Watches have always been a symbol of luxury and style, and European watches are no exception. From classic dress styles to modern military designs, European watches offer a wide range of styles and features that make them both fashionable and functional. However, finding the perfect watch can be tricky, especially when you’re on a tight budget. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the 10 best European watches under $500. Whether you’re looking for something timeless and elegant, or a fun and sporty design, you’re sure to find something to suit your style and budget. So, let’s dive in and explore these amazing timepieces.
Baltic HMS 002
Baltic has been a popular watch brand since its beginning. Along with the renowned divers’ watches, Etienne Malec’s company also produces a collection of three-hand timepieces called the HMS (Hour-Minute-Second). Of these, the HMS 002 is our favorite due to its capacity to bring together vintage and contemporary styles. This 38mm watch has a curvaceous acrylic glass protecting its silver sector dial, with blued hands completing the 1940s look. Few other modern watches can achieve this aesthetic so effectively at such an affordable price.
Tufina: Made In Germany Amsterdam Pionier
From Tufina’s Theorema collection comes a luxurious watch that perfectly blends style, class and intricate machinery. It is a true engineering marvel that captures the renowned German watchmaking tradition. This timepiece has all the features one could possibly want. This eye-catching timepiece is available in four colors: black, gold, silver, and rose. It has a full calendar and a stunning open front and back composition. It is offered in a genuine cow leather strap or stainless steel bracelet, so there is sure to be an option that is perfect for anyone’s style.
Swatch Sistem51 Irony Petite Seconde
Realizing that customers desired a mechanical movement at a more affordable cost than what was available, Swatch designed the Sistem51, which consists of only 51 components. When the watches containing these movements debuted in 2013, they were an excellent value. Currently, Swatch offers the Sistem51 in a variety of styles, from the whimsical (Originals) to the classic (Ironies).
Tufina: Made In Germany Copacabana Theorema
This watch, crafted with meticulous attention to detail, is created in Germany and offers an attractive option for those who appreciate the beauty of precision engineering. The Copacabana from Theorema has an appealing dual-time display and is designed with a see-through back. The intricate engraving on this exquisite timepiece will astound anyone who sees it. A product of two centuries of fine watchmaking, Copacabana offers German craftsmanship and excellent accuracy.
We have a great admiration for this resilient company after it withstood a rigorous assessment from Gear Patrol. Their watches are suited for the hard-working and ordinary man, and the A-2T is ideal for camping or gardening. It features a light titanium case, sturdy nylon band, luminous dial, and an unbeatable quartz movement.
Tufina: Made In Germany Barbados Pionier
The Barbados from the Pionier range boasts an exceptional stylish exterior. This impressive and daring luxury watch for men will not be forgotten easily, as it adds a sophisticated touch to any event. Handcrafted in Germany, Barbados is perfect for the man who seeks to make a worthwhile investment in quality and fashion. The multi-toned dial presents an attractive display, and there are various color schemes available to select from. Furthermore, it features a full calendar and a sophisticated Arabic numeral design, demonstrating a combination of superb craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.
Cornwall Bullion Gold
In 2012, Thomas Earnshaw was motivated by the ‘Father of the Modern Chronometer’ and his fondness for vintage watchmaking to create a special void in the market. The Cornwall Bullion Gold is a wonderfully balanced watch that will fit almost any wrist. This timepiece flaunts the sophisticated mechanics of the automatic movement with class and finesse.
Tufina: Made In Germany Florida Diamonds Pionier
Florida from Tufina is an exquisite and classic-looking watch made with German precision and craftsmanship. It has a one-of-a-kind design and can be worn in a variety of styles, making it a luxurious and timeless accessory for men. The sturdy mechanics and outstanding composition of this timepiece promise a long-lasting and precise performance. Investing in this watch is a smart decision both in terms of functionality and aesthetics. Whatever your preference, there is a finish available in gold, rose or silver to complement your look.
Oris Military Vintage 1950s Cal. 451
Oris is a select few of Swiss watch businesses that solely produces mechanical watches. These watches are aesthetically pleasing creations representing innovative ideas. For example, this highly rare ORIS military vintage watch is equipped with an in-house 451 movement, made in Switzerland in the 1950’s, and is 31 mm wide without the crown. It is completely manual, with no battery needed, providing great reliability.
Tufina Newport Pionier Dual-Time Pionier
The Newport Pionier is a beautiful dual-time timepiece. It contains an in-house 22-jewel automatic movement, making it a masterpiece of fine engineering. The open front and back construction of the watch allows watch fanatics to observe the complex parts of this timepiece. The two-tone dial gives it a chic and fashionable look. The intricate details of the skeletonized hands stand in stark contrast to the bold Baton markers. The big, square indices give the watch an urban, audacious appearance that has made it popular with modern gentlemen. The watch measures around 43mm without the crown, which makes it the perfect complement to any ensemble. The stainless steel bracelet ties the whole look together. We recommend the Newport Pionier to those who like daring accessories.