Affordable watches with Roman numerals


Affordable watches with Roman numerals

The Roman numerals have been used in watches since the concept of time was invented. You can guess from their name that Roman Numerals originated in ancient Rome. They give a watch a classic and timeless feel, somehow elevating the status of the timepiece on which they are present.

The Roman numerals have been used in watches since the concept of time was invented. You can guess from their name that Roman Numerals originated in ancient Rome. They give a watch a classic and timeless feel, somehow elevating the status of the timepiece on which they are present.

Roman numerals also quite sober to look at, evoking the traditions of watchmaking. This can explain why you will find Roman numerals mostly on the dial of dress watches. In this article, we'll list our favorite watches with Roman numerals available immediately on eBay.

Roman numerals also quite sober to look at, evoking the traditions of watchmaking. This can explain why you will find Roman numerals mostly on the dial of dress watches. In this article, we'll list our favorite watches with Roman numerals available immediately on eBay.

Orient Executive Sun and Moon 2 and 3

Here again Orient shines with this timepiece. There are 3 versions of this model, we will focus on the latter one. Our favorite is the reference FAK00002S0 which is an absolutely gorgeous and classic design. The well-executed white dial and its applied Roman numeral hour markers are protected by a scratch-resistant glass. This timepiece offers great complications for its price with (1) a date display between the 7 and 8 o'clock positions (2) the day of the week and (3) a sun and moon indicator!

  • Ref: FAK00004B0, FAK00005D, FET0T001W, FAK00002S0
  • Diameter: 42.50 mm
  • Thickness: 14.10 mm
  • Lug width: 22.00 mm
  • Caliber: Orient F6B24

Different models of the Orient Executive Sun and Moon from left to right FAK00005D0, FAK00001Y0, FAK00004B0. Available now on eBay.
Different models of the Orient Executive Sun and Moon from left to right FAK00005D0, FAK00001Y0, FAK00004B0. Available now on eBay.

Those features are provided by the Orient automatic calibre F6B24 (46B46 for version 2) which has a 40h power reserve. This movement can be seen through the transparent case back. The case is 42.5mm wide and 14.1mm thick, offering a generous wrist presence. The lug width is 22mm and the water resistance is 50m, which is more than enough for this type of watch. This Orient timepiece will definitely get a lot of compliments! The amount of complications that you get for the price is astonishing, you can easily get one in the $250 range on eBay.

  • Ref: FET0T002S0, FET0T002B
  • Diameter: 42.50 mm
  • Thickness: 14.10 mm
  • Lug width: 22.00 mm
  • Caliber: Orient 46B46

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Orient Executive Sun and Moon 2 and 3:
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Orient Star Elegant Classic

As its name suggests, the Orient Star Elegant Classic is the Elegant version of the Orient Star Classic - thank you Captain Obvious! This watch is indeed holding a lot of elegance, mainly due to the dial featuring a studded pattern accompanied by Roman numeral hours markers. This automatic watch offers the same complication as the Orient Star classic: a date and a power reserve.

  • Ref: SEL09001W, SEL09004W0, SEL09003D0, SEL09002W0
  • Diameter: 38.70 mm
  • Thickness: 12.80 mm
  • Lug width: 20.00 mm
  • Caliber: Orient F6N43

The Orient Star Elegant Classic has Roman numerals, a power reserve indicator and a date function (SEL09003D0, SEL09001W). Picture credits: eBay listings
The Orient Star Elegant Classic has Roman numerals, a power reserve indicator and a date function (SEL09003D0, SEL09001W). Picture credits: eBay listings

Through the display case back you can witness the F6N43 Orient in-house caliber at work. This latter will provide you with 50 hours of power reserve while oscillating at 21600vph. The lens is made of sapphire crystal and the dial has 2 color variations: blue (SEL09003D0) or white (SEL09004W0). The dimensions of the case are very comfortable with a diameter of 38.7mm and a thickness of 12.8mm. The lug width of the Orient Star Elegant Classic is 20mm, accommodating many straps. The water-resistance of this watch is 50m. Overall, this watch is a stunner, and it can be found well below its $810 RRP.

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Orient Star Elegant Classic:
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Seiko Presage SARX019

The SARX019 is another gem from the Japanese manufacturer Seiko, it provides you with a gorgeous enamel dial for an amazing price. The 6R15 automatic movement powers this timepiece, providing a date function, a power reserve of 50hours reserve and an accuracy of +25/-15 sec a day. Moreover, this high-end Seiko caliber supports hacking and hand winding. You can observe it at work through the hardlex window of the case back. The white enamel dial along with its black Roman numerals hour markers elevate this watch, giving it an impressive and luxurious look. The face of the Seiko Presage SARX019 is protected by a sapphire crystal which is scratch-resistant. The water resistance is a reassuring 100m, not bad at all for a dress watch!

