The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $1000 In 2018

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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!

The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $500 In 2018

The 15 Best Automatic Watches Under $500

Want An Automatic Watch? Check Out This List Of The Best Automatic Watches Under $500

Automatic watches are notorious for being expensive. But, you can still get a high quality automatic watch for under $500!

In this post, I’ve compiled a list of 15 great watches that someone with $500 to spare can buy. I’d like to highlight that I intend for this list to help those that really wants to buy his/her best automatic watch within a $500 budget.

Which is why most of the watches in this list is around $300 to $500 tops. If you’re looking for something cheaper, you can check out my previous post on the best automatic watches under $200 here.

Alternatively, if you can also check my list of the best automatic watches under $1,000 where I’ve listed the best watch for every budget.

 

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Hi Guys!

My name is Isaac and I’ve always love automatic watches. They are quite a magnificent creation that have lasted the test of time – arguably one of the current invention from centuries ago that can still be purchased easily.

While other more advanced watches such as the quartz or smartwatches are very popular, automatic watches still remain steadfast and desirable especially among watch fans.

The main attraction of automatic watches is in its capability to run without electricity – entirely dependent on the laws of physics by using mechanical parts inside it.

Also, who can resist that ever moving balance wheel assembly and the smooth sweeping second hand? It’s truly a beautiful invention.

After a few years reading, shopping and owning automatic watches, I’ve decided to create this website to record my thoughts. Here, I’ve listed 15 of the best automatic watches under $500 that you can buy.

Hope you will have a blast reading this, just as I’ve had a blast researching and writing it! If there’s any other watches that you think should be on this list, just drop a comment below =)

p/s: I’ve taken the online prices of the watches for this list as a basis as it’s much easier to get than the MSRP (and also because I love shopping online for watches LOL!). So the price could fluctuate a bit and might go over $500 at some point of time. 

 

Best Automatic Watches Under $500
Watch Name Description and Rating Where To Buy?
1. Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer

1. Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer

  • One of the cheapest chronometer watch around
  • ETA Powermatic 80 Caliber C07.111 movement
  • 80 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
2. Seiko SARB033

2. Seiko SARB033

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Exhibition caseback
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3. Hamilton Khaki King

3. Hamilton Khaki King

  • Military style watch
  • ETA 2834-2 movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Full day display
  • Exhibition caseback
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
4. Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical

4. Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical

  • Military style watch
  • ETA 2834-2 movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Full lume on hands and markers
  • Exhibition caseback
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
5. Tissot Visodate

5 Tissot Visodate

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2836-2 movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Day and date display
  • Exhibition caseback
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
6. Seiko Alpinist SARB017

6. Seiko SARB017 Alpinist

  • Casual watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Compass chapter ring
  • Exhibition caseback
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
7. Tissot Le Locle

7. Tissot Le Locle

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2824-2 movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Date display
  • Exhibition caseback
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
8. Orient Orient Star Retrograde

8. Orient Star Retrograde

  • Dress watch
  • Orient Cal. 40A50 automatic movement
  • 40 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Power reserve indicator, Retrograde day indicator, Subdial date display
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
9. Laco Aachen 861690

9. Laco Aachen 861690

  • Pilot/Aviator watch
  • Laco 21/ Miyota 821A
  • 42 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Aviator watch B-Uhr Type B dial, Superluminova lume
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
10. Seiko Cocktail Time SARB065

10. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Hardlex crystal
  • Sunburst dial, Exhibition caseback
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
11. Orient President EV0J003WXL

11 Orient President EV0J003W

  • Dress watch
  • Orient 46E automatic movement
  • 40 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Day and date display
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
12. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic

12. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Date display
  • Exhibition caseback
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
13. Seiko Sumo SBDC033

13. Seiko Sumo SBDC033

  • Dive watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • 50 hours power reserve
  • Hardlex crystal
  • Unidirectional rotating bezel, ISO 6425 compliance dive watch, Lume, Date, Magnetic resistance
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
14. Victorinox Maverick

14. Victorinox Maverick

  • Dive watch
  • ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
  • 38 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Date, Exhibition caseback, Lume, Unidirectional rotating bezel
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
15. Tissot PRC200 Powermatic80

15. Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic80

  • Casual watch
  • ETA Powermatic 80.121
  • 80 hours power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Day and date indicator, exhibition caseback, Lume on markers and hands
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

 

 

1 – Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer (T0864081605100)

1. Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer
Style Dress
Diameter Size 41 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA Powermatic 80 Caliber C07.111, 80 hours power reserve
Extra Features COSC Certified Chronometer, Date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

Starting off this list is a watch that I still can’t believe exist: the Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer. Yup, you read that right. It’s a chronometer for around $500!

For those that don’t know about it, a chronometer is a term for a very accurate automatic watch. Generally, accuracy is not automatic watch’s strength as most of them can have up to +/-20 seconds of deviation per day.

A chronometer is at least able to guarantee an accuracy of maximum +/-6 seconds per day, which is huge if you ask me. And these kind of watches (the chronometers that is) are traditionally priced at $1,000 and above.

So you’ll definitely understand how excited I am with this Tissot. The value for money they give with this watch is absolutely outrageous!

Apart from that, only those chronometers that are certified by COSC or (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the Swiss testing center) is allowed to use the term “Chronometer” on its dial face. So another plus point for the Tissot in getting them certified!

In addition to its higher than ordinary accuracy, the ETA Powermatic 80 Caliber C07.111 automatic movement also comes with a generous 80 hours power reserve, a huge improvement over the typical 38-50 hours power reserve that most automatic watches have (as you’ll see in this list).

How about its looks?

The Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer features a simpler black dial on a stainless steel case – simple, understated and elegantly done. As it’s not too dressy, it scores lots of points in the versatility department. I can easily foresee myself wearing this to office and also to parties in the evenings.

For a watch that looks good as well as having the best that an automatic watch can offer, the Tissot Powermatic80 Chronometer is definitely one watch that you have to seriously consider.

 

2 – Seiko SARB033

2. Seiko SARB033

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:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Seiko SARB033
Style Dress
Diameter Size 38 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Seiko Cal. 6R15, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Lume, Date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

The next watch on this list is a very popular watch: Seiko SARB033. It’s one of Seiko’s popular automatic watches due to its elegant design and good specifications – all in one cheap package of usually less than $400 online!

I’ve had the pleasure of owning one (read my personal review of the Seiko SARB033 here for more pictures) and all I can say is this is one great watch to own.

I’ve always had a preference for smaller 38-40 mm-ish watches due to my small wrist size, and this watch delivers it perfectly.

The case construction is one of the best in this price range as Seiko seemed to not hold any punches in this regard. The SARB033 case definitely brings to shame other more expensive watches especially from the Swiss/Western companies.

I just love how the case has a natural sweep and curves down to hug my wrist. It’s finishing is also quite good with some polishing streaks amidst a predominantly brushed surface.

And the best part of this watch?

It’s versatility. I’ve worn this to the office, to dates, casual parties, even to black tie events. Perhaps the only place where the watch feels out of place is outdoor (beaches, etc.).

Apart from that, the watch fits in perfectly with anything that I wore! It’s definitely a versatile piece and a watch that you should consider if you want a fit-for-all watch.

By the way, there’s also a white face model of the watch (the Seiko SARB035) which is more dressy in my opinion.

 

3 – Hamilton Khaki King (H64455533)

3. Hamilton Khaki King

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)
Hamilton Khaki King
Style Military
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2834-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Full day display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

The Khaki King watches are the face of the Hamilton brand, and it’s rightfully so for the Hamilton Khaki King to be included in this list.

Apart from being one of the cheapest automatic watch of western made these days, the Khaki King watch is also an iconic watch.

With only a glimpse of the military style dial and the unique full day display, we can easily spot the Khaki King watch even from afar.

The ruggedness of the design makes the watch a very good choice for casual use, with the brown leather strap looks to be well fit to be worn with jeans!

I also like the full day display: no more guessing about what day it is from the shortened day version in most other watches. This makes the watch very useful even for daily use.

One small issue that I have with the watch is the low water resistance at 50 m. It’s a bit weird that a military watch can only has a mere 50 m water resistance… In my opinion, a 100 m water resistance is the bare minimum for utility type of watches.

