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Rolex Datejust 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel 41mm Jubilee Band White Dial
Rs. 617,540
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218
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman" 126710BLNR
Rs. 1,147,898
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218
US
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205G-013 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205 White Gold / Blue - 5205
Rs. 3,559,938
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218
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT Master II Batman Blue Black Ceramic Bezel Steel Watch
Rs. 1,126,103
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218
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R Unworn
Rs. 7,308,406
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24
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN NEW 2019
Rs. 977,166
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26
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster 29, new, closing down sale, off. pr.: 78.400...
Rs. 3,528,561
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30
CH
6309-8230 Good Steel 37mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko 5 rare SEIKO 5 AUTOMATIC Watch made in Japan ~ glossy...
Rs. 7,500
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IN
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01
Rs. 2,814,842
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455
UK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 Very good Steel 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A-001
Rs. 6,171,769
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663
US
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date LV Kermit Rehaut Card 2008 Top Conditions
Rs. 1,104,138
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196
AT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26574PT.OO.1220PT.01 Very good Platinum 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar Platinum
Rs. 13,716,585
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218
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST Full set, mint cond.
Rs. 1,088,098
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262
NL
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5035P New Platinum 37mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Platinum NEW 2019
Rs. 2,087,537
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100
CH
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Batman NEW 2019 Jubilee Bracelet
Rs. 1,300,467
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26
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Rolex Datejust 116188 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36, new, closing down sale - off. price 28.400 CHF
Rs. 1,249,651
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30
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic India, Punjab
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 290,607
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IN
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3998P Very good Platinum 34mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Calatrava 3998P
Rs. 1,765,240
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455
UK
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810BR 92 9ZU Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Breguet Type XXI 3810BR 92 9ZU 18KT RG
Rs. 858,288
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206
UK
Raymond Weil Freelancer 7730ST20041 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Raymond Weil Freelancer 2760-st1-20001 Automatic Black Date...
Rs. 91,251
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26
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001
Rs. 7,261,546
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663
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II - Limited Edition /10
Rs. 1,569,038
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35
IT
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 178.1652 Very good Steel 45,5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 178.1652 Stainless Steel
Rs. 257,839
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154
IT
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date Everose Green Roman Dial 228235 NEW
Rs. 2,780,696
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681
NL
Breitling NB0434E5/BE94 New Carbon 45mm Automatic
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Breitling 4 Bentley GMT, lim., closing sale, o.p. 22.290 CHF
Rs. 918,842
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30
CH
Seiko Presage SARX035 Good Steel 41mm Automatic India, Hyderabad
Seiko Presage
Rs. 39,958
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Rolex Datejust II 116300 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust II 41mm Iced Out Watch Rainbow Bezel Diamonds11...
Rs. 1,816,295
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344
US
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SM.1770.RX New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm - watch on stock in Zurich
Rs. 709,402
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37
CH
TAG Heuer Monaco CW2112.FC6177 Very good Steel 37.5mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Monaco CW2112.FC6177, Strichindizes, 2004, Sehr Gut,...
Rs. 189,410
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160
DE
Patek Philippe 5980/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Complications Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001
Rs. 11,620,653
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663
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - Blue Dial - Black dlc - Limited...
Rs. 2,731,288
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35
IT
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3589 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Ellipse, Rare, Engraved Indexes in Full Set
Rs. 679,997
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19
CH
Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date Everose Choco Dial 228235 NEW IN STICKERS
Rs. 2,700,096
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681
NL
Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/586 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine 35, new, closing down sale - off. price: 64.300...
Rs. 2,572,889
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30
CH
Tissot PRC 200 T055.427.16.057.00 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic India, Ahmedabad
Tissot PRC 200
Rs. 38,000
Private Seller
IN
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.01 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet All Black Custom Royal Oak Chronograph ...
Rs. 2,034,250
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344
US
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SB.131.RX New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm - watch on stock in Zurich
Rs. 720,430
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37
CH
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques 15829-7422 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Tomorrow's Classic Or jaune 18k Flyback
Rs. 441,079
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56
CH
F.P.Journe Octa OCTA CALEN BLK Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Calendrier OCTA CALEN BLK
Rs. 6,535,028
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663
US
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut - Limited Edition /10
Rs. 3,237,698
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35
IT
Ebel Lichine 8964970 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
Rs. 191,134
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19
CH
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White APH Dial NOS 116520 IN STICKERS
Rs. 2,091,567
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681
NL
Breguet Reine de Naples 8908BB/52/864.D00D New White gold Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples, new, closing down sale, off. pr.:...
Rs. 1,653,974
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30
CH
Seiko Prospex SBDC033 Good Steel Automatic India, Hyderabad
Seiko Prospex
Rs. 29,061
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IN
Rolex Datejust 126303 Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex WITH DIAMONDS - DIAMONDS EVERYWHERE
Rs. 2,324,784
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344
US
IWC Portuguese Tourbillon 5042 Red gold 44mm Automatic
IWC Portugieser Tourbillon Rotgold Limited 250 Stück
Rs. 3,223,190
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98
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376905 Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
Rs. 808,645
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56
CH
F.P.Journe Octa QP G 40 BE A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Quantieme Perpetual QP G 40 BE A
Rs. 3,919,564
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
663
US
Rolex Explorer 214270 New Steel 39mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Rolex Explorer
Rs. 508,475
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IN
IWC Yacht Club 1811 Good White gold 36mm Automatic
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IWC White Gold Blue Dial Yacht Club I
Rs. 477,836
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19
CH
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master Yellow Gold 16628
Rs. 1,446,768
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681
NL
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti, new, closing down sale - 31.900 CHF
Rs. 1,323,164
Verified Dealer
30
CH
Seiko 5 Sports 7S36-00A0 Good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Kolkata
Seiko 5 Sports
Rs. 5,000
Private Seller
IN
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Fully Iced Out 26331ST.O...
Rs. 3,269,330
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344
US
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 903 ST
Rs. 237,770
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71
DE
Corum Romvlvs 02.0013 Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Corum Romulus Bicolor
Rs. 294,053
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56
CH
F.P.Journe Octa Octa Zodiaque Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Zodiaque Limited Series
Rs. 2,393,876
Free shipping
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663
US
A13313121B1S1 New Steel Automatic
A13313121B1S1 Ref. A13313121B1S1
Rs. 279,709
Verified Dealer
436
US
Eterna Matic Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Eterna Matic Centenaire Golfer
Rs. 172,756
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19
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date LV ''FLAT FOUR'' 16610LV F-0 serial
Rs. 1,607,968
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681
NL
Rolex Pearlmaster 81208 New Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Pearlmaster 34, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 32.200 CHF
Rs. 1,433,434
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30
CH
Heuer Incomplete Steel 41.5mm Automatic India, 122002
Heuer Herma Chronomatic Cal 12
Rs. 120,000
Private Seller
IN
Cartier Santos 100 2656 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Cartier Like New Box + Papers New Band Automatic Big Size...
Rs. 297,817
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426
ES
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu 415.EX.7179.VR.MXM19 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu Ceramic Blue 45 mm
Rs. 1,402,438
Verified Dealer
745
UK
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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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