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Luminox Tony Kanaan 1181 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Luminox 1181 Mens Tony Kanaan Limited Edition Valjoux Automati...
Php 56,082
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308
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Bremont Hawking-LE-SS New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bremont Hawking LIMITED EDITION Stainless Steel 41mm Automatic...
Php 498,259
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308
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Zenith Defy El Primero 97.9001.9004/80.R922 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Ultraviolet Watch Last One
Php 548,359
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111
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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA RJ.T.CH.SP.002.01 New Steel 50mm Automatic
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Romain Jerome - Steampunk Chrono Black - Ref.: RJ.T.CH.SP.002....
Php 477,627
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Rolex Submariner Date 116613LB Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Angeles City
Rolex Submariner Date
Php 750,000
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Rado 10115 Very good 50mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Rado Voyager Presidents Type
Php 448,657
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PH
Seiko 5 SNKK45 Good Steel 38mm Automatic The Philippines, Pasay
Seiko SNKK45 Seiko Nautilus Blue
Php 40,000
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PH
Rolex Milgauss 116400GV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, METRO MANILA
Rolex Milgauss GV
Php 428,026
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PH
Rolex Datejust 16234 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic The Philippines, Parañaque
Rolex Datejust
Php 295,000
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PH
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAY201B Very good Steel 43mmmm Automatic The Philippines, tarlac
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Aquaracer Calibre 5
Php 90,000
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PH
Omega Seamaster DeVille 165.002 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Cainta
Omega Seamaster Deville
Php 58,176
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PH
Seiko Grand Seiko SBGE249 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Seiko Grand Seiko Heritage GMT Spring Drive Limited Edition
Php 360,000
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PH
Seiko Prospex SRPB01K1 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
Seiko Prospex
Php 37,388
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PH
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M WAY201A.BA0927 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, Davao city
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
Php 80,000
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PH
Panerai Radiomir PAM00294 Very good 47mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Panerai Radiomir Historic PAM 294
Php 1,000,000
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PH
Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey 521.NX.7071.LR Unworn Titanium 45mm Automatic The Philippines, Angeles City
Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey
Php 450,000
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PH
Chanel J12 H3131 Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Chanel J12 H3131
Php 184,199
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Breitling Chronomat Colt A17313101F1A1 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic The Philippines, 1012
Breitling Chronomat Colt
Php 110,000
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PH
Seiko Presage SRQ019J1 Very good Steel Automatic The Philippines, Makati
Seiko Presage Seiko 60th anniversary limited chronograph
Php 165,000
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PH
Omega Seamaster 300 CK 14755 Fair 38mm Automatic The Philippines, Paranaque
Omega Seamaster 300
Php 450,000
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PH
U-Boat Classico 2269 Fair Steel 45mm Automatic The Philippines, 1221
U-Boat Classico
Php 73,102
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PH
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CN-0016 Very good Ceramic Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield
Php 170,000
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PH
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
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady WAU2211.BA0861 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic The Philippines, 1423
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Lady
Php 80,000
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PH
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW370603 Good 39mm Automatic The Philippines, Pasig City
IWC Fliegerchronograph
Php 155,784
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PH
F.P.Journe Octa L PT 40 A SI Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
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F.P.Journe Classique Octa Lune LN PT 40 A
Php 3,138,109
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 500M CAK2111BA833 Very good 43mm Automatic The Philippines, Zamboanga city
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Calibre 16
Php 110,000
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PH
Bulova J305559 Good Steel 40mm Automatic The Philippines, Caloocan City
Bulova RARE Coffin Shape Accutron
Php 100,000
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PH
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10 Good Steel 43mm Automatic The Philippines, General Trias Cavite
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Php 121,263
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PH
Rolex 1061661 Good 34mm Automatic The Philippines, Quezon City
Rolex 1500
Php 209,373
Private Seller
PH
Tissot 7A7GC06Q3 Unworn 25.6mm Automatic The Philippines, silang
Tissot T087.407.55.037.00
Php 30,000
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PH
Glashütte Original Very good 35mm Automatic
Glashütte Original Spezimat Automatik GUB 10-30 Datum Herrenuh...
Php 79,319