  • Ref: Seiko SARX019
  • Diameter: 40.00 mm
  • Thickness: 13.30 mm
  • Lug width: 20.00 mm
  • Caliber: Seiko 6R15

The case is finely brushed and polished, measuring 40mm of diameter and 13.3mm thick, giving it a healthy wrist presence. Producing enamel dials is a very difficult process requiring a full mastery of the iron-based enamel baking process, enamel dials are only reserved for very expensive watch models. Seiko has really impressed us here: at a retail price of $990, this watch is a viable competitor to higher-end swiss models that are worth 3 times its price. Within the 20mm lug width of the SARX019, you will find a leather strap which has a deployment buckle equipped with a handy deployment buckle. Although it's been discontinued for some time, you can still find it on the used market, it's a real challenger that is worth its price. We expect this timepiece to hold its value very well.

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Seiko Presage SARX019:
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Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80

The Tissot brand is very respectable and comes with its rich Swiss heritage, which the Le Locle incarnates proudly. Indeed, the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80 is a great Swiss watch that packs a lot of value for its $500 retail price. First, let's address the elephant in the room: 80 hours of power reserve. Yep, that's right, the new Powermatic models provide this amazing stamina. This watch has a lot of cool features too: a very nicely executed dial, we like the black one with its applied silver Roman numerals contrasting gracefully with the rest (ref T006.407.11.053.00). Along with the white date wheel, those markers provide a highly legible yet elegant display.

  • Ref: T006.407.11.053.00, T006.407.16.033.00
  • Diameter: 40.00 mm
  • Thickness: 9.75 mm
  • Lug width: 22.00 mm
  • Caliber: Tissot Powermatic 80

The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80. Available now on eBay.
The Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80. Available now on eBay.

The proportions of this watch tick a lot of boxes: with a conservative 40mm diameter and very honest 9,75mm thickness it will accommodate a lot of happy wrists. It has a 30m water resistance, so it's definitely not made for deep-sea diving but rather office meetings. It comes with a leather strap or on a stainless steel bracelet, although with the 20mm lug width you can easily swap either of them. If you're looking for an elegant and classic timepiece that offers a lot for the money, that one should surely be on your list!

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Tissot Le Locle Powermatic 80:
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Seiko Presage SARX049

The Seiko SARX049 is a very classic looking watch that will be ideal for the office and formal occasions. It has a distinctive white enamel dial which you will find amazing for its $600 price range. The case is 40.5mm wide and 12.4mm thick with a length of 47.8mm tip to tip. It comes with a leather strap, which will be easy to replace with the 20mm lug width. Under the protective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal you will find blued hands, playing very well with the light, they match perfectly with the white enamel dial and its Roman numerals. A date function is present too, surrounded by a discrete black frame.

  • Ref: Seiko SARX049
  • Diameter: 40.50 mm
  • Thickness: 12.40 mm
  • Lug width: 20.00 mm
  • Caliber: Seiko 6R15

The watch is powered by the renowned Seiko 6R15 automatic movement offering hand-winding and hacking functionality with 50 hours of power reserve. This fine calibre can be admired through the transparent exhibition case back. The signed crown looks amazing on this watch, it is very easy to grip and reinforces the classical look of this gorgeous timepiece. The water resistance is 100m, more than enough for most formal activities. The Seiko SARX049 is simply a timeless watch that offers great value for money.

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Seiko Presage SARX049:
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Seiko Presage SARW011

The Seiko Presage SARW011 provides also an amazing bunch of luxurious features for its $1000 retail price. Similarly to the SARX019, it holds a perfectly crafted white enamel dial with black Roman numerals accompanied with blue hands. This Seiko model provides a power reserve indicator at the 9-hour marker: an interesting and useful complication. This elegant ensemble of features is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. At the heart of the SARW011 beats a Seiko 6R27 (29 jewels) high beat automatic movement providing a 45-hour power reserve at 28800bph with a +25/-15 sec/day accuracy. You will be able to witness its work through the hardlex exhibition case back.

  • Ref: Seiko SARW011
  • Diameter: 40.00 mm
  • Thickness: 13.30 mm
  • Lug width: 20.00 mm
  • Caliber: Seiko 6R27

The proportions will accommodate most wrists: the case has a very fine-looking brushed finish with a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of 13.3mm. This timepiece has a crocodile strap equipped with a convenient deployment clasp. The 20mm lug width will leave you plenty of options for other straps. The water resistance is 100m, which is high enough for a dress watch. To sum up, with its perfectly executed enamel dial and Roman numerals, the SARW011 is one of the finest dress watches ever produced by Seiko in this price range. The Japanese manufacturer over-delivers with this model and it easily dominates Swiss watches in this price range. An excellent choice for sure.

Here are 8 suggestions on eBay for the Seiko Presage SARW011:


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