Best Chronograph Watch Under $500

Along with watches that display the day and date, chronographs are a second complication popular for watch lovers. In fact, many buyers simply love the sporty look of a busy dial, subdials, and push buttons without really understanding its function. So what are chronograph watches and who can use one? A chronograph is basically a stopwatch built into the movement of the watch. The movements range from in-house, integrated, and more so it gets complicated. A chronograph is like a stopwatch on steroids.

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Added scales like tachymeters split second, and telemeters measure elapsed time precisely. Check the accuracy of your car’s speedometer or measure a runner’s speed. Find out how far away a storm is or measure timed contests between contestants in one setting. So don’t buy a chronograph only to look cool. Use them for business and for fun. Contractors of all stripes will find them useful for precise billing. Use them for games, kids’ activities, or to see if your pizza delivery is spot on time. As with any added complication, chronographs make them more expensive. Let us help you find the best chronograph watches under 500.

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Men's Citizen Eco-Drive Brycen Chronograph Blue Black Watch BL5568-54L
Citizen Brycen Men's Chronograph Watch
  • analog display
  • quartz movement
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Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Stainless Steel Japanese-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: SSC493)
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Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Watch
  • solar powered
  • Japanese movement
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Invicta Men's Pro Diver Scuba 48mm Black Stainless Steel Chronograph Quartz Watch, Black (Model: 0076)
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Invicta Men's 0076 Chronograph Watch
  • 3 chronograph functions
  • analog display
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Citizen Eco-Drive Brycen Chronograph Mens Watch, Stainless Steel, Weekender, Silver-Tone (Model: BL5400-52A)
Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch
  • analog display
  • mineral crystal
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Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Stainless Steel Japanese-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: SSC493)
Seiko SSCO15P Chronograph
  • solar powered
  • analog display
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Victorinox Men's Alliance Stainless Steel Swiss-Quartz Watch with Leather Strap, Black, 21 (Model: 241748)
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Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph
  • analog display
  • sapphire crystal
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Tissot Men's T0674171104100 PRS 200 Blue Chronograph Dial Watch
Tissot Men's Chronograph
  • analog display
  • Swiss quartz movement
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Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel with Nylon strap, Field watch, Green (Model: AT0200-05E)
Citizen Eco-Drive Canvas Chronograph
  • solar-powered
  • analog display
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Victorinox Men's Night Vision Titanium Swiss-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: 241728)
Victorinox Night Vision Chronograph Watch
  • night vision features
  • date display
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Tissot mens Seastar 660/1000 Stainless Steel Casual Watch Grey T1204171104100
Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph
  • dive watch
  • Swiss quartz movement
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Citizen Brycen Men's Chronograph Watch

Men's Citizen Eco-Drive Brycen Chronograph Blue Black Watch BL5568-54L

After registering the Citizen Brycen Watch, you’ll have access to a video demonstrating how to set up and use The chronograph. It features a 60-second chronograph hand, 30-minute and 1/5 second timer, and add/split function. The analog display is powered by Citizen’s dependable movement. The sturdy round case is steel with a 44 mm diameter. The multi-link silvertone steel bracelet is secured with a fold-over clasp and hidden push-button release.

The attractive blue dial tells the hour, minutes and seconds with 3 silver hands, stick indices, and 3 subdials under an anti-reflective mineral crystal window. The date is displayed at 4 o’clock. The dial is surrounded by a textured steel bezel. It’s 10 ATM water-resistant (100 feet) and safe for surface swimming and showering.

The Citizen Brycen has a distinct look that’s more like a dress watch than a sports watch. Wear it for a variety of occasions.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • quartz movement
  • 3 chronograph functions
  • textured bezel
  • steel case
  • silvertone bracelet
  • date display at 4 o'clock
  • water-resistant to 100 feet
  • case size: 44 mm
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Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Watch

Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Stainless Steel Japanese-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: SSC493)

Eliminate the need for batteries with the Seiko Men’s Solar Chronograph Watch. It’s powered by Seiko’s Japanese quartz movement and has a 6-month power reserve when fully charged. It features 3 chronograph subdials and includes a tachymeter. Measure speed based on time traveled.

The black analog display dial has silver skeleton hands and a red needle-style seconds hand. There is a date display between 4 and 5 o’clock, but it’s difficult to see. It’s covered by a scratch and shatter-resistant Hardex mineral crystal and surrounded by a stationary steel bezel. The round steel case has dimensions of 44.5 mm. It comes with a silvertone triple-link bracelet with a push-button fold-over clasp.

The Seiko is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet). Use it for swimming and snorkeling but not diving. Red accents and a tachymeter give this series of chronograph watches a sporty racer-style look.

