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Best automatic watches under 200

Automatic watches have a bad reputation as expensive watches unattainable for common citizens on a budget. While there are many fantastic luxury watches out there with quality automatic movements, there’s also a litany of great low-cost timepieces for you to consider as well!

While automatic movements require more regular maintenance and care than quartz movements, they reward the wearer with an artful display of watchmaking prowess and craftsmanship. Whether you choose a watch with a Japanese automatic movement or a Swiss automatic movement, you’re virtually guaranteed a horological experience unlike any other.

To help you on your quest to find the best automatic watch for the lowest price possible, we’ve scoured far and wide to curate our list of the 7 Best Automatic Watches Under $200. We’ve included some of the best watch brands and the best cost-effective timepiece ever produced, all for your watch shopping convenience.

The 7 Best Automatic Watches Under $200 For 2021

7) Timex Marlin Automatic Watch

Timex Marlin Stainless Steel Hand-Wound Movement Black/Silver One Size
  • Timex Marlin Hand-Wound Mechanical Watch
  • 32MM watch width; 7.5 inches band length
  • Fits up to 7.5 inches wrist size
  • Silver dial; Black leather strap
  • 30 Meter water resistant

Let’s start with a striking update of a former crowd favorite. The new Timex Marlin Automatic Watch is a wonderful update of the original Timex Marlin, featuring an easy-to-use three-hand manual movement and a stylish black leather band. The dial projects minimalism at its most appealing, and the even-numbered Arabic numeral format lends this timepiece a personality all its own. And while it’s a dressier timepiece, it can also withstand brief immersion in water down to 30 meters in depth!

Specs

Display Window Material: Mineral

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Tang Buckle

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 32 mm

Case Thickness: 10 mm

Strap Material: Plastic

Strap Length: Leather

Strap Width: 17.7 mm

Strap Color: Black

Dial Color: Beige

Movement: Manual Three-Hand

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Pros

  • If you enjoyed the original Timex Marlin, this will easily be your favorite new watch.
  • The beige dial is simple in the best of ways. It’s uncluttered and easy on the eyes.
  • The manual three-hand movement is so easy to operate.

Cons

  • The crown is extremely stiff to pull out and push in.
  • The included leather strap needs to be worn a few times to get comfortable.

6) Seiko Men’s SNK355 Automatic Dress Watch

Seiko Men's SNK355 Automatic Stainless Steel Dress Watch
  • Automatic mechanical movement
  • Seiko 5
  • 3 hands (hour minute and second)
  • Day and date with silver
  • Water-resistant to 30 M (99 feet)

The first of three watches from our favorite low-cost Japanese watch brand, the Seiko Men’s SNK355 Automatic Dress Watch is an understated stunner that contains much more than meets the eye at first. Everything from the lined hour markers to the pop of red in the date function window is aligned perfectly. And if you look closely at the dial, you’ll see an array of interesting textures and Seiko 5 logos. Classy without being boring, this durable dreamboat is a go-to option for both office days and dinner get-togethers.

Specs

Display Window Material: Hardlex Crystal

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Push-Button Fold-Over Clasp w/ Safety

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 37 mm

Case Thickness: 10.3 mm

Strap Material: Stainless Steel

Strap Length: Men’s Standard

Strap Width: 21.2 mm

Strap Color: Silver

Dial Color: Silver

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Japanese Automatic

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Pros

  • The Hardlex crystal dial window is impressively scratch-resistant.
  • The design is versatile and will match up with most outfit choices, casual and formal.
  • There are little personality quirks here that are just fun to look at.

Cons

  • The band is hard to adjust without professional help.
  • It may be a bit too lightweight for some tastes.

5) Vostok Amphibian Automatic Self-Winding Watch

VOSTOK Amphibian Automatic Mens Self-Winding Diver Amphibia 710 Case Wrist Watch (710059: Black)
  • Classic Vostok model
  • 200 m (20 Bar) Water Resistant
  • Dimensions: approx. 41x45x15 mm. Lug size 22mm
  • Automatic VOSTOK self-winding movement with 31 ruby jewels (no hands winding required, but watch can still be wound up with winding stem if it has not worn been worn for some time) Fully wound watches run at least 31 hours. Anti-shock (shock resistant) balance, Central second hand, Graduated rotated bezel
  • Luminous hands and dots. The watch assembled for US sales by Sputnik TM technology.

If you want to buck trends and go your own way with your choice of automatic watches, you can’t do much better than the quirky Vostok Amphibian Automatic Self-Winding Dive Watch. A great choice for water sports or mornings at the gym, this atypical Russian diving watch features one of our favorite analog display designs at this or any price point. Also known as the “Scuba Dude” thanks to the cool drawing in the middle of the dial, this blue dial blockbuster features a quality in-house automatic movement that’s quite easy to maintain.

