The best automatic watches aren’t always the most expensive and thats what we want to show you today. Brands like Orient, Seiko, and even Bulova do a great job at making watches that are absolute quality but also affordable.

Don’t kid yourself, these watches are just as good as their $500 – $1,000 counterparts and will last generations. I personally have 3 watches that Seiko and Bulova make that I plan on passing down to my children one day.

Im going to show you our personal favorite automatic watches under $200 below but keep in mind that this list is always growing as we come across other automatic watches that deserve some love. Take a look below:

  • Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic With Blue Dial

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    The Seiko 5 SNK793 Automatic Watch has a look which is perhaps too good for its price. It belongs to a range of Seiko watches with a small dial. At its price point, the Seiko 5 SNK793 is a watch worth considering. As for the suitability of this Seiko automatic watch for anyone with a small wrist, we have compiled its features, strengths, and weaknesses. You can check out the Seiko 5 SNK793 through the link above.

    Features

    • Classic appearance
    • Simple dial
    • Hardlex dial window construction
    • Case has a diameter of 36mm
    • Analog display
    • Immovable stainless steel bezel
    • Stainless steel case and bracelet
    • Clasp is of the deployment variety
    • The crown is diagonally positioned on the case and might require you to remove the watch from your arm to adjust the date.
    • Blue dial
    • Date display at the 3 o’clock position
    • Bar markers
    • Case thickness of 11 millimeters
    • Luminous hands
    • Transparent case back
    • Sweeping movement of the seconds hand
    • Bar markers
    • Silvered colored hands

    Pros

    • Great look
    • Self-winding
    • Simplicity at its finest
    • Convenient clasp
    • Perfect for a small wrist
    • Easy to read dial
    • Has a costly appearance
    • 3-year warranty period
    • No battery needed

    Cons

    • Lacks manual winding
    • Bracelet isn’t durable
    • Loses some seconds every day
    • No hacking movement
    • Stops after hours of zero activity
    • Reports of Seiko failing to honor warranty
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  • Seiko SKX007K Automatic with Rubber Strap

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    The next watch that we are going to discuss here is the Seiko Men’s SKX007K Diver’s Automatic Watch. This comes with excellent ratings from 456 customers on product review websites. We all know that Seiko is a huge name when it comes to wristwatches. This product is just a continuation of their well-established tradition of providing the loyal customers with trustworthy products. Let us find out if it is worthy of your attention or not.

    Features

    • Some of the salient features of this beautiful sports watch are:
    • Made of Hardlex crystal
    • Comes with stainless steel case
    • Automatically powers with the movement of arm
    • Diameter: 42 mm
    • Features black dial
    • Includes day and date functions
    • Japanese automatic movement
    • Does not need battery to operate

    Pros

    • Elegant design
    • Water resistant
    • Lightweight
    • Durable
    • Luminous hands and hour markers
    • Sweep second hand
    • Perfect for water sports including SCUBA diving
    • 2-year Amazon warranty

    Cons

    • Bulky strap
    • Stops if not jiggled around continuously
    • Day/date function does not work as expected
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  • Bulova BVA Series Dual Aperture Dial

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    To complete this list is another watch from the Bulova brand. The 96A118 is an elegant watch with a catchy dial appearance just like the self-winding mechanical watch from Bulova. To help you make a more informed decision about this watch, we have provided a critical review of the 96A118.

    Features

    • Luminous dial hands
    • Mineral crystal window construction
    • White colored
    • Indigo-blue colored dial hands
    • Analog display
    • Marks on the dial are indicated by Roman numerals
    • The mineral crystal has a domed appearance over the face
    • The case diameter is about 42 mm
    • The thickness of the case is about 11.2 mm
    • It has a 21-jewel movement
    • Hand winding the watching is possible
    • Double clasp
    • The dial of this watch has two sub-dials; one measures the time in seconds, the other indicates a 24-hour display
    • It has a crown located on the side of the watch
    • Partial skeleton sub-dial which allows you to see through to the jewel components

    Pros

    • Sensational appearance
    • Bracelet is lightweight with no discomfort all day
    • Automatic winding
    • Decent clasp
    • Quality stainless steel bracelet
    • The contrast between the silver dial and the indigo blue color of the hands of the watch makes it easy to read the time

    Cons

    • Pins which are supposed to make the bracelet firm appear loose
    • The hands of the watch might be luminous, but they don’t radiate enough light in the dark
    • A bit inaccurate
    • The mineral crystal window construction isn’t scratch resistant
    • It doesn’t store enough power, so it requires winding rather often
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  • Invicta ‘TI-22’ Automatic

    The next automatic watch for under $500 is the Invicta Men’s ‘TI-22’ Automatic Titanium and Silicone Casual Watch (that comes with a black silicone strap). It is really affordable without tarnishing its high-end look. It is part of the classic collection of the Invicta brand, another watchmaking brand that is highly regarded worldwide.

    Features

    The Invicta Men’s ‘TI-22’ Automatic Titanium watch comes with a variety of great features for a watch. These features include:

    • It is a round-faced watch
    • Case is very slim with a silvertone
    • The dial and stick hands are white
    • The case is made from stainless steel and measures 50 mm
    • The dial window is made of mineral
    • Automatic movement
    • The band is black and closes with a buckle
    • Water resistant of up to 600 ft.

    Pros

    • Very simple, yet classy
    • Watch face is a perfect size
    • Clean and minimal watch, not too much going on
    • Can complement a casual or a professional look
    • Comfortable to wear
    • Brown band nicely contrasts with white clock face
    • Thin, not too big
    • Perfect if you love water sports because it is water resistant

    Cons

    • Need to be careful of bad knockoffs on the Internet
    • No special additional features

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