An automatic watch is a logical choice for every gent who’d prefer to let their arm provide the energy to wind their timepiece rather than rely on a battery. But, with more automatic watches hitting the market every day, it can be difficult to choose just one. So, to help make your shopping experience easier, we’ve done the research for you. Here are the top ten affordable automatic watches for men.
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 case back, military time, self-winding movement and date functioning. It is also silent and won’t annoy you with an incessant ticking.
4. Filippo Loreti Milano Black Red Automatic
Filippo Loreti is known for creating reasonably priced extraordinary luxury timepieces. And the Milano Black Red Automatic is certainly no exception to this rule. Combining industrial strength construction with a sexy, modern and sophisticated aesthetic, this is durable, functional and attractive watch. The matte black face dons red accents on the hands and case for a distinctive touch. While the back of the case is clear, displaying the jewels and gears. This means you can see you timepiece ticking and winding in real time. The strap is premium Italian leather featuring an alligator pattern. It is water resistant up to 50 meters deep, and the sapphire coasted crystal face is also scratch resistant.
5. 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.
6. 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 a unidirectional bezel.
7. Tag Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 5 Black Titanium Automatic
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.
8. Invicta 8932 Pro Diver Automatic Watch
Invicta 8932 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.
9. 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 case back. Other nifty features include its stainless steel and 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.
10. Alpina AL750N4E6B Alpiner Automatic Silver Watch
The Alpina AL750N4E6B Alpiner Automatic watch includes scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, 50m water resistant stainless steel case, blue sunray dial, silver-tone luminescent hands and indices small seconds sub-dial displayed at the 9 o’clock position and a date window at the 6 o’clock position. 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.