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Vacheron Constantin 6307 Very good Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 85.2060.405/23.C714 Very good Gold/Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Chronograph 85.2060.405/23.C714
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller Blue Dial 2021
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A23370 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage 44 Chronograph Automatik...
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Czapek Antarctique Passage de Drake (2022) New Steel 40,5mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Czapek Antarctique Passage de Drake, Deep Blue (2022)
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Omega Globemaster 130.30.39.21.02.001 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Omega Constellation Globemaster Like new 2020
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Rolex Milgauss 116400 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss Rainbow MK2 - Limited Edition /5 Dlc - Pvd
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126711CHNR New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II Ref.126711CHNR NEW "RootBeer"
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Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR New Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex GMT-Master II Complete Set 6/2022
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Omega Seamaster 300 233.30.41.21.01.001 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Omega 【Polished】Seamaster 300 Master Co-axial Automatic Black...
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Omega Constellation 2648 SC Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan 18K Gold Gelbgold Hammer Automatik...
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326934 Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 'Black Dial - Jubilee' Ref. 326934
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.30.46.21.01.003 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Ref. 232.30.46.21.0...
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Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Rolex GMT-Master Pepsi Swiss Only U-series
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 7900V/110A-B334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time Unpolished Complete set...
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Oysterflex 116518LN Paul Newman Unworn New June...
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Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Ghost Diamond 128238 2022...
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Rolex Explorer II 216570 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Explorer II Complete Set 9/2019
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 124300 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Ref. 124300 "NEW" 2021
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IWC Pilot Mark IW3241 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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IWC Fliegeruhr Pilot Mark XII 12 Automatic Herrenuhr Service...
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Rolex Milgauss 116400 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss GV 'Black Dial' Ref. 116400 GV
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Breitling Bentley Le Mans A22362 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley Le Mans Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl...
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC288-0001400-XA1442 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Full set 2019
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79010SG-0001 Very good Silver 39mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight 925 Like new 2021 Full set
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 New Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36mm 126000 Tiffany Dial Unworn New...
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Champagne Roman 18238 1994...
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Complete Set
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Hublot Big Bang 341.SX.4310.LR.1204 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Chronograph Diamanten Automatik 341.SX.4310.LR...
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Doxa Very good Red gold 35mm Automatic
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Doxa Automatic 14K 585 Rosé Gold Rotgold Automatik Pink Gold...
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 'Red Coral' Ref. 126000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 240.2.72 Very good Red gold 39mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 126613lb Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Rolex Submariner Date Bluesy (2021) Full set
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Rolex Datejust 41 126334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Rolex Datejust 41 Azzurro Blue Full set
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 03.3100.3600/21.M3100 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster New Unworn Giffted with Original Strap &...
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Omega Memomatic 166.071 Very good Steel 50.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Memomatic Alarm Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Daytona "Panda" New, Unworn 3/2022
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph W7100046 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph Automatik Stahl Ref....
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.90.46.21.03.001 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial Ref. 232.90.46.21.0...
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 232.32.44.22.01.002 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GMT Co-Axial Ref. 232.32.44....
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Cartier Pasha 4327 Unworn Steel 35mm Automatic
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Cartier Pasha de Cartier Lady Automatik Stahl Damenuhr Ref....
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 24.2041.400/21.R576 Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 2019
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Breguet Héritage 5460 Very good Yellow gold 38.5mm Automatic
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Breguet Heritage 18K (0,750) Gold Chronograph Automatik...
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Franck Muller Casablanca 5850 SC Very good Red gold 45mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Casablanca 18K (0,750) Roségold Automatik...
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Breitling Navitimer A23322 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
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Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Submariner "Hulk" NOS 11/2016
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IWC Portofino Chronograph IW3783 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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IWC Schaffhausen Portofino Chronograph Automatik Stahl Ref....
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Montblanc Heritage Spirit 110715 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Automatik Stahl...
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Chronoswiss Kairos CH2021 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Automatic
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Chronoswiss Kairos Lady 18K (0,750) Gelbgold Automatik...
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2908.50.91 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Size 600M Co-Axial Ref....
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Rolex Yacht-Master 37 268655 Unworn Rose gold 37mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Rolex Yacht-Master 37 1/2022 Full set
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Corum 412.100.98/0F03ZP56 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Corum Heritage Lunar Pegasus Automatik Herrenuhr Ref. 412.100....
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Omega Speedmaster '57 331.10.42.51.02.002 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster '57 Chronograph Automatik Stahl 331.10.42.51...
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Breitling Chronomat D13050 Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Stahl Gold Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
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Omega 166.0300 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Omega Louis Brandt 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
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IWC 3703 Very good Yellow gold 39.5mm Automatic
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IWC Aquatimer Deep Two 3547 Very good Steel 47.5mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 6850 SC Very good Red gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original PanoMaticDate 90-01-02-02-04 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Glashütte Original Panomatic date Full set (2007)
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Zenith 18.2080.4021/01.C494 Very good Red gold 42mm Automatic
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Omega De Ville Prestige 424.23.40.20.02.001 Very good Gold/Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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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.