3 Great Value Mid-Size Watches

Md. Hilmi Md. Sutami

 SKX013 paired with the End Link Rubber Strap

Mid-sized watches are gaining popularity among enthusiasts. Once overshadowed by the craze for oversized dials, these elegantly proportioned timepieces (ranging from 36mm to 38mm) are now making a comeback. Let’s dive into why mid-size watches are winning hearts and wrists everywhere, and our top 3 picks that offer great value.

Why Mid-Size Is The Perfect Size


Mid-size watches (typically 36mm to 40mm) strike the perfect balance. They are neither too large to be cumbersome nor too small to be unnoticed, making them a perfect fit for both formal and casual settings.

Vintage Appeal

The trend towards mid-size watches is partly driven by a return to vintage aesthetics, where smaller dials were the norm. These watches often evoke a sense of timeless elegance and sophistication.


Mid-size watches are well proportioned and compact. With less weight and bulk, they are generally more comfortable for all-day wear. They sit neatly on the wrist without overwhelming it.

3 Great Value Mid-Size Watches

1. Seiko 5 Sports 38mm

Price: 325USD
Diameter: 38mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Lug-to-Lug: 44.2
Water Resistance: 100m
Movement: Caliber 4R36 Automatic
Why It’s great: The Seiko 5 Sports line has always been known for offering great value, and the 38mm version is no exception. With its robust build, sporty aesthetic, and reliable automatic movement, it’s perfect for those who want a watch that can handle both everyday wear and adventures.

2. Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic

Price: 695USD
Diameter: 38mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Lug-to-Lug: 47mm
Water Resistance: 100m
Movement: Caliber H-10 Automatic
Why It’s Great: An iconic timepiece that needs no introduction. Its functional and refined aesthetic makes it a popular choice amongst enthusiasts. One of the main highlights of this watch is the 80-hour power reserve which puts it above its class.

3. Orient Bambino 38

Price: 270USD
Diameter: 38.4mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Lug-to-Lug: 44mm
Water Resistance: 30m
Movement: Caliber F672 Automatic
Why It’s Great:  When it comes to affordable dress watch, the Orient Bambino is a standout choice. Its elegant design and in-house automatic movement offers excellent value for anyone who’s looking for a vintage inspired dress watch that doesn’t break the bank.

Special Mention


Price: Discontinued
Diameter: 38mm
Lug Width: 20mm
Lug-to-Lug: 44
Water Resistance: 200m
Movement: Caliber 7S26 Automatic
Why It’s Great: Technically the SKX013 no longer offers the value it once did. Since its discontinuation, the price has gone through the roof on the secondary market. Although it’s dated in terms of specs, its iconic status, sturdy built and workhorse movement makes it a highly sought after piece among collectors.


The trend for mid-size watches are here to stay, blending modern engineering and classic design. This trend reflects a shift towards more refined and balanced timepieces, appealing to a wide range of preferences.

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