The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $1000 In 2018

The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $1000 In 2018

Looking For A Higher Quality Automatic Watch? Here are the 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $1000 In 2018

If you want the best bang for buck but still want a higher than average quality, then these 15 best automatic watches under $1,000 are for you!

While automatic watches can be had for an affordable prices of under $200 and under $500, these watches are considered basic and might not be up to everyone’s liking.

If you’re willing to increase your budget to $1,000, you’ll be surprised at the plethora of choices that are in front of you.

$1,000 is a lot for an automatic watch and at that price, you’re essentially getting into the entry level of luxury watches with a higher standard on movement, finishing and material used.

 

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Hi Guys!

My name is Isaac and automatic watch is my passion. I’ve owned a few of these incredible timepieces and it never cease to amaze me how mankind can invent such a marvelous timekeeping machine – using mechanical parts ONLY!

I first dabbled with affordable automatic watches (namely the Seiko 5 series) and while these watches are fine timepieces, I still find myself looking at better watches with a higher price tag.

The reason? Because I can afford it LOL! I’ve gotten into watches while I’m still in college so fast forward years later, I’m currently working and found myself able to splurge a bit for my hobbies.

These 15 best automatic watches under $1,000 are beautiful and great watches that deserves to be discovered.

Hope you guys enjoy this article as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. And if you think there’s other watches that should be inside this list, do let me know in the comments!

 

Best Automatic Watches Under $500
Watch Name Description and Rating Where To Buy?
1. Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase

1. Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase

  • Dress watch
  • Raymond Weil Cal. RW 4500 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Moonphase display, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
2. Bulova Gemini

2. Bulova Gemini

  • Dress watch
  • ETA-Valjoux 7750 automatic movement
  • 48 hours power reserve
  • Chronograph, Day Date display, Textured dial
  • Sapphire crystal
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
3. Orient Star Seeker GMT 

3. Orient Star Seeker GMT DJ00002W

  • Dress watch
  • Orient Cal. 40P53 automatic movement
  • 40 hours power reserve
  • Power reserve indicator, Date display, GMT function
  • Sapphire crystal
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
4. Hamilton Pan Europ

4. Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

  • Sports watch
  • H-30 automatic movement
  • 80 hours power reserve
  • Day Date, Exhibition caseback, Unidirectional rotating bezel
  • Sapphire crystal
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
5. Oris Audi Sport GMT

5. Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS

  • Sports watch
  • Oris 747 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Unique seconds display, Lume on hands and markers, GMT function, Tungsten rotating bezel, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
6. Seiko Shogun SBDC029

6. Seiko Shogun SBDC029

  • Dive watch
  • Seiko 6R15 automatic movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Uni-directional rotating bezel, Lume, Titanium case, Magnetic resistance, Screw down crown, Date, ISO 6425 dive watch compliance
  • Hardlex crystal
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
7. Frederique Constant Classics Index

7. Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303V5B4

  • Dress watch
  • Caliber FC-303 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Rose gold plated case, Date display, Applied markers
  • Sapphire crystal
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
8. Hamilton Ventura XXL

8. Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

  • Casual watch
  • ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Unique V-shaped case, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
9. Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

9. Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

  • Military watch
  • ETA 2878 automatic movement
  • 44 hours power reserve
  • Day Date display, Exhibition caseback, Tritium Lume
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
10. Oris Artelier Date

10. Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS

  • Dress watch
  • Oris 733 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Lume on hands, Silver guilloche dial, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
11. Citizen Grand Touring

11. Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

  • Dive watch
  • Citizen Cal. 9012 automatic movement
  • 42 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Unidirectional rotating bezel, Lume on hands, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
12. Oris Big Crown Date

12. Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS

  • Casual watch
  • Oris 733 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Lume on hands and markers, Gray PVD case, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
13. Citizen Signature Grand Classic

13. Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A

  • Dress watch
  • Citizen Cal. 9184 automatic movement
  • 40 hours power reserve
  • Date display, 24-hour time, power reserve display, Lume on hands, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
14. Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer

14. Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543

  • Military watch
  • ETA 2895-2 automatic movement
  • 42 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Second hand subdial, Exhibition caseback
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
15. Seiko SARX033

15. Seiko SARX033

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko 6R15 automatic movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Date display, Exhibition caseback, Dia Shield protective coating
  • Sapphire crystal
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

1 – Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase 2839-STC-00209 

1. Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase 2839-STC-00209
Style Dress
Diameter Size 39 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Raymond Weil Cal. RW 4500 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Moonphase display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

Starting off this list is a watch that I personally like – the Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase 2839-STC-00209.

