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Best Automatic Watches Under $500 in 2021

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Automatic watches are a favorite in the watch community. They have a smooth, sweeping movement and are generally self-sufficient. Unlike quartz watches, automatic watches don’t need to be recharged.

The one downside to automatic watches is that they can be expensive. Some of the best automatic watches can go for upwards of $1,000 for men and women. For those who want an automatic watch but don’t have $1,000 on it, we’ve compiled a list of the best automatic watches under $500.

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Among these options, the ideal automatic watch under $500 is Seiko Men’s Automatic Analogue Watch with Rubber Strap SKX007 because this watch is more powerful and incredible durable in reasonable price!

What is an Automatic Watch?

An automatic watch is a mechanical watch that utilizes kinetic energy and the motion of the wearer’s wrist to power the watch’s movement. An oscillating weight pivots around a spindle. The watch wearer’s movement helps wind the mainspring which is the main power reserve.

This makes manual winding unnecessary, which is why automatic watches are also referenced to as self-winding watches.

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Best Automatic Watches Under $500  – Buying Guide

Here are the 2021 best automatic watches for under 500 dollars on the market right now.

1. Invicta Men’s Pro Diver Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

This amazing automatic and yes, a great dive watch for this list, is this one from Invicta. It is not our top choice for an affordable automatic. We would always go with Seiko or Orient ourselves. But it’s worth checking out nonetheless.

It comes with a Swiss automatic movement and 200m water resistance too, so quite a bargain all in all.

Invicta Men Pro Diver 40mm Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • Mineral Crystal
  • Stainless steel case and band with folder-over and safety
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 40 x 13mm

2. Orient ‘2nd Gen Bambino’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Watch

What we love about Bambino is that it’s affordable and has quality. In fact, you won’t think that you’ll think you’re spending more than $100 on the watch. You can choose different dial color combinations, from solid black to white and gold.

The watch utilizes Japanese automatic movement and is water-resistant up to 30 meters. The power reserve is approximately 40 hours and the watch movement swings up to 21,600 vibrations per hour.

Finally, the Orient Bambino can serve as a great budget dress watch. You can wear it to the office, to the lake, or to whatever else you have in mind.

Orient 2nd Gen Bambino Version Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel and Leather Dress Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Orient Automatic movement (Caliber F6724 with hacking and hand-winding)
  • Domed Mineral Crystal
  • Date function at 3 o’clock
  • Stainless steel case and alligator leather strap
  • Water-resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 40 x 12mm

3. Tissot PRS 516 AUTOMATIC GENT WATCH

The first Tissot automatic watch on our list is this model that uses the Tissot Calibre Powermatic 80 automatic movement. The Swiss masters have made another high functioning automatic watch that benefits from a much lighter construction and design.

Other than the 8-ounce weight, it’s a fairly straightforward, no-thrills automatic watch made to the same level of craftsmanship and micro-engineering mastery that the Swiss watchmakers are famous for.

Just don’t buy this if you intend on being very active in and around the water, as it is only designed to cope with 100 meters of the blue stuff.  Though, if you are looking for an elegant timepiece made by watchmakers that really know what they are doing and have a good reputation within the industry, then this might be the one for you.

Tissot t1004301105100 PRS 516 AUTOMATIC GENT WATCH

Features and Spec:

  • Tissot has a reputation for making high-end, high-quality, and high-performance watches
  • This is lighter than other Tissot pieces featured on our list
  • Stylish and elegant looking

4. Seiko Men’s Automatic Analogue Watch with Rubber Strap SKX007

Another one of Seiko’s famous creations is the Seiko SKX007. The SKX007 is arguably Seiko’s most famous dive watch. The watch has a standard dive watch design but at the same time, the watch also sports minimal color combinations and a high-grade build.

The Seiko SKX007 uses a 21-jewels caliber 7s36 movement. The watch is held together by a stainless steel case and a Hardlex crystal. The dial has luminous hands and markers, a unidirectional bezel, a day-date display, and red text indicating water resistance up to 200 meters.