With that being said, the Hamilton Khaki King is still one of the most gorgeous and rugged military watch out there.

 

4 – Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical (241507)

4. Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical

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: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)
Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical 241507
Style Military
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Full lume on hands and markers, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Continuing with military watch, the next watch in the list is from Victorinox Swiss Army, the AirBoss Mechanical.

Originally, I didn’t want to include this watch in this list as its price is usually above $500 (though most of the times it’s lower than $600). But looking at the watch, it’s impossible for me to pass on it just because it’s a few dollars above the $500 mark!

I mean, just look at this beauty. While the Khaki King before it is grittier, the AirBoss Mechanical looks more refined and beautiful, even for a military watch.

I also love the full numeral markers – which by the way, is lumed too!

Having a full numeral dial makes the watch a breeze to read time with compared to the more usual index markers. Its also moderately sized, further helping with legibility. And with full lume on it, there’s definitely no issue in telling time with this watch in the dark!

In addition, the slight green shade of the hands/markers due to the SuperLuminova lume paints contrasts nicely with the gray dial face.

It does lack a day display (compared to the Hamilton Khaki King above) but honestly, I seriously feel that Victorinox made a good decision to left that out as it won’t mesh well with the dial.

For a beautiful military watch (or you just love a full lumed watch), this Victorinox AirBoss Mechanical is the one to get!

 

5 – Tissot Visodate (TIST0194301603101)

5 Tissot Visodate

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: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:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Tissot Visodate
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2836-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day and date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 30 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

One of the best Swiss automatic watch under $500 is the Tissot Visodate. In my opinion, if you’re looking for a dress watch, with automatic movement, made in Swiss, and still affordable ($500 is considered entry level in the Swiss automatic watch world), the Tissot Visodate is my number one pick.

For a start, it is from one of the most respected brand in watchmaking. Tissot has been around for a long time, and is currently one of the biggest brands. It even withstand the quartz era when many automatic watch brands gone bust! That speak volumes about the brand.

The Tissot Visodate is actually a re-production of Tissot’s vintage model of the same name but with great modernization in terms of the looks and movement.

You can see that the Tissot logo on the watch face is an older version of the logo – marking how this model is a “Classic” model in their lineup. A ode to their rich and colorful history.

The white creamy dial looks stunning, especially when coupled with the silver hands and markers. The highly polished stainless steel casing is beautifully done with slight sloping on its side

(Read my hands-on review of the Tissot Visodate here to see more pictures of it)

Then, there’s the trusted ETA 2836-2 automatic movement inside it. Dated as it is, the movement works like a charm as many ETA owners can attest.

As with many dress watches, there’s also an open caseback on the watch for us to peek at the ETA movement inside.

If you’re looking for a beautiful dress watch with great specifications, this Tissot Visodate should be inside your shortlist =).

 

6 – Seiko Alpinist SARB017

6. Seiko SARB017 Alpinist

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)
Seiko Alpinist SARB017
Style Casual
Diameter Size 38 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15 automatic movement, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Compass chapter ring, Diashock absorber, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 200 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

The next Seiko in this list is the Seiko SARB017 or more fondly known as the Alpinist watch. One interesting history about the watch is the Alpinist line up was conceived as a reference to Japan’s mountaineering community.

Which is why you can see that the technical specification of the watch is higher than normal Seikos despite it having a charming green-gold dial.

From the first look, we can see that the Seiko Alpinist is not your normal watch. I mean, where have you ever seen a watch with green dial, gold accents on the hands/markers, silver stainless steel case and brown leather band?

It’s not really a good idea to put many colors on a watch, but somehow, Seiko managed to pull it off very well with this watch.

I really like the green-gold combo as well as the classical type of hands. It shows a lot of character that is sorely missing in the current crop of watches.

Speaking of its technical specification, there’s a compass chapter ring on the watch that can be operated by turning the knob on the 4 o’clock position, which I’m sure will be very handy for those going outdoor.

In addition, the watch also has Diashock absorber to protect the watch and its Cal. 6R15 automatic movement from damage should it sustain any impact.

Last but not least, Seiko also put a huge 20 bar or 200 m water resistance rating on the watch. This puts it on par and even beat some dive watches out there! Just be sure to change the leather strap to Nato or rubber or metal before going into water LOL!

If you’re looking for something different with your next watch, the Seiko Alpinist SARB017 is definitely something that will worth your time to look into.

 

7 – Tissot Le Locle (TIST41142333)

7. Tissot Le Locle

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)
Tissot Le Locle
Style Dress
Diameter Size 39 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 30 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

Next on the list is the Tissot Le Locle. Just like the Visodate, it’s also part of the vintage collection of the brand. But this watch is a bit more special as the “Le Locle” is actually the name of the town where Tissot started some 150+ years ago.

So to be putting the sacred name of its inception place surely means a lot to the watch. And we can easily see it from the classical styling put on it.

For a start, there’s the roman numeral markers on the watch which gives it a special character to it. Then there’s also the guilloche pattern on the dial that, frankly speaking, looks astounding.

I’ve handled the watch in person, and it’s truly a magnificent timepiece that you have to see for yourselves to make an accurate assessment. Everything about the watch design looks delicate and very very elegant.

In terms of technical specification, the 39 mm stainless steel case houses an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with 30 m water resistance.

Suffice to say, the Tissot Le Locle is definitely one of the best dress watch in this price range.

 

8 – Orient Star Retrograde

8. Orient Star Retrograde

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 Retrograde
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Orient Cal. 40A50 automatic movement, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Power reserve indicator, Retrograde day indicator, Subdial date display
Water Resistance 100 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

Most watch fans know that Orient is one of the most undervalued brands currently. Their watches are of high quality at a much lower price than what their Swiss or Japan (Seiko especially) would charge. The only thing holding them back is perhaps their lesser known branding.

This Orient Star Retrograde is one watch that seeks to reinforce that. At just around $500, it has so much to offer. Again, it’s usually over the $500 mark but I feel that I really need to include this watch in this list as it’s such a good value for money!

For start, the Orient Star is Orient’s premium lineup of watches and differs from their normal watches in terms of movement, aesthetic and finishing.

This particular Orient Star Retrograde is definitely one gorgeous watch and not like any other Orient you have seen. It’s elegantly designed even with the busyness/complicated dial with power reserve indicator, day display and date display.

I really like the white creamy dial combo with silver stainless steel elements on the watch. It gives the watch a very beautiful and wholesome look. Everything about the watch is on point, without anything out of place.

It has a power reserve indicator, about the most useful feature one could get in any automatic watch – since most watches only has 38-40 hours power reserve it’s very important to know when the watch will drop dead to avoid it from happening.

Besides, there’s a feeling of satisfaction when you see the needle move up when you manual wind it LOL!

The use of a dedicated subdial for date is something that I really love. It’s different than the normal date display and make the watch looks more classical and elegant.

And last but not the least, the retrograde day indicator.

What does Retrograde means?

It literally means moving backwards, but retrograde has a kind of different meaning in watchmaking to describe the movement that automatically moves backward instead of running in full circle.

You can see that Orient put this retrograde feature on the day indicator at the bottom of the watch: after Sunday, the needle will go backwards to Monday.

With all of the above features, without a doubt the Orient Cal. 40A50 automatic movement inside it is one hell of a beast and definitely scores a lot of points in the movement department.

If you’re in for a dress watch that also has a multitude of features (especially the very useful power reserve indicator), then the Orient Star Retrograde is a good choice.

 

9 – Laco Aachen 861690

9. Laco Aachen 861690

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)
Laco Aachen 861690
Style Pilot/Aviator
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Laco 21/ Miyota 821A automatic movement, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Aviator watch B-Uhr Type B dial, Superluminova lume
Water Resistance 50 m

I’ve always like a good ol’ aviator watch – especially the ones with the B-Uhr Type B dial. It looks super awesome with the inverted minutes and hours markers (the minutes are way bigger than the hours, opposite of what a normal watch has).

Which is why the Laco Aachen 861690 is one of the best bang for buck that you can get. It has the traditional Type-B dial with automatic movement inside it – all for just around $300 to $400 a piece!

With those big markers and hands, there’s no question that this watch is perfectly legible and easy to tell time with. In fact, those markers and hands are filled with Superluminova lume making them usable even in the night.