Even though Raymond Weil was founded in 1976, around 42 years ago, which in watchmaking business equals to a young teen, their watches are some of the best in terms of value for money.

I love their Maestro dress watch line up and this Moonphase 2839-STC-00209 watch just seems to bring it further.

For a start, it has a moon phase indicator on an automatic movement – which is just unthinkable for its price (around $800-$900 last time I checked. Click on the link here to get the latest price).

Just try to find around and you’ll notice no other Swiss/Western or Japanese brands would dare to offer an automatic with moon phase indicator at this kind of price. Such is how unthinkable Raymond Weil is.

Of course, practically speaking a moon phase indicator don’t do much. But to implement it on a watch – automatic nonetheless – shows how the watchmaker is able to skillfully incorporate it into the watch.

It also helps that the moon phase brings a nice design element on the watch. I personally love the blue night color of the moon phase indicator with the surrounding black dial.

The other elements of the dial is classic in nature – the roman numerals and the hands. There’s also a waffle pattern on the center giving the dial a nice additional element. The date subdial at the bottom is another nice touch which I really like.

At just 39 mm diameter with scratch resistant sapphire crystal on top, the watch is not too big and can be worn easily – a hallmark of a good dress watch.

The Caliber RW 4500 automatic movement inside it can give a 38 hours power reserve before needing to be recharged again.

All in all, the Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase is a beautiful classic dress watch with a very good value proposition that you certainly should not miss!

 

2 – Bulova Gemini 64C104

2. Bulova Gemini

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Bulova Gemini 64C104
Style Dress
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA-Valjoux 7750 automatic movement, 48 hours power reserve
Extra Features Chronograph, Day Date display, Textured dial
Water Resistance 50 m

Chronograph watches are cool watches that also has an added feature with its stopwatch. But most of these watches are usually sportier than elegant due to the complicated dial (with 2-3 subdials for stopwatch).

Enter the Bulova Gemini 64C104, about as dressy a chronograph can be. In fact, I’d dare say it’s one of the most elegant chronographs in the market currently!

It still has the usual extra subdials for stopwatch function, and even day & date displays as well. And yet Bulova managed to make it all so refined and looks so good. Props up to the Bulova design team for this achievement.

I love how the elements on the watch – from the subdials, to the hands, the triangular markers and the textured dial looks to be just “right” without anything seems off. The use of black dial with gold markers/hands/case and red accent works so well in my opinion.

Inside the watch is ETA-Valjoux 7750 automatic movement with 48 hours power reserve. It’s a good chronograph movement – basic I would say, as appropriate at this price range.

One “flaw” might be the watch is quite thick at 13-14 mm due to the ETA-Valjoux 7750 engine but that is to be expected from automatic chronos.

But with such a beautiful and thought out design like this, the Bulova Gemini 64C104 is still one hell of a beautiful chronograph with a tried and tested automatic ETA-Valjoux movement!

 

3 – Orient Star Seeker GMT DJ00002W 

3. Orient Star Seeker GMT DJ00002W

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Orient Star Seeker GMT DJ00002W
Style Dress
Diameter Size 41.5 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Orient Cal. 40P53 automatic movement, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Power reserve indicator, Date display, GMT function
Water Resistance 100 m

While the brand Orient is usually associated with cheap Japanese made watches (though many of it offer great value for money such as the Mako and Ray lineups), little did most people know the brand also has a higher quality sub-brand called the Orient Star.

What’s great about the Orient Star is it basically a higher quality automatic watch than the normal Orients, and at such a very enticing price too – especially online!

