$2,000 can buy you an automatic watch that’ll easily last a lifetime. Here’s a selection of the best automatic watches under $2,000 so that you know that you’re getting outstanding value for money. We’ll be pointing out the features, pros, and cons of each option while showing you exactly who each watch is best suited to. No matter which one you choose from this list, you’re guaranteed a timepiece with a precision-engineered self-winding movement which accurately keeps time under all conditions, even underwater.

  • Men’s Hamilton Jazzmaster HML-H32716839 with Black Dial

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    As a company owned by Swatch, Hamilton is renowned for their superior quality and craftsmanship. This is one of the best automatic watches for those shopping on a tight budget. It looks and feels great to wear, carrying just the right weight and size for the average arm. Let's take a closer look at the classy watch which couldn't be easier to read thanks to its practical design.

    Features

    • Dual sapphire crystal protection
    • Self-winding automatic movement
    • 45 mm diameter stainless steel case
    • Water resistant to 165 feet (50 meters)
    • Calfskin leather bracelet and tang clasp
    • Day and date function
    • Chronograph enabled
    • Black dial with luminous markers
    • Luminescent hands
    • Arabic numeral hour markers
    • 15.84-oz. weight

    Pros

    • One of the best movements in its class
    • Outstanding 60-hour power reserve
    • Above-average water resistance
    • High clarity and readability under all conditions
    • Long-lasting luminescence

    Cons

    • Needs metal strap replacement
    • Heavier than the average watch
    • Crystal face isn’t anti-reflective
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  • TAG Heuer Aqua Racer 500 Silver Swiss Automatic

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    The Aqua Racer series of watches from TAG Heuer just keep getting better and better. The movement is reliable, the looks are great, and the entire watch exhibits the quality from the onset. Every aspect of this watch is better than you'd expect. From the smooth bezel to the overall scratch resistance and generous 48-hour reserve power, you're given outstanding value. Let's take a closer look at this highly popular timepiece and see what makes it such a best-seller.

    Features

    • Anti-reflective sapphire glass protection
    • 3-link stainless steel band
    • Brushed stainless steel composition
    • 21 mm wide x 8-in. long bracelet
    • 41 mm diameter x 12 mm thick case
    • Swiss automatic movement
    • Screw-down crown
    • Black unidirectional bezel
    • Black ribbed dial
    • Date window
    • Luminous indices and hands
    • Deployant clasp closure
    • Water resistant to 1,640 ft. (500 m)

    Pros

    • Scuba dive quality water resistance
    • Anti-reflective and scratch resistant
    • Long-lasting clasp
    • Smooth ceramic bezel rotation
    • Just a few minutes of sun keeps your watch accurate
    • Crown cannot strip
    • Good degree of clarity from luminescence

    Cons

    • Power reserve is reported to be unreliable
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  • Men’s Marathon GSAR Swiss Military Diver Tritium

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    The Marathon GSAR (government search and rescue watch) is one of the most robust automatic watches under $2,000 available. ISO 6425 certified, this is a watch that is certified to withstand extreme conditions. It's the perfect watch for scuba diving and any other outdoor activity. Yet, no part of its design comprises on its stylish looks which instantly grab the eye conveying quality. Let's see what features this functional watch is holding.

    Features

    • Self-illuminated tritium gas tubes
    • 3 mm anti-reflective sapphire glass protection
    • 41 mm diameter 14 mm width case
    • Self-winding automatic movement with manual wind
    • 316L surgical-grade stainless steel composition
    • 300 meter / 1000 feet water resistance
    • Vanilla scented vulcanized rubber strap
    • Swiss 25 jewel ETA 2824-2 automatic movement
    • Easy-set date function

    Pros

    • Hand-made in La Chaux De Fonds, Switzerland since 1939
    • Made per US government specifications
    • Designed for search and rescue
    • Professional dive rescue watch
    • Italian-manufactured strap
    • Fully automatic – no batteries, no winding
    • Tritium tubes last for 25+ years
    • Maraglo hands for low light clarity and readability
    • Photoluminescence doesn’t fade
    • Great fit to any sized wrist
    • Anti-reflective and scratch resistant

    Cons

    • Slightly thicker than competing watches
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  • Men’s Seiko 5 Orange Monster Automatic SKX781

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    The Seiko SKX781 delivers some of the best value out of all automatic watches under $2,000. Its orange face is nothing short of gorgeous hinting towards the practicality and sheer aesthetic impact that this watch makes. Let's see what makes it tick.

    Features

    • Hardlex glass protection
    • 21 jewel automatic movement
    • No battery, charges using kinetic energy
    • High-visibility orange dial
    • Screw down crown and case back
    • One way 120-click rotating bezel
    • 42.5mm diameter face
    • Silver-tone stainless steel case
    • Fold-over clasp with safety
    • Calendar with day and date
    • 7.04 oz. weight
    • Water resistant to 200 meters (660 ft.) depth

    Pros

    • Reliable self-winding movement
    • High water resistance suited to recreational scuba diving
    • Great visibility in low light conditions
    • Safety clasp prevents accidental button presses
    • Fully automatic – no batteries
    • Eye-catching design
    • Near unbeatable clarity at a glance
    • High scratch and glare resistance
    • Expensive, heavy feeling on your arm
    • 36-hour power reserve
    • Quick-charging Lumibrite hands, markers and bezel

    Cons

    • 21 jewel movement instead of 25
    • Link pins are hard to remove
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  • Men’s TAG Heuer Carrera 5 Swiss Automatic WAR211C.BA0782

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    The simplicity of this beautiful watch oozes style while remaining clear to read and practical. Every element of its construction is a true testimony to the trusted quality of TAG Heuer watches. The original Carrera series of watches were accepted as some of the best made. This present-day incarnation has kept to the timeless look and feel of the original Carrera 1887. Let's take a closer look at this well-priced precision engineered automatic watch.

