7 Automatic Watches For Under $600

If you start with a well built automatic watch and service it appropriately, the watch will last a lifetime. The fact is, you do not need to spend a small fortune on a solid automatic watch.

To that end, in my personal search for three solid automatic watches, I have compiled a list of reasonably priced, automatic watches that will stand the test of time. I’m sure there are watches that can be added to the list that are less expensive than those on the list. That’s what the comment section is for. Keep in mind, that in the grey and used market you likely can get these watches for considerably less than the price I outline for each. Please feel free to add to my list.

In no particular order, here are the seven.

Hamilton Khaki King

Really, you will not go wrong with the whole line of Hamilton Khaki Field watches. You could say that the Hamilton brand was founded on field watches. The Khaki King is a nice twist on the field watches of yesteryear. With a 40mm case and 11.15mm height, this is a great size watch for many different wrist sizes. The 20mm lugs sport the leather strap nicely. With this lug size, you have a nice setup if you are the kind that swap bands around. The exhibition back gives you a glimpse at the ETA 2834-2 caliber that will keep this ticking for a generation. The day and date complication residing at twelve o’clock is a nice touch to go along with the 12 and 24-hour dial. Run out now and grab one at a shade under $600

Hamilton Kahki King Auto
  • Stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 40mm Case diameter
  • 20mm lugs
  • Caliber ETA 2834-2
  • Exhibition Back
  • Leather Band

 

Glycine Incursore GL0042

The Glycine Incursore line comes with a clean, simple dial that strangely screams look at me. In particular, the unique mixed Roman and Arabic numerals of the GL0042 face makes it stand out in its own lineup. Glycine is an understated Swiss brand with a storied history reaching back to 1914. In 1953 it launched the AIRMAN line which adorned the wrists of US aviators in the Vietnam war and went to space with astronaut Pete Conrad. The GL224 caliber running this baby is actually an ETA 2824 modified by Glycine. With a 38-hour power reserve, this watch will get you through a day and then some. Other keynotes are a sapphire crystal, 44mm case, mineral crystal exhibition back and 22mm lugs. This watch is a steal at current pricing of less than $400

Glycine Incursore GL0042
  • Stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 44mm Case diameter
  • 22mm lugs
  • Caliber GL224
  • Exhibition Back
  • Leather Band

 

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic Automatic

The Everytime Swissmatic Automatic from Tissot is a solid Swiss made automatic watch. The price tag should not deter anyone from looking at this piece of machinery. The Everytime line comes in a few variations from Arabic numerals to indices as well as a number of color and style schemes. At the core of the line, you get a 40mm case with sapphire crystal and exhibition back. The watch sits low at only 11.62mm from wrist up. This line uses some Swatch’s, technology in the watch. The movement is 100% machine made, uses some synthetic materials in the bridges, and is anchored by one screw. The foundation of the movement is from Swatch’s revolutionary System 51 which contains only 51 parts versus over 100 in most automatic watches. At this price point, you are getting a great looking, accurate, Swiss automatic watch. You should be able to grab one of these nifty timepieces for under $400 around the web.

Tissot Everytime Swissmatic
  • Stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 40mm Case diameter
  • 21mm lugs
  • Swissmatic C15.111
  • Exhibition Back
  • Nylon Band

 

Seiko SKX007

This one should come as no surprise to anyone who has done a search for a low cost, staple automatic watch. The SKX007 has littered watch enthusiast blogs for years as a top pick and rightfully so. This minimal, yet exceedingly functional, watch is simple and elegant all at once. The high touches in this watch range from the placement of the crown at 4 o’clock to the smooth turning bezel to the finely tuned caliber 7s26 automatic movement. Whether you pick up the rubber banded version or the stainless steel bracelet version you are a few NATO straps away from making this a conversation piece. You can grab one of these fantastic timepieces off Amazon on any given day for less than $200.

Seiko SNK007K2
  • Stainless steel
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 42mm Case diameter
  • 22mm lugs
  • Seiko 7s26
  • Exhibition Back
  • Nylon Band

 

Victorinox Swiss Army AirBoss Automatic

A storied company that is a recent entrant to Swiss watchmaking puts together a solid watch. The 42mm stainless steel case houses the very reliable ETA caliber 2824 which you can see running through the exhibition back. The simple dial stands out with beefy Arabic numbers full of lume. At 12mm thick this watch will sit well on your wrist with the finely stitched leather band. You really can’t go wrong with this watch if you can grab one under $500.

Victorinox Swiss Army Airboss
  • Stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 42mm Case diameter
  • 22mm lugs
  • ETA caliber 2824
  • Exhibition Back
  • Leather Band

 

Mercer Voyager

Mercer is a relatively new micro brand that got its start off Kickstarter. Don’t be scared off by the company’s origin. The Voyager is a solid watch driven by the well known Seiko NH36 automatic movement. It’s 42 mm high-quality stainless steel case is topped with double domed sapphire crystal and its case back has a beautiful etching of a tall sailing ship. This watch offers some thoughtful points such as the sandwich dial, 22mm lugs and, 120 click unidirectional ceramic bezel. At under $500 you are getting an automatic watch that looks and feels twice the price.

Mercer Voyager
  • Stainless steel
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 42mm Case diameter
  • 22mm lugs
  • Seiko NH36
  • Screw Down Crown
  • Sandwich Dial

 

SEIKO 5 SNK807/SNK809

Holy smokes you should jump on this watch before Seiko figures out what they have done. The two different models mentioned in the headline are the same watch just one is blue and the other is black. Seiko has been producing this high quality, low-cost piece for a number of years. Seiko 5 watches are part of an internal challenge Seiko assigned itself. Started in 1963, the Seiko 5 series had to meet five hurdles: automatic movement, water resistance, day date in a single window, durable case and, recessed crown. Since Seiko obviously met their own challenge, you can rest assured you are getting a solid watch. You would be hard-pressed to find a better quality automatic watch at a price near $70.

Seiko 5 SNK 807
  • Stainless steel
  • Hardlex crystal
  • 37mm Case diameter
  • 18mm lugs
  • Caliber Seiko 7s26c
  • Exhibition Back
  • Canvas Band