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In today’s countdown, we have rounded up the best Swiss watches under $500 so you can start your own collection without breaking the bank.
The Swiss quart movement is unmatched in the world, and it is no small wonder that people want to invest in Swiss-made watches because of their beauty and durability.
Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch
Made with every bit of ingenuity and engineering that is Victorinox is known for the world over, the I.N.O.X. Pro Diver Watch is a majestic timepiece that is worthy of any watch collection. The watch is made from high grade stainless steel, with a distinctive case design that puts it in a league of its own.
The I.N.O.X. has a unidirectional bezel, a count-up scale, and has been tested to be able to withstand 130 extreme endurance homologation tests.
The stainless steel used for this watch is also hypoallergenic and anti-corrosion, which makes the watch a perfect companion for wearers who engage in watercraft, aquatic sports, etc.
This diving watch is also waterproof to a depth of 660 feet.
Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Titanium Chrono Atomic Timekeeping Watch
If you love the Citizen signature design and large watches, you’re going to love the Titanium Chrono Atomic. Built for durability and a lifetime of use, this model has a black tachymeter topring, a round guilloche dial, and three separate subdials installed in the heart of the timepiece.
The dial window is protected by tough sapphire crystal, which measures 42 mm. This Eco-Drive watch is powered by high quality Japanese quartz movement and there’s also a power indicator because it does not run on batteries.
When using this watch for the first time, check the battery power, select the city that corresponds to your location and the watch will check for radio signals to adjust the time of the watch. Titanium is tough and light, and the bracelet is durable and best suited for the active lifestyle.
There is an indicator for the remaining reserve power (12 or 24 hours), and the watch is waterproof to a depth of 660 feet.
Tissot Traditional Analog Watch
Collectors looking for something more casual yet elegant, light but durable, will enjoy this modern offering from the leading brand Tissot. Tissot’s engineers have been creating and perfecting timepieces since the 1800s and they bring their expertise to each Tissot watch on the market.
This traditional analog watch has a round form factor, a sapphire crystal window cover, a deployant buckle latch on the bracelet, and a genuine leather bracelet for those who don’t like titanium or stainless steel.
The case measures 42 mm x 7.4 mm, making it one of the thinnest durable watches around. Operated by Japanese quartz movement, this watch is waterproof to a depth of 99 feet.
Invicta Pro Diver
Another professional diving watch worth mentioning from leading brand Invicta.
This award-winning company has created watch that has the heft and durability that you can expect from high end Swiss timepieces. It has a corrugated unidirectional bezel, luminous hands and digit markers, a magnified date window at the three o’clock position and a beautiful 40 mm case with a durable mineral crystal window cover.
The lightweight and durable stainless steel bracelet is secured by a fold-over clasp and an exhibition caseback. Need to take a dive? Not a problem. Since this is a professional diving watch, it was meant to withstand both moisture and the changing pressure associated with descent.
Use this watch with ease and confident to a maximum depth of 660 feet. Take note that this watch does not have a battery as it operates with an automatic mechanism. A total of 130 gears and parts work together to tell time, and the gear train is powered by the wearer’s movement.
Hip and youthful without sacrificing quality, the Torgoen T9 is a great choice for those who don’t want the usual bulky design offered by the most popular brands.
There is a light and minimalistic feel associated with the T9, especially when you look closely at the digits and the linear design of the hour and minute hands. It is classic and chic, and perfect for those who are youthful in soul.
The Torgoen T9 is equipped with Swiss movement (Ronda 515.24H) and is water resistant to a depth of 330 feet. The manufacturer has opted to use one of the highest grades of stainless steel (316L) on this watch’s case, and also offers a three year limited warranty.
Bulova Men’s Automatic
The Bulova Men’s Automatic Watch looks every part of a modernized classic, and it possesses this manly charm that exceeds we dare say, the manliness of other Swiss watchmakers.
This may be due to the ultra-fine details of the case, its dimension and symmetry, and the gunmetal tone that just makes the timepiece stand out. Manufactured in the United States, this model comes from Bulova’s Automatic Collection and has a Swiss-powered automatic movement.
Measuring a heftier 46 mm, it is the perfect addition to any Swiss watch collection. The timepiece can be submerged to a depth of 330 feet.
The watch comes with a gunmetal IP stainless steel case, an open aperture black dial with silver tone accents, black inner dial ring, and exhibition caseback, and a 40 hour power reserve. The 40 hour power reserve is definitely something to consider as most Swiss automatic watches can only guarantee twelve to twenty hours of reserve power.
Movado Quartz Stainless Steel Watch
But don’t be deceived: Movada has long been multi-awarded in the international watch making community, and is especially known for its hyper-modern take on watch design.
This model measure 43 mm, a leather bracelet, a brushed gunmetal stainless steel case, a sunray dial, and water resistance to a depth of 99 feet. It’s alright for splashes of water but is not suitable for diving.