One trade offs that Laco made in this model is the use of the Laco 21 movement which was based on the Miyota 821A automatic movement instead of the usual ETA movements as their competitors.

But for all intent and purposes, I don’t think that this is a big deal as the Miyota movements are widely used in many low-end automatic watches. They have made a good decision by using it in this watch, and helped make the watch affordable to many fans.

If you’re looking for a real aviator watch with automatic movement, the Laco Aachen 861690 is one of the best value for money watch you can get.

 

10 – Seiko Cocktail Time SARB065

10. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

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)
Seiko Cocktail Time SARB065
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15 automatic movement, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback, Sunburst dial
Water Resistance 50 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

As far as dial aesthetic is concerned, the Seiko Cocktail Time SARB065 gets full mark based on its dial design alone. It’s another popular Seiko automatic watch model that is frequently sought after by fans.

What makes the watch unique is the blue sunburst dial that changes depending on the angle of light and where you see it from. It’s a kind of metallic dial but the Cocktail Time uses many strips of dial to make it more unique.

By the way, the reason why the watch is called Cocktail Time is because it was a collaboration with Japan’s top bartender, Shinobu Ishigaki. That’s another reason why the watch looks gorgeous as it is!

In terms of technical specification, the watch has a moderate diameter of 40 mm, which is perfect for those with smaller wrists. Inside it there’s Seiko own Cal. 6R15 automatic movement with a good 50 hours power reserve.

Perhaps one flaw of this watch is the use of hardlex crystal (a type of mineral crystal) instead of using the more scratch resistant sapphire crystal.

But other than that, the Seiko Cocktail Time SARB065 is a great watch and has one of the most beautiful dial at this price range.

 

11 – Orient President (EV0J003W)

11 Orient President EV0J003W

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)
Orient President EV0J003W
Style Dress
Diameter Size 36 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Orient 46E automatic movement, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day and date display
Water Resistance 100 m

If you think that the Orient President EV0J003W looks familiar, you’re actually on to something. In fact, the watch is a homage to the popular Rolex Day Date.

It’s an elegant timepiece made to be a dress watch. What I love about the watch is the fluted or grooved pattern on its bezel that adds a lot of character to it. It meshes well with the stock jubilee bracelet that the watch comes with too.

The use of white-silver color combination on the dial is another thing that I love about it. While I’d prefer that Orient uses a different markers (the crystal markers looks very similar to the diamonds on the Rolex), it looks very nice and compatible with the watch overall design.

There’s also a full day display at the top of the dial and a date display with cyclops on the right for extra functionality.

If you’re a Rolex fan but can’t bring yourself to pay thousands of dollars for a watch, the Orient President EV0J003W might be the one that you need. At a fraction of its price, the Orient brings you a closeness to the iconic Day Date watch without making a huge hole in your wallet =)

 

12 – Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic

12. Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic

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: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)
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

While the Khaki King watches is the face of Hamilton, the brand also have other lesser known but great designs. An example of that is this Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic.

Why the watch is named as such? Frankly, I’m don’t know. But one thing that is certain is that the watch is a beautiful dress watch.

While it looks like the dial is a normal dial, upon closer inspection we can see that the center of the dial actually have a guilloche pattern on it. It’s a nice touch that added extra flair to the watch.

The guilloche in this black dial version might be harder to see than the white version of the watch. I also like how the sides of the watch has a bit of edges around it instead of a boring straight line.

We cannot see it from here but if you look at the pictures of the watch from different angles, you’ll see that the edges have intermittent polished and brushed finishing – sign of exquisite craftsmanship in watchmaking.

Powering the watch is the tried-and-tested ETA 2824-2 automatic movement that has 38 hours power reserve in it.

Want a nice dress watch? This Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic should be on your shortlist!

 

13 – Seiko Sumo SBDC033

13. Seiko Sumo SBDC033

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:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Seiko Sumo SBDC033
Style Dive
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15 automatic movement, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Unidirectional rotating bezel, ISO 6425 compliance dive watch, Lume, Date, Magnetic resistance
Water Resistance 200 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

If you’re thinking of getting a real automatic dive watch, then this Seiko Sumo SBDC033 is definitely the one for you, as agreed by thousands of Seiko fans all over the world.

(p/s: I’m also one of its proud owners. Check out my personal review of the watch here).

But what did I mean by “real” dive watch? Aren’t those watches with rotating bezel on it dive watches too?

Well, you’re not wrong there. Unidirectional rotating bezel is one of the main characteristic of a dive watch. And so does a good water resistance rating.

But what most other watches lack is compliance to ISO 6425, the international standard for dive watches.

It tables out a list of items that a watch need to comply to before can be certified a “dive watch” such as reliability under water, condensation test, the crown toughness to external force, shock resistance and other myriad physical attributes.

Only watches that passes those requirements can put the “Diver’s XXXm” on its dial. And this beauty is one of them!

In addition to the high technical specification, the Seiko Sumo also has very functional – and yet beautiful construction and design.

It’s dial is simple with over-sized markers and hands making it a pleasant thing to look at in the dark thanks to the huge lume real estate. The rotating bezel glides smoothly with satisfying clicks – so much so I’ve made a habit of mindlessly rotating the bezel at any chance that I get LOL!

Coming into it’s case, it will definitely command some wrist presence due to the 44 mm diameter. And with that size, it has a bit of heft to it – something that I really look forward when wearing it. The closest thing that I can describe about this is a heavy watch just gives you that manly feeling when wearing it.

Not to mention the case is a work of art by itself. It has multiple surfaces on it with intermittent brushed and polished surfaces finely executed by watchmakers at Seiko.

Without a doubt, the Seiko Sumo is one of the best watches you can get if you want a real dive watch with automatic engine =)

 

14 – Victorinox Maverick

14. Victorinox Maverick

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)
Victorinox Maverick
Style Dive
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date, Exhibition caseback, Lume, Unidirectional rotating bezel
Water Resistance 100 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

At the other side of dive watch, there’s the Victorinox Maverick. While the Seiko Sumo above is geared towards diving functionality, this Maverick (you gotta admit that this name is so cool for a watch!) is designed more towards aesthetic rather than “real dive watch” function.

But of course, that’s not entirely a bad thing. I mean, almost 99% of those buying dive watches never bring it even close to water. So then, why bother with full dive watch functionality right?

There’s only 100 m water resistance, low amount of lume, no screw down crown and there’s also an open caseback. Without a doubt, the Victorinox Maverick is design for desk divers rather than for real divers.

Let us look at the watch design then. It has the rotating bezel which is one of dive watch’s main characteristic. The blue colors make the watch look very beautiful (there’s also a gray color version too).

It might not shown in this picture but the bezel and the dial are actually having metallic sunburst effect on it, causing it to shine beautifully! A beautiful watch? You bet!

I also like the explorer style markers as the “3” and “9” makes telling time much easier than a full index markers. From the looks department, it is evident that Victorinox Swiss Army had a winner here.

Not to mention the build quality that is associated with the brand – it makes the watch so much more desirable than others.

If you would like to get a beautiful dive watch – but don’t necessary need the full functionality of a real dive watch – then this Victorinox Maverick is a very good choice.

 

15 – Tissot PRC200 Powermatic80 (T0554301601700)

15. Tissot PRC 200 Powermatic80

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)
Tissot PRC200 Powermatic80
Style Dive
Diameter Size 39 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA Powermatic 80.121 automatic movement, 80 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day and date indicator, exhibition caseback, Lume on markers and hands
Water Resistance 200 m
Full Review Click here to read my full review of this watch

The last watch in this list is the Tissot PRC200 Powermatic80. It’s a casual/sporty watch but with a sort of elegance that is not present with any other Tissot’s sports watch.

There are a few color variations of the model (black and blue as far as I know) but I love this white-silver color scheme the most as it’s so much more beautiful. I mean, a beautiful sports watch is definitely a good thing to have right?

The dial is simple with the usual 3-hands and day date display (courtesy of the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement inside) but it’s perfectly executed.

You can see the white dial meshes with the silver stainless steel of the hands, markers and the bezel/case with little to no effort. And that brown leather strap just completes this watch!

Some sporty elements can also be spotted on this watch. For example, the big crown is definitely there to give a sporty vibe. In addition, there are lumes on the hands and markers – even the explorer (12, 6 & 9) markers have lumes! I’m pretty sure the watch is a breeze to tell time with, during the day and nighttime.

