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The best watches up to 500 euros – high-quality chronographs & Co in comparison

An integrated stopwatch function is in vogue these days and, along with the ubiquitous date display, the most sought-after additional function of watches. This stopwatch function can be realized with the “chronographs” we know. The additional stopwatch function of a chronograph therefore delights not only athletes, but also every watch lover looking for something special.
Whether battery, automatic or solar powered – the watches are available in many different versions and there is also an optical variance. Unfortunately, at least to our taste, most chronograph watches are still a bit too large in appearance.
But since there are many men who do not want to do without this function, we have taken the common examples from the online trade to the chest and our TOP Chronograph watches for men, but also ladies, chosen. And of course, the size always depends on the style + the height of the wearer.

In any case, we think that this type of watch should not be missing in our collection and maybe there is one or the other more filigree chronograph with a rather minimalist appearance in the test field. Let’s be surprised.

In our Top-10+1 of the best chronograph watches up to 500 euros, you will surely find the right watch for you.

Have fun reading!

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Chronograph Watches for Men & Women

The term chronograph means time recorder and describes a watch with an additional stopwatch function.
Chronographs have two different systems and can therefore display the time on the one hand and time periods on the other. Up to three integrated dials display the stopped time in seconds, minutes and hours.
To start, stop and reset the time, the watches also have buttons on the case, usually on the side.
These pushers are usually the ones that make chronographs recognizable at first glance. Now you might think: Hm, are chronographs stopwatches?
The common feature is the stopwatch function. However, the chronograph can stop a period of time without affecting the hands that indicate the time.

The technical background of this process is quite complex and leads, among other things, to a larger construction of chronograph watches compared to two-hand watches. Some high-quality chronograph watches also have a tachymeter. The term comes from a combination of the two ancient Greek words tachýs and métron. These mean fast and scale or measure respectively. Clocks are a function of measuring speed. Correct, the correct term is tachometer.
However, this is not used for traditional reasons. It should be noted that the tachymeter is used to estimate speed rather than measure it accurately. Nevertheless, if you want to measure your walking speed, for example, you don’t need a boring stopwatch, but can do so with your smart chronograph watch.

Chronograph Watches for Men & Women

The term chronograph means time recorder and describes a watch with an additional stopwatch function.
Chronographs have two different systems and can therefore display the time on the one hand and time periods on the other.

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Quartz, solar or automatic movement – advantages & disadvantages

When deciding the winding of the watch and for a quartz or automatic movement, there is no right or wrong. Every movement has advantages and disadvantages.

A watch that has a quartz movement is powered by pulses of electricity. For this purpose, each watch has a battery.

A solar watch has a rechargeable battery that is charged by sunlight. The solar cell for this is usually integrated into the dial. The advantage is the longevity of the battery, which is both environmentally friendly and easy on the wallet. One disadvantage is that without light this clock stops ticking after a certain time. Watches with solar movement can also be found in the article“The best men’s watch up to 200 euros“.

A high-quality automatic watch runs on the basis of kinetic energy generated by the movement of the wrist and converted into potential energy, the winding. Here, too, the reliable ticking of the clock is dependent on external circumstances, namely hand movement. On most automatic watches, the movements are visible to observe the mechanics. You can learn more about watches with automatic movement in our article about“Bauhaus watches with automatic movement“.

The following table shows the advantages and disadvantages of the movements.

 

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Quartz, solar or automatic movement – advantages & disadvantages

When deciding the winding of the watch and for a quartz or automatic movement, there is no right or wrong. Every movement has advantages and disadvantages.

A watch that has a quartz movement is powered by pulses of electricity. For this purpose, each watch has a battery.

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11 high quality wristwatches for men & women up to 500 Euro in test & comparison

Now you know what kind of movement is suitable for you. In the following, we present the 10 best models up to 500 Euros in our opinion, and we have also teased a real insider tip with the MNMA.

4.5 Stars

Rank 1: Seiko Solar Chronograph Men’s Watch Stainless Steel with Metal Strap

 

Brand: SEIKO*

The Seiko Men’s SSC719P1 Prospex Solar Chronograph 200M Watch impresses not only with its classic design, but also with the sustainable components that are incorporated into it. Perfect for every day.

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Conclusion:
Sustainability and technical details, that’s what the Seiko Men’s SSC719P1 Prospex Solar Chronograph 200M Watch combines 100 percent. At a price of
249,99 EUR*
it is due to its classic style and the installed, high-quality components, it is therefore the perfect companion for every day and thus also in our comparison quite far ahead.

