About Automatic Watches
Also known as “self-winding,” automatic watches channel the natural energy and motion of the wearer’s wrist to operate and oscillate the inner components. One key feature that often catches the attention of the time-conscious is that you don’t have to regularly wind these pieces to ensure accuracy. Rather, when fully wound, automatic watches can last for about 40 to 50 hours, while other pieces like the A. Lange & Sohne Lange 31 runs seamlessly on a 744 hour power reserve.
Automatic Watches: The Ins and Outs
Today, most mechanical timepieces feature an automatic movement and a caseback that gives you a glimpse of the oscillating rotor and winding springs that are in lockstep with your every move. Although automatic watches feature a crown for manual winding, it’s important to keep in mind that refraining from manual upkeep is suggested by most manufacturers in order to minimize wear and tear of the interior.
3 Automatic Watches Every Enthusiast Needs
Below are a few recommendations for automatic watches—whether you’re buying your first luxury watch or adding to an expansive collection.
Datejust: One of the most ubiquitous automatic watches, the Datejust features the brand’s signature magnifying window and runs on the motion of the wearer’s wrist. With a sophisticated touch, these pieces come in a variety of finishes including steel, gold and steel, and solid gold.
Tank: As an iconic collector’s piece since the 1920s, this automatic watch model was worn by celebrities and artists from Cary Grant to Andy Warhol, making it a coveted piece that’s cherished by many.
Submersible: Crafted with a variety of band, dial, and material colors and finishes, the Submersible is a unique option for any watch enthusiast. One of their most popular models, this automatic watch is designed for underwater exploration.
Automatic Watches Make the Best Gifts
Whether you know exactly what you’re looking for in an automatic watch, or you still have some research to do, our selection of synchronous spectacles are sure to impress even the most revered collectors. If you’re thinking about giving an automatic watch to the timely in your life, read our gift guide to find some gift inspiration, like the Zenith El Primero, credited as the first automatic chronograph movement on the market. Or, on the hunt for rare automatic watches that you can only purchase pre-owned? Read our article to learn more about unique timepieces like the Richard Mille RM 016 Automatic that are hard to find, but a privilege to wear.