When you’re dressed in your best for a special occasion, your old sports watch just isn’t going to cut it. You need a fine dress watch that’s going to show your style through and through.
But don’t think that you have to pay a fortune for a head-turning watch. Instead, take a look at our picks for best dress watches for men under $500.
Men with classic taste will love this vintage-inspired watch by Peugeot. The timepiece pays homage to the iconic Cartier Tank Solo with its polished 14k gold-plated rectangular case, elegantly slanted Roman numeral hour markers, and silver-tone dial. The watch even has similar sword-shaped metallic blue hands. Quartz movement ensures accurate timekeeping and the black leather crocodile-style strap completes the sophisticated look. A stunning piece for a fantastic price.
Skagen’s smoky quartz watch impresses by combining the brand’s trademark simplicity with unique flair. The gunmetal grey matte-finish dial is beautifully understated, even with its two inner sub-dials showing the day and date. Gold-tone hands and hour indices gently contrast with the dusky background. The mesh band contours your wrist comfortably and a fold-over clasp keeps it in place. Highly versatile, this watch will enhance your style whether you’re going formal or casual.
Prepare to get showered with compliments when sporting this distinctive Bulova quartz watch. The modern stainless steel timepiece is almost guaranteed to make people look twice. Its deep midnight blue dial and rose-gold tone indices are in exquisite balance, and its two sub-dials – one for the date, the other marking 24-hours – are as practical as they are striking. But it’s the half-dial indicating the day of the week that adds a truly original touch. The watch’s handsome look is finished by its dual tone bracelet and deployment clasp.
As its name implies, this remarkable skeleton watch by Invicta is more than a timepiece – it’s a work of art. This 20-jewel movement automatic watch not only keeps precise time, it allows you to admire the watch’s beating heart, as its gears and bridges labor to keep you on schedule. The silvery dial features gold-tone Roman numeral hour markers, bright blue hands and is protected by a flame-fusion crystal dial window. The fluted watch crown is set, unusually, above 12 o’clock position. The watch is water resistant to 165 feet, which technically makes suitable for short periods of recreational swimming. But water may damage the black calfskin leather strap, so stick to wearing it when you’re aiming to look your best, not engaging in water sports.
Watches with multiple complications aren’t for everyone. If you rock a straightforward, traditional style and are proud of it, you’ll find this Citizen dress watch a beauty. The stainless steel watch with analog display features a silver-tone dial with subtle concentric circles, gold-tone Roman numeral and stick hour markers, and a date display at the 3 o’clock position. The black genuine leather croc-embossed band with buckle enclosure adds to the classy look. One of Citizen’s trademark “Eco-Drive” watches, this watch converts both natural and artificial light into energy, keeping the timepiece ticking smoothly.