(Updated January 2017)
Today we’re going to be taking a look at some of the best automatic watches under £1000 for men. There’s a wide selection of popular brands to choose from, and perhaps a few you haven’t heard of. The majority of these a Swiss made watches but there is a brilliant minimalist German made watch that’s worth checking out.
Every month I’ll be updating this post with the best mechanical watches under £1000. As styles become unavailable I’ll replace them with other popular choices so the list is constantly evolving over time.
If you think there’s a watch that should make it into this list then have your say in the comments section below.
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Best Watches Under 1000
- Bulova Accu Swiss Murren Men’s Automatic Watch
Bulova 63C116 review. Bulova are one of my favourite affordable watch brands, so it’s interesting to take a look at their higher end models such as the Accu Swiss collection. The dial features two chronograph sub dials and a day & date display. The whole dial design is clean and simple with an easy to read style.
It’s a Swiss automatic watch with a Swiss made chronograph movement. The casing itself measures 41mm in diameter and has a 15mm thickness that’s a popular size for men. The watch also features a sapphire glass crystal that offers some of the best scratch resistance available. As for water resistance it has a 30m rating.
This is one of the best Swiss automatic watches under 1000
Best Automatic Pilot Watches Under 1000
2. Glycine Airman Pilot Watch
Glycine 3927.191-LB9B review. Our first edition from Glycine is this automatic Airman. It’s a Swiss made watch with an automatic self-winding movement. Everything about this watch is high quality. The dial has a high visibility finish as you’d expect from a pilot watch.
The movement is a 21 jewel Swiss automatic with a 42 hour power reserve, it has a 4/28’000 vibrations per hour rating. The GL 293 is a special ETA caliber made for Glycine. The watch features an exhibition caseback so you can view the automatic movement at work. There’s also a sapphire crystal glass for top scratch protection and a 200m water resistance rating.
A top brand for the best automatic pilot watches under 1000.
Best dress watch under 1000
3. Tissot Automatic Calfskin Watch
Tissot T085.427.16.013.00 review. Tissot are a leading luxury watch brand with a huge selection of self winding watches such as this beauty. The dial design has a monochrome style to it, there’s 3 chronograph sub dials that can also be put to good use. At the 3 o’clock position we have a small standard date display.
The watch functions with a self winding Swiss automatic movement that can be view through the stylish exhibition caseback that’s a brilliant feature of this watch. The watch is a decent size with a 42mm casing that is suitable for most men. Extra features of the watch include a sapphire crystal glass for brilliant scratch protection and a 30m water resistance rating. The calfskin leather strap is extra comfortable too.
One of the best dress watches under 1000.
Affordable automatic watches
4. Certina Leather Automatic Chronograph Watch
Certina C001 427.16.037.01 review. An elegant sports watch this time from Certina. Certina are another one of those brands you’ll see quite a lot of when you enter this sort of price range, it’s a Swiss made watch with an automatic movement. A key feature of this watch is the DS safety concept. The DS is a double safety system concept, which the optimal protection from external influences, such as pressure, Ambient, moisture, dust and other substances.
The movement on this watch is pretty awesome, it’s a Swiss ETA automatic C01. 211. You can view the movement through the exhibition caseback which is a feature I love on watches. Extra features of the watch include the sapphire crystal glass, reinforced chassis, O-ring seal, and a 100m water resistance rating.
This is one of the more affordable automatic watches in today’s list.
Best swiss automatic watches under 1000
5. Tissot T006.428.16.058.01 Automatic Dress Watch
Tissot T006.428.16.058.01 review. Here we have another one of Tissot’s best selling watches. I think the textured dial gives the watch an interesting edge, I’d rather go for something like this over a plain dial anytime. The subdial is used to measure 60 seconds instead of having a normal seconds hand. There’s also a useful date display at the 3 o’clock position.
The watch is powered by a Swiss automatic movement. Extra features include a sapphire crystal glass, calfskin leather strap, and a 30m water resistance rating.
Another one of the best swiss automatic watches under 1000 in my opinion.
Best watch brands under 1000
6. Revue Thommen Automatic Watch
Revue Thommen 17030.2537 review. The first edition we have from Revue Thommen is this impressive looking dive style Swiss made automatic watch. The dial is relatively clear with an easy to read design, there’s a good use of lume on the hands and hour markers. You’ll notice that there’s a magnifier bubble over the date display so it’s easier to read at a glance.
The watch has an impressive Swiss movement, the ETA 2824 that’s very accurate and reliable. It also features a turnable bezel, knurled crown, sapphire glass, and a 300m water resistance rating as you’d expect from a diving watch.
Revue Thommen are one of the best watch brands under 1000.
Best automatic sports watches under 1000
7. Victorinox Swiss Army Chronograph Automatic Watch
Victorinox 241191 review. Victorinox are another one of my favourite brands offering great quality timepieces. This watch is Swiss made and has a sports/racing style to it. The dial is well spaced out with its 3 chronograph subdials and a small date display at the 3 o’clock position. The dial has this brilliant silver sunburst effect added to it which looks pretty good.
The watch uses a precise Swiss automatic movement and includes features such as a sapphire crystal glass, and a 200m water resistance rating.
One of the best automatic sports watches under 1000
Best mechanical watches under 1000
8. Hamilton Swiss Made Automatic Mechanical Watch
Hamilton H64515133 review. We couldn’t put a list together featuring the best automatic watches without showcasing a Hamilton timepiece. Hamilton are a very popular brand in this price range, the have a huge selection of pretty stunning Swiss automatic watches. The hands and hour markers around the edge have a luminous coating. I movement that features the day at the 12 o’clock position and date at the 6 o’clock position has always been one of my top choices.
