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Watches

Automatic Timepieces: The Watch Collector's Choice

What is an Automatic Watch?

An automatic watch is designed to self-wind as you wear it, meaning the movement of your wrist powers the timepiece and keeps it ticking. Automatic watch movement involves a weighted disc, called a rotor, that rotates as you move, turning the winding mechanism inside. These timepieces were first invented in the 1920s; however they didn't become popular until the process was streamlined in the 1950s. Today, they are a popular collector's item for watch aficionados.

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Why Buy an Automatic Watch?

There are a few benefits of automatic watches:

  1. Timelessness: Automatic wrist watches fall into a mid-century sweet spot. They're the next evolution of hand-wound watches, but aren't quite as contemporary as quartz watches. There's a certain agelessness to this style of fine watch-making.
  2. No batteries required: Since the movement is self-winding, there is no need buy batteries. This is a perfect concept for people who wear their watches every day.
  3. Interaction: The symbiotic relationship between you and your timepiece has a poetic appeal – especially for collectors. Your watch relies on you for power and you depend on it for keep you on time. It's a special connection between man and machine.

Ross-Simons Automatic Watch Collection

We're committed to offering some of the best automatic watches in the industry. All of our self-winding watches come from esteemed brands with exceptional experience. Choose from classic styles in stainless steel with leather straps. Or opt for a high-performance timepiece with functional chronographs and a sporty look. To keep your self-winding watches in working order, browse our assortment of watch winders to store and display your collection when not in use.


Automatic Watch Maintenance

Automatic watch care begins with making sure it's clean and intact. Water-resistant watches can be wiped down with a soft, damp cloth and should have their water resistance checked periodically, as the gaskets and seals can dry out over time. Avoid exposure to intense pressure, chemicals, extreme temperatures, and magnetic fields.

We recommend letting a professional service your automatic timepiece every 3-5 years. However, there are ways to maintain your watch on a regular basis. First and foremost, make sure your watch is regularly active. This means wearing it daily to keep it wound. Otherwise, you will need to manually wind it to keep its performance at an optimal level.

If you don't want to wear it all the time and or deal with manual winding, there is a practical alternative: a watch winder. Emulating human motion, these special watch winding boxes keep your timepiece ticking with circular rotations. So you can store your watch safely and not have to worry about it falling out of sync.