Rolex watches are the perfect example of a technology that has been steadily improved and delivered in the most exquisite manner possible. The company has taken traditional watch technology and have given it a quality makeover.
One such innovation that Rolex uses is called automatic movement. This is a self-winding watch that uses kinetic energy to provide power. That power is provided by the movement of the wearer, which moves a weight in the watch, which in turn winds the main spring. Even the slightest movement can provide enough energy to wind the spring.
The History of Automatic Movement
Rolex didn’t invent automatic movement. That honor goes to Swiss watchmaker, Abraham-Louis Perrelet. His 18th century pocket watches used an oscillator, similar to a pedometer, to self-wind the mechanism as wearers walked around with it in their pocket.
That mechanism has been steadily improved, by Rolex and other watchmakers into the finely-tuned works of art we wear today. The company introduced their improved version of automatic movement in 1930 with the release of the Oyster Perpetual. It used a counterweight that could rotate 360 degrees and introduced a spring that could store enough energy to power the watch for up to 35 hours.
The automatic movement, as perfected by Rolex, has a mainspring that is wound by the movement of the arm of the wearer. The stored energy in the spring is enough to wind the watch, hence the term “self-winding” automatic movement. All of the watches in the Professional and the Oyster lines make use of the automatic movement of Rolex.
Rolex continues to be the finest examples of automatic movement watches in the world.
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