What we like:

☑ Fluorescent hands made of sustainable material
☑ Solar drive
☑ Water resistance of 10 ATM

Where do we see potential:

➖ Hardlex glass

4.6 Stars

Rank 2: Diesel DZ4308 Mens Chronograph Quartz Watch

 

Brand: Diesel*

With the Diesel DZ4308 is perfectly equipped for everyday life and every excursion. Chronographs, a tachymeter and a water resistance of 10 atm make it a reliable companion in everyday life on land and on the water.

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Conclusion:
For those who like to stand out, the Diesel DZ4308*which is available for a price of 155,49 EUR* for sale is just the thing. With over 2.810 Bewertungen on Amazon and a good 4.6 stars, it also has very good reputations.

What we like:

☑ Striking design
☑ 10 bar water density

Where do we see potential:

➖ Quite large

4.3 Stars

Rank 3: Nordgreen Pioneer Scandinavian Men’s Watch in Anthracite with White Dial and Interchangeable 42mm Strap 14011

 

Brand: nordgreen*

The Nordgreen Pioneer comes in the typical minimalistic Nordgreen design and differs from the Native and the Philosopher (links?) by thestopwatch functionality.

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Conclusion
Awarded with the Red Dot Design Award the Nordgreen Pioneer 14011* watch not only features high-quality components, but also an elegant minimalist design. In addition, according to the manufacturer, it was produced in an environmentally friendly way and also when buying a Pioneer, which in this version for
254,00 EUR*
is offered, a portion of the sales is donated to one of three NGOs.

What we like:

Sapphire crystal
☑ Environmentally friendly production

Where do we see potential:

➖ Only 3 ATM

4.5 Stars

Rank 4: Men’s watches BENYAR Chronograph BY 5140

 

Brand: BENYAR*

Luxurious design at a discount price – the BY 5140* from the Benyarbrand offers an appealing look and good feel at a very affordable price.

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Conclusion:
With its clean look, the BENYAR BY 5140* is the perfect complement to any elegant, sporty business look. It is sent in seasonally different gift boxes, making it the perfect gift for a good friend.

What we like:

Luxurious look
Price-performance ratio
Weight of only 80 grams

Where do we see potential:

Height 14 mm
3 ATM waterproof

4.5 Stars

Rank 5:
Citizen Men’s Watches Analog Solar, Eco-Drive Leather 32003356

Brand: Citizen*

With the Citizen 32003356 is not only the matching accessory to the business outfit. The watch suits every man who likes extravagant looks combined with technical finesse.

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Conclusion:
With the
Citizen 32003356*
you get a high-quality quartz watch in masculine style. In addition, because it is powered by sunlight, you don’t have to worry about annoying battery changes. The price of
*
goes in order!

What we like:

Masculine design
10 ATM water resistance
Solar plant

Where do we see potential:

➖ Weight (245 gram)

4.4 Stars

Rank 6: PAUL HEWITT Chronograph Men or Women Chrono Line Black Sunray

 

Brand: PAUL HEWITT*

The model PH-C-B-BSS-5M* from the Chrono Line Black Sunray of the brand PAUL HEWITT comes in an all-over black look and thus appears very stylish.

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Conclusion:
The PH-C-B-BSS-5M* by PAUL HEWITT convinces with its elegant look, making it the perfect companion for any occasion, but also for everyday wear. With
139,00 EUR*
the model is at an acceptable price level and shines with high-quality sapphire crystal.

What we like:

Allover black look and filigree design
Price-performance ratio
Sapphire crystal

Where do we see potential:

Differentiation of the second and minute hand
Only two subdials

Rank 7:
André Belfort Men’s Wristwatch Chronographe Royal Steel Silver 410129

 

Brand: André Belfort*

The Royal Steel Silver 410129* is an automatic watch that has a stopwatch function. André Belfort’s watches are intended to be “elegant solutions to problems” and always “on the pulse of time”.

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Conclusion:
On the pulse of time – the 410129 by André Belfort is an automatic watch at a basically acceptable price of 450,00 EUR*. It has, in terms of known components, a high quality equipment. However, more information about the movement as well as some customer reviews would be nice to form a more in-depth opinion.

What we like:

Automatic watch
10 ATM water resistance
Sapphire crystal

Where do we see potential:

No reviews on Amazon so far
Unknown movement

Rank 8: Junkers Dessau Analogue Quartz Chronograph Sapphire Glass

 

Brand: Junkers *

The model 9.19.01.04* impresses with its reduced Bauhaus design. The wristwatch looks noble but at the same time modern and fits to every occasion.

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Conclusion:
The model 9.19.01.04* of the traditional brand Junkers has a noble and at the same time modern design. Considering the price of
339,00 EUR*
the watch is in the midfield and can certainly score with its components.

