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  2. Watch Batteries and Sustainability: What You Need to Know

    Watch Batteries and Sustainability: What You Need to Know

    There are two main types of watches —  the mechanical ones like Rolex Day Date or Panerai Luminor and quartz watches such as the TAG Heuer Formula 1 or Longines Conquest. If you have a quartz watch, then you most likely replace its batteries once every few years.   If you stumbled upon this website because your battery-powered watch stopped working, then you’ve come to the right place. From the different types available, down to their various environmental effects, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about watch batteries and sustainability. Types of Watch Batteries Not all watch batteries are created equal. So to help you decide which one is right for you, here are the five types and a brief description of each of them. Photo from Batteries Plus BulbsLithium Quartz Watch Battery One of the most popular watch batteries is Lithium Quartz. These batteries have a high voltage capability which usually is 3V, a low self-discharge rate, and long storage life. This type of watch battery is perfect for models that require a lot of power, such as quartz watches that have a lot of power-hungry features and functions. Silver Oxide Quartz Watch Battery Compared to the previous type, the Silver Oxide Quartz battery has a lower voltage. In particular, it only has 1.55V. Despite that, it is still the most popular type that’s widely used for quartz watches. It has high physical density and stability. Lastly, it is the perfect choice for eco-conscious people as it has a very small carbon footprint compared to the other types. Silver Peroxide Quartz Watch Battery Like the Silver Oxide Quartz battery, Silver Peroxide has a voltage of 1.55V. However, it is not as popular as the former, due to its poor voltage stability. But to make up for it, it has a very high capacity. Solar Cell Quartz Watch Battery Among the watch batteries listed here, the Solar Cell Quartz is the most environment-friendly. This is because it gets its energy from the sun, as its name implies. This is the battery used in solar-powered watches like the Seiko Astron, Casio Edifice, and Tissot T-Touch. With that said, this type of watch battery completely eliminates the need to dispose of your watch batteries. Mercury Oxide Quartz Watch Battery One of the first watch batteries ever invented was the Mercury Oxide Quartz. Technically speaking, this type of battery only has a voltage of 1.35V, which is low compared to the other watch batteries on this list. Apart from that, eco-conscious people might want to stay away from this type as it causes too much pollution. This is one of the main reasons why this type of battery is seldom used today. How and When to Change Watch Batteries If you’re wondering when to change the batteries of your watch, the answer is simple. Change it as soon as the watch stops working. Due to environmental issues, it is not advisable to change your batteries if it still works. But before buying another battery, it is wise to double-check if the battery is the problem and not the watch itself. If you are certain that there’s a battery-related issue, here is a step-by-step guide on how to change your watch’s battery. Image by Cherie Vilneff from PixabayWhat Would Need: A new battery that’s compatible with your watch Flat screwdriver Tweezers 1. Open the caseback. Fortunately, a lot of modern watches bear snap-off back panels that have indentations. All you have to do is press down the flat screwdriver into an indentation and pry off the caseback. 2. Locate and remove the old battery. After opening the caseback, try to find the battery. As mentioned above, it should be round and has a silver colour. Once you find it, try to remember which side it’s facing upward so that you can place the new battery correctly. Then use tweezers to gently ease it out of the case. 3. Place the new battery. Using the tweezers again, place the new battery into the slot while making sure the right side is facing upward. Gently press down the battery to make sure it is secure. 4. Double check if the watch is now working. Now that you’ve placed the new battery, don’t close the caseback just yet. First, inspect if the watch is now working. If not, then it’s either you have another defective battery or the watch itself is broken. If it’s the latter, then we suggest bringing your timepiece to a trusted repair shop. 5. Return the caseback. If your watch is now working, then congratulations! You can now put the caseback in place and enjoy your watch. Effects of Watch Batteries on the Environment As mentioned above, using watch batteries has environmental consequences that happen even before you pop it into your watch. To explain, your watch batteries are made with materials like mercury and lithium. Unfortunately, these resources have to be mined, which has detrimental effects on the environment. Apart