5 Best Cheap Automatic Watches That Feel Luxurious (2021)

Maximize it you get what you pay for is a seductive conceit. In one fell swoop, cheap items are degraded as naturally inferior, while emphasizing the belief that expensive goods are inherently of a higher quality.

But we know that is not always the case. Sometimes there is no real luxury challenger (see smartphones). Sometimes a simpler, less over-constructed option might be better (Henry Hoover versus a Dyson, or for that matter any man-made vacuum rather than a robot). And sometimes tough smaller brands compete by offering surprisingly high-caliber products while undercutting respected global players. Fortunately, this has been happening in the primeval world for some time now – yes, even with proper automatic movements.

Below is a selection of semi-affordable watches, all fully automatic and all for less than $ 1,000 (and one for less than $ 100). All commendably beat far beyond their weight. And everything should serve you well, from diving to fine dining, for decades to come.

What is a fully automatic, self-winding clock?

Proper automatic movements, you say? What are those? Good question. An automatic watch, also known as a “self-winding” watch, is a mechanical watch in which the natural movement of the wearer – you – who moves his arm around (collects a cup of coffee, waves hello or just walks around) gives all that energy , which is needed to wind the main spring (this is the clock’s power source, a spiral torsion spring, but think of it as your phone’s battery). This means that if you use the watch regularly, you will never have to win. It just keeps going. How long it continues after you stop wearing it is called the power reserve (equivalent to when your phone is on standby). Hand-wound watches can not do this, you must remember to unwind them at regular intervals. We explain more about types of watches at the end of this article.

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