In addition to the beautiful and sporty exterior, the watch is run by an ETA Powermatic 80.121 automatic movement. It’s a latest movement by the ETA/Swatch group (of which Tissot is one of its brands) with a huge 80 hours power reserve!

If you’ve owned an automatic watch before, you’ll know the struggle to keep that watch running continuously. A normal automatic will only run for about 40 hours before you need to wear or manual wind it again.

And yet this new movement extends its power reserve to 80 hours, or 3 and 1/3 days! You can just left it in your drawer over the weekend and it will still ticking comes Monday =)

So if you want to get a sports/casual watch with gorgeous design and huge power reserve? This Tissot PRC200 Powermatic80 is the one you should get.

 

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I hope that you love this list of the best automatic watches under $500 and enjoy reading it, as much as I’ve enjoyed researching and writing it!

If there’s any other automatic watches out there that you think should be in this list, do let me know by commenting below. I’d love to hear your suggestions (and to lengthen this list longer LOL!).

Hope to see you again.

Cheers!
Isaac.

 

30 Best Automatic Watches Under $1,000 in 2018 – The Best Watches For Every Budget

Best Automatic Watches in 2017

Best Automatic Watches From $1,000 To $200

Thinking of getting an automatic watch? Wanting to buy the Best Automatic Watch but don’t want to spend more than a thousand to get one?

Well, that’s definitely possible!

Of course, High-End and Luxury brands such as Rolex, Omega, Patek Philippe etc. are out of reach. But that does not mean the automatic watches priced lower than those brands are no good.

For under $1,000, you can still get a very beautiful and high quality watch, with great automatic movement running inside it (some even have in-house movement).

But first, if you’re new to automatic watch, check out my beginner’s guides by clicking the links on the sidebar. Or, you can just read the summary below on automatic watch, what is it, and why I absolutely adore this kind of timepiece (until I made a website out of it… LOL!).

 

Click Here For A Short Introduction On Automatic Watch

I have to admit that automatic watches is THE type of watches that I 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, what are the best automatic watches around?

I’ve decided to list down some of the best automatic watches in 2018, 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.

 

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
Watch Name Description and Rating Where To Buy?
1. Seiko Presage SARW011

A1 Seiko Presage SARW011

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko Cal. 6R27 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Classic dress watch style with power reserve indicator
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
2. Hamilton Khaki X-Wind

A2 Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533

  • Chronograph watch
  • Hamilton H-21 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stylish and masculine chronograph
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
3. Bulova Gemini

A3 Bulova Gemini 64C104

  • Dress watch
  • ETA-Valjoux 7750 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Beautiful gold plated watch
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
4. Hamilton Pan Europ

A4 Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

  • Sports Casual watch
  • Hamilton H-30 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A racing styled sports watch
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
5. Raymond Weil Parsifal 

A5 Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718

  • Dress watch
  • Raymond Weil Cal. RW 7310 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A gorgeous brown dress watch
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
6. Oris Artelier Pointer Date

A6 Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC

  • Dress watch
  • Oris 744 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stylish dress watch with dedicated date inner ring display
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
7. Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

A7 Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

  • Military watch
  • ETA 2878 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A stylish military watch with ever-glowing tritium lume
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
8. Seiko Shogun SBDC029

A8 Seiko Shogun SBDC029

  • Diver watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • One of the most comfortable diver watch with lightweight titanium case & bracelet
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
9. Tissot PRS 516

A9 Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701

  • Sports watch
  • ETA C01.211 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Tissot’s famed chronograph with racing styling
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
10. Hamilton Ventura XXL

A10 Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

  • Casual watch
  • ETA 2824-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A reinvent of Elvis’ Hamilton Ventura in this 21st century.
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

 

 

B- Best Automatic Watches Under $700 to $500
Watch Name Description and Rating Where To Buy?
1. Bulova Accutron Calibrator

B1 Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148

  • Dress watch
  • Bulova Calibrator movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A beautiful watch with External Fine Adjustment System (EFAS) to adjust its accuracy, without opening the case
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
2. Tissot T-Classic

B2 Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700

  • Dress watch
  • Powermatic 80 ETA C07.111 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A classic dress watch with huge 80 hours power reserve
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
3. Hamilton Khaki Pilot Interstellar

B3 Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar

  • Pilot style
  • ETA 2834-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A pilot-styled watch, famously worn by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) in the Interstellar film.
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
4. Tissot Le Locle

B4 Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2824-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Classical dress watch from Tissot with guilloche dial pattern
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
5. Victorinox Infantry Chronograph

B5 Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526

  • Military style
  • ETA-Valjoux 7750 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A stylish military watch with chronograph and telemeter scale
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
6. Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100

B6 Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100

  • Sports watch
  • ETA 2836-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Sports watch with gorgeous blue dial
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
7. Frederique Constant Classics Index

B7 Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6 

  • Dress watch
  • Caliber FC-303 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A simple and elegant dress watch
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
8. Raymond Weil Maestro

B8 Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001

  • Dress watch
  • Caliber RW 4200 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Another dress watch with exquisite craftsmanship and dial design
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
9. Victorinox Maverick

B9 Victorinox Maverick 241705

  • Diver watch
  • ETA 2824-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A diver watch with aggressive and manly style, befitting its “Maverick” name
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
10. Citizen Grand Classic

B10 Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A

  • Dress watch
  • Citizen 9010 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Simple white dial watch featuring an in-house automatic movement from Citizen
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

 

 

C- Best Automatic Watches Under $500 to $200
Watch Name Description and Rating Where To Buy?
1. Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

C1 Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • A stylish and gorgeous watch with sunburst blue dial
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
2. Orient Vintage FFD0F001W

C2 Orient Vintage FFD0F001W

  • Dress watch
  • Orient 46N45 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Good looking watch with power reserve indicator function
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
3. Orient President EV0J003W

C3 Orient President EV0J003W

  • Dress watch
  • Orient 46E movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • An affordable version of the Rolex Day Date
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
4. Seiko Sumo SBDC033

C4 Seiko Sumo SBDC033

  • Diver watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • Stylish diver watch from Seiko
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
5. Tissot Visodate

C5 Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2836-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Clean and sleek dress watch from the famous Swiss brand
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
6. Bulova BVA 96A107

C6 Bulova BVA 96A107

  • Dress watch
  • Miyota 8N24 movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Classic rectangular case shape with open dial showing the movement inside
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
7. Seiko SARB033

C7 Seiko SARB033

  • Dress watch
  • Seiko 6R15 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • A stylish dress watch well regarded among Seiko fans for its high value for money proposition
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
8. Hamilton Khaki King Scuba

C8 Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133

  • Diver watch
  • ETA 2834-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Hamilton’s very own diver watch featuring full day display
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
9. Laco Aachen 861690

C9 Laco Aachen 861690

  • Pilot style
  • Laco 21 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • One of the more affordable automatic pilot watch from the German brand
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
10. Victorinox Alliance 241666

C10 Victorinox Alliance 241666

  • Dress watch
  • ETA 2824-2 movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stylish military watch from the Swiss Victorinox
4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

 

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

 

The list was compiled from a huge number of watches, ranked by 6 set of rules. I’ll explain a little bit about these rules below for clarity.

Click the button below to learn about these rules. Otherwise, you can head over to the summary of best automatic watches below

 

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1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

 

4. 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.

 

5. 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.

 

6. 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.

 

 

 

 

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

 

A.1 – Seiko Presage SARW011

A1 Seiko Presage SARW011

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Seiko Presage SARW011
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Seiko 6R27, 45 hours power reserve
Extra Features White enamelled dial, Blued hands, Subdial date, Power reserve indicator
Water Resistance 100 m

A gorgeous dress watch by the Japanese brand surely belongs at the top of this list for obvious reasons.

For one, the dial is truly stunning, made by enamel technique that can easily command prices much more expensive than this, had it been done by a Swiss brand.

The white enamelled dial is beautifully coupled with blued hands for a very classy look. The markers are tall and thin roman numerals which is the best combination with the slim hands.

Everything on the watch is tall and slim, yet still very readable due to the high contrast with the white dial underneath.

It has the Seiko Cal. 6R27 inside it that has a maximum 45 hours power reserve.

