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Tudor Prince Date M92413-0003 New Gold/Steel 25mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Princess Date 25mm Steel-Yellow Gold Champagne Dial...
Rs. 135,281
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80
HK
Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm W69012Z4 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Cartier W69012Z4 BALLON BLEU DE CARTIER
Rs. 405,918
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19
HK
Rolex GMT-Master II 116713 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-MASTER II Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Watch 116713
Rs. 1,014,963
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211
US
Rolex Explorer II 1655 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 1982 Vintage Rolex Explorer II 1655 STEVE McQUEEN...
Rs. 3,048,732
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29
US
Hublot Big Bang Unico 441.NE.2010.RW New Titanium 42mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium White Diamonds 42 mm
Rs. 1,348,975
Verified Dealer
179
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179138 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, new, official retail price: 33.600 CHF
Rs. 1,649,574
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36
CH
6309-8230 Good Steel 37mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Seiko 5 rare SEIKO 5 AUTOMATIC Watch made in Japan ~ glossy...
Rs. 7,500
Private Seller
IN
IWC Ingenieur Automatic 666 AD Automatik Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Ingenieur Vintage Automatic 18 K Gold Gelbgold Ref. 666AD
Rs. 562,946
Verified Dealer
457
DE
Patek Philippe 5726A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Complications Nautilus Annual Calendar 5726A-001
Rs. 4,564,036
Free shipping
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718
US
Seiko Prospex SBDC033 Good Steel Automatic India, Hyderabad
Seiko Prospex
Rs. 29,001
Private Seller
IN
Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic India, Punjab
Rolex Datejust
Rs. 290,010
Private Seller
IN
Alpina Startimer AL725x4R16-10 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Alpina Startimer Chronograph Automatic 41 mm Serviced
Rs. 75,704
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67
IT
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date LV ''FLAT FOUR'' 16610LV F-0 serial
Rs. 1,606,690
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708
NL
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
Rs. 237,581
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74
DE
Rolex Datejust 116188 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36, new, official retail price: 29.800 CHF
Rs. 1,481,541
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36
CH
Arnold & Son 1ARAP.W01A.C120P Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
Arnold & Son INSTRUMENT COLLECTION TBR
Rs. 821,466
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27
UK
Cartier Santos Galbée 1900 1 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Cartier 18 K. Santos Ronde galbee, Mint cond.
Rs. 519,456
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275
NL
Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot AB0510U6/BC26/159A New Steel 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot
Rs. 571,804
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1420
ES
JeanRichard Paramount Unworn 38mm Automatic
TOP
JeanRichard Paramount Pack 3 watches
Rs. 1,510,047
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186
ES
Seiko Spirit SARB033 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic India, Hyderabad
Seiko Spirit
Rs. 54,900
Private Seller
IN
Hublot Big Bang Sang Bleu 415.EX.7179.VR.MXM19 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Unico Sang Bleu Ceramic Blue 45 mm
Rs. 1,401,324
Verified Dealer
786
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold 18238 N.O.S. Fossil / Jurassic Park...
Rs. 2,778,486
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708
NL
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
Rs. 197,313
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74
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80319 New White gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, official retail price: 32.600...
Rs. 1,631,571
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36
CH
Mühle Glashütte M1-28-01 Very good Steel 38.5mm Automatic
Mühle Glashütte Sport Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Taucheruhr...
Rs. 77,314
Verified Dealer
2165
DE
Romain Jerome Moon-DNA RJ.M.AU.IN.004.01 New Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic
TOP
Romain Jerome Moon Invader Speed Metal (Limited Edition)
Rs. 797,305
Free shipping
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357
LV
Rado Good Steel 37mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Rado conway
Rs. 25,000
Private Seller
IN
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
Rs. 581,469
Verified Dealer
1420
ES
Porsche Design Dashboard 6620.13.47.0269 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
TOP
Porsche Design Dashboard
Rs. 179,705
Verified Dealer
34
UK
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400/69.C713 New Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 38 mm
Rs. 422,813
Verified Dealer
786
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18038 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold Tiffany & Co. Full Set 18038
Rs. 1,812,056
Verified Dealer
708
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15710ST.OO.A027CA.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Blue Dial Men's Watch -...
Rs. 1,381,021
Verified Dealer
569
JP
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 082.101.47/OF41PN11 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Corum AC Legend 38, as good as new, official price: 7775 CHF
Rs. 262,177
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Hometime 230.8.77 Good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Black GMT Reverso Squadra Hometime Automatic...
