Buyer Protection Authenticity Guarantee Why Chrono24? Great Britain  | GBP
Log inLog in
Brand
Model
Price
Case diameter
Year
Location
More
Your selection

Your selection

Your selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Your selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Your selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Basic information
Type of watch
Ref. No.
More...
New/Pre-owned
Availability
Gender
Condition
More...
Scope of delivery
Characteristics & functions
Movement
Case material
More...
Dial
More...
Glass
More...
Functions
More...
Thickness
More...
Material bezel
More...
Dial numerals
Waterproof
More...
Others
More...
Bracelet/strap
Bracelet material
More...
Lug width
More...
Bracelet color
More...
Clasp material
More...
Save this search Cancel

Sort by

Baume & Mercier automatic chronograph
TOP
Baume & Mercier automatic chronograph
£2,975
Free shipping
Seller
i monili di Gaspare Aprile srl
7
IT
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatik Black 79230R Lederband
TOP
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatik Black 79230R Lederband
£2,516
Seller
Uhren2000 GmbH
244
DE
Hermès Authentic Men's Hermes Clipper Diver CP1.810 44MM...
TOP
Hermès Authentic Men's Hermes Clipper Diver CP1.810 44MM...
£2,024
Seller
Luxury Horology
127
US
Omega Speedmaster automatic
TOP
Omega Speedmaster automatic
£1,995
Seller
The Watch Collector Ltd.
34
UK
IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
TOP
IWC Automatic 18k Gold Cal. 8541B
£2,449
Seller
Time Rediscovered Ltd
7
UK
Cartier Steel Gents Pasha Automatic with Grill, Ref: 2379
TOP
Cartier Steel Gents Pasha Automatic with Grill, Ref: 2379
£2,500
Free shipping
Seller
Tempvs Ltd
73
UK
Zeppelin Hindenburg Power Reserve Automatic Watch
Zeppelin Hindenburg Power Reserve Automatic Watch
£439
Seller
Stanley James Jewellery
 
UK
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatik
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Saxonia Automatik
£14,692
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Oris Complication 571 Moonphase Automatic
TOP
Oris Complication 571 Moonphase Automatic
£999
Free shipping
Seller
Watches of Japan
7
UK
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic 79230B-0001
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Automatic 79230B-0001
£2,300
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Black Dial Automatic
£1,800
Seller
Swiss Horology
7
UK
Omega Seamaster Chronograph 40 mm Automatic Cal. 1040 Gold-filled
Omega Seamaster Chronograph 40 mm Automatic Cal. 1040 Gold-filled
£1,098
Free shipping
Seller
Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
Chronoswiss Sirius Triple Date Automatic
TOP
Chronoswiss Sirius Triple Date Automatic
£2,349
Seller
Private Seller
 
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox Automatic / 37 mm / Steel /...
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Vintage Memovox Automatic / 37 mm / Steel /...
£4,059
Free shipping
Seller
VintageCaliber GmbH
34
DE
IWC GST Chronograph Automatic
IWC GST Chronograph Automatic
£2,751
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Zeppelin Open Heart Automatic Watch
Zeppelin Open Heart Automatic Watch
£229
Seller
Stanley James Jewellery
 
UK
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
TOP
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
£15,125
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Van Der Bauwede GT2 Modena Cal.35 Magnum Automatic
Van Der Bauwede GT2 Modena Cal.35 Magnum Automatic
£1,250
Free shipping
Seller
Watches of Japan
7
UK
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic - Pam00682
TOP
Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic - Pam00682
£5,691
Seller
CONCEPT LUXURY
92
IT
TAG Heuer Carrera 41 Automatic Blue Dial Leather Calibre 5
TOP
TAG Heuer Carrera 41 Automatic Blue Dial Leather Calibre 5
£1,551
Seller
Montredo GmbH
257
DE
Omega Seamaster  Automatic Steel 166.0207
Omega Seamaster Automatic Steel 166.0207
£580
Seller
Orangzeb Gallery Ltd.
 
UK
N.O.A Mammoth 004 Swiss Automatic Chronograph Black Silicone W
N.O.A Mammoth 004 Swiss Automatic Chronograph Black Silicone W
£2,000
Free shipping
Seller
Wilson Watches
 
UK
IWC Portugieser  Automatic Annual Calendar IW503501
IWC Portugieser Automatic Annual Calendar IW503501
£10,995
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Cartier Roadster Automatic 37mm
Cartier Roadster Automatic 37mm
£2,029
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Raymond Weil Nabucco Automatic Chronograph Watch
Raymond Weil Nabucco Automatic Chronograph Watch
£1,650
Seller
Stanley James Jewellery
 
UK
Montblanc 4810 Date Automatic
Montblanc 4810 Date Automatic
£1,750
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Patek Philippe 3445 Calatrava - Vintage Automatic
Patek Philippe 3445 Calatrava - Vintage Automatic
£10,900
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
20
UK
Cartier Santos 18ct gold and steel automatic
Cartier Santos 18ct gold and steel automatic
£2,895
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
7
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera 5 Day Date Automatik 41 Calibre 5
TOP
TAG Heuer Carrera 5 Day Date Automatik 41 Calibre 5
£1,560
Seller
Montredo GmbH
257
DE
Baume & Mercier Classima 42mm Automatic Mens Watch Model...
Baume & Mercier Classima 42mm Automatic Mens Watch Model...
£899
Seller
Planet Ocean Watches UK
 
