Welcome to our collection of men’s automatic watches. This collection contains all men’s automatic watches stocked by Watch Supermarket, including brands such as Seiko, Rotary and Bulova. With prices starting from just over £100 and ranging to a high-end £1200, we’re confident we have the right automatic watch for you.
An automatic watch – sometimes referred to as self-winding or mechanical – is powered by an internal mainspring which captures energy from the movement of the wearer’s arm. Fully charged automatic watches reserve power for approximately 2 days, but many modern automatic watches can also be wound by hand using the crown; ideal for those who do not wear their automatic watch every day.
History of Automatic Watches
Automatic watches are said to have been invented by Swiss watchmaker Perrelet in the 1770s for use in pocket watches, although there is some debate that French scientist Hubert Sarton produced the first designs and description of an automatic watch.
By 1780, Perrelet had sold some of his watches to watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet who revised the mechanism and produced his individual variation upon the original design, naming his automatic watches as ‘perpetuelles’. Breguet’s watches suffered from reliability issues and were withdrawn from the market in approximately 1800.
With time, automatic mechanisms became far more successful for use in wristwatches as opposed to more traditional pocket watches by virtue of benefiting more naturally from the movement of the wearer’s arm than the body.
The first automatic wristwatch appeared in 1923 and was invented by British watchmaker John Harwood. Harwood’s automatic watches would run for 12 consecutive hours when fully wound and became moderately commercially successful until the demise of the Harwood’s company in 1931 following an economic depression.
In 1930, the Rolex Watch Company once more improved the design of the automatic watch, increasing the potential stored energy to allow their Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch to run for up to 35 hours.
Men’s Automatic Watches and Watch Supermarket
We are the UK’s newest, most dynamic and fastest growing online retailer of affordable men’s automatic watches. As officially authorised stockists, this means we only sell 100% authentic products; giving you the peace of mind that your men’s automatic watch is comprehensively protected by the manufacturer’s certified guarantee, will be safely and speedily delivered in corresponding designer packaging and will be provided with all the relevant documents of authenticity.
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Our knowledgeable, friendly sales team are only ever a phone call or email away and are more than happy to assist with any requests or answer any enquiries you may have, at your convenience.