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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date 40mm Presidential 60th Anniversary 228235
RM153,412
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
268
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26552BC.OO.D002CR.01 Unworn White gold Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet ROYAL OAK OPEN WORKED GRANDE COMPLICATION
RM2,757,273
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
268
US
Hamilton Jazzmaster Viewmatic H32325135 New Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Hamilton H32325135
RM2,308
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Nautilus Moon Phase White Gold Watch 5712G-001
RM269,504
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
215
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
RM336,365
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 15202ST.OO.1240ST.01 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo
RM169,583
Private Seller
MY
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook R32500305 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook Limited Edition - Box & Papers 2020
RM8,249
Verified Dealer
262
UK
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
RM45,505
Verified Dealer
604
US
F.P.Journe Octa AR G 40 A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve AR G 40 A
RM111,742
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
721
US
Hublot Big Bang 320.UI.440.RX Very good 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Mag Bang Limited Edition 320.UI.440.RX
RM68,402
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Omega Constellation Very good Yellow gold 30mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Full Yellow Gold Vintage Constellation
RM40,577
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 New Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 Black
RM22,000
Verified Dealer
MY
Omega De Ville Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville vintage automatic steel 1960 Mens watch + New Box
RM4,336
Verified Dealer
675
UK
Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot King Power 48, new, official retail price: 26.900 CHF
RM71,544
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Good Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
RM99,900
Private Seller
MY
Chronoswiss Régulateur CH-1243.3-SISI New Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Chronoswiss Flying Regulator Manufacture
RM11,153
Verified Dealer
MY
JeanRichard Paramount Unworn 38mm Automatic
TOP
JeanRichard Paramount Pack 3 watches
RM85,789
Verified Dealer
186
ES
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman" 126710BLNR
RM66,133
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
721
US
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 Very good White gold 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 White Gold
RM66,344
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Unworn Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
RM87,562
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Good Bronze 43mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 2018
RM15,500
Verified Dealer
MY
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Seamaster Crosshair 1960's vintage mens watch Automatic Box
RM6,783
Verified Dealer
675
UK
Hublot Big Bang 342.CH.230.RW New Ceramic 41mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Aspen, new, official retail price: 13.900 CHF
RM36,285
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Seiko Arctura 373992 SNL001P Good Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia
Seiko 7L22-0AA0 Arctura Kinetic Chronograph
RM1,150
Private Seller
MY
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Rolex Sea-Dweller
RM53,487
Verified Dealer
MY
Franck Muller Master Banker 6850mb Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Master Banker on Steel Triple Time Zone Date -...
RM21,733
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
566
NL
Breitling Bentley Flying B R4436512/B874 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling 18 K. Bentley Flying B Jumbo Chrono. Full set
RM54,447
Verified Dealer
277
NL
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864
RM90,822
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Ebel Lichine 8964970 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
RM11,105
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5008B-1130-B52A New Steel Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Limited Edition 2019
RM69,000
Verified Dealer
MY
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 903 ST
RM13,497
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Chaumet Liens W23871-02A New Rose gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Chaumet Liens 33, new, official retail price: 18.700 CHF
RM34,128
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Omega Genève Good 34mm Automatic Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR
Omega Geneve Automatic Cal 565 - Mens 34mm
RM2,280
Private Seller
MY
Frederique Constant Manufacture FC-760MC4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture (White Dial)
RM8,251
Verified Dealer
MY
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona 16520 4 Lines dial 225 Bezel Full Set 1989
Price on request
Verified Dealer
189
IT
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
RM33,034
Verified Dealer
1425
ES
Montblanc Heritage Spirit 116534 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Asian UNICEF Limited...
RM16,471
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
362
LV
Piaget 8177 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Rare Bumper Calatrava, 1952
RM19,221
Verified Dealer
21
CH
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar IW502307 Good White gold Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
IWC Portuguese Perpetual Calendar
RM76,000
Verified Dealer
MY
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
RM11,210
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, official retail price: 10.000 CHF
RM19,199
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Oris TT1 01 733 7752 4124-07 8 24 08 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Oris TT1 Engine Date
RM4,142
Private Seller
MY
Frederique Constant Manufacture FC-760N4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph Manufacture (Blue)
RM9,080
Verified Dealer
MY
Bulgari Octo 103068 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Octo Finissimo 103068
RM58,016
Verified Dealer
1666
DE
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Rolex Batman Full Set & Links GMT-Master II 2017 116710BLNR
RM56,900
Private Seller
MY
Baume & Mercier Classima MOA08686 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Baume & Mercier Classima Executive
RM3,900
Private Seller
MY
IWC 1830 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Vintage Steel Bracelet Golf Club, cal 8541 B, Full Set
RM18,580
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030N-0001 New Steel 39mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 2019
RM14,300
Verified Dealer
MY
Sinn EZM 3 603.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn EZM 3
RM7,229
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
362
LV
Leonidas Good Steel 36mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
Leonidas Sportex 1940s (by Leonidas SA; Pre-Heuer) Chronograph...
RM3,600
Private Seller
MY
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster, official retail price: 82.400...
RM234,708
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Rolex Datejust 126300-0017 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Malaysia, SELANGOR
Rolex Datejust
RM33,000
Private Seller
MY
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Malaysia, KUALA LUMPUR
Patek Philippe Nautilus
RM288,166
Private Seller
MY
Oris Chronoris 01 672 7564 4154-Set Good Steel Automatic Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Oris Chronoris
RM5,000
Private Seller
MY
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.90.38.20.03.001 New Titanium 37.5mm Automatic Malaysia, Petaling Jaya
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 37.5mm Titanium
RM15,300
Verified Dealer
MY
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 CAZ2012.BA0876 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Malaysia, MUAR
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16
RM6,500
Private Seller
MY
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar IW376204 Very good Steel Automatic Malaysia, Ipoh
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
RM45,000
Private Seller
MY
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic Malaysia
Patek Philippe Nautilus
RM440,000
Private Seller
MY
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377701 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
IWC PILOT CHRONOGRAPH
RM16,800
Private Seller
MY
SBGA403 Unworn 44.5mm Automatic Malaysia, Bandar Sri Damansara
Grand Seiko SBGA403 [Limited edition - 500 units worldwide]...
RM43,739
Private Seller
MY
Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Malaysia, Subang
Enzo Mechana Acqua 500 with custom British Racing Green dial
RM6,630
Private Seller
MY
Citizen Promaster Marine NY0096-12L Unworn 42mm Automatic Malaysia, Johor Bahru
Citizen PROMASTER NY0096-12L FUGU
RM900
Private Seller
MY
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179138 New Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust 26, new, official retail price: 33.600 CHF
RM93,926
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Hublot King Power 701.CO.0180.RX Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic Malaysia, Sabah
Hublot King Power
RM57,388
Private Seller
MY
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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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