Best Automatic Watches in 2017 – The Best Automatic Watches For Every Budget

Best Automatic Watches in 2017
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Automatic watches is one of the type of watches that I personally love.

The novelty of its mechanical parts moving to keep time, instead of relying on the ubiquitous electric-quartz movement is what I consider the best characteristic of the watch – and that is shared with many other automatic watch lovers =)

In addition, automatic watch also does not need a battery to run, so there is no problem with a watch battery suddenly dies on you at inopportune moments.

Automatic watch is run purely by potential energy stored inside its mainspring, which in turn is keep tighten either by self-rotating rotor as the hand moves or manually winding/rotating the crown.

It’s also has the unique sweeping second hand that’s soothing to look at.

Not only that, some automatic watches also have exhibition caseback and/or open dial that let us peek into the internal mechanical parts of it.

Such things are something that’s totally unique and won’t be found in other electric-based watches.

Now, back to the subject at hand: what are the best automatic watches around?

I’ve decided to list down some of the best automatic watches in 2017, grouped into 3 major price ranges i.e $1,000 to $700, $700 to $500 and $500 to $200.

In my view, $1,000 is the upper limit for affordability of watches and since this site is only dedicated to affordable watches, I’ve used the value as the limit.

By the way, I’ve also written another list of the best affordable automatic watches specifically for watches under the $200 mark.

The list was compiled from a huge number of watches, ranked by 5 set of rules. I’ll explain a little bit about these rules below for clarity:

 

Style and Aesthetics

Arguably, the most important criteria for watch is how good it looks. It might seem shallow but nobody wants to wear an ugly watch right? LOL!

A beautiful watch is something that’s pleasing to look at and will gather attention from those nearby – which can be a nice conversation starter too.

Dial and hands design, placement of elements, shape of the watch, and overall aesthethics are evaluated in this criteria.

 

Movement

A good movement is very important as it’s basically the heart of any automatic watch.

The movement receives potential energy from the mainspring and runs the watch through a set of gears and escapement assembly.

In this criteria, additional aspects such as accuracy, extra complications (chronograph, day, date, moon phase, etc) will be given extra points.

 

Brand Name and History

“Watch snobs” are the term given to those that will only wear the most expensive watches (e.g Rolex, Patek Philippe, Omega, etc) and trash those of lesser values.

I certainly don’t agree with them but their main idea is actually right: more expensive and distinguished brands are better than cheaper and less known brands, in terms of built quality and overall aesthethics.

Most importantly, old brands that were established decades even centuries ago are “proven” to work and this will give an ease of mind to watch owners.

 

Versatility

A good bang for buck watch is something that’s versatile and can be used in many occasions and not just for one purpose only. We all love a 2-in-1 products right?

For example, dive watch with refined styling (read: Rolex Submariner) is so beautiful it can even be used with a tux even though it’s actually a watch to be used for diving.

 

Value For Money

What’s a good value watch for money? In my opinion, the watch need to offer more (style, movement, extra functions, etc) for the price it’s being sold at.

 

Unique Factor

This is one criteria that we can’t really put our hands on. A unique factor (or X-factor) is something special about the watch that makes people flock to buy it.

It could be a perfectly designed dial, or a very unique case (such as the V-shaped case of Hamilton Ventura). Nonetheless, these unique factors are an integral part of the process to select a good watch.

 

Now, let’s take a look at the best automatic watches in 2017:

Disclaimer: This list was created in October 2017 and was accurate at that point of time. The price of the watches might change from then due to seasonal sales and availability.

 

A – Best Automatic Watches Under $1,000 To $700

  1. Seiko Presage SARW011
  2. Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533
  3. Bulova Gemini 64C104
  4. Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741
  5. Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718
  6. Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC
  7. Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801
  8. Seiko Shogun SBDC029
  9. Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701
  10. Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

 

B – Best Automatic Watches Under $700 To $500

  1. Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148
  2. Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700
  3. Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar Watch
  4. Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33
  5. Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526
  6. Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100
  7. Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6
  8. Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001
  9. Victorinox Maverick 241705
  10. Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A

 

C – Best Automatic Watches Under $500 To $200

  1. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time
  2. Orient Vintage FFD0F001W
  3. Orient President EV0J003W
  4. Seiko Sumo SBDC033
  5. Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101
  6. Bulova BVA 96A107
  7. Seiko SARB033
  8. Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133
  9. Laco Aachen 861690
  10. Victorinox Alliance 241666

 

D- Best Automatic Watches Under $200 (in a separate post)

 

 

A – Best Automatic Watches Under $1,000 To $700

 

A.1 – Seiko Presage SARW011

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.2- Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.3- Bulova Gemini 64C104

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.4- Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.5- Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.6- Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.7- Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.8- Seiko Shogun SBDC029

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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A.9- Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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A.10- Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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The next segment is the best automatic watches under $700 and above $500.

