Harwood, Original Maker Of The Automatic Wrist Watch

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Harwood, Original Maker Of The Automatic Wrist Watch

Post by koimaster » November 16th 2011, 2:38pm

If you ever wanted to know who the original maker of the automatic wrist watch was, it was Harwood, a British watch company. They didn't invent the automatic winding mechanism, that was done previously in pocket watches, but they were the first to bring them to the wrist watch with a patent in 1924. Founder, John Harwood was a soldier in World War 1 and a watch maker. He wanted to create a watch that could withstand the elements better, as well as make it more convenient. He understood that constantly winding a hand-wound watch exposed it to lots of dust and other types of wear. Thus, it seemed an obvious solution to bring automatic winding via an internal rotor to the wrist watch. The design of which needed to be miniaturized and modified to work best on the wrist, rather than the pocket. In addition, Harwood created an interesting crownless, bezel adjustment system.



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Re: Harwood, Original Maker Of The Automatic Wrist Watch

Post by bobbee » February 1st 2021, 4:21am

No, he wasn't!
Article by David Boettcher, a Fellow of the the British Horological Society, and a friend of mine. He is probably best known for his writings and articles for the NAWCC, and also his wristwatch knowledge at his own website, vintagewatchstraps.net

https://bhi.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/20 ... -AOTM2.pdf

I even get a mention at the end of the British Horological Journal article, under 'Acknowledgements'.
See also here:

https://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php? ... ost5474783
where I post about the original articles and patent I unearthed about the 1890 automatic watch.
And here:


Is where I first posted about my finds back in 2014 and later in 2016.
LeRoy also made several (at least four) wristwatches with pendulum movements in and around 1922, before Harwood even thought of making one.
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