Affordable automatic watches
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Can anyone recommend any automatic watches that aren't insanely expensive?
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Danbo_de_Piano
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Jan 28, 2018
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For a swiss made automatic brand new w a third party warranty and easy return if you are not happy, look at 2 if the 3 color variants of the Invivta producers [the third color is way more expensive than the other two, but dtill Inexpensive overall] 219, free 2 day shipping if you have prime, you may not have sales tax depending on your location. Good on gold Invicta Men's 18508 Pro Diver Analog Display Swiss Automatic Gold Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00W2IUNR8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_PfDBAb0FR321D
Gold w blue dial 212 not prime but ships free and No tax Invicta Men's 'Pro Diver' Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color:Gold-Toned (Model: 18507) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WYHXL12/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ejDBAbAGC0ARZ
The green faced one is cool but 299 Invicta 40mm Pro Diver Swiss Made Automatic Stainless Steel Bracelet Watch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XLUBYBK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_gkDBAb1EVD4H9
Jan 28, 2018
Kaato
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Jan 20, 2018
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Seiko , or possibly orient. Orient's are fantastic and much less well known.
Jan 20, 2018
Illinois_knife_guy
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Jan 18, 2018
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what about the Swatch Sistem51? Any good?
Jan 18, 2018
Watch_Man
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Jan 17, 2018
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For a watch that you'll be able to keep for a long time, I would also check out Steinhart. Some very good values there, all Swiss movements and the level of finishing and construction is WAY above the 'cheap' brands. They aren't $150 but you can tell that when you look at them. OTOH, Seiko gives you good quality for the price, there's no doubt of that. I just happen to like Swiss watches (automatics) and they really can't be had for below about $300 or so. I would also second looking at Tissot- always VERY good bang for buck (I'm surprised I haven't bought one yet). Many Tissots have a quirky feature or two, they're not afraid to be different, and it does make them stand out- especially at their price.
Jan 17, 2018
Danbo_de_Piano
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Jan 28, 2018
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Regarding not being able to score swiss made autos new for under 300, its hard but not impossible, just need to kick over more rocks and dig more to find them, see my reply to op for two brand new swiss made attractive divers one for 212 and one for 219
Jan 28, 2018
Tayath
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Jan 17, 2018
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Certina DS-1 is pretty well priced and i love the simple, classic look of Marloe watches, which are all manual, hand wound watches if i remember correctly: https://www.marloewatchcompany.com/
Jan 17, 2018
bigshel
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Jan 17, 2018
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Stuhrling Original has some automatic watches that aren't expensive (less than $200) on Amazon. I got a few several years back during their Cyber Monday sales; still running strong. They aren't as nice as some more expensive watches but I like decent and automatic. I wear mine more when I don't want to be too worried about scratches, someone stealing it (travel), etc.
Jan 17, 2018
Shazad
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Jan 16, 2018
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No.
Jan 16, 2018
Fairdinkum2
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Jan 16, 2018
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I guess I'd ask why you want an automatic watch in the first place. I've always appreciated the artistry of a watch that uses so many incredibly intricate parts that will keep accurate time. Having said that, some of my beater quartz watches keep better time. If you're a real accuracy junkie, an automatic may not be your thing. I'm not sure what sort of style watch you are after - diver, classic, chronograph - but the more complications you are after, the more expensive the watch becomes. I would say that watches sporting a Seiko NH35A movement tend to be affordable (Say $150ish to several hundred dollars.) Orient's automatic movements are likely to be similar or even cheaper. I've always had a thing for Swiss movements like the ETA 2824 or Selita SW-200. Chances are, these will set you back several hundred dollars (Say, $300 plus, although some brands will exceed $1,000 or more). Then there are the Miyota (Citizen) movements like the 8215. Many affordable watches sporting this movement. Some other considerations like the type of crystal - sapphire vs. flame fusion etc. (I have a preference for sapphire). Do you want legibility at night? (Not all luminescence is the same.) Water resistance? At least 50 meters, so you won't screw up that automatic watch after an unthinking dive into the pool (we've all been there). Finally, do you want a display case back, so you can see that mechanical beauty? If your'e a watch geek like the rest of us, some research will set you in the right direction towards an affordable automatic. I don't think there are too many wrong decisions. Remember, the number of watches a person should own, is N+1, where N is the number of watches you own right now. Cheers
Jan 16, 2018
risingtop
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Jan 27, 2018
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That’s the point mate! Thanks for writing here.
Jan 27, 2018
Wra1th
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Jan 16, 2018
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As others have said, Seiko 5 or Vostok Amphibia.
Jan 16, 2018
infernophil
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Jan 16, 2018
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Get a Seiko. Don’t get a Parnis.
Jan 16, 2018
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