Best Japanese Automatic Watches: Top Picks in 2023

Intro

There are some well-known watch companies from Japan, as well as a few smaller ones that you probably have never heard of. Here is an article outlining what to anticipate while shopping for each of the brands, along with my overall opinions and suggestions for each. The best Japanese automatic watches are listed here.

Best Japanese Automatic Watches: Top Picks

SaleBestseller No. 1
SEIKO SNXS79 Automatic Watch for Men 5-7S Collection - Black Dial on Silver with Luminous Hands, Day/Date Calendar, Stainless Steel Case & Bracelet
  • BLACK DIAL: this men’s watch features a striking black minimalist dial, adding a touch of modern sophistication to any outfit; LUMINOUS HANDS: this watch is equipped with luminous dial indicator hands and markers, ensuring you can tell the time even in low light conditions
  • STAINLESS STEEL CASE & BRACELET: these durable men’s watches are made with a skeleton-back stainless steel watch case and fold-over clasp bracelet made to last through everyday wear
  • DAY & DATE CALENDAR: with the handy calendar function, keep track of the date right on the watch face
  • CALIBER 7S26 MOVEMENT: powered by the reliable 7S26 caliber, these Seiko automatic watches for men ensure accurate self-winding timekeeping with 41 hours of reserve power
  • 30M WATER RESISTANT: with a water resistance of 30M, these dependable men’s wrist watches will keep you on time at the gym, in the pool, or in a downpour
Bestseller No. 2
ORIENT Men's Ray II Japanese Automatic Watch
  • IMPORTED MEN’S WATCH: This classic mens wrist watch was beautifully crafted and produced in Japan by utilizing the latest Japanese street fashion for the world to consume. Perfect for any occasion, formal or casual, and made to last for years to come!
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS: Our stainless steel watch features a steel bracelet band, mineral crystal and a bezel function of 120-clicks, for improved precision!
  • AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT: No batteries or winding required with the Japanese-Automatic Movement technology.
  • WATER RESISTANT 200M: Made to withstand sweat, water splashes and rain! Suitable waterproof watch for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not diving.
  • FEATURES: 41mm Case Diameter. Shows date display on face.
SaleBestseller No. 3
TRIPLE TREE Single Watch Winder Newly Upgraded, with Flexible Plush Pillow, in Wood Shell and Black Leather, Japanese Motor, 4 Rotation Mode Setting, Fit Lady and Man Automatic Watches
  • [Outstanding Workmanship] Fine solid wood construction. Selected PU leather and clear acrylic glass give this deluxe watch winder case a comfortable touch and enduring use; a great gift option.
  • [Extremely Quiet] Japanese Mabuchi Motor offers the watch winder box long lasting running with no noise. Powered by AC adaptor(Included). it's perfect to put in the bedroom, office and home.
  • [Soft & Flexible Pillows] The watch winder comes with soft and flexible pillows with unique design fitted for different size watches, and it is super compact
  • [Product Size] 5.3x5.3x6.1Inch product weight: 2.5 LBS. Pillow size: 3.2 inch(diameter) x 2 inch(thickness). Applicable dial diameter: MAX 56MM
  • [Excellent customer service] We are standing behind our products. Any problems please contact us and we will do our best to satisfy your need
Bestseller No. 4
Invicta Men's 17044 Pro Diver Analog Display Japanese Automatic Silver Watch
  • Stainless steel case 40mm diameter x 14mm thick; Exhibition case back; Black dial; Luminous hands and hour markers
  • NH35A Japanese Automatic movement, 24 jewel; Assembled in Malaysia; Watch weight: 155 grams
  • Stainless steel band, 210mm L x 20mm W; Band is adjustable by adding/removing links; Fold over safety clasp
  • Mineral crystal; Screw-down crown; Diver stainless steel bezel with black top bezel ring; 200 meter water resistant: Suitable for professional marine activity and surface water sports. Suitable for diving.
SaleBestseller No. 5
Seiko Men's 5' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Casual Watch, Color: Black dial (Model: SNK617)
  • Precise 21-jewel Japanese-automatic movement; functions without a battery; powers automatically with the movement of your arm
  • Durable mineral hardlex crystal; brushed and polished stainless steel case and bracelet
  • Day function in english and spanish; date function
  • Black dial with luminous silver-tone hands and hour markers, red arabic numerals and sweeping second hand; exhibition case back
  • Water resistant to 99 feet (30 M): withstands rain and splashes of water, but not showering or submersion

Best G-Shock: Casio Men's F108WH Illuminator Collection Black Resin Strap Digital Watch

Overview:

RANGEMAN is the newest member of the Master of G line of robust, long-lasting timepieces designed and made to survive challenging conditions. The Shock triple sensor is used in this watch. Better in terms of function and impact strength are cylindrical buttons.

Additionally, there are statistics for dawn and sunset, one-touch time recording, one-touch elapsed time measuring, G-Shock hardness and durability, and many other features.

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CASIO Men's GW-9400-1CR Master of G Stainless Steel Solar Watch
  • Solar-powered digital watch in stainless steel with multiple displays, red contrasts, and textured pushers
  • Quartz movement with analog display
  • Protective mineral crystal dial window
  • Features digital compass, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, sunrise and sunset date, time stamp, Mb6 atomic timekeeping, auto LED, 5 Daily Alarms (4 one-time and 1 snooze alarm), 1/10-second stop watch, countdown timer, day/date/month calendar, and buckle closure
  • Water resistant to 660 feet (200 M): suitable for recreational scuba diving

Pros:

  • Tough solar, Atomic time, three sensors, and a dedicated timer button
  • Water-resistant
  • Reasonably priced

Cons:

  • It could be challenging to see negative displays.