 

B – Best Automatic Watches Under $700 To $500

 

B.1 – Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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B.2 – Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.3 – Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar Watch

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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B.4 – Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.5 – Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.6 – Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.7 – Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.8 – Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.9 – Victorinox Maverick 241705

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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B.10 – Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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Last but not least, the best automatic watches under $500 and above $200.

 

C – Best Automatic Watches Under $500 To $200

 

C.1 – Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

Seiko SARB065

 

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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C.2 – Orient Vintage FFD0F001W

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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C.3 – Orient President EV0J003W

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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C.4 – Seiko Sumo SBDC033

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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C.5 – Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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C.6 – Bulova BVA 96A107

 

Style and Aesthetics: (5.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (3.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (5.0 / 5)
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C.7 – Seiko SARB033

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (3.0 / 5)
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C.8 – Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (3.0 / 5)
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C.9 – Laco Aachen 861690

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4.0 / 5)
Movement: (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (5.0 / 5)
Versatility: (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money: (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor: (4.0 / 5)
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C.10 – Victorinox Alliance 241666

 

Style and Aesthetics: (4 / 5)
Movement: (4 / 5)
Brand Name and History: (4 / 5)
Versatility: (4 / 5)
Value For Money: (5 / 5)
Unique Factor: (3 / 5)
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Read also: Best Automatic Watches Under $200

 

I hope you enjoy this long list. Let me know what you think about the watches here. If you have any other watches in mind that you think should be featured here, just drop me a comment below.

I’d love to here your thoughts =)

Cheers!
Isaac

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6 Comments

  1. Hi Isaac,

    Great review!

    I was just looking to buy a watch on the net for my husband, and I didn’t know what to choose. The comparisons really help in making a decision.

    I really like the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba because my husband dives quite a lot and this would be handy! How deep can you go down in the water with this watch? Also, I would like to know if it’s waterproof or water resistant? It would be great to know:) Thank you!

    1. Author

      Hi Daniella. Thanks for visiting and I’m glad that you like this post. The Khaki King Scuba has a water resistance of 100 m so technically it can go down to 100 m below water. 

      And yes, it’s waterproof or water resistant. It means the water will not seep into the watch even at the rated water resistance (100 m).

      Hope this helps. Let me know if you need other information.

      Cheers =) 

  2. I would have no clue how to buy a watch for a man. I would end up doing one of several things…getting the wrong kind, getting one that goes punk dead thus wasting my money or spending too much when I could have gotten it cheaper. This post would actually enable me to make an informed decision so I don’t waste my money not to mention getting something he doesn’t want. By showing the rankings compared to other products in such things as uniqueness, versatility, value for the money, style,and movement, I can actually make an informed purchase on a gift that is likely to make both me and the person I give it to happy.

    1. Author

      Hi Lisa. Many thanks for visiting my site. Indeed, it can be quite a hassle to buy a watch for a man. One trick that I can teach you is to observe what kind of watch (read my guide on the types of watches HERE) that he always wear. From there, you need to research for the latest watch in that particular watch type and buy it as a gift for him.

      For example, some guys are into fitness tracking watches (fitbit, etc). If you know he is into this watch type, your money is wasted buying him a sleek dress watch because he won’t even use it. What you can do is to look up the latest watch or most popular watch in that type and buy it as a gift. This is a foolproof way to buy the best watch gift for any man =)

      Cheers!

  3. To be honest, I didn’t even know that automatic watches existed. Running out of battery is a major problem and my main concern with traditional watches. However, I can not afford to spend even 200$ on a watch. By the price and characteristics, I suppose that automatic watches are vastly superior to traditional ones? Do you have any suggestions for cheaper watches?

    1. Author

      Hi John. You can also check my list of the best automatic watches under $200. By the way, if you’re worried about running out on battery, why don’t you use solar watches? It’s readily rechargeable just by wearing it and a full charge can lasts up to 6 months. Find out about the best solar watches under $200 here. 

      Cheers!

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