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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 New Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yachtmaster II
38 990 
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Rolex Day-Date 36 118238 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date President blu box and card serial Z
23 990 
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Omega Seamaster 2577 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Automatic Chronometer Half Rotor Hulk Men's...
1 724 
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200 Unworn Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 124200
7 091 
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.NO.1181.LR New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 2021
10 100 
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea Dweller 1665 Double Red Mark V unpolished
34 000 
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Corum Golden Bridge 113.160.55/0002 0000 New Rose gold Automatic
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Corum Golden Bridge
19 450 
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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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Louis Moinet Tempograph LM-39.20N.50 New Titanium 43.5mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
12 500 
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 Ref. 69173
5 000 
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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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Roger Dubuis Excalibur RDDBEX0567 New Titanium Automatic
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Roger Dubuis Excalibur 45 - RDDBEX0567 - Titanium - TOP PRICE
14 999 
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Red 43MM 126600 "2021"
13 500 
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Black Diamond dial 2018
43 000 
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225
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Rolex Submariner Date 1680/8 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 1680/8 Blue Nipple Dial 1978
42 000 
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 16622 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master New With Stickers
10 800 
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423
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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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36
FI
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.2530.4047/78.C813 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Grande Date Full Open Chronomaster El
6 675 
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405
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner 'No Date' Ref. 114060
11 250 
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799
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 5 WAR201E.FC6292 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Day Date Calibre 5 Blau
1 999 
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383
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610 E-Serial
9 200 
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier W7100015 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Cartier Calibre De Cartier
4 770 
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Zenith El Primero 02.0500.400 Good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero original strap and buckle
2 700 
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Patrizzi W series 1995 like new
47 000 
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15
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Citizen NZ0000-07L New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Citizen CAMPANOLA MECHANICAL COLLECTION KASANEKYO 20th...
7 073 
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9000.9004/78.R782 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Zenith Defy El Primero 21
7 990 
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.M9000 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Blue Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph
8 225 
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405
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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 16233
7 150 
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CBM2110.BA0651 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Automatik Chronograph
3 480 
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383
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Cartier Pasha 2113 Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
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Cartier Pasha Chrono 2113 Full Set
2 999 
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Breitling A13315351C1P2 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Premier Chronograph 42 NEW A13315351C1P2
4 475 
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Ulysse Nardin Classico 8106.116 Very good Rose gold 31mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Classico Automatik 750er 18K Rosegold 31mm
6 700 
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Hublot Big Bang 250 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang All Black Limited Edition 250 ex.
11 000 
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15
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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...
2 829 
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Omega Speedmaster 3507.51.00 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Omega Speedmaster Schumacher Legend, Omega serviced 5/2020
4 490 
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Zenith Defy 49.9002.670/01.R792 New Ceramic 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Defy White Ceramic Classic Elite
4 825 
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405
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.30.40.50.06.001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Racing Ref. 326.30.40.50.06.001
3 500 
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Omega Speedmaster 324.30.38.50.03.001 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 38 Co‑Axial Chronograph 38 mm
4 350 
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Jaeger-LeCoultre 190.8.96 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Tribute To Polaris 1968 Limited...
12 995 
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699
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Breitling Chronomat AB0115101C1A1 New Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat B01 Chronograph 44 NEW AB0115101C1A1
6 550 
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1179
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Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph 39-31-18-16 Very good White gold 41.5mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original Senator Sport Chronograph 18K Weißgold 257g
21 500 
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1323
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16528 like new
44 000 
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Ball DG3030B-S3CJ-BK New Titanium 40mm Automatic
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Ball Roadmaster Marine GMT Ceramic Brown
2 279 
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129
JP
Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.CI.1170.RX Unworn Ceramic 45mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Hublot Big Bang Unico Black Magic
13 700 
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36
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9002.9004/78.R584 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Blue Defy El Primero 21 One second Chronograph
7 925 
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405
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 114200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Oyster Perpetual 34 Ref. 114200
5 400 
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799
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.62.44.51.01.001 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 44MM Chronograph 750 Rosegold
23 995 
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383
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Richard Mille 550.31.21 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Richard Mille Lemans Classic 50 Limited edition 600 pcs...
9 500 
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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 158569-3001 New Steel 44.5mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 158569-3001
5 150 
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371605 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Ref....
7 260 

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Rolex Daytona 116520 2 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 2 dials
26 000 
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-S3CJ-BE New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
3 537 
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129
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 266-37LE-3B Very good Red gold Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 18k Black Surf Limited Edition
10 900 
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36
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Sevenfriday M3/03 – PSYCHO Unworn Steel 47.6mm Automatic
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Sevenfriday M3/03 – PSYCHO
1 965 
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Rolex Datejust 16233 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 36 Ref. 16233
7 900 
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799
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Breitling Superocean 42 A17366D81A1A1 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean 42 Automatik 500M
2 999 
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383
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69173 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 - Gold/Steel Rare Rolex Factory, ANNIVERSARY...
5 795 
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931
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800/1 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3800 1982 38mm Stunning condition with...
27 900 
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212
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual 176.8.21.S Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Perpetual Calendar Ref....
14 550 

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Rolex Daytona 116528 2000 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116528 2000 First series Paul Newman dial
36 000 
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15
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Fortis F2340002 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis STRATOLINER CERAMIC ALL BLACK LE Limited 200 pieces
2 358 
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129
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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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36
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Romain Jerome Moon-DNA RJ.M.AU.IN.004.01 New Gold/Steel 46mm Automatic
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Romain Jerome Moon Invader Speed Metal (Limited Edition)
7 900 
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625
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 69174 Very good Gold/Steel 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 Ref. 69174
4 250 
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799
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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.