For example is this gorgeous Orient Star Seeker GMT DJ00002W. While it retails above $1,000, you can get it for around $800 to $900 depending on seasonality.

And for that price, you’re getting a full fledged automatic watch with a stunning design and high build quality.

On top of that, there’s the useful GMT function and date display. I must say the red accent used in the “GMT” signature and its hand is a nice design on this watch.

In addition, this watch also has a power reserve indicator – hands down the best feature an automatic watch could has. I really love this feature as it helps us to know when the power reserve will be empty so that we can either pick it up and use it or manual wind it.

If you want an automatic watch with many useful features on it (GMT, power reserve indicator, date), then this Orient Star Seeker GMT will be the perfect choice for you =)

 

4 – Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

4. Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741
Style Sports
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement H-30 automatic movement, 80 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date, Exhibition caseback, Unidirectional rotating bezel
Water Resistance 50 m

Hamilton is one of my favorite brands that likes to deliver some stunning and out-of-the-box watch designs. Such is the case with this Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741 watch.

I love blue color watches and this watch is something that I really adore with that metallic blue on its dial and rotating bezel.

The retro-racing styling theme quickly catches the eyes and I’m pretty sure this is one watch that’s going to be a conversation starter, especially with fellow Hamilton fans.

The inter-laying colors of blue and silver/white from the center of the watch to the edge of the case is beautifully executed. The red hints on the seconds hand and 0-15 minutes markers just seems to be icing on the cake in my opinion.

Being gorgeous is not is only strong point. Inside the watch is the H-30 automatic movement which gives an outstanding 80 hours power reserve. For comparison, most of the automatic watches currently only have 40-50 hours power reserve, about 40-50% lesser than what this watch has!

There’s also day and date displays which make the watch a good candidate as a beater or daily wear.

The 50 m water resistance is passable, though I would prefer if it’s at least 100 m seeing this is a sports watch after all. But as long as you don’t wear the watch underwater, it should be fine.

If a retro-racing styled watch is your preference, you surely won’t be disappointed with this Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741 watch.

 

5 – Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS

5. Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS
Style Sports
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Oris 747 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Unique seconds display, Lume on hands and markers, GMT function, Tungsten rotating bezel, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Next on the list is the Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS, a unique automatic watch like you’ve never seen before.

Oris has never been boring, and this watch further exemplifies that. With the Audi Sport GMT watch, the brand collaborated with Audi Sport to bring a sports watch that had taken its cue from motorsport racing.

For a start, the gray metallic dial looks just like a brake disc with its circular brushed surface. It definitely gives the watch a distinctive look – in fact, I don’t recall having seen a similar watch before!

The gray metallic dial looks very rugged, very masculine and just like what someone that loves motorsport racing will go for.

In addition, there’s a GMT feature on the watch which is shown by the long arrow with red tip.

But what about the seconds hand then? Where is it?

That’s one of the most unique part about this watch. The seconds hand is shown by the small bar at the 9 o’clock – you can see it has the markers 0,15,30,45&60 showing the seconds.

It’s definitely a very unique and non-traditional design. To top it off, the use of red accents over the watch makes it more masculine and unleashes its racing inspiration.

If you’re thinking of getting a bonafide racing watch, then this Oris Audi Sport GMT 74777014461LS is a very good choice for you.

6 – Seiko Shogun SBDC029

6. Seiko Shogun SBDC029

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Versatility:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Seiko Shogun SBDC029
Style Dive
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Titanium
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15 automatic movement, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Uni-directional rotating bezel, Lume, Titanium case, Magnetic resistance, Screw down crown, Date, ISO 6425 dive watch compliance
Water Resistance 200 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

Seiko is famous for its functional and handsome automatic dive watches, and this Seiko Shogun SBDC029 is one of it.

The thing that I really like about this watch (and other Seiko dive watches) is how it does not try to be another Rolex Submariner. Instead, we have a unique design by Seiko with such rugged and masculine design.

The design of the watch looks amazing and modern, unlike the traditional Submariner look. It looks aggressive as well with the gear-edge bezel.

And why I called it functional? Because this watch (and other Seiko dive watches) is actually a certified dive watch complying to ISO 6425 standard.

