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The Most Affordable Automatic Watches Use This Japanese Movement

The Miyota 8215 movement powers entry-level mechanical timepieces from brands both small and large.


If you want a truly affordable automatic watch, your choices are likely to include a model that features a Japanese movement, among which is the Miyota 8215. It’s not beautifully decorated or chronometer-certified, and doesn’t offer a seconds hand that stops when you set the time (i.e., it doesn’t “hack” like its more modern 9015 counterpart does), but it’s proven a sufficiently reliable “workhorse” movement over the years and offers about 42 hours of power reserve. In short: it’s perfect for powering entry-level automatic watches. Here are some models that use it.

Professional Diver T0047 by Tauchmeister Learn More ($239)

Marlin Automatic by Timex Learn More ($259)

Cahill by Spinnaker Learn More ($350)

La Malouine by Le Forban Sécurité Mer Learn More (~$440)

Skindiver Worldtimer by Wolbrook Learn More: (~$470)

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