The watch also has what some people say the best complication on an automatic watch – power reserve indicator.

With the indicator at the left side of the dial, there is no more guessing whether the watch has full power or not.

This makes it very easy to either manual wind it or use it at once to avoid the watch from stopping.

Another interesting element about the watch is the date indicator uses a subdial instead of a small window like what most watches have.

Truthfully speaking, this does not has any additional advantage save for the fact that it looks way cooler and much more interesting.

Besides, who want to wear something that everyone else already wearing right =)

For a truly stunning automatic dress watch, get the Seiko SARW011.

 

A.2- Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533

A2 Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533
Style Chronograph
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Hamilton H-21
Extra Features Chronograph, Day Date, Cross wind scale
Water Resistance 100 m

The Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533 is one timepiece that will surely blow you away. Its masculine and rugged style looks very good especially for casual use.

Make no mistake though, the watch is designed to be used outdoor. For a start, the Khaki X-Wind is a chronograph watch – means it has an additional stopwatch function in it.

As with most automatic chronographs, the main second hand of the watch is only for the chronograph function.

That means it’s not ticking during normal operating time. The subdial at the right of the watch does the ticking instead.

The top and bottom subdial do the chronograph time measurement up to 12 hours. Inside the cool black dial is an outer chapter ring which is used for cross wind calculation (normally only pilots use this).

The ring can be rotated using the two screw-down crowns at the right side of the watch.

True enough, the layout of this Khaki X-Wind is a bit out of the ordinary as the main time setting crown and the chronograph pushers are at the left side (these are usually at the right side).

Regardless, the protruding crowns as well as the bulky 44 mm case lends to the masculine look and feel of the watch.

And with 100 m water resistance, this is one of the best watch to be worn if you’re a budding pilot, or just want a cool watch to wear.

 

A.3- Bulova Gemini 64C104

 

A3 Bulova Gemini 64C104

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Bulova Gemini 64C104
Style Dress
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA-Valjoux 7750, 48 hours power reserve
Extra Features Chronograph, Day Date, Textured dial
Water Resistance 50 m

One of the most eye-catching watch in this list is the Bulova Gemini 64C104. It’s a very refined dress watch with gold plated case that’s surely going to capture many attentions.

Not only that, the dark gray dial is finely textured with gold accents on its markers and hands. Without a doubt, a very beautiful dress watch.

A normal gold plated dress watch would have been really good but the Gemini 64C104 takes it one step further with the chronograph complication.

The addition of the 3 subdials (running second hand, 30-minute and 12-hour subdials) make the dial more complex and yet much more mesmerizing.

You’ve got to agree that the numerous gold plated markers and hands do wonders on a dark gray dial. In all fronts, the watch is a perfect balance of dress with functionality.

In addition to the chronograph, it also has the day date display at the right side of the dial.

Plus, there is an exhibition caseback to allow us to peek at the internal workings of the ETA-Valjoux 7750 movement powering the watch.

Wanting a very nice gold plated watch? This Bulova Gemini 64C104 could just be what you look for.

 

A.4- Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741

A4 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: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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741
Style Sports Casual
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Hamilton H-30, 80 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date, Exhibition caseback, Unidirectional rotating bezel
Water Resistance 50 m

Next up we have the Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741, a stunning watch with blue colored dial. It’s a simple watch with traditional 3 hands and day date display.

But what’s interesting about the Pan Europ is the sort of retro style that has been modernized for today’s consumption.

It has a very racing oriented dial that just screams sportiness. The watch has an eye-catching reflecting blue dial at the center with white outer edge where the index markers sit.

Hamilton did a nice job with the design as we can see the silver/white and blue colors are layered on top of each other from the center of the watch to the blue bezel and lastly the silver stainless steel case.

It’s bezel is actually a unidirectional rotating bezel – which means we can actually rotate the bezel counterclockwise.

I’m not sure why they put it on this watch as this rotating bezel is usually put on a diver’s watch.

Either way, the rotating bezel is a nice addition and can help with simple timekeeping, if you know how to use it (Click HERE for my guide on how to use rotating bezel).

The Pan Europ boasts the Hamilton H-30 Caliber that has a huge 80 hours power reserve – that’s almost double the hours than a normal automatic watch!

Lastly, Hamilton also has been kind to put in an matching Nato strap inside the package. And there’s also a tool to help changing the strap too!

Sure, a Nato strap does not cost much but having it coming with the watch FOC is a good deal in my opinion.

If what you’re looking for is a fun casual watch with retro feel, the Hamilton Pan Europ H35405741 should be in your watch list.

 

A.5- Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718

A5 Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718

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)
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Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Raymond Weil Cal. RW 7310
Extra Features 12-hour Chronograph, Date, Textured dial, Tachymeter scale
Water Resistance 100 m

The Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718 is another dress chronograph that’s just stunning to look at. It has a 40 mm diameter case with a brown dial on it.

The center of the dial has black weaving texture with a matching roman numerals on its edge.

The use of black numerals on a brown dial reduces the readability of the watch, but you can’t deny it makes the watch looks very good.

The dial also becomes a bit busy due to the three chronograph dials on it. There’s also a small tachymeter scale on the outer edge of the dial that can be used with the chronograph to easily determine the speed of a moving object.

At the 4.30 o’clock, there’s a date display with a magnifying cyclops to make reading the date much easier.

There’s not much brown colored watch out there, and this Raymond Weil Parsifal 7260-STC-00718 surely comes out at the top of the most beautiful brown watches ever.

 

A.6- Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC

 

A6 Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC

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: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)
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Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC
Style Dress
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Oris 744, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Inner circle date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

Oris Artelier Pointer Date 01 744 7665 4054-07 5 22 71FC (it has a very long reference no. LOL) is the exquisite dress watch that you might have been looking for.

For a start, it looks very beautiful with that textured black dial that oozes its cool style from the first glance.

Then, we notice that there is no normal second hand on this watch. There is a small subdial at the left side of the dial for seconds.

The slim hand of the watch with the red crescent tip is for the date and there is an inner circle showing all 31 dates.

It’s truly an ingenious design that will be loved by those looking for something new and exciting in their new watch.

Inside the watch is the Oris Cal. 744 movement with 38 hours power reserve. If you’re looking for a refined classic dress watch with a slight twist, the Oris Artelier Pointer Date is the right choice for you.

 

A.7- Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801

A7 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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)
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Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801
Style Military
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2878, 44 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date, Exhibition caseback, Tritium Lume
Water Resistance 100 m

Next we have the Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801, a military watch by the famed Luminox brand.

It’s a very cool looking watch, with all the elements at the right place. I just love how precise and balance the dial is.

Luminox is famous with tactical watch gears for Navy Seal – the big bulky black watches – but I never thought they are capable of producing such fine automatic timepiece such as this.

The dial is black-gray in color with textures in inner dial. The two parts of the dial is divided by a silver ring with 24-hour markings on it.

There’s a day date display at the 3 o’clock for added functionality. And as you’ve guessed it, the watch comes with tritium lumes on its hands and markers, a sort of signature of the brand.

Unlike other lume which need to absorb light before it can glow in the dark, the tritium lume can glow on its own.

The secret lies with the tritium material – a radioactive element that continuously divide itself while releasing energy (in this case, light). Hence, the “self-illuminated” lume that Luminox boasts about.

Is it dangerous to wear radioactive material on your wrist? Not so much with this watch as the tritium is enclosed in glass tubes and is perfectly safe to use.

With a beautiful dial and self illuminating tritium lume, thhe Luminox Field Automatic Day Date 1801 is one of the coolest military/field watch that you can own.

 

A.8- Seiko Shogun SBDC029

 

A8 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: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)
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Seiko Shogun SBDC029
Style Dive
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Titanium
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15, 23 Jewels, 50 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

Among Seiko dive watch fans, the Seiko Shogun SBDC029 is one of the most sought after dive watch in the sub-$1000 region.

It has the unmistakable dive watch styling with index markers, oversized hands and rotating bezel.

Seiko has always been not a fan of dressy dive watch (a-la Rolex Submariner) and the Shogun is another example of a more-action type of dive watch with its relatively simple dial.

Despite that, the watch is also still very good to look at and will make a nice companion to various functions.

It has a matte black dial with complimenting black bezel. The big bulky hands which are filled with lume to the brim will be a real treat in the dark, courtesy of Seiko’s Lumibrite technology.