It’s not just like other watches with a good water resistance rating (there’s a huge 200 m water resistance on this one). This certification also ensure the watch has impact resistance, magnetic resistance, submersion resistance – those kind of tests that a “real” dive watch will have to go through!

And if you’re wondering why the watch is called “Shogun”, it actually originates from Seiko fans (it never came from Seiko themselves). Seiko fans are among the most enthusiastic about watches and they like to give nicknames to the watches as it’s easier to remember than the serial numbers.

I’m not entirely sure myself why it’s called Shogun but my guess is the watch has a sharp look to it (the hands, edges of the case, gear-edge bezel, etc) – kinda reminding people of a samurai look. But since there’s already a Seiko Samurai, a different name need to be given, which was the Shogun.

Last but not least, this watch is also made out of titanium, making it almost half as light as other 44 mm stainless steel watches.

So if you’re looking for a real dive watch with good automatic movement, AND wears very light, then this Seiko Shogun SBDC029 is your best choice!

 

7 – Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303V5B4

7. Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303V5B4

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303V5B4
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel, Rose gold plated case
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Caliber FC-303 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Applied markers
Water Resistance 50 m

One of the most beautiful watch on this list is this Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303V5B4 watch.

While the brand Frederique Constant is quite young in horology business, they have made a name for themselves with clean, simple and elegant watches with high quality craftsmanship – at much lower prices than the other more established brands.

And I must say their Classic Index watches are some of the cheapest luxury automatic watches around. Sure, it’s still not at the level of Vacheron Constantin or Patek Philippe but for less than $1,000, you’re getting a watch that looks just like those beautiful dress watches from top watchmakers!

Even their website brags about the “accessible luxury” that this watch brings. For a start, the case is still steel albeit plated with rose gold colors. Even then the colors shine brightly and I must say it’s a very beautiful one when paired with a white dial and brown leather strap.

The small index markers and hands just oozes elegance through and through. It’s also quite thin at just 10 mm making it super sleek and easy on your wrist. Hiding it below a cuff is very easy indeed.

Inside the watch is a Caliber FC-303 automatic movement with a 38 hours power reserve. There’s no exhibition caseback on this watch – presumably to keep the profile as thin as possible.

Beautiful, elegant and gorgeous automatic dress watch. If these are what you’re looking for, then the Frederique Constant Classics Index watch is one that you should consider.

 

8 – Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

8. Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331
Style Casual
Diameter Size 46 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Unique V-shaped case, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

Bored with normal watches? Then how about one of the most unique watches ever made, the Hamilton Ventura?

It has an out-of-ordinary V-shaped case so much so anyone looking at this watch for the first time might be inclined to think that it is a bracelet!

With a nicely designed dial, this Hamilton Ventura is without a doubt a handsome and stylish watch. The use of ETA 2824-2 automatic movement inside it further adds to its unique character.

But the Ventura also has a very long history – dated back to the 50s.

Actually, this current Ventura watch is a reissue of the original Hamilton Ventura in the 50s. The original watch was very special for 2 reasons: 1) it was one of the first electric powered watch, and 2) it was also owned and worn by the King of Pop, Elvis Presley in his movie “Blue Hawaii”.

Prior to this, only mechanical/automatic watch were being produced. Hamilton was one of the front-runners in the race to produce a better watch using electricity. And that exact same electrical movement was fitted inside the first Ventura.

A breakthrough watch inside a unique watch case design? How befitting! One of the Ventura was then personally owned by Elvis and he even worn it in his movie. True enough, Elvis had worn a lot of watches but in my opinion, only this Ventura had the same “edge” as the King of Pop had.

Fast forward today, Hamilton reissued the Ventura with some changes to accommodate current style. I found they have made a great job as the new design is very stylish while still keeping in-line with the original.

So who should get the Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331? If you’re looking for a cutting edge watch that looks super stylish, then it is definitely for you.

 

9 – Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

9. Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801
Style Military
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2878 automatic movement, 44 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date display, Exhibition caseback, Tritium Lume
Water Resistance 100 m

Are you a fan of lume on watches? If you are, then you might be aware that the longest lasting lume is the tritium lume which can glow on and on throughout the night.

