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Mechanical watch movements are works of art—tiny systems of wheels, pinions and bridges, all driven by a mainspring and regulated by a hairspring and balance wheel in perfect synchronization. Mechanical movements with automatic winding systems are even better, keeping time according to the movements of the wrist. These elegant wristwatches with automatic movements are perfect for everyday wear, and best of all, are priced under $500. That means you won’t have to choose between them because you can afford more than one. They also make perfect gift items, affordable yet impressive, for the special watch lovers in your life.
Bulova American Clipper
Bulova’s new American Clipper celebrates American style with a no-nonsense classic timepiece that is functional and robust. The 42 mm case is stainless steel, and it contains an automatic movement with a 40-hour power reserve. The movement can be seen through the open caseback. The dial is minimalist, with simple markers and a discreet day-date window. A seconds hand makes it extra functional, and it is water resistant to 30 meters.