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adjective (of a timepiece)
  1. kept wound or wound periodically by a mechanism, as an electric motor or a system of weighted levers, so that winding by hand is not necessary.
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Origin of self-winding

First recorded in 1880–85
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  1. (of a wrist watch) having a mechanism, activated by the movements of the wearer, in which a rotating or oscillating weight rewinds the mainspring
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