When you buy an automatic watch, you buy a watch for life. The nature of the mechanism itself guarantees the longevity of the timepiece. This makes a self-winding timepiece a worthy investment. As it is an investment it may seem as if you’re spending a little bit more than you would like now. In the long run, however, the saving you make owning the watch even out the initial price point. Though steeper than your run of the mill quartz timepieces, affordable automatic watches for men are still available. Below we have compiled a list of affordable self-winding models for any taste, need and style.
This Swatch Sistem51 Irony model has subtle retro-chic undertones. The case of the watch is made of stainless steel and measures 42 mm in diameter. The polished case and bezel compliment the brown leather strap with alligator-like embossing. Silver-coloured indices stand out against the sunray blue dial. Luminescent baton hands guarantee readability in any conditions. White Arabic-numerals have been placed under the indices. A date aperture features at 3 o’clock.
Outstanding addition to any wardrobe, this Rotary dress watch is extraordinarily elegant. The 40.5 mm stainless steel round case is PVD plated in rose gold. The dark reddish-brown leather strap with an alligator-like pattern elevates the design of the model and adds a level of sophistication. Thin rose-gold indices contrast the sunray grey dial. Thin pointed rose-gold hands complete the minimalist dial design. A date aperture is placed at the 6 o’clock position. The watch is water-resistant up to 50 metres or 5 bars.
Another elegant model, this Ingersoll watch is the perfect timepiece both for every day and formal events. Its classic design is modernised by the colour palette. A rose-gold PVD plated case complements the black leather textured strap. Matching rose-gold plated indices contrast the rich deep blue colour of the sunray dial. The leaf-shaped hands of the model highlight its classy design. Alongside hours, minutes and seconds the watch features a date and day apertures, positioned at 3 o’clock. The index at 12 o’clock has been replaced with an Arabic numeral. The watch is water-resistant up to 5 bars or 50 metres.
If you’re after a more casual sporty watch, we suggest this Bulova model. The round 42 mm stainless steel case and the stainless steel bracelet give the watch a modern silhouette. Thin silver-coloured indices contrast the sectioned dial. The outer edge of the dial is ridged. It’s centre section features a window into the watches mechanism next to a small seconds subdial. The model features an exhibition case back.
This Seiko 5 Sport was created to provide a stylish yet affordable automatic watch. The case and bracelet are made of stainless steel. The case measures 42.5 mm in diameter. A ridged unidirectional bezel and the crown positions at 4 o’clock add interest and functionality to the model. Encasing the vibrant orange dial is a Hardlex crystal. The indices on the watch are spherical and luminescent. Complementing the orange dial are the yellow markings on the black bezel. Functions on the watch include a date and day display. The automatic movement on the watch features calibre 4R36 with an up to 41-hour power reserve.
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