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Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 00250 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight PAM00250 Automatic
Php 227,944
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28
JP
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.53.40.20.02.001 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial
Php 293,135
Free shipping
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268
US
Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Unworn Rose gold 49.94mm Automatic
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Richard Mille Felipe Massa 18K Rose Gold Boutique Edition RM011
Php 11,652,834
Free shipping
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215
US
Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Unworn Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 42mm Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold 326933
Php 932,179
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215
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
Php 4,193,591
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36
CH
Seiko Presage SSA405J1 + SSA785J1 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko Presage Blue Moon Open Heart Valentines Watch Set
Php 50,703
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PH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 115210 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Muntinlupa City
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date
Php 190,000
Private Seller
PH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
Php 568,402
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604
US
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook R32500305 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook Limited Edition - Box & Papers 2020
Php 102,400
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262
UK
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Unworn Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
Php 1,091,665
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21
CH
F.P.Journe Octa AR G 40 A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve AR G 40 A
Php 1,395,757
Free shipping
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725
US
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864
Php 1,131,362
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719
NL
Omega De Ville Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega De Ville vintage automatic steel 1960 Mens watch + New Box
Php 53,827
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676
UK
Hublot King Power 771.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 48mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power 48, new, official retail price: 26.900 CHF
Php 891,970
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36
CH
Patek Philippe Unworn Rose gold 33,5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 5000 FR LIMITED
Php 678,247
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170
IT
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10.BA0796 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, 1107
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Php 135,000
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PH
Breitling Bentley Flying B R4436512/B874 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
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Breitling 18 K. Bentley Flying B Jumbo Chrono. Full set
Php 678,247
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277
NL
Breguet Marine 3460 Very good Yellow gold 35.5mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine Chronograph3460 18 KT. Gold Automatic
Php 820,080
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125
CH
Piaget 8177 Very good Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
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Piaget Rare Bumper Calatrava, 1952
Php 239,634
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21
CH
Cvstos Challenge-R New Steel 50mm Automatic
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Cvstos Challenge-R 50 Chronograph 50mm Automatic Open-Worked...
Php 362,482
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495
US
Sinn EZM 3 603.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn EZM 3
Php 90,053
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363
LV
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
Php 168,137
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75
DE
Rolex Datejust 178288 New Yellow gold 31mm Automatic
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Rolex Datejust 31, new, official retail price: 39.600 CHF
Php 1,543,774
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5068R-001 Unworn Rose gold 35,6mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Luce Ref. 5068R-001 VAT refound p
Php 2,695,320
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489
DE
Unworn Steel 37mm Automatic The Philippines, Antipolo
Kurono by Hajime Asaoka Classic
Php 240,000
Private Seller
PH
Seiko Monster SZSC005 New Steel 42mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko JDM Green Monster Gen 3 Watch SZSC005
Php 40,863
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PH
Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One 277.101.04/F373 AB12 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup AC-One
Php 367,621
Verified Dealer
63
ES
Ebel Lichine 8964970 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
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Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
Php 138,455
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
Php 411,508
Verified Dealer
1428
ES
Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase FC-705N4S6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Slimline Moonphase
Php 141,118
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304
CH
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
Php 139,639
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Breguet Classique 5287BR/129/ZU New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Chronograph 43, new, official price: 48.500 CHF
Php 1,291,360
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36
CH
Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Bubble Back 6084 Bubbleback Oyster Perpetual
Php 202,035
Verified Dealer
37
US
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
Seiko Prospex SBDC033 New Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko JDM JAPAN MADE Blumo Blue Sumo Diver's Watch SBDC033
Php 28,485
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PH
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42 984.101.20/F373 AA12 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42
Php 209,744
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63
ES
Zenith El Primero 65.0520.4026 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Grande Class Grande Date Rattrapante, Split Second,...
Php 718,901
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21
CH
JeanRichard Paramount Unworn 38mm Automatic
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JeanRichard Paramount Pack 3 watches
Php 1,068,667
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187
ES
Breguet Marine 5817ST/92/5V8 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Marine
Php 660,009
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796
UK
Sinn EZM 13 613.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn EZM 13
Php 128,240
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75
DE
Breguet GJ24BB8548DDC3 New White gold Automatic
TOP
Breguet Secret de la Reine, new, official retail price: 90.000...
Php 2,659,935
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36
CH
Franck Muller 2000SR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Like New Bi Retrograde Transamerica Master Of...
Php 187,800
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463
ES
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 116000 Good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36
Php 216,583
Private Seller
 
ES
Seiko Marinemaster SLA025J1 New Steel 44.8mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko Limited Edition 1968 High Beat Marinemaster Watch SLA025J1
Php 304,995
Verified Dealer
PH
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer U263-10.7M/92 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Dive
Php 356,222
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63
ES
IWC 1830 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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IWC Vintage Steel Bracelet Golf Club, cal 8541 B, Full Set
Php 231,646
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4-BB63-760P New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63-760P
Php 724,810
Free shipping
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256
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538420 or 1538420 New Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Stainless Steel 40mm
Php 443,995
Verified Dealer
796
UK
Patek Philippe Calatrava 5107G-001 Very good White gold 37mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Calatrava
Php 843,534
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
79
IT
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
TOP
Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, official retail price: 10.000 CHF
Php 239,368
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Rolex Lady-Datejust 178240 Very good 31mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust Midsize Men's or Ladies Steel Watch 178240
Php 266,722
Verified Dealer
147
US
Hanhart Pioneer 712  01056 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Hanhart Pioneer TachyTele chronograph full set 712 01056
Php 131,368
Verified Dealer
34
UK
Seiko Prospex SPB099J New Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko Zimbe LE Prospex Red Shogun Men's Titanium Watch SPB099J
Php 172,411
Verified Dealer
PH
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BR/58/J20 Very good Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Breguet Reine De Naples 8918br/58/j20.d000 Rose Gold 36.5mm
Php 1,863,818
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591
CH
Sinn 903 903.045 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 903 St B E
Php 164,717
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Rolex Sea-Dweller Black Dial Men's Watch 126600
Php 713,416
Free shipping
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256
US
IWC Big Pilot IW501005 New Bronze 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot’s Heritage
Php 581,355
Verified Dealer
796
UK
Rolex Explorer 114270 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Explorer
Php 302,076
Free shipping
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IT
Breguet Tradition 7037BA/11/9V6 New Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Tradition, new, official retail price: 35.200 CHF
Php 1,224,262
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Paul Picot Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Paul Picot Megarotor GMT Grand feu Enamel
Php 370,101
Verified Dealer
125
CH
Rolex Yacht-Master 40 16623 Very good 40mm
Rolex - Men's Gold & Stainless 40mm YachtMaster Champagne...
Php 489,421
Free shipping
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6
US
Seiko Prospex SRP637K1 New Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko Black Monster Baby Tuna Prospex Men's Watch SRP637K1
Php 22,218
Verified Dealer
PH
Armand Nicolet M02 AN7142B Unworn Rose gold 43mm Automatic
Armand Nicolet, M02 Complete Calendar, Men's Watch, 18K Rose...
Php 333,547
Private Seller
 
CA
Rolex Day-Date 36 128238 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
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Rolex Day-Date 36
Php 3,545,780
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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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