Rolls Ladies Automatic by Blancpain (Circa 1930) – First Woman’s Automatic Winding Wristwatch

Shortly after the creative genius of Blancpain’s watchmakers dazzled the world of Haute Horlogerie with the first automatic man’s wristwatch, another first was achieved, this time under the name of Rolls. Blancpain in 1930 created the first woman’s automatic winding wristwatch. In the diminutive package of a feminine timepiece, Blancpain managed to fit a 15-jewel self-winding movement.

The ingenuity of Blancpain’s design was enormous. Prizing a narrow feminine shape, there was insufficient room for a round winding rotor. The watch was wound instead by a sliding movement of the entire watch in its carrying frame. To facilitate that movement the watch was fitted with fine ball bearings to allow the gentle case movement serving to recharge the winding barrel.

This ultra-compact marvel lent itself to a range of highly fashionable ladies’ automatic wristwatches. Today the Blancpain Rolls is eagerly sought after by collectors eager to acquire a piece of watchmaking history.

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