The secret lies on the use of tritium (a radioactive) that continue to emit radioactive energy to power up the phospor coating, to emit light – without the need to “charge up” as with traditional lume paint. By the way, most modern watches enclosed tritium in small tubes so it’s safe and you don’t need to worry about the radioactive.

Luminox is a major name with tritium lumes (they call it Night Vision Tubes to avoid the bad rep from tritium LOL!) and this Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801 is one of those watches WITH an ETA automatic movement.

There’s a lot of Luminox watches with tritium lumes out there but most of them are using quartz movement so we can say that this watch is quite special in that regard.

Tritium lume aside, I really like the design of this military watch. It looks very handsome with the black dial divided by an intermediate white ring. The contrasting white-black elements on the watch is neatly done and makes the watch looks super casual.

The use of big, full numeral markers also makes the watch very easy to read – easier compared to full index markers on dive watches. There’s also the date and day display to give additional information on the watch.

And coupled with a brown leather band, this Luminox looks very handsome and stylish. For lume AND automatic watch lovers, this Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801 is a very nice watch that you need to own!

 

10 – Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS10. Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Oris 733 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Lume on hands, Silver guilloche dial, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

The next watch in this list is the Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS, a very beautiful automatic dress watch that looks absolutely stunning. It’s intended to be a classic dress watch, but with Oris’ own character inside it.

To this, I believe that they have achieved to make this watch a stand out from the many dress watches out there.

The metallic silver dial makes the watch very elegant and stylish. I really like the use of slim index markers and hands as it further accentuates the sleekness of this watch. It just looks very sharp, don’t you agree?

Putting the date window at the 6 o’clock, is by far, Oris’ best decision. With that, the watch dial is perfectly symmetry and differentiates it from other watches.

There’s also the minuscule minute markings at the tip of the index markers. I don’t think it will help with telling time (unless you bring the watch very close) but it did help with the overall aesthetics of the watch.

The brown leather band? While others say that black leather is the best, I actually prefer brown for my dress watches, especially those with silver or white dial. It’s not too contrasting and brings a certain degree of elegance to the watch.

If you’re in the market for a Swiss made dress watch with beautiful design with an automatic movement, do consider this Oris Artelier Date 73376704051LS.

11 – Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

11. Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L
Style Dive
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Citizen Cal. 9012 automatic movement, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Unidirectional rotating bezel, Lume on hands, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 300 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

The Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L certainly has a huge wrist presence with the 44 mm diameter and its enclosed crown guard.

Though I don’t think that crown guard is actually needed practical wise, it definitely adds to the flair of the watch. It makes the watch look more masculine, rugged and perfectly complimented the over-sized case.

I also like the unsymmetrical look due to the crown guard as this makes the watch really unique compared to normal watches.

It does help that this watch has a dark blue color scheme – the dial and bezel really looks good there with the silver/white markings.

Pretty aesthetics apart, this dive watch also comes with a huge 300 m water resistance rating, more than the typical 100 m rating. I bet most of watch owners won’t dive that deep but it does show how tough this watch is constructed. And yes higher water resistance rating is also very cool LOL!

Keeping the time on this watch is the Citizen Cal. 9012 automatic movement that has 42 hours power reserve in it.

If you’re looking for a watch with serious wrist presence but also looks handsome, then this Citizen Grand Touring Sport NB1031-53L definitely fits the bill.

 

12 – Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS

12. Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS
Style Casual
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Oris 733 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Lume on hands and markers, Gray PVD case, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Bored with the usual watch designs? Then this Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS is sure to pique your interest with its black-and-gray design.

I’m not really sure if Oris invented this design, but for me, this black Big Crown Date watch is the first watch that I’ve seen using a  design like this.

As you can see, the dial is not pitch black and instead it’s a bit of gray in color. This makes the watch still readable as only the markers are black in color. Even then, it will be quite challenging to tell time in a somewhat low light condition.

In addition to the dial, the 44 mm stainless steel case has also gray PVD finish. Coupled with a black leather strap, the watch is one very stylish timepiece that will surely attract attention.