What we like:

Bauhaus design
☑ Only 73 gram
Sapphire crystal

Where do we see potential:

Price has potential
Still quite few ratings

4.5 Stars

Rank 9:
Emporio Armani Men’s Chronograph Quartz Watch

 

Brand: EMPORIO ARMANI*

The AR2448 from Armani is an elegant men’s watch, which comes despite three subdials very simple and elegant.

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Conclusion:
The AR2448 is a noble brand watch, which does not appear overloaded despite its size. This model is also available for a price of approx.
218,20 EUR*
in different variants like e.g. as
Black Edition*
so that there should be the right watch for everyone.

What we like:

Beautiful design
5 ATM

Where do we see potential:

Mineral glass
149 gram

2.6 Stars

Rank 10:
Ingersoll Men’s Chronograph Automatic I02202

 

Brand: IngersolI*

The Ingersoll IO2202 is an automatic watch with a modern black and beige design and a day and date display. With this watch you get a timeless and functional companion.

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Conclusion:
The Ingersoll I02202* is a fusion of modern design and traditional automatic movement. For
410,00 EUR*
you get a water resistance of 10 ATM, but you have to accept compromises in the glass, weight and no-name movement.

What we like:

Day and date display
10 ATM
Price

Where do we see potential:

Weight of 380 grams
Height of 17 mm
➖ Mineral glass

Insider tip: MNMA WATCHES SERIES 1 GOOD TIMES EDITION

 

Brand: MNMA

Briefly on our own behalf and a model you should consider if you value great components at an affordable price. Our first watch collection “
Series 1
” with the model presented here “
Good Times Edition
” shines through effective minimalism with discreetly placed details in the right places and separated second hand in chronograph style.

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Conclusion:
The
Good Times Edition
scores with a moderate price, good components and stylish design for all those who can do without a stopwatch function. Wristwatches from
MNMA
are already available from 139 (leather ) or 149 euros (mesh) in our online shop.

What we like:

☑ Sapphire crystal
☑ Swiss movement from Ronda
☑ 7.6 mm overall height
☑ minimalist design
☑ flourescent hands
☑ Separated second hand

Where do we see potential:

➖ Brand still relatively unknown
➖ No stopwatch function

Comparison table high quality chronograph men’s watches up to 500 euros

For optimal clarity of the components already partially presented above, I have summarized them for each model once again in a clear table. You can find even more information about each watch by clicking on the corresponding picture or the link at the price of the watch.

 

ModellSeiko Solar Chronograph Herren-Uhr Edelstahl mit Metallband*Diesel Herren Chronograph Quarz Uhr*Nordgreen Pioneer skandinavische Herrenuhr 14011*HERREN UHREN BENYAR CHRONOGRAPH BY 5140*CITIZEN HERREN-UHREN ANALOG SOLAR, ECO-DRIVE LEDER 32003356*
Preis 249,99 EUR*181,95 EUR*254,00 EUR*42,99 EUR*170,06 EUR*
UhrenglasHardlexglasMineralglasSaphirglasHardlexglasMineralglas
UhrwerkSolarwerk von SeikoChronographenwerkJapanisches Chronographen QuarzwerkChronographen QuarzwerkChronographen Eco-Drive Solarwerk
Gehäusebreite43 mm59 mm42 mm45 mm45 mm
max Gehäusehöhe13 mm12 mm11,9 mm14 mm13 mm
ArmbandSilbernes MetallbandSilbernes EdelstahlbandLederbandLederbandLederband
Wasserdichte10 ATM10 ATM5 ATM3 ATM10 ATM
FunktionenMinuten, Stunde, Zentralsekunde, TachymeterMinuten, Stunde, Zentralsekunde, StoppuhrStunde, Minute, Zentralsekunde, Datum, StoppuhrStunde, Minute, Sekunde, Datum TachymeterMinute, Stunde, Stoppuhr