While this watch is surely meant for the water, the SKX007 can be sported on land as well. The stainless steel casing and Hardlex crystal give it the durability of the Seiko 5 SNK809 and more.

If you talk to any watch enthusiast, they’ll know about the SKX007. While it’s not optimal for formal occasions, it certainly is a magnificent piece for physical activities.

Seiko Men Automatic Analogue Watch with Rubber Strap SKX007K

Features and Spec:

  • Japanese Automatic Movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • Day/Date function at 3 o’clock
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 12mm

5. New Seiko SRP777 Prospex Automatic Black Rubber Strap Men’s Watch

It seems like Seiko’s collection is on a roll here as one of the top automatic watches under 500. Seiko features its very own SRP777 Prospex Automatic Movement Watch for diving.

With its sporty appearance with a touch of class, you’ll be hooked. It’s one of the go-to watches for sports enthusiasts and athletes.

Its classic combination of stainless steel case and changeable black rubber band for your hand makes its design simple and classic.

The black dial of the Automatic Dive watch is combined with markers for the time. It also has a tiny day/date window at the 3 o’clock position.

Excellent for the moderately-sized wrists, the SRP777 Prospex is your most exceptional companion when it comes to watches for long trips. Just like the above-mentioned watch, it emphasizes Seiko’s LumiBrite technology and Hardlex crystal.

As a successor to the well-known Seiko 6309-7040 Dive watch, this guarantees top-quality timekeeping. Aside from being water-resistant to 200 meters and its ISO 6425 certification, which makes it very suitable for diving, this excellent watch can also be worn on any occasion. All of these features make us realize one thing — this is not bad for a dive watch that’s this affordable.

New Seiko SRP777 Prospex Automatic Black Rubber Strap Diver Men Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Simple and classic design
  • Water-resistant to 200 meters
  • LumiBright technology
  • Automatic
  • Day and Dat
  • Prospex

6. Seiko Divers Automatic Deep Blue Dial Mens Watch SKX009K1

A classic and much loved Seiko, the SKX009 Pepsi is the perfect automatic dive watch for those looking to get a big bang for your buck.

Highlighting Seiko’s workhorse movement the 7S26B automatic, this self-winding watch is super-reliable and well protected in this stainless steel case. It originates with a screw-down crown and reaches 200m of water-resistance, so can be safely taken diving.

The protected offset crown is also a trademark of many of Seiko’s dive watches, as is the highly visible lume on the hands and hour markers.

You have the choice of either a rubber band or metal bracelet with this watch. One of obviously meant for diving, the other as a dress piece, more or less. And who can complain when you get a mechanical watch for under 500.

Seiko Divers Automatic Deep Blue Dial Mens Watch SKX009K1

Features and Spec:

  • Japanese Automatic Movement
  • Hardlex crystal
  • Day/Date function at 3 o’clock
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 12mm

7. Victorinox Swiss Army Men’s Maverick Watch

Yes, Victorinox is the brand that created and still makes the Swiss Army Knife. But, they have long since expanded their offering in both travel gear and watches.

The Maverick is one of their more popular automatic watches that has a few models that are around or under the 500 mark. It has many of the traits of a dive watch, particularly the bezel and the crown guard.

However, it has a distinctive look with a cleaner dial and inner ring of 24hr markers. Victorinox has also chosen to place their date window at 6 o’clock, and surround it with a silver border so you don’t miss it.

Victorinox Swiss Army Men Maverick Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Swiss-made automatic
  • Anti-reflective sapphire
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Date function at 16 o’clock
  • Water-resistant to 100m (330ft)
  • Case size: 43 x 12mm

8. Orient Men’s ‘Mako II’ Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch

Like Seiko, Orient is a Japanese watch craftsmanship in its purest form. For barely over $100, you get Cal.F6922 Automatic movement, a 40-hour power reserve, a 120-click unidirectional bezel, and water resistance up to 200 meters, the same as the Seiko SKX007.