It’s not just a beautiful watch as the case is also rated to 100 m water resistance. I really like a good high water resistance as it gives more confidence to me when wearing the watch.

Inside the watch, the timekeeping was executed by an Oris 733 automatic movement that has a 38 hours power reserve. This movement can be seen from its exhibition caseback.

If you’re bored with normal watch and want a watch with a very unique look, then this Oris Big Crown Date 73376294263LS is a good choice!

13 – Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A

13. Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A
Style Dress
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Citizen Cal. 9184 automatic movement, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, 24-hour time, power reserve display, Lume on hands, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

The second Citizen watch in this list is the Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A, a beautiful dress watch with a few features that I really like on it.

Automatic movement is notorious for being expensive, and any other feature in addition to the typical timekeeping and day/date will cause the price to increase substantially.

Which is why it’s a very nice thing to see Citizen putting features such as power reserve indicator (a very very useful feature for an automatics) and 24-hour time display (though I think it can also be used to show different time zone) on this watch.

And to top it off, they managed to design the watch beautifully, even with the extra features on it. The extra complexity on the dial was sublimely incorporated in such a way to make the unsymmetrical dial looks pleasing.

The blue accents on the hands are well placed and make the watch very attractive – especially to blue color lovers like me LOL!

Inside the 43 mm diameter case, there’s a Citizen Cal. 9184 automatic movement that has 40 hours power reserve in it.

And one of the best part of this watch is the 100 m water resistance. The watch scores a lot of points with me as normally, dress watches have 30 m or 50 m water resistance. A 100 m water resistance is a very good thing as you don’t have to be paranoid about water ingress into the watch =)

If you want a beautiful dress watch with a few additional features, then this Citizen Signature Grand Classic NB3010-52A is certainly a good choice.

14 – Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543

14. Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Versatility:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543
Style Military
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2895-2 automatic movement, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Second hand subdial, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Military watch traditionally is a no-nonsense watch with easy to read dial. And a tough exterior to withstand those punishment while at the field.

And yet this Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543 is not your traditional military watch. In fact, it’s actually more towards a casual watch due to the stylish design LOL!

But of course that’s not a bad thing. Watch types and its usage are not so strictly followed as before. Not everyone are using their dive watches to dive for example.

This watch is undoubtedly a stylish one with the pretty metallic blue dial. Its design has a hint of classical as you can see with the font of numeral markers and the hands.

In terms of legibility, the Khaki Navy Pioneer gets full score as you can easily tell time with the watch. Its full numeral markers is a pleasure to tell time with (compared to the index markers on most watches…) and the contrast of color with the blue dial really helps a lot.

There’s a subdial at the bottom of the watch for seconds hand which is something that I really like as it’s unique and accentuates the classical styling of the watch.

Not to mention the circular case shape and bar handle as lugs are really unique which further adds to the watch’s attractiveness.

In terms of technical specification, the watch has an ETA 2895-2 automatic movement inside it with 42 hours power reserve. The water resistance rating is a good 100 m which is suitable for a “military watch” such as this.

So if you’re looking for a really unique watch with classical styling, this Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543 is one of the best watches you can get.

 

15 – Seiko SARX033

15. Seiko SARX033

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Versatility:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Value For Money:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Seiko SARX033
Style Dress
Diameter Size 41 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15 automatic movement, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback, Dia Shield protective coating
Water Resistance 100 m

Last but not least, another Seiko watch, the Seiko SARX033, a watch inside the “SARX” lineup that Seiko fans considered to be a slightly lower grade than the Grand Seiko watch.

The Grand Seiko, if you are not aware, is Seiko’s top of the line watch with exquisite craftsmanship and superior movement. It can easily cost thousands of dollars a piece and features an unmistakable style that’s unique to the line up (you can see an example of a Grand Seiko here).

Even though it’s design is simple, it is within that simplicity and understated look which made the watch such a beauty. Furthermore, the Grand Seiko has one of the best craftsmanship among watchmakers nowadays, especially with its case construction.

And the SARX watch models are regarded as a less expensive option to the Grand Seiko. It still features the same clean style and excellent craftsmanship – all at a much lesser price!

