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Best Casual Watches Under $500

Updated on February 1, 2015

Ideal Gifts For Men And Women Under $500

If you're looking for a gift idea under $500, why not try a watch. Whether it's for your husband, wife or a friend, a good watch cannot be compared to any other gifts since a lot of work and complexity went into creating it.

When it's time to choose the best watch under $500, you'll have to decide among a few factors, like the watch style, the brand, the display type and the inner movement.

The style refers to the occasion the watch will be worn on. Some watches, called casual, are suited for everyday use and can be worn to work and special occasions as well. Others, like dress watches require a certain look that they go with, like a suit and a special business meeting or important party you need to attend.

Luxury watches, on the other hand should be purchased only as an object that can become a family heirloom and only if you intend to care for it so it won't get damaged and lose value over time.

Sports watches are more suited for busy people as well as athletes and adventurer types.

Best Men's Casual Watches

These are the top picks men choose as casual watches.

They aren't that expensive and come with plenty of features and integrate highly accurate quartz circuitry as well as precise self-wind mechanical movements.

Plus, they are the perfect gift for a husband or a boss.

Tissot Men's T-Sport Black Rubber Strap Watch

This is a great and elegant watch. It can make a perfect gift for someone close to you. The materials are high quality, ensuring a long life for the timepiece.

It uses Swiss quartz movement, which translates to excellent timekeeping accuracy over long periods. It is also water resistant for up to 330 feet (that is 100 meters depth).

The date window at the 3 o’clock position has a small lens over it, which magnifies the reading. Using rose-gold markers and hands on a black dial background results in a maximized contrast, for better time telling.

The rubber strap is strong enough to keep the watch tied to your wrist for years to come.

Stuhrling Original Men's Classic Delphi Helix Automatic Skeleton Black Watch

The Classic Delphi Helix automatic watch by Stuhrling features a skeleton style dial, which highlights the intricate movement that brings life to the timepiece.

It is water resistant for up to 165 feet (50 meters) and uses a black alligator leather strap with tang buckle for added class.

Skeletonized hands with luminous tips, along with the whirlwind style dial, work in unison to show the fine mechanical movement underneath. The Krysterna material that protects the dial is perhaps one of the toughest crystals on the watch-making world. It is known be even tougher than the sapphire material used in high-end timepieces.

Citizen Men's "Primo" Stainless Steel Eco-Drive Watch with Leather Band

Eco-drive signifies the fact that this watch uses state of the art solar technology to recharge its battery, so you will never need to replace it ever again.

An ion plated stainless steel case encases all the internal components, and offers a high level of protection from all sorts of harsh conditions.

It is also water resistant and you can dive up to 330 feet with the watch strapped to your wrist.

Blue stripes on the main dial and blue stitching on the band create a great contrast and really make the watch stand out. One last thing to mention would be the rotating bezel that adds a tachymeter function to the watch.

Casio Pro Trek PRG550-1A1 Altimeter Watch

This is pretty much a watch MacGyver would wear. It's low temperature resistant, features a digital compass with a needle indicator and comes with a whole suite of bonuses: altimeter, barometer, thermometer and world time (for 29 cities + utc).

The whole feature list is on the product page, but this is truly the perfect choice for those who want a timepiece that integrates pretty much any cool function.

Tissot T-Trend Couturier Black Dial Chronograph Mens Watch

The T-Trend looks great. It uses a sapphire dial window for extra protection and luminous treatment for added visibility in low light conditions.

It's also water resistant for up to 330 feet, or 100 meters.At the 4 o'clock position there's a date window which shows the current date.

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Best Women's Casual Watches

After a bit of searching online, I found that these are the most appreciated watches women usually choose.

They are great selections and make fine gifts.

They are all in the casual category of watches so they can be worn on a daily basis.

Michael Kors Women's Ritz Tortoise Watch

Here's a good watch that's made to last. It comes in a stainless steel case and has a rugged mineral crystal dial window.

It's also water resistant for up to 5 atmospheres, which means you can leave it on when you wash your hands or take a shower.

Tissot Women's White Dial T Race Watch

Featuring a high water resistance and the very accurate quartz movement, this white watch is a perfect timepiece to be worn on a daily basis.

It's resilient, and it features an antireflective sapphire crystal window which protects the dial perfectly.

Michael Kors Women's Ritz Horn Watch

The Michael Kors Ritz Horn watch is Made in the USA. It's design integrates a cream horn acrylic bracelet with a gold tone top ring case.

There are also crystal indexes on the main dial and it also shows three subdials: current day, date and hour in 24h format.

Tissot Women's T-Race Black Chronograph Dial Orange Strap Watch

The orange rubber strap is joined with the black chronograph dial for maximum contrast. This is a watch that's water resistant for up to 100 meters / 330 feet and you can take it everywhere with you: at the beach, on vacation or at work.

The hands are luminous, so you can tell time even when it's dark.

Michael Kors Runway Grey Mother of Pearl Ladies Watch

This ladies watch is integrated in a gold-tone stainless steel case which looks brilliant.

It features a crystal bezel and a three hand quartz movement, for excellent timekeeping.

There's also a date display at the 04:30 position.

Any thoughts on my current selection? Please add your comments below

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