Watches are an incredible accessory for men, and if you like watches you will certainly be wearing a wristwatch every day disregarding on what you are doing or wearing, that’s why there are different styles of watches. And in this article, I will be talking about dress watches for men and give some examples which I think might be the best options for under 500 dollars, and hope to maybe help the readers if this to have some ideas when looking for a dress watch for those special occasions.
Timex Marlin Automatic
Timex is sometimes a brand that is sometimes overlooked by many people, especially by watch aficionados, and I don’t think it should be because we are talking of an all American brand with a lot of history and experience.
The Marlin has always been the most dressy option offered by the brand and this specific model is a good and refreshed example of a classic, with its stainless steel 40mm case size and beautiful domed crystal, housing a 21 jewels Miyota automatic movement. With the leather strap putting the dressy looks’ combo together, is a very nice and quality piece for those dressy occasions. With different color combinations, there is one for everybody. Check prices here.
A watch that is maybe the king of this segment at this price point, the Orient Bambino. A piece that has a lot of versions and variations, but has always kept that dressy aesthetic and appeal. The Bambino, in general, is very slender and always a good choice for a dress watch. The specific model that we will talk about is the 2nd gen. Version 2, which has a 40mm case and domed crystal. It comes with an in- house 22 jewel automatic movement, which is amazing at this price.
The crocodile textured leather strap and the numerals in roman numbers are what makes this timepiece a very classy and elegant option, giving it also a retro aesthetic. For me this watch is one of the best-looking dress watches out there and with the different dial color options, you can choose the one that suits you the most. Check prices here.
Tissot T Classic Tradition
A Swiss watch needs to be part of this list, and what better for under 500 than a Tissot T classic, a watch from a brand that is known for offering quality Swiss watches at more wallet-friendly prices. In comparison, with the Bambino or Marlin, this watch comes with a quartz movement, which in my opinion is more than OK, because you are not only getting more accurate timekeeping but because of the quartz, the watch can be less thick than with an automatic movement, with an 8mm thickness.
It comes with a 44mm case, which can be a little big for a dress watch, but it depends on tastes. A sapphire crystal and an alligator style leather strap give this watch a quality finish and dressy looks’ but also casual at the same time, perfect for a date night. Check prices here.
Raymond Weil Toccata Quartz
A very slender and under the radar watch that will perfectly complement your suit or smoking, the Raymond Weil Toccata. A timepiece from a Swiss brand that is sometimes overlooked but offers good quality watches and specially this Toccata dress model which has all the things you should look for a dress watch, a very slim case thickness, a polished 40mm stainless steel case with a simple white dial coming with roman numbers in it and an alligator style leather strap, a perfect dress timepiece combo.
As the names states, it comes with Swiss quartz powered movement, also a sapphire crystal and a date complication window situated at the 3 o’clock position. It has a more elegant style than others in this list and I think is what makes it a good piece for the tuxedo occasions. Check prices here.
Frederique Constant Slim Line
The Frederique Constant Slim Line watches are a gorgeous option when looking for dress watches, there are different dial options and colors for different tastes. The specific one that I am talking has the reference number FC220NW4S5. Like the names states, this watch has a very slim case and with a 38mm size, it has this classic and gentry aesthetics that many people look on a dress watch. It is has a 5mm thickness, which makes it the slimmest watch in this list. Making this possible is a Swiss quartz movement inside.
The very simple white dial with little markers golden markers and a just a date complication at the 3 o’clock position gives this watch also a very minimalist design and add the alligator style leather strap, this watch is simply classy and minimalist, a feast for the eyes of those who enjoy simple yet elegant things. An onion style pusher is the perfect final touch for this watch. The word “classy” is the perfect description of this watch. Check prices here.
That was a list of the best 5 options for dress watches under 500 dollars out there, in my opinion. I would love to hear which one was your favorite and what are your thoughts about the watches in the comments. Do you think there should be another watch in the list instead or do you think the list is OK, please let me know in the comments. I hope that this article can help you find the perfect dress watch for you.