10 Mechanical Timepieces Guaranteed to Make You a Watch Enthusiast

Infinitely cooler than quartz!

best mechanical watches 2018

Every mechanical watch is an engineering feat with a multitude of tiny moving parts tucked underneath its shiny exterior. From an ultra affordable pick, all the way to an ultra luxurious option, we've rounded up a few amazing spring-driven timepieces to start a collection or expand your current one.

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​Victorinox Maverick Mechanical Watch

This Victorinox Maverick variant with dark gray bezel and dial is a great entry-level Swiss mechanical watch. The watch is powered by the venerable ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with a date complication, which is known for its excellent accuracy and reliability. 

Key features of the watch include a high-grade stainless steel case and bracelet and exhibition back. The case of the watch measures 43 millimeters in diameter.

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​Zodiac Super Sea Wolf Watch

The Zodiac Super Sea Wolf watch is a modern take on the Swiss watchmaker's most popular timepieces from the past. It has an understated 40-millimeter stainless steel case and a cool bracelet.

The blue dial of the watch has hour indexes with nicely contrasting SuperLuminova lume and a nicely contrasting orange minute hand. A more subtle-looking variant of the watch in black is also available, as is an even flashier all-blue option.

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IWC Big ​Pilot's​ Watch

The IWC Big Pilot's Watch is among the most iconic aviation-inspired timepieces money can buy. It has a large 46-millimeter case with a large crown, an easy-to-read dial with excellent lume, and an in-house automatic movement with a whopping 7-day power reserve.

The price shown is for a stainless steel model. More upmarket materials and variations are also available, including this stunning all-black option with a ceramic case.

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Seiko 5 SNK803 Automatic Watch

You don't need big money to put an automatic watch from a big-name manufacturer on your wrist. The Seiko 5 has a 37-millimeter case, which is rather small by today's standards, and a basic day/date automatic movement with a display back. 

The dial and the fabric band of the watch are military-inspired. There are several color options you can pick from, ranging from eye-grabbing beige, all the way to stealthy black.

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Tag Heuer
​Tag Heuer Formula 1 GMT Watch

This Tag Heuer Formula 1 variant can display the time in a duo of time zones, so it's perfect for frequent travelers. The watch features the Swiss giant's own Calibre 7 in-house movement with date complication, tucked into an elegant 41-millimeter stainless steel case with a matching bracelet.

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Seiko Prospex Diver SRP777 Automatic Watch

The Seiko Prospex Diver SRP777 has a large 45-millimeter cushion case. The latter is a nod to the Japanese manufacturer's long history of making high-quality dive watches with an affordable price tag. 

The automatic movement displays day and date, and it comes with a solid 41-hour power reserve. The black dial has superb lume for easy low-light readability, too.

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Bell & Ross
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Automatic Watch

Inspired by the analog airplane instruments, the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 automatic watch has eye-grabbing looks and an easy-to-read dial. This particular variant has basic in-house movement with a date indicator, though more complicated options and case finishes are also available.

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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 1969 Chronograph Watch

If your search for a mechanical watch has no budgetary restrictions, consider the El Primero Chronomaster 1969 by Zenith. Crafted from rose gold, the timepiece has an in-house mechanical movement, whose intricate details you can marvel at via a dial opening.

The watch has a reasonably sized 42-millimeter case, and it comes on a high-quality leather strap with a rose gold buckle. A more subtle variant of the watch with a stainless steel case is also available.

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​Oris Divers Sixty-Five​ Automatic Watch

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five automatic watch is defined by its refreshingly compact 40-millimeter case and domed sapphire crystal. Both elements harken back to the days when diving watches weren't big and clunky, but subtle and functional. There are multiple styles to choose from.

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Tissot Chemin Des Tourelles​ Automatic Watch​

The Chemin Des Tourelles automatic watch by Tissot has a Powermatic 80 movement, developed in-house by the Swiss manufacturer. Its 80-hour power reserve is unmatched in this price range. 

This particular variant has an elegant 42-millimeter stainless steel case with a silver dial and a matching bracelet, though more options are also available. You can even order a version of the watch with a chronometer-certified movement.