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Best Automatic Watches Under $200 That Look More Expensive

The best automatic watches under $200 don’t have to be considered second best when buying a watch. We want to introduce you to some of the most amazing-looking watches available with a price tag that won’t break the bank.

In this blog post, you will find the top 12 watches under $200 that have a style to spare and will make sure you look like a million bucks without breaking the bank, whether you are looking for an automatic watch for women or men.

Best automatic watches under $200 for men

Each of the following watches has unique features, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and style. Whether you’re looking for a casual everyday watch or something more dressy, there’s an option on this list. Let’s dive in:

Seiko SNKL23 – $100

Seiko SNKL2

Regarding automatic luxury watches, the Seiko 5 automatic line includes the entry-level SNKL23. The Seiko 5 series came before the current Seiko 5 Sports series and is widely considered one of the brand’s most iconic lines.

The Seiko SNKL23 measures 37.8mm in diameter and 10.6mm in thickness. The watch’s lug-to-lug width of 45.30mm ensures a comfortable fit on the wrists of the vast majority of wearers.

The watch’s transparent case back exposes the inner workings of the mechanical movement to the owner. 

The watch’s face is protected by a coating of hardlex crystal. While the protection isn’t great, it should hold up significantly better than the standard mineral crystal seen in watches of a similar price range.

The Seiko SNKL23’s face is a stunning piece of craft that gives the impression of a much higher price tag than it carries.

The watch includes a not-so-hidden element that further strengthens its distinctiveness and basic but aesthetically attractive looks.

Before Seiko stopped making it, the watch price was between $75 and $150. The highly sought-after model reappeared online a few years ago, even though it was discontinued. People are selling this model on several online marketplaces for rates quite close to its original MSRP ($100 to $150).

If you want to read more about affordable luxury watches from Seiko, you can read our post about Seiko Rolex look-alike watches.

Heimdallr Pilot – $130

Heimdallr Pilot - Best Automatic Watches Under $200

The Heimdallr Pilot Watch is a masterful creation that sets the standard for aviation and travel timepieces. The Pilot boasts a classic, clean, and simple style reminiscent of IWC’s Mark line of watches.

Everything on the dial, except the date text and the second hand, is coated with luminous material, making the dial glow in the dark. Every white marking—hour hands, minute scales, “HEIMDALLR” text, and the arrow logo—is coated in a white luminescent coating. The dial emits a bright green lume light that may be seen in the dark.

It’s worth noting that the watch may be purchased with either a Japanese NH35A automatic or a quartz movement from Heimdallr. A wonderful pilot’s watch in every term, even though the dial might need some work.

Citizen NH8350-59A – $180

Citizen NH8350-59A

This attractive Citizen watch is also extremely reasonably priced thanks to its automatic (self-winding) mechanism. It has a stainless steel case and bracelet, a dial with Roman numerals and luminescent hands, and a day-and-date window. The case is 40 millimeters in diameter. As you wear it, your wrist motion will generate energy for the watch. This watch may be wound by both automatic movement and manual winding.

The Citizen Traditional Automatic NH8350-59A is a versatile timepiece with a classic, somewhat dressy stainless steel case.

At three o’clock, there’s a date and day window. Around the outside is a basic minute/seconds track. Time can be read thanks to the baton-shaped second hand and the polished sword-shaped hour and minute hands. The dial is uncluttered, with simply the brand name and “AUTOMATIC.”

The Citizen NH8350-83L Automatic comes standard with an oyster-style stainless steel bracelet of 20mm in width, but it also accepts interchangeable leather straps. The bracelet is a welcome extra that contributes to the item’s upscale appearance.

Everyone at The Elite Art has a soft spot for fancy timepieces, but even we admit that certain deals are too good to pass up. It is shocking to find an in-house automated multifunction watch with a steel band for less than $200.

Orient Mako II – $140

Orient Mako II - Best Automatic Watches Under $200

Nearly fifteen years ago, the Japanese watchmaker Orient presented us with a diving watch that immediately became a bestseller.

Two separate Mako II models are available from Orient: the standard Mako II and the Mako USA II. The only real distinction between the two is that the American version of the Mako II watch has a sapphire crystal instead of a mineral one.

The Mako II’s dial has all the features one would expect. It has lume-filled applied markings that are outlined in thin metal. Which delivers impressive results for the cost.

Day and date are shown in a glass at 3 o’clock, and their thin metal edges mirror those of the markers.