Specs:

  • The watch’s case and buttons are sealed in a tough solar-powered, shock- and mud-resistant material to keep sand, dirt, and dust out.
  • 200M water resistant
  • Low Temperature Resistant (-14 F/-10 C)
  • Three sensors and a direct access button
  • Storage space is shared with date/time, bearing, and barometric pressure/temperature records; memory capacity is up to 40 records.

Best everyday: SEIKO SNKL45 Automatic Watch for Men 5-7S Collection - Striking Black Dial with Luminous Hands, Day/Date Calendar, Stainless Steel Case & Bracelet

Overview: 

It sports a stunning black sunburst dial with unique light-playing characteristics. For the same price, you just won’t find these design elements in other companies. with its lively red second hand adding an extra splash of brightness.

The combination of a 99 feet water resistance and a 40-hour power reserve is unremarkable. So much so that it can very well be something you wear every day.

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SEIKO SNKL45 Automatic Watch for Men 5-7S Collection - Striking Black Dial with Luminous Hands, Day/Date Calendar, Stainless Steel Case & Bracelet
  • BLACK DIAL: this men’s watch features a striking black dial, adding a touch of sophistication to any outfit; LUMINOUS HANDS: this watch is equipped with luminous dial indicator hands and markers, ensuring you can tell the time even in low light conditions
  • STAINLESS STEEL CASE & BRACELET: these durable men’s watches are made with a skeleton-back stainless steel watch case and fold-over clasp bracelet made to last through everyday wear
  • DAY & DATE CALENDAR: with the handy calendar function, keep track of the date right on the watch face
  • CALIBER 7S26 MOVEMENT: powered by the reliable 7S26 caliber, these Seiko automatic watches for men ensure accurate self-winding timekeeping with 41 hours of reserve power
  • 30M WATER RESISTANT: with a water resistance of 30M, these dependable men’s wrist watches will keep you on time at the gym, in the pool, or in a downpour

Pros:

  • Water-resistant to 99 feet
  • Reasonable cost
  • Suitable to wear everyday

Cons: 

  • It might be a little annoying to wear coats, hoods, and long sleeves.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is Hardlex
  • It has a button clasp with a safety
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 38 millimeters diameter and 10.3 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 99 feet
  • It is made of black silver
  • It weighs 3.84 ounces.

Amazon’s choice: Casio Men's F108WH Illuminator Collection Black Resin Strap Digital Watch

Overview:

The Big Square offers the majority of the same functions as the G-Shock 5600, including a stopwatch and alarm, in a straightforward and simple square shape.

It falls short on a few points, such as its 50-meter water resistance rather than 100-meter water resistance. The Big Square is unassuming and often unnoticed.

Overall, this Casio Big Square is an excellent way to experience the G-Shock appearance and feel while spending less money.

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Casio Men's F108WH Illuminator Collection Black Resin Strap Digital Watch
  • Square watch with digital display featuring LED light, daily alarm, and hourly time signal
  • 42.4 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with digital display, 1/100 Sec. Stopwatch
  • Resin band with buckle closure
  • Water Resistant; Accuracy : ±30 Seconds a month

Pros:

  • Easy to read
  • Digital display featuring LED light, daily alarm
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • The belt connection is not strong.

Specs

  • With a 42.4 mm stainless steel body and a mineral dial window, this square watch has a digital display, LED light, daily alarm, and hourly time signal.
  • Quartz movement with digital display, 1/100 Sec. Stopwatch
  • Band made of resin with a buckle
  • Waterproof
  • Accuracy: 30 Seconds per month

Best GPS: Casio G-Shock Digital Dial Resin Quartz Men's Watch [GWF-1000-1jf] (Japan Import-No Warranty)

For the dedicated diver, this new FROGMAN model’s ISO-level 200-meter water resistance offers true diver watch the performance. The Tide Graph is useful for the nautical enthusiast while Tough Solar features remove the need to bother about battery changes.

Even underwater, the watch’s yellow color makes it noticeable.

Casio G-Shock Digital Dial Resin Quartz Men's Watch [GWF-1000-1jf] (Japan Import-No Warranty)
  • Tough Solar Power, Shock Resistant, ISO 200M Water Resistant, Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow
  • World Time, Moon Data (moon age of the specific data, moon phase graph), Tide Graph (tide level for specific date and time)
  • Dive time and surface interval measurement function, 1/100 second stopwatch, Countdown timer
  • 4 Daily alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm, Hourly time signal, Battery power indicator, Power saving function, Button Operation Tone on/off
  • Full auto-calendar (pre-programmed until the year 2099), 12/24 hour formats, Accuracy: +/-15 seconds per month, Storage battery: Solar rechargeable battery, Approx. battery life: 10 months on full charge (without further exposure to light), Module: 3266, Size of case / total weight: 52.0 x 50.3 x 18.0mm / 112g

Pros

  • Full auto EL backlight
  • Tough solar power
  • Shock resistant

Cons

  • It’s pricey

Specs

  • Strong Solar Power, Shockproof
  • Waterproof to 200 meters
  • Full Auto EL Backlight with Afterglow, World Time, Moon Data (graph showing the moon’s phase and age for the given data)
  • Measurement of dive time and surface interval
  • Countdown timer with 4 Daily Alarms and 1 Snooze Alarm
  • Battery life indicator, power conservation mode
  • 12/24 hour formats, a full auto-calendar (pre-programmed through 2099)
  • Monthly accuracy: +/-15 seconds solar-powered rechargeable batteries
  • Battery life: 10 months on a full charge (without additional light exposure)
  • Dimensions and overall weight of the case: 52.0 x 50.3 x 18.0mm/112g

Best Orient: ORIENT Men's 'Mako II' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch

Overview

One of the most well-liked watches from Orient and one of the most well-liked inexpensive dive watches on the market is the Orient Mako II, which is available in a number of variations.

