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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320OR.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Rose Gold Silver Dial
S$ 43,850
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229
US
Rolex Datejust 126300-0002 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41mm Stainless Steel 126300 LXJ
S$ 11,004
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229
US
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon DG2018C-S3C-BE New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon AeroGMT II
S$ 5,008
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42
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 26579CE.OO.1225CE.01 New Ceramic 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar 41mm
S$ 173,469
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229
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Red 126600 - NEW 2019
S$ 20,656
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UK
Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.CF.8513.RX New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Unico Red Magic 2019 EU
S$ 37,442
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93
AT
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179138 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust, new, closing down sale - off. pr.: 32.000...
S$ 27,358
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30
CH
Omega Speedmaster 310.20.42.50.01.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary 310.20.42.50.01.001
S$ 17,237
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44
US
Rolex GMT-Master II 126715CHNR New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT-Master II
Price on request
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Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph 16264 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph Champagne Dial
S$ 6,086
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1262
NL
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 81180/CB1R-9159 Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Rose Gold 40MM Watch 81180/CB1R-...
S$ 33,093
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205
US
Ulysse Nardin El Toro / Black Toro 3713-260-3/BLACK New Titanium 42mm Manual winding
Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton X 42mm 3713-260-3/BLACK
S$ 17,237
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27
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 179173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST (オイスターパーペチュアル デイトジャスト)
S$ 8,445
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller Steel / Gold from 2017 with box and papers
S$ 23,806
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NL
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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150
SG
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$ 67,344
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30
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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$ 62,052
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus
S$ 138,365
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DE
Rolex Datejust 116231 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel Everose Gold / Fluted
S$ 12,095
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1262
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3712/1A Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Stainless-Steel Moon Phase Watch...
S$ 227,521
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205
US
Rolex Daytona 6265/8 Unworn Yellow gold Manual winding
Rolex Daytona 6265/8 with rivet 7205/71 in 18Kt. Gold from 1985
Price on request
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22
DE
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 585.NX.1170.NX New Titanium 33mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion 585.NX.1170.NX
S$ 7,329
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356
US
Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116519, B&P, 2007 Z-serie, Fully serviced.
S$ 28,890
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NL
Montblanc 7236 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Montblanc Star 4810 Meisterstuck
S$ 1,450
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150
SG
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80319 New White gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster 29, closing down sale, o.p.: 31000 CHF
S$ 25,253
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30
CH
Breitling Montbrillant Datora A21330 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling 43mm Montbrillant Datora Navitimer White A21330 like...
S$ 5,545
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696
DE
Rolex Day-Date 36 Rolex Day Date Reference 18238 - Blue 1990 18k yellow gold Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
Rolex 1990 18k yellow gold Day Date Ref: 18238 - Blue Sunburst
S$ 23,525
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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel/Gold Jubilee Fluted
S$ 7,689
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NL
Rolex Day-Date 40 228206 Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic
Rolex DAY-DATE 40 Platinum Ice Blue Baguette Dial Watch 228206
S$ 75,840
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205
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26022BA.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
S$ 39,312
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225
US
Seiko Grand Seiko 9S64OOFO Unworn Rose gold 37.9mm Manual winding Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Seiko GRAND SEIKO SBGW046, LIMITED EDITION FOR 100TH ANNIVERSA...
S$ 57,915
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SG
Breitling Navitimer Heritage A13324121G1X1 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41 Steel - Mercury A13324121...
S$ 5,791
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749
US
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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150
SG
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, new, closing down sale, official price: 19.000...
S$ 16,133
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30
CH
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116500ln stickers
S$ 34,668
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9
CH
Tudor Black Bay GMT M79830RB-0001 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Geneve Black Bay GMT Pepsi - Ref M79830RB-0001
S$ 5,535
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UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph 150.2.22 Very good Rose gold 46.30mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Extreme World Chronograph...
S$ 25,577
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375
PL
Panerai PAM00186 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Panerai Luminor Submersible Arktos 44mm GMT Watch PAM00186
S$ 13,788
Free shipping
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205
US
Oris Artix GT 01-735-7662-4424-07-8-21-87    UPC New Steel 42mm Automatic
Oris Men's Watch
S$ 1,617
Free shipping
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441
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, Ireland
TOP
Rolex Daytona
S$ 26,200
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SG
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 CAZ2017.BA0647 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 CAZ2017.BA0647 Senna Limited...
S$ 3,683
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402
DE
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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150
SG
Breguet Classique 8788BR129986DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, closing down sale - off. price: 29.000...
S$ 22,447
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30
CH
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days PAM 00422 PAM 422 Very good Steel 47mm Manual winding
Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days
S$ 9,784
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1262
NL
Movado Movado chronograph pink gold 1945 Good Rose gold Manual winding
Movado Chronograph
S$ 7,704
Free shipping
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9
CH
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMTマスター 1675
S$ 22,654
Free shipping
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361
JP
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Ref 116520 Black Dial NOS 2007 Serial Z
S$ 34,946
Free shipping
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100
IT
Eterna 7680.41.81.1175 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Eterna Legacy GMT Manufactur 7680.41.81.1175
S$ 1,881
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269
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 81358 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Rolex Pearl Master Oyster Perpetual
S$ 88,000
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SG
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece MP6558 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Seconde Mystérieuse xx/125 RARE...
S$ 11,719
Verified Dealer
73
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Tudor Black Bay S&G M79733N-0005 Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay S&G
S$ 4,299
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72
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Breguet GJ24BB8548DDC3 New White gold Automatic
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Breguet Secret de la Reine, new, closing down sale, o.p.:...
S$ 65,941
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30
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400ST.OO.1220ST.02 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Silver Dial Steel 15400ST.OO.12...
S$ 32,403
Free shipping
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205
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex Lady Datejust 26 mm 18k Bicolor Saphirglas LC100 Fullset...
S$ 5,223
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DE
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5146/1G-010 Good White gold 39mm Automatic
Patek Philippe アニュアルカレンダー 5146/1G-010
S$ 51,172
Free shipping
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361
JP
Invicta INV8926OB New Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, Singapore
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Invicta Automatic Pro Diver 200M Black Dial 8926OB Men's Watch
S$ 145
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910
SG
Omega Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.001 New Steel 38.6mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster The 1957 Trilogy
S$ 10,609
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UK
Glashütte Original PanoReserve 6501150104 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding Singapore, SINGAPORE
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Glashütte Original 00693
S$ 24,131
Private Seller
 
