Mechanical Watches

Watches with a mechanical movement are desired by many watch collectors and enthusiasts.

The art of watchmaking was developed using mechanical movements and their production still requires craftsmanship and precision which is not matched by modern, mass-produced quartz movements.

This level of quality and attention to detail does come at a price, which you can fully understand given the more sophisticated internal workings.

However, although the sky’s the limit when it comes to luxury timepieces, it’s now possible to find an inexpensive mechanical watch if you have a more modest budget.

We researched budget mechanical watches and were impressed by the range and quality on offer, from lesser-known brands as well as the well-established companies such as Timex, Tissot, and Seiko.

A mechanical watch may use an automatic or manual movement, and whilst we’ve focused on automatic options for their convenience, there are also affordable manual wind watches available.

Read on for our budget mechanical watch round-up, and our choice of the best value mechanical watch.

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Timex Men's Marlin Mechanical Watch


  • A sleek and sophisticated classic!
  • Stainless steel case.
  • Leather strap with adjustable buckle closure.
  • Round face.
  • Three-hand analog display with automatic movement.
  • Dial features gold-tone hands and hour markers, date display window, minute track and Timex™ detailing.
  • Water-resistant up to 100 feet.
  • Display case included.
  • Imported.
  • Measurements:
  • Case Height: 40 mm
    • Case Width: 40 mm
    • Case Depth: 13 14 mm
    • Band Width: 19 45 mm
    • Band Circumference/Length: 9 in
    • Weight: 2 oz

About this item

  • Imported
  • Adjustable black 20mm genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference; quick-release spring bars
  • Black dial with full markers; date window at 3 o’clock
  • 21-jewel automatic movement with 40-hour power reserve
  • Gold-tone 40mm stainless steel case with domed acrylic crystal
  • Water resistant to 30m (100ft): in general, withstands splashes or brief immersion in water, but not suitable for swimming or bathing


Material: Stainless Steel
Size: Men’s Standard
Weight: 1.92 Ounces
Movement: Automatic
Case Diameter: 40 millimeters

Cheap Mechanical Watch Buying Guide

Mechanical Watch Movement

A mechanical watch movement is a more traditional option than a quartz watch, which uses a battery. The production of a mechanical watch requires skill and craftsmanship, meaning that they are more expensive, but sought after by watch enthusiasts. A mechanical watch uses energy from a wound spring to power the watch. The energy stored in the spring is transferred through a series of tiny and intricate gears and springs, keeping the supply of energy constant. There are a few different ways that energy is created to power a mechanical movement. The oldest of these is a manual movement, where the spring is wound by hand. This requires the user to wind the spring at regular intervals. An alternative is an automatic movement. This option harnesses energy from the wearer, so the individual wearing the watch is providing the power for it to run. The mechanism inside the watch is very similar to the one which needs to be wound, except that it has a rotor added. As the wearer moves around, the rotor spins and winds the spring.

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