Rs. 321,741
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457
ES
Montblanc Heritage Spirit 116534 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Asian UNICEF Limited...
Rs. 289,929
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357
LV
Tissot T-Classic T109.407.16.051.00 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic India, 400102
Tissot T-Classic
Rs. 23,566
Private Seller
IN
Rolex 8171 Very good Rose gold escluso corona 38mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Perpetual Padellone 8171 Triple Date Moonphase Pink Gold
Price on request
Verified Dealer
188
IT
Hanhart Pioneer 712  01056 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele chronograph full set 712 01056
Rs. 184,531
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34
UK
Breguet Marine 5817ST/92/5V8 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Marine
Rs. 932,605
Verified Dealer
786
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 118139 New White gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date White Gold Cherry Dial NEW 118139
Rs. 1,445,618
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708
NL
Breguet 3420 Very good Platinum 36mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Jump Hour 3420 Platinum Porcelain Dial 36mm Automatic...
Rs. 1,341,297
Verified Dealer
14
US
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, official retail price: 10.000 CHF
Rs. 337,191
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One 277.101.04/F373 AB12 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
TOP
Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One
Rs. 519,456
Verified Dealer
61
ES
Zenith El Primero 03.A384.400/21.C815 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith 50th El Primero Anniversary El Primero A384 Revival/In...
Rs. 498,848
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300
CH
Very good 35mm Automatic India, Mumbai
Camy GENEVE CALENDAR
Rs. 18,000
Private Seller
IN
Franck Muller 2000SR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Like New Bi Retrograde Transamerica Master Of...
Rs. 265,366
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457
ES
Richard Mille RM 011 RM 011 Very good White gold
TOP
Richard Mille RM 11 Special Edition Korea 1st Botique 11/50
Price on request
Free shipping
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5
US
IWC Big Pilot IW501005 New Bronze 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
Rs. 821,466
Verified Dealer
786
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048SK Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady Offshore Chrono Diamonds 26048SK
Rs. 1,445,618
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708
NL
Roger Dubuis Sympathie SY43 5710 0 Very good White gold 43mm Automatic
TOP
Roger Dubuis Sympathie Retrograde Perpetual Calendar SY43 5710...
Rs. 1,848,815
Verified Dealer
14
US
Breguet GJ24BB8548DDC3 New White gold Automatic
TOP
Breguet Secret de la Reine, new, official retail price: 90.000...
Rs. 3,746,986
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Tissot Bridgeport T097.407.16.053.00 Unworn Steel Automatic India, Gurgaon
Tissot Bridgeport
Rs. 32,000
Private Seller
IN
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase FC-705N4S6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase
Rs. 198,789
Verified Dealer
300
CH
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer U263-10.7M/92 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Marine Dive
Rs. 503,349
Verified Dealer
61
ES
Heuer Incomplete Steel 41.5mm Automatic India, 122002
Heuer Herma Chronomatic Cal 12
Rs. 120,000
Private Seller
IN
Zenith El Primero A787 Very good Steel Automatic India, Calcutta
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 Very Rare
Rs. 239,258
Private Seller
IN
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe U13313121B1S1 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44
Rs. 433,283
Verified Dealer
786
UK
Hublot Big Bang 320.UI.440.RX Very good 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Mag Bang Limited Edition 320.UI.440.RX
Rs. 1,204,011
Verified Dealer
708
NL
Ulysse Nardin GMT +/- Perpetual Good White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin GMT Perpetual Calendar 320-22 18k White Gold...
Rs. 2,785,548
Verified Dealer
14
US
Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.59/0001 FK01 New White gold 51.8mm Automatic
TOP
Corum Golden Bridge, limited 29/200, official price: 45.550 CHF
Rs. 1,856,615
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Rolex Datejust 78158 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 31 78158 Yellow Gold Diamonds 31mm
Rs. 3,150,619
Verified Dealer
588
CH
Oris Divers Sixty Five 01 733 7720 4051-07 5 21 02 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic India, Hyderabad
Oris Divers Sixty Five
Rs. 115,000
Private Seller
IN
Chopard Imperiale 388549-3006 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic India, Bengaluru
Chopard Imperiale
Rs. 755,000
Private Seller
IN
Cvstos Challenge-R New Steel 50mm Automatic
TOP
Cvstos Challenge-R 50 Chronograph 50mm Automatic Open-Worked...
Rs. 507,445
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Verified Dealer
478
US
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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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