Last Updated:  December 17th, 2020

Best Dress Watches Under $500

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

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.

PRODUCT OVERVIEW

Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)
Seiko Japanese Automatic SARB017 Mens Watch
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • synthetic sapphire crystal
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Tissot Men's Le Locle Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Dress Watch T0064071603300
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TISSOT Powermatic 80
  • Swiss automatic movement
  • sapphire crystal
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Seiko Men's Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033)
Seiko SARB033 Automatic Watch
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • sapphire crystal
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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date, BM7190-05A
Citizen Eco-Drive BM7190-05a
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
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Hamilton Men's H38511553 Jazzmaster Thinline Silver Dial Watch
Hamilton H38511553 Jazzmaster Thinline
  • Swiss quartz movement
  • sapphire crystal
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Orient Men's 2nd Gen. Bambino Ver. 2 Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Strap, Brown, 21 (Model: FAC00009N0)
Orient Bambino Men's Dress Watch
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • mineral crystal
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Pulsar Men's PX3067 Solar Dress Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch
Pulsar PX3067 Solar Dress Watch
  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Hardex mineral crystal
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BULOVA COMPUTRON 98C135 Watch
Bulova Computron 98C135 Watch
  • quartz movement
  • digital display, day/date
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Skagen Men's Melbye Quartz Analog Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel Mesh Watch, Color: Gray & Orange Steel Mesh (Model: SKW6007)
Skagen Melbye Men's Dress Watch
  • quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
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Junghans Men's Max Bill Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Beige, 20 (Model: 041/4562.04)
Best Quartz Watch
Junghans Max Bill Men's Watch
  • quartz movement
  • hard plastic crystal
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Michael Kors Mens Analogue Quartz Watch with Leather Strap MK8674
Michael Kors Blake Men's Watch
  • quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
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SEIKO PRESAGE Automatic Ice Blue Cocktail Time 'Sky Diving' SRPB43J1
Seiko Presage Ice Blue Cocktail Time SRPB43J1
  • automatic movement
  • Hardex crystal
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Stuhrling Original Mens Watch Calfskin Leather Strap - Dress + Casual Design - Minimalist Analog Watch Dial with Date, 3997Z Watches for Men Collection (Black Silver)
Stuhrling Original 39972 Men's Watch
  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Krysterna crystal
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Hamilton Men's H39515754 Valiant Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch
Best Automatic
Hamilton Men's H39515754 Valiant
  • automatic self-wind movement
  • sapphire crystal
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Seiko Men's SUP896 Gold-Tone and Brown Leather Solar-Power Dress Watch
Best Solar Watch
Seiko Men's SUP896 Solar Dress Watch
  • quartz movement
  • Hardex mineral crystal
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Best Dress Watches Under $500


Seiko Japanese Automatic SARB017 Mens Watch

Seiko Men's Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Brown, 20 (Model: SARB017)

Known as the classic Alpinist, the Seiko SARB017 model will compliment your business attire. The money green dial face features gold-tone Lumbrite hands and analog display with Arabic even numbers and narrow triangle shapes at the odd numbers. A date display is at the 3 o’clock position.

Slim and sleek, the Seiko’s stainless steel case has a diameter of 39.5 mm and 12 mm thick to fit under cuffs making it a great dress watch under 500.

The dial cover is a hard-to-scratch synthetic sapphire crystal. The wrist band is soft calfskin leather with a crocodile texture. The 23-jewel Japanese movement is visible through the case back. The stainless steel bezel is bidirectional and features an inner compass ring. The Seiko is water-resistant up to 660 feet.

Specifications

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • synthetic sapphire crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case
  • leather strap
  • water-resistant to 660 feet
  • case size: 39.5mm
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Best Value

TISSOT Powermatic 80

Tissot Men's Le Locle Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Dress Watch T0064071603300

Go for a classy, minimalist look with the Tissot Powermatic 80 from the company’s Le Locle collection. The Swiss-made Tissot dress watch with automatic movement has a patterned silvertone dial, grey leaf-style hands, and Roman numeral hour markers. A sweeping seconds hand counts down seconds with increments markings. A date window is at the 3 o’clock position. The dial cover is strong, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

The stainless steel case is super-thin at 10 mm and the case diameter is 39 mm. It has an 80-hour power reserve and the 23-jewel movement is visible through the case back. The TISSOT also features a stainless steel bezel and mechanical self-winding. It comes with a handsome black leather strap with a butterfly clasp that will look stylish with any outfit.

