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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - Automatic Skeleton
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli - Automatic Skeleton
NZ$ 72,671
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Artex AG
7
CH
Piaget MASSIVE 36mm 1970s 18KT WG AUTOMATIC CUFFLING SET BOX
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Piaget MASSIVE 36mm 1970s 18KT WG AUTOMATIC CUFFLING SET BOX
NZ$ 14,831
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Watch Hunter
 
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Vintage 3429J Yellow Dial 3X signed
NZ$ 14,608
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Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Automatic Steel Mens Watch 1625
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Automatic Steel Mens Watch 1625
NZ$ 3,977
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Watch World Star
150
UK
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Cartier Pasha Series Mens Black Dial Swiss Automatic Watch...
NZ$ 2,705
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Inventory Adjusters
82
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic Jewelled
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A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatic Jewelled
NZ$ 47,350
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WatchesofMayfair.com
222
UK
Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
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Breguet Classique Automatico Brillantes
NZ$ 24,293
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Fernando Monge SA
84
ES
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic
NZ$ 1,480
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Richard Mille RM 11-01 AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH - ROBERTO...
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Richard Mille RM 11-01 AUTOMATIC FLYBACK CHRONOGRAPH - ROBERTO...
Price on request
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Luxury Souq KSA
SA
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
NZ$ 5,173
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Jewelwatch Ltd
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Cartier CALIBRE DE CARTIER W7100057 3729 AUTOMATIC BLACK DIVERS
Cartier CALIBRE DE CARTIER W7100057 3729 AUTOMATIC BLACK DIVERS
NZ$ 8,454
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The Watch Exchange
13
UK
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic
NZ$ 2,873
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Gold Impex Handelsgesellschaft m.b. H.
 
AT
Heuer , SILVERSTONE AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH
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Heuer , SILVERSTONE AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH
NZ$ 5,932
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Christie's
 
Breitling Galactic 36 Automatic Gemstone+BTC+
Breitling Galactic 36 Automatic Gemstone+BTC+
NZ$ 14,367
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A.C.Watches
6
DE
Panerai PAM 90 Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio
Panerai PAM 90 Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio
NZ$ 8,157
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BuyGoodWatches
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Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic
Frederique Constant Classics Index Automatic
NZ$ 1,654
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Franck Muller Vanguard Titanium Black Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
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Franck Muller Vanguard Titanium Black Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
NZ$ 6,935
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Panerai PAM00619 1940 Radiomir Automatic Titanium
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Panerai PAM00619 1940 Radiomir Automatic Titanium
NZ$ 9,499
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
14
HK
Patek Philippe VINTAGE  PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
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Patek Philippe VINTAGE PATEK PHILIPPE1960S 18KT YG REF 3425 AUTO
NZ$ 12,458
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Watch Hunter
 
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Rolex EXPLORER II 16570 GMT AUTOMATIC GENTS WATCH YEAR 2005
Rolex EXPLORER II 16570 GMT AUTOMATIC GENTS WATCH YEAR 2005
NZ$ 7,559
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The Watch Exchange
13
UK
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1991
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1991
NZ$ 2,421
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wagener-gold International e.K.
808
DE
Omega 4877.60.37
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Omega 4877.60.37
NZ$ 13,109
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
16
HK
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 PAM164 Ref. PAM00164
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic 44 PAM164 Ref. PAM00164
NZ$ 6,182
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Uhren2000 GmbH
226
DE
Ingersoll IN6900RWH Grand Canyon IV Automatik 42mm 3ATM
Ingersoll IN6900RWH Grand Canyon IV Automatik 42mm 3ATM
NZ$ 521
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
3213
DE
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic Heart Beat
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic Heart Beat
NZ$ 3,126
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
IWC Portuguese Stainless Steel Silver Automatic IW371446
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IWC Portuguese Stainless Steel Silver Automatic IW371446
NZ$ 8,059
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Omega . SPEEDMASTER AUTOMATIC, REF. 175.0032
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Omega . SPEEDMASTER AUTOMATIC, REF. 175.0032
NZ$ 2,966
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Christie's
 
Rolex Air King Arabic Dial 40mm Automatic Watch 116900
Rolex Air King Arabic Dial 40mm Automatic Watch 116900
NZ$ 8,305
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WorldJewelryBuyers.inc
 
