Perhaps the most functional daily wearer is the day-date watch. With its innate ability to display both the day and the date, along with the running time, day-date watches have become a fan favourite and is greatly represented throughout the world of watches. Whether it be the illustrious platinum Rolex Day-Date 40 or the simple but super effective Seiko 5, the day-date watch is one of the most versatile pieces of horology. We've compiled a list of the 7 best affordable mechanical day-date watches we could find on Amazon, made up of dressier options, classical examples and daily beaters. Stay safe, happy shopping and enjoy!
Tried and true, and perhaps the greatest affordable mechanical day-date watch is Seiko's 5. The Seiko 5 is available in a plethora of variations, but the original is the best.
Tissot Automatics III
Featuring a classical dressy exterior, Tissot's Automatics III is a beautiful and surprisingly affordable day-date watch available in a variety of dial colours, case colours and strap options.
Tissot T-One Day-Date
Tissot's T-One Day-Date features two separate apertures, the one at 12 o'clock displays the day, while the one at 6 o'clock displays the date. There are a few different variations, with the black dial/steel strap by far being the coolest.
Hamilton Khaki Aviation
With its military-like dial and separate day-date aperture display, Hamilton's Khaki Aviation takes a trip to a nostalgic past of functional timepieces in one of the best automatic day-date watches you can get.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Day-Date
Another offering from Hamilton, this time in the guise of the wonderful Jazzmaster Day-Date. Similarly like the Tissot Automatics III, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Day-Date is a fantastically affordable day-date watch.
Hamilton Jazzmaster Day-Date on a Bracelet
On a leather strap the Jazzmaster Day-Date is amazing, but on a steel bracelet it really comes to life. Wear it with anything anywhere and the Jazzmaster Day-Date on a bracelet will not disappoint. And it's still super wallet friendly, too.
Gevril Columbus Circle
An odd addition to a list of fairly conservative options, Gevril's approach to the usual day-date display is obtuse, to say the least. But I felt like I just had to include the Columbus Circle in this list for its bizarre dial which is both exceptionally cool and completely different to anything in this price bracket. Love it!
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