Watches. Some people purchase them for functionality. They wear them as timekeepers and to confirm the date. To others, watches can be worn simply as a status symbol or a piece of jewelry. Watches are available in a variety of price ranges, but some people may just wonder — which watches are the best?
Which watch is best depends on what you are looking for in a high quality timepiece and how much you are willing to spend. Whether you are looking for a basic watch, dress watch, water resistant watch, or a watch that can be passed down in the family, there are a variety of high quality selections on the market. However, it may be good to know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a high quality watch that will last for years to come.
When considering which watches are “best,” we will focus on functionality and dependability. Leaving aside appearance, here are some of the best watches available on the market for less than $500:
Leading Men’s Watch Designs
The Gucci Sync: An attractive sports watch featuring 46-millimeter stainless steel casing accented by a mineral glass crystal and integral rubber strap. This watch is water resistant for up to 50 meters and features Swiss quartz movement. It has a suggested retail price of $495. For those who like to support charities, 50 percent of the watch’s proceeds between now and Aug. 31 will go toward a program that offers advancement for women and girls.
The Casio Edifice Twin Sensor ERA 200B is an auto racing styled watch that is large in size, coming in at 46.5 millimeters. The stainless steel casing has two band options — a stainless-steel bracelet or a rubber strap. It is water resistant for up to 100 meters, and it features a stopwatch coming in at 1/100th of a second. This watch features world time in 29 time zones, and includes a thermometer, digital compass, and a stopwatch. As if all that is not enough, it has a total of five different alarms. Despite all of the bells and whistles, the watch comes in at an affordable suggested retail price of $250.
The Swatch SCUBA Libre follows the Swatch watch tradition of colorful, inexpensive, but high quality watches made of plastic. This is an updated diver’s style watch that features rotating bezels. With Swiss ETA movements all around, it is water resistant up to 660 feet. Depending on which model you select, it offers plastic or textile straps. There are some gears still available, but this watch features quartz movements. It is priced at an affordable $90, which provides high quality and attractiveness as well as functionality for less than $100.
Leading Women’s Watch Designs
The Stuhrling Original Women’s Symphony Regent Lady Consul Skeleton Watch has a suggested retail price of $525. It is an attractive watch featuring a revamped, but traditional design. Made of metal and gold plated metal with a rubber band, the watch shows the operating gears that keep time, just as the name implies. It is available in two attractive colors, mint or white. Available from a variety of retailers, recent sales indicate it can be purchased for less than $150.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Dinky 21mm Watch, which sells of $150, is a stainless steel watch accented by an attractive and durable leather wristband. Its single metallic hue makes the watch suitable to wear almost anywhere. It comes in three colors — hot pink, bright orange, or white. The watchband matches the color of the dial. The framing of the face is an attractive polished stainless steel.
Michael Kors Slim Runway Watch is available for about $150. It features a sleek, slim steel design. With a 42mm case, it has stainless steel casing and three-hand movement. It also comes in a variety of attractive colors and offers the option of a leather or a stainless steel wristband. Colors include gold, white, or rose, and a matching stainless steel wristband of the same color can be selected or a leather wristband featuring a dark, or more traditional color, is also available. With its minimalist aesthetic design and slim profile, it has an attractive feminine design. Basically, the watch is a slimmer version of a more traditional male design.
Large Variety of Watches on Market
For those with higher budgets, there are excellent watches available that cost thousands of dollars. However, there are very affordable, and very attractive watches available on the market today. All of these watches are of high quality, and are dependable. They are all made by well known jewelers, who have built a reputation for their high quality, dependable creations. If a Rolex or Tag Heuer watch is more your style and fits your budget, the splurge and treat yourself to high quality.
Some high quality watch makers have been around for years, such as Elgin. Elgin watches are known for their reputation for dependability. Many watches made by the manufacturer are passed down in families. In addition to wristwatches, the company is also known for pocket watches and clocks. It has a wide selection of time pieces currently offered on the market. Elgin’s name has been on timepieces since 1864. Although the factory closed in 1968, the name was revived in more recent years and still offers high quality products today.
Regardless of whether you wear your watch as a piece of jewelry or for an actual timekeeper, there is an endless selection of watches available, with a variety of features. There are numerous colors, adjustable wristbands, interchangeable wristbands, and a variety of materials used in the creation of watches today. Regardless of whether you are looking for something traditional, trendy, or completely unique, there is a watch available to meet your needs.
Do your research before purchasing a watch, so you will be happy with your selection. Watches are an important purchase, so buy something you will enjoy wearing and using for years to come.