Specs

Display Window Material: Acrylic

Display Type: Analog

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 41 mm

Case Thickness: 15 mm

Strap Material: Nylon or Stainless Steel

Strap Width: 22 mm

Strap Color: Multiple Colors

Dial Color: Turquoise

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic/Manual

Water Resistance: 200 meters

Pros

  • The turquoise dial and “Scuba Dude” sketch both help this timepiece to zig when others zag.
  • This watch is fully submersible in water to a depth of 200 meters.
  • It’s available in two different strap types with multiple colors to choose from.

Cons

  • The edges around the strap are sharp out of the box. You may want to sand them down.
  • The acrylic dial window scratches easier than most.

4) Seiko Men’s Recraft Series Automatic Casual Watch

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Seiko Men's Recraft Series Automatic Leather Casual Watch (Model: SNKP27)
  • Self-winding automatic
  • Power reserve: approximately 41 hours
  • Automatic-self-wind Movement
  • Case Diameter: 39.5mm
  • Water resistant to 50m (165ft:┬áin general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling

If you’re looking for a dress watch that doubles as a time machine to the heyday of 1970s fashion, you’re gonna love the Seiko Men’s Recraft Series Automatic Watch. The rectangular watch case, gold-tone watch hands and hour markers, and sleek brown leather band combine to create a groovy homage to the classier timepieces of yore. And in terms of head-turning appeal, the green sunray dial offers mesmerizing depth and detail that’s simply a joy to gawk at.

Specs

Display Window Material: Hardlex Crystal

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Buckle

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 41 mm

Case Thickness: 13 mm

Strap Material: Leather

Strap Length: 9.25 inches

Strap Width: 22 mm

Strap Color: Brown

Dial Color: Green

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic

Water Resistance: 50 meters

Pros

  • There aren’t a lot of modern watches out there with this kind of boxy, retro feel. It’s refreshing.
  • The green sunray dial is nuanced and catches the light in really cool ways.
  • The leather band is quite high-quality and not super stiff out of the box.

Cons

  • Pulling out the crown to change the time does not halt the second hand.
  • We’d prefer a hand-wind movement option.

3) Orient Mako II Japanese Automatic Diving Watch

Orient Men's FAA02001B9 Mako II Analog Automatic Hand-Winding Silver Watch
  • Mineral Crystal.Power Reserve:Approximately 40 hours.
  • 120-Click Unidirectional Bezel
  • Case Diameter: 41mm.Power Reserve:Approximately 40 hours.
  • Movement:Orient Cal.F6922 Automatic, Hand-winding, Hacking Movement
  • Water Resistant 200m (660ft): in General, Suitable for Professional Marine Activity and Serious Surface Water Sports, but not Diving

If you’re not familiar with the Orient brand of sports watches and dress watches, the Orient Mako II Japanese Automatic Diving Watch is a heck of a good place to start. Thanks to its clean calendar function date window, stark and stunning black dial, and gorgeous stainless steel construction, this elegant offering from the underrated Japanese watch brand is primed for both the water and the dancefloor. And thanks to its recessed bezel, it conforms nicely to most wrist sizes!

Specs

Display Window Material: Mineral Crystal

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Push Button Fold-Over Clasp w/ Safety

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 41 mm

Case Thickness: 13 mm

Strap Material: Stainless Steel

Strap Length: Men’s Standard

Strap Width: 20 mm

Strap Color: Silver

Dial Color: Black

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic (Hand-Winding, Hacking)

Water Resistance: 200 meters

Pros

  • The hand-winding, hacking movement keeps time better than most automatic movements for under $500.
  • There are multiple color options to choose from with different splashes of black, blue, and red.
  • This watch is quite sturdy and offers great water resistance down to a depth of 200 meters.

Cons

  • The crown is small and really hard to unscrew without a tool.
  • It may wear a bit small for some larger wrists.

2) Seiko 5 SNK805 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch

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Men's SNK805 SEIKO 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Green Canvas
  • Military-inspired timepiece featuring green dial, luminous accents, and day/date functions.Case dimensions: 37mm,Strap length: 7 inch
  • Automatic movement with analog display; Hardlex crystal
  • Features green nylon strap with buckle closure. When setting the minute hand of a quartz watch, advance it to a few minutes ahead of the time and then turn it back to the exact time
  • Water resistant to 30 m (99 ft): In general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming.