The Orient Mako II is a sturdy, well-made watch that provides outstanding value. a unidirectional rotating bezel, an athletic casing, and a readable dial. The case is stainless steel and has a 41.5mm diameter.

ORIENT Men's 'Mako II' Japanese Automatic Stainless Steel Diving Watch
  • Mineral crystal
  • Crown:Screwed-down.120-Click unidirectional bezel
  • Japanese-automatic Movement
  • Case Diameter: 41.5mm without crown. Lug width - 22 millimeters
  • Water Resistant 200m (660ft): in General, Suitable for Professional Marine Activity and Serious Surface Water Sports, but not Diving

Pros:

  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Convenient for everyday wear

Cons:

  • According to several reviews, winding the watch and setting the date, time, and day are difficult to do using the crown.

Specs

  • Japanese automatic Movement Case with Mineral Crystal and 120-Click Bezel
  • 41.5 mm in diameter without the crown
  • 22 millimeters wide for the lugs
  • Generally speaking, professional marine activity and serious surface water sports are appropriate with a water resistance of 200 meters (660 feet), but diving is not recommended.

Best modern: Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Air Nighthawk Pilot Stainless Steel Watch, Luminous, Black Dial, 42mm (Model: BJ7000-52E)

Citizen BJ7000-52E Eco-Drive Nighthawk (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The Nighthawk series embodies everything wonderful about pilot watches, from its intricate dial to its entire wrist presence. This Citizen Nighthawk blends the pilot style with some of the greatest features that the company has to offer. The BJ7000-52E is a 42mm stainless steel watch featuring a date complication, dual-time display, and even a pilot’s slide rule with a crown position at 8 o’clock.

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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Promaster Air Nighthawk Pilot Stainless Steel Watch, Luminous, Black Dial, 42mm (Model: BJ7000-52E)
  • Modern, pilot-inspired Promaster timepieces equipped for professional use to discover the world from high above.
  • Dual Time (Second Time Zone), Date
  • Silver-Tone Stainless Steel
  • Luminous Hands and Markers, Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Sustainably powered by any light, with our Eco-Drive technology this watch never needs a battery. 200 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • Five-year warranty
  • Modern design

Cons: 

  • Some reviews complained that it was difficult to turn the crown to change the time.

Specs

  • Aerial exploration of the world is made possible by modern, pilot-inspired Promaster timepieces.
  • Silver-Tone stainless steel
  • Anti-Reflective mineral crystal
  • 200 meters water resistance
  • It has five year limited warranty

Best budget: Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black

Casio Men’s MDV106-1AV 200 M WR Black Dive Watch (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The Casio MDV106 Duro is renowned for its 200 meters of water resistance, which translates to 600 feet of water or 200 meters of submersion. With enough distinctive design cues to stand on its own and a far more reasonable price tag, the Rolex Submariner is a renowned diving watch with a classic design that is somewhat reminiscent of it.

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Casio Men's MDV106-1AV 200M Duro Analog Watch, Black
  • 200 M Water Resistance
  • Diver inspired Rotating bezel with anti reverse, Screw down crown
  • Date display Regular timekeeping Analog: 3 hands (Hour, minute, second)
  • Hands and hour markers with large fluorescent areas for easy reading
  • Stainless Steel Case w/ Black Resin Band

Pros:

  • Water-resistant to 200m
  • Quite cheap
  • Classic design

Cons:

  • The Duro’s casing width of 44mm can be a little larger than some people would like.

Specs

  • 200 M Water Resistance
  • Diver Inspired Rotating Bezel With Anti Reverse, Screw Down Crown
  • Date Display Regular Timekeeping Analog: 3 Hands (Hour, Minute, Second)
  • Hands And Hour Markers With Large Fluorescent Areas For Easy Reading
  • Stainless Steel Case W/ Black Resin Band

Best cool-looking: Seiko Men's Analogue Automatic Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet – SNKE01K1, Black/Silver, Bracelet

Seiko SNKE01 Men’s Analogue Automatic Watch (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The Seiko SNKE01 sports a striking steel bezel with etched Arabic numerals and is a highly stylish watch. This essay is all about adaptable toughness. Although it is obviously a sports watch, you may still wear it in a boardroom. Although it won’t be able to tolerate surface swimming due to its 50 m water resistance, it is not frightened of rain or hand washing.

Seiko Men's Analogue Automatic Watch with Stainless Steel Bracelet – SNKE01K1, Black/Silver, Bracelet
  • Protective Hardlex Window Lens
  • Round Stainless Steel Case with Steel Fixed Bezel
  • Stainless Steel Band with Fold Over Clasp
  • Water Resistant to 50 metres
  • Includes Sport Bezel

Pros: 

  • Nice looking
  • Water-resistant to 50 meters

Cons:

  • Won’t be able to swap it out for a strap or bracelet from a third party

Specs

  • The dial window material type is Hardlex
  • It has button foldover clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 37 millimeters diameter and 12 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 50 meters
  • It is made by black silver
  • It weighs 4.16 ounces.

