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Buying a new watch is often a daunting task because of the sheer number of brands and makes available.
If you’re looking for the best chronograph watches for men under $500 dollars because you’re on a budget but would still like to end up with a good-looking watch that can rock it out like the most expensive watch brands, here’s our informative rundown of five watches you shouldn’t miss this year.
We’ll be focusing on these watches: Burberry Men’s Swiss 42mm BU9365 Vs Victorinox Men’s ‘Alliance’ Vs Bulova Men’s ‘Curv’ Watch 98A160 Vs Viceroy Men’s 47617-55 Vs Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Maverick.
1. Burberry Men’s Swiss Chronograph 42mm BU9365
The Burberry brand is known for its check-patterns straps and bracelets that are often copied by other watchmakers. Elegant and with a long traditional of quality, the Burberry company continues to make excellent lines of men’s watches.
The Burberry Men’s Swiss Chronograph 42 mm BU9365 is a youthful and exuberant model, with stout symmetrical lines, a perfect matte gray finish and a clear watch face with a classic analog mechanism. Equipped with the Burberry Chronograph feature, you can easily keep track of time increments with a push of a button.
Burberry watches are designed with Swiss quartz movement and are dependable for long years of continuous use. Its most attractive feature is it can be used in both formal and casual occasions. The blue dial is casual and even sporty to a point, while the bracelet and outer ring of the ideal is beautifully formal, perfect for business meetings and other professional events.
2. Victorinox Men’s ‘Alliance’ Stainless Steel Casual Watch
Victorinox is a Swiss watchmaker and is known for its highly dependable and durable products that cross over from casual fashion to military ware. The Victorinox ‘Alliance’ Casual Watch features a mature, matte black leather strap, clean lines and and a modern dial fitted with three chronographs and a modern analog design.
Suitable for everyday wear, choose the Alliance if you want a lightweight watch that won’t be too heavy on the wrist but is still highly sophisticated and expressive. The stout finish of the inner ring of the dial perfectly complements the matte bracelet.
Made in Switzerland, the home of true Swiss watches, the ‘Alliance’ has a stainless steel case, screw-in caseback and can be safely submerged to 330 feet. Highly recommended for swimming and snorkeling, but not deep sea diving. The hands of the dial are luminescent in the dark and the watch has day & date calendar capabilities. The front cover is sapphire crystal that greatly reduces reflection – perfect for use in bright environs.
3. Bulova Men’s ‘Curv’ Stainless Steel Casual Watch 98A160
Curv is the latest Bulova collection, featuring watches that are unbelievably slim and run on what Bulova says is the ‘world’s first curved chronograph movement.’ These new watches aren’t just beautiful: they are also mechanically ergonomic and efficient.
The Curv collection is divided into two categories: dress and sport. The Curv Casual Watch 98A160 is one of the more recent additions to this collection, bearing the signature five-hand dial design with rose gold-toned bezel.
This watch has a distinctive flair that hovers between serious sporty and sharply elegant. The bracelet lines and colorations are stout and loud, bringing people’s eyes quickly to the perfectly designed dial with dark grey hands, matte black dial and rose gold details.
The bracelet has been made more secure with double-press deployant closure (instead of the usual clasp-type lock). The watch can be safely submerged to a depth of 100 feet. Not suitable for swimming or bathing, but will withstand splashes and brief immersions in liquids.
4. Viceroy Men’s 47617-55 Black IP Chronograph Rubber Watch
Viceroy Watches & Jewelry is a Spanish company that manufactures a wide range of fashion products from button pints to bracelets to watches. The pride of the company are the luxury watch lines that are youthful, elegant and built ruggedly for long life.
If you are the sporty type who is constantly outdoors and are looking for a watch that can take as much damage as you during stressful or physically demanding situations, then you need a chronograph that’s been built for stress and impact.
The Viceroy 47617-55 Black IP Chronograph is the perfect solution with its large dial, thick rubber bracelet and water tolerance of up to 165 feet. It even comes with a limited two year warranty from the manufacturer. Tired of wearing office watches and other formal timepieces when you’re out doing the things you love? As the company says, maybe it’ Viceroy time.
5. Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Maverick Chronograph Watch
Another worthy contender from Victorinox, the home of the genuine Swiss knife and other Swiss-branded wares is the Maverick Chronograph Watch that comes in whopping seven colors: black/rubber, blue/rubber, brown/gold-tone stainless, green/two-tone stainless, black/stainless, blue/stainless and brown/rubber.
Aptly sized at 43 mm, the Maverick Chronograph features a beautiful and bright blue dial and stainless steel finish that’s remarkably Victorinox at first sight. The outer ring of the dial is adjustable and was designed with clear lines and a shiny black finish that highlights sharply the dial from the bracelet.
Large numbers make it easier for anyone to measure increments of time. Also equipped with a five-hand system for various time increments, the three-button configuration of the Maverick Chronograph would be appreciated by classic watch enthusiasts who prefer only genuine Swiss watch designs and craftsmanship.
The bracelet is secured by a double-clasp system that’s even more secure than the classic clasp and deploys immediately without a hitch. The watch cover isn’t plastic nor glass – it’s actual, triple-coated sapphire crystal that reduces the sun’s glare and light reflection, making it easier for the user to tell the time when the sun is high in the sky. Is the Maverick Chronograph submersible?
Yes, but only to a depth of 165 feet. Fortunately, this beautiful, elegant watch is suitable for swimming and even snorkeling. However, with its current limitation of 165 feet it’s not suitable for deep-sea diving. Comes with a rotating bezel, count-up scale and three additional dials. Victorinox offers a limited, 3-year warranty on all its Swiss timepieces.