The TISSOT’S functions include date, hour, minute, and second and it’s water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet).

Specifications

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • sapphire crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock position
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • transparent back case
  • water-resistant to 30 meters(100 feet)
  • case size: 39 mm
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Seiko SARB033 Automatic Watch

Seiko Men's Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap, Silver, 20 (Model: SARB033)

Those that subscribe to the idea that “less is more” will appreciate the look of the Seiko SARB003 Automatic Men’s Watch. The simple black dial has analog display. Minimalist silvertone hands and markers with Lumbrite mark seconds, minutes, and hours. A date window is at the 3 o’clock position and a coveted sapphire crystal covers the dial. The Seiko’s silvertone band is in the classic chain link style and has a push-button deployment clasp.

Featuring Seiko’s accurate Japanese 23-jewel automatic movement, this model has a see-through case back. It has a power reserve of 50 hours and features both manual and automatic winding. The fixed bezel is stainless steel. The dial has a diameter of 38.4 mm and is thin under the cuff at 11.2 mm.

The Seiko SARB003 model is water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet) so it’s safe for watersports as well as a dress watch for formal events.

Specifications

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • sapphire crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and band
  • transparent back case
  • water-resistant to 100 meters (330 feet)
  • case size: 38.4 mm
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Citizen Eco-Drive BM7190-05a

Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Watch with Date, BM7190-05A

The solar-powered Citizen Eco-Drive will add a polished look to your wardrobe at a very fair price. It features a bright white dial with silvertone hands and stick markers. Easily check the date at the 3 o’clock position and countdown seconds with the seconds hand. The analog display is protected with a scratch-resistant mineral window. The black band is crocodile-embossed faux leather.

The Citizen Eco-Drive harnesses natural or artificial light for Japanese quartz movement to eliminate battery replacement. The bezel is stationary. It’s 40 mm in diameter and is 11.5 mm thin. It’s water-resistant to 30 meters (99 feet) and will survive splashes, but it’s not recommended for any water sports including swimming.

Specifications

  • Japanese quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and faux leather band
  • water-resistant to 30 meters (99 feet)
  • case size: 40 mm
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Hamilton H38511553 Jazzmaster Thinline

Hamilton Men's H38511553 Jazzmaster Thinline Silver Dial Watch

From one of the world’s leading watchmakers, the surprisingly affordable Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline has the clean, elegant look of a luxury dress watch. The pearl-white dial has an analog display with silvertone Arabic numerals and luminescent silvertone hour and minute hand and black minute markings and numbering. A date display is positioned at 6 o’clock, and the face cover is the preferred sapphire crystal.

The Jazzmaster has an especially attractive brown leather band with white stitching that complements the look of the silvertone case and dial. With a diameter of 42 mm, the case is a little larger than others, but it’s super-thin at only 7 mm to fit under the cuff nicely. The bezel is stationary.

With Swiss quartz movement, the Jazzmaster Thinline is water-resistant up to 165 feet and is safe for showering and swimming.

Specifications

  • Swiss quartz movement
  • sapphire crystal
  • date window at 6 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • water-resistant to 165 feet
  • case size: 42 mm
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Orient Bambino Men's Dress Watch

Orient Men's 2nd Gen. Bambino Ver. 2 Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Strap, Brown, 21 (Model: FAC00009N0)

The Orient Bambino dress watch has a stunning vintage look that appeals to many. With a dial the color of parchment and a wrist band of brown leather, it’s reminiscent of a leatherbound volume of an antique book. The scratch-resistant mineral crystal-domed dial features analog display with gold-tone Roman numeral markers and blue hands that accent the Orient logo. The date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The stainless steel bezel is stationary.

The Bambino’s stainless steel case is 40.5 mm in diameter and 12 mm thin. It’s powered by accurate hand-winding Japanese automatic movement and has a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. With a water resistance of up to 30 meters (100 feet), it can withstand splashes but isn’t suitable for swimming or bathing.

