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Best Dress Watches Under $500

A lot of times we talk about cool or incredible watches that celebrities wear, and while we’d love to own one, they’re priced out of our reach. Not everyone is going to be able to put down $100,000 on a Richard Mille or $50,000 on an Audemars Piguet. Sometimes you need a good daily wear watch that won’t break the bank, but will last you a long time and stand up to the abuse a daily dress watch gets put through.

#JoinTheMVMT

mvmt-rocksThat’s where MVMT Watches comes in. MVMT (pronounced “Movement“) is a small watch company founded in 2013 by two young men (Jake & Kramer) who dropped out of college to, as they put it, “reinvent the watch industry”.  Their goal was to make smart, stylish, and functional watches without all of the markup that most watches have.

After a very successful IndieGoGo campaign, they launched MVMT, stylish and minimalist markups sold direct from the manufacturer. Because the watches are only sold online and not sold through high-end retailers like other watch brands, they are able to sell the watches for very close to cost – in most cases between $95 and $150 per watch.

MVMT Watches are high quality and durable watches that make for a good daily wear without being something you would worry about scuffing or catching. The watch featured below is a 45mm watch from their Classic line.

  • Price: Out of stock
 MVMT watches will be Quartz movement watches, which means that they are going to be very accurate and won’t lose seconds like automatic watches. The downside is that you have to change a battery every so often. Aesthetically, it means the second hand will ‘tick’ instead of ‘sweep’ the dial.

MVMT watches feature a mineral glass composite crystal. This is a good middle ground between a high end sapphire crystal and a cheap plastic one, allowing them to save costs but not sacrifice quality. As I can tell, MVMT watches are generally all going to be water resistant to 3BAR, which means you can wear it in the rain, but you shouldn’t swim or shower with the watch.

If you’re looking for an affordable watch option, but don’t want to shell out $500, $1,000 or more, then you should check out MVMT Watches. Their classic line is available on Amazon (here), and even more options are available on their website (here). They have watches in a few stores around the US, but it would be better to just order online and let them ship it to you.

What kind of watch does Barack Obama wear

What kind of watch does Barack Obama Wear?

Barack Obama wears a black Jorg Gray Chronograph 6500 watch.

Barack Obama - Jorg Gray 6500

Barack Obama served as the 44th president of the United States of America, and was the first African American president the country has elected.

The Jorg Gray 6500

Obama has worn the Jorg Gray since 2007, when it was gifted to him by three of his Secret Service staff. In honor of his historic achievement, Jorg Gray created a special, one of a kind edition of the 6500 with buffalo leather straps and a commemorative back-plate for the president to wear.

Unless you have access to the Secret Service shop (wouldn’t that be awesome), the closest you can get is the Men’s JG6500 Analog, which is an exact replica of the president’s watch, down to the leather and stitching, but without any of the secret service notations. The following image shows the difference on the dials between the two models:

Jorg Gray - Obama's VS Commemorative

Should you buy a Jorg Gray 6500?

Pros

  • One of the most affordable watches worn a a president during office (currently $263.00)
  • Classic aviator style can be dressed up or down
  • Also worn by Secret Service agents
  • Perfect gift for Obama fans or Democrats

Cons

  • Quartz movement – Jorg Gray do make similar automatic models, but at approx twice the price
  • Reviews of the black band are not fantastic. You may need to replace the standard band over time.
  • Not a household brand – this might be important to some people

Jorg Gray 6500 Specs

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Crystal: Mineral
  • Case: Stainless steel
  • Case size:  41mm
  • Case thickness: 14.1mm
  • Band width: 22mm
  • Band material: Leather
  • Water resistance: 100m / 330 feet
  • Other features: Stopwatch, luminous hands and dials
 

Check out Jorg Gray 6500 Prices

 

Other Watches Worn By President Barack Obama

Most pictures of Barack Obama since he took office show him wearing the JG6500 Analog. Although this isn’t the only type of watch the President has been seen wearing:

  • – President Obama has worn a Highgear Enduro Compass
  • – President Obama used to wear a TAG Heuer 1500 Series