If you have heard about the Movado watch brand, then you must have at least an outside idea of a museum watch. But you think Movado is a luxurious watch brand, which is out of your reach. To prove you wrong, we have made a list of some classy and modern Movado watches under $500 and $1,000.

We have started the list with Movado Men's BOLD Metals Chronograph Watch with a Printed Index Dial. Although it's not the signature watch from Movado does has the sun drop design. The list also contains a few models of museum watches, where some of them come with leather buckles and the others have the bracelet.

I would suggest you go through the buying guide section before you finally choose any watch from the list.

Best Movado watches under $500

Is Movado a good watch brand

There isn't any argument about this question because Movado is definitely a good watch. And they have earned a lot of popularity by making their signature watch known as museum watch.

Affordability: Even though Movado is compared to the top watch brands most of the time, but it has a good reputation for producing affordable watches. The interesting thing about their affordable watches is the quality. They never compromise the quality just to decrease the cost.

Scratch-resistance: Most Movado watches either come with sapphire crystal or mineral crystal dial windows. Both these crystals are scratch-resistant. Especially the K1 mineral crystal can resist scratches better than other crystals.

Water-resistance: Movado watches can withstand normal water splashes. You can also immerse it into the water for a while. The reason behind this water resistance is the 3-ATM water-resistant feature. However, some rare models also come with 5-ATM of water resistance.

Stainless steel construction: Every Movado watch has stainless steel case construction, and the manufacturer uses a golden or silver finish on the dial window. Even if the watch has a bracelet buckle, they use stainless steel construction for this as well.

Innovative design: They added an innovative design to their signature watch to bring a modern vibe to the watches. The addition of chronograph features and several sub-dials is the perfect example of this.

1. Movado Men's Bold Metals Chronograph Watch with a Printed Index Dial, Gold (under 1000)

Model number

3600278

Item weight

1.2 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

44 mm

Case material

Gold-tone

Case thickness

13 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

23 mm

Clasp type

Push-button deployment clasp

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

Mineral crystal

If you want accurate timekeeping with style and precision, then you can easily rely on this watch. The manufacturer used a golden vibe on the stainless steel case and band, which brings a classic look to the watch. And for a formal outfit, it would be an ideal choice.

It comes with a sunray dot, hour and minutes sub-dials as well. The thickness of the case isn’t that much to give you a bulky feel. Moreover, it is easy to put on the watch using the deployment clasp.

Pros

  1. The use of mineral crystal makes the dial window scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant.
  2. The watch requires minimal maintenance for reliable performance.
  3. You will get precise timekeeping with the Swiss quartz movement.
  4. The secure deployment clasp design provides an easy wearing and taking off.
  5. The gold-tone case with a buckle makes it an eye-catching watch.
  6. It can withstand sudden water splashes.

2. Movado Men's Swiss Quartz (Watch Model: 3600589)-under 500

Model number

3600589

Item weight

8 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

42 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

6.7 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

21 mm

Clasp type

Sliding buckle

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

K1 Mineral crystal

Note: Movado Men's BOLD Metals Chronograph Watch vs. Movado Men's Swiss Quartz

The main difference: The first one has a golden tone with sub-dials on the main dial window, whereas the second one has a silver tone with a classic museum design.

Although this museum design on the watch dial isn't anything innovative, the use of silver-tone does bring a modern vibe into the watch. In addition, the manufacturer made the window more scratch and shatter-resistant than most other watches by using K1 mineral crystal.

The mesh stainless steel chain adds the beauty of the watch, and it is also easy to put on and take off.

Pros

  1. The K1 mineral crystal used in the dial window is far scratch-resistant than most mineral crystals and also shatter-resistant.
  2. It provides accurate timekeeping with the Swiss quartz movement.
  3. With the silver tone, the watch meets the modern design with the classic museum look.
  4. It can take normal water splashes or sudden rain.
  5. The watch demands minimal maintenance.

3. MOVADO Swiss Museum Classic Black Dial Men's Gold Slim Leather Watch -under 400

Model number

0607314

Item weight

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

40 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

5 mm

Band material

Leather

Bandwidth

21 mm

Clasp type

Tang buckle

Water resistance

30 feet

Watch movement

Quartz

Dial window material type

Sapphire crystal

This is the signature watch from Movado you are searching for for so long, and with the black & golden color design, it brings the complete classical vibe to the watch. It has a golden sun drop at the 12 o'clock mark. Both the dial window and strap come in black color.

However, the timekeeping handle and sun drop notch come in golden color. They have used quality leather to construct the buckle of the watch. Moreover, you can use it without having any worry of scratching as it has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.

Pros

  1. The less thickness of the case provides a slim dial to the wearer.
  2. The black and golden design creates a complete signature museum vibe on it.
  3. It comes with a scratch-resistant window with the use of sapphire crystal.
  4. The leather strap is strong enough.
  5. With 30 meters of water resistance, the watch stays safe during sudden water splashes or rain.

