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Blancpain Léman 2185-1540-53 Very good White gold 38mm Automatic
TOP
Blancpain Léman Chronograph
Php 625,055
Verified Dealer
84
CZ
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady 15451ST.ZZ.1256ST.03 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet 15451ST.ZZ.1256ST.03 Royal Oak Lady
Php 1,456,756
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Hamilton Intra-Matic Hamilton H384500 New Steel
TOP
Hamilton H384500
Php 32,024
Verified Dealer
19
HK
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 New Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Traveltime New 2020 Roségold
Php 3,457,690
Verified Dealer
26
AT
Rolex Pearlmaster 81208 New Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34
Php 1,175,300
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Rolex 9527572 Fair Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Rolex 69173
Php 129,899
Private Seller
PH
NOMOS Zürich Weltzeit Nomos 807 New Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
NOMOS Zürich World Time Midnight Blue Ref. 807 (Temp Reduced)
Php 206,800
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
503
US
Rolex Day-Date II 218206 Very good Platinum 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date II 218206
Php 2,127,752
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 New Steel
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 3710 Sealed
Php 4,829,970
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Davosa Argonautic Lumis 161.576.40 New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Davosa Argonautic Lumis T25 Automatic
Php 48,754
Verified Dealer
16
PL
Jaeger-LeCoultre K815 Good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Automatic Alarm Gold Filled
Php 134,836
Verified Dealer
34
US
Junghans max bill Automatic 027/4004.04 New Steel 34mm Automatic
Junghans Max Bill Kleine Automatic 027/4004.04
Php 42,617
Verified Dealer
488
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Very good Gold/Steel 24mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady TT Oyster Perpetual - MOP Emerald and Diamond Dial...
Php 166,011
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
185
US
Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot King Power 48
Php 913,345
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 115210 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa City
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Php 190,000
Private Seller
PH
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 3346-126/91 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time Automatic Silver Sunray Dial Folding...
Php 461,402
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
503
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980R-001
Php 3,998,302
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
TAG Heuer Monaco
Php 238,657
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.QX.1791.HR New Carbon 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Carbon Bezel Baguette 23650€ HT
Php 1,528,544
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Seiko Prospex SRPD11K1 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Davao City
Seiko Prospex ‘Save the Ocean’
Php 19,888
Private Seller
PH
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388005 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph Edition «The Last Flight» IW388005
Php 1,301,251
Verified Dealer
488
DE
Tudor Black Bay GMT 79830RB Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay GMT Pepsi M79830RB Leather UNWORN
Php 215,191
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
101
UK
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 60,637
Private Seller
PH
Breguet Classique 7337bb/1e/9v6 New White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique 39
Php 1,558,818
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Manufacture 329-10 New Platinum 43mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Perpetual Manufacture 43mm - Limited Edition
Php 1,557,753
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
503
US
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 126660 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Deepsea Sea-Dweller "Deep Blue" 126660
Php 750,818
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Tudor Black Bay GMT M79830RB New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Php 215,928
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Tudor Submariner 9411/0 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Submariner Snowflake
Php 577,803
Verified Dealer
204
UK
Breitling Navitimer 01 RB012012|BA49|435X|R20BA.1 New Red gold 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling NAVITIMER 01 ROSEGOLD RB012012 unworn 12230HT
Php 789,842
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Breguet Classique 5327ba/1e/9v6 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique Perpetual Calendar
Php 1,949,035
Verified Dealer
66
UK
Bremont Boeing BB1-SS/BK Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Bremont Boeing BB1-SS-Model 1 Black
Php 211,658
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
101
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A1Z.FT6044 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01
Php 220,000
Private Seller
PH
Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique 36
Php 1,074,713
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm
TOP
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President- MOP Diamond Dial -...
Php 311,499
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
185
US
Patek Philippe 5980/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Complications Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001
Php 7,271,766
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Seiko 6138 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Seiko SPORT TIMER CRONO
Php 45,459
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Bulgari Bulgari BBP42GLCH Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition BBP42GLCH
Php 451,744
Verified Dealer
182
DE
Tudor Black Bay 79220B Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Tudor Black Bay 79220b black dial blue bezel perfect full set
Php 196,040
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048.SK.ZZ.D002CA.01 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady
Php 971,676
Verified Dealer
84
CZ
Chronoswiss Opus CH7520S Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic
TOP
Chronoswiss Opus Skeleton 950 Platin Chronograph Automatik...
Php 844,392
Verified Dealer
2475
DE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10.BA0796 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, 1107
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Php 135,000
Private Seller
PH
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.29/V200 PN09 New Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Corum Admirals's Cup Chronograph 38
Php 348,556
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Explorer II Polar tritium dial
Php 404,366
Verified Dealer
204
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.OO.A051CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver Chronograph 26703ST.O...
Php 1,218,456
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk 49941 Very good Titanium Automatic
TOP
Girard Perregaux Sea Hawk II TITANIO
Php 184,675
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Very good Gold/Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Men's Rolex 18K & SS Oyster Perpetual 1005 Automatic,...
Php 280,583
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
640
US
Breitling Chronomat 44 AB011012|B967|435X|A20BA.1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling CHRONOMAT 44 AUTOMATIC AB011012
Php 294,912
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Rolex Lady-Datejust 69178 Very good Yellow gold 26mm
TOP
Rolex Ladies 18K Yellow Gold President - Champagne Diamond...
Php 306,303
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
185
US
Daniel Roth 318.Y.60.350.CN.BD New 44mm Automatic
TOP
Daniel Roth Academic Ellispocurvex Papillon 18k White Gold...
Php 779,344
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
580
US
Girard Perregaux 9091FG Good Steel 36mm Automatic The Philippines, 1740
TOP
Girard Perregaux Alarm
Php 76,000
Private Seller
PH
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 41
Php 967,134
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Seiko 5 Sports SRPD65K-4 New Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko 5 Sports 100M Automatic Men's Nylon Strap Watch SRPD65K-4
Php 15,536
Verified Dealer
61
PH
Bulgari Octo 102630 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Octo Chronograph 102630
Php 309,160
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Patek Philippe Travel Time 7234R-001 New Rose gold Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Travel Time
Php 1,676,284
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Very good Steel 25mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual ref.6718 automatic, c.1981...
Php 119,507
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
640
US
Breitling Chronomat Colt A17388101C1S1 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling Colt Automatic A17388101C1S1 blue dial unworn
Php 141,490
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
150
FR
Rolex Very good Steel 24mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Ladies Oyster Perpetual No Date - MOP Diamond Dial -...
Php 129,640
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
185
US
Franck Muller Cintrée Curvex 7851 SC DT VIN New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Cintree Curvex Vintage 18k Rose Gold Men's Watch...
Php 519,545
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
580
US
Poljot Moscow Nights 2427.1540961 New Steel 43mm Automatic
TOP
Poljot Moscow Nights Automatik
Php 28,355
Verified Dealer
93
DE
Chaumet Liens W23870-02A New Rose gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Chaumet Liens 33
Php 349,363
Verified Dealer
45
CH
Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 250 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight PAM 250 Watch with Rubber...
Php 246,393
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
596
US
F.P.Journe Octa ARS ALU Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Sport ARS ALU
Php 1,919,913
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
823
US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar 5940J-001 New Yellow gold 37mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
Php 3,176,416
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Omega Seamaster Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Men's Omega Seamaster Chronograph Automatic w/Date...
Php 207,319
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
640
US
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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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