This Orient watch has a sleek, fashionable case—especially for a diving watch. The width is 41.5mm, the thickness is 13mm, and the lug-to-lug distance is 47mm. It’s a standard that works for almost everyone and looks great on the wrist.

The Mako II is a mixed-finish bracelet with both brushed and polished parts.

It’s only pleasing to the eye. As a result of its nominal size, the phrase “arm candy” is well applied. The price tag of less than $150 makes it very difficult to refrain from hitting the “purchase” button.

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic – $100

Invicta Pro Diver Automatic

The search for an affordable, classic 40mm watch with a Submariner casing is one that almost everyone undertakes at some time. Therefore, many of us are knocking on Invicta Pro Diver’s door.

The Invicta Pro Diver has a 40mm diameter, an approximate 48mm lug to lug width and a 14mm thickness, so it’s clear they got it. This timeless case form and size look great on the wrist.

There is a striking visual similarity between a Sub and the dial we are working with. If you’re interested in purchasing an Invicta Pro Diver, it’s worth your time to investigate the brand’s commitment to superior artistry. You can see that much care and attention to detail went into making the markers, hands, logo, and business name. The way the Invicta Pro Diver’s components sparkle in the light is a sight to see.

The timepiece may be wound manually or automatically and is water-resistant to a depth of 200 meters. Invicta Pro Diver could be a great affordable choice if you are looking for the best automatic dive watches under $200.  

Read: Invicta Pro Diver vs. Rolex Submariner: Full Comparison

Timex Marlin – $200

Timex Marlin - Best Automatic Watches Under $200

Timex, the American brand that started out in 1854 as the Waterbury Clock Company, became a household name thanks to its affordable and reliable products throughout the 20th century.

Here we seek the 40mm Marlin, the successor to Timex’s iconic timepiece from the 1950s. Both the contemporary 40mm version and the original 34mm reissue from the 1960s are available now from the Marlin brand. The dials and cases of each of these timepieces are available in a wide range of hues.

The watch casing is solely available in a highly polished finish, and the edges have a respectable level of polishing for the price.

The only writing on the dial is the Timex logo, “Automatic” above 6 o’clock, and a minute track. They’ve opted for a black day/date wheel with white writing. Thus, the window remains unobtrusive, and the dial’s equilibrium is maintained. Timex added lume to the hour and minute hands for use in dim environments.

To see the Miyota 8205 21-jewel automatic movement housed inside the watches, just turn them over and look through the see-through case back.

Vostok Komandirskie – $115

Vostok Komandirskie

In Chistopol, Tatarstan, Russia, there is a horological establishment known as Vostok. This business specializes in manufacturing tough mechanical timepieces for the military and the amphibian community. Its manufacturing capabilities extend to clock and watch movements for other watch brands.

Their Komandirskie watch is both an affordable luxury and a reliable timepiece; it is well-liked and extremely valuable and can be wound either by hand or automatically.

Chrome plating lends a polished look to the contemporary Komandirskie’s brass or steel casing, and an etched (stamped, technically) Russian double eagle on the rear is a charming touch.

If a cheap watch has a mecha-quartz or mechanical movement—or even just a sweeping second hand—it makes the watch appear more expensive than it really is.

Vostok’s ingenious 31-jewel automatic movement makes it, along with Seiko, Orient, and several lesser-known Chinese manufacturers, one of the most cost-effective ways to get an automatic watch under $200.

Orient Bambino – $150

Orient Bambino - Best Automatic Watches Under $200

You’ve probably heard about the Orient Bambino if you spend any time around the best automatic watches under $200.

The Orient Bambino’s customizable dials are a major selling point. It would be unusual to not discover a hue that appeals to you. This timepiece is equipped with its automatic caliber F6724. A hand winding and hacking noise are heard.

In terms of dress watches, the Orient Bambino is in a class of its own. One of the most elegantly priced wrist watches available will only set you back around $150.

Islander ISL-10 Automatic watch – $200

Islander ISL-10 Automatic watch

The last item in our list of best automatic watches under $200 for men is from Islander. Islander watches, available exclusively at Long Island Watch, are unique timepieces made just for that retailer. They reimagined classic Seiko models that benefited from the use of high-quality aftermarket components. When feasible, sapphire crystals, ceramic bezel inserts, and upscaled mechanisms are used.

