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Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 Unworn Rose gold 49.94mm Automatic
TOP
Richard Mille Titanium & Rose Gold Flyback Chronograph Watch...
R 3 591 321
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215
US
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar 5396G-014 Unworn White gold 38.5mm Automatic
TOP
Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar White Gold 5396G-014
R 637 631
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
215
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Selfwinding 15400ST.OO.1220ST.02 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Stainless Steel White Dial...
R 369 395
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
268
US
Omega De Ville Prestige 424.53.40.20.02.001 New Rose gold 39.5mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial
R 82 967
Free shipping
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268
US
Breguet Classique Complications 5317BR/12/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Tourbillon, new official retail price:...
R 1 189 165
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 New Carbon 44.25mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Dark Side Of The Moon NEW
R 123 864
Verified Dealer
32
US
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days 47mm PAM 00504 # PAM504 Unworn Ceramic 47mm Manual winding
TOP
Panerai PAM 504 RADIOMIR COMPOSITE 3 Days - NET EXPORT
R 83 305
Verified Dealer
23
DE
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 2201.50.00 Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
R 35 000
Private Seller
ZA
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook R32500305 New Steel 37mm Automatic
TOP
Rado HyperChrome Captain Cook Limited Edition - Box & Papers 2020
R 29 162
Verified Dealer
262
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso (submodel) Q3908420 Very good Steel 42.9mm Manual winding
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Duo Q3908420
R 131 194
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
721
US
Rolex Lady-Datejust 179179 New White gold 26mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Lady-Datejust President Mother or Pearl 179179White Gold
R 160 877
Verified Dealer
604
US
Universal Genève Compax universal 285 Very good Steel Manual winding
TOP
Universal Genève 1950's Uni-Compax Spillman chronograph oversize
R 122 935
Verified Dealer
50
IT
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 6269 Very good Red gold 32,5mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Superflat 18K Gold Rosé Rotgold...
R 88 804
Verified Dealer
459
DE
Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster 81209 New White gold 34mm Automatic
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Rolex Pearlmaster 34, new, official retail price: 33.200 CHF
R 317 035
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Patek Philippe Calatrava 3426 Very good White gold 32mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Vintage White Gold Linen Dial Calatrava
R 126 089
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Hublot Big Bang 320.UI.440.RX Very good 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Mag Bang Limited Edition 320.UI.440.RX
R 241 826
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Ulysse Nardin Unworn 33mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Ulysse Nardin Automatic 21 jewels waterproof Incabloc
R 25 000
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Omega Very good Rose gold 49mm Manual winding
TOP
Omega 14K Gold Pocket watch taschenuhr from 1914
R 22 630
Verified Dealer
56
HU
Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLNR Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex GMT-Master II "Batman" 126710BLNR
R 233 803
Free shipping
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721
US
Rolex 126233NG Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
Rolex デイトジャスト 36 126233NG
R 184 546
Free shipping
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466
JP
Omega De Ville Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Omega De Ville vintage automatic steel 1960 Mens watch + New Box
R 15 329
Verified Dealer
676
UK
JeanRichard Paramount Unworn 38mm Automatic
TOP
JeanRichard Paramount Pack 3 watches
R 303 294
Verified Dealer
186
ES
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti, new, official retail price:...
R 294 384
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Rolex Oyster Precision Good Yellow gold 18mm Manual winding
TOP
Rolex Precision: Vintage Ladies Chameleon
R 49 077
Verified Dealer
21
CH
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 Very good White gold 46.2mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Big Pilot IW500402 White Gold
R 234 547
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Omega Genève 166.0163 Fair Steel 35mm Automatic South Africa, Claremont/ Cape Town
Omega Genève
R 8 897
Private Seller
ZA
IWC Cal. 32 Very good Yellow gold 48mm Manual winding
TOP
IWC Cal 32 14K gold Pocket watch from 1885
R 45 276
Verified Dealer
56
HU
F.P.Journe Octa AR G 40 A Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
TOP
F.P.Journe Octa Automatique Reserve AR G 40 A
R 395 047
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
721
US
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376801 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
IWC アクアタイマー クロノグラフ IW376801
R 63 922
Free shipping
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466
JP
Omega Seamaster Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Seamaster Crosshair 1960's vintage mens watch Automatic Box
R 23 982