    Features

    • Sapphire glass protection
    • 39 mm case diameter and 12mm thickness
    • Brushed and polished stainless steel casing and bracelet
    • 19 mm wide by 12 mm thick bracelet
    • Deployant clasp with push button
    • Grey sunray automatic dial
    • Silver tone luminescent markers
    • Swiss automatic movement
    • Calendar date display at 3 o’clock
    • 100 meter (330 ft.) water resistance
    • Transparent screw down case back
    • 15.4 ounces total weight

    Pros

    • Near-perfect accuracy
    • Highly scratch resistant case and glass
    • 38-hour reserve power
    • High water resistance
    • Bracelet can be pre-sized before shipping

    Cons

    • Grey face reduces readability when compared to original black design
    • Heavier than similar designs
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  • Men’s Bulova 98A179 Automatic Collection

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    York, and has a history of innovation and quality in timepieces. The 98A179 is from their Classic Automatic line, with a casual, fashionable, durable style. The case, lugs, and bracelet are made of gunmetal grey ion plated stainless steel, secured with a double press deployant closure. The case measures 46 mm in diameter, and 13.2 mm thick. The open aperture skeleton dial is black with silver accents, protected by a synthetic sapphire dial window for durability. The three hand analog display has automatic quartz movement, and can keep time for up to 40 hours with no motion. It has an exhibition case back, and is water resistant to 30 meters (330 ft.). This watch is backed by a limited 3-year warranty from Bulova.

    Features

    • Type and power reserve: Automatic watch with up to 40 hours reserve power
    • Case: Gunmetal grey ion plated stainless steel with exhibition case back that reveals the rotor motion of the automatic watch.
    • Bracelet: Gunmetal grey ion plated stainless steel with double press deployant closure
    • Crystal: Synthetic sapphire
    • Dimensions: 46mm diameter, 13.2 mm thick, 25.25mm bracelet width
    • Display: Chronograph functionality with date display window and minute track.
    • Movement: Skeleton automatic movement with 21 jewels
    • Dial: Open aperture skeleton black dial with silver tone accents and a black inner dial ring. As with all Bulova’s, the dial is highlighted with statement-sized Roman numerals.
    • Luminescence: Luminescent indices and hour markers
    • Water resistance: Water resistant up to 100 meters (330 ft.)

    Pros

    • The open aperture black dial with silver accents is handsome and sporty
    • Comes attractively packaged
    • Very good value for the look and quality of the watch
    • Backed by a 3-year warranty

    Cons

    • The design of the indices and placement of luminosity can make it difficult to read in low light
    • Often does not reserve power for a full 40 hours
    • Sometimes the second hand moves unintentionally when you set the time, which can bother those who prefer precision
    • It’s fairly heavy, but some men prefer the more solid feel of a heavier watch.
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  • Men’s Seiko SKX009K2 Automatic Diver

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    Seiko is one of the world's legendary watch brands, and the Men's SKX009K2 Diver's is a great addition to their automatic diver's collection. The automatic movement is battery-free and can operate for up to 40 hours without winding. The two-tone rotating bezel has luminous hands, with ½ minute detentes. It has a 3 o'clock window that displays the day and date. The stainless steel case is 42mm in diameter and 13mm thick, with a rugged Hardlex dial window, and the watch is water resistant up to 200 meters (660 ft.). The five-link stainless steel band is 22mm wide, secured with a sturdy fold-over safety clasp.

    Features

    • Type and power reserve: Automatic watch with up to 40 hours power reserve
    • Case: Brushed and polished stainless steel with the crown at 4 o’clock, and the Seiko wave design on the case back
    • Bracelet: Brushed and polished stainless steel with fold over locking buckle clasp
    • Crystal: Scratch resistant Hardlex crystal
    • Dimensions: 42mm diameter, 13mm thick, 22mm wide bracelet
    • Bezel: Two-tone unidirectional bezel with detentes at ½ minute positions. This watch has the famous “Pepsi” bezel that makes it stand out from any other.
    • Movement: Japanese automatic 7S26 movement with 21 jewels
    • Dial: Blue dial with day and date window
    • Luminescence: Luminous hands and indices with LumiBrite illumination for greatly improved glow intensity and longer glow duration
    • Water resistance: Up to 200 meters (660 ft.)

    Pros

    • Easy to read face with long luminous glow, so it’s extremely clear in day and night conditions
    • Automatic movement with 21 jewels
    • Stainless steel case and bracelet are durable and handsome

    Cons

    • Although it is a dive watch in style, and water resistant, it isn’t suitable for diving
    • Requires automatic winding machine; it tends to run down more quickly than in 40 hours, and has no manual winding capability. However, it can be restarted with a simple shake if it runs down
    • May have some issues with timekeeping accuracy
    • Not packaged very attractively
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