The watch is powered by a Swiss automatic movement and has extra features such as a GMT scale around the inner rim, rotating coin edged bezel, sapphire crystal glass, and a 100m water resistance rating.
One of the best mechanical watches under 1000
Best dress watches under 1000
9. Rodania Swiss Xelos Men’s Automatic Watch
Rodania RS2504946 review. Next up we have this smart looking automatic dress watch from Rodania. Rodania are another Swiss watch brand who have a wide selection of styles and designs to choose from. This model is one of their popular dress watches that has a minimalist style dial with a small date display at the 3 o’clock position.
The watch uses a Swiss made automatic movement for accurate and reliable timekeeping. Extra features of the watch include the sapphire crystal glass, and a 100m water resistance rating.
Another one of the best dress watches under 1000
Best oversized watches under 1000
10. TW Steel Canteen Automatic Oversized Watch
TW Steel CS76 review. TW Steel are another one of those brands you’ll start to spot a lot in this price range. The Canteen by TW Steel has a oversized watch style to it with a 50mm diameter and 15mm thickness. So once thing to note is that it might not be suitable for people with smaller wrists.
The watch functions with an automatic Citizen Miyota 8215 movement, has a hardened mineral glass with a top sapphire layer for extra scratch protection. The hammered bezel and crown look very impressive and really draw the eye into the watch. It also has a 100m water resistance rating.
Up there with the best oversized watches under 1000
Best automatic field watches under 1000
11. Luminox Field Automatic Watch
Luminox XL.1801.BO review. This Luminox watch is part of their Field Automatic Day Date 1800 series. This Field series features a three hand automatic day-date movement in a 43mm case and is available with either black or silver dial on smooth buffalo leather straps. More and more people are discovering the magic of mechanical movements – automatic movements actually interact with you, as the movement of your wrist keeps them wound – with no battery change. All models have black textured dial centres, sapphire crystals and case backs to view the movement.
A key feature of this watch is the gas filled tritium tubes that provide the glow in the dark aspects of the watch. These require no charging and offer an extended amount of glow time.
Best luxury automatic watches under 1000
12. Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Automatic Watch
Maurice Lacroix LC6027-SS001-122-1 review. Maurice Lacroix happens to be another one of my favourite brands when it comes to luxury automatic watches. They create these extremely sleek, smart designs that have a luxury flair to them. This model has a relatively minimal design on the dial but shows off with some rose gold accenting.
The watch is Swiss made and features a Swiss made automatic movement, an ETA 2824/2 that has a 38 hour power reserve. The watch has a anti-glare sapphire crystal glass, soft genuine leather strap, exhibition caseback, and a 30m water resistance rating.
Another one of the best luxury automatic watches under 1000.
Best simplistic watches under 1000
13. Mido Commander XL Automatic
Mido M0144301106100 review. Next up we have this elegant looking timepiece from Mido. This model is from their Commander collection. It’s a Swiss made automatic watch and has all the usual luxury features we’ve come to expect. The charcoal coloured dial features a simple day & date display at the 3 o’clock position.
The watch uses a Swiss automatic movement ETA caliber 2836-2 with a 40 hour power reserve. Extra features include a day&date display, sapphire crystal glass, and a 50m water resistance rating.
Another one of the best automatic watches for men.
Best automatic dive watches under 1000
14. Roamer SeaRock Pro Automatic Watch
Roamer SeaRock 211633 41 54 20 review. Roamer of Switzerland are another very popular Swiss based brand. This model is part of their SeaRock collection and is suitable for people looking for an automatic diving watch under £1000.
The watch uses a Swiss automatic movement that’s known for its reliability and accuracy. The glass is made of a synthetic sapphire that gives you a Mohs hardness rating of 9, extremely hard to scratch. As for water resistance it has a 20m rating with a screw down crown.
Considered among the best automatic dive watches under £1000.
Best German automatic watches under 1000
15. Junghans Max Bill Automatic German Made Watch
Junghans 027/4700.00 review. Junghans are another top watch brand in the under £1000 tier. They’re based in Germany and make these amazing German made watches. Many Junghans watches have these minimalist styles that often prove popular. The watch is slightly smaller than most men’s watches with a 38mm casing diameter and 10mm thickness which actually makes it quite slim.
Features of the watch include luminous hands and hour spots, a convex hard plexiglass with Silcralan coating, calfskin strap, and a 50m water resistance rating.
One of the top brands for the best German watches under 1000.
Best dive watches under 1000
16. Davosa Ternos Diver Automatic Watch
Davosa 16155550 review. The Men’s Davosa Ternos Diver watch in stainless steel, set around a black dial with luminescent hands, date function and high-visibility hour markers. It is water resistant to 200 metres and features a screw-down crown and case back, as well as a sapphire crystal with date bubble. Surrounding the crystal is a black ceramic bezel, unidirectional, with a luminous marker at 60. Inside the watch is a 25 jewel Swiss Automatic movement, with 42 hours power reserve, and quick adjust date function. The watch fastens on a solid stainless steel bracelet with fold over deployment clasp, as well as a diver’s extension for wearing with a wetsuit.
Thanks for reading
I’d like to give everyone a massive thank you for taking the time to read through this list today. With all the research involved they normally take a few days to put together so I hope you found it somewhat helpful. What was your favourite automatic watch under £1000? Let me know in the comments section.