Best Watch That Don't Need Batteries Reviews

Updated May 4, 2022

Most people assume that all wrist watches run on an electronic supply, and it’s not ridiculous to think so! It still boggles the mind to think of watches that never need a battery.

You would be surprised to know that the first versions of time-telling wrist companions were essentially watches without batteries and worked by being wound.

Hand-wound timepieces conjure images of the distant past when electrical capabilities were non-existent. But a battery-less watch still occupies a niche and has become one of the more popular options.

These timepieces rely on a mainspring inside the watch’s body that tightens for gears to move. The only difference is that automatic watches do this on their own rather than being manually wounded daily.

Whether hand-wound or automatic, a watch that doesn’t need a battery provides a distinct appeal to watch-aficionados.

If you like collecting watches, we’d suggest investing in a no battery watch. Therefore, go through our recommendations and buying guide for an informed second opinion:

See Our Top Watches Without Batteries

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1 Fossil Mens Grant Automatic Stainless Steel Mechanical Watch Fossil Men's Grant Mechanical Watch
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2 Fossil ME3110 Mens Townsman Leather Multifunction Watch
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3 Seiko - Men's SNKN37 Stainless Steel Self-Wind Watch
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Seiko 5 SNZG13 Automatic Black Dial Watch
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4 Bulova 96A135 Bva Series 120 Automatic Watch Bulova 96A135 Bva-Series 120 Automatic Watch
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5 Tissot - Men's T0356271103100 Couturier Swiss Automatic Silver Watch
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Tissot Couturier Swiss Automatic Silver Watch
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6 Citizen Mens NB1031 53L Grand Touring Automatic Self Wind Silver Watch Citizen Grand Touring Self Wind Silver Watch
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7 Vostok - Amphibian Self-Winding Military Dive Watch Vostok Amphibian Self-Winding Military Dive Watch
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1. Fossil Men's Grant Mechanical Watch

Highlights

About this item

  • Fossil is inspired by American creativity and ingenuity. Bringing new life into the watch and leather industry by making quality, fashionable accessories that are both fun and accessible.
  • A perennial classic, Grant is one watch that truly epitomizes the timeless style of Fossil. A clear cutout-inspired by Fossil‘s vintage skeleton series, stylized Roman numerals, and a classic movement give this timepiece a dapper edge well suited for every occasion.
  • Case size: 45MM; Band size: 22MM; Automatic movement; hardened mineral crystal lens; imported
  • Attachment Material/Color: Leather/Blue; Closure type: Strap Buckle; Interchangeable with all Fossil 22MM bands
  • Water-resistant up to 50m: Wearable while swimming in shallow water
  • Customize your watch with complimentary engraving at a local Fossil store. Engraving is available at participating U.S. and Canadian full-priced and outlet Fossil stores. This service is not applicable to all accessories.

Watch Information

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Fossil
Model number ME3102
Part Number ME3102
Model Year 2017
Item Shape Round
Dial window material type Mineral
Display Type Analog
Clasp Buckle
Case material Stainless Steel
Case diameter 45 millimeters
Case Thickness 12 millimeters
Band Material Leather
Band size Men’s Standard
Band width 22 millimeters
Band Color Blue
Dial color Blue
Bezel material Stainless Steel
Bezel function Stationary
Item weight 2.74 Ounces
Movement Automatic
Water-resistant depth 165 Feet
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Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's Standard
Weight:
2.74 Ounces
Movement:
Automatic
Case Diameter:
45 millimeters

2. Fossil ME3110 Townsman Multifunction Watch

Highlights
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Fossil ME3110 Mens Townsman Leather Multifunction Watch

Specifications

3. Seiko 5 SNZG13 Automatic Black Dial Watch

Highlights
  • Vintage-looking design with modern features
  • Large & solid stainless steel case
  • Exhibition back 
  • Beautiful blue sunburst dial
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Seiko - Men's SNKN37 Stainless Steel Self-Wind Watch

Definitely a watch with vintage vibes, the SNKN37 model is manly without being overbearing on your wrist.

The cushion-shape stainless steel case protects a beautiful sunburst blue dial that changes reflection according to the angle of light.

As such, even though the watch in itself is elegant and visually appealing, the blue dial is the one that catches the viewers’ eye first.

The dial is adorned by large silver Arabic numerals, silver markers, and three solid hands. It also features a date window, in the three o’clock position.

