The Best Watches Under $500, According to the Watch Illuminati

This initially appeared in Field + Papers, GQ staffer Cam Wolf’s watch publication. For extra tales prefer it, hit the hyperlink and subscribe.Final week, I used to be perusing movie star wristwear, as I’m wont to do, and got here throughout Denzel Washington and his trusty $380 G-Shock. I thought of Jack Nicholson and his Timex Simple Reader that prices quite a bit lower than what a great meal out goes for these days. And I thought of you, pricey reader, out right here within the watch wilderness attempting to place collectively a group that doesn’t require a facet cope with a man who can provide you a great value in your kidney, spleen, or first born. One in every of my driving beliefs, other than my agency conviction that Honey Bunches of Oats with almonds is the GOAT cereal, is that watch accumulating could be far more accessible than it seems on the floor. A lot of my very own assortment is a hodgepodge of eBay finds and items from microbrands. However don’t take it from me. Listed below are six big-time collectors on their favourite items, starting from classic finds to trendy fare, that value lower than $500. “Trendy, easy takes on confirmed basic fashions is what I really like from the Unimatic workforce. Their basic core U2 and U4 traces are all nice items which can be below $500. I discover the U2 mannequin particularly interesting: its easy design and the oversize crown makes it stand out to a seasoned watch lover with a educated eye for cool particulars and perfection of stability in design.”“My MoonSwatch Mission to Jupiter is my favourite watch below $500. It’s a watch that pays homage to a timeless basic, the Omega SpeedMaster Skilled, but additionally introduces a brand new enjoyable factor to the watch with the assorted colorways. With a few of my costlier items, I’m usually a bit extra conservative with dials so this watch is probably the most thrilling piece in my assortment for certain. I made a decision to throw it on the Perpetual Straps digi cam strap and it’s a celebration on the wrist.”