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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe NautilusTravel Time Chronograph Steel Watch
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Audemars Piguet 15720CN.OO.A002CA.01 Very good 46mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet オーデマピゲ ロイヤルオークオフショア ダイバー 15720CN.OO.A002CA.01...
AU$101,508
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Porsche Design Flat Six 6351.42.44.0276 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Porsche Design Flat Six Automatic Men's Watch
AU$1,927
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Porsche Design Flat Six 6351.41.54.1263 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Porsche Design Flat Six Automatic Men's Watch
AU$1,754
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm WGBB0008 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 36mm
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81010-11-431-11A Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Laureato Blue Dial 42mm MINT Box & Card
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Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
AU$4,493
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk 2021 B&P Some Stickers
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Jacob & Co. Five Time Zone H24 Very good White gold 47mm Automatic
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AU$400,930
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Oysterflex 116518LN Paul Newman Unworn New June...
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Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Daytona White Gold 116519
AU$68,250
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Good Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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Memorigin Dragon Tourbillon
AU$3,250
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81010-32-631-32A New Ceramic 42mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Girard Perregaux Laureato black ceramic 81010-32-631-32a
AU$22,888
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49002 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph 49002
AU$23,492
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18249 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day Date 36 President 18249 rare Borke Bark Automatic...
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 40 Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$17,737
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith A Series
AU$52,500
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Stainless Steel Jubilee Blue Dial Watch 326934
AU$52,932
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport Unworn New April 2022 Ref. 03.3100.3...
AU$16,082
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LV Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Submariner Date “Starbucks” 126610LV
AU$35,000
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 CAW2111.FC6183 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12
AU$7,495
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN 41mm
AU$27,000
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Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3820 Very good Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Type XX 18K Rose Gold Salmon Dial Rare Full SET
AU$39,259
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Randwick
Rolex Datejust 41 Bright Black Diamond Set (2022)
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2531.80.00 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300M Chronometer Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
AU$4,005
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Black 2020 Mint Unpolished
AU$56,000
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 Yellow Gold President Black Index Dial Watch
AU$86,658
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Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer II "Polar" Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
AU$14,269
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Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix 4600E/000A-B442 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Vacheron Constantin Fiftysix Silver Dial 40mm 4600E
AU$18,690
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31 277200 Very good Steel 31mm Automatic Australia, Coorparoo
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Rolex “Yellow Dial” Oyster Perpetual “Pikachu” Full Set Mint
AU$13,999
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Bulgari Octo 103431 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Bulgari Octo Finissimo
AU$15,000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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AU$61,884
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 34 Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$5,912
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex Day-Date 18K (0,750) Gold Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$36,973
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228206 Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
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AU$295,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Jubilee Pepsi Bezel Stainless steel Black...
AU$48,243
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.005 Very good Ceramic 44.2mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon "Black Black" 311.92.4...
AU$15,530
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN 41MM FULL STICKERS
AU$25,725
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Malvern East
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Rolex Daytona
AU$107,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26326ST.OO.D027CA.01 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26326ST Pride of Italy
AU$99,000
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2551.80.00 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Midsize Chronometer Automatik Stahl...
AU$4,651
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Rolex Milgauss 116400 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Milgauss Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$15,215
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 511.NX.1170.LR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion 45 Automatik Datum Titan Herrenuhr Ref....
AU$7,883
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F.P.Journe Octa Octa Lune Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
F.P.Journe Octa Lune Black Label 2021
AU$400,000
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial Watch
AU$48,243
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
AU$14,111
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1R.BA0799 Good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$4,500
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Good White gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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Rolex Daytona Oyster Perpetual White Gold
AU$73,885
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5496R-001 Very good Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5496R
AU$102,000
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Chronograph Automatik 03.2150.4...
AU$11,115
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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AU$18,841
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Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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AU$27,828
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Millers Point
Rolex Daytona 116518LN 2022
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel Hulk Green Dial Watch 116610LV
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228239 Very good White gold 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Day-Date 40 228239
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Rolex Submariner Date 126613LB Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Paddington
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Rolex Submariner Date
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Automatic Watches: Self-Winding Mechanical Timepieces

Automatic watches are powered by the natural motion of your wrist while you wear them. This type of watch has a rich history reaching back to the 18th century. Today, countless brands produce their own automatic calibers for their watches.


Highlights

  • Automatically wound by the natural movements of your arm
  • Environmentally-friendly: No batteries to produce or throw away
  • The Rolex Oyster Perpetual is one of the most famous automatic watches
  • John Harwood is considered the inventor of the automatic wristwatch
  • Automatic watches available in almost every price range

Automatic Watches: Self-Winding Timepieces

Automatic watches fall under the larger umbrella term of mechanical watches. They offer a key advantage over manual timepieces: They wind automatically via the movement of the wearer's arm. An oscillating mass inside the caliber is responsible for winding the spring. Today, this is in most cases a winding rotor. It is flexibly mounted so that gravity pulls it towards the center. When you're wearing the watch and move your wrist, the rotor moves and gives the caliber new energy. Automatic watches don't require batteries, making mechanical watches comparably more environmentally friendly than battery-powered quartz watches.

Automatic watches are available from almost every famous watch manufacturer in all price ranges. Less expensive models are often powered by base calibers made by the ébauche manufacturers ETA, Soprod, or Sellita. Various manufacturers use these calibers in a more or less reworked form in their watches. These calibers even power the watches made by famous brands such as Breitling and TAG Heuer. However, both manufacturers have developed their own in-house movements as well.

Rolex and Patek Philippe are some of the most well-known watch manufacturers. Unlike many other brands, these two Geneva-based manufacturers don't outsource base calibers. Instead, they use their own. For example, Rolex's caliber 3130 is considered very robust, reliable, and precise. These qualities and more make the caliber one of the best automatic movements on the market; it powers Rolex watches such as the Submariner. Since Rolex produces their watches almost entirely in-house, production is costlier. This results in higher prices for automatic watches with in-house movements.


