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Graham Chronofighter 2CVAS.B30A New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Graham Chronofighter Vintage D-DAY
Php 237,880
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Hamilton Khaki Navy Pioneer H78455543 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton H78455543 Khaki Navy Pioneer
Php 37,292
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19
HK
Panerai PAM01036 or PAM1036 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 44mm
Php 504,352
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AU
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Lady 22.2150.4062/81.C753 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Lady
Php 541,988
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16
AE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 2007 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Php 1,085,241
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Ulysse Nardin Unworn Platinum 41mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Platinum Trilogy Men’s Astrological Watches
Php 9,995,643
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116
MC
Seiko Monster SKX779 Good 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko Black Monster Gen 1
Php 11,000
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PH
Rolex Pearlmaster 81208 New Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Pearlmaster 34
Php 1,122,313
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49
CH
Richard Mille RM 027 Rm27-01 Very good Carbon Automatic
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Richard Mille RM 27-01 Rafa Nadal (Limited of 50) WIRE ONLY
Php 39,577,720
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US
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.42.20.03.001 Good Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, 1630
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
Php 180,000
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PH
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Ref 116520 Black Dial NOS 2007 FULL STICKERS
Php 1,341,130
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112
IT
Seiko 5 Sports SRPD79K-1 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko 5 NEW Sports 100M Automatic Men's Watch ALL BLACK SRPD79K-1
Php 17,092
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78
PH
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
Php 1,506,726
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717
US
IWC Portuguese Automatic IW500104 Very good Platinum 42mm Automatic
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IWC Portugieser 7 Days ( Limited Edition ) Platinum
Php 1,228,036
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40
NL
Franck Muller Double Mystery DBLEMISTBAGSAP New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Franck Muller DOUBLE MYSTERY
Php 4,966,406
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116
MC
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.CI.1770.RX Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Evolution Black Magic 301.CI.1770.RX
Php 451,236
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1045
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Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon 39
Php 3,741,667
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49
CH
Louis Moinet Tempograph LM-39.20N.50 New Titanium 43.5mm Automatic
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
Php 771,092
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312
EE
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 58,837
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PH
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date Ghiera Verde NOS 2005 FULL STICKERS
Php 1,284,012
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112
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Seiko 5 Sports SNZH53J New Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko 5 Sports Japan Made Blue 55 Fathoms Men's Watch SNZH53J
Php 12,050
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78
PH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
Php 604,254
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717
US
IWC Big Pilot IW502617 Very good Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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IWC Big Pilot Perpetual Calendar Saint Exupery 46mm 18K Rose...
Php 1,335,761
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591
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25940SK.OO.D002CA.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Php 705,593
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60
US
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 43150/000P-9684 Very good Platinum 42mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Contemporaine 43150/000P-9684
Php 1,610,838
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1045
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Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power 48
Php 855,032
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49
CH
Omega Constellation 14393 Very good Gold/Steel 34mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Pie Pan Cal. 561 1962
Php 125,660
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100
DE
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
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PH
Chopard 17/3508 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Limited Edition The Prince's Foundation 17/3508
Php 920,868
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590
UK
Seiko Prospex SRP637K New Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko Black Monster Baby Tuna Prospex Men's Watch SRP637K
Php 21,629
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78
PH
Rolex Datejust 126303 Unworn Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex WITH DIAMONDS - DIAMONDS EVERYWHERE
Php 1,613,309
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562
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 79173G Good Steel 26mm Automatic
Rolex デイトジャスト 79173G
Php 225,839
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1182
JP
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre HEUER 01 CAR2A5A.FT6044 New Titanium 45,5mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Skeleton
Php 454,659
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1594