Best casual: Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Weekender Watch in Stainless Steel with Black Polyurethane strap, Black Dial, 44mm (Model: AW1150-07E)

Citizen Men’s Eco-DRV AR 2.0 Stainless Steel Watch (Source: Internet)

Overview:

When diving watches are too ostentatious and G-Shocks are too tactical, this Citizen AR 2.0 is the ideal casual everyday watch. A rough dial and a 44mm stainless steel casing are hallmarks of the AR 2.0. The date window is likewise located at the customary 3 o’clock location rather than the 4 o’clock position like in previous versions we’ve seen.

It is driven by Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, which has a month-long battery life. It has a 100m water-resistant rating and a soft rubber strap.

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Citizen Men's Eco-Drive Weekender Watch in Stainless Steel with Black Polyurethane strap, Black Dial, 44mm (Model: AW1150-07E)
  • Men's luxury timepieces with technical advancements and a sporty style
  • 3 Hand, Date
  • Stianless Steel Case with Black Rubber Buckle Strap
  • Luminous Hands and Markers, Mineral Crystal
  • Sustainably powered by any light, with our Eco-Drive technology this watch never needs a battery. 100 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty

Pros:

  • 100m water resistant rating, soft rubber strap
  •  Long battery life
  • Ideal casual everyday watch

Cons:

  • It’s tough to see the number.

Best minimalist: G-Shock GA-2100-1A1 Black One Size

G-Shock GA-2100-1A1 (Source: Internet)

Overview: 

One of G-most Shock’s popular new series is the GA-2100. A circular analog-digital display replaces the original G-octagonal Shock’s bezel and band in the design. It is a member of the trend toward thinner and smaller G-Shock watches, measures 45.4 mm wide and 11.8 mm thick, and it has an interior shell strengthened with carbon fiber.

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G-Shock GA-2100-1A1 Black One Size
  • clip-on
  • The rugged watch's 45.4mm case is expertly crafted from fine resin mixed with carbon fiber, an innovative composition that is lighter and more durable than resin
  • The smooth black dial features an analog-digital display and double LED light feature, for easy visibility in the dark

Pros:

  • LCD screens have modern designs and backlighting.
  • It has an interior shell strengthened with carbon fiber

Cons:

  • The LCD display is rather small.
  • Viewing inverted LCD versions could be challenging.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is mineral
  • It has tang buckle clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 45.4 millimeters diameter and 11.8 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 200 meters

Best for driver: Citizen Promaster Dive Eco-Drive Watch, 3-Hand Date, ISO Certified, Luminous Hands and Markers, Rotating Bezel, Blue/Stainless (Model: BN0151-09L)

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Promaster Diver Watch (Source: Internet)

Overview:

In practically every forum, this watch is usually mentioned as one of the greatest diving or tool watches. The blue dial of the Promaster is uncluttered and barely branded. The 48mm Promaster diving watch has a unidirectional bezel, quartz movement, and a screw-down crown at 4 o’clock. It is ISO-certified. The timepiece, which also has Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology, is perhaps the greatest Eco-Drive timepiece.

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Citizen Promaster Dive Eco-Drive Watch, 3-Hand Date, ISO Certified, Luminous Hands and Markers, Rotating Bezel, Blue/Stainless (Model: BN0151-09L)
  • Iconic Promaster watches with advanced functions designed to venture to the deepest depths.
  • 3 Hand, Date
  • Silver-Tone Stainless Steel
  • Luminous Hands and Markers and Anti-Reflective Mineral Crystal
  • Featuring our Eco-Drive technology – powered by light, any light. 200 Meters Water Resistant and 5 Year Limited Warranty

Pros: 

  • Durable and water-resistant
  • Reasonable price

Cons: 

  • According to the reviews, this watch delays time and goes back in time.

Best field watch: SEIKO Men's SNZG15 SEIKO 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Nylon Strap

SEIKO Men’s SNZG15 SEIKO 5 (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The SNZG15 has a solid reputation among watch aficionados as a superb piece if you’re searching for something tough, with a military-style, and with outstanding value. It won’t disappear on your wrist because it measures 42 mm. It strikes the ideal balance between functionality and adaptability. But the military time, stern Arabic numeral, uncomplicated design, and red tip on the second hand are what makes it so beloved by so many.

SEIKO Men's SNZG15 SEIKO 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch with Nylon Strap
  • Round watch featuring logoed dial with Arabic numeral indices, luminous hands, and day/date window at 3 o'clock
  • 42 mm stainless steel case with hardlex dial window
  • Automatic self-wind movement with analog display
  • Nylon band with buckle closure
  • Water resistant to 100 m (330 ft): In general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not scuba diving

Pros:

  • Water resistance of 100 meters
  • Straightforward design

Cons:

  • Stem winding is not included in this model.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is Hardlex
  • It has buckle clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 42 millimeters diameter and 11 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 330 feet
  • It is made by black silver
  • It weighs 2.65 ounces.

Best for running: Casio GBA800-8A G-Shock Men's Watch Grey 48.6mm Resin

G-Shock Men’s GBA800-1A (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The best G-Shock watch for sports is the GBA800, which has Bluetooth connectivity and an inbuilt step counter. Thanks to its modern minimalist design, the watch has one of the finest looks among G-Shock watches. The watch’s features include a step counter, Bluetooth compatibility, a hands-free backlight, dual time displays, world time, a front EL button, a countdown timer, a stopwatch, five alarms, a calendar, and hourly time beeps.