4. Movado Connect 2.0 Unisex Powered with Wear OS -under 400

Model number

3660030

Item weight

14.4 ounces

Display type

Digital 

Case diameter

42 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

12.1 mm

Band material

Fabric

Bandwidth

20 mm

Clasp type

Hook buckle

Water resistance

10 meters

Watch movement

Connected

Dial window material type

Glass crystal

Unlike the other top watches on the list, it is a bit different in terms of functionalities. You might think it's another analog watch from Movado, but it's in fact a digital watch. It can work with Google Assistant and other Google services to make your life easier.

It gives the user continuous alerts about incoming calls, messages, and other important notifications. You can also control the music through this digital watch. Keeping the distance track of your regular workouts or running sessions is also easier with the GPS tracker.

Pros

  1. The watch dial offers more than a hundred customizable dial variations.
  2. With the digital dial module, the user can get notifications about phone calls, messages, emails, or other important things.
  3. It has gorilla glass crystal on the dial window for less damage and better toughness.
  4. The crystal prevents deep chips and scratches, which results in glass breakage.
  5. It is a comfortable watch to wear with the fabric buckle.

5. Movado Men's Swiss-Quartz Watch with Gold-Plated (Model: 3600373)-under 500

Model number

3600373

Item weight

4.64 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

44 mm

Case material

Gold-tone

Case thickness

8 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

22 mm

Clasp type

Push-button deployment clasp

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

Mineral crystal

Movado designed the watch following the basic design of their signature museum watch but also brought a new look. The golden finish on the stainless steel dial and mesh-link bracelet makes it both a timekeeping piece and a piece of jewelry.

It doesn’t matter, whether you are caring about the watch or careless, you can still have a good lifespan. Because it comes with mineral crystal, which prevents any sort of scratches from the dial window.

Pros

  1. The lightweight and golden tone look makes it an exquisite piece of jewelry.
  2. The Swiss quartz movement ensures accurate timekeeping.
  3. It comes with a scratch-resistant and shatter-resistant dial window because of the use of K1 mineral crystal.
  4. The sunray drop meets the classic museum watch look.
  5. It can sudden rain and water splashes with 3-ATM water resistance.

6. Movado Men's 0606576 Circa Stainless Steel Watch (under 1000)

Model number

0606576

Item weight

14.4 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

42 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

14 mm

Band material

Crocodile-embossed leather

Bandwidth

21 mm

Clasp type

Buckle

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

Synthetic sapphire

Coming out of the regular Movado watch design, this is undoubtedly a different design. The inclusion of chronograph dials brings a modern vibe to the watch. In the watch dial window, there are white dials with rose gold-tone hands and indices available.

You need not worry about the timekeeping of this analog watch because of the Swiss quartz movement. Except for swimming, you can use the watch and keep it safe during normal water splashes or slight immersion in the water.

Pros

  1. The watch dial comes with three chronograph sub-dials with a date showing a small spot.
  2. You will get precise timekeeping in the analog watch with the Swiss quartz movement.
  3. The use of crocodile-embossed leather strengthens the buckle.
  4. It can withstand normal water splashes or brief immersion in water.
  5. The sapphire crystal makes the dial window scratch-resistant.

7. Movado Classic Museum 0607312 Black watch (under 300)

Model number

0607312

Item weight

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

40 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

7 mm

Band material

Leather

Bandwidth

25.4 mm

Clasp type

Bangle

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Quartz

Dial window material type

Scratch-resistant sapphire

If you are fond of Movado's signature museum watch, then you might fancy wearing this one without any confusion. The slim case design of the watch doesn't make you feel bulky anytime. With the leather straps and fold-over clasp design, one can conveniently put on and take off the watch.

As a user, you don't have to worry when it comes in contact with mere water splashes or rain somehow. The water-resistant limit of the watch ensures adequate protection in such situations. Also, with the use of the sapphire crystal, the dial window has fewer chances of scratches.

Pros

  1. The design provides the classic Movado watch feel to the wearer.
  2. It can withstand sudden water splashes because of the 3-ATM water resistance.
  3. The dial is scratch-resistant and durable as it comes with sapphire crystal construction.
  4. The strong leather band ensures easy wearing on the wrist.
  5. The thickness of the case provides a slim overall design.

8. Movado Men's Esperanza Two Tone Watch

Model number

0607058

Item weight

4.64 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

39 mm

Case material

Two-tone steel

Case thickness

4.63 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

22 mm

Clasp type

Push-button deployment clasp

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

Synthetic sapphire

It is another museum watch on the list from Movado and it has the thinnest case compared to the other models. The watch dial comes in black color, but bezels have a golden tone finish. The makers also used the same golden tone finish on the sun drop and the timekeeping handles.

Unlike the previous museum model, it comes with a bracelet buckle that has a silver-tone finish. The use of quality components to construct the watch increases its lifespan and durability. The sleek design and easy clasp buckle enhance the modernity even in this classic watch.

