By Mary Wheeler

Nothing says style better than a chic, timeless watch. Whether worn casually to the office or dressy for a night out, you really can’t go wrong with one of these essential accessories. We hunted down four fabulous watches for under $500-we guarantee you’ll find the investment of time a note-worthy one.

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Swiss Army Convoy Quartz Steel Watch; $375
BetterRidge Jewelers
117 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830
(203) 869 0124
Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm

This classic Swiss Army style-watch (derived from the same family as the Swiss Army Knife) will be an instant head-turner. With a stainless steel bracelet and steel clasp, you’ll never have to worry about loosing this piece. The black dial cover with date display creates the ultimate feel of sophistication and luxe. Watch comes with a stainless steel case and 3-year manufacturer warranty.

Insider Tip: Want to make your watch a little extra special? BetterRidge offers engraving on most watches.

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Black Grant Ceramic Watch; $235
Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413
(860) 000 1111
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-6pm

This monochromatic ceramic timepiece is a bold statement piece. This watch is the perfect mix of edgy and trendy; resulting in one very cool and rustic look. This chronograph timepiece (having both timekeeping and stop watch capabilities) is water resistant and incredibly durable; its inability to scratch makes it the perfect piece for a guy-on-the-go and travelers. Looking to go a bit bolder? Fossil also sells ceramic watches in all white for those looking to bring out their inner Rockstar.

Insider Tip: Shoppers over the age of 50 receive 10% off select stores on Tuesdays. Valid photo id required.

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Breil Mediterraneo Chronograph Blue Dial Watch; $450
Ross Simons
Stamford Town Center
100 Greyrock Place
Stamford, CT
(203) 324 0935
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 11am-6pm

This American-esque chronograph watch (equipped with a blue dial, chunky red strap, and white numbers) is for the ultimate guy’s guy or sports junkie. With a Swiss Quartz Movement and analog date display, this watch is technologically advanced while still maintaining a stylish, modern demeanor. Water resistant up to 330 feet (great for surfing buffs), the polished stainless steel and black rubber inserts makes this timepiece the perfect street-chic accessory.

Insider Tip: Ross Simons offers free shipping on orders over $250 online.

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Oversized Dylan Silicone Chronograph Watch; $180
Michael Kors
Danbury Fair
7 Backus Avenue
Danbury, CT 06810
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9:30pm; Sun 11am-7pm

This chunky chronograph watch has a unique architectural structure to it, making this one very solid accessory. You’ll never have to worry about replacing the strap with this piece: the thick gray silicone strap has an added layer of ribbed paneling; providing extra support and cushion to the wrist. The white dial with gray accents creates an understated, more conservative look. The large Bezel Face and date window makes keeping appointments and possibly breaking a few, a breeze.

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.