The Islander’s unidirectional bezel contains a sapphire inlay that is completely lumed for 120 clicks (or ceramic, depending on the model). Everything fits together well, making it clear that a great deal of care was used in its production. The bezel’s motion is exquisite, silky smooth and utterly accurate.

The Islander has a diameter of 42.4mm around its whole case. I measured a width of 45.8mm from lug to lug and a thickness of 13.7mm (including the sapphire crystal). The metal components, including the case, back, bezel, crown, and bracelet, are 316L stainless steel. The design of the casing is unmistakably inspired by that of the wildly successful and aesthetically sublime Seiko SKX. The casing has a brushed surface on much of it and a polished finish on the sides, and it’s been done quite well.

The screw-down case back and, naturally, the screw-down crown contribute to the Islander’s 200m WR rating, allowing it to withstand water depths.

The Islander ISL-10 uses Seiko’s ultra-reliable NH36 movement, which is the microbrand standard. The SII NH36 is an outstanding workhorse thanks to its 21,600vph (3Hz) frequency, 24 jewels automatic movement, day/date complication, 41-hour power reserve, self-winding mechanism, and hacking capability.

Best women’s automatic watches under $200

Are you looking for the best women’s automatic watch for under $200? If so, here is a list of the three best options according to our search:

Olevs Butterfly Automatic Watch – $130

Olevs Butterfly Automatic Watch

Designed after the skeleton of a butterfly. This timepiece is the epitome of sophistication and class thanks to its skeleton dial and mechanical mechanism. This women’s timepiece, with its pearl oyster diamond dial, is the epitome of elegance and sophistication.

Protected from scratches by a layer of strong coating on the glass, the mirror is durable. Flexible and lightweight stainless steel bracelet with ceramic links (adjuster included in the package). Safe for use in water up to 100 feet deep (30 Meters). The pointer’s light feature works by absorbing sunlight throughout the day and releasing it as a distinctive green light show after dark.

The automatic Japanese movement gives it longer service life. The motion winds itself with each wrist motion.

This watch is packaged in a lovely gift box, making it ideal as a present for your mother, girlfriend, wife, friend, etc. It’s appropriate for work, socializing, retail therapy, and everyday activities.

Aesop Luxury Rhinestone – $150

Aesop Luxury Rhinestone

Case materials are stainless steel, so they will last a long time. The watch’s stainless steel band complements the sleek, ergonomic design of the timepiece. The classic design and a double-open butterfly clasp make this watch a breeze to put on and take off.

Automatic mechanical movement from Japan; analogue display; powered by wrist motion. The watch will run more slowly than usual and may even stop for a moment if it isn’t worn for at least 10 active hours per day.

Choose a mirror made of high-quality synthetic sapphire crystal glass, resistant to high temperatures and corrosion. This women’s watch has a timeless, elegant design that works well for any event thanks to its minimalistic yet luxurious aesthetic.

30M water resistance makes it ideal for use in any environment, whether at work or play. Washable by hand and unaffected by light rain or a passing shower. Makes life easier by negating the need to remove the watch at regular intervals. You can show off your exceptional taste with even the simplest of designs.

Nifty layout. And then watch with a calendar, telling you your date anytime, anywhere. Moreover, it’s with luminous function. It is a practical high product watch, and it can bring convenience to your life.

Orient RA-AC0J-R – $175

Orient RA-AC0J-R - Best Automatic Watches Under $200

This new Orient RA-AC0J-R is the epitome of understated elegance and sophistication.

The watch case measures sleek and sturdy 42.4% millimeters of stainless steel. The hands and markings on the Crème dial are gold. At the 3 o’clock position, you’ll see a date window. The watch has an adjustable silver stainless steel band to accommodate any wrist.

This watch can withstand water pressure up to 50 meters, making it suitable for any environment. The Orient RA-AC0J-R is an excellent option as a women’s automatic watch under $200, whether you need a formal watch or a watch for regular use.

In conclusion 

There are a lot of great automatic watches on the market, but finding affordable ones can be a challenge. This list featured some of the best automatic watches under $200, whether for men or women, so you can find a quality watch without breaking the bank.

If you have any good options that can be added to this list, tell us about them in the comments section, please.

Sarah Salimah

Sarah has been interested in watches for as long as she can remember. She loves watches and writing about them and enjoys experiencing the feeling of high-end models. She was born in Ohio, went to school for art history, and has a genuine enthusiasm for reading literature, walking, and sometimes playing padel.

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