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    Default The Golden Age of Automatics?

    A question occurred to me just now...when was the golden age of Automatics?
    It seems to me that, with exceptions like Harwood, the initial impact of automatic wristwatches was like a quick, bright flare on the surface of the sun.
    • Bumper autos came on the scene shortly after WWII;
    • Rotor automatics followed soon and had established prominence by the early-1960s;
    • By the early 1970s, their supremacy was heavily under threat from battery-powered watches (Accutron, electro-mechanicals, quartz);
    • By the end of the 1970s, very little automatic movement R&D was ongoing.

    Today's watch aficionado, however, is inundated with options to buy automatics...ETA 2824s, 2892s; Sellita; in-house (Rolex, Glashuette, etc.) etc.
    Has the automatic seen it's finest hour?
    Was it the early days of Rolex and Eterna and other pioneers, when it was relevant to the development of timekeeping?
    Was it the end of the 1960s when autos were the best watches available and everyone was scrambling to create self-winding watches with complications (alarms, chronographs)?
    Was it the 1990s mech revival, when it became nostalgic/esoteric?
    Is it now, when new producers are expressing their individuality?
    Is it yet to come?

    Last edited by Watch Carefully; 06-13-2016 at 03:35 PM.
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