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Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00982 or PAM982 New Titanium 47mm Automatic
TOP
Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Nery Edition 47mm
฿561,220
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
37
AU
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Q1558420 or 1558420 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Calendar Stainless Steel 39mm
฿272,247
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
37
AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26231ST.ZZ.D027CA.01 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet 26231ST.ZZ.D027CA.01
฿819,791
Verified Dealer
19
HK
IWC Da Vinci Automatic IW358102 New Steel 40.4mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Da Vinci Automatic 150 Years
฿230,965
Free shipping
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37
AU
Richard Mille RM 027 Rm27-01 Very good Carbon Automatic
TOP
Richard Mille RM 27-01 Rafa Nadal (Limited of 50) WIRE ONLY
฿26,095,546
Verified Dealer
13
US
Rolex Datejust 21874 Good 36mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Rolex Datejust Boy
฿89,000
Private Seller
TH
Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master Gilt Dial Fuchsia Bezel 1675
฿1,170,839
Verified Dealer
14
FR
Seiko 6105-8110 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Thailand, Wattana
Seiko 1973 Seiko Diver (Ref. 6105-8110) "Captain Willard"
฿72,638
Private Seller
TH
Orient 46E001 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Orient Day Date Automatic Gold Dial Presidents Watch Very Rare
฿16,310
Private Seller
TH
Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Good Titanium 50mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Richard Mille RM 011
฿4,357,402
Private Seller
TH
Seiko Grand Seiko 9R65-OCJO Very good Titanium 40 m.m.mm Automatic Thailand, Hua Hin
Seiko GRAND SEIKO SPRING DRIVE TITANIUM
฿105,874
Private Seller
TH
Bulgari Diagono SD40S RE Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Diagono Pro Aqua Regatta Chronograph 40mm B&P
฿138,792
Free shipping
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412
PL
Orient FEV03000WS Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Orient Day Date Automatic Presidents Men's Watch Japan
฿14,026
Private Seller
TH
Orient FEV03002W Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Orient Automatic Day Date President's Watch Very Rare
฿18,430
Private Seller
TH
Romain Jerome Moon-DNA RJ.M.AU.028.01 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Romain Jerome Moon-DNA
฿247,745
Verified Dealer
13
US
Orient 46E90191CS Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Orient Day Date Automatic Black Dial Presidents Men's Watch...
฿20,224
Private Seller
TH
Seiko Credor 4282 Good 38mm Automatic Thailand, Hua Hin
Seiko CREDOR 8L75-Phoenix GCBR995
฿60,321
Private Seller
TH
Seiko 5 SUAA81K Unworn Steel 25mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Seiko RARE SEIKO 5 AUTOMATIC LADIES DRESS WATCH SUAA81K
฿6,198
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Bubble Back 5028 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Semi-Bubble Back Ovettone 5028
฿281,144
Verified Dealer
14
FR
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6388-SS001-330-1 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Thailand, SRIRACHA
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe
฿52,000
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 114300 Unworn Steel 47mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Rolex Oyster Perpetual 39 limited Edition
฿195,000
Private Seller
TH
Seiko SRPE83K1 Unworn Steel Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Seiko Red Spacial (Brian May's the guitar Limited Edition)...
฿22,834
Private Seller
TH
Seiko SRPD08K Unworn 42mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Seiko SRPD08K Sea Urchin ( Mashu Lake Limited Edition 1963 pcs)
฿13,863
Private Seller
TH
Hermès Dressage DR1.785 Unworn Yellow gold 40  case without crownmm Automatic
TOP
Hermès Dressage 1928 18K Gold New Box Papers
฿459,083
Free shipping
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412
PL
Rado 22656745 Good Steel 37.0mm Automatic Thailand, Chiang Mai
Rado Purple Horse 30 Jewels
฿12,232
Private Seller
TH
Breitling for Bentley AB0118A11L1X1 Unworn Steel Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Breitling Premier Bentley Edition Racing Green
฿190,000
Private Seller
TH
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371601 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
IWC Portuguese Chronograph 150 Years Anniversary Edition
฿291,944
Private Seller
TH
Seiko 6R15-00D0 Fair Titanium 44mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Seiko SBDC009 Shogun Titanium with Orange Dial [Rare]
฿59,000
Private Seller
TH
Patek Philippe Very good Steel Automatic Thailand, 90110
Patek Philippe 3800/1a-011
฿1,467,874
Private Seller
TH
Seiko SARB049 Unworn Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Seiko SARB049 (LAND MONSTER)
฿12,885
Private Seller
TH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph in FULL Black...
฿935,000
Private Seller
TH
Omega Constellation 167.005/6 Automatik Chronometer Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Constellation 18K Gold Automatic Service 04/2020
฿284,346
Verified Dealer
536
DE
Seiko Prospex SPB055J Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic Thailand, Talingchan
Seiko Prospex Zimbe no.4 SPB055J Zumo Purple NEW
฿45,667
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Daytona 116589RBR Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona SODALITE-GHIERA DIAMANTI
฿1,313,190
Verified Dealer
17
IT
Rado Ref. 11815 Good Steel 37.0mm Automatic Thailand, Chiang Mai
Rado MANHATTAN
฿12,885
Private Seller
TH
Seiko Unworn Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Seiko Zimbe SRPE14K ( Zimbe 13 Limited Edition 999Pcs)
฿29,357
Private Seller
TH
Cartier Tank Anglaise W5310008 Good Steel 47mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Cartier Tank Anglaise XL - in-house movement, no longer in...
฿123,954
Private Seller
TH
Orient Star FEM5G00JB9 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic Thailand, Samutprakan
Orient 3 Stars FEM5G00JB9, Automatic, Men's, Japan
฿5,056
Private Seller
TH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712/1A-001 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Patek Philippe Nautilus
฿2,320,000
Private Seller
TH
Mido Multifort M005.431.11.441.00 Good Steel 42mm Automatic Thailand, Muang Nonthaburi
Mido Multifort
฿16,800
Private Seller
TH
Omega Seamaster 166.027 Good Steel 37mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Omega Seamaster
฿70,820
Private Seller
TH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712G-001 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
Patek Philippe Nautilus
฿2,100,000
Private Seller
TH
Unworn 43mm Automatic Thailand, Suratthani
Parnis Power Reserve Automatic
฿3,914
Private Seller
 
