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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500OR.OO.D002CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold Black Leather Watch...
AU$ 55,084
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215
US
Panerai Special Editions PAM00045 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai Luminor Chronograph 40mm White Gold Watch PAM00045
AU$ 33,496
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215
US
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5168G-010 New White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut White Gold JUMBO Khaki Green 42mm...
AU$ 104,200
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266
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase White Gold Watch 5712G-001
AU$ 96,770
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215
US
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona EU 8/2019
AU$ 40,195
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19
DE
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN NEW 2019
AU$ 18,982
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32
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Moonphase Power Reserve blue from 2013...
AU$ 112,170
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686
NL
Rolex Day-Date 36 118348 Very good Silver 36mm
Rolex President
AU$ 49,949
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6
US
Breitling Chronomat AB011610/F546/377A New Steel 43.5mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat 44 Flying Fish
AU$ 10,730
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267
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15210 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Stainless Steel 15210 - W6604
AU$ 7,035
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288
UK
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030N-0001 New Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight
AU$ 6,082
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AU
Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 296.830.20 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph Automatic Men
AU$ 2,790
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416
ES
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 220.10.41.21.01.001 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra - 41.5mm - Black Dial - Bracelet
AU$ 6,327
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295
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, SURRY HILLS
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Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 15,500
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AU
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.130.RX Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Evolution 44 Chrono
AU$ 11,968
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1317
NL
Rolex Datejust 126333 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 41mm Wimbledon Two-Tone UNWORN Oyster
AU$ 17,047
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32
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex MINT Rolex Explorer II ENGRAVED REHAUT 16570 T 3186...
AU$ 10,264
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392
US
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510U4/BE84/152A New Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling TRANSOCEAN CHRONOGRAPH
AU$ 11,897
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267
IT
Breitling Galactic 36 A3733012/A717 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Breitling Galactic 36 Automatic A37330 -- COSC NUMBER: 1714060
AU$ 5,604
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45
BE
Oris Aquis 01 735 7673 4185-Set RS Very good Steel 46mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Oris Aquis Great Barrier Reef II Limited Edition
AU$ 2,990
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AU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 115200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date Black Dial Oyster Bracelet Steel Mens Watch 115200
AU$ 7,429
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381
US
IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW3508 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
IWC Ingenieur automatic 500.000 A/m
AU$ 8,749
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151
AT
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 16623 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Caulfield South
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40
AU$ 13,678
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AU
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe BR0394-HERI-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 HERITAGE
AU$ 6,182
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5919
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 Blue Dial Unworn Full Set B&P...
AU$ 9,558
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56
NL
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 42mm 18k White Gold Ceramic Bezel On...
AU$ 47,046
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90
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR201V.BA0714 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
TAG Heuer CARRERA
AU$ 6,296
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267
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15238 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
Rolex Date 15238
AU$ 13,325
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719
US
Seiko Prospex SPB103J1 New Steel 45mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Seiko Prospex
AU$ 1,250
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AU
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer II Steel 40MM White Creamy Patina Dial S Ser 16570
AU$ 12,915
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US
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Ceramic Rosegold Chocolate Dial Like New Box And...
AU$ 38,793
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DE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A84.FC6394 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic Australia, kENSINGTON
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 4,560
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AU
Bell & Ross BR 03 BR0392-HOR-BLC/SRB New Steel 42mm Automatic
Bell & Ross BR 03-92 HOROGRAPH
AU$ 3,467
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5919
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 2019 Rolex Submariner Date Hulk Stainless Green Ceramic...
AU$ 22,321
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392
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16613 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 16613 Steel/Gold Blu Dial - K Serial
AU$ 16,145
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104
IT
Breitling AB0310211Q1A1 New Steel 45mm Automatic
Breitling Navitimer 01 B03 Chronograph Rattrapante 45
AU$ 13,498
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267
IT
Breitling Chronomat AB0115101/C1A1 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph AB0115101/C1A1
AU$ 8,114
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719
US
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date 01 754 7741 4065-07 5 20 63 New Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Oris Big Crown Pointer Date
AU$ 2,200
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AU
Rolex Lady-Datejust 79173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 26 Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold 79173 - W007010
AU$ 7,097
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53
NL
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.20.33.20.05.001 Very good Gold/Steel 32.7mm Automatic
Omega Deville Prestige Steel Yellow Gold Men's Watch 424.20.33...
AU$ 4,898
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381
US
Rolex Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Australia, MOUNT WAVERLEY
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Rolex 16220
AU$ 6,800
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AU
Omega Seamaster 300 New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial 41mm 233.20.41.21.01.002
AU$ 15,172
Verified Dealer
124
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 116719 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 2018 Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi Black 18K White Gold 40mm...
AU$ 43,017
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392
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
AU$ 120,850
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36
CH
TAG Heuer Connected AWBF2A80 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Connected Modular
AU$ 1,913
Verified Dealer
267
IT
Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0010 Very good Steel 35.1mm Automatic
Cartier Santos Medium WSSA0010
AU$ 7,072
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719
US
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79350 New Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph
AU$ 6,550
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AU
Piaget Polo S G0A41006 Very good Steel 42mm Chronograph
Piaget POLO S CHRONOGRAPH 42 G0A41006 STAINLESS STEEL MEN'S WATCH
AU$ 11,724
Verified Dealer
62
US
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5296R-001 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
Patek Philippe 5296R-001 Calatrava 18K Rose Gold Sector Dial...
AU$ 29,627
Verified Dealer
425
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1AB.BA0738 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Docklands
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 6,300
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AU
Omega De Ville Prestige New Rose gold 32.7mm Automatic
Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial 32.7 424.53.33.20.53.001
AU$ 10,918
Verified Dealer
124
UK
Cartier Santos 100 W20076X8 Unworn Steel 38mm Automatic
Cartier Santos 100 XL
AU$ 8,114
Verified Dealer
7
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118348 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36, new, official retail price: 48.300 CHF
AU$ 51,885
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36
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2A1Z.BA0658 New Steel 45mm Automatic
TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE HEUER 02 GMT 45 mm
AU$ 6,927
Verified Dealer
267
IT
Vulcain 210129.192LF Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Vulcain Revolution GMT Alarm 42mm Automatic 210129.192LF (2019)
AU$ 4,465
Verified Dealer
668
US
Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition 01 735 7728 4084 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic Australia, Ryde
Oris Royal Flying Doctor Service Limited Edition II
AU$ 2,374
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AU
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 1625 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph
AU$ 4,900
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AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Geographic Q1718470 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q1718470 Master Compressor Geographic SS (33410)
AU$ 9,677
Verified Dealer
425
US
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-SC-BK Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu
AU$ 3,900
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AU
Rolex Datejust 126300 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel White Gold Green Numerals Watch 126334...
AU$ 15,469
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381
US
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Air King Vintage 34mm 5500 from 1972
AU$ 4,119
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DE
Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, official retail price: 39.600 CHF
AU$ 44,488
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36
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179174 Good 26mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual
AU$ 7,429
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AU
IWC Pilot Worldtimer IW326201 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic Australia, Poowong
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IWC Pilot Worldtimer
AU$ 9,000
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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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