When you go buy a new watch, you get the possibility to buy one with quartz, automatic, or manual movement these days. The choice between these 3 movements is very important because they are far apart from each other.
The function of Quartz movement
Quartz watches function on a movement with a battery which on its turn gives the electricity to a quartz crystal which makes the crystal vibrate at 32,768 vibrations per second and gives the energy to the stepping motor. The stepping motor passes on every 32,768 vibrations to the dial train which on its turn moves the hands of the watch.
The function of a Mechanical movement
Mechanical watches function on either an automatic or a manual movement, but they are both mechanical movements. The manual movement is the oldest movement in watch history as it dates back to the 16th century. Mechanical watches need to be wound to generate power for the watch to run, and they can be wound in two different ways - either manually or automatically. Manual watches need to be manually wound every time the power reserve runs out. Automatic watches, on the other hand, need no manual winding as they wind themselves by movements of the wrist.