The World of watches is ever-expanding and evolving. There are two predominant watch styles available in wristwatches defined and differentiated by their movement type. By movement, we mean the mechanism by which these watches keep time. The most popular and the first movement type is quartz that works by feeding an electrical current via a watch battery through a quartz crystal. There are vibrations in the crystal which help in keeping time.
The second movement type is mechanical. It is considered as the best from the two movement types because of its non-reliance on battery power and excellent craftsmanship. These watches make perfect use of a clockwork mechanism hinging on a mainspring. This helps to keep the right time using either automatic self-winding or manually wound system.
Since quartz watches are affordable and less expensive than the mechanical ones, people prefer buying them. But any horological aficionado or a watch collector worth his salt would love owning a mechanical watch. The mechanical watches are further divided into manual and automatic watches. The former requires winding by hand periodically. It means the crown must be turned such that it winds the internal springs of the timepiece ensuring it continues to tick. This step is eliminated in the latter where kinetic energy is used to wind the internal springs. This kinetic energy is produced by the wearer. These watches can continue keeping the right time if the watch is worn regularly by the wearer or he uses a kinetic storage device to help watch ticking right forever. Both watches have their pros and cons. Where manual watches are known for their exquisite craftsmanship and historical significance, automatic watches are known for their convenience.
Here, we bring you a well-curated list of 20 best watches without a battery that you must check out and buy the one that seems to be the best choice for you.
1. MWC SUBMARINER 300M MILITARY DIVE WATCH
This is a tough looking watch which was built to survive some of the extreme and harshest environments in the world. The watch is as tough as nails and a perfect choice for men who want their watch continues showing the right time irrespective of the environment. It has a screw-down crown and is encased in an ultra-durable PVD-Coated steel case. It also has a 24-jewel automatic movement, a dive timer bezel, and a NATO Nylon strap. It has a 40mm size and is an automatic watch. If you love black color and a watch that is as committed as you even in harsh environments, this watch is perfectly meant for you.
2. JUNGHANS MAX BILL AUTOMATIC WATCH
This is one of the minimalist timepieces that is well-appreciated Bauhaus-inspired watches. It is an automatic mechanical version of a watch without battery. The dial is white in color and is abundant with markings. It has 60-minute indices and 12-hour markers and reflects an attractive, uncluttered, and clean design. It is encased in a stainless-steel case and is powered by a 38-hour automatic movement. The white dial is beautifully complemented by a simple yet gorgeous looking leather strap. When worn on the wrist, it oozes style and grace and adds a lot to the personality of the wearer.
3. SEIKO PROSPEX 1968 SBDC061 DIVE WATCH
This watch by Seiko is one of the most sought-after watches. It is encased in a stainless-steel case with an offset crown. This mechanical watch is powered by trusted automatic movement. Its other features are built-in magnetic resistance, a steel link band, and 200 m water resistance rating. It is a lovely toned-down version of other watches from the same collection. It is perfect dress wear watch. Its bold black dial complements beautifully with steel link band. It has three steel markers that makes it an eye-catching piece. Wearing it on the wrist add a lot of glamor and style to the wearer.
4. HAMILTON KHAKI MURPH FIELD WATCH
This watch shot into popularity not only because of its impressive looks and functions but also because it was released in one of the most impressive and watched sci-fi epic by Christopher Nolan- The Interstellar. The movie gave the watch an iconic status. This watch was specifically crafted for the movie. Its amazing features like powered by automatic movement, encased in a stainless-steel case, a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a leather strap in alligator style makes it unique. It is an excellent timepiece for men who love style and functionality with same fervor.
5. VICTORINOX AIRBOSS MECHANICAL WATCH
It is a historically significant timepiece and such watches are available in abundance. Still, this watch by Victorinox is a class apart because of some of its amazing features. This elegantly designed timepiece is powered by Swiss made Automatic movement has a fully featured slide rule bezel, a 38-hour power reserve, SuperLuminova markings ensuring low-light visibility and is encased in stainless-steel case. The watch comes with an identical or matching link band. This watch is perfect for watch lover who loves precision and looks in their timepiece. Worn on the wrist, this watch looks nothing short of impressive and cool.
