We all know that when it comes to high quality watches the Swiss tend to take the gold in this category. Any gentlemen would love to add a Swiss watch to their collection, unfortunately, not everyone can afford watches that cost $1000s of dollars.
Don’t worry, there are more budget friendly options of Swiss automatic watches for men under $500.00. Though there aren’t many choices in this price range I have compiled a list of 5 Swiss Made watches that will turn heads and be the perfect addition to add to your collection without breaking the bank. Let’s get to it then!
1. Hamilton Khaki Field Watch
One of the most popular and well-known field watches on the market the Hamilton Khaki Field is the perfect watch for everyday use. The dial uses Arabic numerals and shows the time in regular 12 hours and also 24 hour formats. There is a date display at the 3 o clock position and the overall look of the watch is very clean.
The watch is very sturdy and can take a beating with a stainless steel case and sapphire dome crystal which offers you the most superior scratch resistance. The movement that this watch uses is the Swiss ETA 2824-2. The great thing about this movement is that you can manually wind the watch to bring it back to full power.
With 100 m (330 feet) of water resistance you can wear this watch just about everywhere without any worries. The case diameter is 42mm so it’s a perfect fit for more average sized wrists. Overall this watch is known for it’s superior quality and affordable price. If you are looking for a Swiss Made field watch then this is a must have piece to add to your collection.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic
So the Jazzmaster Viewmatic is basically the same as the Khaki Field in terms of specs except for the water resistance which is only 50 m (165 feet). The Jazzmaster Viewmatic is like the more successful and wealthier cousin of the Khaki Field watch.
This is a Swiss Made dress watch sporting the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. It gets it’s name the “Viewmatic” due to the fact that the watch has an open case-back for you to see this awesome movement in all of it’s glory. The dial is very sophisticated with sharp indexes and Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o clock positions. It also has a sapphire crystal to prevent any scratching. Last but not least it has a massive 80-hour power reserve. This watch has a 40mm case which helps it fit most wrists.
The dial is textured in the center helping this watch face stand out. It features a date display at the 3 o clock position just like it’s more rugged cousin and is the perfect watch for going out to dinner or a show. If you are looking for an affordable Swiss Made dress watch with a reliable movement then look no further.
Bulova Accu Swiss 63B193: Tellaro Collection
The Bulova Accu Swiss is a great dress. It is a classic looking watch and minimalist in detail. Every detail of this watch is sharp and clean. It gives off a sporty yet tailored look. The watch is made of stainless steel including the band and has some serious weight to it.
An anti-reflective sapphire crystal covers the elegant black sun ray dial which radiates in the light. This watch is a little on the larger side at 42.5mm wide and 12mm thick. Don’t go swimming with this watch however as the water resistance is only 99 feet.
The watch utilized the Swiss Sellita caliber SW200 for its movement and allows you to manually wind the watch and also included a day date function window at 3 o clock. This is a watch you can wear with almost any look whether you’re running errands, or going out to dinner. At this price you can have a Swiss Made timepiece in your collection that will make heads turn.
Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80
A brand that has been around for 160 years Tissot always brings the finest craftsmanship and quality to the table. Having a few different styles to choose from in terms of dial color and band means you can definitely find the right luxury automatic tailored to your look.
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 is impressive because it uses the ETA C07.111 movement which is actually just a buffed up version of the ETA 2824-2 but the modifications allow for a much longer power reserve that lasts a whopping 80 hours. Even in Tissot’s marketing they mention that this is the watch you can take off for the weekend and still have it running on Monday.
The dial has roman numerals which gives its luxury look even more elegance. The silver honeycomb dial really stands out without over doing it. You also have a day date at the 3 o clock. The watch is surprisingly thin at 9.1mm and its width is 39mm making it ideal for smaller wrists.
Sapphire glass, stainless steel case, open case-back, great Swiss movement, high quality crocodile leather band or stainless steel bracelet. This watch is no joke, and you get what you pay for here.
Swatch a company that saved the Swiss watch industry during the long cold quartz crisis of the 70s. Swiss watchmakers’ response to the onslaught of Seiko quartz watch movement watches. Fast-forward to now and Swatch is doing something amazing once again. By offering very affordable Swiss automatic watches.
The watch pictured above is my favorite style I could find on Amazon, though there are more to choose from on the Swatch website. The particular watch shown above is the Swatch SISTEM51 – YIM400G. Using their in house SISTEM51 Automatic movement in this line of watches helps keep them at a lower price point because this movement is manufactured out of only 51 parts. They offer a wide variety of dials, bands, and colors so that anyone can find a watch that fits their style.
They are rather large coming in at 42mm wide and 13.8mm thick. The dial does have lume and also a day date window. A great everyday watch to add to your collection. This watch brand has history behind it, and side note Swatch actually bought out Hamilton which used to be a US company. You can’t, not pick up this watch knowing the quality you are getting at the price-point. You can consider this watch a steel.
There are definitely options out there for those looking to add a Swiss automatic watch priced under $500.00. I hope that my list has given you some inspiration into your next purchase.
I feel like there is a watch on this list for every occasion and style and with prices ranging from the $200s-$500s you don’t have to break the bank to own a well crafted, high quality Swiss timepiece.
When choosing a watch, make sure above all else that you love it. As with any watch you decide to purchase make sure it’s… a watch to remember.
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