Specifications

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • mineral crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)
  • case size: 40.5
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Pulsar PX3067 Solar Dress Watch

Pulsar Men's PX3067 Solar Dress Analog Display Japanese Quartz Silver Watch

The Pulsar Solar Dress Watch is a good choice for those wanting a dress watch with a sporty look for dressing down. The blue analog display dial has a blue wavy pattern and is encased by a darker blue stationary bezel. Luminous hands and markers track hours, minutes, and seconds. The date is displayed at 3 o’clock. The cover crystal is Hardex mineral.

With a diameter of 44 mm, it has a larger case size for a dress watch. But with a thickness of 12 mm, it will fit under most cuffs.
The Pulsar’s Japanese quartz movement is solar-powered, eliminating the need for a battery. Simply charge it in any type of light for a 4-month power reserve.

Pulsar, a division or the Seiko company, surprised the world of watchmaking by debuting the first all-quartz watch line in 1981. The Pulsar PX3067 model is water-resistant to 100 meters (660 feet) so it’s safe for engaging in water sports. It’s a good choice to take on a tropical wedding destination trip.

Specifications

  • Japanese quartz movement
  • Hardex mineral crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and band
  • water-resistant to 100 meters (660 feet)
  • case size: 44 mm
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Bulova Computron 98C135 Watch

BULOVA COMPUTRON 98C135 Watch

Not everyone’s taste leans toward vintage or classic. The Bulova Computron blends its iconic style with a modern, high-tech look that will complement your dress wardrobe. The 41 mm black stainless steel trapezoid case features a luminous red LED digital display with the functions of day, date, and a dual time zone option.

The coordinating black rubber strap is important to the overall futuristic look. It is comfortable on the wrist and has a tang buckle. The Computron is powered by Bulova’s dependable quartz movement. Water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet), it can withstand splashes and brief submersion but not swimming or bathing.

Specifications

  • quartz movement
  • digital display, day/date
  • dual time zone option
  • stainless steel case, rubber strap
  • water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)
  • case size: 41 mm
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Skagen Melbye Men's Dress Watch

Skagen Men's Melbye Quartz Analog Stainless Steel and Stainless Steel Mesh Watch, Color: Gray & Orange Steel Mesh (Model: SKW6007)

The Danish Skagen Melbye Men’s Watch will complement fashions from tweed sports jackets to black tie and tuxedos. The black titanium case is 40 mm in diameter and the dark grey dial has a minimalist look with analog display and Arabic numerals at the 6 and 12 o’clock positions. The rest of the hours are white stick markings. A striking orange inner circle displays seconds.

The hands are gun-tone metal, and the sweeping seconds hand is tipped in orange. The month and day are displayed at 3 o’clock. The dial cover is scratch-resistant mineral crystal. It’s topped with a stationary titanium bezel. A mesh band of gunmetal-plated stainless steel adds to the attractive look.

The elegant Skagen Melbye features three-hand quartz movement and stop-watch chronograph. It is water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet) to withstand splashes.

Specifications

  • quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
  • month and date window at 3 o'clock
  • titanium steel case and band
  • water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)
  • case size: 40 mm
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Best Quartz Watch

Junghans Max Bill Men's Watch

Junghans Men's Max Bill Stainless Steel Quartz Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap, Beige, 20 (Model: 041/4562.04)

From the Bauhaus watch collection, the German-made Junghans Max Bill has an old school minimalist look that pairs well with your business attire. Reminiscent of an old-fashioned classroom clock, the round white dial face features an analog display with easy-to-read Arabic numerals and stick markings. A date window is at 3 o’clock. The slim silvertone hands are luminescent. Seconds are marked by a seconds hand and Arabic numerals in 5-second increments. The dial window is hard, scratch-resistant plastic.

The Max Bill’s silvertone case is stainless steel and the bezel is stationary. The case has a diameter of 38 mm and is super-slim at only 8 mm. The tan leather band has a tang buckle. It’s powered by quartz movement and is water-resistant up to 30 meters (100 feet) to keep it safe from splashes.

Specifications

  • quartz movement
  • hard plastic crystal
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • water-resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)
  • case size: 38 mm
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Michael Kors Blake Men's Watch

Michael Kors Mens Analogue Quartz Watch with Leather Strap MK8674

From everyday wear to formal affairs, the Michael Kors Blake gives effortless sophistication. The simple silver sunray dial features analog display with silvertone hands and indices that mark the hours, minutes, and seconds. Double indices are at 12 o’clock and the date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The dial window is hard, scratch-resistant mineral.

