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What is an automatic watch?

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An automatic watch is a mechanical timepiece that has a mainspring wound automatically due to the natural motion of the wearer's arm. This natural movement of the wearer provides energy to the self-winding watch to run without any manual winding required.

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What is an automatic watch?
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An automated watch or a self-winding watch consists of a rotor, or eccentric weight, that turns on a pivot. The natural motion of wearer's arm is translated into a circular motion of the rotor, which pivots on a staff that is connected to a ratcheted winding mechanism. Through a series of reversers and reducing gears, the rotor eventually winds up the mainspring.

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