10 Women’s Watches Under $500 To Ring In 2023

This 10-piece list gives you a curated glimpse at the new year's go-to brands for all things women's timepieces.

Watches are known as the perfect accessories. Not only do they come in an array of prices, shapes, and colors, they’re also functional, sophisticated and uncontroversial in the way they flatter any wrist. That being said, we wanted to let all the ladies know where to look for elegantly stylish timepieces that will either carry you through the season or become trusted companions for years to come. So, as we now break into 2023, have a stroll through a ranked list of some of our favorite brands’ watch assortments and January deals, to up-level your wardrobe for the new year days ahead, or treat a loved one with a special gift.

 

Make sure to read until the very end, as one of the brands here is offering January discounts you would be a fool to miss out on!

NATIVE

nordgreen

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The Native is one of Danish watch startup Nordgreen’s most popular pieces. Most recently, for AW22, the Native was revamped to include a crystal encrusted dial, adding texture and dimension to its clean watch face. This model comes in a number of styles, and is included in Nordgreen’s Giving Back Program – an initiative that allows customers to contribute to one of three benevolent organizations to benefit environmental and humanitarian causes around the globe. What’s not to like?

🟩Price : from $150

Specifications:

✔️Easily exchangeable straps
✔️Scores high in CSR
✔️2 year warranty
✔️Timeless aesthetic
✔️Available in different colors
✔️Eco-friendly packaging

AQ-800EG-9A

Casio

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Now, this watch looks like what people 100 years ago would’ve thought is the watch of the future, whereas today we look at it and enjoy its endearing, space-age-like nostalgia. Whichever way you’ll have it, this adorable Casio watch is a true eye-catcher and a must-have for any fashion aficionado. The analog/digital hybrid and gold body make for visual pleasures at perfectly balanced crossroads between charm and tackiness. Unfortunately, the company’s CSR initiatives – if there are any – are treated rather nebulously.

🟩Price : $65


Specifications:

✔️Super stylish and affordable
✔️Analog/Digital
✔️Acrylic glas
✔️Stainless steel case
✔️Prone to inaccuracies of +/- 30 seconds
✔️Sensitive to water

Time Teller Acetate

NIXON

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This watch is unlike any piece of timewear you’ve ever seen before. This multicolored, amber- and marble-inspired accessory will attract its fair share of gazes – as a true statement piece should – and is therefore maybe not the right fit for those of you interested in something more subtle. As a brand born from Surf Culture, Nixon is a frontrunner when it comes to ocean preservation, meaning their products are made with an affinity for greener materials and practices.

🟩Price : $125

Specifications:

✔️Unique design
✔️Acetate body
✔️Adjustable length 
✔️Quartz movement
✔️One size, two color ways

aaren silicone

Skagen

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This fun, pop-art-sytle watch is as visually appealing as it is functional, with its blue shade and stop-watch sub-dial. Still, a fashion-watch more so than an every-day timepiece, this model may be a bit too special for you if you’re looking for something that is more adaptable. There is something to be said about Skagen’s enthusiasm for environmentalism, with 90% of their watches made sustainably. 

🟩Price : $80

Specifications:

✔️Super light-weight
✔️Available in different, popping colors
✔️3ATM water resistance
✔️Aluminum case
✔️Controversially proportioned

SRPB43

SEIKO

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Japanese brand Seiko is world-renowned for the watches of its wheel house, and a true classic. Clocking in at over $300, this is one of the pricier watches on the list, though one of the cheapest of its kind. The design is somewhat vintage-reminiscent, perhaps a bit old hat if you prefer more modern looking timewear, although it’s safe to say it’d be a loyal, high-end option. Seiko is engaged in a number of ethical missions, but these don’t tend to involve the customer directly and thus appear somewhat vague. 

🟩Price : $315

Specifications:

✔️Nostalgic design
✔️Automatic 
✔️Lightweight 
✔️Luxurious glas back
✔️Day/Night appropriate

 

UNIKA

Nordgreen

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The Unika impresses with its mix of old and new: a minimalist timepiece with a distinct, feminine touch. It comes in a wide variety of sleek versions and sizes, to ensure comfortable wearability and effortless style. This watch not only looks good, but does good as well. As part of Nordgreen’s Giving Back Program, the purchase of a Unika aids international NGOs in their mission to improve health- and education-related, as well as environmental grievances.  


🟩Price : from $199

Specifications:

✔️Stainless steel 
✔️Eco-friendly packaging
✔️2 year warranty

✔️Giving Back Program
✔️Available in different colors
✔️Easily exchangeable straps

Dz5602

DIESEL

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Diesel has been all the rave since Belgian designer Glenn Martens – known for his own label Y/Project as well as guest stints at the likes of Jean Paul Gauthier – took over the brand’s Creative Direction, and dressed Julia Fox, among many others. This watch is pretty unique, with its all over rose gold design. Very cool, very on trend, though debatable in both its aesthetic and ecological sustainability. While the latter certainly seems to be of high importance for the company at large, it is unclear if or how their investments here treacle down into their watch collections.

🟩Price : $100

Specifications:

✔️Unique, fashionable design
✔️Stainless steel
✔️10ATM water resistance
✔️Quartz movement 
✔️2 year warranty

raquel dual time

FOSSIL

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Fossil’s Raquel Dual Time model is a standout for a multitude of reasons; namely, its shape, its many details, and its twin dial. The strap it comes with is made of eco leather and helps create an intriguing watch that doubles as a piece of surrealist jewelry. Fossil also runs a foundation that supports educational and business ventures in developing countries. 1% of all of the company’s revenue is funneled straight into said foundation. 

🟩Price : $160

Specifications:

✔️Rectangular, stainless steel case
✔️5ATM
✔️Quartz movement 
✔️Two individual dials
✔️Noteworthy CSR activities

WEekender 38mm Fabric

TIMEx

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This military-inspired Timex watch blends in perfectly with the earthy color palette of your fall/winter-wardrobe, making for a great mix of athleticism and casualness. Whether or not this timepiece’s undeniable coolness overweighs the fact that Timex keeps things rather ominous when it comes to their sustainability engagements shall be your call. 

🟩Price : $45

Specifications:

✔️Brass Case
✔️3ATM water resistance
✔️Mineral glas
✔️Quick-release fabric strap

ORIGINAL NAVY SEAL, 43mm, dive watch

LUMINOX

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As its name implies, Luminox’s Navy Seal model is incredibly durable and equipped to withstand all conditions. It’s waterproof and has a glow-in-the-dark dial, ensuring high performance in any given scenario. Needless to say, this piece is very athletic in its design, somewhat pricey and not ideally suited to be an every-day casual timepiece. If you do, however, find yourself atop of mountains, deep diving or on cave explorations, this is your way to go. As far as the family-owned company’s green-score goes, their factory is powered by 80% solar energy, with their watches made in and delivered from Switzerland, the land of watches.

🟩Price : $495

Specifications:

✔️Strong rubber strap 
✔️20ATM water resistance 
✔️Always visible 
✔️Swiss Made
✔️Quartz movement

Based on the above, we’re going to quickly round up this list, by naming our favorites per category:

Winners of the list

winner of
sustainability

UNIKA
Nordgreen

from $199, nordgreen.com

winner of
design

AQ-800EG-9A
Casio

winner of value for money

NATIVE
Nordgreen

from $150 , nordgreen.com

DEAL ALERT: At Nordgreen, you can secure a discount of up to 45% on archive watch models, up to 45% on archive watch bundles, or up to 80% on individual archive watch straps. This January, save money and do good – treat yourself or a loved one to an effortlessly versatile accessory!

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