from that, a big percentage of watch batteries are not being disposed of properly and end up in landfills. These batteries may leak and pollute the soil with the toxic chemicals they contain. Recycling Watch Batteries For the eco-conscious people, you can still enjoy your quartz watch guilt-free by recycling watch batteries. Batteries can be a bit confusing to recycle compared to plastic bottles. This is due to the toxic chemicals that they contain. But as a rule of thumb, the best course of action is to take it to a recycling facility. Depending on where you live, some cities have drop-off sites where you can bring your batteries. Meanwhile, some towns have special programmes where you can just put the batteries in a special bag and place it beside your bin for pick-up. To add, there are a few companies like Watch Battery Buyers that pay you to recycle those batteries. Simply put, they buy your used silver oxide batteries so they could recycle them. That’s a pretty sweet deal as you get to save the Earth and you earn some beer money. 10 Eco-Friendly Watch Brands to Support Of course, we all have the responsibility to take care of our planet. And a good way to reduce our carbon footprint is by buying products that are made with eco-friendly materials. Apart from using eco-friendly materials like recycled PET bottles, some brands like Seiko and Citizen continue to develop efficient quartz movements that require minimal power. One good example is by using solar-powered watches which eliminates the need to replace batteries. But the above example is just the tip of the iceberg. Each company has its own ways to achieve a sustainable business model. Let’s find out below how these companies help with the fight against global warming. 1. Citizen To start this list, the Japanese brand Citizen is one of the top players when it comes to sustainability. And as proof, they created the Eco-Drive technology, which based on its name, is eco-friendly. This technology powers some of its watches, including the Citizen Attesa, Citizen Promaster, and Citizen Exceed. As mentioned above, watch batteries from quartz watches can cause environmental problems. This is exactly what the Eco-Drive aims to prevent. Simply put, the Eco-Drive technology powers the world’s first light-powered analogue quartz watch. It allows watches to use light instead of batteries as a power source. When fully charged, the Eco-Drive watch can run for months even in darkness. For their efforts to reduce carbon footprint, Citizen received an Eco Mark certification, which is a label managed by the Japan Environment Association (JEA). Apart from that, it also won a gold prize at the JEA’s Eco Mark Awards 2014, which is a first for a watch brand. While it’s been decades since the first Eco-Drive watch was introduced, Citizen continues to innovate. Staying true to their “Better Starts Now” slogan, they carry on with improving their technology to better serve the planet and their customers. 2. Chopard Chopard has made sustainable luxury its top priority. If truth be told, the brand is even considered the first ethical luxury jewellery brand. They even made a pledge in public to use only sustainably-sourced precious metals like gold. To start, they have a centralized raw material procurement team in their Geneva headquarters. This team works closely with a dedicated sustainability manager. Furthermore, they make sure that their gold is from small-scale mines that are part of the Swiss Better Gold Association (SBGA). Besides the SBGA, they also get their gold from Responsible Jewellery Council-certified refineries. The same process is done with their gemstones. For example, the diamonds set on their watches are verified by the Kimberly Process Certification Scheme. This guarantees that the stones used are conflict-free. There are a lot of challenges that face the jewellery industry when it comes to social and environmental issues. However, Chopard has proven that a luxury brand can make products that are ethically-sourced and environmentally-friendly. Hats off to Chopard for having this kind of initiative! And if you are interested in supporting them, you can check out their collections like the Chopard L.U.C., Chopard Happy Sport, and Chopard Happy Diamonds. 3. Blancpain Luxury brand Blancpain is known for creating the world’s first modern dive watch — the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. And as a watchmaking giant that excels in making dive watches, it’s no surprise that they are also committed to preserving the world’s oceans. In fact, they even have a name for it: the  Blancpain Ocean Commitment (BOC) program.   