The round silvertone case has a diameter of 42 mm and its ultra-thin at 8 mm. A black leather strap with buckle adds a touch of class to the Blake. It has dependable quartz movement and is water-resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet).

Specifications

  • quartz movement
  • mineral crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet)
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Seiko Presage Ice Blue Cocktail Time SRPB43J1

SEIKO PRESAGE Automatic Ice Blue Cocktail Time 'Sky Diving' SRPB43J1

The Seiko Presage Ice Blue Cocktail Time has an eye-catching silver sunburst dial with a unique bluish hue featuring analog display and silver indices. The hour and minute hands are silver and the needle-like seconds hand is black. A display date is at the 3 o’clock position. The dial cover is a box-shaped Hardex crystal.

The Presage’s stainless steel case is 40.5 mm in diameter with a thickness of 14.5 mm. The 4 mm crown is bigger than on most other watches for easier manual winding. It’s powered by Seiko’s Japanese 23-jewel automatic movement with a 41-hour power reserve and is visible with the see-through case back.

A glossy black leather band with a push-button deployment clasp gives the Seiko Cocktail Time the style it deserves. It pairs perfectly with black-tie attire for formal affairs and holiday parties. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet).

Specifications

  • automatic movement
  • Hardex crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • transparent case back
  • water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet)
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Stuhrling Original 39972 Men's Watch

Stuhrling Original Mens Watch Calfskin Leather Strap - Dress + Casual Design - Minimalist Analog Watch Dial with Date, 3997Z Watches for Men Collection (Black Silver)

The Stuhrling Original Men’s Watch from the 39972 collection has a classic minimalist look for sleek elegance. The black dial face has analog display featuring silvertone hands and stick indices to mark hours and minutes. Double stick indices mark the quarter hours. An easy-to-read date display is positioned at 3 o’clock. The dial face is protected by a Krysterna crystal.

The ultra-thin stainless steel case has a diameter of 40 mm and is 7 mm thin to fit under the tightest cuffs. It’s complemented by a black calfskin leather croc-embossed band with a tang buckle. The stainless steel bezel is stationary.

The Stuhrling is powered by Japanese quartz movement and is water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet).

Specifications

  • Japanese automatic movement
  • Krysterna crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet)
  • case size: 40 mm
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Best Automatic

Hamilton Men's H39515754 Valiant

Hamilton Men's H39515754 Valiant Analog Display Automatic Self Wind Black Watch

You’ll never tire of the classic good looks of the Swiss-made Hamilton Valiant. Wear it with sports jackets or to black-tie affairs with confidence. The silver dial features analog display with silver hands, black Roman numerals, and tiny black minute and seconds indices on the outer rim. The date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position. The dial window is sapphire crystal, the best for quality and scratch resistance.

The Valiant’s stainless steel case has a diameter of 40 mm and is 10 mm thin. The watch’s high-end look is complemented by a black genuine leather croc-embossed band with a tang buckle. It has a fixed stainless steel bezel and a push-pull crown. It’s powered by automatic self-wind movement and is water-resistant up to 50 meters (165 feet).

If you like the kinds of dress watches Hamilton makes, another worth considering is the Hamilton Khaki Field.

 

Specifications

  • automatic self-wind movement
  • sapphire crystal
  • date window at 3 o'clock
  • water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet)
  • case size: 40 mm
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Best Solar Watch

Seiko Men's SUP896 Solar Dress Watch

Seiko Men's SUP896 Gold-Tone and Brown Leather Solar-Power Dress Watch

The Seiko Men’s Solar Dress Watch’s haute-couture look at a standard price is surprising thanks to the handsome gold-tone case and dial face. The analog display of these dress watches also features gold-tone hands and stick indices marking hours and minutes. The square dial has no date window and the cover is tough Hardex mineral. The stainless steel square case is 28.1 mm in diameter with a thickness of only 7.5 mm giving it a super-slim profile. It’s topped with a fixed-bezel also of stainless steel.

The brown leather croc-textured and stitched band with buckle closure complements the gold-tone. The Seiko’s quartz movement is solar-powered eliminating battery worries. It’s water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet) making it suitable for recreational swimming but not snorkeling or diving.

Specifications

  • quartz movement
  • Hardex mineral crystal
  • stainless steel case and leather band
  • no date display
  • water-resistant to 50 meters (165 feet)
  • case size: 28.1 mm
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