In today's world, where several devices are powered by electricity, a mechanical watch could well seem like an indulgence. Truth is, it is not. A mechanical watch speaks volumes about traditions, its mechanism paying respects to the watchmaking dating back centuries.
Automatic watches, a sub species of mechanical watches, get their power when you move your wrist. Making use of a rotor that moves freely, which initiates a movement inside the watch, the watch is powered. Essentially, move your wrist, and the watch gets power. Designed to be comfortable everyday pieces, a solid power reserve also ensures you don't need to hand-wind everyday.
While, of course, automatic watches can toe the eye-wateringly expensive line, there are others that are more affordable. We found five automatic watches that you can get your hands, nay wrists on, which are under 2 lakhs.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic WAZ2011.BA0842
Powering the TAG Heuer Formula 1 is the robust TAG Heuer Calibre 5 movement loaded with professional-level timekeeping functionality. The timepiece boasts a simple look with an anthracite grey dial, a 43mm steel case, and a steel bracelet with fine brushed steel folding clasp push buttons.
The automatic watch gives you a power reserve of around 38 hours, and has a unidirectional 60-min turning bezel which is in unscratchable black ceramic. The three-row bracelet in brushed steel has a double safety folding clasp to prevent accidental opening and a 'Driver' extension for wearing over a racing suit. The watch is water resistant up to 200 metres.
Price: Rs 1.57 lakh (approx.)
Where to buy: Visit their store locator or call TAG Heuer at +91 97111 75070
The Longines Master Collection L2.6126.96.36.199
This steel watch is driven by the automatic Caliber L888 movement, which provides a power reserve of around 64 hours. Its 38.5mm stainless steel case houses the sunray blue dial, perfect for those you enjoy colours on their wrist. The dial features silvered polished hands and diamond indexes.
Part of the Longines Master Collection which was launched in 2005, the watch has transparent caseback with sapphire crystal and is water resistant up to 30 metres. It is offered on a blue alligator strap with a triple safety folding clasp and push-piece opening mechanism.
Price: Rs 1,75,000 (approx.)
Where to buy: Visit their store locator
Tissot Seastar 1000 Professional Limited Edition
This robust engine was designed in 1970 and has now become a classic, highly functional and relaible watch for Tissot. Powered by the Swiss Tissot automatic VALJOUX A05.H21 movement, the calibre churns out a power reserve of around 60 hours.
Tissot Seastar 1000 Professional Limited Edition T120.614.11.041.00 features a 48mm round case in stainless steel, and a domed scratch resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflective coating. The chronograph flaunts a blue gradient dial. Limited edition of 1,000 pieces, the watch is water resistant up to 300 metres and is offered on a stainless steel bracelet with a folding clasp with safety and diver extension.
Price: Rs 1,65,500 (approx.)
Where to buy: Visit the store locator
Rado Captain Cook Automatic
The automatic movement of the Rado Captain Cook Automatic R32105313 | 01.763.6105.3.031 delivers a power reserve of a whopping 80 hours approximately. The simple and sturdy timepiece follows in the footsteps of the original that was made in 1962 -- its vintage details combined with a 21st century look catches attention quickly.
The 42mm Captain Cook is water resistant up to 300 metres and features a stainless steel and high-tech ceramic case. The case houses a green dial with a date display at 3 o’clock. The adventurous timepiece is offered on a stainless steel bracelet.
Price: Rs 1,67,200 (approx.)
Where to buy: Visit the store locator
Seiko Presage ‘Castle in the Sky’ Studio Ghibli Collaboration - SPB215J1
This year, Seiko collaborated with Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli and created the Seiko Presage ‘Castle in the Sky’ Studio Ghibli Collaboration - SPB215J1. The automatic with manual winding Calibre 6R31 movement beats inside the watch, visible through its see-through screw caseback, and offering a power reserve of around 70 hours.
The sentiment and story of the renowned 1986 Studio Ghibli animated Castle in the Sky film revolves around inheritance and heirlooms to be passed on from generation to generation. Similarly, this Presage model is designed to be treasured for the future. The watch finds its home in a 40.5mm stainless steel case. Its enamel dial with additional 24 hour markers, which goes well with its brown leather strap, is a simple and elegant watch face.
Price: 1,25,000 (approx.)
Where to buy: Visit their official online store