SG
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona NEW 116500LN
S$ 34,899
Verified Dealer
688
NL
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 568.NX.897V.NX.1204 New Titanium 38mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Purple Diamonds Bracelet 38mm New
S$ 14,761
Verified Dealer
72
UK
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 A4131053/C862 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chrono., new, closing down sale - o.p.:...
S$ 7,014
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30
CH
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Singapore, singapore
Rolex Submariner Date - Steel & 18K Yellow Gold
S$ 19,301
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SG
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 CUSTOM 116695
S$ 39,989
Verified Dealer
60
US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5496P-001 Very good Platinum 39.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe グランドコンプリケーション パーペチュアルカレンダー 5496P-001
S$ 75,512
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361
JP
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Mechanical Watches: Technical Masterpieces

The mechanical watch is one of humanity's most important cultural innovations. For centuries, watches have been keeping track of time. Today, there is a myriad of environmentally-friendly mechanical watches running precisely without a battery.


Highlights

  • Watchmaking art - a fine piece of craftsmanship on your wrist
  • Incredible variety: a watch for every budget and taste
  • No batteries required: manual and automatic calibers
  • Famous diving watches such as the Rolex Submariner
  • Inexpensive automatic watch: Tissot PRS 516

Mechanical Watches: A Cultural Revival

Watch lovers and collectors have been enthusiastically celebrating mechanical watches for decades. Wristwatches from Rolex or Patek Philippe are considered some of the most coveted luxury watches there are, and for good reason. Both manufacturers produce mechanical timepieces that are valuable and maintain their worth. Some vintage models and limited editions even increase in value over the years.

