In this article we’ll be looking at my best picks for mens black and brown color leather strap watches under $500 dollars.
There are so many watch brands out there nowadays that it has become increasingly more difficult to pick out which ones are good ones to choose.
I will be basing my review off of 4 main components: Build Quality, Looks, Features & Comfortability with the importance of each going in that order.
Here is a comparison table of all of the watches we’ll be discussing about in this article so that you can see a good look at them side by side.
Emporio Armani Men’s ART3004 Black Leather Hybrid Smartwatch
The Emporio Armani Men’s ART3004 Black Leather Hybrid Smartwatch is unlike any other watch that you will find on this list, not only does it have the looks but it comes with the features as well.
This watch is a hybrid of a smart watch and a regular watch which means you get the look of a regular watch but you also get some features that you would find in a smart watch.
When I say the look of a “regular watch” I feel like I’m not giving this watch enough credit because the look of this watch is freaking amazing!
I don’t like the look of smart watches but love the features so I was on cloud nine when I found out about hybrid watches.
The mix of blue/black shade in the dial is perfect for this watch and really goes well with the overall professional yet new tech that this watch is.
It comes with tons of features like: taking a photo, call your phone, control your music and track your activity are just some of the option that are available with this phone.
If you’re in the same boat as me that wants to keep the traditional type of look of a watch on your wrists but still would like to step into today’s time with all the cool features that smart watches offer, then I highly recommend this watch.
These are some of the reasons behind why I chose this watch as my overall favorite.
*Note that the Emporio Armani Men’s ART3003 Blue Leather Hybrid Smartwatch is very similar but with a slight bit of a different look to it if the dark color isn’t your thing.
SEIKO Mechanical Elegant Model Mens Watch SARB065
The SEIKO Mechanical Elegant Model Mens Watch SARB065 takes our second place pick for an abundance of reasons.
As you can tell just by looking at this watch it has a very professional and elegant look to it, yet it also has a subtle way about it as well.
The very light blue tint on this watch really makes it standout just enough to really be eye catching without all of the bling that many watches resort to for eye candy.
It is water resistant to a certain degree which is great for me because I don’t know how many times I’ve accidentally knocked it into the sink when getting ready in the mornings.
SEIKO has earned a very high quality name for their watch builds which I give the nod of approval for, especially with this watch.
The leather band fits perfectly and very comfortably around my wrists which really makes this just the cherry on top.
I highly recommend this watch, especially if you’re looking for a new dress style one.
Hamilton Men’s H39515754 Black Watch
Coming in at third place is the Hamilton Men’s H39515754 Black Watch it’s also a dress style watch, sporting a black leather strap.
My absolute favorite thing about this watch is how different the strap and dial are yet how good they look together.
By that I mean if you look at the dial it screams high class style of a watch but if you look at the strap it has a worn it leather look to it when usually goes along more with the casual look.
I like to think you get the best of both worlds (dress & casual) with this watch which really impressed me that they went for this design.
Very comfortable strap and the dial lays at the perfect size on my wrist. This is a great watch made by Hamilton, huge thumbs up on this one.
Tissot Men’s T0636371603700 Stainless Steel Brown Watch
The Tissot Men’s T0636371603700 Stainless Steel Brown Watch is our first Tissot brand watch to make the list and earns it through some very unique features on this watch.
Before I even start I don’t know if it bothers anyone else but I wish watch makers would name their products something cool sounding, like how colognes are named.
Most watch names just look like someone rolled their hand across the keyboard then went with whatever came up on the screen.
Anyways back to point here, this watch has a great classy style look to it with a great looking brown colored strap.
The dial is the where this watch truly impressed but not in the traditional numbers or the overall case but the features in the center and around the dial.
Most watches do have some sort of date feature somewhere on their watches nowadays but it’s very low key and boring.
This watch has the full month (1-31 days) going across the bottom of watch, with the months and days of the week in its own section towards the middle.
I absolutely love how they laid this out because it looks perfect, zero cluster. This has to be my favorite layout across any of the dial layouts I’ve seen, feature wise.
Victorinox Swiss Army Black Dial 241552 Men’s Watch
The Victorinox Swiss Army Black Dial 241552 Men’s Watch is a great watch that can work as a dress or casual wear type.
With this watch there isn’t one thing that I can pick out that truly makes this watch stand out on why I like it so much like I’ve done with other watches in this article.
This watch is just very well rounded with a solid build quality, a great black on silver look which goes good with tons of outfits, including most suits.
It has a high class look to it without the major price tag that comes along with it lots of other watches.
If you’re trying not to drop a fortune on a watch but still want a great one then this watch may be a perfect fit for you.
NIXON Men’s Model: A405-1888 Leather Watch
The NIXON Men’s Model: A405-1888 Leather Watch was one of the more recent watches to catch my eye and if I’m not mistaken my first Nixon brand watch.
I like the pristine silver/white colored watch dial that really draws in the looks the white goes great when wearing a white undershirt.
Even though the dial is the real eye catcher here the leather band really helps compliment it with great looking brown leather which closes up with a Nixon branded clasp on the end.
This watch can either go as a dress or casual type of wear.
Emporio Armani Men’s AR2411 Dress Black Leather Watch
The Emporio Armani Men’s AR2411 Dress Black Leather Watch is our second watch from Emporio Armani but unlike the other watched mentioned this one is not a hybrid based watch.
If you’re not of fan of the hybrid tech that was offered in the other watch but still liked the aesthetic look that it was offering, then this watch may be right up your alley.
Of course they’re not identical designs but you can still the overall resemblance that Emporio Armani has instilled into both of these.
This watch is perfect for those who want to keep it simple (maybe a gift for dad) but still want a high class looking watch.
Nixon Men’s A105 Sentry 42mm Watch
The Nixon Men’s A105 Sentry 42mm Watch has something no other watch on this list has going for it, the sheer amount of different color options.
At this moment I can 16 different color options, 16!
Out of all the ones to choose from the Blue/Brown one is the best looking one in my opinion.
If you’re looking for a great watch with numerous amount of colors to choose from then this is your watch.
Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s BM8475-26E
As you can tell just by looking at the Citizen Eco-Drive Men’s BM8475-26E watch it is much different in the looks department compared to the other watches we talked about.
Even though the looks change the quality doesn’t which is where Citizen really makes their watches standout from many other brands.
Along with just a regular numbered dial it also has a military time ring around the outskirts which comes in real handy on certain professions.
The only thing that bothered me about this watch at first was the orange color, mainly because I’m not overly fond of the color but after I got it I realized how much stuff I wore that went perfect with it.
Another superb watch by Citizen which easily earns its spot in this top pick.
I believe most men would be stoked to get any watch on this list but that’s the best part about living in today’s time.
We have tons of options to choose from so we’re not all wearing and looking the same way.
Be sure to check out each of these watches specific review which you can find with a link at the bottom of each watches information on this article.
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