Casio GBA800-8A G-Shock Men's Watch Grey 48.6mm Resin
  • ✔️GREAT FIT: Comfort is so important, and the key when picking a watch to wear all day. This is not only comfortable, fun, and new, but a style that will bring lots of compliments, while wearing. Perfect gift idea for that birthday, holiday or just for fun present.
  • ✔️GREAT QUALITY: This awesome quality item comes in a variety of sizes and some styles have more color options. G-SHOCK watches stand out not just with their tough design, but also with their technical refinements.
  • ✔️G-Shock is, designed to resist mechanical shock and vibration. Its full form is Gravitational Shock. The ultimate tough watch. Guided by a "Triple 10" development concept, the design teams sought a watch with 10-meter free-fall endurance, 10-bar water resistance, and a 10-year battery life.
  • ✔️DETAILS: Shock resistant / 200m water resistant / Double LED light / LED light for the face (Auto LED light, Super illuminator, selectable illumination / duration (1.5 seconds or 3 seconds), afterglow).
  • ✔️Connected phone app enables daily health and fitness functions, including a step-counting 3-axis accelerometer, countdown timer and memory for up to 200 lap records.

Pros: 

  • Stylish, step counter
  • The phone app and Bluetooth

Cons: 

  • No solar

Specs

  • The dial window material type is mineral
  • It has a buckle clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 48.6 millimeters diameter and 15.5 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 200 meters
  • It is made by gray resin
  • It weighs 6.38 ounces.

Best Casio Multi- Function: Casio Men's EF527D-1AV "Edifice" Stainless Steel Multi-Function Watch

Casio Men’s EF527D-1AV “Edifice” (Source: Internet)

Overview:

This Edifice watch is reasonably priced and has a pocket calculator bezel, a 12-hour chronograph, a screw down crown, and 100 meters of water resistance. Surprisingly attractive, especially with a black strap, is the watch. The watch has been accurate and hardly loses 10-15 seconds every month.

Although the slide rule has a few small errors, it is still quite functional, and the hands are positioned correctly in relation to the dial’s markings.

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Casio Men's EF527D-1AV "Edifice" Stainless Steel Multi-Function Watch
  • Silver-tone watch featuring left-handed crown and black dial with 1/20-second chronograph function, slide-rotating inner bezel, and date window
  • 45.5 mm stainless steel case with mineral dial window
  • Quartz movement with analog display
  • Stainless steel band featuring fold-over push-button clasp with safety
  • 100M water resistant

Pros:

  • The slide rule may be easily adjusted and the turning motion is quite smooth.
  • Bracelet made of steel.

Cons:

  • The subdials’ hands are not lumped.
  • No lap functions exist.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is mineral
  • You can push button foldover clasp with safety
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 45.5 millimeters diameter and 11.4 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 330 feet
  • It is made by black silver
  • It weighs 27.22 grams.

Best Solar-powered: Pulsar Men's Chronograph Quartz Watch – PX5019X1

Overview:

This Pulsar, well renowned for its Solar watches (as well as their kinetic variants), charges from the power of light and never needs a battery. Solar watches are quite popular for many companies, and this Pulsar model is a big seller. The watch has a 44mm diameter and 14mm thickness, as well as a date display and a 100m water-resistant certification.

Pulsar Men's Chronograph Quartz Watch – PX5019X1
  • Case
  • - Case Material: Stainless steel, satinised
  • - Case Shape: Round
  • - Case Colour: Silver, Black
  • - Bezel made of: Stainless Steel (satinised)

Pros: G

  • Good looking and well finished.
  • Solar-powered
  • Water resistance rating of 100m

Cons:

  • The date is rather small and is not so easy to see.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is hardlex crystal
  • It has fold over clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 46 millimeters diameter and 13 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 100 meters
  • It weighs 11 grams.

Best Lorus Chronograph: Lorus Mens Chronograph Analogue Quartz Watch with Blue Silicone Strap & Blue Dial RT392EX9

Overview:

It has a depth of 12mm and is constructed with a gorgeous 45mm PVD rose gold-plated case. The watch boasts a big display, prominent hands, and highly visible hour markings. The deep blue color of the dial and bezel complements the usage of rose-colored accents quite well. Between the 4 and 5 o’clock hour markers, there is a little date function as well. This men’s Lorus watch has a dependable quartz movement at its core.

Lorus Mens Chronograph Analogue Quartz Watch with Blue Silicone Strap & Blue Dial RT392EX9
  • Band Colour: Blue
  • Band Material: RT392EX9
  • Band Width: 22
  • Water Resistant Up To 100m
  • 2 Years Manufacturer Guarantee

Pros:

  • Bold hour marks with good visibility.
  • Quartz movement that is precise.
  • Water resistance of 100 meters

Cons:

  • Maybe nothing

Specs

  • You can push tang buckle clasp with safety
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 45 millimeters diameter and 12 millimeters thickness
  • The water resistant depth is 100 meters.
  • It is made of gold rosen silicone.

Best dual-display: Pulsar WRC PZ4003X1 Mens Chronograph Classic & Simple

Pulsar Dual Display Digital Analogue Watch (Source: Internet)

Overview:

It stands out because of the subtle yellow accents mixed with the blue. Several of the watch’s unique capabilities are displayed on the huge LCD screen of the 44mm watch, which also includes a dual digital and analog display display. The watch has a date display, an alarm, a stop watch with a 99-hour accuracy to 1/1000 second, split time, a global time display, and a backlight.