Verified Dealer
676
UK
Franck Muller Master Banker 6850mb Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
TOP
Franck Muller Master Banker on Steel Triple Time Zone Date -...
R 76 834
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
566
NL
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin 545.OX.0180.LR New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
TOP
Hublot Classic Fusion Ultra-Thin, official retail price:...
R 252 934
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 4066 Very good Rose gold 34mm Manual winding
TOP
Vacheron Constantin Vintage Rose Pink Gold Dress Watch, Patrimony
R 90 603
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864 Very good Yellow gold 36.5mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples 8918BA58864
R 321 087
Verified Dealer
719
NL
Ingersoll Apache Very good Steel 48mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Ingersoll Apache Ingersoll Apache Automatic watch
R 2 800
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Bentley Flying B R4436512/B874 Very good Rose gold 38mm Automatic
TOP
Breitling 18 K. Bentley Flying B Jumbo Chrono. Full set
R 192 490
Verified Dealer
277
NL
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.029 Very good White gold 38.5mm Manual winding
TOP
A. Lange & Söhne Lange 1 101.029
R 351 071
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
721
US
Rolex Air King Precision 5500 Fair Steel 34mm Automatic
Rolex エアキング 5500
R 43 090
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
466
JP
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Daytona 16520 4 Lines dial 225 Bezel Full Set 1989
Price on request
Verified Dealer
189
IT
Patek Philippe Gondolo 2488 Very good Yellow gold 30mm Manual winding
TOP
Patek Philippe Gondolo Tank Yellow Gold - 2488
R 96 245
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
566
NL
Breguet Classique 5178BR/29/9V6.D000 New Rose gold 38mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Classique 38, new, official retail price: 26.700 CHF
R 255 954
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Piaget Emperador 12336 C 516 Unworn Yellow gold 34mm Automatic
TOP
Piaget Massive Emperador, Original Diamond Set Dial and Bezel
R 309 560
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 903 ST
R 47 718
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Rolex Explorer II 216570-0001 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Explorer II
R 126 346
Private Seller
ZA
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat
R 199 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
TOP
Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
R 116 788
Verified Dealer
1425
ES
Breitling Avenger Hurricane XB1210E4/BE89 Very good 50mm Automatic
Breitling アベンジャー ハリケーン XB1210E4/BE89
R 61 515
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
466
JP
Panerai Radiomir Black Seal PAM 000754 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Panerai Radiomir
R 44 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 1915 AB141112/G799/740P/A20D.1 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Breitling Transocean Limited Edition 100th Anniversary - ...
R 67 129
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
566
NL
Breguet Reine de Naples 9807ST/5W/J50 New Steel 32.7mm Automatic
TOP
Breguet Reine de Naples, new, official retail price: 17.500 CHF
R 184 981
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Omega Constellation Very good Yellow gold 30mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Full Yellow Gold Vintage Constellation
R 143 455
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
R 39 630
Verified Dealer
75
DE
IWC Porsche Design IW3702 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic South Africa, Harkerville
IWC 3702 serial number: 2297099
R 41 044
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Explorer 1016 Good Steel 36mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Explorer
R 279 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Montblanc Heritage Spirit 116534 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Asian UNICEF Limited...
R 58 232
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
362
LV
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/B01A-9097 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin オーバーシーズ クロノグラフ 49150/B01A-9097
R 211 291
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
466
JP
Bulgari Octo 103068 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Octo Finissimo 103068
R 205 108
Verified Dealer
1666
DE
Cvstos Challenge-R New Steel 50mm Automatic
TOP
Cvstos Challenge-R 50 Chronograph 50mm Automatic Open-Worked...
R 102 595
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
494
US
Rolex Datejust 116188 New Yellow gold 36mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex Datejust 36, new, official retail price: 29.800 CHF
R 298 235
Verified Dealer
36
CH
Ebel Lichine 8964970 Very good Yellow gold 33mm Automatic
TOP
Ebel Green Ladies Lichine
R 39 261
Verified Dealer
21
CH
Sinn EZM 13 613.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn EZM 13
R 36 395
Verified Dealer
75
DE
Bell & Ross 144 Good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Bell & Ross Pilot Chrono by Sinn
R 22 281
Private Seller
ZA
Rolex Submariner (No Date) 5513 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Rolex Submariner (No Date) "Bart Simpson"
R 399 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Sinn EZM 3 603.010 New Steel 41mm Automatic
TOP
Sinn EZM 3
R 25 558
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
362
LV
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Mechanical Watches: Technical Masterpieces