Perhaps the best feature of the Seiko Shogun (and the one that jacked up its price) is the titanium case and bracelet.

The usage of titanium, a material around 50% lighter than steel, had made the watch very lightweight and a totally different experience to wear than any other dive watch.

It’s a different feeling knowing that the watch you’re wearing looks heavy and yet so light on the wrist.

For the dive watch lovers out there that want a dive watch that’s very comfortable on your wrist, this Seiko Shogun SBDC029 is your best choice.

 

A.9- Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701

A9 Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Tissot PRS 516 T0794272705701
Style Sports
Diameter Size 45 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA C01.211, 46 hours power reserve
Extra Features Chronograph, Date, Lume
Water Resistance 100 m

Tissot has done it again with their PRS 516 T0794272705701 watch. This is a sports chronograph watch from the Swiss brand with obvious racing elements on it.

This 45 mm diameter watch has a black textured dial. It’s also very busy with the three subdials for chronograph function as well as a unique date display at its right.

I really love the date display as it reminds me of how an ancient digital display looks like. The watch is primarily black and white/silver with yellow accents sprinkled here and there.

The 6 hours chronograph can be operated by the 2 pushers at the right side of the watch.

There’s also a tachymeter scale printed on its bezel for its owners to easily determine the speed of an object such as a racing car.

On its back is an exhibition caseback with steel beams, of which I can only assume to be a homage to a racing wheel’s rim.

Finishing the touch on this sports watch is the black rubber band with yellow sides.

The PRS 516 T0794272705701 is one good looking sports watch that definitely belongs in a racing track. If you need a cool sporty chronograph, this one is it.

 

A.10- Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331

 

A10 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: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)
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Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331
Style Casual
Diameter Size 46 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Unique V-shaped case, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

As iconic as ever, the Hamilton Ventura is one sight of a watch. Elvis catapulted it’s popularity in the 1950s-60s by wearing the watch in many occasions.

Though I’m pretty sure even if he didn’t, the uniquely futuristic and edgy V-shaped case of the Ventura would’ve been very popular all the same.

This Hamilton Ventura XXL H24655331 watch model is a reissue of the famed ventura watch with a bigger case at 46 mm diameter (hence, the XXL model name).

The watch has a black dial, though if you look closer, the dial actually has lots of small holes/mesh and we can see its automatic movement inside which is pretty cool to look at.

Due to the 90-degree angled V-shaped case, the watch is not symmetry like any other watch and can take quite some time to get used to.

At its back is an open caseback where we can see the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement. The watch is coupled with a rubber band which to be honest, is a let down as I feel a nice black leather strap would’ve been more befitting to such an iconic watch.

If you’re looking for a very cool watch with lots of history or you’re just a hardcore fan of Elvis, this Hamilton Ventura XXL is definitely for you.

 

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

B1 Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Unique Factor:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
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Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148
Style Dress
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Bulova Calibrator automatic movement
Extra Features Exhibition caseback, Date, External Fine Adjustment System (EFAS)
Water Resistance 50 m

One of the best looking watch in this list is the Bulova Accutron Calibrator 65B148, a gold-black dialed dress watch that’s stunning to look at.

The dial is relatively simple with gold plated numeral markers on the black dial.

The dial can be segregated into two sections: the inner dial with waffle texture and the plain black outer dial.

This design is not out of ordinary, but I like how it make the simple watch more complex and a joy to look at. Not to mention the usage of gold plated markers and hands on a black dial is really a nice combo.

There’s also a date display at the right side of the dial for added functionality.

The biggest selling point of this watch is of course the left side of the dial where the External Fine Adjustment System (EFAS) is located at.

The “crown” at its left side can be attached to a screw lug and used to adjust the watch’s accuracy. We can then use the subdial at the left to keep track of how the movement is functioning.

Truthfully, I’m okay with a bit of deviation in accuracy here and there. But to be able to adjust the accuracy without opening the caseback and tinkering on the movement is a very cool feature.

And at its sub-$700 price, this Bulova Calibrator is definitely a great watch for those wanting a bit more from their typical dress watch.

 

B.2 – Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700

 

B2 Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700

Style and Aesthetics:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
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Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Titanium
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Powermatic 80 ETA C07.111, 80 hours power reserve
Extra Features 80 hours power reserve, Date display
Water Resistance 50 m

Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700 is a classic dress watch with a twist (or two). It has a real beautiful design with the gray textured dial and gold accents on its markers, hands, bezel and bracelet.

I love the vertical texture on its inner dial and how the gold markers interact with the gray dial. Good looks aside, I need to highlight two aspects of the watch that make is a great deal, especially at this price point.

The first is the material used in this watch is titanium, famous for its lightweight properties. Thus, the watch is actually much lighter than what it looks like.

Secondly, Tissot had equipped the watch with its Powermatic 80 ETA C07.111 automatic caliber which boasts a good 80 hours power reserve.

To put this in comparison, a normal ETA 2834 used in many Swiss automatics only has 38 hours power reserve.

This makes the T-Classic T0874075506700 able to stay on for more than 3 days without having to be worn or wound.

Without a doubt, this Tissot T-Classic T0874075506700 is not just an ordinary beautiful dress watch, but it also has huge upgrade in its technical specification.

 

B.3 – Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar Watch

 

B3 Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar

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:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 Interstellar Watch
Style Pilot
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2834-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

Do you like the sci-fi hit Interstellar by Christopher Nolan? I loved it for the fast paced action, cool sci-fi story, and great acting. Sure, a few things don’t really added up but those things don’t really bother me (it’s just a movie after all).

Like all watch fans, I also was intrigued by the two watches shown in the movie.

The most prominent watch is the black Hamilton with mercedes hands that’s used by Cooper to transmit morse code to his daughter.

It has a really nice design with retro styling but unfortunately it was specifically made for the movie and Hamilton don’t have any plan to sell it (which is a let down).

The second watch is the automatic Hamilton Khaki Pilot H64615135 and fortunately this one is for sale in the brand’s current collection.

This is the pilot watch with stainless steel case and bracelet which was worn by Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) throughout his journey from earth to space and beyond.

While the first watch is distinctive in its retro style, the Khaki Pilot is the modern version of pilot watch, befitting a pilot and astronaut.

It has the well-loved inner hour markers remisniscent of B-Uhr Type B watches with oversized minute markings. The watch also features a full day display at the top and a date display at its bottom of dial.

If you’re looking for a cool pilot watch (or just want to be like the humanity’s saviour), the Hamilton Khaki Pilot is the watch for you.

 

B.4 – Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33

B4 Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33

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)
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Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33
Style Dress
Diameter Size 39 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Guilloche dial, Exhibition caseback, Date display
Water Resistance 30 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

This Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 does not need to be introduced to automatic watch fans any longer. It’s one of the more famous Tissot due to its affordability and beautiful design.

The name Le Locle was given from the birthplace of Tissot at the Swiss’ Jura Mountains.

The watch company was founded in 1853 and was one of the few watch companies that survived the Quartz Crisis back in the 70s.

Being in existence for more than a century tells a lot about the reputation and heritage of the company and the Le Locle is meant as a homage to that rich history.

Back to the watch, the white dial is very simple yet so elegant with the guilloche pattern on top of it. The roman numeral markers are very readable as well as the slim hands.

Even the caseback is elegant as well, with beautiful engravings on it. I’d prefer a full open caseback than the half open as this one but I have to admit, the engravings on the back are really nice and out of ordinary.

While the dial is a simple and refined, the caseback is flamboyant and totally opposite of it.

This Tissot Le Locle T41.1.423.33 should be in your list if you’re looking for a beautiful Swiss automatic dress watch with rich history.

 

B.5 – Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526

 

B5 Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526

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:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
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Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526
Style Military
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA-Valjoux 7750, 48 hours power reserve
Extra Features Chronograph, Exhibition caseback, Telemeter scale
Water Resistance 100 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

The Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526 is a true military watch from a glance.

It has a gray dial with black gunmetal PVD case that just looks like something you’d wear into the war zone (or for most of us, outdoor activities).

The dial is quite busy no thanks to the chronograph subdials but the complexity gives it a cool factor – just like all chronograph has.

Its gray dial has fine texture over it and the numeral markers as well as the hands are painted with lume material for a nice and readable contrast.