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Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10106 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland Worldtimer
Php 239,168
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC288-0001400-XA1442 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Automatic 40mm Black Dial Mens...
Php 249,254
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887
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Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
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Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179 White Gold
Php 697,164
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816
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose Gold Chronograph "New"
Php 5,752,136
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572
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Tudor Black Bay 79220B Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Tudor Heritage Black Bay Rose & Smiley full set
Php 176,777
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H.Moser & Cie. Venturer 2327-0202 Very good White gold 39mm Automatic
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H.Moser & Cie. Venturer Small Seconds
Php 535,896
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Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 00196 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Chrono OP6665
Php 411,732
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Corum Admiral's Cup (submodel) 694550371CG12 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral´s Cup Regatta 18k Rose Gold Edición Limitada 600...
Php 902,177
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99
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Rolex GMT-Master II 116710LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex GMT Master II Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Oyster...
Php 663,009

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JeanRichard Paramount Unworn 38mm Automatic
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JeanRichard Paramount Pack 3 watches
Php 1,135,290
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC267-1202400-HA1441 New White gold 39mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 18k White Gold Auto 39mm Men's...
Php 348,906
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887
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 522.32.40.20.04.001 522.32.40.20.04.002 522.32.40.20.04.003 522.32.40.20.04.004 New Steel 39.5mm Automatic
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Omega Olympic 2008 Beijing China 522.32.40.20.04.001
Php 1,489,792
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816
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 7300/1200A-010 New Steel 36mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Twenty~4 Automatic "New"
Php 1,301,799
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572
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Zenith Defy Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat Very good Steel 37.5mm Automatic
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Zenith Vintage Defy High Beat
Php 53,527
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19
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 3109 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu Chronograph
Php 299,105
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144
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IWC Ingenieur Automatic IW322404 Very good Carbon 46mm Automatic
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IWC Ingenieur Automatic
Php 581,268
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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 393,567
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99
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Rolex Sky-Dweller 326933 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
Rolex Sky-Dweller Stahl / Gold Automatik Oyster Perpetual Ref....
Php 996,028

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Seiko Prospex SRPB09J New Steel 44mm Automatic The Philippines, Manila
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Seiko Japan Made Limited Edition "Blue Lagoon Samurai" SRPB09J
Php 41,326
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231
PH
Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti PFC329-1260700-HA1442 New White gold 43mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Atalante 18k White Gold Flyback...
Php 947,116
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887
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Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
Php 512,716
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816
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV5185 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Men's CAV5185.FT6020 Grand Carrera Automatic...
Php 205,563
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901
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Zodiac Sea Wolf Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Automatic Blue Rubber  ZO9270 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 Automatic Blue Rubber ZO9270
Price on request
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372
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time 7900V/110A-B546 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Dual Time New 2020 Model Black...
Php 1,370,848
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 90275-52-111-BA6A Unworn Rose gold 36mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 XXL Perpetual Calendar Equation...
Php 1,394,451
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Cartier Santos (submodel) WSSA0009 Unworn Steel 39.8mm Automatic
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Cartier Santos De 47.5mm Custom Full Diamonds Ice Blue Dial
Php 822,538
Professional dealer
46
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Rolex Datejust 116234 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex Datejust 36 Stahl / Weissgold Diamanten Oyster Perpetual...
Php 514,665

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Omega Constellation Constellation Manhattan Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Manhattan Vintage 1985 Auto Chronometer...
Php 94,467
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56
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Franck Muller Vanguard V45 SC DT KRYPTON CARBON New Carbon 44mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Vanguard Krypton Carbon Case (New Full Set)
Php 514,275
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Panerai Luminor 1950 PAM 00243 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00243 1000m 44mm -FULL SET-
Php 400,728
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241
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Panerai Luminor Submersible 6561 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Submersible Vintage Limited Edition 44 MM...
Php 272,167
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901
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Junghans Meister Junghans Meister Worldtimer  Automatic 27/5012.02 New Steel 404mm Automatic
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Junghans Meister Worldtimer Automatic 27/5012.02
Price on request
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372
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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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