Parisian watch label Merci Instruments spent the last three years developing the "LMM-01" timepiece, which is inspired by 1930s military designs. And despite the heritage-focused approach, the final product feels undeniably modern and sleek.
Available in a handful of variations and styles, the tastefully sized 38mm field watch features a stainless steel case and your choice of a Seiko VH31 quartz movement (pricing starting at $280) or a Swiss-made ETA 2801 hand-wound movement (pricing starting at $465). Each is finished with Super-LumiNova coating on the dial and arrives on a military-grade NATO webbing strap.
Certainly one of the best under-$500 buys you can make on a timepiece, head here to shop the different styles and find the right one for your wrist.