The Best 6 Affordable Mechanical Watches Under $1000
Find the one that suits yours only in a thousand bucks
September 19, 2022
If you are a new watch collector, buying some affordable mechanical watches for your first experience is a wise choice. As recently, there have been many affordable excellent watches available for us.
Commonly, people buy a mechanical watch to experience the craftsmanship, durability, heritage, value, and aesthetic aspect. More than just a wristwatch, a mechanical watch is considered an art that is continuously made to be relevant and innovative.
When it comes to a mechanical watch, the pride that is felt by the wearer doesn’t merely lie in the luxury price or design, but more in the appreciation of art and heritage from something they put on their wrist. It is because a mechanical watch is commonly manufactured by a highly skilled watchmaker who has been educated and advanced in the watchmaking process.
In addition to its durability, this type of watch also tends to stay significantly longer than any other battery watch. With proper maintenance and wise usage, this timepiece could last a lifetime and be a heritage for your future generations.
6 List of Affordable Mechanical Watches You Should Have
After reading that intro, now you might have this question in your mind “what detail should I consider before buying a mechanical watch?” if you ask me, I think the first point you should put an eye on is its movement. Normally, a mechanical watch is driven by a self-winding or manual winding movement.
Choosing a watch with manual winding movement will increase the intimacy between you and your wrist. It’s because commonly they need to be set up regularly to function. On the other side, an automatic/self-winding mechanical watch offers more ease for the wearer because it is designed to wind automatically and has a high-power reserve.
However, it’s not the only thing you need to know about a mechanical watch movement. There are also other movement parts you should know such as jewels and power reserve. Therefore, to complete your overview and give you a friendly guide, take a look at our highlight of the best affordable mechanical watches you should know. So, check them out!
Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Hand Winding Black PVD 38
First of all, let’s start the list of affordable mechanical watches from Hamilton’s collection, Khaki Field Mechanical Hand Winding Black PVD. Created as a tribute to U.S Airforce military pedigree, Khaki Field Mechanical Hand Winding is created to be reliable and robust. The type of military watch is not only reflected in the firm and legible design, but also in its durability of the watch.
Driven by the H-50 movement, a 17-jewel ETA 2901-2, the Khaki Field Mechanical Hand Winding has a pumped power reserved for up to 80 hours while having a slower frequency from 4Hz (28.800 bph) to 3Hz (21.600 bph). Further, this watch also provides you with a longer power reserve because the mainspring (as the heartbeat of the watch) is also got lengthened.
Measuring 38mm in diameter, 47mm lug to lug and 9.5mm thick, Khaki Field Hand Winding Black is versatile for every size of the wrists, including women. Protected with 50m water resistance, your Khaki Field Hand Winding will be safely used for any outdoor activities.
You can see the reflection from the blue dial and the retro green hue luminous material. Reasonably, it is aimed to make the dial visible during the day or when charged by direct sunlight.
For the movement, Promaster Mechanical Diver 200M uses Caliber 9051 to make it function. With 24 jewels, this watch operates at a frequency of 28.800 vph. The jewels provide a decent 42-hour power reserve or within -10 +20 seconds of deviation per day.
An extra point, to avoid your mechanical watch from any magnetic and water issues, this watch is also equipped with magnetic-resistant and 20m water resistance as well.
Price: $790.00 USD
Marathon GPM Government Reissue Mechanical
If you’re wondering what GPM stands for, the answer is that it stands for Government Reissue Mechanical. In other words, you can say that GPM Government Reissue Mechanical is a military-style watch. Built as a timing instrument for the Allied Forces, Marathon watches are continuously creating timepieces with the highest level of precision, quality, and durability.
Emphasizing the accuracy, the movement is driven by the traditional Swiss ETA 2801-2, a 17 jewels hand-winding mechanical movement. It operates at 4 Hz (28.800 bph) and provides 42 hours of power reserve. As you expected in a military watch, GPM Government Reissue Mechanical is also built waterproof with 50m water resistance.
For the dimension, I can tell this watch is quite legible and durable. Underneath its flat sapphire crystal, there are a total of 15 encapsulated tritium on its hour markers and syringe-style handset. The second-hand also gets its one at the tip, allowing you to view the time even if you are in the dark for more than 24 hours.
In addition, you also don’t have to charge them with external light sources like conventional SuperLuminova. I can say that specification is super worthy for a type of affordable mechanical watch with less than $1000 USD.
Seiko Presage Automatic Sharp Edged Shironeri White
Next, for you who are looking for an affordable mechanical watch with a sporty and elegant look, Presage Automatic Sharp Edged is a good one for you. Measuring 39mm in diameter, 47.2mm lug to lug and 11mm thick this watch will be a perfect watch for most wrist sizes.
Evidently reliable, this watch is driven by the 6R35 caliber, an upgrade from the workhorse 6R15. If you want to experience intimacy with your timepiece, Presage Automatic Sharp Edged offers you a hand-winding capability. With 24 jewels, it provides a longer power reserve of 70 hours and a 3Hz (21.600 bph) frequency.
Price: $760.00 USD
Orient Star Avant-Garde Skeleton Blackout
For a different experience, you also should try this sporty skeleton watch, Avant Garde Skeleton Blackout. From the surface, Avant-Garde Skeleton Blackout is protected by a flat sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating.
The dial shows off the faceted metallic hour markers that are complemented with Roman numerals and a power reserve indicator. An additional point, these markers are completed with a luminous glow in the dark that increases the dial legibility.
About the movement, Avant-Garde Skeleton is driven by in-house caliber F6F44 that is exclusively used only in Orient watches. Crafted with 24 Jewels, Avant Garde Skeleton Blackout has a power reserve of up to 50 hours and operates at 21.600bph. Measuring 43.2mm in width, 13.7mm in height, and 21mm lug width, it would fit everyone with a bigger size of wrist.
Seiko Presage Enamel Tonneau
The next watch on the list is Seiko Presage Enamel Tonneau. From the look, this watch features some characteristics such as bearing a 35,9mm wide, 46mm long case and is designed with a Tonneau case. This specification makes the watch look sporty, while on the other side also has a truly traditional look.
Presage Enamel Tonneau is an automatic mechanical watch driven by Caliber 6R15. It provides up to 50 hours of power reserve with an accuracy of -15 to +25 seconds. With elegant touching from its black alligator leather and 50m water resistance, this watch is very suitable for any daily or professional occasion.
Price: 745.00 USD
Finally, here is a brief overview of some best affordable mechanical watches you should have. Hopefully, those lists can be an easy guide for you to choose your first mechanical watch.