The case is solid and large (43.5mm diameter) with an exhibition back (to see the mechanism) and a Hardlex window on the face. Even more, the mechanism is powered by an automatic self-winding movement that uses the movements of the hand to fill up the reserve.

To complete the vintage design, the distressed leather strap has a solid buckle closure and the crown is based on a push/pull system.

Still, the mechanism is protected against splashes or humid areas (50m/165ft water resistance).

Specifications

Material:
Hardlex dial window, leather strap, stainless steel case
Size:
11.4 millimeters case thickness, 24 millimeters band width, 43.5 millimeters case diameter
Movement:
Automatic
Case Diameter:
43.5 mm
Watch Strap:
Distressed leather

Pros

  • Solid design with durable materials
  • Three-hands automatic self-winding movement
  • Large face with analog design
  • Secure fit & comfortable on the wrist

Cons

  • It is a bit bulky
  • No lume

4. Bulova 96A135 Bva-Series 120 Automatic Watch

Highlights

Bulova Classic Automatic Men’s Stainless Steel with Leather Strap, Silver-Tone

  • Imported
  • 41mm Case diameter
  • Water Resistant To 330 Feet
  • Do not make this day/date adjustment when the time on the watch indicates between 9 P .M. and 4 A.M. as it will become incorrect due to the engagement of the changing mechanism
  • Automatic self-winding design uses your arm movement to power the watch, so you never need a battery.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
10 inches
Weight:
3.04 Ounces
Movement:
Automatic
Case Diameter:
41 millimeters

5. Tissot Couturier Swiss Automatic Silver Watch

Highlights
  • Imported
  • Tissot couturier chronograph automatic men’s watch
  • Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o’clock position. Chronograph – sub-dials displaying: three – 60 second, 30 minute and 6 hour. Automatic movement. Eta c01.211 engine
  • Swiss-automatic movement
  • Case diameter: 43mm
  • Water-resistant to 330 feet
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Tissot - Men's T0356271103100 Couturier Swiss Automatic Silver Watch

Product Description

 

For more than 150 years, Tissot has embodied the innovation and tradition of Swiss watch-making. Based in the Neuchâtel area of the Jura Mountains, in Le Locle, Switzerland, Charles-Félicien Tissot and his son Charles-Emile created the watch making company Tissot in 1853. Whether in the technology of its movements, in the research for special materials or in the very functions of the watch itself, Tissot’s engineers and watchmakers have developed pioneering timepieces over the years.

Some of Tissot’s triumphs over the years include the the Idea 2001 (the world’s first plastic watch) released in 1971, the Rock watch (which set the timepiece’s movement in a stone case made from Swiss Alps granite) in 1985, and the Wood watch from 1988 (with a completely wooden case). Tissot uses the best movements (from ETA SA Manufacture Horlogère Suisse), the highest quality materials (316L steel, 18K gold, titanium) and scratch-proof glasses (sapphire crystal–at least 2500 Vickers).

The company has been involved with high profile sports events since 1974 when they sponsored a racing car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, France. Since then Tissot’s timepieces have been chosen as official timekeepers for world championships in cycling, motorcycling, fencing and ice hockey. And Tissot is currently the the official watch and timekeeper of NASCAR.

Tissot timepieces have been worn by a bevy of celebrities over the years–including Grace Kelly, Elvis Presley and Nelson Mandela–and James Stewart’s character L.B. Jefferies wore a Tissot timepiece in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” Today the company is represented in a variety of sporting fields by English soccer star Michael Owen, IndyCar driver Danica Patrick, and MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden. Today, Tissot is a member of the Swatch Group, the world’s largest watch producer and distributor.

 

Stainless steel case with a stainless steel bracelet. Fixed stainless steel bezel. Silver dial with silver-tone hands and index hour markers. Tachymeter around the outer rim.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's Standard
Weight:
1.9 Pounds
Movement:
Swiss Automatic
Case Diameter:
44 millimeters

6. Citizen Grand Touring Self Wind Silver Watch

Highlights
  • Mechanical
  • Silver tone stainless steel with blue dial
  • 3 Hand Basic
  • Anti-Reflective Sap Crystal
  • Water resistant to 984 feet (300 M): Swimming, Showering & Snorkeling

Product Description

Since its foundation in 1930, CITIZEN has promoted a multi-cultural mindset that fosters excellence and creativity. The very name of the brand conveys a deep respect toward craftsmanship and considered as familiar by citizens the world-over. So as a “citizen” of the world, we bear the responsibility to help cultivate a culture of positive change and on-going evolution through our craft. We take that mission seriously and steadfastly welcome what the future may bring.

