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Watches for around ~$500?

post #1 of 9
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Hey guys,

I don't really know anything about watches but I'm looking for something that would work in a business environment. I'd be wearing a suit most days, but it's not really a stuffy, overly formal environment. I found these that I liked (in terms of appearance), but I can't tell anything for quality. Do you guys have any other suggestions?

post #2 of 9
These Hamilton will be likely to be above your budget. Not sure on the HB however I will be inclined to avoid fashion watches and I will suggest you to look on the poor man's watch thread.

Nevertheless with that budget I would consider Seiko, Sea Gull, vintage Omega or Longines.
post #3 of 9

You could consider this.


I came close to buying it, but ended up going for a chronograph instead since I do not wear dressy watches that often.

post #4 of 9
I picked this one up when i had your question a year ago (Second Hand)

Would definitely go Hamilton over Hugo Boss though

Stowa Marine Automatic
post #5 of 9

Watches in the $500 range are pretty similar in quality. If it's a dress watch you need, ensure you pick a simple looking dial and that it is small/thin enough to fit under your shirt and jacket. So depending on your wrist size likely 40mm or smaller and under 11mm thick.

I like the Hamilton you posted, especially if you want to wear it casually as well. They have many decent watches in this price range.
post #6 of 9

I've been toying with the idea of a vintage watch from ebay - you can find some pretty classy looking stuff for 300 and below.

post #7 of 9
Try Christopher Ward, there might be some there in your budget...
post #8 of 9

Also consider Frederique Constant. 

post #9 of 9
I am partial to Steinhart watches. I got an Ocean One from them (Submariner Homage) and I love it.
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