Having a great watch is more than just a luxury, it’s a necessity. The best mechanical watches are a combination of function and style, and you don’t have to break the bank to find a great addition to the wardrobe. There are several mechanical watches under $1,000 that are not only quite beautiful, but will last a lifetime to boot.
Victorinox Men’s 241508 AirBoss Automatic Silver Watch
Born in Switzerland, the Victorinox brand has built a reputation of quality and efficiency in all of the company’s products. This particular piece features Swiss movement, an anti-reflective sapphire dial (the strongest dial type available), and a black face with luminescent hands. A skeleton exhibition case back allows the wearer to view the intricate technical marvels that keep the piece functioning, and a 330 ft. water resistance will keep her ticking through life’s adventures. This is a great watch for dressing up or down, and is sure to attract plenty of positive attention.
Citizen Men’s NB0070-57E “Grand Touring” Automatic Watch
The Grand Touring takes the minimalist approach, and is all stainless steel except for the blue dial with date function. Don’t let the simple design fool you however, as the watch is on the larger side with plenty of presence. The high end Miyota Japanese automatic movement keeps impeccable time, and you can expect to lose less than 2 seconds a week, easily adjusted with hackable movement. The Lume on the Grand Touring is excellent, and the watch also features a skeleton back to view the movement within.
Stuhrling Original Executive Men’s Automatic Watch
If you’re looking for a unique watch face, then this is the watch for you. A skeleton dial displays the intricate inner workings of the watch, while a unique second hand subdial sites on the bottom of the face and complements the visual appeal. This watch is meant to be seen. The bezel is polished stainless steel, and the band is made from alligator embossed leather and uses a stainless steel buckle. For a price under $200, the Stuhrling is sure to impress. A drawback would be the water resistance of only 165 ft, although this is enough to get through showering and basic swimming.
Invicta Men’s 1090 Russian Diver Skeleton Watch
If you want a watch with a little more character than your typical diver, you should consider the Invicta 1090. The 52 mm case is certainly on the large side, but does a great job highlighting the mechanical wizardry within. The face is skeleton in design, with gold plated inserts behind a numberless clean dial. Swiss automatic movement is encased by an exhibition back. The 1090 is a large flashy watch, and a beautiful piece of jewelry. It may not be suitable for a work meeting, but it will be sure to impress on the weekend nights out.
Tissot Men’s T0554271705700 PRC 200 Automatic Watch
The Tissot PRC 200 combines the comfort of a sport watch with the elegant movement of Swiss self-winding ingenuity. With a black rubber band, the watch is meant for the active man: it is waterproof up to 660 feet, and features both a tachymeter and stopwatch. The black face is simple and elegant, safely encased by stainless steel. The Tissot is ideal for seamlessly transitioning between recreation and semi-formal events, and is guaranteed to remain comfortable and light.