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Eterna 7661.41.56.1352 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Eterna Adventic GMT Manufacture Automatic Calibre 39 Gents...
RM7,494
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Louis Moinet LM-51.70.20.AI/26 New White gold 44mm Automatic
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RM274,625
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H.Moser & Cie. Endeavour 1804-1200 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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RM294,242
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RU
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RM63,519
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 97.T384.4061/21.C822 New Titanium 37mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
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Zenith Chronomaster Revival Shadow El Primero
RM24,898
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51
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph, chronograph, blue sapphire...
RM60,249
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56
CH
Louis Moinet LM-64.50.DR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic
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RM151,170
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375
EE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Reverso Q3038420 Very good Steel 47mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Jaeger-LeCoultre JLC Grande Reverso GMT Day Night Auto (Used |...
RM22,999
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MY
Rolex Datejust 16019 Very good White gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 16019 rare 18K Gold Weissgold White Herrenuhr...
RM302,290
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635
DE
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 7300 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk Diver
RM14,109
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73
DE
Seiko Prospex SKX007K2 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Klang
Seiko Prospex
RM1,333
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Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PE.230.RW.174 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Porto Cervo Diamonds Pave 18K Rose Gold B&P
RM120,432
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464
PL
Baume & Mercier Clifton M0A10059 New Rose gold 38.8mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Clifton Rose Gold
RM19,904
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584
LV
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.2434.679/20.I010 New Steel 45mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
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Zenith Type 20 Rescue Automatic Grey Dial Stainless Pilot
RM21,537
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51
MY
Jaquet-Droz Astrale J015134222 New White gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz "The Times Zones", unique piece - no. 1/1, 68...
RM103,685
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56
CH
Louis Moinet Tempograph LM-39.20N.50 New Titanium 43.5mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
RM68,027
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375
EE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 WV211B.BA0787 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
TAG Heuer Carrera Caliber 5 Auto 39mm (Used | Complete Set)
RM4,199
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MY
Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold Automatic
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Rolex DAYTONA GOLD 116519 Mother pearl NEW 99%
RM130,258
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14
ES
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 5513 rare PCG gilt cornino chapter ring
RM133,534
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59
IT
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Cheras
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
RM96,408
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer 41mm 263-66 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Chronometer New Box & Papers
RM25,699
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464
PL
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
RM19,904
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584
LV
Chronoswiss Régulateur CH8323.BLOR New Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Jumping Hour Steel
RM16,142
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51
MY
Jaquet-Droz J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grand Date, rose gold, 65 hours power-reserve,...
RM64,453
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56
CH
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49003 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik...
RM39,556

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Rolex Datejust 116234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Rolex Datejust 36 White Roman D Series 2006 (Used | Complete Set)
RM26,499
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MY
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel Automatic
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Rolex 1665 Double Red Sea Dweller MK IV
RM222,321
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14
ES
Omega Constellation 168.005 Good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation
RM9,804
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81
SE
Frederique Constant Classics FC-975N4H6 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Frederique Constant Classics Tourbillion with Perpetual Calendar
RM66,000
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 522.32.40.20.04.002 522.32.40.20.04.003 522.32.40.20.04.004 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
RM124,014
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804
US
Jaquet-Droz J017533270 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grande Heure Minute Quantieme Meteorite Dial...
RM90,097
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584
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Chronoswiss Régulateur CH-1245.3-BKBL New Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Manufacture DLC
RM16,142
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51
MY
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, rose gold, 5-days power-reserve...
RM366,167
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CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 176.8.21.S Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref....
RM73,317

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DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124200 Unworn Steel 34mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Rolex Oyster Perpetual OP34 124200 (Used | Complete Set)
RM22,999
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MY
Doxa Sub 58098-59 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Doxa by Synchron Aqualung U.S. Divers co. Sub 300T
RM22,676
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96
IT
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV5185 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Men's CAV5185.FT6020 Grand Carrera Automatic...
RM19,647
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868
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Seiko 6138-8020 Good Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Seri Kembangan
Seiko Panda Chronograph Uomo
RM3,735
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
RM58,034
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804
US
Oris Aquis 01 743 7734 4187-Set New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Oris Aquis Hangang (Limited Edition)
RM10,834
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584
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Frederique Constant Vintage Rally FC-397HN5B4 New Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Frederique Constant Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph
RM7,428
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Corum Golden Bridge 313.150.59/0001 FK01 New White gold 51.8mm Automatic
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Corum Golden Bridge, white gold, limited edition - no. 29/200
RM116,762
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56
CH
Bulgari Octo BGO38S Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Bulgari Octo Roma Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. BGO38S
RM21,920

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Rado HyperChrome R33101203 New Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Rado Hyperchrome Classic Golden Horse Auto 42mm (New |...
RM4,599
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MY
Doxa 300 No T Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Doxa Searambler 300 No T slim case
RM34,058
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263
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 585.NX.891L.NX.1204 Very good Titanium 33mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Light Blue Bracelet Automatic...
RM30,184
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868
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Negri sembilan
Rolex Submariner Date
RM76,753
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MY
Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00683 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Panerai Submersible PAM 683
RM37,140
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1336
US
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques Tradition LC6063-PS101-110-1 New Gold/Steel Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Damen Automatik LC6063-PS101-110-1 Tradition...
RM5,538
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1004
DE
Zenith Defy 95.9000.670/51.R584 New Titanium 41mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Zenith Defy Classic 41mm Titanium
RM17,429
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51
MY
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti, blue ceramic, white gold bezel...
RM88,272
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56
CH
Montblanc Timewalker 7069 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Montblanc Timewalker Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
RM10,330

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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M WAJ2118.FT6015 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500m Team USA LE Auto 43mm (Used |...
RM5,699
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MY
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master
RM70,985
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263
UK
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77 616 533 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki X Wind Automatic Collectors Set - H776160
RM4,787
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868
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15203 Good Gold/Steel Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 18k Gold
RM13,694
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MY
Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet 25925OR.OO.D001CR.01 Very good Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Edward Piguet
RM39,422
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13
US
Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer FC-718WM4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Worldtimer Automatic FC-718WM4H6
RM8,548
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378
US
Girard Perregaux Ferrari 8020 Good Steel 38mm Automatic Malaysia, KL
Girard Perregaux Ferrari Chronograph Carbon Fiber Bracelet
RM6,972
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51
MY
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, 260 diamonds on bezel and...
RM261,548
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Sinn 556 556 Very good Steel 38.5mm Automatic
Sinn 556 I Perlmutt W Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. 556
RM4,787

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Bulgari Diagono SD38SGMT Very good Steel 38mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Bulgari Diagono Scuba GMT 3 Timer Auto 38mm (Used | Complete Set)
RM6,599
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Bulgari Octo BGO 41 S Very good 41mm Automatic
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Bulgari Octo Solotempo Maori Tattoo BGO 41 S
RM20,541
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1336
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A-012 Unworn Steel 40.8mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Singapore limited edition
RM449,000
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MY

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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