Automatic Watch Definition: How, Who, Why?
Looking for a great watch and don’t know what kind to get? Automatic watches are very popular, unique, and stylish. Not sure what exactly an automatic watch is? Just like the name implies, an automatic watch is great and easy, because the watch “automatically” winds itself when worn. The mainspring in an automatic watch ( i.e. a self-winding watch) is wound as a result of the watch wearer’s arm motion.
Want to learn more?This article will tell you:
How does an automatic watch work?
Who invented the automatic watch?
Why you should buy an automatic watch?
HOW exactly do they work?
A watch that winds itself by your wrist’s motion? It may sound a little confusing.
The movement of your wrist and body causes the rotor (a metal weight attached to a winding mechanism) to pivot freely on its staff in the center of the movement.
The rotor rotates back and forth in a circular motion at the slightest action of your wrist. The rotor’s movement then winds the mainspring.
A mainspring is a flat coiled spring that provides power to automatic watches.
In order to provide a comparison, check out a hand-wound watch. These type of watches take more effort because the wearer must wind the watch by turning the crown.
WHO invented them?
The rotor system seen in automatic watches today was both developed and patented by Rolex. It was first introduced into the Oyster line as early as 1931. Rolex’s technical chief at this time, Emile Borer is credited with inventing the modern rotor system.
However, while Borer is credited with today’s technology in the automatic watch, the first person to develop a rotor was Abraham-Louis Perrelet (1729-1826). Perrelet was one of Switzerland’s greatest watchmakers and even commonly referred to as the “father of the automatic watch.” He first introduced his idea in 1770, but it did not perform too well because pocket watches (the popular watch during this time) did not move much while in people’s pockets. In other words, this initial rotor system did not move around enough to wind the mainspring adequately.
Other famous watchmakers are attributed with working on and improving this initial rotor system as well. In fact, many great watchmakers in the 19th century enhanced the rotor system. However, it was not until after World War I that Rolex made significant improvements and automatic watches truly became a popular watch style.
WHY should I buy one?
Although they temporarily fell out of style during the 1970s, automatic watches have become increasingly popular since the mid-1980s, and today are more popular than ever. In the past 10 years, fine mechanical watches have staged a comeback on world markets. Automatics have rebounded as part of the mechanical counter-revolution.
So why buy one? Why are they all the rage?
There is just something so unique about an automatic watch. The time and skill involved in making a watch like this is very much appreciated, especially by watch collectors.
The technology of an automatic watch is hundreds of years old. It involves a myriad of parts, yet it still keeps accurate time. There is a human element involved in these types of watches, quite unlike any other. Indeed, the movement of the watch is assembled by hand.
Another great feature and reason to purchase an automatic watch is because of its clean and natural ability. Automatics run on “clean” energy; there are no batteries needed—just simple wrist power.
For a classic and stylish look, consider the Classic Collection of automatic watches by Orient. While the most up-to-date technology is used in its making, the design is a more classic style. This style of an automatic watch is suited for numerous occasions, formal or casual.