Specifications

  • solar powered
  • Japanese movement
  • analog display
  • Hardex mineral crystal
  • steel case
  • silvertone bracelet
  • date display
  • stationary bezel
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 44.5 mm
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Invicta Men's 0076 Chronograph Watch

Invicta Men's Pro Diver Scuba 48mm Black Stainless Steel Chronograph Quartz Watch, Black (Model: 0076)

The Invicta 0076 Chronograph with Swiss quartz chronograph movement is from the manufacturer’s Pro Diver collection. Chronograph functions include 12-hour, 30-minute, and 60-second timers. Take care not to push buttons when the crown is at the second click position. Doing so will disengage the chronograph hands.

The black analog display dial features luminous silvertone skeleton hands and dot indices. The three bright subdials have stopwatch hands independent of the center hand. The Invicta logo is at 12 o’clock and a date window sits between 5 and 6 o’clock.
The dial cover is flame-resistant fusion crystal.

The black steel case is ion-plated with dimensions of 48 mm. It’s surrounded by a black steel unidirectional bezel with lume markings. The double link bracelet is black stainless steel with a deployment clasp. Water resistance up to 200 meters (660 feet) makes the Invicta Pro Diver suitable for recreational scuba diving. It’s attractive, easy to read, and the perfect analog watch for water sports.

 

Specifications

  • 3 chronograph functions
  • analog display
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • lume hands and indices
  • date display
  • ion-plated case
  • stainless steel bracelet
  • unidirectional bezel
  • water-resistant to 200 meters
  • case size: 48 mm
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Citizen Eco-Drive Chronograph Watch

Citizen Eco-Drive Brycen Chronograph Mens Watch, Stainless Steel, Weekender, Silver-Tone (Model: BL5400-52A)

With its busy looking dial, the Citizen Eco-Drive combines the chronograph complication with a perpetual calendar. The Eco-Drive E820 needs no batteries and recharges in natural or artificial light. The chronograph function includes a 1/20 timer. A perpetual calendar displays the date at the 4 o’clock position. The analog display features dual time functions.

The white dial has silver hands, indice time markings, and a rotating inner ring. Three black subdials and red accents add an attractive contrast. It’s covered by a protective mineral crystal dial lens. The steel case has dimensions of 48 mm and is encircled by a textured steel stationary bezel.

The look of the Citizen chronograph and calendar watch is complemented by a silvertone stainless steel link bracelet with a push-button deployment clasp. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) making it safe for surface swimming and showering, but not scuba diving.

The Citizen-Eco has a refined finish and the look and feel of quality at a very good price.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • mineral crystal
  • date display
  • Eco-drive movement
  • dual time functions
  • steel case
  • silvertone bracelet
  • stationary bezel
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 48 mm
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Seiko SSCO15P Chronograph

Seiko Men's Solar Chronograph Stainless Steel Japanese-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: SSC493)

The solar-powered Seiko SSCO15P is a dive watch designed for serious water sports and professional marine activity. It features 3 chronograph subdials and a numbered coin-edge unidirectional rotating bezel. The black dial features an analog display with silvertone arrow hands, bright white dot indices, and a sweeping red seconds hand to match the red stripe on the crown. A date window is between 4 and 5 o’clock although it’s a bit hard to read.

The 43-mm steel case and silvertone link bracelet won’t rust from extensive water activity, and the manufacturer’s Hardex mineral crystal is protective and highly scratch-resistant. White numerals and markings on the subdial and bezel make the dial highly visible in low light. Read stats quickly at a glance.

The Seiko SSCO15P has a water-resistance depth of up to 200 meters (660 feet). It has a professional sporty look and divers are sure to find creative ways to use the chronograph.

Specifications

  • solar powered
  • analog display
  • quartz movement
  • date display
  • 3 subdials
  • unidirectional bezel
  • Hardex crystal
  • stainless steel case
  • silvertone bracelet
  • case size: 43 mm
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Best Dress Watch

Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph

Victorinox Men's Alliance Stainless Steel Swiss-Quartz Watch with Leather Strap, Black, 21 (Model: 241748)

The Victorinox Chronograph proves a timepiece can be both sporty and elegant, especially with a leather strap! The satiny gray analog dial face has a trio of chronographs dials and 3 luminous hands. Stick and dot indices mark the hours and minutes, and a touch of red accents 2 chrono hands and the tip of the seconds hand. The day is displayed on one inner dial and the date is displayed at 6 o’clock. The Swiss-cross is displayed at 12 o’clock. The Swiss-made Victorinox features superior Swiss-quartz chronograph movement for exceptional accuracy. The 44 mm steel case has a screw-in case back. It’s encircled by a stationary stainless steel bezel. It’s complemented by a black genuine leather strap with a tang buckle. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) so its suitable for swimming but not diving.

