Automatic Watches

IWC Automatic Portofino IW3513 watch 2002 very good front

IWC

Portofino

IW3513

Very good | 2002
$4,610
3-9 days
TAG Heuer Calibre 6 Grand Carrera WAV511A watch 2010 very good front

TAG Heuer

Grand Carrera

WAV511A

Very good | 2010
$2,640
3-9 days
Rolex Automatic Datejust 126334 watch 2021 new front

Rolex

Datejust

126334

New | 2021
$22,640
3-9 days
Cartier Automatic Ballon Bleu WSBB0015 watch 2018 good front

Cartier

Ballon Bleu

WSBB0015

Good | 2018
$5,780
3-9 days
Rolex Two Tone Submariner 16613 watch 2003 used front

Rolex

Submariner

16613

Used | 2003
$20,900
3-9 days
Rolex Date Submariner 126610LV watch 2021 new front

Rolex

Submariner

126610LV

New | 2021
$25,590
3-9 days
Rolex Automatic Sky Dweller 326933 watch 2018 very good front

Rolex

Sky Dweller

326933

Very good | 2018
$23,700
3-9 days
Tudor Tiger Chronograph Prince 79260P watch 1997 very good front

Tudor

Prince

79260P

Very good | 1997
$5,790
3-9 days
Omega Planet Ocean Seamaster 2208.50.00 watch  very good front

Omega

Seamaster

2208.50.00

Very good   
$4,830
3-9 days
Jaeger-LeCoultre Grande Sport Reverso 290.8.60 watch 2003 very good front

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Reverso

290.8.60

Very good | 2003
$5,220
3-9 days
Jaeger-LeCoultre Compressor Geographic Master 146.8.83 watch 2005 very good front

Jaeger-LeCoultre

Master

146.8.83

Very good | 2005
$6,740
3-9 days
IWC Chronograph Portuguese IW371401 watch 2007 very good front

IWC

Portuguese

IW371401

Very good | 2007
$7,410
3-9 days
IWC Chronograph Portuguese IW371402 watch 2006 very good front

IWC

Portuguese

IW371402

Very good | 2006
$10,390
3-9 days
Rolex Lady Datejust 79173 watch 2002 good front

Rolex

Datejust

79173

Good | 2002
$6,230
3-9 days
IWC Automatic Ingenieur IW323603 watch 2010 very good front

IWC

Ingenieur

IW323603

Very good | 2010
$6,600
3-9 days
Rolex Automatic Explorer 214270 watch 2012 very good front

Rolex

Explorer

214270

Very good | 2012
$14,770
3-9 days
Rolex II Datejust 126300 watch 2021 very good front

Rolex

Datejust

126300

Very good | 2021
$13,930
3-9 days
Rolex Date Oyster Perpetual 15200 watch 1990 very good front

Rolex

Oyster Perpetual

15200

Very good | 1990
$6,110
3-9 days
Rolex Turn O Graph Datejust 116263 watch 2009 very good front

Rolex

Datejust

116263

Very good | 2009
$11,070
3-9 days
Breitling Chronomat Chronomat C13356 watch 2007 very good front

Breitling

Chronomat

C13356

Very good | 2007
$6,460
3-9 days
Omega Racing Speedmaster 326.30.40.50.11.001 watch 2019 new front

Omega

Speedmaster

326.30.40.50.11.001

New | 2019
$4,490
3-9 days
Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller 126660 watch 2020 very good front

Rolex

Sea Dweller

126660

Very good | 2020
$17,890
3-9 days
Omega Diver 300M Seamaster 210.30.44.51.06.001 watch 2021 new front

Omega

Seamaster

210.30.44.51.06.001

New | 2021
$7,470
3-9 days
Breitling Bentley Supersports Breitling For Bentley A26364 watch 2011 very good front

Breitling

Breitling For Bentley

A26364

Very good | 2011
$7,020
3-9 days
Cartier Octagon Santos 0907 watch  very good front

Cartier

Santos

0907

Very good   
$1,970
3-9 days
TAG Heuer Steve McQueen Monaco CW2113 watch 2005 very good front

