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Watch Movement 101

Watch Movements 101

There are several considerations to be made when purchasing a luxury watch, and the type of movement you choose is one of the most important decisions you will make. For those who are unfamiliar, a watch's movement refers to the mechanism that causes it to tick. Manual, automatic, and quartz watch movements are the three main varieties. Each one has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so you should be aware of them before making a purchase. Explore the three types of watch movements and the principles of each one below.

Characteristics of Manual Watches

At some point, you have probably asked, “How does a watch work?” To answer, a timepiece is made up of an intricate system of mechanical moving parts that stay in motion to keep time. The most significant aspect of each movement is how the watch is powered. Manual watches are powered by hand-winding. Manual movements are the most fundamental type of watch movement and they are often appreciated for their precision, craftsmanship, and legacy in the world of watchmaking. 

Wearers should consider that manual watches must be carefully wound every day or weekly depending on the style of watch. When manually winding the crown, wearers should remove the watch from their wrist and twist only until they feel a tightness. The coiled mainspring stores potential energy that will gradually power the internal mechanism. Winding the crown past this point could damage the internal movement.

Characteristics of Automatic Watches 

Automatic watches work similarly to manual movements, but instead of manually winding the watch, kinetic energy is used to power the watch movement. As a person moves while wearing the watch on their wrist, the rotor spins and transfers energy to automatically wind the mainspring. Automatic watches, also known as self-winding movements, are favored for their ease of use. The only exception is if an automatic watch has not been worn in some time, it may require hand winding the crown to regain accurate timekeeping. 

Characteristics of Quartz Watches

Now that you understand the mechanical varieties, it is time to understand how quartz watches differ. A quartz movement is battery-powered and does not require winding like its mechanical counterparts. Horologist experts agree that quartz movements provide the most accuracy out of all of today's modern movements. In quartz movements, the internal battery sends an electrical current through a small quartz crystal. The electrified crystal creates vibrations that generate voltage to power the movement and motor controlling the timepiece's hands.

Quartz movements only require battery replacements. It's important to replace the battery quickly to avoid a battery leaking acid and damaging the quartz movement. A quartz battery can typically last up to two years before needing to be replaced.

Find Your Next Luxury Watch at Bhindi Jewelers

Trust the watch experts at Bhindi Jewelers to help you make an informed decision the next time you are searching for a new timepiece. With locations in both California and Georgia, visit a luxurious showroom in Artesia, Glendale, Decatur, or Newark to experience unparalleled customer service and an exceptional selection of timepieces. Holding the distinction as an Authorized Rolex Dealer, Bhindi Jewelers is equipped with a vast assortment of preeminent timepieces and a staff of watch specialists with the expertise to help you find the perfect fit.

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