Buying Tips

If you're searching for an automatic watch, the hard part is actually choosing one. Should it be large or small, simple or extravagant, affordable or expensive? The selection is ample for every taste and budget. Pre-owned automatic watches from Citizen, Seiko, or Swatch are available for around 50 euros. These watches often only have three hands for the hours, minutes, and seconds. Some also have a date or even day/date display.

In the price range between 100 and 200 euros, you can find diverse new automatic watches from brands like Seiko or Fossil. Pre-owned watches from long-established manufacturers such as Tissot, Hamilton, or Longines cost up to 500 euros. The situation is similar in the 1,000 euros and under price range, though here you can also find new models from the German brand Marcello C.

In the 1,000 euro price range, you can find pre-owned Omega or Breitling watches. New automatic three-hand watches are available from Oris, Raymond Weil, or Rado.

However, if you're looking for an automatic chronograph, you need to adjust your budget accordingly. A pre-owned automatic chronograph costs at least 500 euros; this applies to watches from brands such as Tissot or Hamilton. New chronographs cost a few hundred euros more, around 800 euros. These watches are often powered by ETA's Valjoux 7750, which is considered one of the most successful automatic chronograph calibers in the world.

If you're searching for a new automatic Rolex, you need to plan on spending at least 3,000 euros. You can purchase the introductory model, Oyster Perpetual, for this price. You can occasionally find pre-owned vintage watches from this Genevan manufacturer for less than 1,000 euros. The Submariner, one of the first and most famous diving watches in the world, is available pre-owned for around 4,100 euros. New, it costs around 5,600 euros. Rolex's chronograph, the Daytona, is available for around 7,500 euros.

The most expensive automatic watches are from brands such as Audemars Piguet and Patek Philippe. These watches are often made of platinum or 18-karat gold and feature countless diamonds on their dial and/or case. At times, these watches are also incredibly expensive as they're rare vintage watches coveted by collectors. Prices over 1 million euros are not too rare when it comes to these watches.


The Technology Behind Automatic Watches

The mainspring of an automatic watch is, as the name suggests, automatically wound by the movement itself. The mainspring is wound, becomes tense, and stores energy. This happens through the natural movements of the wearer's arm when the watch is on his or her wrist. This mechanism eliminates the need to manually wind the mainspring. Instead, an oscillating mass - often the rotor - winds the mainspring. Gravity causes the flexibly mounted rotor to move towards the center and a gear-train transfers the energy from the rotor's movement to the barrel. Viewed from a physics standpoint, the mechanism converts kinetic energy into potential energy.

There are automatic movements that wind in one or both directions. Bi-directional winding movements have so-called reverser gears. These ensure that the rotor winds the barrel in both directions. Uni-directional winding movements actually wind bidirectionally, but the mainspring is only wound in one direction. Both variants have a reduction gear which converts the fast movements of the rotor into slower movements with more torque. The end of the mainspring is not directly connected to the barrel so that it doesn't snap off when it's fully wound. The outer end of the spring is outfitted with a bridle, which keeps the pressure on the mainspring's outermost coil. When not fully wound, that pressure allows the outer end of the mainspring to be caught in a notch in the barrel wall. Once the spring is fully wound, it moves along to the next notch.

Automatic watches have many advantages: They're comfortable, environmentally-friendly, and usually more precise. This improved precision is due to the mainspring, which is always tense and has a more constant torque than mainsprings in hand-wound calibers. This has a positive effect on the amplitude. The amplitude is the balance wheel's degree of rotation and refers to the wheel's maximum rotation angle between equilibrium and a reversal point.

Technical Details of Automatic Watches

  • The winding rotor winds the mainspring in the barrel
  • Advantages: no manual winding required, environmentally-friendly, more precise
  • Uni-directional and bi-directional winding movements

The Origins of Automatic Watches

Automatic winding is one of the most important and long-lasting innovations in the history of watchmaking and the mechanism is one of the most widespread complications in use today.

Today's automatic watches can trace their origin back to the year 1729. Abraham-Louis Perrelet improved the winding mechanism of pocket watches in the 18th century. A small key was required to wind a movement before this improvement. Since the key was never there when you needed it, winding mechanisms that didn't require a key were in high demand. Perrelet wanted to invent a self-winding pocket watch. In 1770, he introduced his pedometer watch after countless attempts. The watch had an oscillating weight which teetered back and forth as the wearer walked. The motion caused the oscillating weight to tense the mainspring. Perrelet also developed a caliber with a winding rotor which swiveled above the movement. With these innovations, the groundwork for today's automatic watches was laid.

Refined men carried their pocket watches tucked away safely in their jacket, vest, or pants. The timepieces barely moved while in their pockets, which meant that the oscillating mass didn't have enough energy to wind the mainspring. The crown-wind method solved the key-wind problem in the mid-19th century, making the automatic pocket watch superfluous.


The First Automatic Wristwatches

The French watchmaker Léon Leroy was also a pioneer in the development of automatic watches. He presented his first automatic wristwatch in 1922. Some of these watches even had a date display. However, Leroy was far away from being able to mass produce a series.

The British watchmaker John Harwood lead automatic wristwatches to series production. He began working on automatic movements in 1922. Two years later, he patented his work, paving the way for the first series-produced automatic wristwatches.

Rolex's Oyster Perpetual was one of the first automatic wristwatches. Rolex introduced the watch to the market in 1931. It's one of the few early models that has lasted over the years and is still produced today. The principle behind Oyster Perpetual's winding rotor is at the heart of every modern automatic wristwatch.