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Automatic Watches

Automatic watches, also known as self-winding watches, are timepieces that do not require manual winding to keep accurate time. Instead, they use the natural motion of the wearer's wrist to wind the watch's mainspring, which powers the watch's movement. Automatic watches typically have a rotor, a weighted metal disc that rotates with the movement of the wrist, which in turn winds the mainspring. The invention of automatic watches revolutionized the watch industry, as they eliminated the need for daily manual winding, which was a common inconvenience for many watch wearers. Automatic watches are also known for their accuracy and reliability, as they are powered by the natural motion of the wearer's wrist, rather than a battery. One of the key features of automatic watches is their power reserve. Most automatic watches have a power reserve of around 40 hours, meaning they can run for approximately two days without being worn or wound. However, some high-end automatic watches have a power reserve of up to several weeks. Automatic watches come in a variety of styles and designs, from classic dress watches to sporty chronographs. They are often more expensive than quartz watches, as they require more intricate mechanisms and craftsmanship. However, many watch enthusiasts prefer automatic watches for their traditional mechanical movements and timeless appeal.

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Eric Smith

CITATION : "Eric Smith. 'Automatic Watches.' Design+Encyclopedia. (Accessed on April 23, 2024)"

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