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Watch functions explained: Mechanical watches vs. Quartz

Watch functions explained: Mechanical watches vs. Quartz

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.

The choice of a watch can be difficult. Choosing a watch with a certain movement depends on your needs – whether you plan to wear it every day. If your priority is ease of use, then you should go for Quartz as they require a simple battery once every two years depending on the watch. Quartz watches are also more accurate in time than mechanical watches. But if you’re looking for something with beautiful craftsmanship, then you should probably get a mechanical watch. A mechanical watch can last for generations, and as it becomes more and more popular, the prices for a mechanical watch can vary between hundreds of dollars and hundreds of thousands of dollars, even millions in some cases.