Purchasing a watch these days can seem a prohibitively pricey feat, but don't be fooled — there are plenty of high quality luxury watches for under £500 that are begging to be added to your collection. To help you on the quest for your ultimate wallet-friendly timepiece, we've picked out five of our favourite men's watches for under £500. We've got all tastes and occasions covered — from sophisticated dress watches for formal events, to sturdy waterproof summer watches when the mercury rises. Explore the edit below and shop the entire watch collection at OPUMO.
About Vintage has made a name for itself as a leading contemporary watch label producing some of the finest vintage-inspired designs. The Scandinavian brand offers a collection of watches that draws on classic aesthetic influences, but features an array of modern components to ensure they can go the distance. Basically, the brand offers the best of both worlds, and so does this 1815 Chronograph Watch. Taking its name from the year in which the chronograph was invented, the slim-line watch has been meticulously crafted with domed sapphire glass, a luxurious Italian leather strap and a beautiful dark green sunray dial. The amalgamation of vintage design and contemporary construction ensures that the 1815 is a clean and classic timepiece that is the perfect accessory for both smart and casual occasions.
Glaswegian design studio Instrmnt Applied Design (I-AD) follows a 'less is more' philosophy, shifting focus from extraneous aesthetic details to the high-quality components and materials of each watch. Taking inspiration from the simple and utilitarian industrial design of the mid-20th century, I-AD's original style features an ultra-versatile minimalist aesthetic that — as its name suggests — will slot effortlessly into your everyday wardrobe. The Quartz-powered watch is guaranteed to stand the test of time, with sturdy stainless steel casing and Swiss Ronda 585 3H movement.
Adhering to Scandinavian design principles of functionality and minimalist style, VOID watches is responsible for producing some of the most innovative contemporary watches for under £500 today. This super sleek wristwatch is proof of the label's clever design approach. Unlike most other watches, it features three compass needle hands that act in a similar way to traditional minute, hour and second hands. Telling the time requires matching the colour of the hands with the digit of the same colour on the dial. It's a surefire conversation-starter.
About Vintage's best-selling 1926 At'sea is a contemporary diver's watch named in honour of the game-changing year that the first waterproof wristwatch was created. With water resistance up to 200 metres and a sturdy stainless steel 5-link bracelet, it's the perfect accompaniment to all your adventures, above or below water. Like all of About Vintage's watches, the 1926 At'sea comes with interchangeable straps, so you can customise the look of your watch with the simple click of a finger, ensuring your watch always matches your outfit, mood and occasion.
It’s been a relatively short, albeit extremely successful, journey so far for French watch label BALTIC, but one that has earned it glowing reviews for its neo-vintage watches. Each one of BALTIC’s designs can be considered a masterpiece of intricate design, drawing on the finest 1940s aesthetics and well-proportioned cases. The sleek and understated HMS 001 is driven by a Miyota Cal 821 Japanese movement and defined by its striking black dial and gold painted indexes. The elegant vintage look makes it an ideal dress watch, perfect for pairing with smart tailoring.
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