Pulsar WRC PZ4003X1 Mens Chronograph Classic & Simple
  • Case
  • - Case Material: Stainless steel, satinised
  • - Case Shape: Round
  • - Case Colour: Silver, Blue
  • - Bezel made of: Stainless Steel (satinised)

Pros:

  • Dual-display
  • Big LCD screen
  • World time is displayed.
  • Modern design

Cons:

  • The digital portion’s lack of brightness.

Specs

  • You can push the deployment clasp with safety.
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 44 millimeters diameter and 15.5 millimeters thickness
  • Water resistant depth is 100 meters.
  • It has blue color.
  • It weighs 5.92 ounces.

Best Analog: CASIO G Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 30 (Model: GG1000-1A5)

G-Shock GG1000-1A5 Mudmaster (Source: Internet)

Overview:

The Mudmaster has a comprehensive auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format, LED backlight, digital compass, temperature, world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal, low battery indication, and button operation tone on/off. The GG-1000 is one of the most alluring G-Shocks on the market because of its robust, mud-resistant construction and 56.2mm diameter shell.

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CASIO G Shock Quartz Watch with Resin Strap, Beige, 30 (Model: GG1000-1A5)
  • Shock resistant, neobrite, mineral glass, mud resistant, 200-meter water resistance, led backlight (super illuminator), digital compass, thermometer, world time, stopwatch
  • Countdown timer, 5 daily alarms, hourly time signal, low battery alert, full auto-calendar, 12/24-hour format, button operation tone on/off, approx. Battery life: 2 years on sr927w x 2
  • Quartz Movement
  • Case Diameter: 56.2mm
  • Water resistant 200m (660ft): in general, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not diving

Pros:

  • Analog display with dual sensors
  • Compass carrying capabilities and chic styling

Cons:

  • The multi-band 6 and solar are absent.

Specs

  • The dial window material type is mineral
  • It has buckle clasp with safety 
  • Its case material is stainless steel with 5.2 centimeters diameter and 15 millimeters thickness
  • It weighs 3.2 ounces.
  • Water resistant depth is 660 feet.

Best popular Lorus: Lorus Watches Men’s Titanium RXD425L8

Lorus Watches Men’s Titanium RXD425L8 (Source: Internet)

Overview:

This simple Lorus watch features a thinner 8mm titanium case with a smaller 37mm diameter. Because it is tougher and lighter than stainless steel, titanium is a popular material for timepieces. This titanium men’s Lorus watch has a comfy green khaki cloth strap that fastens with a buckle-style clasp. Additionally, there is a time function at 3 o’clock that could be helpful.

Pros:

  • Made of titanium
  • Trustworthy quartz movement
  • Water resistance of 100 meters

Cons:

  • Zero lume

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What to look for when buying an automatic Japanese watches?

Because automatic watches are expensive, it’s crucial for newcomers and collectors to understand the fundamentals of what to look for in a wristwatch. To help you understand the subject, this post will offer an explanation. Remain tuned!

1. Purchase a watch you like.

In order to follow this watch buying advice, you must find a timepiece that meets your personal preferences. Understanding the fundamentals is necessary. You shouldn’t put on something that you don’t already respect or have any interest in. Your choice of watch should be a reflection of your own preferences, not those of others.

You should choose the dial, strap, and movement colors based on your own personal preferences.

Remember that a watch serves more purposes than just telling the time. An individual’s distinguishing clothing item becomes an essential component of their individuality.

Modern automated watches are pieces of art because they are built by skilled watchmakers who pay meticulous attention to every last detail. You may rest assured that your wristwatch will last for many years to come because mechanical watches are more likely to withstand the test of time.

2. Caseback and case

When choosing a watch, the casing is important. Considerations like size, form, and material should be made. That’s a safe bet because the great majority of wristwatches are round. Rectangles, squares, ovals, octagons, and tonneaus are the most typical shapes for alternative watch cases.

Everybody has a different wrist size, so it is essential to try on any watches you are thinking about buying to make sure they will fit comfortably. The tote distance is likely just as important, if not more so. Measure the width of your wrist and use that measurement as a guide. If the distance between the schlep and the lug is longer than the circle of your wrist, you will have considerable overhang.

Vintage timepieces can have much smaller diameters than contemporary watches. The diameter of a watch affects both its wearability and aesthetics. Nothing is more annoying than wearing a watch with a crown that digs into your wrists. Another thing to think about is the thickness of the watch. As before, it’s best to test the thickness in-store before making a decision.

3. Material

Another important factor is the watch’s material. Stainless steel, ceramic, titanium, gold, and platinum are frequently used to make cases. Due to its high quality, low price, and high value, stainless steel is the most widely used and, possibly, best all-around metal for watchmaking.

Both titanium and ceramic are quite light, with the added bonus of ceramic being scratch-resistant. However, titanium does not break if dropped, whereas ceramic is brittle and might.

Despite the fact that steel and titanium are both easily scratched, they may both be made to be extremely scratch-resistant by using hardening techniques and hard coatings like PVD/DLC.

Gold (which frequently appears in white, yellow, and pink varieties) and platinum are the most extravagant alternatives for case materials, but these metals are also the most expensive and, in the case of the latter, extremely heavy. The 18K gold that is frequently used for watch casings is fairly soft in comparison to a normal stainless steel alloy like 316L and may be readily scratched, even if it is strong enough to support the casing.

Since it would be useless to reveal the inner workings of the quartz movement, the majority of quartz watches will have closed backs.