Victorinox began making quality watches in the heart of Switzerland in 1884 and later produced the famed Swiss Army knife. Wear the Swiss Army Chronograph for sporting events to business casual and formal.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • sapphire crystal
  • luminous hands
  • date display
  • steel case
  • leather strap
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • stationary bezel
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 44 mm
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Tissot Men's Chronograph

Tissot Men's T0674171104100 PRS 200 Blue Chronograph Dial Watch

The Tissot Chronograph has an eye-catching Caribbean-blue dial with 3 silver subdials with blue numerals and markings. A tachymeter surrounds the dial. The analog display features delicate silvertone skeleton hands for the hour and minutes, a solid sweeping seconds hand, and silvertone indices. The date display at 4 o’clock is highly visible.

The 42-mm stainless steel case is encircled by a unidirectional bezel with black numerals and markings. The dial lens is made from protective sapphire. The Tissot comes with an attractive silvertone link bracelet with a safety deployment clasp. It’s water-resistant to 200 meters (660 feet). Safely while it while swimming or scuba diving.

The Swiss-made Tissot employs quartz movement and has been manufacturing top quality timepieces since 1853. The company’s chronograph watch has the look and feel of luxury at a much lower price.

Specifications

  • analog display
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • date display
  • sapphire crystal
  • stainless steel case
  • silvertone bracelet
  • unidirectional bezel
  • water-resistant to 200 meters
  • case size: 42 mm
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Citizen Eco-Drive Canvas Chronograph

Citizen Eco-Drive GarrisonQuartz Mens Watch, Stainless Steel with Nylon strap, Field watch, Green (Model: AT0200-05E)

The Citizen Canvas Chronograph is a military-inspired timepiece with 3 chronograph dials. The easy-to-read analog display features large Arabic numerals, luminous hands, and a red seconds hand. The date is displayed at 4 o’clock. The stainless steel case has dimensions of 39 mm, and the dial lens is scratch and shatter-resistant mineral crystal. The steel bezel is stationary on this series of chronograph watches.

The Citizen Eco-Drive has a sturdy steel case with dimensions of 40 mm. The comfortable canvas band has an adjustable buckle to get the perfect fit, and the army green color completes the military look. Charge the Eco-Drive’s Japanese quartz movement in natural or artificial light and eliminate battery needs.

The rugged Citizen can withstand extreme temperatures of between 14 and 140 degrees F. It’s water-resistant to 100 meters and safe for swimming and snorkeling. Wear the Citizen Eco-Drive chronograph watch on your outdoor adventures.

Specifications

  • solar-powered
  • analog display
  • date display
  • quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
  • stainless steel case
  • canvas band
  • stationary bezel
  • survives extreme temps
  • water-resistant to 100 meters
  • case size: 39 mm
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Victorinox Night Vision Chronograph Watch

Victorinox Men's Night Vision Titanium Swiss-Quartz Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 21 (Model: 241728)

Victorinox combines elegance and function with the  Night Vision Chronograph. The sleek, silver analog dial features triple black chronograph dials, silver hands, and indices, and a seconds hand tipped in red. Arabic numerals at 3 and 9 o’clock are in a whimsical font. Push a button at the 12 o’clock position above the Swiss-cross logo to see the time in the dark and press it twice to release a bright LED aura.

The 42 mm case is made of indestructible titanium and is encircled by a stationary stainless steel bezel. A red blinking indicator light below the six o’clock date window lets you locate the watch quickly in the dark. The lens cover is an antireflective triple-coated sapphire crystal.

The Night Vision comes with a silvertone steel link bracelet with a push-button deployment clasp. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet) and safe for surface swimming and showering only. Its sporty yet elegant look fits any occasion.

Specifications

  • night vision features
  • date display
  • blinking locator light
  • analog display
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • titanium case
  • stationary bezel
  • silvertone link bracelet
  • water-resistant to 50 meters
  • case size: 42 mm
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Tissot Seastar 1000 Chronograph

Tissot mens Seastar 660/1000 Stainless Steel Casual Watch Grey T1204171104100

The handsome Tissot Seastar 1000 features 3 easy-to-read chrono subdials on the analog display dial with 3 silvertone luminous hands, white shape indices, and a blue ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel with white numerals. A highly-visible date display is positioned between 4 and 5 o’clock.

The 45.5 mm 316L steel case is strong and sturdy and the dial lens is sapphire crystal for extreme scratch resistance. It comes with a silvertone stainless steel link bracelet with a fold-over clasp.

Made especially with serious divers in mind, the Seastar employs Swiss quartz movement and is water-resistant to 300 meters (1000 feet). Swim, dive, snorkel, or hang out by the beach with no worries.

Specifications

  • dive watch
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • analog display
  • stainless steel case
  • silvertone link bracelet
  • sapphire crystal
  • date display
  • water-resistant to 300 meters
  • case size: 45.5 meters
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