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Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/RM1 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph 35
AU$ 62,222
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52
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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$ 14,868
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46
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 1603 Vintage 1966 Stainless Steel Automatic...
AU$ 5,306
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46
US
Davosa Argonautic Lumis 161.576.40 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Davosa Argonautic Lumis T25 Automatic
AU$ 1,445
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24
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AU$ 31,993
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MC
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 38
AU$ 7,799
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52
CH
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AU$ 3,201
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8
UK
Rolex Daytona 116503 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona NEW2020 full set
AU$ 28,877
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IWC Portugieser 7 Days ( Limited Edition ) Platinum
AU$ 36,202
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41
NL
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco - Calibre 11 automatico Limited Edition /10...
AU$ 13,007
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53
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 116000 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Australia, Romsey
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36
AU$ 7,950
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AU
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon CM2198C-S1CJ-BE New Steel 42mm Automatic
Ball CM2198C-S1CJ-BE Engineer Hydrocarbon Racer Chrono Watch
AU$ 4,393
Free shipping
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US
Louis Vuitton Q11C3 Fair White gold 39mm Automatic
Louis Vuitton ルイヴィトン 時計 K18WG無垢 純正ダイヤ タンブール スピンタイム Q11C3 自動巻...
AU$ 31,239
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67
JP
Rolex Daytona 116503 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 31,555
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AU
Rolex Datejust II 116334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Epping
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Rolex Datejust II
AU$ 32,500
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AU
Maserati R8823118004 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Maserati R8823118004 Men's Epoca Automatic Two Tone Wristwatch
AU$ 564
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8
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
AU$ 17,210
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733
US
Rolex Datejust 126333 Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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Rolex Datejust
AU$ 17,000
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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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AU
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$ 38,045
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620
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
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Rolex GMT-Master II
AU$ 16,000
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AU
Seiko Presage SSA407J1 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic
Seiko Presage SSA407 Watch
AU$ 511
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US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Sea-dweller Deepsea D-blue
AU$ 23,995
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AU
Rolex Day-Date 18388 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex President Day-Date Yellow Gold Myriad Diamond Mens Watch...
AU$ 22,961
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662
US
Cartier Drive de Cartier WSNM0004 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Cartier Drive De Cartier - WSNM0004
AU$ 8,975
Free shipping
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1232
US
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
AU$ 42,914
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733
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179173 Good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex ロレックス ROLEX デイトジャスト 179173 F番 自動巻 OH済 K18YGxSS レディース...
AU$ 7,735
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67
JP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A087CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic Australia, surfers paradise
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AU$ 84,999
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AU
TAG Heuer Link Calibre 6 wat2111.ba0950 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, BEDFORDALE
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TAG Heuer Link Calibre 6
AU$ 2,050
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AU
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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AU
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 542.NX.1171.RX New Titanium 42mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion 42 Automatic Date
AU$ 7,963
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2073
DE
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAP2110 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Molendinar
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
AU$ 2,200
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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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AU
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5508 Good Steel 39mm Automatic
Rolex 5508 Tropical Glossy Gilt dial James Bond No Crown Guard...
Price on request
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Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish A13341C3/BD19 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Breitling Aeromarine SuperOcean Chronograph II Watch A13341...
AU$ 4,724
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662
US
IWC Portofino Automatic IW356502 Good Automatic
IWC ポートフィノ IW356502 メンズ 腕時計自動巻き ブラック
AU$ 4,016
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67
JP
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-011 New White gold 38.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
AU$ 54,656
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337
HK
Rolex Datejust 116231 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 116231 With Box
AU$ 12,711
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22
UK
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Milgauss 116400gv Oyster Perpetual Z Blue Dial Green...
AU$ 11,486
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169
US
Franck Muller Double Mystery DBLEMISTBAGSAP New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Franck Muller DOUBLE MYSTERY
AU$ 146,408
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116
MC
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10007 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic Australia, Hawthorn East
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland
AU$ 9,000
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AU
Rolex Daytona 116508 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 55,950
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AU
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady WAU2213.BA0861 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic Australia, Brisbane
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady
AU$ 3,300
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AU
Longines L2.650.4 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Longines OLYMPIC COLLECTION AVIATION AUTOMATIC CHRONO FULL SET
AU$ 3,086
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170
PL
Longines Conquest Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Longines Conquest Dress Cal. 633.5 1990
AU$ 2,526
Free shipping
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103
DE
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/1A001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700/A001
AU$ 168,382
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26
IT
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-date 40 Sundust Roman Dial 228235 NEW 2020
Price on request
Free shipping
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50
US
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Cartier Santos 100
AU$ 6,500
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17
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar 140.2.98.S Very good 37mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Moon Calendar 18k Rose Gold 37mm Ref....
AU$ 18,660
Free shipping
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118
US
Tudor Submariner 76100 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic
Tudor サブマリーナ デイト タコサブ 76100
AU$ 11,901
Free shipping
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1337
JP
Rolex Datejust 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 19,995
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AU
Zenith Defy El Primero 10.9000.9004 Unworn Carbon 44mm Automatic
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 NEW
AU$ 16,572
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720
LV
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 140889 140.8.89 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Montre Master Control en acier Ref : 140889...
AU$ 6,365
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78
FR
Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Port Douglas
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 23,500
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AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3700/11J Very good Yellow gold Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Ref. 3700/11J
AU$ 200,374
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26
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner "Hulk"
AU$ 19,888
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US
Patek Philippe World Time 5130J-001 Very good Yellow gold Australia, Sydney
Patek Philippe World Time
AU$ 44,999
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17
AU
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301SB131RX Very good 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Evolution 44mm Steel & Black Ceramic...
AU$ 11,272
Free shipping
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118
US
Audemars Piguet 77216ST.OO.D007CR.01 Good Steel 35mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet ミレネリー 77216ST.OO.D007CR.01
AU$ 4,733
Free shipping
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1337
JP
Rolex Datejust 126334 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Parramatta
Rolex Datejust
AU$ 19,995
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AU
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date 40mm Stainless Steel Mens Watch 16610...
AU$ 13,627
Free shipping
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662
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Ghiera Verde NOS 2005 FULL STICKERS
AU$ 38,694
Free shipping
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113
IT
Cartier Clé de Cartier WSCL0006 Unworn Steel 35mm Automatic
Cartier Clé De Cartier (NEW)
AU$ 7,577
Verified Dealer
132
UK
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79363N Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Chrono
AU$ 7,493
Verified Dealer
22
DE

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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