With that being said, Blancpain has been working closely with divers, scientists, and environmentalists to entice more people to join their cause. And apart from getting more people to care for the oceans, they have also spent a lot of resources to help keep the oceans safer. One of their most recent efforts was the launch of the Bathyscaphe Mokarran Limited Edition, which was released in July 2020. This special watch model is dedicated to protecting the great hammerhead shark. The project not only studies the marine animal in French Polynesia, but it also supports the Mokarran Protection Society. For every purchase of the special-edition watch, $1,000 goes to the project’s funds. Moreover, Blancpain, along with other organizations, helped establish a coral reef biodiversity baseline. This project is a long-term monitoring program that helps study the structure of the reef fish and coral communities. 4. Oris Another brand that is active in protecting our oceans is Oris. Like Blancpain and IWC, Oris is dedicated to partnering with organizations that prioritize sustainability. A few of those are the Pacific Garbage Screening and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDSC). Apart from collaborating with eco-conscious groups, they also hold events like the World Clean-Up Day. Their sustainability is also obvious when it comes to their products. Back in 2018, they introduced a game-changing strap that’s made with recycled plastic. This move helps clean up the planet as plastic pollution is prevalent. To boot, some of their watches even have casebacks made with recycled PET plastic. Furthermore, a lot of their Oris Aquis models were made in partnership with certain eco-conscious organizations and causes like the Point No. 1 Lake Baikal Conservation Project. Of course, a percentage of their profit goes to the said cause. And apart from the monetary assistance, they also help spread awareness about marine conservation and the importance of recycling. Based on their history, the Swiss brand has been doing this for years. Indeed, Oris is an ethical luxury watch brand that deserves your support. Besides doing their part in making the Earth a better place to live, they also make great watches. What more can you ask for? 5. IWC When it comes to sustainability, IWC is definitely ahead of the game. In fact, they have plans to become the most sustainable and ethical luxury watchmakers on the planet. To boot, the Schaffhausen-based manufacture was the first-ever watch brand to use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as a benchmark for their first sustainability report. Based on their sustainability report, a few of their 2020 objectives include reducing greenhouse-gas emissions by 10% and attaining the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) Code of Practices recertification. Of course, these are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to their journey to sustainability. To explain how they reduce their carbon footprint, IWC uses 100% renewable energy. Yes, they not only try to be eco-friendly when it comes to the production of their watches, but they also use renewable sources for their headquarters’ electricity needs. Furthermore, their boutiques use energy-saving lightings too. Considering that IWC has a lot of boutiques worldwide, imagine the amount of energy that’s being saved. All things considered, the brand truly deserves the title of being the “Luxury Brand to Trust” since 2014. So if you want to support IWC or simply sport an eco-friendly wristwatch, a few collections you should consider are the IWC Aquatimer, IWC Big Pilot, and IWC Portugieser. 6. Rolex Rolex is good at a lot of things and that includes staying eco-friendly. In 2019, the watchmaking giant launched an environmental campaign called the ‘Perpetual Planet’. This initiative consists of supporting research on environmental issues like climate change. Apart from that, it also includes collaboration with the National Geographic Society. To expound on how the program works, they organize the Perpetual Planet Extreme Expeditions. The goal here is to observe and document the changes that take place in Earth’s most remote and vital environments. Data gathered from the trek can help track the health of the Himalayan water systems. Moreover, Rolex also gives support to biologists like Sylvia Earle. Her project, which is called the ‘Mission Blue initiative’, aims to protect the oceans through marine-protected ‘hope spots’. Due to this, a lot of marine species and endangered animals are being saved. Rolex has been supporting this project since 2014. There is no doubt that aside from creating high-quality timepieces, Rolex is also dedicated to saving the environment. If this made you admire Rolex even more, check out their popular models like the Rolex Datejust, Rolex Explorer, or Rolex Submariner. 