However, due to their aesthetic appeal, many contemporary mechanical timepieces feature see-through or open case backs. Some manufacturers replace the pricey sapphire crystal on the back with a less expensive mineral crystal to save money. But the majority of clocks with transparent casebacks are made of sapphire. Professional instrument watches, sports watches, and diver watches typically have solid casebacks made of steel or titanium to ensure water resistance and durability.

4. A bracelet or strap

You have a ton of fantastic options when it comes to straps or bracelets. In addition to metal bracelets, there are bracelets made of calfskin leather, alligator leather, suede leather, vintage leather, rubber, cloth, and NATO. To be able to wear your watch with different outfits and environments, it is practical to have a selection of replaceable bands or a strap and bracelet.

5. Resistant to water

The first thing you should make sure of when shopping for an automatic watch is that it has strong water resistance. Because of this quality, you can wear it whenever you want and in any situation without worrying that it would injure your internal organs.

Many large companies are releasing products that are water-resistant, allowing you to use them while participating in any aquatic activity. Once you have an automatic watch with this feature, you can wear it without any restrictions. It is appropriate to wear at any time and in any situation and can function for a long time.

6. Precision

Another important consideration when choosing a watch from the collection is how accurate it is. Effective automatic watches maintain accurate time without requiring the wearer to continually adjust the time. A reliable wristwatch can, at most, keep time within your schedule to the nearest 30 seconds each week. To ensure that the watches meet your quality needs without needing any alterations, look for timepieces that have been inspected and certified.

7. Sturdiness

Invest in a long-lasting watch rather than replacing it every few years. We don’t want to have to buy a new wristwatch after a few months due to technical problems.

How long can an automatic watch’s battery endure, and what should you do if it is damaged? Examine the details, and only make a purchase if you are satisfied with the product’s quality. It should operate with excellent dependability and performance and require little maintenance.

8. Crystal

The glass used in many timepieces is made of mineral crystal, sapphire crystal, or plexiglass (acrylic). Plastic casings are utilized by both affordable and vintage timepieces. Mineral crystals are used in the majority of low-cost watches. Sapphire crystals are the best crystals because they are extremely transparent and scratch-resistant.

With the exception of watches priced under $500 or vintage timepieces, sapphire glass should always be sought for. Additionally, anti-reflective treatment with one or two coats is advised for both the inside and outside. Sadly, not all companies offer adequate glare-reduction protection for their products. Comparing a watch with and one without an anti-reflective coating on a sunny day makes the benefit of such a treatment readily clear.

9. Additional difficulties

Until you own a Patek Philippe Grand Complication mechanical wristwatch, you won’t need to discuss the relative merits of perpetual calendars, tourbillons, moon phases, and minute repeaters. If you want to compete at the beginning level, you must have a sizable power reserve first. This is a measure of how much energy can be stored within a movement and establishes how long it can continue to operate without losing accuracy.

Although 40 hours of power reserve are most frequently used, Tissot now provides an 80-hour alternative at a competitive price. Since not all manufacturers display the power reserve indicator on the dial, it is a good idea to inquire before making a purchase.

If you’re willing to spend a little more money, a chronograph watch might be in your future, and that’s where knowledge about the Valjoux 7750 comes in helpful. It is an indication of excellence without an associated cost rise.

10. Price

Even though automatic watches are frequently quite expensive, one can still find high-quality automatic watches online for less money. In order to ensure that you receive the most value for your money, it is crucial that you pay attention to the fact that they are superb watches that have been constructed with the highest precision.

Despite the fact that online shopping is safer than ever before and that several well-known watch manufacturers now sell only online, you should still be cautious when selecting a seller. The best place to get a watch if you don’t want a fake is from the maker or a “Authorized Dealer.”

However, there are reliable private individuals and secondary market vendors who are worth doing business with. If you insist on doing the latter, be aware that you do so at your own risk and that you should always make plans to meet the buyer or seller in a public location, such as a watch shop, coffee shop, or your bank, just like when buying a vehicle from a private individual.

How to care for your Japanese automatic watch?

An automatic watch requires maintenance to keep it in good shape and ensure that it is operating faultlessly, just like any expensive item. Consequently, if you’re interested in learning how to maintain your automatic watch, keep reading!

1. Keep moisture away from the watch

It’s important to keep in mind that water might be an enemy of automatic watches. However, given that the majority of watches on the market have some level of water resistance, this does not imply that the watch cannot come into contact with water. Dive watches are also available with screw-down crowns, which are substantially more resistant to water.

However, frequent exposure to water is the main problem, particularly when the watch is stored. Since steel—the material used to make automatic watches—is frequently exposed to water, even stainless steel can rust over time.

If your watch does come in contact with water, wipe it off and put it away after usage in a dry location. Pay close attention to steel bracelets with several small crevices since water can collect there and lead to rust if not properly dried.

Moisture is a major worry with straps made of leather or fabric since it can greatly affect the strength and durability of the material. Once more, if the straps are wet, dry them out as quickly as you can before storing them.

2. Keep it clean

Regular watch cleaning is another thing you should be doing to take care of your automatic timepiece. Dirt can accumulate pretty readily on it because you almost certainly wear it frequently. Fortunately, the majority of automatic watches are made of stainless steel, making cleaning them a breeze.

Take a soft cloth and give the watch a gentle cleaning if it is not water-resistant. If it is water-resistant, you can wipe off any dirt and grime by dipping a soft cloth in a solution of mild soap and water. You should exercise special caution around the crown and push-pieces to preserve the watch’s accuracy. Here is more information on how to clean a metal watch bracelet.