6. Longines Heritage Military Field Watch
Longines is one of the most prominent watchmakers. The company is best known to come up with watches that have been plucked from the pages of history and are crafted such to pay homage to vintage timepieces. This watch by Longines brings an eclectic blend of heritage and style that is well-liked and appreciated by watch lovers. Its design seems to be inspired from the British Royal Air Force. Although the watch leans towards military design but can be carried off as a dress watch with its minimalist numerical dial, powered by automatic movement, stainless steel case, duo of straps, and trio of hands. One strap is NATO Nylon and the other one is green leather. It looks handsome on the wrist of the wearer.
7. TISSOT EXCELLENCE AUTOMATIC WATCH
Tissot is a well-known and admired watch brand with a vast history. It brings the best dressed-up Excellence Automatic watches. This watch keeps ticking till infinity and shall always tell the right time. It is powered by Swiss Automatic Movement and looks lovely and graceful in 18 rose gold case. The watch has matching indices on hands, dial, and the crown. The T-Excellence, with its clean lines and extreme finery brings a more classical appearance. This lovely gold detail complements well with its stunning dark chocolate dial with a matching strap. It looks exceptionally beautiful and dressy to say the least.
8. Tudor Heritage Black Bay Men’s Watch
This watch by Tudor is one of the most iconic dive watches. The watch seems to have packed sixty years of diving experience into this magnificent and stunning timepiece. This lovely watch is encased in a stainless-steel case and has a black dial and striking red diver timer bezel. Its dial looks quite impressive and bold and has luminous markings. A domed sapphire crystal keeps it safe. It is beautifully complemented with stainless-steel link bracelet. It is a water-resistant watch and has a screw-down crown. Choose this handsome automatic movement watch and match pace with time.
9. Oris Divers Sixty-five Chronograph Watch
This is the first dive watched by the noted watch brand, Oris. This is a Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph watch that has been handsomely crafted using more than five decades of experience that went into crafting ocean-going watches. This reliable, stunning, and gorgeous looking watch looks magnificent when worn on the wrist. This is a mechanical watch and is encased in stainless-steel case. The bronze-finished edge of the bezel looks lovely and adds a striking contrast. It is powered by Automatic Movement. It has power reserve of 48 hours.
10. Panerai Luminor Watch
When looking for a bigger and bolder timepiece option, this watch by Panerai meet your expectations precisely. This watch is crafted as per horological traditions as it is powered by mechanical movement using in-house hand winding. It has stainless steel case surrounding a black dial on a black leather strap with black PVD coated stainless steel tang. Since the watch has 3-days power reserve, it does not need to be wound every day. The other features of this watch are a shielded crown, an anti-shock housing, a stainless-steel case complemented with gorgeous black leather strap. It has logo embossed hands and is water resistant.
11. Bell & Ross BR-05 Watch
It is an excellent looking watch with high functional features making it a preferred choice among watch lovers. Its major highlight is its iconic square case shape, but the overall look of the watch is a dressed-up, toned-down, and sleek timepiece. For greater functionality, the numerals, indices and hands are all filled with Super-Luminova. The watch has bold dial markers, luminous indices, subtle date window, an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, powered by automatic movement, all encased in a 40mm stainless-steel case and a matching link bracelet. It looks stylish and stunning. Perfect to wear a daily-wear watch with some enhanced horological appeal, this watch is a pretty decent choice.
12. Omega Seamster Professional Diver Watch
It is an impressive-looking watch and seems to be a favored choice of NASA and James Bond. The brand has come up with several mechanical watch options. This watch, Omega Seamster Professional Diver Watch is worth its value and can be considered as the most iconic offering from the brand. The watch looks stunning in its amazing deep blue dial with silver details and a matching blue colored band. It is powered by Automatic Movement, has a screw-down crown, anti-magnetic housing, an exhibition case-back, a helium escape value, 30 bar water resistance, a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and a magnificent overall look.
13. Breitling Avenger Chronograph 45 Night Mission Watch
This watch is a perfect blend of durability and affordability. The watches by Breitling are usually crafted with stainless-steel, but this option comes in black-finished titanium case. It is a hefty watch measuring up to 45mm. It is encased in a lightweight making it easy to manage. It comes with 300m water-resistance rating, a self-winding movement, sapphire crystal with double-glare proof. This watch is loved and admired by horological fanatics and aviation professionals for its amazing looks, durability, and affordability.