TH
Unworn 44mm Automatic Thailand, Suratthani
Parnis 200 m Diver Automatic
฿3,914
Private Seller
 
TH
Glycine Combat 3945.004 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Thailand, Rawai
Glycine Combat Chrono 3945.15AT
฿42,405
Private Seller
TH
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-014 Very good White gold 38.5mm Automatic Thailand, BANGKOK
TOP
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar
฿1,141,680
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Day-Date 36 1803 Very good Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Day-Date
฿238,339
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Ulysse Nardin Dual Time 243-55 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Ulysse Nardin Gmt Dual Time Big Date Silver Dial
฿97,866
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
219
RO
Unworn 40mm Automatic Thailand, Suratthani
Parnis GMT Automatic
฿3,914
Private Seller
 
TH
Dewitt Academia AC.1102.53.M652.NE030.53 Very good Rose gold 43mm Automatic
Dewitt Academia Seconde Retrograde - 18k Rose Gold, MoP
฿327,372
Verified Dealer
123
BG
Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV293-BL-ST/SST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR V2
฿82,670
Verified Dealer
59
NL
Tudor Black Bay Bronze 79250BB Unworn Bronze 43mm Automatic Thailand, Bangkok
TOP
Tudor Black Bay Bronze
฿142,000
Private Seller
TH
Rolex Datejust 116234-datejust-white-oyster-bnp Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 2007 SS Datejust White Dial Oyster Band Box, Papers,...
฿195,553
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
393
US
Zenith 49.2520.400/98.R578 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chronograph 49.2520.400/98.R578
฿210,395
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
941
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520
฿693,962
Verified Dealer
493
NL
IWC Aquatimer (submodel) Good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Aquatimer Vintage Dive Watch
฿228,598
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Zenith Port Royal 03.0550.4021 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero Port Royal Automatic
฿113,881
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
219
RO
Rolex Submariner Date 168000 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Submariner Date Tropical dial
฿567,625
Verified Dealer
61
NL
Junghans max bill Automatic 027/4701.02 New Steel 38mm Automatic
Junghans max bill Automatic - Saphirglas -
฿34,876
Verified Dealer
3328
DE
Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV294-BU-G-ST/SST New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 AERONAVALE
฿109,539
Verified Dealer
59
NL
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-1210301-HA1412 New 45mm Automatic
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 005 Chronograph Automatic 18k...
฿391,401
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
627
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 15200 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 1999 SS 15200 Date Blue Dial w/ Service Papers & Box 34mm
฿130,315
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
393
US
Omega Seamaster 26365091 Very good Rose gold
TOP
Omega Seamaster Professional 18 Rosegold wavy dial
฿284,346
Verified Dealer
274
DE
Montblanc 1858 117832 New Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Montblanc Ungetragene 1858 Automatic 40 mm
฿77,937
Verified Dealer
136
DE

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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