Pros

  1. With the artistic museum dial, the watch provides a sophisticated and glorious outlook.
  2. The Swiss quartz movement of the watch ensures precise timekeeping.
  3. Due to superior craftsmanship, the watch requires almost no maintenance.
  4. It can withstand water splashes or immersion underwater for a short time.
  5. With the sapphire crystal, the dial window becomes much durable and scratch-resistant.

9. Movado Men's 0607129 SE Pilot Analog Display

Model number

0607129

Item weight

5 ounces

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

42 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

11.25 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

22 mm

Clasp type

Push-button deployment clasp

Water resistance

30 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

Anti-reflective sapphire

Guys who want a multifunctional watch as well as love the signature sunray drop of museum watch should have a look at this model. With the silver-tone sunray drop design, the watch dial offers something more. It has a perpetual calendar, one sub-dial, and Arabic numeral hands.

The manufacturer has added a bracelet buckle, which anyone can put on the hand by simple clasp design. The bracelet also has a silver-tone finish. Another interesting side of the watch dial is the sleek bezels.

Pros

  1. The dial has an open and contemporary feel because of the narrow bezel.
  2. The main dial is blue in color and it has a sub-dial for seconds.
  3. In the dial window, there is a perpetual calendar showing the day and month.
  4. The water-resistant limit of the watch makes it appropriate for sudden water splashes and also brief immersion underwater.
  5. The Swiss quartz movement provides accuracy in timekeeping.

10. Movado Men's Swiss Quartz Watch ((Model: 3600741)

Model number

3600741

Item weight

Display type

Analog

Case diameter

44 mm

Case material

Stainless steel

Case thickness

11.1 mm

Band material

Stainless steel

Bandwidth

21.95 mm

Clasp type

Deployment clasp

Water resistance

50 meters

Watch movement

Swiss quartz

Dial window material type

K1 mineral crystal

Unlike the other watches in the list, this one is slightly different in terms of water resistance. Although most Movado watches come with 30 meters of water-resistance, it offers up to 50 meters. It means you can take it near the water with more relaxation.

The watch has an innovative modern design and as proof of it, the makers have added a tachymeter around the dial window. The dial window comes with gold ion-plating and sub-dials that show the month, day, seconds, and date. It has a yellow gold metallization bracelet to enhance the beauty of the watch.

Pros

  1. The gold ion-plated stainless steel case with a tachymeter scale brings an innovative modern look to the watch.
  2. You will have precise and accurate timekeeping with the Swiss quartz movement.
  3. The K1 mineral crystal makes the watch dial window more scratch-resistant and shatterproof than other crystals.
  4. It offers higher water resistance.
  5. The watch requires minimal periodic maintenance to enhance its durability.

How to choose a Movado watch

In case you are confused about whether to buy this Movado watch or that, you should go through the below factors to make the buying process easier.

Movado Circa Stainless Steel Watch

Watch case

The first thing every watch buyer looks at is the watch case or dial. As Movado watch cases come with stainless steel construction, you don't have to worry about this. But there are both gold finish and silver finish dials available. Also, some models offer thicker bezels, and others offer thinner.

A buyer also needs to ensure whether he wants a genuine museum model or innovative design with a chronograph feature. The thickness and diameter of the case are also crucial features to consider.

Buckle

There are mainly three types of buckles included in the models of the above list, bracelet buckle, leather buckle, and fabric buckle. Fabric is the least popular one. However, to bring a classy as well as modern vibe, leather or bracelet is the suitable option.

Bracelet buckles can also have a golden or silver finish. These buckles are also stainless steel made.

Water-resistance

The least water resistance a Movado watch offers is 10 meters, which is never worth buying. You should at least look for 30 meters of water resistance, which is also the most common one. Some high-end models are also equipped with 50 meters of water resistance.

Crystal type

To protect the dial window from scratches and increase the durability of the watch, there isn't any alternative to K1 mineral crystal. It ensures a better scratch and shatter-resistance than most other crystals. However, sapphire crystal is also used in many Movado watch models.

Watch movement

Without accurate and precise timekeeping, the watch remains of no use actually. Here comes the importance of watch movement and almost every Movado watch comes with Swiss quartz movement. That is why the user doesn’t really need to worry about the timekeeping process of Movado watches. If you finding another great brand with good price you also check IWC Watches perfect for you.

What is Movado famous for

Movado watches brand is famous for their signature museum watch. They started making this watch back in 1948 and still now there isn't any decrease in this watch's craze. The watch has a single dot at the 12 o'clock position. It is usually referred to as sunray drop design.

The watch can either come with a leather buckle or bracelet buckle. The manufacturer has done several innovations with this design and added sub-dials on the main dial window. However, they have kept the primary design in every watch model.

Are Movado watches long-lasting

Yes, Movado watches are long-lasting as long as you follow proper maintenance rules. To enhance the lifetime of the watch, one should have periodical maintenance every 3 to 5 years. However, you might need to replace the battery of the watch within these years. The batteries don't really last more than 3 years.

Final words

Have you chosen which model you should buy? I think you are still confused and the main confusing thing may be between museum models and other models. Actually, every Movado watch has a museum model. Some models come with some innovations and some don't, which is the main difference between the watches.

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