7. Seiko Seiko is known for making both quartz and mechanical watches. And if you’re more a fan of the former, it’s nice to know that the Japanese watchmaker also offers more eco-friendly models. To be more specific, the Seiko Prospex and Seiko Astron collections both have solar-powered watches. This completely eliminates the need to replace and use watch batteries. However, if the model you want is not solar-powered, you don’t have to feel guilty. Even their battery-powered ones are more eco-friendly than the average quartz watch. In 2011, they launched a program called ‘Clean Energy’, which makes the watch energy-efficient, thus minimizing the need to replace the batteries often. To make this possible, they use a hibernation technology which stops the watch from moving when not worn. When you put it back on your wrist, it remembers the time it stopped and automatically corrects the time and date. This technology uses less than 3% of the energy that a normal quartz watch uses. Imagine the number of watch batteries you will save if you plan to keep the watch for years. Of course, the watches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Seiko’s commitment to sustainability. Even in their offices, Seiko is taking measures to minimize energy consumption. These steps include using LED lighting, using a more efficient temperature setting for the air conditioning systems and using printers that are environmentally efficient. 8. Breguet Breguet is known for its maritime timekeeping ever since its founder was appointed as a horologer to the French Royal Navy in 1815. With that said, the brand’s affinity to the oceans was expected, which is why their chosen environmental cause is saving marine life. In 2018, the brand announced a five-year partnership with Race for Water. It is a foundation that creates solutions to minimize plastic waste in the ocean. Furthermore, they have a programme called the ‘Odyssey’, where a vessel sails around the world to raise awareness and educate people about preserving the Earth’s water. The vessel itself is also eco-conscious. To illustrate, it gets its energy from hydrogen, the wind (through a kite), and the sun. It not only reduces its carbon footprint but also proves that getting clean energy is possible. Apart from that, Breguet also held an event where volunteers collected garbage at the beaches of Hong Kong. From this event, they were able to collect about 10,000 pieces of rubbish like plastic bottles. To celebrate their partnership with Race for Water, Breguet even released a limited-edition watch. Although this may be hard to find nowadays, you can also check out their other Breguet Marine watches which are just as nice. 9. Ulysse Nardin Another eco-conscious watchmaker that we should talk about is Ulysse Nardin. To reduce their carbon footprint, they are building a sustainable innovation lab where they aim to root out materials that have a lower environmental impact. That being said, one of the materials they are using is called ‘Carbonium Gold’. Producing carbonium creates a 40% less environmental impact than other carbon composites. Apart from being friendly to the environment, it also has a stunning marbling effect caused by the fusion of Carbon and Gold. Talk about hitting two birds with one stone! This material can be seen in the Ulysse Nardin Executive Skeleton X watches. Moreover, Ulysse Nardin has been a member of the Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC) since July 2019. Its membership ensures that the materials used in the watches were sourced ethically. Apart from that, Ulysse Nardin supports the ethical gold industry. Since 2017, they have been procuring their gold through the Kering Responsible Gold Framework (KRGF). Before the year ends, the brand is also hoping to release a new model that emphasizes recycling. For now, we don’t have any more information about the watch, but it should be on every eco-conscious watch lover’s radar. 10. Panerai Last but not least, we have Panerai. Back in 2019, the brand started using EcoTitanium construction for their watches. Simply put, the timepieces are made with recycled aircraft materials, which they got from scrap yards. In addition to that, they made a Mike Horn Edition, which has a recycled watch strap. To be specific, these straps are made from PET plastic bottles. And if that’s not enough, the boxes that come with the watch are also made of recycled ABS plastic. Most importantly, the brand also tries to cut its carbon footprint by making its boutiques and offices environment-friendly. For instance, they use LED lighting. Furthermore, they encourage their employees to share documents via email instead of printing them to reduce the use of paper. If the brand has gained your admiration when it comes to sustainability, their Panerai Luminor and Panerai Radiomir collections are all worth a look. Final Notes Like most things we own, our watches may have harmful effects when it comes to the environment. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our hobby entirely. Thanks to technology, a lot of watchmakers have found solutions to reduce the environmental effects that these watches make. From using efficient watch batteries to making watches with recycled materials, each company has its own way of defining ethical luxury and sustainability. All things considered, supporting a sustainable brand is a win-win situation since you get to enjoy a high-quality watch and you help save the Earth at the same time.