The main feature of this watch (besides it very military look) is the automatic chronograph function, operated by the two pushers at its right side.

An automatic chronograph is a real treat as the complication is a very massive upgrade over a normal automatic movement.

The ETA-Valjoux 7750, particularly is a famous chronograph movement having been used in many Swiss watches with great track record.

The watch also features a telemeter scale which is very different than the normal tachymeter scale on many chronographs.

Telemeter scale is a way to use the chronograph to find out the distance between the source of an event and yourselves.

I won’t go into the detail of it but some example of practical use can be to know the distance of a firework/guns/explosions to the user. You can google it up to know more about it.

If what you’re looking is a fine military watch with automatic chronograph, this Victorinox Infantry Chronograph 241526 is the one to check.

 

 

B.6 – Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100

B6 Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100

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)
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Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100
Style Sports
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2836-2, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Exhibition caseback, Day Date
Water Resistance 100 m

 

The racing inspired Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100 is a sports watch that can also be a classy dresser, thanks to its beautiful dark blue dial.

It has a rich dark blue metallic dial that easily changes depending on reflection. Tissot has managed to make the racing watch maintain its masculinity, while also being subtle.

The usual “T” hand is there, in red color to bring to everyone’s attention the 8 beats per second sweeping second hand of the ETA 2836-2 automatic movement.

The watch is also encased in thick stainless steel with accompanying bracelet – there is no doubt that this is a hefty watch which is good if that’s what you’re looking for.

For an authentic Swiss racing watch from the historical brand, the Tissot PRS 516 T0444302104100 is one of the best watch to get.

 

 

B.7 – Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6

B7 Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6 

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)
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Frederique Constant Classics Index FC-303S5B6
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Frederique Constant Caliber FC-303
Extra Features Date display
Water Resistance 50 m

This Frederique Constant Classics Index watch is one truly beautiful dress watch. It has a simple design and yet the watch oozes refined classical timepiece that the brand is well-known of.

I really love the white dial – sometimes, less is more – and this is very true for the watch. It does not have much elements in the dial and yet it looks as stunning.

On top of the dial, there are silver index markers & hands, date display and minimal signatures of the brand.

The case is highly polished befitting of a dressy watch. Not only that, the 40 mm diameter size of the case plus its thin profile will make it very comfortable to be used for any formal events where you’d expect your watch to slip in right under your sleeve.

For a true dress watch that’s also an automatic and won’t make a hole in your pocket, this Frederique Constant Classics Index is the one to pick.

 

 

B.8 – Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001

 

B8 Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001

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)
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Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001
Style Dress
Diameter Size 41 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Raymond Weil Caliber RW 4200
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

As a dress watch, this Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001 clearly is something on its own.

It has a white dial but unlike the Frederique Constant above with simple dial, the Maestro has textures on its dial on its inner and outer layers of dial.

Like any simply styled dress watch, there is only minimal signatures on it with a small date window at its right.

Silver index markers are used for the watch with complementing hands of the same color. I like how the hands are designed as its a bit unusual.

Normal watch hands will has straight lines in the form of dauphine or sword shapes as its easier to be manufactured.

But the hands on this Maestro has circle tips with curvy lines, undoubtedly harder to make and is very unique.

If you need a twist to normal dress watch, the Raymond Weil Maestro 2847-STC-30001 watch is a great choice.

 

 

B.9 – Victorinox Maverick 241705

B9 Victorinox Maverick 241705

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Brand Name and History:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 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:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
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Victorinox Maverick 241705
Style Dive
Diameter Size 43 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2824-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date, Exhibition caseback, Unidirectional rotating bezel
Water Resistance 100 m

The Victorinox Maverick 241705 is a handsome and manly dive watch that’s surely going to be a presence on our wrists.

I’m not really sure why it’s called “Maverick” but I sense the futuristic, modern and a bit aggressive style lends to the credence of that name.

Not to mention the use of gray color on the dial and bezel which is quite unusual for a watch makes it look more rugged.

It uses a great combination of the gray dial with the stainless steel silver of the case, bracelet, bezel markings, hands and dial markers.

Never once I thought that gray is a good color for a watch, and this Victorinox Maverick proves me wrong!

Apart from its good looks, the watch also has all the feature of a dive watch such as unidirectional rotating bezel, lume, screw down crown and 100 m water resistance rating.

If you’re looking for an automatic dive watch that’s also can be paired with suit anytime, the Victorinox Maveric 241705 is surely what you’re looking for.

 

 

B.10 – Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A

 

B10 Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A

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)
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Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A
Style Dress
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Citizen 9010, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date, Exhibition caseback, Lume
Water Resistance 100 m

Paying over $500 for a Citizen watch might not bode well for some, but we can’t deny the watch is a true beauty.

While Citizen is famous for its Eco-Drive solar watches, the Japanese brand’s automatic watch is not that prominent.

Like Seiko, the brand started with automatic watch but then focuses more on Eco-Drive solar technology which is why its automatic watch is not popular and relatively unknown.

The Grand Classic is an example of a refined dress watch with its white dial and highly polished case.

The moderate size of 42 mm diameter makes it wearable for any wrist size while also keeping the resemblance to classic dress watch size.

What I like the most about its dial lies is the blue hands that just like popped up from the dial. The blue color contrasts with the background white is very nice to look at and greatly improves its readability.

This Citizen Grand Classic NB0040-58A will be a great watch for anyone looking for a subtle and unique automatic dress watch.

 

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 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)
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Seiko SARB065 Cocktail Time
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date display, Exhibition caseback, Sunburst dial
Water Resistance 50 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

The first watch in this section is the Seiko SARB065, or more commonly known as the cocktail time.

The reason for the nickname seemed to come from the origin of the watch. The design of this watch was a collaboration between Seiko and Shinobu Ishigaki, one of Japan’s top bartender.

The result is a watch that can only be assumed to be Mr Ishigaki’s ideal watch while sipping a cocktail, a very beautiful watch that looks stunning upon first impression.

I really love how the dial’s numerous vertical lines helped to create that impressive sunburst imaginary.

It’s paired with a highly polished stainless steel case for the ultimate dress watch you’ll need.

There’s no doubt that serious effort was put into the creation of this watch, and the best part of all, it’s less than $500! How is that for a good value for money?

Technical specification wise, the 40 mm diameter is not too big nor too small. It’s the average watch size that can easily be fit into any wrist sizes.

Inside the Cocktail Time is Seiko’s own Caliber 6R15 featuring a good 50 hours power reserve.

Being a true dress watch, the watch only has a paltry 50 m water resistance but to compensate, it also has an exhibition caseback to be able to look at the back of the movement.

If you want a gorgeous piece of automatic watch that looks way more than what you have to pay for, this Seiko SARB065 is the perfect choice for you.

 

 

C.2 – Orient Vintage FFD0F001W

C2 Orient Vintage FFD0F001W

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)
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Orient Vintage FFD0F001W
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Orient 46N45, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Power reserve indicator, Date, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

 

Next we have the Orient Vintage FFD0F001W, a classic styled dress watch from another Japanese manufacturer.

It features a traditional white dial but with a twist – the center of the dial has guilloche pattern that gives off a nice reflection from different angles.

In addition, the watch hands are blue in color thus making it popped up from the dial. I really love this as it makes the watch much more readable than the normal silver hands.

The watch has an in-house movement with Orient Caliber 46N45 that gives a 40 hours power reserve.

What’s interesting is the Orient Vintage FFD0F001W also has a power reserve indicator at the top of the dial which in my opinion is one of the best complications that an automatic watch should has.

It enables user to know how many hours the watch can stay running before we need to either use it or manual wind it.

It’s a very nifty feature for sure, and it’s something that’s prominent in many of Orient’s automatic watches.

If you need a beautiful dress watch with a power reserve indicator, this Orient Vintage FFD0F001W is one of the best candidate for you.

 

 

C.3 – Orient President EV0J003W

C3 Orient President EV0J003W

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: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)
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Orient President EV0J003W
Style Dress
Diameter Size 36 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Orient 46E, 40 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date display
Water Resistance 100 m

 

At first glance, this Orient President EV0J003W looks very familiar. Well, that’s not surprising since this is actually a homage to Rolex Day Date.

Everything about the watch is about the same as the legendary watch: the small diameter case, the fluted/grooved pattern bezel, the squeeky clean dial, date display with cyclops and the most telling of all, the bespoke fullly spelt day display at the upper dial.

