If you’re after a new watch, there’s never been a better time than right now. There are countless great brands out there, all vying for our attention and hard-earned cash! However, not all of us have so much money to splash on a nice watch. Some women are wearing incredibly expensive watches, but for most of us, we simply want something functional, pretty, long-lasting, and suitable for both the workplace and the weekend. If your budget is a maximum of $500, we’ve got a few suitable models that are sure to fit nicely with your requirements and financial plan.
The thin bracelet strap and large, round watch face might seem at odds at first glance, but the more you look at it, the more the Flamingo just works. The rose gold color might be the ode to the flamingo name, but either way, it’s as graceful and beautiful as the exotic bird.
Bright green and silver is not something we typically see on a watch, but it manages to combine effectively for the Ardmore. The small, rectangular design and stainless steel case look eye-catching when paired with the leather strap. A little different to most women’s watches, but this is definitely a good thing. It looks like a good watch for spring, which means you can go back to one of these for the fall.
Seiko Solar Diamond
If you want your watch to be noticed (which seems fair when you’re spending upwards of $500), it doesn’t get much better than the Seiko Solar Diamond. The 24mm case and strap are made of stainless steel and the watch runs on solar energy with a 12-month power reserve, but it’s got way more selling points. With 28 diamonds set along the side of the dial and the hour markers, the Solar Diamond truly lives up to its name. The sky blue dial is the cherry on top, as this looks more like Cartier jewelry than a Seiko watch, in some ways. Buying the Seiko new is a fine choice, but you might get a better price if you try second-hand.
Daniel Wellington Classic Petite Dover
Daniel Wellington watches have always been about beautiful simplicity, and its latest model, the Classic Petite Dover, continues that philosophy. Rose gold hour and minute hands are set against a whiter-than-white dial in a way not many watchmakers can pull off convincingly, but DW does this effortlessly. Available in a 28mm or 32mm dial, this is bound to be a highly-sought after model for several years to come.
Swatch is usually known for cheap, bright, and colorful watches, but everyone deserves the chance to class it up, right? Swatch has diversified its range of watches with the Skinrosee model, and it’s quite different to everything that’s come before it. A pink dial with a rose gold bezel is paired with a light pink/white silicone strap, and although it won’t be everyone’s taste, it will be perfect for anyone who doesn’t like hour markers or anything else distracting them from simply telling the time.