As a true manufacture d’horlogerie, CITIZEN integrates a comprehensive manufacturing process from creating individual components to a watch’s final assembly. It’s an artisan’s approach to watch making based on pushing forward the boundaries of technology and leveraging our experience toward exploring new possibilities.

One pivotal technological breakthrough was the development of a light-driven watch. CITIZEN pioneered this engineering innovation well ahead of other watch manufacturers as early as 1976, which led to the launch of the highly acclaimed Eco-Drive in 1995. Utilizing electrical power converted from virtually any light source, this extraordinary innovation changed forever the way watches could be powered. Eco-Drive eliminated the need to ever replace batteries, which made it especially beneficial to areas where such specialist batteries were not obtainable. This leveled the field for citizens of virtually every country to be able to experience unrestricted joy of wearing and using a CITIZEN watch.

The product development policy, “The Fusion of Technology and Beauty,” remains a constant motivation for us to merge cutting-edge technology with perfection of design beauty, which as a consequence inspires people to strive to be their best at any time.

CITIZEN launches a new campaign in collaboration with Wieden+Kennedy, Better Starts Now. This is the simple belief that no matter who you are or what you do, it is always possible to make something better — and now is the time to start doing it. We believe that better and now are both infinite, and that there is always a next ‘better’ and a new ‘now’ in which you can start pursuing it. It was clear from the onset of this project that we are dedicated to this ideal…not to the past but to the present, and all the way we can improve it. To help communicate this belief to the world we have created a new global CITIZEN brand movie, brand identity and brand website that represents out Better Starts Now philosophy.

Rich character and attention to detail helps magnify the CITIZEN Grand Touring Sport collection. Dual-coated anti-reflective sapphire crystal and exhibition case back aids its special design. In a stainless steel case and bracelet with blue dial.

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel
Size:
Men's Standard
Weight:
2 Pounds
Movement:
Automatic
Case Diameter:
Case Diameter

Pros

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7. Vostok Amphibian Self-Winding Military Dive Watch

Highlights
  • Classic Vostok model made by the official supplier of the Defense Department of the Soviet Union and modern Russian Army.
  • 200 m (20 Bar) Water Resistant
  • Dimensions: approx. 39x46x15 mm. Lug size 18mm
  • Automatic VOSTOK self-winding movement with 31 ruby jewels (no hands winding required, but the watch can still be wound up with winding stem if it has not worn been worn for some time) Fully wound watches run at least 31 hours. Anti-shock (shock resistant) balance, Central second hand, Graduated rotated bezel
  • Luminous hands and dots. The watch was assembled for US sales by Sputnik TM technology.

Product Description

Vostok company story starts back in 1942 when one of the Moscow watch-making plants has been evacuated from Moscow to a little town Chistopol located on the Kama River. Defense equipment was the only company output during war years, but as soon as the war was over Vostok started to make mechanical wristwatches – the main production item ever since. In 1965 Vostok company was appointed an official supplier of watches for the Defense Department of the Soviet Union. This year marks the creation of the world-famous “Komandirskie” (“Commander”) watch. Military watch grew very popular even with people who were unaware which end of the gun bullet comes off, mainly due to high precision, excessive reliability, and durability. The appearance of the watch also contributes to its appeal – functional and clear-cut design invoked the feeling of belonging to the tough world of combat professionals. The experience which Vostok gained through the development of the army watch was the foundation of our next special watch – “Amphibian”. This impressive timepiece in stainless-steel case endured the depth of 2000 meters – kind of a wrist submarine. The success of the professional watches determined the company’s present philosophy – to create mechanical watches maintaining precise timekeeping at any temperature, in any environment, surviving heavy pressure and blows. The viability of the chosen strategy is now time-proven. A vast multitude of people both in Russia and abroad boasting “Vostok” watches and various international prizes awarded for high quality and commercial success testify to this. In 1996 Vostok started a partnership with US “Capital Trading” company aiming to create a new generation timepiece. Assembled for sales in the US by Sputnik TM technology

Specifications

Material:
Stainless Steel