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Rolex Datejust 116199SANR Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 White Gold Royal Zebra Pave Dial Watch 116199
AU$ 52,705
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Glashütte Original PanoMaticInverse 1-91-02-01-05-30 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original GLASHUTTE 1-91-02-01-05-30 PANO
AU$ 29,266
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Panerai PAM01036 or PAM1036 New Titanium 44mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 44mm
AU$ 15,071
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC910-0000210-B00182 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT
AU$ 24,690
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Day-Date
AU$ 15,900
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman"
AU$ 23,500
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Breguet Classique 5930BA/12/986 36mm Automatic
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Breguet 5930BA/12/986 Classique Gents 36mm - Yellow Gold -...
AU$ 15,036
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UK
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 16263 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic Australia, bentley
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Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph
AU$ 7,800
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IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
AU$ 38,153
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Tudor Submariner 79090 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Tudor Submariner 79090 Blue
AU$ 11,915
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AU
Omega Constellation 167.021 Very good Steel 33mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Chronometer with box 1966
AU$ 2,388
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Rolex Datejust II 116334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Epping
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Rolex Datejust II
AU$ 30,000
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 CV2117 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
AU$ 5,600
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AU
Tudor Black Bay 79230N Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Tudor Heritage Black Bay
AU$ 4,900
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Unworn Yellow gold 44mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Yacht-Master II
AU$ 65,995
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Bell & Ross BR 01-97 Réserve de Marche BR 01-97 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 01-97 Réserve de Marche Limited Edition 250...
AU$ 19,614
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Hublot King Power 701.NX.0170.RX Good Titanium 48mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Hublot King Power Unico 48mm Ti Open Card
AU$ 14,000
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Rolex GMT-Master 16753 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Rolex GMT-Master REF 16753
AU$ 13,500
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Rolex Milgauss 1019 Fair Steel 38mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Rolex Milgauss 1019
AU$ 27,800
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster Ref....
AU$ 16,607

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Rado HyperChrome Chronograph 0165005893069 Unworn 45mm Automatic Australia, Perth
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Rado hyperchrome chronograph gold limited edition
AU$ 9,000
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Tudor Hydronaut 89190 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Tudor Prince Date Tiger Hydronaut
AU$ 3,700
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AU
Chopard Mille Miglia 168511-3001 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Chopard Mille Miglia
AU$ 5,490
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Rolex Datejust 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 19,995
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
AU$ 20,139
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Piaget Polo S G0A41006 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, South Yarra
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Piaget Polo S
AU$ 12,800
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Submariner "Hulk" G serial Full Set
AU$ 27,000
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AU
Ball Engineer III ball engineer III New Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Ball Engineer III for Australian Watch Forum (AWF) NM2026C-S23...
AU$ 2,800
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AU
Breitling B13047 - 81950 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Glen Waverley
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Breitling Chronoliner Yachting
AU$ 2,888
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Breitling Superocean K10040 Very good Yellow gold Automatic Australia, Port Hacking
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Breitling Superocean
AU$ 19,990
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 79174 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Rolex Lady-Datejust Jubilee Dial 26mm
AU$ 6,250
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AU
Omega De Ville Hour Vision 431.33.41.21.03.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Omega De Ville Hour Vision
AU$ 5,950
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Rolex Datejust 126333 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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Rolex Datejust 41mm two tone
AU$ 17,400
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AU
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Unworn Yellow gold 42mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Sky-dweller
AU$ 29,500
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Glashütte Original Senator Power Reserve Display 39-44-04-12-04 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Glashütte Original Senator Gangreserve Mondphase Automatik...
AU$ 6,588

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph BEAST 25th...
AU$ 45,000
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AU
Tiffany 6670/8 Unworn Steel 46.5mm Automatic Australia, Trigg
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Tiffany East West Austomatic
AU$ 3,995
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Omega Seamaster 300 233.32.41.21.01.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Omega Seamaster 300 Limited Edition Spectre
AU$ 14,500
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AU
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 522.32.40.20.04.002 522.32.40.20.04.003 522.32.40.20.04.004 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
AU$ 43,036
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771
US
TAG Heuer Link CJF2115-0 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Vic.
TAG Heuer Link Chronograph CJF2115-0
AU$ 2,759
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59
AU
Cartier Calibre de Cartier W7100037 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier
AU$ 5,500
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AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface Very good Steel 28mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 215.8.S9
AU$ 13,250
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph W7100044 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Australia, NSW
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
AU$ 20,000
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex "GMT-Master II ""Batman"""
AU$ 24,950
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26176FO.OO.D101CR.02 Very good Carbon 42mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee
AU$ 27,000
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AU
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 85180/2 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuhr...
AU$ 21,949

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Doxa Sub doxa Sub 200 New Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Doxa Sharkhunter Sub 200 130th Anniversary LE
AU$ 3,100
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AU
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 2007 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Pièce unique Only Watch Monaco...
AU$ 32,429
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Seiko 4006-6011 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Seiko Vintage Bell-Matic Alarm Day Date 4006-6011 Gold Dial
AU$ 650
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59
AU
Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAC.B16A Very good Steel Automatic Australia, St ives
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize
AU$ 4,750
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IWC 803A Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
IWC Vintage Automatic
AU$ 3,690
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5320G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
AU$ 102,235
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Rolex Datejust 126333 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 20,850
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver
AU$ 26,000
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AU
Rolex Datejust 126231 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36 Stahl / Roségold Automatik Diamanten 126231...
AU$ 21,215

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Seiko Presage SPB059J1 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic Australia, Keysborough
Seiko Presage
AU$ 1,180
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AU
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAP2110 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Molendinar
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
AU$ 1,500
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15210 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Black dial 15210
AU$ 6,150
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59
AU
Tissot Seastar 1000 T120.407.17.041.00 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Tissot Seastar 1000 Automático Powermatic 80
AU$ 930
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201
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Graham Chronofighter 2CFAS Good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Graham Chronofighter
AU$ 5,500
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AU
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030B New Steel 39mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty Eight Navy Blue
AU$ 6,059
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 19,995
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Panerai Radiomir Chronograph PAM 00369 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Panerai Radiomir Chronograph pam 369
AU$ 7,750
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5000-1110 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
AU$ 10,838

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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.


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