Unless you’re James Bond, you can’t get by with wearing a dive watch with a navy tux or white dinner jacket. Meetings, presentations, business trips, and of course black tie and tuxedo affairs like weddings and galas call for a smart-looking dress watch. But with so many styles and options, choosing one can be confusing. Throw in the price of a Rolex or Phillip Patek, and it gets downright scary. Our collection of the best dress watches under $500 can rescue you, along with a few tips about dress watches.
Our Top Picks
TISSOT Powermatic 80
Junghans Max Bill Men's Watch
Hamilton Men's H39515754 Valiant
First, you want to go with a minimal style. Add polish to your look instead of competing with it. At the same time, you want to choose a classic style that will weather the tests of time and trend. Go for a slim, sleek look and one that will fit under the cuff but be visible when you bend the elbow. Dress watches have thinner bracelets and bands often fashioned from leather. That’s because you don’t need the functions and features of a dive or pilot watch in a dress watch. Last, choose a dress watch that compliments your style and personality. Remember, a timepiece is special, and you’re sure to associate your dress watch with the meaningful times in your life.