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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5496R-001 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Grand Complication Perpetual Calendar 5496R-001...
£41,161
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218
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Rolex Mens Datejust SS & 18K Y Gold Red Ruby Diamond Dial
£4,543
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65
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£9,956
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218
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£5,126
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£8,854
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£146,627
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218
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£10,446
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£9,314
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£21,746
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343
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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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£4,660
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94
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Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8457 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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£2,251
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135
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Van Cleef & Arpels 424.023 Good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Van Cleef & Arpels Mens Le Chrographe 424.023 Gold Steel 36M
£2,171
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401
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Two-tone Champagne Diamond Dial Fluted Bezel 36mm
£3,339
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Cartier Santos 100 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Cartier D'Art Santos 100
£55,000
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455
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik Perpetual 310.032 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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A. Lange & Söhne Langematik 38.5mm 310.032
£34,327
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Breguet Classique 5187BR/15/986 Very good Rose gold 35.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Breguet Classique
£6,807
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Rolex Yacht-Master 116655 - Everose Gold - Black Dial - 2015
£18,500
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88
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Black PVD/DLC Coated Stainless Steel Watch 116523
£15,532
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343
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Q3442430 Unworn Rose gold 34mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez Vous Q3442430
£14,647
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Richard Mille RM 67 RM67-02 Unworn Carbon 38mm Automatic
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£149,889
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201
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Perrelet Turbine Pilot A1086/1A New Steel 48mm Automatic
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Perrelet Turbine Pilot A1086/1A
£1,860
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401
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Black Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel 36mm-Quickset
£4,252
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16
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Rolex Daytona 116589SALV New White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona Diamond & Ruby Set Unworn White Gold 116589SALV
£95,000
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455
UK
Patek Philippe Complications (submodel) 5015J Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Power Reserve 35mm 5015J
£14,290
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13
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm W2BB0022 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 42mm
£4,308
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Liverpool
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Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Dial - 2005
£16,899
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88
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 401.CX.0123.VR Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
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Hublot Big Bang UNICO Ferrari All Black Limited Edition
£12,725
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261
UK
Omega 188.0002 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Speedsonic F300hz 188.0002 - Serviced
£2,200
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39
UK
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 79030N New Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Peebles
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight - NEW 2019 FULL SET
£2,750
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9
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Ulysse Nardin Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Ladies Diver 8103-101E-3C/10 Steel Diamond Aut
£3,336
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401
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust White Diamond Dial Diamond Bezel-Quickset
£3,339
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16
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Rolex Daytona 116599RBR Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona 116599RBR
£49,950
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455
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 140.6.80 Very good Platinum 37mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control 37mm 140.6.80
£18,406
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.42.21.02.003 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
£3,188
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7
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Liverpool
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Rolex Deepsea 126660 - Blue & Black Dial - 2019
£13,850
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88
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Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer H1-1.4.3 New Steel United Kingdom, London
Clerc Hydroscaph H1 Chronometer
£2,430
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Breitling Navitimer 1461 L19022 Very good Platinum Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Breitling Navitimer 1461 PLATINUM Annual Calendar Moonphase
£8,495
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206
UK
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO New Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom
Rolex GMT-Master II Pepsi 126710BLRO - NEW 2019 WITH CARD
£14,700
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9
UK
Hermès Clipper CP2.941 Unworn Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Hermès Mens Hermes Clipper CP2.941 Titanium Steel Chronograph
£2,093
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401
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Silver Diamond Dial Lugs Bezel 26mm
£2,795
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16
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Rolex Day-Date Vintage Rose Gold Gents
£11,500
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455
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£27,182
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£3,619
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Rolex Daytona 116528 - Mother of Pearl and Diamond Dial - 2011
£28,500
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88
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Vostok NH35A-592C554 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Vostok NH35A-592C554 Herren-Automatikuhr Expedition Nordpol 1
£232
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£42,750
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV New Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Peebles
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Hulk - NEW AND UNWORN 2019
£13,700
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Hermès Clipper CP2.810 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Hermès Authentic Mens Clipper CP2.810 Date Steel Automatic
£1,200
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401
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Rolex Datejust 16013 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Pink MOP Diamond Dial Lugs Fluted Bezel-Quickset
£3,794
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16
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Day-Date 18238
£11,950
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455
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Patek Philippe Complications (submodel) 5054P Very good Platinum 35mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Power Reserve 35mm 5054/P
£19,416
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Omega Speedmaster 3815.79.40 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Speedmaster
£2,585
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7
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Liverpool
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 - Gents Watch - Unworn 2018
£13,950
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88
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Seiko SRPD61K1 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Seiko SRPD61K1 Herren-Armbanduhr Automatik
£232
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Rolex Submariner Date 16803 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Rolex Submariner Date 18K Yellow Gold & Steel Mens Watch
£8,950
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75
UK
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 220.12.41.21.03.002 New Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Peebles
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Co-axial Master Chronometer - NEW
£3,500
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9
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Rolex Datejust 116189 Very good White gold Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Datejust 18KT WG Orig Diamond MoP Dial & bezel 116189
£9,995
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206
UK
Rolex Datejust 16014 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Silver Diamond Dial Fluted Bezel 36mm
£2,935
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16
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Patek Philippe Gondolo 5135P Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Patek Philippe Gondolo Annual Calendar 5135P
£27,500
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455
UK
Breguet 3420 Very good Platinum 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Jump Hour 36mm 3420
£12,425
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Chopard Imperiale 388549-3001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Chopard Imperiale Chronograph Automatic 40mm
£3,446
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7
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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic United Kingdom, Liverpool
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Rolex Datejust 16233 - Gents Watch - Diamond Dial - 1993
£4,999
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88
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stainless Steel Boutique Blue 41mm
£20,189
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97
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Rolex GMT-Master II BLNR BatMan Black Blue Ceramic Watch 2018
£12,500
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75
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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