14. Tag Heuer Monaco Chronograph Watch
Considered as the ‘King of Cool’, the Tag Heuer Monaco is one of the well-admired watches. This watch was worn by him in Le Mans automotive movie. The watch is beautifully paired with rich racing history making it a wonderful choice for people across all ages. The major highlight of the watch is its iconic squared case, white and red markings on blue dial, and has contrasting sub-dials. It is powered by automatic movement. It is undoubtedly one of the most historically significant watches available. Donning it on the wrist speaks volumes about the eccentric choice of the wearer.
15. Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Watch
Zenith is one of the most renowned and historically significant Swiss watchmakers. The company came up with some of the best watches. This watch by the company is a horological fan’s delight. The watch has impressive chronograph features. It is powered by Automatic movement and is encased in a stainless-steel case. It has 50-hour power reserve. It also has a handy tachymeter bezel with Three colored sub-dials: Rimmed in black, grey & blue. All in all, this watch looks cool and impressive. Men love wearing it for casual as well as formal occasions and show their charismatic style.
16. Rolex GMT-Master II Watch
This watch by Rolex is considered as one of the watch guides. This Rolex Timepiece is one of the best mechanical watches. It is considered as nothing less than a legendary timepiece. The watch is encased in Oystersteel case and matching bracelet. The watch has 70-hour power reserve and a brand spanking new 3285 caliber in house movement. The watch has features helping wearers know time in dual time zones at once. The bezel of this watch is bidirectional rotatable 24-hour graduated and comes in two colours- blue and black cerachrom. It has a signature magnified date window at 3’o clock position. It also has an iconic rotating two-tone bezel, and stellar looks. Wearing this watch means nothing goes wrong with this timepiece.
17. IWC PORTUGISER CHRONOGRAPH WATCH
It is a stunning dress watch with its amazing styling. It is a lovely black and 18k gold Portugiser Chronograph and looks absolute stunner. Its appearance looks spot-on and works beautifully. It gives a glimpse into mechanical bits working with precision. It is powered by self-winding automatic movement. It has 44-hour power reserve. It looks lovely with a black alligator leather strap. The dial is protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystal. Also, it is water resistant up to 3 bars. Wearing this watch adds a lot of style and elegance to the wearer’s personality.
18. Grand Seiko SBK006 Watch
This watch is stunning in looks and synonymous with elegance. It is one of the finest examples of Japanese watchmaking. The watch is a manual-wound mechanical watch. The timepiece is encased in a spectacular 18k yellow gold case. This includes indices, crown, and hands that adds a classy touch to the watch. The other features of the watch are an understated seconds sub-dial, easy-to-read power indicator, all complemented beautifully with a genuine crocodile leather band. Japanese watches have always been known for its precision and this watch is no exception. Investing in this mechanical watch is surely a value for money purchase.
19. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch
It is undoubtedly an opulent watch and is perfectly suitable for people who have finer tastes in life. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Watch is an expensive watch precisely for the reason that it is crafted with exquisite craftsmanship and high-quality construction. The watch is also known for its amazing iconic nature and precision in keeping accurate time. The watch is replete with several amazing and interesting features. It is angular in shape, encased in stainless-steel case. It has a matching integrated link bracelet to add to its beauty and grace. It is a self-winding watch and is protected against scratches through a crystal-clear sapphire window. The watch is also available in higher versions that ranges from moonphase watches to complicated chronographs and skeletonized dials. Though this watch is slightly expensive, watch lovers love to own this watch.
20. Men’s Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical Watch
The Khaki Field Mechanical Watches by Hamilton are well-known for its amazing features and craftsmanship. The watch is beautifully encased in a stainless-steel case. It has a dark dial with light and is complemented with three hand display. It has luminescent indexes and numerals that shows minutes and hours. The watch comes with a durable and attractive looking NATO Strap. The watch is a reminiscence of military heritage cherished by Hamilton. It is built to last and inspired with military design and details. It is a hand-winding watch and comes with a date function. It has a power reserve of approximately 80-hours. Even if it is not wound for many days, it keeps showing the right time. Wearing this watch on the wrist gives a cool and suave look to the gentleman.