Holiday Gift Guide: Most Bang For Your Buck Men’s Automatic Mechanical Watches under $500 edition

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I’ve loved collecting watches all my life but have gotten more serious about it recently because I’m in the fortunate position to have a little extra disposable income. I own watches in many price tiers but this list is about those watches that enthusiasts love because you get great bang for your buck. There’s something to be said about a well made, durable watch that you won’t feel guilty about scuffing, scratching, nicking, or losing (ouch).

Every serious man needs a well-made watch. To me, it represents someone who recognizes their time is valuable. They have places to go and people to see. Time is a great equalizer for everyone. The only difference between us is how we use it and what we use it for.

These are some great pieces that anyone would love receiving as a Christmas gift.


Seiko Men’s SKX009K2 Diver’s Analog Automatic Stainless Steel Watch – $208.99


Why I love this watch: Practical, value oriented, reliable, durable, accurate, iconic, classic, easy to read complete with day and date and it’s a certified diver. Seiko has great heritage. And yes it also looks good in a variety of straps and bracelets making it very versatile. It’s been a favorite of mine and I can honestly say that I can’t think of another watch that can give me the same bang for your buck. You really can’t go wrong picking one up.


Seiko SKX007K2

Why I love this watch: Same reasons as the SKX009K2 but this model has a more versatile classic black rotating bezel instead of the ‘Pepsi’ look. Another watch that will give you great bang for your buck.




Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch – $384.15

Why I love this watch: Might be the best bang for your buck for a reliable Swiss Made, Hand-Wound, Automatic Watch. It’s a versatile watch that pays homage to Hamilton’s American Military roots.


Victorinox Men’s ‘Maverick’ Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Automatic Watch – $493.90

Why I love this watch: I’ve always been a fan of Victorinox watches because I was enamored by Swiss army knives. This is a great stainless steel automatic Swiss made for the price (recurring theme).


Tissot Men’s ‘Chemin Des Tourelles Powermatic 81’ Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Casual Watch, Color:Black (Model: T0994071644700) – $469

Why I love this watch: Another well made Swiss Made Automatic Movement for under $500. Had to include this one for dressier occasions. The black dial and leather straps offer a classic formal look that won’t disappoint. 

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