The mechanical watch is one of humanity's most important cultural innovations. For centuries, watches have been keeping track of time. Today, there is a myriad of environmentally-friendly mechanical watches running precisely without a battery.


Highlights

  • Watchmaking art - a fine piece of craftsmanship on your wrist
  • Incredible variety: a watch for every budget and taste
  • No batteries required: manual and automatic calibers
  • Famous diving watches such as the Rolex Submariner
  • Inexpensive automatic watch: Tissot PRS 516

Mechanical Watches: A Cultural Revival

Watch lovers and collectors have been enthusiastically celebrating mechanical watches for decades. Wristwatches from Rolex or Patek Philippe are considered some of the most coveted luxury watches there are, and for good reason. Both manufacturers produce mechanical timepieces that are valuable and maintain their worth. Some vintage models and limited editions even increase in value over the years.

However, there was a time when mechanical watches had a difficult time surviving. With the rise of inexpensive quartz watches in the 1970s, many watch manufacturers found themselves in extreme hardship. Some brands were forced to quit and have since disappeared; today, they are only known by watch experts. Before the quartz boom, mechanical wristwatches and pocket watches were everyday items. If you wanted to know the current time, you needed a watch, and at that time, most had a mechanical movement. However, since quartz watches were less expensive than their mechanical siblings in the mid-1970s, quartz timepieces almost completely wiped mechanical ones off the map.

Mechanical watches experienced a comeback in the beginning of the 1980s, however. Watch lovers and collectors rediscovered the charm of a ticking mechanical movement, and felt able to accept deviations of seconds or minutes. However, it was really about the technology and precision engineering inside the watch. Since most manufacturers switched to making quartz watches, fans of mechanical watches had to find these timepieces at flea markets, auctions, and in leftover stock. In those days, it was easy to get a good bargain. That changed a few years later when the demand for old mechanical watches exceeded the supply. Traditional watch manufacturers noticed this change and began to offer mechanical watches in their collections once again. New brands and manufacturers also began to spring up in abundance, such as the German brand Nomos. Roland Schwertner founded this business in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Classic watchmaking has been experiencing a renaissance and a completely unexpected boom in sales. Wristwatches have transformed from a basic commodity to a status symbol for both men and women.


Introductory Mechanical Watches

There is an abundance of mechanical watches, from inexpensive pre-owned or new models to mid-priced new watches to exclusive pieces which can cost upwards of a million euros. You can find pre-owned vintage watches from brands such as Seiko for less than 100 euros . These watches are often in good condition and are an inexpensive introduction to the world of mechanical watches. You can also find new watches from Japanese manufacturers such as Citizen, Orient, and Seiko in the 100 - 200 euros price range. There are many manufacturers, such as Junkers or Zeppelin, that use Japanese movements from Miyota in their introductory models. Miyota is Citizen's caliber department.

Swiss mechanical watches are also available at inexpensive prices. A used, vintage Tissot watch costs between 100 and 400 euros. A new Tissot PRS 516 , one of their most famous and popular models, costs around 500 euros. A highlight in this collection is the Powermatic 80 variant, with an impressive 80-hour power reserve. It's available for around 700 euros; usually, watches with long power reserves cost a few thousand euros. With an added stopwatch function, a used PRS-516 costs around 1,000 euros. New watches from this series cost around 1,600 euros. Mechanical watches from Certina, Hamilton, or Longines are in a similar price range to Tissot's.


Luxury Mechanical Watches from Omega and Rolex

The Swiss watch manufacturer Omega has an excellent reputation in the watch industry. Their timepieces are defined by their innovative technology, appealing designs, and an excellent price-performance ratio. One of Omega's most popular models is the Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch. This chronograph was the first to reach the Moon. Pre-owned models in very good condition are available for around 2,500 euros. New, the Speedmaster Professional costs at least 3,000 euros. Special editions like the Silver Snoopy Award Limited Edition have doubled in value: originally, the watch cost 5,900 euros, while it now costs 12,000 euros new.

Rolex is probably the most famous watch brand worldwide. There's no other brand that stands for luxury and prestige like Rolex does. The Submariner and the Daytona are two of the most sought-after Rolex models. The bicolor Daytona is available pre-owned starting for around 8,500 euros. Pre-owned Daytonas made of stainless steel, however, cost at least 10,000 euros. New, the bicolor model costs 10,000 euros; a new stainless steel model costs around 14,000 euros. Stainless steel Rolex watches are especially in demand and thus maintain a more stable value. The Paul Newman Daytona is also quite popular. This model can be identified by its contrasting dial edges and subdials. The numbers on the dial are in an Art Deco style. Models with reference number 6239 are particularly rare. If they feature a Paul Newman design, these watches can easily cost over 100,000 euros.