TAG Heuer

Monaco

CW2113

Very good | 2005
$4,720
3-9 days
Audemars Piguet Diver Royal Oak Offshore 15710ST.OO.A002CA.02 watch 2017 very good front

Audemars Piguet

Royal Oak Offshore

15710ST.OO.A002CA.02

Very good | 2017
$29,040
3-9 days
Breguet Aeronavale Type XX-XXI-XXII 3800 watch 2000 very good front

Breguet

Type XX-XXI-XXII

3800

Very good | 2000
$7,920
3-9 days
Breitling Automatic Colt A17388 watch 2015 very good front

Breitling

Colt

A17388

Very good | 2015
$2,810
3-9 days
Rolex Automatic Datejust 126201 watch 2021 new front

Rolex

Datejust

126201

New | 2021
$15,110
3-9 days
Rolex Lady Datejust 278240 watch 2021 new front

Rolex

Datejust

278240

New | 2021
$9,160
3-9 days
Panerai 3 Days Automatic Radiomir 1940 PAM00619 watch 2015 very good front

Panerai

Radiomir 1940

PAM00619

Very good | 2015
$7,360
3-9 days

Certified, New and Pre-Owned Certified Automatic Watches from Leading Luxury Brands  

Whether you are seeking a new Rolex Daytona automatic watch, want to buy a pre-owned Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, or are simply browsing for new self winding watches from brands like Omega and Patek Philippe  for your collection, there are thousands of options on the new and pre-owned market.

What is an Automatic Watch?

Before the development of self winding watches, mechanical watches were manual. This meant that the owner was required to regularly wind their watch otherwise it would slow down and eventually stop. Not only was this inconvenient but it also led to many people over-winding their watches and damaging the movement. The answer to this problem was the development of an automatic watch movement that did not need to be manually wound by turning the crown. Instead, the mechanism is powered by kinetic energy that is harnessed as the wearer moves. Today, most mechanical watches from brands such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Breitling, Omega and Cartier are self winding, though manual wind watches are still available for those who prefer that option.

How Much Do Automatic Watches Cost?

The price of automatic watches for men and women has a wide range and depends on the brand, model and materials used in the timepiece. A luxury self winding watch set with diamonds in gold or platinum could have a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars. Those which also feature elaborate complications, such as those of the Grandmaster Chime Ref 6300G by Patek Philippe, can run into the millions. However, high-end automatic watches made from more accessible materials, such as stainless steel, and with more simple features have a more affordable price. Another option for those looking to buy automatic watches without spending a fortune is to consider the pre-owned market. It's a great way to get your hands on contemporary and retro watch models from brands like Rolex, Breitling, Panerai and Cartier.

Average Prices for Automatic Watches

Some of the most expensive self winding watches in the world come from famous brands such as Audemars Piguet with prices averaging around 30,000€ (40,000 US$). If you aren't looking to spend so much, you could buy automatic watch models from TAG Heuer and Omega, which have prices from just over 1,000€ (1200 US$).


  Average Prices for Automatic Watches           
   Watch Brand            Watch Model                           Average price (starting from, €/$US                           
TAG Heuer 

Aquaracer

1,160€/1,365$
TAG Heuer
Carrera  1,390€/1,635$ 
Omega   Constellation  1,720€/2,025$ 
TAG Heuer  Formula 1  1,780€/2,095$ 
Breitling   Colt  1,890€/2,210$ 
Omega  De Ville  2,240€/2645$ 
Omega  Seamaster  2,740€/3,230$ 
 Cartier Tank Americaine  4,640€/5,460$ 
 Cartier Santos  4,695€/5,530$ 
Rolex
Oyster Perpetual  4,990€/5,875$ 
Breitling
 Transocean Chronograph 5,070€/5,970$ 
Rolex   Datejust   6,020€/7,090$ 
Cartier  Calibre de Cartier 
9,570€/11,270$ 
Montblanc  Heritage Spirit 
13,480€/15,875$ 
Patek Philippe  Calatrava 
14,440€/17,000$ 
Rolex  Daytona 
 14,640€/17,240$
 Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 
15,500€/18,000$ 
Audemars Piguet  Millenary 
18,095€/21,000$ 
Patek Philippe  Complications 
23,780€/28,000$ 
Patek Philippe  Nautilus
33,120€/39,000$ 

Iconic Automatic Watches from Luxury Brands

Jaeger-LeCoultre, Omega, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Patek Philippe are just a few of the brands that have emerged as leaders and innovators in watch-making since the advent of the automatic movement. Each of these top names is renown worldwide for their unique, iconic contributions to the world of horology and style.