As it’s very hard to get a flattering picture of the Seiko SARX033, do check out this youtube video to see how it actually looks like on hand. I’ve gotta admit, the SARX033 is a real stunner!

The creamy white dial looks excellent on the silver case. I really like the blued hands that look very beautiful on the watch.

And the case – oh how I really love the exquisite case. I’ve had the fortune to own a SARB033 (link to the full review of the watch) which looks like this SARX033 but at a lower price of around $300-$400 a piece. And I’ve got to say the case of my SARB033 is immaculately done, beating the other Swiss watches at the same price.

Due to this, I can say that the Seiko SARX033 has one of the best craftsmanship and case finishing for watches under $1,000. It looks very beautiful as it catches lights from all directions. The inter-layering of brush and polish on the case and bracelet makes the watch looks exquisite and a real beauty.

To top it off, Seiko also applied Dia Shield protection coating on the watch that will supposedly protect it from scratches. This is something that I also like as anyone that have owned a stainless steel watch will know how difficult it is to keep the case free of scratches.

All in all, if you enjoy a very beautiful watch with understated style and exquisite craftsmanship – or you’re just one of Grand Seiko fans but don’t feel like forking out thousands of dollars to own one, this Seiko SARX033 is a very good watch for you =)

 

I hope this list of the 15 best automatic watches under $1,000 in 2018 is beneficial to you. If you feel that there’s a watch or two that I missed, do let me know.

I’ll be more than happy to see your recommendation to be put in this list =)

See you soon! Cheers!

8 thoughts on “The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $1000 In 2018”

  1. Wonderful list of watches. I am a diver and looking for a suitable diving watch for myself under dollar 1000 as my budget is not more than that. Hamilton Pan Europ and Hamilton Ventura watches look really fantastic. Would love to buy one of them soon.

  2. Hi Isaac and thanks for the review of the beautiful luxury timepieces. I think that the materials used are of a really good quality and when I clicked through on the check price links, I see some good discount me too. Which would you recommend for a first time buyer if one of these pieces? Also are there any automatic watches that are still quality, but from lesser known brands that would be worth checking out? Appreciate your thoughts, thanks Kenny 

    • Hi Kenny. If you’re first time buying an automatic watch, I’d suggest that you buy a lesser priced downwards of $500 – just to feel the watch and see if automatics is the watch type that you can live with. Forking out a $1,000 for a watch that you still are not certain you will love is a bit risky. I’ve written a few posts about these great automatic watches with more affordable prices that you can have a look at (under $200 and under $500).

      In terms of what watch to buy, I’d suggest that you have a look at my post here where I discussed the top 6 factors to choose the watch to buy. But the topmost factor is to buy a watch that you like and feel strongly about. If you’re dreaming about wearing the watch even in your sleep, I’d guess that’s the watch that you have to get.

      Of course, there are other aspects to look into (wrist size, functionality of the watch, price, etc.) but it should always start with whether you like the watch or not.

      Do let me know if you have further questions buddy =)

  3. Thanks for listing out all watches. I am looking for a watch for my husband and I was keen on a Seiko watch but after reading your post , I am thinking of Oris Big Crown Date due to its colour! It stands out from the rest of the watches. Citizen Grand Touring Sport looks good too! 

  4. I have taken several moments in time to read this very well presented article about a range of classy watches for men.  I guess wearing a classy time piece is part of being properly dressed in business attire , to look and feel the part. 

    I think if you are a professional and want to look professional then the choice of watch is significant.  I do like the clean and simple look of the Raymond Weil Maestro Moonphase. Most of the watches you have showcased have a clear and functional design although one I felt the face was too dark, that was the Oris Big Crown. I did not like the shape of the Hamilton Ventura XXL but that is just personal taste. . 

    I agree with you that it is amazing how man has been able to create such functional time pieces that  are also compact and attractive. 

     A great site for anyone in the market for a quality watch. 

    • Hi Judy. Thanks for taking the time to read through the post. While I do believe that self-confidence should come from within, I still feel that wearing a nice and proper watch can also contribute to our self-confidence, especially when dealing with our business counterparts. 

      Cheers!

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