However, there was a time when mechanical watches had a difficult time surviving. With the rise of inexpensive quartz watches in the 1970s, many watch manufacturers found themselves in extreme hardship. Some brands were forced to quit and have since disappeared; today, they are only known by watch experts. Before the quartz boom, mechanical wristwatches and pocket watches were everyday items. If you wanted to know the current time, you needed a watch, and at that time, most had a mechanical movement. However, since quartz watches were less expensive than their mechanical siblings in the mid-1970s, quartz timepieces almost completely wiped mechanical ones off the map.

Mechanical watches experienced a comeback in the beginning of the 1980s, however. Watch lovers and collectors rediscovered the charm of a ticking mechanical movement, and felt able to accept deviations of seconds or minutes. However, it was really about the technology and precision engineering inside the watch. Since most manufacturers switched to making quartz watches, fans of mechanical watches had to find these timepieces at flea markets, auctions, and in leftover stock. In those days, it was easy to get a good bargain. That changed a few years later when the demand for old mechanical watches exceeded the supply. Traditional watch manufacturers noticed this change and began to offer mechanical watches in their collections once again. New brands and manufacturers also began to spring up in abundance, such as the German brand Nomos. Roland Schwertner founded this business in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Classic watchmaking has been experiencing a renaissance and a completely unexpected boom in sales. Wristwatches have transformed from a basic commodity to a status symbol for both men and women.


Introductory Mechanical Watches

There is an abundance of mechanical watches, from inexpensive pre-owned or new models to mid-priced new watches to exclusive pieces which can cost upwards of a million euros. You can find pre-owned vintage watches from brands such as Seiko for less than 100 euros . These watches are often in good condition and are an inexpensive introduction to the world of mechanical watches. You can also find new watches from Japanese manufacturers such as Citizen, Orient, and Seiko in the 100 - 200 euros price range. There are many manufacturers, such as Junkers or Zeppelin, that use Japanese movements from Miyota in their introductory models. Miyota is Citizen's caliber department.

Swiss mechanical watches are also available at inexpensive prices. A used, vintage Tissot watch costs between 100 and 400 euros. A new Tissot PRS 516 , one of their most famous and popular models, costs around 500 euros. A highlight in this collection is the Powermatic 80 variant, with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. It's available for around 700 euros; usually, watches with long power reserves cost a few thousand euros. With an added stopwatch function, a used PRS-516 costs around 1,000 euros. New watches from this series cost around 1,600 euros. Mechanical watches from Certina, Hamilton, or Longines are in a similar price range to Tissot's.


Luxury Mechanical Watches from Omega and Rolex

The Swiss watch manufacturer Omega has an excellent reputation in the watch industry. Their timepieces are defined by their innovative technology, appealing designs, and an excellent price-performance ratio. One of Omega's most popular models is the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. This chronograph was the first to reach the Moon. Pre-owned models in very good condition are available for around 2,500 euros. New, the Speedmaster Professional costs at least 3,000 euros. Special editions like the Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition have doubled in value: originally, the watch cost 5,900 euros, while it now costs 12,000 euros new.

Rolex is probably the most famous watch brand worldwide. There's no other brand that stands for luxury and prestige like Rolex does. The Submariner and the Daytona are two of the most sought-after Rolex models. The bicolor Daytona is available pre-owned starting for around 8,500 euros. Pre-owned Daytonas made of stainless steel, however, cost at least 10,000 euros. New, the bicolor model costs 10,000 euros; a new stainless steel model costs around 14,000 euros. Stainless steel Rolex watches are especially in demand and thus maintain a more stable value. The Paul Newman Daytona is also quite popular. This model can be identified by its contrasting dial edges and subdials. The numbers on the dial are in an Art Deco style. Models with reference number 6239 are particularly rare. If they feature a Paul Newman design, these watches can easily cost over 100,000 euros.

