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The 12 best watches under £500

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A weekend watch? Some budget wrist candy? Get an instant horological hit with our guide to affordable watches

Let’s face it. For most of us, spending four figures and more on a wristwatch is a big outlay. It might be something you get to do once in your life, to mark a big birthday (I can recommend one of these new chronographs if it’s that time) or a handsome promotion. But that doesn’t mean you don’t hanker after a wristwatch wardrobe full of stylish, modish, well-built timepieces. You wouldn’t make do with one pair of shoes now, would you? Here are 12 gateway watches that fit the bill.