UK
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 6 Automatic  WAZ2112.FT8023
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 6 Automatic WAZ2112.FT8023
£1,125
Free shipping
Seller
Global Watch Shop
UK
Breitling Superocean Steelfish Automatic A17390(2013)
Breitling Superocean Steelfish Automatic A17390(2013)
£2,095
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Bulgari Diagono GMT Automatic Blue Ref. DG 40 S GMT
Bulgari Diagono GMT Automatic Blue Ref. DG 40 S GMT
£2,705
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Zeppelin Flatline Automatic Watch
Zeppelin Flatline Automatic Watch
£269
Seller
Stanley James Jewellery
 
UK
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Acciaio
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Acciaio
£9,100
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1130-52 Automatic Watch 45mm
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-1130-52 Automatic Watch 45mm
£6,450
Seller
CHRONO WATCH
27
UK
N.O.A Mammoth 16.75 004 Swiss Automatic Chronograph
N.O.A Mammoth 16.75 004 Swiss Automatic Chronograph
£2,000
Free shipping
Seller
Wilson Watches
 
UK
TAG Heuer Formula 1 44 Automatic Chronograph Calibre 16
TOP
TAG Heuer Formula 1 44 Automatic Chronograph Calibre 16
£1,858
Seller
Montredo GmbH
257
DE
Omega Constellation 18ct Gold & Steel 36mm Automatic Calibre...
Omega Constellation 18ct Gold & Steel 36mm Automatic Calibre...
£1,499
Seller
Planet Ocean Watches UK
 
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic Heritage WAS2111.FC6293
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 6 Automatic Heritage WAS2111.FC6293
£1,800
Free shipping
Seller
Global Watch Shop
UK
TAG Heuer Link Automatic Chronograph CJF2110.BA0594
TAG Heuer Link Automatic Chronograph CJF2110.BA0594
£1,250
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic
£4,238
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Eterna 1948 Automatic
TOP
Eterna 1948 Automatic
£1,172
Seller
Juwelier Gabriel
 
DE
Cartier Pasha Automatic 42 mm
Cartier Pasha Automatic 42 mm
£6,801
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Omega Automatic
Omega Automatic
£995
Seller
Maunder Watch Co
7
UK
N.O.A 16.75  Swiss Automatic Chronograph
N.O.A 16.75 Swiss Automatic Chronograph
£1,900
Free shipping
Seller
Wilson Watches
 
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic 39
TOP
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 Automatic 39
£1,550
Seller
Montredo GmbH
257
DE
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
£1,577
Seller
Vintage Watch Services
166
NL
Patek Philippe 3445 'Serpico Y Laino' - Automatic  Rare...
Patek Philippe 3445 'Serpico Y Laino' - Automatic Rare...
£13,500
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Club
20
UK
IWC Pilot Automatic Chronograph IW377709
IWC Pilot Automatic Chronograph IW377709
£3,595
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Montblanc Star World Time GMT Automatic (Box&Papers)
Montblanc Star World Time GMT Automatic (Box&Papers)
£1,984
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Tissot automatic watch
Tissot automatic watch
£380
Seller
Jessop Jewellers
 
UK
Girard Perregaux 1966 Automatic Men's Watch
Girard Perregaux 1966 Automatic Men's Watch
£4,886
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
Tudor Prince OysterDate Automatic Self Winding Steel Mens Watch
Tudor Prince OysterDate Automatic Self Winding Steel Mens Watch
£899
Seller
Watch World Star
165
UK
N.O.A NOA 1675 Chronographe Automatic Limited Edition 500 pieces
N.O.A NOA 1675 Chronographe Automatic Limited Edition 500 pieces
£1,600
Free shipping
Seller
Wilson Watches
 
UK
Omega Constellation Stainless Steel 36mm Automatic Calibre...
Omega Constellation Stainless Steel 36mm Automatic Calibre...
£1,399
Seller
Planet Ocean Watches UK
 
UK
U-Boat U-42 Automatic Limited Edition
TOP
U-Boat U-42 Automatic Limited Edition
£2,701
Seller
Prestige Luxusuhren GmbH
2749
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37mm Automatic Rose Gold 15450OR.OO....
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 37mm Automatic Rose Gold 15450OR.OO....
£27,950
Seller
Global Watch Shop
UK
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth IW323601
IWC Ingenieur Automatic Mission Earth IW323601
£4,150
Free shipping
Seller
ChronoEdge
86
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Classic Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Classic Automatic
£3,426
Free shipping
Seller
Watch Center London
496
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille Automatic Date 14k Gold on Bracelet 1966
Omega Seamaster DeVille Automatic Date 14k Gold on Bracelet 1966
£3,000
Seller
Antique Watch Company
5
UK
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Titanio 45 mm
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Titanio 45 mm
£8,271
Free shipping
Seller
WatchesofMayfair.com
262
UK
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 100
  • 200
  • 300
  • 400
  • 500
  • 521

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.