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  4. Quartz Watches and Their Batteries: What You Need to Know

    Quartz Watches and Their Batteries: What You Need to Know

    If you’ve been sifting through a watch brand’s catalogue, you might have noticed that these watches are commonly divided into two camps — mechanical and quartz watches. Watch snobs will usually go for mechanical ones from big brands like Omega or Patek Philippe. However, quartz watches have their own charm. Apart from being cheaper, they are generally more accurate than their mechanical counterparts. In layman’s term, a quartz watch is battery-operated, whereas a mechanical calibre uses a mainspring that is wound up in two ways — from hand-winding or kinetic energy. One foolproof way to check if a watch is quartz is by looking at the seconds-hand. A quartz movement’s hand will tick once per second. On the other hand, a mechanical watch’s hand will sweep smoothly and not jump unlike a quartz’s. Why choose quartz watches over mechanical? Mechanical watches are more popular with hardcore enthusiasts. This is due to the fact that they value the craftsmanship that’s put into the watch’s gear. In short, luxury and hobby are major factors in choosing a mechanical watch over a quartz watch. On the other hand, here are a few reasons why you should not ignore quartz watches. 1. Quartz watches are more affordable. Quartz watches are generally cheaper than mechanical watches. In fact, a lot of big brands create iconic mechanical watches in quartz versions so more fans can experience it. If you’re on a tight budget and are not too big on the watch’s gears, then a quartz watch would be better suited for your needs. Image by fsHH from Pixabay2. They require less maintenance. Like cars and other expensive hobbies, watches require maintenance every now and then. These sessions can sometimes cost you up to $500. With quartz watches, you are not required to do this. In fact, the only thing you need to do is to change these watches’ batteries every now and then. 3. Quartz watches are more accurate. Quartz watches are far more accurate than mechanical watches. This is because they have less moving parts, thus they are more rugged. Apart from that, the quartz crystal provides a high Q factor and a low-temperature coefficient which improves its accuracy. Inside of a quartz watch | Photo from Informatic Cool StuffHow does a quartz watch work? As mentioned above, quartz watches are powered by a battery. But for a more detailed explanation, it has a low-frequency piece of quartz crystal that serves as an oscillator. The battery then sends electricity to the crystal via an electronic circuit. As an effect, the quartz oscillator vibrates with a precise frequency of 32,768 times/second. After that, the circuit counts the vibrations and generates the regular electric pulses which drive the motor that makes the watch’s hands tick. Factors to Look for in Quartz Watches While there is no such thing as a “best watch”, you can still find a watch that is a perfect match for you. Here are a few things that you should note when you’re looking for a new quartz watch. Brand Watches in general have a long history, which means that a lot of brands have a rich watchmaking pedigree. If you want guaranteed quality, you should check out which brands that have a lot of milestones when it comes to creating quartz watches. A few to mention are Seiko, Longines, and Hamilton. However, that’s not to say that you should ignore the emerging microbrands. In fact, there are a lot of small, unheard-of watchmakers that are showing a lot of promise. You just have to do the right research and read insightful reviews about them before buying. Image by Gabor Fejes from PixabayDesign When it comes to quartz watches, you have a lot of choices in design. One obvious rule is to choose the one that attracts you the most. However, what you want is not necessarily what you need. This is why it is important to know your lifestyle and where you will mostly use your watch. As a rule of thumb, choose the design that will blend in well with your current lifestyle. For instance, if you always find yourself in business meetings, an elegant dress watch such as the Baume et Mercier Classima or Cartier Tank will be your best bet. And if you are the adventurous type, a diver or a sports watch, like the Citizen Promaster, is a good match. Materials Watches are made with different materials. Some are more attractive than others while some are more durable. If you are the outdoorsy type, then find a watch that has a scratch-resistant case and crystal. A stainless steel case, for instance, can handle a lot of bumps. However, if you’re mostly indoors and you want something fancier, a watch made in 18K gold like a Rolex Oysterquartz might be a better choice for you. Yes, Rolex used to make quartz watches, too! So to conclude, each material has its own strengths and weaknesses and finding the perfect match for you will depend on your needs and lifestyle. Image by Gabor Fejes from PixabayFunctions A quartz watch’s functions can range from time-only to a world timer. This is why you have to prioritise getting a watch that can do whatever you need. If you only need a watch just to tell the time and to complete your outfit, a simple dress watch or Bauhaus-style watch will suffice. However, if timekeeping is crucial for your career like a racecar driver or an astronaut, you will need something that is more durable and functional. Now that technology is more advanced, a lot of watches, such as the Seiko