Omega Seamaster 

Though many people now instantly associate the Omega Seamaster with 007 James Bond, the waterproof diver's watch has been around since long before the 1990s, when it was first sported by the movie spy. Before the Seamaster, in 1932, Omega released one of the world's first automatic diver's watches – the Marine. Over the years, their experience and knowledge grew and allowed them to make design improvements, eventually leading to the release of the 1948 Omega Seamaster. Durable and water-resistant up to 60m due to the addition of an O-ring seal, the watch was sporty yet smart enough to wear with a suit. For the 70th anniversary of the 1948 Seamaster, Omega released two edition models in 18K white gold with Master Chronometer movements. The 1957 Seamaster 300 was part of Omega's Professional collection and featured enhancements including water-resistance up to 200m and thicker glass to withstand water pressure. Over the years, many variations of the Seamaster 300  have been produced including the Seamaster 300 Spectre to celebrate the brand's partnership with the Bond movies.

Rolex Submariner 

The Rolex Submariner wristwatch was introduced in 1954. Its design aimed to serve the dual purpose of providing accurate underwater time-keeping and presenting an attractive appearance. Features included an Oyster case to prevent water from entering the workings, rotating bezel, water-tight crown, clear numerals for easy reading and a date window. It was powered by the Calibre 3130 self winding movement. Rolex's diving watch quickly became popular amongst professional divers, but also earned famous fans including Steve McQueen, as well as Roger Moore and Sean Connery in the role of James Bond.

Cartier Tank 

Louis Cartier designed the Cartier Tank in 1917, inspired by the rectangular shape of Renault tanks used in battle during World War I. He gifted the original model to General John Pershing, an American military leader who had played an important role in the liberation of France. The wristwatch had clean lines that gave it an instant and classic appeal and ensured its status as an iconic Cartier design. Other Tank wristwatch models include the Tank Americaine , Tank Francaise and Tank Anglaise, each offering a fresh variation on the original.

Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak was born of a desire to create a new luxury sports watch that was very different from those available at the time. An Audemars Piguet marketing director approached the well-known watch-maker Gerald Genta and challenged him to come up with a design overnight,  before the 1971 Swiss Annual Watch Show in Basel. Genta, who had previously worked on the Omega Constellation and Patek Phillipe Golden Ellipse, decided to draw inspiration from the design of a traditional brass diver's helmet. 

Named the Royal Oak in honour of a British Royal Navy battleship, the steel watch had a distinctive octagonal bezel, adjustable bracelet, visible screws and a patterned dial. It was powered by a self-winding Calibre 2121 movement. This shock resistant movement was the successor to the Calibre 2120, which was designed as a collaboration between Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe. Although the initial reception of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak wasn't overly warm when in launched in 1972, the design soon won favour amongst those seeking exclusive timepieces with luxurious personality. Variations produced over the years include 1981 Royal Oak Perpetual Calendar, the 2010 Royal Oak Equation of Time and the 20th anniversary Royal Oak Offshore , designed by Emmanuele Gueit.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso 

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso is instantly recognisable with its clever hinged design that allows the face to be reversed. The original Reverso wristwatch was designed in the 1930s by Jacques-David LeCoultre. He had been challenged to create a piece that would be suitable for wearing while playing polo and came up with the sleek, sporty Art Deco styled timepiece. Over the years, this old-favourite from Jaeger-LeCoultre has been produced with many variations including moon-phases, tourbillon and dual-faces.

