A good watch doesn’t have to break the bank. Thankfully, there are plenty of worthy options if you are looking for something affordable, yet stylish and well-crafted. We have put together 5 respectable watches priced under EUR 1,000. Of course, because you are reading MONOCHROME, these 5 timepieces couldn’t be anything else than automatic. And they all come from well-established brands. Did we hear cool Christmas gifts?
Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 COSC
The Tissot Ballade Powermatic 80 is a classic three-hander. 41 mm in diameter, the dynamic case is in steel and it stands out with its bezel adorned with a “Clous de Paris” pattern. The dial features nicely shaped applied indexes and Arabic numerals paired with dauphine style hands. The self-winding movement is the Powermatic calibre 80.811, a chronometer grade movement (certified by COSC) with a comfortable 80-hour power reserve and an antimagnetic silicon balance spring. Modernity in the mechanics, elegance in the style. What else could you ask for such a price?
Quick facts: 41 mm steel case – water resistant to 50m – automatic movement calibre Powermatic 80 with hours, minutes, seconds and date. Leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 890 – For more information, visit www.tissotwatches.com
Mido Multifort Escape
The Mido Multifort Escape is a vintage-inspired, rugged sports watch designed for outdoor use. 44 mm in diameter, it is presented in aged-PVD steel, creating a cool patina and it is rated water resistant to 100m. The movement is the self-winding Mido 80 operating at 21,600 vibrations per hour for a healthy power reserve of 80 hours. It shows hours, minutes, seconds and the date. It features a stop seconds mechanism. Overall a great package for just 810 EUR.
Quick facts: 44 mm PVD steel case – water resistant to 100m – automatic movement calibre 80 with hours, minutes, seconds and date. Calf leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 810 – For more information, visit www.midowatches.com
Seiko Prospex Samurai Pepsi SRPB53K1
The Seiko Prospex ‘Samurai’ is back in the Seiko collection and the good news is that it is no longer a limited edition. This sturdy dive watch is rated water resistant to 200m. It features a unidirectional rotating bezel and highly legible luminescent hour markers and hands. Inside the case is the self-winding calibre 4R35 indicating hours, minutes, seconds and the date. If you are looking for an affordable mechanical dive watch, it is a rather hard to beat offer starting at just EUR 419! And the fact that it is entirely manufactured in-house is unique in this price segment. The Pepsi SRPB53K1 is our favourite, but several other versions exist.
Quick facts: 43.8 mm steel case – water resistant to 200m – automatic movement calibre 4R35 with hours, minutes, seconds and date. Rubber strap with pin buckle – EUR 419. For more information, visit www.seiko-prospex.com
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic
If you are looking for a handsome dress watch but do not have the budget to spend thousands of Euros, the Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic is a great option. The steel case is 40 mm in diameter. The dial features a “Clous de Paris” decoration in its centre part and comes with Roman numerals and baton hour markers. The display is completed by elegant leaf-shaped hands and a date window at 3 o’clock. The automatic movement is the calibre FC-303 with 38-hour power reserve and 4Hz frequency (a solid Sellita-based calibre)
Quick facts: 40 mm steel case – water resistant to 50m – automatic movement calibre FC-303 (Sellita SW-200) with hours, minutes, seconds and date. Leather strap with pin buckle – EUR 850 – For more information, visit www.frederiqueconstant.com
Hamilton American Classic Intra-Matic Auto
The Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto is a vintage-inspired dress watch with a simple but elegant design. The well-proportioned 38 mm case wears extremely well. The curved dial and baton hands emphasize the 1960s style. The watch is powered by the tried and tested ETA 2892 automatic calibre, a precise and reliable movement rarely seen in watches at this price. The Hamilton Intra-Matic Auto is either available with a steel bracelet or with a leather strap.
Quick facts: 38 mm steel case – water resistant to 50m – automatic movement calibre 2892-A2 with hours, minutes and date. Steel bracelet – EUR 825 – For more information, visit www.hamiltonwatch.com