As the “engine” of the timepiece, the caliber must at the very least be reliable and accurate. One of the most popular and dependable movements today is the Miyota 9015 which checks out these boxes, and then some.

Released in 2009, the Miyota 9015 is an affordable automatic movement widely used by microbrands. An upgraded version of the vintage 8215 caliber, it features 28 jewels, hacking seconds, hand-winding, and a 42-hour power reserve. The 9015 beats at a modern 28,800vph for a smooth sweeping seconds hand. It offers reliable -10/+30 seconds per day accuracy at a fraction of the cost of Swiss competitors like ETA.

With its accessibility, solid performance, and affordable $100 price point for replacements, the Miyota 9015 is a great choice for microbrands wanting to offer something premium. Here are five of the best affordable watches powered by the Miyota 9015 movement.


Tisell 9015-A Antique

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For a minimalist dress watch powered by the Miyota 9015, consider the $200 Tisell 9015-A Antique. This 40mm stainless steel piece wears its Bauhaus inspiration on its sleeve, with its sunray brushed silver dial, slim stick hands and indices, and domed sapphire crystal. The simple time-only display is accented by a framed date window at 6 o'clock.

Dressy details like the alligator leather strap and 50m water resistance rating add to the Antique's versatility. A view through the exhibition caseback reveals the reliable high-beat 9015 caliber inside. Those seeking an affordable dress watch will appreciate the Tisell's classy design and excellent value proposition at just around $300.


Raven Vintage 40mm 

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The $580 Raven Vintage 40mm is another affordable homage to the iconic 1950s Rolex Submariner 6538. It nails the vintage look with a 40mm stainless steel case with brushed surfaces and 200m WR, gilt-accented black dial, Mercedes handset in gold, domed acrylic crystal, and aluminum bezel insert that looks quite faithful to its inspiration.

Other neat details include the old-school, period-correct lume plots and lack of crown guards. The Vintage provides options for an Oyster bracelet, Leather NATO straps, or Nylon Zulu that adds versatility to the watch. If you love the charm of the 6538 Submariner but can't justify the high vintage prices, the Raven Vintage provides an excellent, economical alternative.


Sternglas Zirkel

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Featuring a Bauhaus minimalist look, the Sternglas Zirkel offers German design in its purest form. The 40mm stainless steel case is simplicity itself - a straightforward circular shape with narrow bezel and straight lugs, showcasing fine brushed finishing. The crisp white dial is a great example of visual balance, with slim stick hands, a subtle outer minutes track, simple printed numerals, and discreet date window evenly distributing weight. Powered by a decorated Miyota 9015 with 42-hour power reserve, the $577 Zirkel adheres to Bauhaus principles with its focused, functional design.

Completing the minimalist aesthetic are stitch-free leather straps in black, brown or mocha tones from a traditional Bavarian manufacturer. For those seeking the essence of Bauhaus watchmaking at an accessible price point, the Sternglas Zirkel offers a meticulously executed, no-frills take on the iconic German design movement, with a stark simplicity proving that less is more.


Cadisen Diamond C8097

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For an affordable Chinese dress watch option powered by the Miyota 9015, we have the Cadisen C8097. This 40mm dress piece houses the high-beat 9015 movement in a slim 11mm stainless steel case with 50m water resistance. Despite its relatively modest price tag of around $300, the C8097 offers great bang for buck with a sapphire crystal, applied indices, framed date window at 3 o'clock, and a blued seconds hand.

A small diamond marker at 12 o'clock adds a subtle touch of flair. While some may groan at this bit of bling, it lends the C8097 an unmistakable Chinese dress watch aesthetic differentiating it from Western homages. The supplied bracelet is a weak point, but can be easily upgraded with a straight end stainless steel bracelet. For those seeking a well-specced Miyota 9015 dress watch with Oriental design flair at an affordable price, the Cadisen C8097 is a good pick.


Helson Shark Diver

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The $600 Helson Shark Diver 40 is a boutique diver overflowing with attention to detail. The 40mm brushed steel case features unique screwed links, solid curved end links, a double-locking clasp, and a generous 500m water resistance rating. The matte black dial is a lume monster, using generous Swiss SuperLuminova that glows incredibly bright, making the watch legible even underwater. Other nice touches include the lumed sapphire bezel insert, frosted hands, signed screw-down crown, and engraved caseback.

Powered by the reliable high-beat Miyota 9015, the Shark Diver punches well above its price point in quality of execution. The careful design, sturdy 20mm bracelet with screwed links, and impeccable fit and finish elevate this affordable Hong Kong microbrand offering. If you desire a well-built dive watch with obsessive detailing and vibrant lume at a reasonable price, the Helson Shark Diver 40 offers great value for the price.


Wrap Up

The Miyota 9015 proves that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a reliable and premium automatic movement in your watch. This affordable Japanese caliber has incredible value, offering accuracy and performance on par with pricier Swiss equivalents from ETA and others.

With its smooth 28,800vph, hacking seconds, hand-winding capability, and robust 42-hour power reserve, the 9015 brings a lot to the watch modding table. And at just a little over $100 for a replacement, it's easy to replace in case anything goes wrong with it.



Citizen and microbrands are not the only ones who can take advantage of this exciting watch caliber - watch modders can build their ideal watches too! We recently released the Miyota 9015 and 90S5 in our store together with a dive case and a field watch case, as well as 30+ handsets. Our Seiko dials are also compatible by just removing the dial legs and attaching them to the movement with dial dots. With this introductory launch, we hope to give watch modders more alternatives and a more premium category of mods. Check them out here.

Happy modding!

Mai 24, 2024 — Jeremiah A



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