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Chanel J12 H1743 SUPERLEGERRA BLACK & GREY CERAMIC...
Chanel J12 H1743 SUPERLEGERRA BLACK & GREY CERAMIC...
NZ$ 4,375
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The Watch Exchange
13
UK
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph
NZ$ 2,595
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wagener-gold International e.K.
808
DE
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Lady Automatic
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur Lady Automatic
NZ$ 23,938
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
16
HK
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Steel Automatic - 79350
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph Steel Automatic - 79350
NZ$ 5,747
Free shipping
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Watches.de - Mercurius Trading Ltd.
83
CH
Ingersoll IN4514RBK San-Bernadino Automatik 42mm 3ATM
Ingersoll IN4514RBK San-Bernadino Automatik 42mm 3ATM
NZ$ 505
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
3213
DE
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic
Frederique Constant Slimline Automatic
NZ$ 2,952
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
IWC Portofino Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW391008
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IWC Portofino Stainless Steel Black Automatic IW391008
NZ$ 5,681
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Patek Philippe , AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH, REF. 3593
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Patek Philippe , AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH, REF. 3593
NZ$ 4,449
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Christie's
 
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic - PAM 00104
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic - PAM 00104
NZ$ 6,095
Free shipping
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LAURENTI
16
IT
Omega Speedmaster Automatic Chronograph Fullset Omega Cards + Box
Omega Speedmaster Automatic Chronograph Fullset Omega Cards + Box
NZ$ 3,465
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Uhrenmarkt München
38
DE
Sevenfriday Essence Automatic - SF-P1/01
Sevenfriday Essence Automatic - SF-P1/01
NZ$ 1,027
Free shipping
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wagener-gold International e.K.
808
DE
Chronoswiss Imperator Automatic
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Chronoswiss Imperator Automatic
NZ$ 5,681
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Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
16
HK
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1130-52B Automatic Box & Papers
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1130-52B Automatic Box & Papers
NZ$ 12,605
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Phigora
79
US
Ingersoll IN8210RG Ellsworth Automatik Herren 44 mm
Ingersoll IN8210RG Ellsworth Automatik Herren 44 mm
NZ$ 435
Seller
Timeshop24.de Ltd.
3213
DE
Frederique Constant Ladies Delight Automatic
Frederique Constant Ladies Delight Automatic
NZ$ 3,048
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Franck Muller Vanguard Titanium Black Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
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Franck Muller Vanguard Titanium Black Automatic V 45 Sc Dt...
NZ$ 9,784
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Bulgari , DIAGONO PROFESSIONAL GMT AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
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Bulgari , DIAGONO PROFESSIONAL GMT AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
NZ$ 1,186
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Christie's
 
Vacheron Constantin PATRIMONY TRADITIONELLE AUTOMATIK 18K GOLD...
Vacheron Constantin PATRIMONY TRADITIONELLE AUTOMATIK 18K GOLD...
NZ$ 10,431
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Timeless Watches GmbH
114
DE
Seiko ProspeX Turtle Automatic 200m Diver Blue Bezel SRP773K1...
Seiko ProspeX Turtle Automatic 200m Diver Blue Bezel SRP773K1...
NZ$ 586
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The Sutor House
 
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1998
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1998
NZ$ 2,421
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wagener-gold International e.K.
808
DE
Omega - Omega Seamaster automatic watch - 19646729 - Men -...
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Omega - Omega Seamaster automatic watch - 19646729 - Men -...
NZ$ 958
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Catawiki BV
 
Breguet Type XX Ref. 3800 Aeronavale Automatic Chronograph...
Breguet Type XX Ref. 3800 Aeronavale Automatic Chronograph...
NZ$ 6,267
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Dolce Time
 
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Ingersoll IN1513SBK Bison No.71 Automatik 45mm 10ATM
Ingersoll IN1513SBK Bison No.71 Automatik 45mm 10ATM
NZ$ 470
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
3213
DE
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Automatic
NZ$ 3,048
BrandBoutique Member
Frederique Constant SA
Longines Elegant 18k Rose Gold And Steel Silver Automatic...
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Longines Elegant 18k Rose Gold And Steel Silver Automatic...
NZ$ 2,793
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
21
HK
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Gent's Stainless Steel 44mm
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Gent's Stainless Steel 44mm
NZ$ 7,341
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Diamond Box, Inc. DBA Solitaire Bridal & Estate Jewellers
 
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Panerai PAM00682 LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC
Panerai PAM00682 LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC
NZ$ 10,069
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K&S Watch & Jewellery
14
HK
Glycine Combat 6 Automatic 3890.4 – 43mm Date Stainless Steel...
Glycine Combat 6 Automatic 3890.4 – 43mm Date Stainless Steel...
NZ$ 808
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The Sutor House
 
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1989
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - aus 1989
NZ$ 2,421
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wagener-gold International e.K.
808
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic 14790BA
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Automatic 14790BA
NZ$ 17,153
Seller
Van Wonderen Watches
78
NL
Omega - Seamaster 300M - Automatic - Men - 2000-2010
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Omega - Seamaster 300M - Automatic - Men - 2000-2010
NZ$ 3,048
Estimated price
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Catawiki BV
 
Ingersoll IN2819CH Columbia No.1 Automatik
Ingersoll IN2819CH Columbia No.1 Automatik
NZ$ 468
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Timeshop24.de Ltd.
3213
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.