timepiece where top-shelf form and function meet great craftsmanship.
34. Rossling & Co Regatta Westhill
The big face is legible and features three sub chronographs. Encased in brushed stainless steel with a brown leather strap and water-resistant for up to 5 ATM.
35. Antoine Arnaud Spirit of St. Louis
This is a heavy-duty timepiece for the casual trekker. Features include a date and three sub chronographs, a raised uni-directional rotating bezel and water-resistant for up to 20 ATM. The strap is a custom moulded PU with branded stainless steel insert.
36. Electric FW02 PU
The dial includes applied indices and custom moulded hands. The stainless steel case is topped with a hardened mineral crystal lens and a tapered custom 5 link stainless steel strap. Nixon’s also made some pretty sweet Star Wars themed watches.
37. Nixon The Time Teller
The visually appealing white dial is set in a silver brushed stainless steel case and complemented by a brown stitched leather strap. ($249)
38. Junkers Bauhaus
The watch has an elegant light black dial with matt black arms and indictors. Finished off with a black crocodile pattern embossed leather strap.
39. Tayroc TXM007
This dive watch has a big minute and hour arm for an easy read. It also has a day and date function and strap selections include a Horween leather or a premium Nato.
40. Huckberry Seiko Dive Watch
This vintage looking watch has bold numbers and big arms, set inside a two-tone colour inner rings encased in stainless steel. It includes a date function and is wrapped up with a black leather strap with white stitched thread.
41. AV-4007-03 Hawker Hunter
This contemporary designed watch is suitable for any occasion. The dial is available in either black or white and the strap options includes a natural tanned brown or black leather strap, metal or rubber.
42. Botta Design Tres
This is a good looking chronograph with a matt blue dial is set in a stainless steel case with a refined contrast finished. It is fitted with a brown stitched leather strap and is waterproof for up to 5 ATM.
43. Tsovet SVT-DE 40
This vintage chronograph is eye-catching with the rose gold case and brown leather strap with rose gold rivets. Includes a date function.
44. AV-4013-06 Hawker Hurricane
This watch has clean white dial set in a polished silver-tone stainless steel case and features a date function. The strap is brown and made from genuine leather. Waterproof for up to 3 ATM.
45. Akribos XXIV Men’s AK715BR
This chronograph features a dark grey dial with a date function, set it a brushed stainless steel case with a black leather strap.
46. Danish Design IQ16Q975
The dark blue hue dial is set in a gold rose steel case. The arms and numerals also feature the rose gold colour and the watch is finished off with a genuine brown leather strap.
47. Komono Watch – Winston Blue Cognac
The desirable black dial with white numerals has a separate seconds chrono. It comes with decent width brown leather strap.
48. Braun Watch BN0024BKBRG
Another Aviator watch from Jack Mason, this 007 model sure has elements of class in it. With an olive green canvas nato strap complemented by subtle cream markings, this watch is as functional as it is beautiful. It features a Japanese quartz movement and a 42mm stainless steel case.
49. Jack Mason Aviator Watch – JM-A101-007
The minimalistic eggshell white dial in either a Rose Gold or Silver case looks effortlessly elegant. The strap is a dark brown colour and made from leather. If you’re keen on minimalistic design, you should check out our story on the 40 best minimalist watches for men.
50. Daniel Wellington Classic Bristol
The grey sunray dial colour is complemented beautifully by the brushed gun plated stainless steel case. The uni-rotational bezel is from the same brushed gun steel and comes with an organic sewn leather strap.
51. Triwa Walter Hvalen
Elegant and sophisticated with three separate chronograph dials on a blue inner and black outer dial. Other functions include the date and a tachymeter and it is fuelled by light so it never needs a battery. It comes with a stainless steel mesh band. ($262)
52. Citizen CA0331-56L Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph
The black face with white dials and indicators is set in a gold plated stainless steel case and finished off with a green strap. Water-resistant for up to 10 ATM.
Bonus: Shore Projects St Ives
This watch delivers a contemporary statement with a whisper of vintage. It is a beautiful design with 3 sub chrono dials with a date function, set in a rose gold steel case. The watch comes with a dark brown leather strap with the crocodile pattern embossed on it.
Bonus: Tissot Tradition Rose Gold Chronograph
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