schwarzes Meshand dunkles Ziffernblatt von MNMA
ModellPaul Hewitt Line Black Sunray Chronograph*ANDRÉ BELFORT 410129*JUNKERS DESSAU ANALOG QUARZUHR CHRONOGRAPH SAPHIRGLAS*EMPORIO ARMANI AR2448*Ingersoll I02202*MNMA Series 1- GOOD TIMES EDITION
Preis 139,00 EUR*450,00 EUR*339,00 EUR*218,20 EUR*410,00 EUR*139 Euro
UhrenglasSaphirglasSaphirglasSaphirglasMineralglasMineralglasechtes Saphirglas
UhrwerkQuarzwerkChronographenwerkJapanisches Chronographenwerk Miyota 6S20 Chronographen QuarzwerkChronographen AutomatikwerkSchweizer Uhrwerk von Ronda
Gehäusebreite42 mm43 mm41 mm41 mm46 mm42 mm
max Gehäusehöhe12 mm14 mm11,1 mm11 mm17 mm7,6 mm
ArmbandSchwarzes MeshbandSilbernes EdelstahlbandBraunes LederbandSilbernes MetallbandSchwarzes LederbandBraunes Lederband
Wasserdichte5 ATM10 ATM5 ATM5 ATM10 ATM5 ATM
FunktionenStunde, Minute, Sekunde, Datum, StoppuhrStunde, Minute, Sekunde, Datum, Stoppuhr TachymeterStunde, Minute, Sekunde, Datum, Stoppuhr Stunde, Minute, Sekunde, Datum, Stoppuhr Stunde, Minute, Sekunde, Tag-Datum, Stoppuhr Stunde, Minute, Sekunde
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Soeren, founder of MNMA

 

Conclusion & Recommendation – My TOP-3 Watches for Men up to 500 Euro

Fancy styles and different types of watches are represented in our top 10. These three watches have particularly convinced and thus made it into our top 3:

Insider tip: MNMA – GOOD TIMES EDITION modern design with durability

The MNMA – GOOD TIMES EDITION combines elegant minimalism with a strong component selection, the model gives you sapphire crystal and a Swiss movementat a respectable price of 139 euros.

TOP 1: The Seiko Men’s SSC719P1* & the energy of light

The Seiko SSC719P1 is the more expensive of the two solar watches presented, but it still more than deserves the first place. We and also the customers are convinced by the sustainability, which is not only reflected in the solar drive, but also in the sustainable material of the fluorescent hands.

TOP 2: DZ4308* – The bestseller from Diesel

The Diesel DZ4308 has over 5000 reviews on Amazon, which is also due to the many different versions of the model. The reliable accessory perfectly matches your style and not the other way around, making it our #2 pick.

TOP 3: The featherweight Nordgreen Pioneer 14011*

The combination of well thought-out design and high-quality components secures the Nordgreen Pioneer 3rd place. The environmentally friendly production is reflected in the clean design as well as the red pointer tips, which are meant to remind of wind turbines. Among other things, the installed sapphire crystal leads to a weight of only 54 grams.

Energiespender mit 10 ATM
Seiko Solar Chronograph Herren-Uhr Edelstahl mit Metallband SSC719P1*
Big Chief Wiggins
Diesel Herren Mega Chief Chronograph, 59 mm Gehäusegröße, Edelstahluhr*
Die Mediterrane
Nordgreen Pioneer skandinavische Herrenuhr in Anthrazit mit Weißem Ziffernblatt und austauschbarem 42mm Silikon Armband Schwarz 14018*
Uhrwerk
Solarwerk
Japanisches Chronographenwerk
Japanisches Chronographenwerk
Uhrglas
Hardlexglas (Oberflächengehärtetes Mineralglas)
Mineralglas
Saphirglas
Uhrenhöhe
12 mm
12 mm
11,9 mm
Uhrenbreite
44 mm
59 mm
42 mm
Funktionen
Datum, Stopphuhr, Tachymeter
Datum, Stopphuhr, Tachymeter
Stoppuhr, Datum
Sterne
Energiespender mit 10 ATM
Seiko Solar Chronograph Herren-Uhr Edelstahl mit Metallband SSC719P1*
Uhrwerk
Solarwerk
Uhrglas
Hardlexglas (Oberflächengehärtetes Mineralglas)
Uhrenhöhe
12 mm
Uhrenbreite
44 mm
Funktionen
Datum, Stopphuhr, Tachymeter
Preis
Sterne
Bewertungen
Big Chief Wiggins
Diesel Herren Mega Chief Chronograph, 59 mm Gehäusegröße, Edelstahluhr*
Uhrwerk
Japanisches Chronographenwerk
Uhrglas
Mineralglas
Uhrenhöhe
12 mm
Uhrenbreite
59 mm
Funktionen
Datum, Stopphuhr, Tachymeter
Preis
Sterne
Bewertungen
Die Mediterrane
Nordgreen Pioneer skandinavische Herrenuhr in Anthrazit mit Weißem Ziffernblatt und austauschbarem 42mm Silikon Armband Schwarz 14018*
Uhrwerk
Japanisches Chronographenwerk
Uhrglas
Saphirglas
Uhrenhöhe
11,9 mm
Uhrenbreite
42 mm
Funktionen
Stoppuhr, Datum
Preis
Sterne
Bewertungen
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