Watches Under 500

Being stylish doesn’t have to be expensive, and a good accessory always does the trick. As every man needs a few staple watches in his repertoire, here are some of the most stylish, yet affordable watches so you can grow your watch collection without breaking the bank.  

 —Text by Luisa Tarantino
Edited by Shervin Shirvani

Detrola watch
Compared to Shinola’s other models, the new Detrola collection is way more laid- back and colorful. Each has a 43mm case made from high-grade, lightweight yet durable TR90 resin and is powered by a Detroit-assembled Aragonite 705 quartz movement. Sitting above the dial is a K1 crystal, featuring Arabic numbers and a 3 o’clock date window. The Detrola collection is available in a variety of dial, case, and silicone strap colour combinations.Price: $518 CAD.

If you love smartwatches, you’ll love the Puma Smartwatch. Sporty yet subtle enough to wear every day, the Puma Smartwatch is powered by Google and has Google Assistant, housing a 44mm case with a round screen and a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset running a Wear OS.  Secured by a black silicone strap, the Puma Smartwatch comes with a range of custom Puma-branded watch faces to match any style. Price: $360 CAD.

A-17 Korean war watch
This new A-17 Korean War Watch is just as cool as previous versions, yet it comes with modern upgrades. The watch is built around a self-winding movement that lies within a stainless-steel case with a satin finish, and has a black dial complemented by orange indices and military-style sword hands that light up in the dark for readability, displaying 24-hour military time. The watch is also water resistant up to 130m and comes with a hardened glass crystal face.  Price: $350 CAD.

Daniel Wellington
Classic Cambridge
Making waves all over social media, Daniel Wellington makes some of the most stylish affordable watches. Drawing inspiration from the classic blue, white, and red of the American flag and the classic elegance of the Brits, the Classic Cambridge comes with a playful, comfortable band. Having a slim, minimalistic dial and face, and a  44mm case, this watch is simple and elegant and can be worn every day for work or even for a special event. Price: $265 CAD.

If you’re looking for an aluminium watch for approximately $100, the Timex MK1 is the timepiece for you. Coming with a nylon strap, the MK1 also has an anodized aluminium case, making it light on the wrist. Powered by the classic Indiglo function, the MK1 has a 40mm case, is water resistant to 3 ATM, has Quartz analog movement, and has a minimalistic dial and Arabic numerals. It’s the perfect casual watch to wear for every day. Price: $119 CAD.

1970 Diver’s Re-Creation
As one of the first companies to get in on the “hybrid smartwatch” game, Withings’ new Steel HR Sport pairs analog time with every day smart features like a GPS and multi-sport tracking connected via a smartphone app. The Steel HR Sport is Withings’ toughest watch, having a chunky stainless-steel construction. Yet, the watch is still stylish, having a minimalistic dial and coming with the option to purchase a variety of colourful bands. Price: $265 CAD.

Written on: February 12, 2020