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Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 FACTORY MOP DIAMOND DIAL...
Php 285,267
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219
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Rolex Rolex Turnograph Ref. 6202 Gilt Honeycomb Dial Very good Automatic
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Rolex Turnograph 6202 Honeycomb dial
Php 2,364,008
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15450ST.OO.1256ST.03 New Steel 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Blue Dial Stainless Steel 37mm NEW
Php 1,218,866
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219
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400SO.OO.A002CA.01 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
Php 1,374,466
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219
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Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, closing down sale - off. pr.: 37.700 CHF
Php 1,284,131
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 116655 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Everose Gold 116655 NEW
Php 1,140,755
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Rolex Day-Date Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Day Date with Factory Lapis Dial
Php 1,294,073
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus punzone di Ginevra
Php 3,705,030
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9
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5164R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40.8mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time 40MM Rose Gold Watch 5164R
Php 3,641,040
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219
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo 5402SA/344 Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Stahl Gold Jumbo 5402SA grey Clou de...
Php 2,010,424
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552
DE
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 60,528
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 14790ST Full set, mint cond.
Php 775,471
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264
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Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810BR 92 9ZU Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Breguet Type XXI 3810BR 92 9ZU 18KT RG
Php 613,687
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207
UK
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang, lim., closing down sale, o.p....
Php 1,074,468
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001
Php 5,184,072
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667
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 Very good 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 18238 President 18k Yellow Gold 36mm-Green...
Php 695,013
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94
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date Everose Choco Dial 228235 NEW IN STICKERS
Php 1,924,318
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682
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Rolex Air King 116900 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Air-King - Limited Edition /35
Php 526,574
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35
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Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot MB0510U6/BC80/159 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime - watch on stock in...
Php 516,294
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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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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Fully Iced Out 26331ST.O...
Php 2,334,000
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348
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Rado 56-H Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Rado Chronometre 56-H Mark I
Php 340,702
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19
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Breguet Classique 8788BR/29/986 DD00 New Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique, new, closing down sale - off. price: 29.000...
Php 838,598
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.007 Very good Ceramic 44.2mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Co-Axial "Dark Side of the Moon"...
Php 386,407
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667
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Rolex Datejust Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel 18k Fluted Bezel 36mm Watch-Gre...
Php 217,788
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94
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Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Black Dial NOS 116520
Php 1,490,628
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682
NL
Rolex GMT-Master II 116710 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II - Limited Edition /10
Php 1,118,230
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35
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Breitling Chronomat HB011112/BA51/744P Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat 01 - LIMITED EDITION / 200 pcs. - watch on...
Php 1,022,105
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37
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Cartier Santos 100 2656 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Cartier Like New Box + Papers New Band Automatic Big Size...
Php 212,249
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426
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master II ref 116710LN box serviced
Php 562,935
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56
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Omega Seamaster 166.010 Good Rose gold 35mm Automatic
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Omega Doublesigned: Bahrain / Saudi Seamaster in Rose Pink Gold
Php 393,117
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19
CH
Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage, new, closing sale - official price: 43.000 CHF
Php 1,205,508
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30
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F.P.Journe Octa AR PT 40 HAVANA Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve AR PT 40 HAVANA
Php 1,916,473
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667
US
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400/69.C713 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 38 mm
Php 301,572
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749
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master 16628 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master Yellow Gold 16628
Php 1,031,090
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682
NL
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167A New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut - Limited Edition /10
Php 2,307,458
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35
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Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
Php 169,455
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71
DE
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2535.80.00 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Omega Top Condition 41mm GMT Seamaster Diver 300 M Co-Axial Blue
Php 189,272
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426
ES
Rolex GMT-Master 16700 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex GMT-Master 16700 40 MM steel full set serviced
Php 511,237
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56
IT
Patek Philippe Golden Ellipse 3589 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Ellipse, Rare, Engraved Indexes in Full Set
Php 484,845
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19
CH
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 10.000...
Php 183,402
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30
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F.P.Journe Octa OCTA CALEN BLK Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Calendrier OCTA CALEN BLK
Php 4,665,406
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667
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe U13313121B1S1 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44
Php 309,040
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749
UK
Rolex Day-Date 36 18238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date Yellow Gold 18238 N.O.S. Fossil / Jurassic Park...
Php 1,981,760
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682
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - Blue Dial - Black dlc - Limited...
Php 1,946,548
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35
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Sinn 206.012 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Sinn 206 ARKTIS II
Php 200,474
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71
DE
Omega 4531.51.00 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Omega Like New "Armadillo" Co-Axial Chronometer De Ville Prestige
Php 143,319
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426
ES
Rolex Submariner Date 16803 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date 16803 gold steel very full set serviced
Php 465,283
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56
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Ebel Lichine 8964970 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
Php 136,281
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19
CH
Tiffany Atlas Z1000.70.52A22A71A New 42mm Automatic
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Tiffany Atlas 42, new, closing down sale, official price:...
Php 314,442
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30
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F.P.Journe Octa QP G 40 BE A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Quantieme Perpetual QP G 40 BE A
Php 2,798,206
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667
US
Breguet Marine 5817ST/92/5V8 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine
Php 665,182
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749
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White APH Dial NOS 116520 IN STICKERS
Php 1,490,628
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682
NL
Corum Romvlvs 02.0013 Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
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Corum Romulus Bicolor
Php 209,663
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57
CH
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
Php 140,734
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71
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 16600 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 USED BOX & PAPER VERY GOOD CONDITIONS
Php 436,504
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73
IT
Rolex Datejust 69068 Very good Yellow gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 26 mm gold 750 rare ref. 69068 serviced
Php 545,702
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56
IT
IWC Yacht Club 1811 Good White gold 36mm Automatic
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IWC White Gold Blue Dial Yacht Club I
Php 340,702
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19
CH
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chrono Unitime, closing downsale, o.p.:...
Php 838,598
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30
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F.P.Journe Octa ARS ALU Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Sport ARS ALU
Php 1,812,740
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667
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538420 or 1538420 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Stainless Steel 40mm
Php 447,476
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749
UK
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Submariner Date LV ''FLAT FOUR'' 16610LV F-0 serial
Php 1,145,974
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682
NL
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 114060 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Submariner (No Date) LC100
Php 534,156
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46
DE
Rolex Submariner 6938284540773 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex 2019 STICKERS Paper Rolex Submariner Hulk 116610 Green...
Php 803,518
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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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