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A LEGACY OF INNOVATION

Automatic watch movements are advanced timekeeping tools honed over generations of watchmakers striving for beauty and precision.

A LEGACY OF INNOVATION

Automatic watch movements are advanced timekeeping tools honed over generations of watchmakers striving for beauty and precision.
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1776

First automatic pocket watch movement invented by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet (powered for up to 8 hours)
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1923

First automatic wrist watch movement invented by British watchmaker John Harwood (powered for up to 12 hours)
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2021

Modern automatic watch movement with rotor that spins 360 degrees in both directions (powered for up to 36-48 hours)
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1776

First automatic pocket watch movement invented by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet (powered for up to 8 hours)
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1923

First automatic wrist watch movement invented by British watchmaker John Harwood (powered for up to 12 hours)
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2021

Modern automatic watch movement with rotor that spins 360 degrees in both directions (powered for up to 36-48 hours)

ANATOMY OF AN AUTOMATIC WATCH

Deconstructing the automatic watch into its key parts and their functions:
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ANATOMY OF AN AUTOMATIC WATCH

Deconstructing the automatic watch into its key parts and their functions:
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Watch Movement

Timekeeping engine that powers the watch
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Watch Case

Exterior metal shell that protects the watch
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Watch Dial

Decorative metal plate that displays units of time
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SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

Clear glass that is hard and scratch-resistant
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Watch Movement

Timekeeping engine that powers the watch
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Watch Case

Exterior metal shell that protects the watch
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Watch Dial

Decorative metal plate that displays units of time
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SAPPHIRE CRYSTAL

Clear glass that is hard and scratch-resistant
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Crown

Outside gear that adjusts and winds the watch
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HANDS AND DATE DISC

Tracking markers that display units of time
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Bracelet

Metal band that secures the watch onto the wrist
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Buckle

Clasp that releases and fastens watch onto wrist
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Crown

Outside gear that adjusts and winds the watch
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HANDS AND DATE DISC

Tracking markers that display units of time
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Bracelet

Metal band that secures the watch onto the wrist
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Buckle

Clasp that releases and fastens watch onto wrist

Did you know…

Because it winds itself when you wear it, an automatic watch is also known as a self-winding watch or wind up watch.

Did you know…

Because it winds itself when you wear it, an automatic watch is also known as a self-winding watch or wind up watch.

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