It should come as no surprise that among men watches rank at the top as collectibles, fashion accessories, family heirlooms and generally desirable objects. Even a manly man that abhors the idea of going shopping will stop to browse at a case of finely built watches.
This is easy to understand as watches speak to us on so many levels it is truly astonishing. As works of mechanical and electrical engineering they are the epitome of the adage that form follows function. As works of art they range in style from the surreal school to Shaker simple and as status symbols nothing says successful like and elegant timepiece peeking out from under a cuff.
The only issue is that many think to own a top quality time piece requires a banker’s ransom be left on the counter. Luckily, this isn’t the case, there are a plethora of watches available that not only won’t break the bank, but can be had relatively cheap and in the watch world price doesn’t always denote quality.
Here is list of the very best watches under $500 dollars, in our considered opinion.
CA0331-56L Men’s Eco-Drive Chronograph from Citizen
Long known for their accuracy and durability the 56L Eco is almost the perfect man’s watch. It features three separate chrono dials, date and tachymeter functions and is powered by light so it never needs winding or a new battery. Best of all it can be had for around half of our 500 dollar limit. That is true value.