The bezel of the watch appears to have a slight tilt to it and the crystal is made of mineral. The screw-down crown also ensures that water won’t get into the interior. Therefore, you to use it in water as long as you want.

We think that, for barely over $100, you’re getting a deal that’s as good as the Seiko SKX007. Sure, you might not be getting the brand recognition that Seiko has, but the Orient Mako II has just as many features and just as good of a design to match any top dive watch under $500.

Orient Men Mako Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Mineral crystal
  • Crown: Screwed-down.120-Click unidirectional bezel
  • Japanese-automatic Movement
  • Case Diameter: 41.5mm without the crown. Lug width – 22 millimeters
  • Water Resistant 200m (660ft): in General, Suitable for Professional Marine Activity and Serious Surface Water Sports, but not Diving

9. Bulova Automatic Dress Watch

Bulova also produces very affordable mechanical watches, but rarely something with an automatic movement. So, it is surprising to see such an affordable automatic dress watch from them.

It has a  clean black dial with slim, rectangular hour markers and hands. There is a slim day/date window, which is still easy to read. There are a stainless steel case and jubilee bracelet, giving it a very classy look. And Bulova has included a Swiss Automatic movement, which is a bargain at this price point.

Bulova Dress Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Swiss automatic movement
  • Mineral crystal
  • Day/Date function at 3 o’clock
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Water-resistant to 30m (100ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 11mm

10. Stuhrling Original Men’s Stainless Steel Automatic Self Wind Dive Watch

Stuhrling is another brand that is always worth exploring when you are on a budget, and this very classically styled dive watch is a great buy.

There is not much original in terms of design on this watch, as is the case with most dive watches (Rolex set the standard with the submariner decades ago!). But this watch is great for anyone not having a wad of cash burning a hole in their pocket.

And when you take a look at what you get for the money, it’s impressive. Swiss automatic movement, 200m water resistance, and their in-house Krysterna Crystal which is quite scratch resistant.

Stuhrling Original Mens Stainless Steel Automatic Self Wind Dive Watch

Features and Spec:

  • Swiss Automatic movement
  • Krysterna Crystal
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 42 x 13.5mm

11. Seiko Men’s Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch

Another classic from the huge collection of Seiko’s automatics is the Alpinist. Not as easy to come by these days, but still as attractive as ever, especially since it is a mechanical watch and not a quartz-like most these days.

This is more of a dress watch emphasizing a unique green dial with gold hour markers and hands. There is also a  handy compass ring around the boundary and a stylish brown alligator leather strap to top it all off.

Seiko has also added a quality sapphire crystal to this watch, something you rarely see at this price point. As well as 200m of water resistance, so you can certainly get this wet. Although, with a leather strap, we would not take it for long in the water.

Seiko Men Stainless Steel Japanese-Automatic Watch with Leather Calfskin Strap

Features and Spec:

  • Japanese Automatic Movement
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Date function at 3 o’clock
  • Stainless steel case and band
  • Water-resistant to 200m (660ft)
  • Case size: 38 x 11mm

12. Hamilton Men’s Khaki King Series Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

Hamilton is a brand that not many people are familiar with, but they produce stand-out quality automatic watches over the $500 mark. This appropriate model comes around that price, depending on where and when you buy it, you can grab it for under 500.

Hamilton has added two rings of hour markers as well, so if you like, or work in 24hr time then you will love this bonus feature. And there is a neat crown-guard as well, something you normally see on dive watches.

The in-house H-40 automatic movement is a quality piece of craftsmanship and has 80 hours of power reserve, something you almost never see. Especially in this price range. And of course, being Hamilton, you also get a sapphire crystal and a quality stitched leather strap.

Hamilton Men H64455533 Khaki King Series Stainless Steel Automatic Watch with Brown Leather Band

Features and Spec:

  • H-40 Hamilton in-house Automatic w/80-hour power reserve
  • Sapphire crystal
  • Stainless steel case and stitched leather strap
  • Day/Date function at 12 o’clock
  • Water-resistant to 50m (165ft)
  • Case size: 40mm

13. Seiko (SARB035) Men’s Japanese-Automatic Watch

Seiko is at it again with its SARB035. This watch at an affordable price is a runner-up and one of the finest and most affordable automatic watches under 500.