Patek Philippe Calatrava 

First launched in 1932, the Calatrava has become one of the most iconic Patek Philippe designs and for many is the ultimate men's dress watch. The original Calatrava Reference 96 was designed by David Penney and sought to channel the Bauhaus School concept of form following function. The essence of elegant simplicity, Ref. 96 had a round case with integrated lugs tapered for comfort in wear, and a clean, unfussy dial, with the 12”120 Calibre. The Ref. 96 Calatrava model was produced from 1932 to 1973 and gained a great following over the years. Patek Philippe have offered dozens of variations on the Calatrava including ladies watches and models with diverse complications.

Zenith El Primero 

The Zenith El Primero is claimed to be the first automatic chronograph. It was introduced in 1969 after many years of research and development. The 6.5mm thick and 29.33mm diameter calibre produced 36,000 vibrations per hour, beating all existing chronographs for accuracy. Zenith tested El Primero by attaching it to a Boeing 707 for a flight from France over the Atlantic to New York. Despite the extreme changes in temperature and atmospheric pressure, as well as harsh movements, the chronograph still kept perfect time and needed no adjustments. 

Automatic Watch Movements Versus Quartz Watch Movements – Which is Best?

Ask any group of watch aficionados whether an automatic watch movement or quartz watch movement is better and you'll likely to spark quite a debate. Both types of watch movement have their advantages and which one a person prefers tends to come down to what they are looking for in a watch. In general, a watch with a self winding movement will appeal to those looking for a timepiece which displays elaborate craftsmanship and precise design. Watches with quartz movements tend to be produced in higher numbers and therefore tend to be a more affordable option. They will appeal to those who want to own a high-end mechanical watch but aren't so concerned about its workings showing such masterful and intricate engineering.

Do I Need to Wear My Automatic Watch Every Day?

Unlike a quartz watch , which is powered by a battery and tiny quartz crystal, automatic watches use kinetic energy. The watch movement contains a spring which gathers energy as the wearer moves and uses it to make the complex components move and keep accurate time. Modern automatic watches have exceptional power reserves, with some models from brands like Hublot  and IWC Schaffhausen offering more than 60 hours of power from a full charge.

However, horologists recommend that owners wear their self winding timepieces regularly to keep them in tip-top condition. When an automatic watch runs out of power and is left unworn, problems may develop within the movement that can affect its accuracy. Many watch-collectors avoid this issue by storing any automatic watches that are not worn regularly in an automatic watch winder. This is a handy device which rotates the watch to prevent it from ever running out of power and stopping.

A Brief History of Automatic Wristwatches

The earliest design for an automatic watch is attributed to Swiss watchmaker Abraham Louis Perrelet. In 1778, Perrelet developed a mechanical device which used an oscillating weight to harness energy to power a pocket watch. The design, which is known as the Leroy watch movement, took around 15 minutes of walking to fully charge. 

Although Perrelet is considered by many to be the “father of the automatic watch”, he was not the only one to come up with such innovations. Around the same time, Hubert Sarton, a Belgian horologist developed a similar rotor-mechanism for timepieces. There is much disagreement amongst historians as to whose self-winding mechanism came first, however, it is safe to say that both were important in the development of the automatic watch as we know it today.

In 1770, Abraham Louis Breguet bought Perrelet's design and made some changes. He sold the resulting watches for a number of years but took them off the market in 1800 after customer complaints that they were not reliable at keeping time.

Throughout the 1800s and until after the First World War, automatic watches were produced in limited numbers. In the post-war period, the industry boomed as improved technology and manufacture techniques allowed for the production of self-winding watches. In 1923 John Harwood, a British watch-repairer, was one of the first to acquire patents for an automated watch, in both Switzerland and England.

Production of his designs began in 1928 in Switzerland and the “Bumper” watch soon gained popularity. These watches had a 12-hour capacity when fully charged.

The next major development in self-winding watches came with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual . Their innovative free weight system allowed the weights to rotate 360º to improve performance, resulting in a watch that boasted 35 hours reserve when fully charged. After this came the Eterna Watch, which incorporated ball-bearings into the movement to minimise wear and tear on the working parts.


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