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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA RJ.T.CH.SP.002.01 New Steel 50mm Automatic
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Romain Jerome - Steampunk Chrono Black - Ref.: RJ.T.CH.SP.002....
NZ$ 13,656
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Perrelet Turbine XXS A2053 Very good Steel Automatic
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Perrelet Turbine Xxs
NZ$ 4,666
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Breitling Avenger II Seawolf A1733110/I519/169A Good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Avenger Ii Seawolf A1733110 Box and Papers 2015
NZ$ 4,976
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228238-0005 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 40
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Franck Muller Casablanca 7880 Very good Rose gold 47mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca Chronographe 7880 18k pink gold
NZ$ 28,514
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IWC Pilot Mark IW324801 Very good Ceramic 39mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
IWC PILOT WATCH MARK XVIII EDITION HODINKEE
NZ$ 11,919
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Omega Speedmaster Date 32105000 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Papamoa
Omega Speedmaster Date
NZ$ 4,094
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Concord C1 01.5.14.1002 Good Steel 44mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Concord C1 Big Date on bracelet
NZ$ 1,400
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Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 49920-11-652-FK6A Unworn Steel Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II America's Cup BMW Oracle Racing
NZ$ 9,505
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Zodiac Sea Dragon ZO09913 Very good Steel 50mm Automatic New Zealand, Wellington
Zodiac Sea Dragon
NZ$ 2,000
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U-Boat Classico 8105 Very good Steel 47mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
U-Boat Classico
NZ$ 1,900
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PMDW44 Good Steel 38mm Automatic New Zealand, Goodwood Heights
Moreau Luxury White Pearl Magni-Date
NZ$ 460
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Good Steel 34mm Automatic New Zealand, Hamilton
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
NZ$ 6,149
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Bedat & Co Nº7 747.010.602 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Bedat & Co No 7 "Jumbo"
NZ$ 1,500
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4895118820277 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic New Zealand, Unsworth Heights
CCCP Time CP-7008-01
NZ$ 160
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Bulova 63c112 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Christchurch
Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini Chronograph
NZ$ 799
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Blancpain Villeret Ultra-Slim 6651-3642-55B Unworn Rose gold Automatic New Zealand, auckland
Blancpain Villeret Rose gold
NZ$ 21,000
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Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB-0001 Good Bronze 43mm Automatic
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay
NZ$ 10,176
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Breitling Chrono Galactic A13358 Good Steel 39mm Automatic New Zealand, Hamilton
Breitling Chrono Galactic
NZ$ 4,400
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2011 Good Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, 0627
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
NZ$ 2,879
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Rolex Bubble Back 2940 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometre Bubble Back Ref. 2940
NZ$ 7,777
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Gérald Genta Rof.m.10 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
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Gérald Genta Fantasy Retro Disney Mickey Mouse Rof.m.10...
NZ$ 13,808
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CZ
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 176.8.21.S Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref....
NZ$ 25,145

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Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 St Navigationschronograph
NZ$ 4,925
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Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
NZ$ 14,951
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Jaquet-Droz J017533270 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Meteorite Dial...
NZ$ 27,478
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Cartier Roadster W62006x6 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster Chronograph XL Automatic 43MM, REF, W62006X6
NZ$ 7,595
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8968BR/X1/J50 0D00
NZ$ 31,909
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116619LB Very good White gold 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex 2019 SMURF Submariner WHITE GOLD with Box and Papers
NZ$ 55,000
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Omega 2618 Very good Rose gold 37,5mm Automatic
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Omega Huge 18K Rose Gold 1950 Automatic Cal. 332 Special Indexes
NZ$ 6,826
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Patek Philippe Travel Time 5524R Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Brown Dial 5524R-001
NZ$ 65,271
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 14060M Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner No Date Automatik Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
NZ$ 14,862

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Seiko Prospex SNR049J1 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Seiko Prospex Spring Drive GMT Diver's limited Edition
NZ$ 8,641
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC231-1200100 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres 18k White Gold Men's...
NZ$ 17,443
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Porsche Design Dashboard 6620.11.66.0268 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Porsche Design Dashboard Chronograph P6620
NZ$ 2,967
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Cartier Pasha 1023 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Cartier Pasha, Reference 1023, A Yellow Gold And Diamond-Set...
NZ$ 14,430
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Chopard L.U.C 161934-5001 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard L.U.C.
NZ$ 26,527
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124300-0002 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex Oyster Perpetual OP 41mm Black 2020 Model Box and Papers
NZ$ 11,300
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Ulysse Nardin Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold Rare Vintage
NZ$ 4,303
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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
NZ$ 2,601
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Montblanc Timewalker 7069 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 3,197

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Sinn U1 1010.010 New Steel Automatic
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Sinn Taucheruhr U 1 Massivarmband
NZ$ 3,266
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC273-0061400-HE1421 New 33mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Automatic 33mm...
NZ$ 5,088
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Ulysse Nardin A.261 Good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Vintage Chronometer 36000
NZ$ 4,003
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Piaget Gouverneur 1595 Very good Yellow gold 33.5mm Automatic
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Piaget Gouverneur Automatic Enamel Dial Yellow Gold Very Rare...
NZ$ 8,814
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Montblanc Star 126108 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc MB126108 Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum Automatic...
NZ$ 9,289
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445
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Very good Ceramic Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Hublot 2018 Big Bang Tutti Frutti Caviar 346.CD.1800.LR.1905...
NZ$ 10,600
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Seiko 5 SNXS77 New Steel 37mm Automatic
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Seiko 5 | Herrenuhr Automatik SNXS77
NZ$ 223
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust 18K Gold Diamanten Automatik Oyster...
NZ$ 12,374

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Sinn EZM 3 603.010 New Steel Automatic
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Sinn Taucheruhr EZM3
NZ$ 2,869
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1263800-HA2421 New White gold 39mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 18k White Gold Tahiti MOP Dial...
NZ$ 8,721
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 41mm 263-66 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 41 mm
NZ$ 5,415
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Breitling Chronomat GMT B 13047 UTC Very good Gold/Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat UTC Automatic GMT Gold/Steel Top Condition...
NZ$ 5,444
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Ball Trainmaster NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Ball NM3888D-PG-LCJ-WH Trainmaster 18k Rose Gold Automatic...
NZ$ 7,267
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445
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49555-11 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Girard Perregaux 2019 Model 1966 Ref. 49555-11 Stainless steel...
NZ$ 6,900
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Epos Sportive 3438.131.20.15.30 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Straight from the manufacturer
Epos Sportive 3438
NZ$ 1,381
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EPOS Uhren
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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416541 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
NZ$ 2,601
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.22.42.20.01.004 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
Omega Seamster Diver 300M James Bond Ref. 007 210.22.42.20.01....
NZ$ 15,761

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Sinn 556 556.0106 New Steel 38,5mm Automatic
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Sinn 556 I rote Sekunde schwarzes Lederband in Vintage-Optik...
NZ$ 1,694
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC231-1002400 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hemispheres 42mm Men's 18k Rose Gold...
NZ$ 20,350
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 90275-52-111-BA6A Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Perpetual Calendar Equation...
NZ$ 39,084
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Heuer 844-3 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Heuer RARE, PRE- (TAG) Heuer Vintage Diver automatic 42MM - 844-3
NZ$ 8,114
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Bremont Hawking-LE-SS New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bremont Hawking LIMITED EDITION Stainless Steel 41mm Automatic...
NZ$ 14,530
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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.