Surely, the original watch is miles better with precious materials and actual diamonds for its markers, but the Rolex Day Date will easily cost more than 20 times of the price of this watch.

Not only that, there’s a sapphire crystal equipped on top of the watch. Sapphire is known as the best glass for watches due to its high scratch resistance.

This Orient President EV0J003W comes really close in terms of the closeness to the original watch and since it’s much more affordable, it’s a good choice when you want to wear an iconic watch on your wrist.

 

 

C.4 – Seiko Sumo SBDC033

C4 Seiko Sumo SBDC033

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)
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Seiko Sumo SBDC033
Style Dive
Diameter Size 44 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Hardlex crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Unidirectional rotating bezel, ISO 6425 compliance dive watch, Lume, Date, Magnetic resistance
Water Resistance 200 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

The Seiko SBDC033 or Sumo is a popular watch with Seiko fans. Not only due to its unique nickname (a Sumo watch anyone?) but also for its practical dive watch look that’s a beauty to look at.

This particular model (SBDC033) has a matte dark blue dial and bezel which I absolutely adore. There is also the black version (SBDC031) for those that prefer the more original look of a dive watch.

The dial was made for total readibility either in the dark or normal lighting condition. We can see that the markers are big circular index markers while both the hands are oversized.

It’s very easy to read in broad daylight and the huge amount of lume on it makes the watch glow brightly in the dark.

The unidirectional rotating bezel is easy to be used and produces satisfying “clicks” when rotated that just sounds quality.

Inside the watch is Seiko’s in-house Cal. 6R15 with 50 hours power reserve.

As with any quality dive watch from the brand, this Seiko Sumo sports a good 200 m water resistance as well as complying with ISO 6425 dive watch standards.

If you’re looking for a serious dive watch that not only looks great but also functions as it should be, this Seiko SBDC033 Sumo might be what you’re looking for.

 

C.5 – Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101

 

C5 Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101

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: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:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
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Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2836-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Day Date, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 30 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

The Visodate is one of Tissot’s most popular automatic watches, and rightfully so. Apart from it’s more affordable pricing, the dress watch is a total stunner with beautiful white dial that’s just mesmerizing to look at.

This particular model is actually a homage to the first Tissot Visodate produced in the 1950s. So we can say that this new Visodate is a continuation of the legacy of the model.

Tissot had modernize the design for this version by making it larger (at 40 mm) to accommodate current taste for bigger watch.

But the clean white dial still remains the same (though there’s also the black dial version for you to choose).

I like the use of day and date display at the right side of the watch. It makes the watch much more practical and useful, rather than just telling time.

The stainless steel case is highly polished and has a straight sides for a clean cut look. The almost non-existant bezel around the edge of the watch makes the watch appears larger as the dial encapsulates the watch to its extent.

There’s also an exhibition caseback that lets us see the ETA 2836-2 automatic movement from the back.

The movement is one of ETA’s most popular movements and has 38 hours power reserve.

For a beautiful dress watch with a rich legacy of history, this Tissot Visodate TIST0194301603101 is a great fit.

 

 

C.6 – Bulova BVA 96A107

C6 Bulova BVA 96A107

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:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 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)
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Bulova BVA 96A107
Style Dress
Diameter Size 40 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Mineral crystal
Movement Miyota 8N24, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Open dial, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 50 m

 

I’m pretty sure most guys will agree with me that the Bulova BVA 96A107 is one very unique watch. The dress watch has a beautiful open dial that shows in all its glory the Miyota 8N24 automatic movement inside it.

Not only that, the pairing of the circular open dial with the surrounding white metallic dial is impeccable and well suited.

And of course, the square shaped 40 mm case is another unique feature in this watch. There’s not much square shaped watches nowadays and Bulova did it beautifully with this watch.

One thing about square shaped watches is we are actually getting more dial area than a circle watch of the same diameter/dimension. More bang for bucks? LOL!

Jokes aside, the case of this watch is by no means a straightforward square shaped.

The edge of the watch has ridges that not only gives the watch a bit of character, but also shows how the designer tried to impart some beauty on an otherwise boring case shape.

If you want a unique dress watch that’s surely going to attract attention, this Bulova BVA 96A107 should be one of your top candidates.

 

 

C.7 – Seiko SARB033

C7 Seiko SARB033

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:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
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Seiko SARB033
Style Dress
Diameter Size 38 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Seiko 6R15, 50 hours power reserve
Extra Features Lume, Date, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

Seiko SARB033 is one of the more simple dress watch in this list. It’s simple, but at the same time exudes elegance due to its understated beauty.

The silver hands and markers on top of the black dial makes for a very easy to read watch. The simplicity in its dial design is something that can be traced back to the Grand Seiko models.

In a way, the SARB033 can be said to be a baby GS due to this =) (The watch also comes in white color which is the Seiko SARB035).

Another great thing about the watch is how immaculate the craftsmanship, especially to the case. The stainless steel case is engraved with layers of brushes and polishing creating a nice texture.

Not only that, the lugs are curved so as to hug the wrist neatly. This same curved lugs are typical of many Seiko models including the Seiko Sumo mentioned above.

Another important characteristic of this SARB033 is how versatile it is. Compared to a very flashy dress watch, a simple but refined watch like this is more versatile.

Despite its price, the SARB033 also has a sapphire crystal which is the best crystal for a watch. It will ensures the glass is kept clean from any deformities even after years of use.

It’s without a doubt a dress watch, but it can also be used for other usages such as casual, work and many more.

For a elegant dress watch that’s versatile, this Seiko SARB033 should be in your collection.

 

 

C.8 – Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133

C8 Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133

Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Movement:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 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:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
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Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133
Style Dive
Diameter Size 41 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement ETA 2834-2, 38 hours power reserve
Extra Features Date, Unidirectional Rotating Bezel, Lume, Exhibition caseback
Water Resistance 100 m

Read my in-depth review of the watch HERE

 

Another dive watch in this list: the Hamilton Khaki King Scuba H64515133 is the Swiss brand’s take on the popular dive watch style.

The watch has everything that a dive watch should have such as the easy to read dial and most importantly, the unidirectional rotating bezel.

There’s also the scratch resistant sapphire crystal that can keep the crystal pristine for years of use.

The use of black and white color makes the watch easily readable, which is very important for a dive watch.

Not only wanting to make a mere Submariner copy, Hamilton injected their own Khaki King style into this watch.

I’m always a fan of a fully spelt day display on the top of the dial. It’s unique and much easier to read than normal short-formed day display.

There’s also 24-hour markers in the inner part of the dial and the date display on the bottom.

If you love Hamilton’s Khaki King watch, this Scuba version is a must for you.

 

 

C.9 – Laco Aachen 861690

C9 Laco Aachen 861690

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:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
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Laco Aachen 861690
Style Aviator
Diameter Size 42 mm
Case Stainless Steel
Watch Crystal Sapphire crystal
Movement Laco 21/ Miyota 821A, 42 hours power reserve
Extra Features Aviator watch B-Uhr Type B dial, Superluminova lume
Water Resistance 50 m

 

Fancy a classic aviator watch? Then this Laco Aachen 861690 is something that you should take a look at.

Made by the prestigious German firm, the Aachen has the famous flieger or B-Uhr Type B dial.

It’s definitely a unique dial design as the main markers are the minutes while the smaller markers in the inner dial are the hour markers.

It’s very contrasting with the normal watches but I find it’s actually more practical. I find the inner hour markers are placed as such due to the shorter hour hands and the same with the minute markers/hands.

This makes the watch much easier to read as the markers and the hands are on top of each other at the same spot, especially the hour markers.

The sapphire crystal on top of this watch will do a great job of avoiding any scratches on it, especially when you take it outdoor.

That aside, the watch has Laco 21 or Miyota 821A automatic movement inside it which has a good 42 hours power reserve.

I believe one of the main reasons why this watch can be sold for less than $500 is due to the Miyota based movement which is much cheaper than a Europe based movement.

Unfortunately, the movement does not hack (second hand will keep on running while setting time).

But for such a lovely aviator watch, this is a small disadvantage – unless you’re dead set about wanting the perfect time.

 

 

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Style and Aesthetics:4 out of 5 stars