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IWC Portugieser Automatic
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IWC Portugieser Automatic
S$ 14,403
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
 
CH
Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
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Chopard Happy Sport 36 mm Automatic
S$ 27,330
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WatchesofMayfair.com
193
UK
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
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Ulysse Nardin Automatic 18K Gold
S$ 2,849
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Vintage Watch Services
112
NL
Girard Perregaux Laureato 42mm automatico
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 42mm automatico
Price on request
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Zironi Oscar Srl
30
IT
Panerai Luminor GMT Automatic
Panerai Luminor GMT Automatic
S$ 7,550
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Private seller
SG
Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph
Tissot Couturier Automatic Chronograph
S$ 1,200
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Private seller
SG
Davosa Mecanique Regulateur Regulator Automatic 47.5mm
Davosa Mecanique Regulateur Regulator Automatic 47.5mm
S$ 934
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex 18K Gold & S/S Diamond Automatic Men's Watch
Rolex 18K Gold & S/S Diamond Automatic Men's Watch
S$ 7,987
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Timescube
SG
Omega Constellation Chronometer Brick Bracelet 18KYG Automatic
Omega Constellation Chronometer Brick Bracelet 18KYG Automatic
S$ 11,500
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Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Longines Flagship, 18K Solid Gold Case
Longines Flagship, 18K Solid Gold Case
S$ 2,753
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OnlineBtrust SL
6
ES
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio - 44mm
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic Acciaio - 44mm
S$ 8,900
Seller
Fino Pte Ltd
SG
Omega Seamaster Automatic Chromo 176.007
Omega Seamaster Automatic Chromo 176.007
S$ 3,810
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Precision Watches
11
UK
Vacheron Constantin 18k  V & C  Automatic Case#6394
Vacheron Constantin 18k V & C Automatic Case#6394
S$ 8,674
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Boston Private Jewelers
 
US
IWC Super Rare Portugiser Automatic 2000 stainless steel
IWC Super Rare Portugiser Automatic 2000 stainless steel
S$ 11,900
Seller
Monster Time Gallery
SG
Richard Mille RM 033 Extra Flat Automatic
Richard Mille RM 033 Extra Flat Automatic
Price on request
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Chrono95
SG
Corum Admiral's Cup Automatic Ref 082.830.20
Corum Admiral's Cup Automatic Ref 082.830.20
S$ 3,691
Seller
Asia Timepiece
SG
Rolex Diamonds Ruby DateJust Automatic Women's Watch
Rolex Diamonds Ruby DateJust Automatic Women's Watch
S$ 6,197
Seller
Timescube
SG
TAG Heuer Monza Chronograph 18K Gold Limited Edition Automatic
TAG Heuer Monza Chronograph 18K Gold Limited Edition Automatic
S$ 8,500
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Hamilton X-Wind Automatic H77616533
Hamilton X-Wind Automatic H77616533
S$ 1,996
Seller
WatchNation Limited
10
UK
Festina Automatic Date
Festina Automatic Date
S$ 329
Seller
OnlineBtrust SL
6
ES
Daniel Roth Lady Automatik
Daniel Roth Lady Automatik
S$ 4,555
Seller
Waltraud Jost
15
DE
ASCALON 30 jewels Automatique vintage
ASCALON 30 jewels Automatique vintage
S$ 481
Seller
lesmontresanciennes.com
34
FR
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Stainless Steel Silvery White...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Stainless Steel Silvery White...
S$ 5,966
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
TAG Heuer Carrera Cal.1887 Chronograph Automatic Black (lnib)
TAG Heuer Carrera Cal.1887 Chronograph Automatic Black (lnib)
S$ 3,700
Seller
Goldman Luxury
SG
Chronoswiss Imperator Automatic
TOP
Chronoswiss Imperator Automatic
S$ 5,471
Seller
Deluxe ( Asia ) Ltd
9
HK
Rolex 14000 Air King Saudi Military S/S Automatic Watch
Rolex 14000 Air King Saudi Military S/S Automatic Watch
S$ 5,233
Seller
Timescube
SG
Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Big Date Automatic Limited Edition
Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Big Date Automatic Limited Edition
S$ 9,000
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Bering Automatic 16243-000
Bering Automatic 16243-000
S$ 543
Seller
WatchNation Limited
10
UK
Universal Genève Monodatic Automatic
Universal Genève Monodatic Automatic
S$ 1,789
Seller
OnlineBtrust SL
6
ES
Rado HyperChrome - Captain Cook - Automatic - M - Limited Edition
Rado HyperChrome - Captain Cook - Automatic - M - Limited Edition
S$ 2,282
Seller
Fabel GmbH
116
DE
Omega Genève automatique vintage
Omega Genève automatique vintage
S$ 1,058
Seller
lesmontresanciennes.com
34
FR
Rolex Datejust 18k Rose Gold And Steel Black Automatic...
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Rolex Datejust 18k Rose Gold And Steel Black Automatic...
S$ 16,173
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
Franck Muller Curvex 18k Rose Gold 6850 Sc Automatic (mint)
Franck Muller Curvex 18k Rose Gold 6850 Sc Automatic (mint)
S$ 11,900
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Goldman Luxury
SG
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 41mm automatic blue 2531.80.00
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m 41mm automatic blue 2531.80.00
S$ 2,363
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Luxury-Time
191
DE
Rolex 1500 Oyster Perpetual Minnie Mouse Automatic Watch
Rolex 1500 Oyster Perpetual Minnie Mouse Automatic Watch
S$ 3,856
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Timescube
SG
Omega Vintage Seamaster Chronograph Automatic 176.005
Omega Vintage Seamaster Chronograph Automatic 176.005
S$ 2,200
Seller
Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Seiko Prospex  'Special Edition' Automatic Divers...
Seiko Prospex 'Special Edition' Automatic Divers...
S$ 996
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WatchNation Limited
10
UK
New - Savoy Midway S3 -automatic - edition limited to 175 -...
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New - Savoy Midway S3 -automatic - edition limited to 175 -...
S$ 1,222
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Catawiki BV
 
