How does the automatic watch in the DB5 collection work?

You've fallen for our watch made from an Aston Martin, but you may be wondering exactly how it works. In this article, we'll explore in detail how the automatic watch from the DB5 collection works, giving you an in-depth understanding of its mechanisms.

What is an automatic watch?

Before diving into the specific workings of your Aston Martin DB5-based watch, it's important to understand what an automatic movement watch is. Unlike quartz watches, which use an electronic oscillator powered by a battery, automatic watches use a mechanical movement powered by the movement of the wearer's wrist. This movement is picked up by a rotor, which winds the barrel spring to provide the energy needed to operate the watch.

Who invented the automatic watch? 

The invention of the automatic watch is often attributed to Abraham-Louis Perrelet, an 18th-century Swiss watchmaker. He is known to have created the first self-winding watch in 1770, based on a rotor mechanism. Since then, automatic watches have become a mainstay of Swiss watchmaking, combining tradition, precision and mechanical ingenuity.

How does our DB5 collection watch work?

The watch in the DB5 collection features a high-precision automatic movement designed to reflect Swiss engineering excellence and the heritage of the Aston Martin brand. Here's a look at the key elements that drive this iconic watch:

The elements of our watch from the DB5 collection:

  • The rotor: The rotor is an essential component of the automatic movement. It moves with the movement of the wearer's wrist, winding the barrel spring and supplying the energy needed to operate the watch.
  • The barrel spring: The barrel spring stores the energy required to operate the watch. It is wound by the rotor and gradually releases this energy to power the movement's various components.
  • The transmission: The transmission ensures the efficient distribution of energy from the barrel spring to the other components of the movement, such as the escapement and balance wheel.
  • The Escapement : The escapement regulates the regular release of energy from the barrel spring, allowing the balance wheel to beat at a constant and precise rate.
  • The balance wheel: The balance wheel swings back and forth at a constant rate, regulated by the escapement. This oscillation ensures the precise measurement of time.
  • The display: The time on the watch in the DB5 collection is displayed by a set of dials, hands and hour-markers designed for optimum legibility and elegant aesthetics.

An automatic watch with manual winding

Our watch based on the Aston Martin DB5 is a self-winding mechanical watch, which means that it can also be wound manually using the crown or automatically with wrist movement. More information on how to wind my watch from the DB5 collection is available in our buying guide.


When you choose a watch from the DB5 collection, you're opting for much more than just a fashion accessory. You are investing in an exceptional automatic timepiece, designed to offer precision and reliability. Every component of the watch produced from an Aston Martin DB5 bonnet is carefully designed and assembled with unrivalled attention to detail, a testament to the excellence of watchmaking craftsmanship. To find out more about the care and operation of your Aston Martin DB5 watch, please visit our DB5 Buying Guide. Discover the passion and craftsmanship behind every piece in this iconic collection, and wear your DB5 collection watch with pride and confidence.