Each spring and gear in a mechanical movement showcases the flawless work done by the watchmaker. Mechanical watches are appreciated because they last a lifetime and hence can be passed down through the generations. Which is partly why they are often expensive. If you are looking to buy one, here are a few budget-friendly options that you can check out.
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Men'S Watch SRPD76K1
The steel and rose gold PVD case of this 42.5mm Seiko 5 Sports makes it a robust timepiece. The watch has a black dial, with a day and date aperture at 3 o’clock. The indexes and hands are coated with Lumibrite. The unidirectional bezel has markings every 10 minutes, with a triangular index marker at 12 o’clock. The strap is Silicone, and the watch is water resistant to 100 metres. Beating inside is the trusted Calibre 4R36, visible via the see-through caseback.
Price: INR 25, 000.
Timex e Class Men's Silver Dial Round Case Automatic Function Watch -TWEG16715
The 44mm stainless steel watch features a sapphire nano-coated domed crystal. Part of the dial is skeleton i.e, allows one to see the movement inside, and part features concentric circles with minute markings that is flanked by indexes. The automatic watch has a power reserve of up to 40 hours, and is water resistant to up to 50 metres. The movemnet is also visible via the see-through caseback. The strap is brown Italian leather.
Price: INR 13,495.
Citizen Automatic Gents Watch Black Dial - NH8395-77E
This Citizen watch has a 40.2mm stainless steel case with black ion plating. The black dial of this watch displays the day and date window at 12 o’clock and 3 o’clock respectively, along with golden hour markers that create a striking contrast. The bracelet is black and has a fold-over clasp with a push button. The exhibition caseback allows one to see the 8200 CQT movement. The watch is water resistant up to 50m.
Price: INR 26,900.
HMT Skeleton SASS 04 white
If you are one for homegrown brands, there is the HMT SKELETON SASS 04 WHITE, a 41mm timepiece with a brass case. The white, partly skeleton dial, the watch boasts blue hands and bar markers, with a double marker at 12 o’clock. Powering it is the automatic calibre 8N24. The watch has a stainless steel bracelet and is water resistant up to 50 m.
Price: INR 13,540
Titan Maritime - Skeletal Automatic Watch crafted with Authentic Walnut Wood NQ1793KM03
At another Indian brand, Titan, we have the stainless steel, 45.5mm Titan Maritime. The partly skeleton watch features a textured dial and a bezel ring made of walnut wood. The automatic watch has a stainless steel bracelet and a see-through caseback. It is water resistant up to 50m.
Price: INR 13,270.
Zeppelin men’s automatic watch with 24-hour display and leather strap - 86623
Zeppelin’s 43mm stainless steel case has mineral crystal glass. The blue dial features small seconds, along with a 24-hour display. Part of the New Captain's Line collection, the German watch features a Japanese automatic movement, the Citizen-Miyota 82S7, which can be seen via see-through. The timepiece is water-resistant up to 50m and comes with a brown strap.
Price: INR 27,000 (approx.)
Seiko Dress Automatic Watch - SRPH92K1
The Seiko automatic has a 41.2 mm stainless steel case, topped by hardlex crystal glass. The watch features a white dial with a date window at 3 o’clock, and golden index markers. The pocket-friendly watch has a bracelet made of silver and yellow gold. The exhibition caseback allows one to see calibre 4R35. The timepiece is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
Price: INR 28, 000 (approx.)
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