Tiny Switzerland, with its deep lakes and majestic mountains, has been the global watchmaking epicenter for centuries. It all began in the 1500s when French Protestants called Huguenots fled violence from the French Wars of Religion and settled in Geneva. Along with talented Swiss natives, they wove the art of watchmaking into the country’s heritage and culture.
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After a long and colorful history, Swiss watches became world-famous for precision, dependability, and style with high-end watches like Rolex, Omega, and Tag Heuer. Fortunately, though, you don’t have to spend the price of a European luxury vacation on a Swiss-made watch. Swiss brands like Victorinox, Movado, Luminox, and more have affordable watches. These watches aren’t knockoffs for Swiss luxury watches; they’re quality Swiss-made watch brands that are long-lasting, well-made, and make a high fashion statement. Check them out in our collection of the best Swiss watches under $500.