An automatic watch is a logical choice for every gent who would rather let their arm provide the energy to wind the watch. We’ve researched the most affordable automatic watches on the market and present to you our top ten picks that you should be considering for your next timepiece purchase.
1. Hamilton Khaki King Automatic Watch
A reinvention of the traditional Hamilton military watch, the Khaki King Automatic is the ultimate explorer’s timepiece. Comprising of 40mm case with anti-reflective sapphire dial window, water resistant to 50m and round black dial with day/date display at 12 o’clock, it’s a favourable purchase. Its practicality is also found in its easy to read day and date display.
2. Frederique Constant ‘Runabout’ Automatic Watch
The Frederique Constant Runabout Automatic watch has a silvered dial, guilloche decoration and applied pearl black luminous indexes. A polished 43mm stainless steel three parts case, convex sapphire crystal, see-through case back, water resistant to 50m and hand-polished black pearl hour and minute hands all contribute to this watch’s appeal. A unique dark grey leather strap with folding buckle adds to the idiosyncratic aesthetic of this timepiece. For its functionality and durability, this watch comes at a reasonable price point.
3. Victorinox ‘Alliance’ Swiss Automatic Watch
With its Swiss made automatic functioning, the Victorinox ‘Alliance’ Swiss Automatic is sleek, modern and novel watch. A steely silver wristband aligns with the dusty dark grey dial perfectly. Other features include a polished stainless 40mm steel case, anti-reflection sapphire crystal, screw-in and see-through caseback, military time, self-winding movement and date functioning. It is also silent and won’t annoy you with an incessant ticking.
4. Luminox 1801-BO 1800 Automatic Watch
With genuine buffalo leather straps and Sapphire glass anti-reflective coating, the Luminox 1801-BO 1800 Automatic is as durable as it is visually appealing. Featuring a stainless steel 43mm brushed case, day-date function and see-through case-back, it’s safe to say that this watch is a top contender for your next watch purchase. The most notable feature is the tritium-tubes for continuous illumination which will allow you to relive childhood dreams of intergalactic expeditions.
5. Seiko 5 Black Dial Automatic Watch
The bold aesthetic of the Seiko 5 Black Dial Automatic is unique and true to the modern branding of the Seiko company. The vivid black dial works well with the silver wristband. Features include a stainless steel case and band with push button deployment clasp and safety lock feature, day/date display, luminous markers, water resistance of 100m and hardlex crystal for durability and an unidirectional bezel.
6. Tag Heuer Formula 1
Super modern with an ultra-sleek and almost robotic look, the Tag Heuer Formula 1 is a worthy investment. Our top pick out of the versions available is the full black edition, comprising of a black titanium carbide coated steel case, bezel, dial and strap. The second hand with a red tip is also a playful touch to this model. The watch also has polished hand-applied indexes and oversized “12” and “6” numerals respectively at 12 and 6 o’clock with luminescent markers, the monochrome “TAG Heuer” logo, printed minuterie with red touches on the flange and an angled date window at 3 o’clock.
7. Invicta 9937 Pro Driver Automatic Watch
Invicta 9937OB Pro Diver Automatic hits new heights with its flame fusion crystal elements. With water resistance of 200m, stainless steel case, screw down crown and diver buckle this model is a worthy choice. For aesthetics, it is as classic as they come, with a black and silver combination that will afford you a lot of versatility. The Pro Driver also comes at a great price, making it a worthy investment that won’t break the bank.
8. Bulova 97A109 Automatic Watch
From the self-winding mechanical collection, the Bulova 97A109 Automatic possesses a 21-jewel movement visible through on-dial aperture and exhibition caseback. Other nifty features include its stainless steel with rose-gold finish, domed crystal, patterned black dial, rose-gold accents, luminous hands and markers, a second hand, screw-back case and a traditionalist brown leather strap. This Bulova model also comes with a 3-year limited warranty and a water resistance of 30m.
9. Alpina Geneve Alpiner Automatic Watch
The Alpina Geneve Alpiner Automatic watch includes a scratch resistant sapphire crystal glassbox, a domed dial, applied indexes and numerals, and an engraved case back. Movement features of this model also include a 38-hour power reserve and hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. Finally, the case features include a stainless steel composition, a threaded crown and water resistance to 50m. Keeping consistent visually with the rest of our other top picks, the Alpina Automatic is a modern watch, with a sleek black face and silvery strap to match.