Breitling Colt Automatic
Breitling Colt Automatic
S$ 1,927
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BraKar LLC
 
US
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph
S$ 2,428
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wagener-gold International e.K.
700
DE
IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327004
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IWC Pilots Stainless Steel Blue Automatic IW327004
S$ 3,971
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
Cartier Santos 100 Xl Adlc Custom Diamonds Automatic (near Mint)
Cartier Santos 100 Xl Adlc Custom Diamonds Automatic (near Mint)
S$ 9,900
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Goldman Luxury
SG
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic NEW Ref. BGO40C14TTXAUTO
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Automatic NEW Ref. BGO40C14TTXAUTO
S$ 15,547
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Fabel GmbH
116
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Diamonds Automatic Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Diamonds Automatic Men's Watch
S$ 7,574
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Timescube
SG
Cartier Memovox World Time 18K Rose Gold Automatic
Cartier Memovox World Time 18K Rose Gold Automatic
S$ 13,800
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Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic H35405741
Hamilton Pan Europ Automatic H35405741
S$ 1,443
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WatchNation Limited
10
UK
Rolex Sea Dweller Stahl 16600 Automatik
Rolex Sea Dweller Stahl 16600 Automatik
S$ 9,110
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Juwelier Rieger
99
DE
Louis Vuitton - Tambour Automatic Chronograph- Q1121 - Men -...
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Louis Vuitton - Tambour Automatic Chronograph- Q1121 - Men -...
S$ 3,585
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Catawiki BV
 
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - Sapphire
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Automatic Chronograph - Sapphire
S$ 3,569
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wagener-gold International e.K.
700
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Purple Automatic...
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Stainless Steel Purple Automatic...
S$ 6,497
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic (near Mint)
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatic (near Mint)
S$ 6,250
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Goldman Luxury
SG
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton
Roger Dubuis Excalibur Spider Pirelli – Automatic Skeleton
S$ 101,855
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Fabel GmbH
116
DE
Rolex MOP S/S Pearl Diamond Automatic Men's Watch
Rolex MOP S/S Pearl Diamond Automatic Men's Watch
S$ 5,715
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Timescube
SG
Tissot Automatic Small Second Classic
Tissot Automatic Small Second Classic
S$ 1,000
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Lu-Ann Vintage Collection
SG
Bering Automatic 6243-166
Bering Automatic 6243-166
S$ 543
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WatchNation Limited
10
UK
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic
S$ 5,853
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Goodwatchplace,LLC
 
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre - FUTUREMATIC - awesome automatic wristwatch...
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Jaeger-LeCoultre - FUTUREMATIC - awesome automatic wristwatch...
S$ 2,282
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Catawiki BV
 
Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Automatic - 41 mm
Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Automatic - 41 mm
S$ 2,591
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wagener-gold International e.K.
700
DE
Longines Heritage 18k Rose Gold White Automatic L4.267.8.73.2
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Longines Heritage 18k Rose Gold White Automatic L4.267.8.73.2
S$ 3,018
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VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
16
HK
Cartier Roadster Mens Xl Chronograph Black W/ Custom Diamonds...
Cartier Roadster Mens Xl Chronograph Black W/ Custom Diamonds...
S$ 9,900
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Goldman Luxury
SG

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.