Today, gents we will take a look at the all around best watch you can buy today for under $500. There are many, many options in this category of automatic timepieces which are "Swiss Made", but through trial and tribulation, experimenting with numerous watches at this price point, I have found the Hamilton Khaki King Field Automatic to be the winner. First, Hamilton has a rich history in watchmaking which cannot be beaten by newer brands with minimal heritage and history under their belts. Secondly, Hamilton was originally an American Company, and me being an American has to take that into consideration. Thirdly, the set of specifications and build quality, including bracelet is some of the best craftsmanship you can get at $400 ( Grey Market Price , Link Below ).
Diameter - 38MM
Width - 10MM
Material - 316L Solid Stainless brushed steel
Movement - H10 Calibre , Previous versions contained standard ETA.
Lume - Decent but not comparable to something like Seiko Lume - Lumed Arabics SuperLuminova
For under $400, which these can be had for, you are getting a Sapphire Crystal, Reliable H10 ETA automatic movement, decent accuracy, and finishing as well. The case is cut very nice with no sharp edges or errors. The extended power reserve which is modded on this standard ETA 2824 allows for an extremely long power reserve which you can set down on Friday night and pick up on Monday morning for work without a problem. The watch also hugs low to the wrist making this easy to slip under a cuff, and is versatile enough with 100M of water resistance to wear as a sports watch. There are many other options in this category such as watches from entry level brands such as Tissot, Victorinox, Mido, and Certina, but in my humble opinion and experience - this is the best way to go.
The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy. A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it's manual. ... Inside an automatic watch sits a small weighted rotor that has to oscillate in order to wind the mainspring.