Astron, can do complicated things like tell time from different time zones or do math. Recommended Quartz Watches from Iconic Brands Depending on your needs, below are some of the best quartz watches that you can find. Baume et Mercier Classima  Baume et Mercier has always been one of the best Swiss watch brands. However, there is no denying that high quality comes with a high price tag. To reach more fans, the brand decided to launch a new line under the Baume et Mercier Classima collection. Enthusiasts can now enjoy a Baume et Mercier watch with a more affordable price but with a catch — these are quartz watches instead of the usual mechanical. Design-wise, it retains the classical styling of Baume et Mercier. Case in point: the dial of the M0A10416 model featured above is clean with thin indexes and Roman numerals for hour markers. All of these come in a silver colour that contrasts well against the slate grey background. To boot, the small date window beside the 3 o’clock position is unobtrusive. To complete the look, this Baume et Mercier Classima Quartz comes with a black leather strap. Its crocodile pattern adds a touch of elegance to make it one of the most attractive quartz watches in the market today. Bulgari Serpenti  The Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Quartz watch takes a very unique approach when it comes to design. It has a snake motif that not only looks fashionable but also comfortable. That being said, it is a great addition to trendy women’s wardrobes. Just like a snake’s head, the case comes in an oval shape that broadens at the base. Its dial comes in a white background with a sunray pattern. Meanwhile, the hour markers come in silver applied indexes and Roman numerals. It must also be said that producing the watch’s bracelet is an elaborate process. To make the scales look realistic, the craftsmen at Bulgari had to enamel each of the scales separately by hand. These are then placed in intense heat before being assembled into bracelets. After that, they add the final touch by etching individual lines to completely mimic the scale of a snake. Overall, the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas Quartz featured above, is perfect for those who like setting the trend. So, if you’re looking for stylish quartz watches that look like no other, this model should not be overlooked. Cartier Tank One of the most iconic watches in history is a quartz watch — the Cartier Tank. This watch is a vintage military watch that Cartier fashioned after a Renault tank during World War I. Apart from that, its rectangular shape has become a signature style for the brand and has been one of the most copied designs. Staying true to its vintage roots, the size of the Cartier Tank is smaller than average. Indeed, the large model comes in a 34.8mm size, which is still considered tiny by today’s standards. And as mentioned above, its iconic dial comes in an Art Deco style that makes it a perfect dress watch. Its matching metallic blue hands and cabochon crown prove that Cartier takes fashion seriously. The Cartier Tank is one good reason why we shouldn’t dismiss quartz watches so easily. Despite lacking a mechanical movement, this model has climbed to the top of the list of most iconic watches. Casio Pro Trek The Casio Pro Trek is one of the more outdoorsy types of quartz watches. And as its name suggests, it features a lot of functions and durability that can handle a long trek in the wild. That being said, it shares a good blend of ruggedness, accuracy, and reliability. One of the first things that you’ll notice is its size. Like any other tool watches, it comes in a bulky case. In particular, it packs 51.6mm of diameter. But that size doesn’t go to waste as it is shock-resistant and has a water resistance rating of 100m. Furthermore, it has four pushers on the side to easily tinker with its functions. Speaking of functions, it offers a lot of goodies that you will need during an adventure. A few of those are the thermometer, a countdown timer, and a chronograph. In addition, the watch’s colour scheme is optimized for easy reading during the night. To conclude, this robust watch from Casio is a nice watch to add to your rotation if you’re one of the adventurous bunch. Its durability and functions can surely keep up with your timing demands. Chopard Happy Sport The Chopard Happy Sport collection is targeted towards the sporty and at the same time, fashionable ladies. The models in this collection feature a combination of steel and diamonds, which is why all of the timepieces you’ll see here have diamonds placed on the dial. Chopard has expertise in making fashionable dials, so let’s start with that. The Chopard Happy Sport 278509-3006 comes in a simple white and silver colour scheme that’s easy on the eyes. The background is made with a mother of pearl, while the hour markers come in silver. But wait until you see the main attraction — the dancing diamonds. They weren’t joking when they said that these are “Dancing Diamonds”. Indeed, these little gems spin around the whole dial like ballerinas as its name suggests. And to be honest, it is a very amusing addition. We wouldn’t blame you if you end up looking at your watch more than usual! All things considered, the Chopard Happy Sport Quartz watch is perfect for ladies who are looking for something unique in their watch. Citizen ProMaster  In terms of features, the Citizen ProMaster watch boasts great value for your money. It is equipped with the Citizen Eco-Drive technology, meaning it is solar-powered quartz. Thus, you