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Rolex Lady-Datejust 6917 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust
2 500 
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B.R.M SK6 marlin edition 15/50 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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B.R.M SKIPPER 6 MARLIN EDITION Edition limitée 50ex PROMO FLASH
2 490 
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711R Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Custom Diamond Set Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose...
107 389 
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Seiko Grand Seiko SBGA375 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Seiko Grand Seiko Heritage Collection Spring Drive SBGA375 NEW
3 188 
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JP
Mühle Glashütte Teutonia II M1-33-75 LB Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Mühle Glashütte Teutonia II Automatik Big Date Stahl Herrenuhr...
1 950 

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Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date 39-47-13-12-04 Unworn Steel Finland, Helsinki
Glashütte Original Seventies Panorama Date
5 990 
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FI
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.XP.2770.NR.1205 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 41 mm Purple Line Fullset
7 990 
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DE
TAG Heuer Autavia CBE2110.FC8226 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
TAG Heuer Autavia 02 UNWORN
3 850 
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FI
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight M79030N Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Tudor Black Bay Fifty-eight 2020 Box & EU-papers
3 790 
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FI
Citizen NZ0000-07L New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Citizen CAMPANOLA MECHANICAL COLLECTION KASANEKYO 20th...
6 939 
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JP
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 124300 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 41 Tiffany Dial 124300 "Unworn"
14 450 
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Rolex Datejust 126300 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 41 Fully Iced Out Diamond Pave Dial Fully...
18 575 
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer WAB2011 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer
1 200 
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PT
Chopard Classic 161278-5001 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Classic 18K (0,750) Gold Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
4 450 

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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1a with Extract and...
105 000 
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39
FI
Tissot Seastar 1000 T120.407.17.041.00 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Tissot Seastar 1000 Automático Powermatic 80
545 
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K0 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Sarpaneva Korona Ruler of Water Diver 46mm
9 790 
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Breitling Colt Automatic A1738811/BD44/173A Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Breitling Colt Automatic 2018 Full set
2 335 
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22
FI
Ball DG3030B-S3CJ-BK New Titanium 40mm Automatic
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Ball Roadmaster Marine GMT Ceramic Brown
2 236 
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JP
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono White Dial 79360N "Unworn 2021"
5 950 
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24
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Piaget Polo S GOA41006 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Piaget Polo S Blue Blau Chronograph Automatic Stahl am...
8 792 
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216
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Doxa Sub Good Steel 44,7mm Automatic Finland, Vantaa
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Doxa SUB 750T SHARKHUNTER
2 000 
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 3109 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Chronograph Automatik Herren...
5 100 

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01 Good Carbon 44mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Forged Carbon and Ceramic...
24 700 
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FI
Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 505 
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Chopard L.U.C 16/8912 Good Steel 42,5mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Chopard L.U.C Pro One Diver
3 290 
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45
FI
TAG Heuer Link WT5111.BA0550 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Link
1 000 
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68
PT
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-S3CJ-BE New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
3 469 
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JP
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 342.ST.5010.LR.1104 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Earl Gray 41MM Factory Diamonds
7 950 
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner MILTEC Academi Blackwater Mercenary Söldner...
17 999 
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216
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Full Revision
8 950 
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Longines Evidenza L2.701.4 Very good Steel 47.5mm Automatic
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Longines Evidenza Day-Date Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl...
2 150 

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25721ST Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore The Beast, 2017 Service
25 500 
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FI
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba H82505140 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto
785 
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IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer IW378509 Good Steel 45mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer Flyback SERVICED 2014
6 590 
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Tudor 79010 New Silver 39mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Bay Fifty-eight Silver 925 79010SG 2021 novelty
4 200 
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 638.10.11M.BI New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Officail Cosmonauts Chronograph 50 pieces Limited...
2 775 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 126000 New Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 Tiffany Dial 126000 "Unworn 2021"
13 450 
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24
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 5015-3630-52 Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 18K Pinkgold Roségold New Service...
17 918 
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216
DE
Perrelet Turbine XL A1050/1 Very good Titanium Automatic
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Perrelet Turbine Xl Rotor A1050/1
3 100 
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Ulysse Nardin Classico 8106-116 Very good Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Classico 18K Gold Automatik Damenuhr Ref. 8106-116
4 750 

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver 15701ST.OO.D002CA.02 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Scuba, Mint and AP Serviced
19 900 
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39
FI
Hamilton Khaki Field H70605731 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Field Murph Auto
725 
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268
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph 160.T.25 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph
6 990 
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45
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.21.03.001 New Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Blue 43,5mm
5 095 
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Citizen NZ0001-04E New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Citizen CAMPANOLA MECHANICAL COLLECTION 20th anniversary...
7 324 
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142
JP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Jumbo schwarzes Zifferblatt Sehr...
4 700 
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Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master Vintage LC100 Mint Condition Never Polished...
28 989 
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216
DE
Sinn 140 140.030 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Sinn 140 St S
4 200 
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Breitling Galactic Unitime WB3510 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT Weltzeit Automatik Herrenuhr...
5 510 

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26300ST.OO.1110ST.06 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26300st Panda, Serviced
39 500 
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39
FI
Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba H82515330 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Navy Scuba Auto
785 
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Clerc Hydroscaph L.E. Central Chronograph CHY-554 Very good Steel 44,6mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Limited Edition CHY-554
4 590 
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45
FI
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Squelette MP6028-PS101-001 New Gold/Steel 45mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph Skeleton Automatik...
4 795 
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419
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 647.10.11M.BI New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts DAY-DATE 50 pieces Limited...
1 696 
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142
JP
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.04.001 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Master Chronometer 42mm White Dial,...
4 300 
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189
IT
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM 00212 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback Chronograph Sichtboden Automatik...
7 496 
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216
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Rolex Explorer 214270 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer MK1 Ref. 214270 Fullset LC EU Discontinued
8 888 
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139
SI
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph 3769 Very good Yellow gold 45.5mm Automatic
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IWC Schaffhausen Aquatimer Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik...
14 060 

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TAG Heuer Carrera CAR5A90.FC6415 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Chronograph Ceramic
12 450 
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39
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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416541 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 505 
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268
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Rolex Datejust 126234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Rolex Datejust 36 Blue
8 890 
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45
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime 750 Rosegold
16 995 
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419
DE
Ball Engineer Master II Diver DM3020A-SAJ-BK New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Master II Diver
1 696 
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142
JP

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.