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A Quick Survey Of Watches Around $500




Yesterday, Matt let us in on his quest for a sub-$500 automatic chronograph via a new watch he found on Kickstarter.  While he was underwhelmed, it did make him think about what else is in there in that segment.  While this listing is by no means exhaustive, it is a nice, compact overview of the various makes and models you could find for under $500.  Now, without further ado…

  • There is this beast from Seiko for $400 (product page), but it is not my style:


  • Here is an Invicta () for $611 (better, but um, no):


  • A very nice Tissot diver (ABTW Hands on) that is on sale at Amazon () for $800, but I wasn”t dying for a diver.

Tissot Seastar 1000 Watches Hands On   tissot

  • I would have loved the Magrette Moana chrono PVD, even with a hand wound Sea-Gull movement, but it seems to be sold out.

At $800 (unless someone else snatches it), the Tissot is certainly the cream of this crop (especially since I can”t find the Magrette), but what else is out there in this range for a nice looking automatic chronograph?  My birthday was last week folks, where should I point my wife with her credit card?

Let us know in the comments folks – what do you think of Matt”s list?  Is there something he”s obviously missing and should be considered?  In other words, what”s YOUR favorite watch (that you have or want to get) for around the $500 mark?