REST API - Create issue with creator not set as watcher

Is there a way to create a new issue, via the REST API and not allocate the issue creator as a watcher at the same time?

When I use the REST API to bulk create issues, I am set to watch those issue, even though I am creating them on behalf of other people and have no interest in watching them. I know how to remove myself from being a watcher from an issue that’s been created, but it would nice to not be added in the first place.

I couldn’t find an option in the API itself but I found that my own Jira preference for “Autowatch” was set to “inherit from global settings”. When I change that to “disabled” then I no longer automatically get added to the watch list of issues I create. You can change this under Profile > Preferences (click the edit pencil and change Autowatch to disabled).