3. Hire a specialist to service it.

Automatic watches require servicing to clean and re-oil the various sections, just like other mechanical objects. Your watch should be serviced at a specific interval that depends on the age, quality, brand, and manufacturer’s suggestion (Rolex has a new 10-year service recommendation, for example).

A watch should typically be fully serviced every five years or so, and as it becomes older, more frequently. This blog will help if you’re not sure if your watch needs to be serviced.

4. Stay away from high temperatures

Keeping your automatic watch away from extremely hot or cold temperatures is another important step in taking care of it. The internal components of the watch expand and compress as a result of being exposed to extreme temperatures, resulting in functioning problems. The temperatures will also lead to problems with oil and condensation.

In light of this, we advise against wearing an automatic watch when entering areas with severe temperatures, such as a jacuzzi, sauna, or a cold environment. Instead, you can purchase watches made specifically for these chilly temperatures.

5. Put it on a regular basis or keep it in a watch winder.

Long lengths of time without wearing an automatic watch might cause the lubricants to harden. It is advised that you wear your automatic watch as frequently as you can to avoid inaccuracies and potential complete stoppage.

However, if you switch between several watches or only occasionally wear your automatic watch, you should think about investing in a good watch winder, particularly if it has a number of complications that need to be reset each time you wear it. A watch winder keeps your watch from drying up or coagulating by slowly spinning it in a manner that mimics the action of your wrist.

FAQs

1. Can you shower with Automatic watches?

If your shower is less than a total depth of 200 meters, you can take a shower with it.

2. Does the watch have a vibration alarm

No, it does not. It’s got 5 different alarms though. Even if it doesn’t vibrate, this is the best watch I have ever owned, hands down.

3. Does “automatic” imply that it is self-winding?

Automatic unquestionably means “self winding”. As someone else stated, there is neither a battery nor a capacitor. You shouldn’t need to manually wind the watch as long as you wear it for at least 10 hours each day. A rotor inside the watch rotates in response to your arm movements throughout the day, winding the watch while preventing overwinding.

After the main spring is fully wound, it offers anywhere between 40 and 120 hours of reserve spring power (depending on the brand/model), enabling you to leave the watch on your nightstand while you sleep or even store it in a drawer over the weekend without worrying about it ceasing to function until you put it back on. Put about 5 full turns on the crown, reset the date and time, put the watch on, and you’re good to go if the watch has been stationary for too long and the main spring’s energy has run out.

As long as you wear the watch for at least 10 hours per day, the self-winding rotor will complete winding the watch for you and keep it wound permanently.

4. How does scuba diving work?

You wouldn’t use the watch for SCUBA diving because it doesn’t have a Diver’s rating. It’s good for swimming and other water sports, but you should use a watch that specifically says “Diver’s 200m” for impacts linked to major diving activities. A diving rating is not based on water resistance.

5. Is there any lighting there? Can the time be discerned by a quick glimpse in the dark?

We have owned this watch for six months, so of course. We have been purchasing Citizen watches for years. We have always thought they are the best purchase in terms of value and performance. Having said that, we adore this watch. It is of the highest caliber. It does have some lamination, but what annoys me the most is that the hour and minute hands are not completely painted white. The hands tend to merge into the hour number markers on the hour indicator ring, making it difficult to read in low light, at least for my eyes. Apart from that, it’s a fantastic watch and has a gorgeous design.

6. What is the best watch brand in Japan?

Seiko is a renowned watchmaker and the most significant in Japan. It was founded in 1881. It is well renowned for creating all of its own goods and technologies, from materials and motor motions to solar charging and GPS technology.

7. Does Japanese make good watches?

Japanese timepieces are of the highest caliber. Japanese movements are regarded as being highly utilitarian, placing more of a focus on accuracy and a sturdy construction than on aesthetics. These motions are produced on automated production lines, which helps manufacturers keep prices low.

8. What brands of watches are made in Japan?

Japanese watch brands include Seiko, Citizen, Casio, Orient, Kurono, Minase, and more.

9. Why Japanese watches are better?

There are typically better offers, especially in the luxury brand. Seiko pioneered this, although excellent watches are also produced by Citizen and Casio. Japanese timepieces lack bragging rights. In-your-face design and flashiness are typically avoided by luxury businesses. On the contrary hand, are more concerned with practicality and provide a watch of extraordinary quality at a reduced price.

10. What are the Big 5 watch brands?

Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Audemars Piguet, and Girard-Perregaux are the “Big 5” watch brands, and for well over a century, nonstop, every watch that has emerged from their factories has been nothing shorter than the pinnacle of luxury.

11. Which is the No 1 watch brand in the world?

The greatest watch brand in the world, Patek Philippe, constantly ranks first and is unmatched as a status symbol. The Swiss business, which was established in 1839, is the final independent, family-owned watchmaker in Geneva.

Conclusion

Japan is perhaps one of the most well-known watch-producing nations, producing some of the greatest timepieces in the world across almost all price points and product categories. Mid-range, luxury, and high-watchmaking watches may all be found in great supply in Japan. And after reading this article, I hope you can decide which is the best Japanese automatic watches for you.

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About Yuu Sato

Yuu Sato has been working in hospitality industry since 2003. In the past, he used to work as a tour guide and now he is running his business of supplying comfortable accommodations in Japan. Thanks to this experience and his passion for writing blog, the articles by him provides awesome tips and things to do when you are traveling in the country of cherry blossoms.

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