A lot of you are searching for an “affordable” automatic luxury watch so, by popular demand, we decided to take a look at 10 automatic watches under 1000, with a sporty look or function. There is a surprising number to choose from and the below is just a small selection. You can always check our watch finder to see more.
The watches are featured in no particular order, and hopefully, you will discover some new brands to keep an eye on. All of the sports watches under 1000 featured are from established brands with a few new kids on the block like Gorilla watches and Code41, and they all feature quality automatic movements. You can’t go wrong with whichever one you choose.
1- Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic – Price 995 USD
The Hamilton brand has been around for over 100 years and belongs to the Swatch Group. They combine an American spirit with the precision of the latest Swiss movements. Their Khaki Field Titanium Auto 42mm in titanium with black PVD coating is great if you like a bolder sporty look. It comes with a soft touch brown leather strap resistant to even the toughest wear. The dial features brown Super-LumiNova on both the hour and minute hands, giving it a nice vintage vibe. Lightweight and of course, reliable with its H-10 automatic movement with an 80-hour power reserve.
2 – Doxa SUB 200 Professional – price 990 USD
The DOXA Sub 200 Professional is a no-nonsense 3-hand diver’s watch in stainless steel with an orange dial. The case measures 42mm with a screw-down steel caseback and screw-in crown, with the DOXA uni-directional bezel. The hands and indexes are coated with SuperLuminova®, for great underwater visibility, as the 200 in the name stands for water resistant to 200 meters. The Sub 200 comes in six different dial colors but orange has always been the signature Doxa dial color and remains our favorite. You can also choose to forego a steel bracelet and go with the matching orange rubber strap for 40 USD less. Last but not least, the Doxa Sub 200 comes with a Swiss automatic ETA 2824-2 movement.
3 – Orient STAR Sports Outdoor – Price 780 USD
A cool blue sports watch from Orient Star. In case the name is new to you, Orient Star is the older and more refined sister of Orient. They refer to the Sports Outdoor as their take on what a field watch should look like, and they have done a great job – uncluttered, easy to read, super practical functions and it looks good. The dial legibility is supported by the stark contrast between the dark blue dial and the oversized white indexes and numerals. The 50-hour power reserve indicator is at 12 o’clock, a position in which it is rarely seen but brings a certain symmetry to the dial. The Orient Star Sports Outdoor has an open caseback through which you can see it’s in-house F6N43 automatic movement which is made in Japan.
4 – Gorilla Fastback Phantom Black – Price 950 USD
Gorilla, who only launched in 2016, is a relatively new kid on the block but was founded by two veterans of watch design: Lukas Gopp and Octavio Garcia. Both founding partners spent time at Audemars Piguet, Mr. Garcia was even Chief Designer for five years and is credited with the famous Royal Oak Offshore “Alinghi”. Well, enough credentials – we really love this brand and we are not alone. The Gorilla Fastback Phantom Black has a 44mm forged carbon case with a bead blasted black ceramic bezel and a titanium caseback and crown. It is powered by an automatic Miyota Caliber 8215 movement. The natural rubber camo strap accents the adventurous side of this watch. It is definitely the road less traveled but well worth the detour!
5 – Ball Watch Fireman Enterprise – 999 USD
The Ball Watch Fireman Enterprise just makes it into our under 1,000. With a price tag of 999 USD, it is the value proposition model from Ball Watch, but rest assured, the high standard quality that we are used to seeing at Ball remains unchanged. The Fireman Enterprise is probably the most classic of our sporty selection with its understated 40mm steel case and black dial. Ball is well known for its use of tritium tubes which makes the dial very visible indeed come nightfall. The Fireman Enterprise is powered by the Ball RR1103 automatic movement and is ISO1413 certified to withstand up to 5,000g of shock resistance. Last but not least, it is water resistant to 10 bar (100 meters).
6 – Delma Santiago Automatic – Price 990 CHF
Delma has been making watches since the 1920’s and is still family-owned and run today. The Santiago Automatic is their most popular diving watch and features a water resistance of 50 bar (500 meters). The Santiago Automatic exists in a range of colors and materials but we have chosen to feature the trendy green version. The 43mm steel case features a green ceramic unidirectional bezel ring, and the ETA 2824-2 automatic movement, engraved with the Delma logo, is visible through the transparent caseback. The luminous accented metallic hour and minute hands paired with red-tipped seconds hand give it that extra something.
7 – SevenFriday T3/01 ENGINE – Price 900 USD
The SevenFriday T3/01 is the smallest, lightest and thinnest watch in the SevenFriday collection, and it’s one of our favorites from the brand! The 45mm stainless steel case is coated with black PVD. The dial is skeletonized, with Super-Luminova on both the hands and the indexes. The strap is in soft blue leather with a red lining and a classic pin buckle, also in black PVD coating. The watch is powered by an automatic TMI (Seiko) NH70 movement. This unique watch is guaranteed not to go unnoticed and it even comes with matching sunglasses.
8 – Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic – Price 995 USD
If you are looking for a solid pilot’s watch, you can’t go wrong with Alpina. The Startimer Pilot Automatic is a part of Alpina’s most successful collection and comes in a 44mm stainless steel case with a dark blue dial with hands and indexes in Super-Luminova. It has everything you would expect from a pilot’s watch with its oversized numerals, straight indexes and small date. Alpina’s signature red triangle is visible in the 12 o’clock position showcasing the sixty/zero minutes position. The Startimer Pilot Automatic comes with, as its name suggests, an automatic Caliber AL-525 movement with a 38-hour power reserve.
9 – Code41 Anomaly-01 Brown PVD – Price 750 USD
Code41’s are all fitted with a visibly manufactured movement and a machined dial that appears part of the mechanism. This watch just looks like it would cost more than it does. Code41 achieves this by selling directly to the end consumer – cutting out the retailer and effectively halving the price. The Code41 Anomaly-01 Brown PVD is part of the very first collection that Code41 launched on Kickstarter. The 42mm case is in stainless steel with a brown PVD coating. The dial features hours and minute hands and a seconds and a 24 hour disc, with luminescent hands and markers. There are multiple strap choices that you can choose from when you order the watch. The Anomaly-01 is fitted with a mechanical automatic Miyota 82S7 movement. Each watch is produced in a limited series, but no worries, Code41 are always coming out with new models which you can check out on our watch finder.
10 – Zodiac Super Sea Wolf – Price 1,095 USD
So this one is a little bit over the allocated budget, but Zodiac is worth a mention regardless, as their watches are just really cool and good value. The Super Sea Wolf is one of their most popular models; each one is a limited series but they continuously bring out new versions. The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Compression features a 40mm stainless steel case with a black mineral crystal uni-directional bezel and a black rubber strap. The timepiece is fitted with an STP 1-11 automatic movement with a 44-hour power reserve and is water-resistant to 200 meters. The Super Sea Wolf comes in a host of fun and daring colors, which are all sold out at this time but keep an eye out for the new models to arrive, as they definitely deserve attention.
About the Author
Susanne Samuelsson is from Sweden but has lived in Switzerland for most of her life. She has spent the last 20 years working for luxury watch publications in sales and marketing. She has worked for Europa Star, Revolution, Elite Traveler,Quintessentially and The Rake. She loves wearing men’s timepieces and since she started The Watch Pages has a list as long as your arm of new watches she would love to buy!