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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 40mm 18kt Yellow Gold Green Dial
S$ 62,408
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218
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 116713LN Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
S$ 17,613
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218
US
Rolex Datejust 126300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel 41mm Jubilee Band White Dial
S$ 11,788
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218
US
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A-001 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Aquanaut 5167A-001 New 2019
S$ 55,335
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218
US
Seiko 5 Sports New Steel Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko 5 Sports Watch SNZF17K1 with extra strap
S$ 250
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25
SG
Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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S$ 6,794
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17
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Very good Rose gold 50mm Automatic
Richard Mille Romain Grosjean 50MM Lotus F1 Rose Gold NTPT...
S$ 374,447
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201
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Tissot T127.407.11.041.00 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Tissot T127.407.11.041.00 Herrenuhr Gentleman Powermatic 80...
S$ 1,215
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Omega Constellation Ladies Very good Gold/Steel 28mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Omega Constellation Ladies AUTOMATIC Gold Bezel Gold Full Bar
S$ 2,350
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142
SG
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGL003 Unworn White gold 38.5mm Automatic Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Seiko GRAND SEIKO SBGL003 LIMITED EDITION, WHITE GOLD, CASE...
S$ 62,408
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Meistersinger N° 03 DM903 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Meistersinger N03 Automatic Steel Ivory Dial Brown Suede Strap...
S$ 1,992
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851
BE
Longines Saint-Imier L2.766.4.79.6 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Longines Saint-imier L2.766.4.79.6
S$ 2,000
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2022
MC
Chopard L.U.C 161860-0001 Very good Yellow gold Automatic
Chopard L.U.C. 1860 Limited Edition Yellow Gold 36mm
S$ 10,124
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15
US
Seiko Prospex New Steel 47mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko SRP637K1 SRP637 Prospex Monster Baby Tuna Watch
S$ 617
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25
SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Ladies Rolex Datejust Two Tone 18k Yellow Gold Diamond &...
S$ 5,679
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17
US
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 116508 Daytona Yellow Gold Green Dial 116508 Oyster 18k...
S$ 72,879
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Tissot Le Locle T006.407.11.053.00 New Steel 39.3mm Automatic
Tissot T006.407.11.053.00 Herrenarmbanduhr Le Locle Automatic
S$ 762
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DE
Montblanc 7236 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Montblanc Star 4810 Meisterstuck
S$ 1,450
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142
SG
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5740/1G-001 New White gold 40mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus
S$ 244,465
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HK
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB New Bronze 43mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB NEW
S$ 5,332
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337
US
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 51.2081.400/78.C810 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Zenith Chronomaster 51.2081.400/78.C810
S$ 11,232
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2022
MC
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Milgauss Blue Dial Box and Papers
S$ 11,781
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US
Seiko Prospex New Steel Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko Prospex Automatic Scuba Divers Watch SBDC077
S$ 1,276
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25
SG
Rolex Explorer 114270 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Mens Rolex Explorer I 114270 Yr 2003 Stainless Steel...
S$ 7,614
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17
US
Rolex Yacht-Master 42 226659 New White gold 42mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Yacht-Master 42
Price on request
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SG
2426-4571143 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Sturmanskie 2426-4571143 Gagarin Sports Herrenuhr Automatik
S$ 645
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DE
Montblanc Heritage Spirit 111620 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Montblanc Heritage Spirit Moonphase Meisterstuck Automatic
S$ 2,050
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142
SG
Rolex Milgauss 116400 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Milgauss - Limited Edition /10
S$ 15,689
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35
IT
Rolex Lady-Datejust 78240 Very good Steel 31mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 31 Midsize Blue Dial Steel Ladies Watch 78240
S$ 5,950
Free shipping
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315
US
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 215.92.46.51.01.001 Unworn Ceramic 45.5mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 215.92.46.51.01.001
S$ 10,770
Verified Dealer
2022
MC
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked 15407OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Double Balance Wheel Openworked...
S$ 176,123
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24
US
Seiko 5 Sports New Steel Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Watch SBSA011
S$ 429
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25
SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
Rolex Ladies President Quickset Factory Diamond Dial Watch +...
S$ 11,774
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17
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
Price on request
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SG
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN NEW 2019
S$ 18,653
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26
US
Montblanc Star 7026 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Montblanc Star Reveil Alarm 7026 Automatic Complication
S$ 2,650
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142
SG
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500OR.OO.D002CR.01 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 15500OR
S$ 54,645
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UK
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...
S$ 67,332
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30
CH
Eterna 2700-41-11-1384 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Eterna Men's Watch
S$ 888
Free shipping
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430
US
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 2504.30 Very good Steel 36.2mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra
S$ 3,535
Free shipping
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199
US
Seiko 5 Sports New Steel Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko 5 Sports Automatic Watch SRP605K2
S$ 221
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25
SG
Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Mens Datejust 2-tone 18k Gold & Stainless Steel Quickset...
S$ 6,794
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17
US
Rolex Day-Date 36 118135 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Day-Date 36
Price on request
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SG
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Batman NEW 2019 Jubilee Bracelet
S$ 24,825
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26
US
Rolex Bubble Back Good Steel 32mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual BUBBLEBACK 32mm Automatic Bubble Back
S$ 2,635
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127
AE
Cartier Santos Galbée W20098D6 2823 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic
Cartier Santos Galbée XL with Box and Papers
S$ 5,821
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238
UK
Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, closing down sale - off. pr.: 37.700 CHF
S$ 34,367
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30
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 34mm Stahl Automatik Diamanten...
S$ 5,985
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157
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179161 Very good 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179161, Römisch, 2015, Sehr Gut, Gehäuse...
S$ 12,185
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162
DE
Seiko 5 New Steel Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko 5 Automatic Mens Casual Watch SNKL55K1 SNKL55
S$ 119
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25
SG
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Lady Date 6517 Very good Steel 25mm Automatic
Rolex Ladies Rolex Datejust Silver Diamond Dial 18k White Gold...
S$ 4,147
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17
US
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5205G-013 New White gold 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
Price on request
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SG
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 81358 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
TOP
Rolex Pearl Master Oyster Perpetual
S$ 88,000
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SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady-Datejust Motif Jubilee Band Fluted 18k Gold Silver
S$ 5,478
Verified Dealer
87
US
Graham Silverstone RS 2STDC.B08B New Steel 46mm Automatic
Graham Silverstone RS GMT "Limited Edition" Chronograph GMT...
S$ 8,385
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851
BE
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, new, closing down sale, official price: 19.000...
S$ 16,131
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30
CH
Chronoswiss Kairos CH2822 Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
Chronoswiss Kairos Automatik Edelstahl Gold Dresswatch silver...
S$ 2,922
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552
DE
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.QX.1724.RX Very good Carbon 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Carbon Fiber Case and Dial 44mm MINT with Box
S$ 13,728
Verified Dealer
146
US
Seiko Presage New Steel 41.7mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Seiko Presage Automatic Japan Watch SARY097
S$ 599
Verified Dealer
25
SG
Junghans max bill Chronoscope 027/4003.44 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Junghans max bill Chronoscope
S$ 2,123
Verified Dealer
145
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 114200 New Steel 34mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
Rolex Oyster Perpetual
Price on request
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SG
Breguet Marine 5817BA/12/9V8 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Breguet Marine
S$ 16,924
Verified Dealer
8
UK
Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Rolex Date-Just Black Diamond/Jubilee Bracelet
S$ 15,323
Verified Dealer
13
HK
Omega 210.30.42.20.01.001 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300 42mm Wave Dial - Master Chronometer 300M
S$ 5,374
Verified Dealer
270
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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