The art of fine watchmaking can certainly be defined by the expert craftsmanship and high-quality materials featured in a timepiece, as well as the meticulous automatic or mechanical movement inside. Just like a well-crafted high-end automobile, all of the elements of a luxury wristwatch work harmoniously together to create a true masterpiece of precision and design.
Serious watch collectors and aficionados would concur that the ultra-precise automatic or mechanical movement inside is perhaps one of the most important features to consider when purchasing a watch. Mechanical watches have a spring-driven mechanism and are powered by a series of gears oscillating back and forth at a constant rate. Automatic watches on the other hand feature an oscillating weight that moves up and down and operate at the motion of the wrist when in use.
Mechanical watches require manual winding on an almost daily basis to keep the movement running properly, while automatic models remain running when in use and require a watch winder when not in use.
Luxury high-end automatic watches are featured this week at TheWatchery.com with our Automatic Time Event. Over 335 automatic watches are highlighted in the promotion, including styles from Rolex, IWC, Cartier, Breitling, Porsche Design, Ebel, DeGrisogono, Greco, Perrelet, Greco, Corum, Bell & Ross and Bvlgari.
IWC, the International Watch is perhaps one of the most respected and revered Swiss watchmakers in the world today. The brand’s fine timepieces stand high above the rest and the IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Automatic Chronograph for men is an extraordinary choice.
The perfectly round case in premium grade stainless steel has a satiny brushed finish. The high-performance black rubber strap with textured detail adds to striking good looks and has a deployment clasp closure for added convenience.
The stationary integrated bezel surrounds the legible black dial with two-subdials, a white outer dial with minute indexes, luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers. Features include an automatic date window, 60-minute and 12-hour registers.
An exhibition skeleton case back lets you see the intricate 38-jewel automatic movement inside. Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial and water-resistance to 60 meters. IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Automatic Chronograph is 43mm in diameter and 15mm thick.
For generations the Rolex name has been synonymous with precision crafted automatic timepieces, since many of the brand’s models for both men and women feature intricate automatic movements inside. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Automatic watch is certain to impress in premium grade stainless steel and 18K yellow gold.
This outstanding men’s watch has been awarded Chronometer certification by the esteemed COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Test Institute). The handsome Tonneau shaped case in premium grade stainless steel has a lustrous, mirror-bright finish. The case in presented on the signature Jubilee bracelet in premium grade stainless steel with polished 18K yellow gold accent links.
The Rolex signature fluted bezel in polished 18K yellow gold surrounds the metallic gold colored dial with polished baton hands, raised Roman numeral hour markers and a magnified Cyclops date window at the 3 o’clock hour.
Features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above dial, along with a screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust men’s watch is 36mm wide and 12mm thick.
Although Porsche Design is a relative newcomer in the world of horology, the brand’s watches are produced by legendary watchmaker Eterna, a brand Porsche Design purchased in 1999. The Porsche Design Dashboard Automatic men’s chronograph offers Swiss time-keeping excellence at its finest.
The contoured, perfectly round case in 18K rose gold has a satiny brushed finish and is presented on a supple black calfskin strap. An exhibition skeleton case back lets you view the automatic movement inside. The integrated, stationary 18K rose gold bezel encircles the black dial with a tachymeter outer dial, three sub-dials, luminous hands and Arabic numeral hour markers.
Features include an automatic date window at the 4 o’clock hour, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers. Additional features include a scratch resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a screw-down crown and case back for water resistance to 100 meters or 330 feet. Porsche Design Dashboard Automatic men’s chronograph is 44mm in diameter and 15mm thick.
Breitling is another pre-eminent Swiss watchmaker renowned for its precision automatic timepieces. The Breitling Chronospace Automatic Chronograph for men is a testament to the brand’s superlative craftsmanship and design. The highly pronounced case in brushed and polished premium grade stainless steel is presented on the signature link bracelet in brushed stainless steel.
The bidirectional rotating stainless steel bezel with a U-notched detail edged rim surrounds the black dial with three sub-dials, luminous sword hands and outlined square hour markers. Features an automatic date calendar, small-second, 30-minute and 12-hour registers.
Additional features include a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal above the dial, along with a locking screw-down crown and case back for water-resistance to 200 meters or 660 feet. Breitling Chronospace Automatic Chronograph is 46mm in diameter and 15mm thick.
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IWC vintage watch image courtesy of Wiki Commons.