The Rolex Submariner, one of the first diving watches ever produced, is available pre-owned for around 4,500 euros. New models without a date display and the distinctive date magnifier cost about 6,000 euros. With a date display, the Submariner costs around 7,000 euros. A vintage Submariner with reference number 1680 and red writing on the dial costs between 10,000 and 20,000 euros. It earned its nickname "Red Sub" thanks to its characteristic red text.


Manual Winding Mechanical Watches

Every mechanical movement has multiple gears. In each movement, the energy for the movement of the wheels comes from a specific storage. In large grandfather clocks, these are weights attached to chains, and the chains must be pulled in order to wind the movement. Pocket watches and wristwatches, on the other hand, have mainsprings which can be wound via a key or a crown. The potential energy stored in the wound mainspring is released to the train in a controlled fashion. Mainsprings were also what made it possible to downsize movements. Another pioneering invention was the concept of crown winding, which made easy-to-lose keys obsolete. One of the first pocket watches with crown winding came from Louis Audemars. The business introduced this watch feature in 1838. You can also set the hands using the crown.

A mechanical movement functions very simply in theory. The mainspring receives its energy via the crown, winding stem, and wheels of the winding system. In order to prevent the mainspring from suddenly unrolling, there's a small stopwork. The train reduces the high force of the mainspring. The train's transmission is calculated so precisely that the seconds wheel makes a full rotation every minute. The escapement is located at the end. It's comprised of a pallet and an escape wheel. The escapement prevents the train from going out of control, and it ensures the watch keeps running by forwarding tiny force pulses to the balance wheel. The balance wheel keeps the pace of the movement, oscillating back and forth. It's comprised of the balance rim and balance spring, which is the beating heart of every mechanical caliber. Without the balance spring, the balance wheel along with the entire movement would stop moving after a short time. Thus, the escapement and oscillation systems form the base of every mechanical watch.

The motion train is located under the dial. Generally, this reduces the center wheel's number of revolutions by one-twelfth. The center wheel makes one rotation on its own axis every 60 minutes. Thus, the hour hand makes one full rotation every 12 hours.

Several different manufacturers are still producing manual winding mechanical calibers, such as Junghans, Nomos, Patek Philippe, and Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Technical Details of Manual Winding Watches

  • Movement design allows for flat cases
  • Manual winding
  • Runs without a battery for up to 8 days

Automatic Mechanical Watches

The invention of automatic winding revolutionized the mechanical watch, as automatic watches wind themselves just by being worn. The regular morning ritual of winding your wristwatch ceased to exist. In order for the watch to automatically wind, a rotor is used. Thanks to the constant force of gravity, it's always being pulled towards the center of the Earth. When you move your arm up and down, the rotor rotates around in the case and winds the mainspring.

Winding occurs uni- or bidirectionally, depending on the movement. A bidirectional winding system has the advantage that the movement's winding rotor is wound to the right and to the left. A unidirectional winding system powers the movement by winding it in one direction. Therefore, it takes longer to fully wind the watch. The Pellaton winding system is an especially efficient winding system. It winds the movement bidirectionally, using small movements of the oscillating mass. The inventor of the Pellaton winding system was Albert Pellaton, the technical director at the International Watch Company from 1944 to 1966.

Both winding systems have a so-called reduction gear. This converts the fast movements of the rotor into slower ones with a higher torque. The end of the mainspring is not directly connected to the barrel. Rather, the end is connected to the so-called slipping spring so that the mainspring doesn't break off. When the movement is fully wound, the slipping spring slides along the inner wall of the barrel.

Mechanical watches with an automatic caliber have many advantages to offer. For one, they're convenient, as they don't need to be wound by hand. They also don't require batteries to run, making them generally more environmentally friendly than quartz watches. Generally, automatic movements are also more precise than manual movements, as the oscillating mass provides constant tension to the mainspring. That involves constant torque, which positively affects the amplitude. Amplitude is a term referring to the degree of rotation the balance wheel moves per oscillation.

Amongst watchmakers, the in-house, automatic Rolex calibers are considered some of the best, most robust, and most precise movements in existence.

Technical Details of Automatic Watches

  • Wind automatically while being worn
  • Often more precise than manual winding watches
  • E