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Rolex Datejust II 116333 Good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Marikina City
Rolex Datejust II
Php 490,000
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PH
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 80285 New Rose gold 29mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 29
Php 2,672,543
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49
CH
Cartier Santos 100 WM502051 Very good Yellow gold 44.2mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos 100 WM502051
Php 804,159
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1045
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Longines Conquest Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Longines Conquest Dress Cal. 633.5 1990
Php 85,677
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100
DE
Seiko Prospex SRPD11K1 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Davao City
Seiko Prospex ‘Save the Ocean’
Php 19,991
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PH
Seiko Prospex SRPB09J New Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko Japan Made Limited Edition "Blue Lagoon Samurai" SRPB09J
Php 41,796
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78
PH
Rado Coupole R22862715    UPC New Steel 31.8mm Automatic
Rado Coupole Women's Watch
Php 39,779
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675
US
Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold White Dial 116518LN NEW 2020
Php 1,759,520
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47
US
Tissot Seastar 1000 T120.407.17.041.00 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Tissot Seastar 1000 Automático Powermatic 80
Php 29,416
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175
ES
Omega Seamaster 300 2913-7 SC Good Steel Automatic
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Omega Seamaster 300 - 2913-7 SC LOLLYPOP
Php 1,656,421
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33
IT
Jaquet-Droz J016933210 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Grand Date 43
Php 694,663
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49
CH
Vacheron Constantin Harmony 7810S/000G-B050 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Harmony Dual Time 7810S/000G-B050
Php 1,308,334
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1045
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Tudor Prince Oysterdate 7996 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
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Tudor Prince Oysterdate Ranger
Php 380,731
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227
UK
Tissot Chemin de Tourelles T099.207.22.118.00 Very good Steel 32mm Automatic The Philippines, MALABON CITY
Tissot Chemin de Tourelles
Php 25,852
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PH
Seiko Prospex SBDC033 New Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko JDM JAPAN MADE Blumo Blue Sumo Diver's Watch SBDC033
Php 27,730
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78
PH
TAG Heuer Monaco Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Monaco Chronograph caw211r.fc6401 Gulf Special Edition
Php 233,685
Free shipping
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649
US
Harry Winston Avenue 330/MCA Good White gold 43mm Automatic
Harry Winston アベニュー C クロノグラフ 330/MCA
Php 1,317,396
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1182
JP
Rolex Milgauss 116400 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss - Rainbow MK1 - Limited Edition /5 Black Venom...
Php 782,459
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51
IT
Eterna Kontiki 1291.78.49.1422 New Bronze 44mm Automatic
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Eterna Kontiki Bronze Ltd. Edition of 300 Manufacture
Php 155,646
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1594
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8908BB/52/864.D00D New White gold Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples
Php 1,175,769
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49
CH
Bremont MB MBII-BK-OR Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Bremont MBII Black Orange Barrel MBII-BK-OR
Php 201,418
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1045
US
Rolex Explorer II 16570 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Explorer II Chicchi di Mais (corn grains) Dial
Php 466,785
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227
UK
Seiko 7s26-0030 Very good 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Seiko divers 7s26-0030
Php 18,000
Private Seller
PH
Seiko 5 Sports SNZH60K New Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko 5 Sports Gold Plated 55 Fathoms Men's Watch SNZH60K
Php 10,537
Verified Dealer
78
PH
Ebel 1911 9134901 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
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Ebel Massive Yellow Gold 1911 Chronograph, Mother-of-Pearl...
Php 694,931
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37
CH
Tudor Submariner 79090 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Submariner 200m 79090 branded Rolex Serviced never...
Php 348,420
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99
IT
Rolex Milgauss 116400 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Milgauss - Topaz - Limited Edition /5 Black Venom Dlc - Pvd
Php 876,589
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51
IT
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie 118470 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Exo TOURBILLON Slim
Php 1,637,858
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1594
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Breitling Bentley GT M1336267/A729 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley Midnight Diamond 45, limited edition - no....
Php 534,295
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49
CH
Girard Perregaux 9091FG Good Steel 36mm Automatic The Philippines, 1740
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Girard Perregaux Alarm
Php 76,000
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PH
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX Q192T470 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX2 Chronograph Q192T470
Php 426,028
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1045
US

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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