The Rolex Submariner, one of the first diving watches ever produced, is available pre-owned for around 4,500 euros. New models without a date display and the distinctive date magnifier cost about 6,000 euros. With a date display, the Submariner costs around 7,000 euros. A vintage Submariner with reference number 1680 and red writing on the dial costs between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. It earned its nickname "Red Sub" thanks to its characteristic red text.


Manual Winding Mechanical Watches

Every mechanical movement has multiple gears. In each movement, the energy for the movement of the wheels comes from a specific storage. In large grandfather clocks, these are weights attached to chains, and the chains must be pulled in order to wind the movement. Pocket watches and wristwatches, on the other hand, have mainsprings which can be wound via a key or a crown. The potential energy stored in the wound mainspring is released to the train in a controlled fashion. Mainsprings were also what made it possible to downsize movements. Another pioneering invention was the concept of crown winding, which made easy-to-lose keys obsolete. One of the first pocket watches with crown winding came from Louis Audemars. The business introduced this watch feature in 1838. You can also set the hands using the crown.

A mechanical movement functions very simply in theory. The mainspring receives its energy via the crown, winding stem, and wheels of the winding system. In order to prevent the mainspring from suddenly unrolling, there's a small stopwork. The train reduces the high force of the mainspring. The train's transmission is calculated so precisely that the seconds wheel makes a full rotation every minute. The escapement is located at the end. It's comprised of a pallet and an escape wheel. The escapement prevents the train from going out of control, and it ensures the watch keeps running by forwarding tiny force pulses to the balance wheel. The balance wheel keeps the pace of the movement, oscillating back and forth. It's comprised of the balance rim and balance spring, which is the beating heart of every mechanical caliber. Without the balance spring, the balance wheel along with the entire movement would stop moving after a short time. Thus, the escapement and oscillation systems form the base of every mechanical watch.

The motion train is located under the dial. Generally, this reduces the center wheel's number of revolutions by one-twelfth. The center wheel makes one rotation on its own axis every 60 minutes. Thus, the hour hand makes one full rotation every 12 hours.

Several different manufacturers are still producing manual winding mechanical calibers, such as Junghans, Nomos, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical Details of Manual Winding Watches

  • Movement design allows for flat cases
  • Manual winding
  • Runs without a battery for up to 8 days

Automatic Mechanical Watches

The invention of automatic winding revolutionized the mechanical watch, as automatic watches wind themselves just by being worn. The regular morning ritual of winding your wristwatch ceased to exist. In order for the watch to automatically wind, a rotor is used. Thanks to the constant force of gravity, it's always being pulled towards the center of the Earth. When you move your arm up and down, the rotor rotates around in the case and winds the mainspring.

Winding occurs uni- or bidirectionally, depending on the movement. A bidirectional winding system has the advantage that the movement's winding rotor is wound to the right and to the left. A unidirectional winding system powers the movement by winding it in one direction. Therefore, it takes longer to fully wind the watch. The Pellaton winding system is an especially efficient winding system. It winds the movement bidirectionally, using small movements of the oscillating mass. The inventor of the Pellaton winding system was Albert Pellaton, the technical director at the International Watch Company from 1944 to 1966.

Both winding systems have a so-called reduction gear. This converts the fast movements of the rotor into slower ones with a higher torque. The end of the mainspring is not directly connected to the barrel. Rather, the end is connected to the so-called slipping spring so that the mainspring doesn't break off. When the movement is fully wound, the slipping spring slides along the inner wall of the barrel.

Mechanical watches with an automatic caliber have many advantages to offer. For one, they're convenient, as they don't need to be wound by hand. They also don't require batteries to run, making them generally more environmentally friendly than quartz watches. Generally, automatic movements are also more precise than manual movements, as the oscillating mass provides constant tension to the mainspring. That involves constant torque, which positively affects the amplitude. Amplitude is a term referring to the degree of rotation the balance wheel moves per oscillation.

Amongst watchmakers, the in-house, automatic Rolex calibers are considered some of the best, most robust, and most precise movements in existence.

Technical Details of Automatic Watches

  • Wind automatically while being worn
  • Often more precise than manual winding watches
  • Environmentally friendly: no battery