Flaunting its sleek and classy style, you’ll feel fancy wearing this popular Seiko watch without having to pay a high price. Style your formal as well as casual attires with this link-style bracelet watch.

With its classic size of stainless steel exterior and creamy white dial, the Seiko SARB035 achieves an expensive-looking appearance.

You can see that its back case has a transparent glass that allows you to have a good look at its inner accessories. The SARB035 is not only big on styles but also on functionality.

Aside from its incredible 50-hour power reserve, it also features the 6R15 caliber, a 23-jewel movement. This element is responsible for the accurate timekeeping of the watch. Its synthetic crystal makes it scratch-resistant. If you want to look posh and functional at the same time, this luxurious dress watch will give you that.

Seiko Men Japanese-Automatic Watch with Stainless-Steel Strap

Features and Spec:

  • Shows simplicity and elegance
  • Accurate timekeeper
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Japanese-automatic Movement
  • Automatic Movement with 50-hour power reserve

14. Bulova Men’s Stainless Steel Automatic-self-Wind Watch

Bulova is an American company based in New York that has been designing and constructing watches since 1875 when Joseph Bulova first opened a store in Maiden Lane. Since then, Bulova has remained true to its legacy. This particular piece is from the company’s Automatic collection.

Featuring a new Sport style, it has a gun stainless steel casing with rose gold toning around the edges, with further golf-tone accents, a black dial, and a black inner dial ring. It features sapphire glass for a scratch-resistant display and as an extension of the automatic operation, it involves a power reserve of 40 hours.

Although it is not designed for anything too intensive it does feature water resistance of up to 100 meters and is competed by a smart matte-black bracelet strap in silicone.

Bulova has proven time and time again that they deserve to be mentioned with the spontaneously more memorable bigger names in the marketplace. You know when you buy a Bulova timepiece, like this one, that you are not only investing in a watch but paying for a piece of history.

Bulova Men Stainless Steel Automatic-self-Wind Watch with Silicone Strap

Features and Spec:

  • The water resistance, although it doesn’t amount to much, is a nice addition
  • The rose gold-tone against the black gives this a very striking look
  • 42-hour power reserve as a backup for the automatic movement

15. Tissot Men’s V8 Gent Auto Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Strap

Among the plethora of new watches released by Tissot this year, many of which have made it onto our fun little list, one that especially stands out is the cool named V8 Swissmatic. As you’d imagine with a name like V8 there is a decidedly, albeit subtle, automotive theme to this time and date piece.

It utilizes the company’s Swissmatic movement and takes its foundation from the Swatch Sistem51 model, making it easy for the Swiss watchmakers to release it for a very reasonable ticket price.

One of the big noteworthy points about this watch is the movement actually because if you were to take it off after a week of work and day to day activities because you wanted to wear something else over the weekend, you could in theory just slip it back on and it would still be running time accurately.

Tissot Men V8 Gent Auto Swiss Automatic Stainless Steel Strap

Features and Spec:

  • 72-hour power reserve
  • Classy and stylish looking
  • Robust and hard-wearing bracelet strap

Final Thoughts

There are lots of magnificent automatic watches out there. we’ve listed 15 of our favorite automatic watches under $500. All of them are dependable, strong, and have their own unique flair. If you confuse then check out our top picks!

However, it is still essential to decide what feature you desire, the hours of power reserve you need, and the style you prefer. From there, allocate a budget before you place your purchase. You can easily spot the best automatic watches for under 500 dollars if you look at the right places.

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I’m Waheed Ali owner of humanlifeessentials.com. I’m is a professional writer and a true lover of dressing. I have a great experience of over 10+ years with shoes and clothes. I shared my experience and provide quality material for you.


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