origins of self-winding rotor watches
Although the great book of history can never be closed, there are
sadly some pages that do not tell the whole truth, whether on purpose
or not. On this site, without wishing to be confrontational but
desirous of engaging in debate, I want to look again at the history
of the rotor mechanism that is used by all modern self-winding watches
made by the great names like Rolex, Patek-Philippe etc.
This invention of this rotor mechanism has, since 1952, been credited
to Perrelet but I would like to suggest a different attribution,
an attribution based on sound evidence and especially a document
dated 1778 lodged with the Paris Academy of Sciences.
All the great Masters of Watch Making such as Berthoud, Le Roy,
Jaquet-Droz, Sarton etc. and the great biographers such as Salomons,
Chapuis Daniels etc. have been interested in the question of the
all contrary views could and should be made known; this is how history