Originally conceived as a pilot watch, the Seiko 5 SNK805 Stainless Steel Automatic Watch is one of the most well-reviewed automatic watches under $200 ever produced. There are subtle touches to this watch that make all the difference. The sword-shaped hands are elegantly curved and perfectly counterbalance the field-watch design scheme. It also has a very legible date window and a unique setup for hour indices that push them towards the center of the dial. Durable and attractive, this is arguably Seiko’s finest achievement.

Specs

Display Window Material: Mineral Crystal

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Buckle

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 37 mm

Case Thickness: 11 mm

Strap Material: Nylon

Strap Length: Men’s Standard

Strap Width: 18 mm

Strap Color: Green

Dial Color: Green

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Automatic

Water Resistance: 30 meters

Pros

  • The green-on-green design is both clean and unique.
  • The nylon strap is very comfortable to wear and doesn’t cut into your wrist.
  • You know you’re getting a long usage life when you purchase a Seiko timepiece.

Cons

  • It loses about four to five minutes a week, so you have to keep maintaining it.
  • It may be too small for some bigger wrists.

1) Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Stainless Steel Watch

Invicta Men's Pro Diver Collection Coin-Edge Automatic Watch
  • Stainless steel case 40mm diameter x 14.1mm thick; Exhibition case back; Black dial; Luminous hands.Band Length: 205mm
  • NH35A Japanese Automatic movement, 24 jewel; Assembled in Malaysia; Watch weight 155 grams
  • Includes gift box, instructions and 3 year limited manufacturer warranty; Invicta Customer Service can be reached at 1-800-327-7682 for questions (re: Additional links, band replacement, band adjustment, warranty questions, etc.)

Are you a fan of the Rolex Submariner? Have you always wanted to own one, but can’t bear the thought of parting with thousands of dollars to do so? Rather than taking out a second mortgage on your house, consider the Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Watch as a more-than-suitable alternative! A loving homage to everything that makes the Submariner great, this gorgeous low-cost dive watch looks like it’s worth hundreds of times its actual retail value. And thanks to a rugged build and quality materials, it’s got a usage life that rivals any other watch option at its price point.

Specs

Display Window Material: Mineral Crystal

Display Type: Analog

Clasp Style: Fold-Over Clasp w/ Safety

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 40 mm

Case Thickness: 14 mm

Strap Material: Stainless Steel

Strap Width: 20 mm

Strap Color: Silver

Dial Color: Black

Bezel Material: Stainless Steel

Movement: Japanese Automatic

Water Resistance: 200 meters

Pros

  • This is one of the coolest tribute watches ever released.
  • It’s a combination of a dress watch and dive watch that balances great water resistance with a refined design.
  • It’s available in multiple color options that will make every garment piece in your closet stand out that much more.

Cons

  • The rotating bezel may be somewhat tight in some models.
  • While the mineral dial window is sturdy, it can be scratched with just the wrong sort of impact.

Frequently Asked Questions About Affordable Automatic Watch Options

Are automatic watches worth it?

Mechanical watches are well worth it for those looking for the best men’s watches out there right now! And if you can find a timepiece with a quality Swiss automatic movement or Japanese automatic movement at an affordable price, that’s even better! The inner workings make all the difference!

(And while an automatic movement may not be as accurate as a quartz movement, a mechanical movement is much more fun to play with and maintain!)

The best automatic watch offerings balance either a modern look or classy look with impressive features like a unidirectional bezel, Eco-Drive technology (or comparable solar power sources), a lengthy power reserve, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal dial window or something similar, a screw-down crown, luminous hands, and multiple strap options to choose from. And for under $200, you can choose from the affordable watches on the list above and bypass expensive watches altogether!

What is the best watch under $200?

Our pick for the best automatic watch under $200 is the aforementioned Invicta Pro Diver Automatic Stainless Steel Watch. When discussing affordable dive watches, there’s this beauty and then there’s everything else! A perfect pick for either a newbie or a watch expert, this beautiful timepiece comes from a reputable brand known for crafting high-quality budget diving watches. Water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters, it features a fully-aligned 120-click bezel and a fantastic hacking, hand-wound Seiko movement.

Add in a clean dial design, easy-to-read date window, and comfortable stainless steel band, and there’s no reason why this Invicta standout shouldn’t be your next automatic watch.

Closing Thoughts

Automatic movements aren’t just a luxury watch kind of thing. Whether you prefer dress watches, casual watches, or sports watches, you can secure a great automatic piece for well under $200! Rest assured, there is a great watch out there at a price tag that’s kind to your wallet. Make your next watch a big deal, both literally and figuratively. Grab one of our highlighted timepieces right away and experience the best of low-cost automatic watches for a minimal investment.

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