wouldn’t have to worry about changing its batteries, unlike typical quartz watches. No doubt that its dial is cluttered due to its numerous features. A few of those functions are the compass, altimeter, calendar, and even a power reserve indicator. To add, it has a water resistance rating of 200m. With that, you don’t have to worry about submerging your watch for a quick swim in the lake. All things considered, the Citizen ProMaster Land Altichron Eco-Drive is a perfect match for the adventure-seekers. Besides its robust construction, the watch has a lot of handy features that you may need during an expedition. Seiko Astron The Seiko Astron is where it all started. And if you know your history, this model was the world’s first-ever quartz watch. Apart from that title, the Seiko Astron is also one of the most accurate quartz watches around, thanks to its ability to receive GPS signals.   When it comes to features, the Seiko Astron 8X Dual-time GPS Solar watch featured above, has a lot to offer for the globetrotter. For one, it adjusts to your current timezone with just a push of a button. Apart from that, it has a dual-time calibre that allows you to read two timezones at once. And finally, it has an aeroplane mode which turns off its GPS function to avoid interference with other electronic devices in the aeroplane. There is no doubt that this iconic watch from Seiko is one of the most technologically advanced quartz watches. It has accuracy and precision that are second to none. To add, the Seiko Astron has a lot of functions that you will not see in any other timepiece. Frederique Constant Classics  Despite being relatively new to the industry, Frederique Constant has been showing promise. One collection that caught our attention is the Frederique Constant Classics. This lineup consists of quartz watches that have a classical and refined appearance like the mechanical models of the brand. The Frederique Constant FC225ST5B5 features a case that’s made with yellow gold-plated 40mm polished steel. Meanwhile, its dial comes in white with a subtle diamond pattern. The brand calls this the “Clou de Paris” decoration. The indexes are all hand-applied and they match the colour of the case, along with the set of hands. Under the convex scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, it uses the calibre FC-225. This quartz movement contains 1 jewel and has a battery life of 25 months. That means you only have to replace watch batteries once every year. The Frederique Constant Classic Gents Quartz is a dressy watch for those who love classic styling. Its clean dial is attractive enough to be paired with a suit or a blazer. Franck Muller Heart to Heart Here’s another one for the ladies. The Franck Muller Heart to Heart collection sports a silhouette that is quirky and elegant at the same time – perfect for those who want a unique spin on their quartz watches. Like other Franck Muller watches, this model comes with a curvy case. Its dial has a silver guilloche design with Arabic numeral hour markers. These hour markers come in a black serif font that gives off a funky feel to the watch. You should know that the dial was manufactured entirely in-house. Each Franck Muller dial needs 20 layers of lacquer. This explains why it is such a pleasure to look at its dial. Furthermore, it is protected by a sapphire crystal to avoid scratches and cracks. To conclude, the Franck Muller Heart to Heart timepiece is a testament to the brand’s dedication to Haute Horlogerie. Apart from the reliable quartz movement that it has, its design is definitely unique and something to write home about. Grand Seiko 9F Quartz If you love Seiko but are looking for an upgrade, check out their luxury brand – the Grand Seiko. To be more specific, the Grand Seiko 9F Quartz is a fine collection of quartz watches that should be on any watch lover’s radar. While many quartz movements are produced by the automatic assembly, Grand Seiko’s 9F calibre is made entirely by hand. To expound, two craftsmen work on a calibre — one is assigned to assemble the date indicator and one is responsible for the movement. Even in quartz watches, Grand Seiko preserves its high-quality standard. Furthermore, the 9F movement uses a regulation switch that controls precision. If a watch becomes too fast or too slow because of external factors, this switch fixes it to its normal state. So, you can expect your watch to display top-notch accuracy even after years of using it. Last but most importantly, the Grand Seiko 9F watches use a protective shield construction. This shield prevents dust and other particles from entering the movement, thus minimising the risk of harm whenever you have to open the case to replace its battery. Kudos to Grand Seiko for assuring us that this watch is durable enough for our daily needs. Hamilton Jazzmaster Surprise, surprise! Hamilton also offers quartz watches, and some of them come from the Hamilton Jazzmaster collection. Apart from their famous aviation-themed timepieces, they also have refined dress watches. One such example is the Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz. This particular model takes a modern approach to your classic dress watch. Using Hamilton’s own words, it is “understated, yet bold”. True enough, its dial colour is brown which is neutral yet not as common as black or navy. Meanwhile, the calf leather strap comes in a greenish hue that matches the whole dial. Moving on to the movement, it uses a quartz calibre called the F06.111. It is an ETA movement that is used in a lot of big brands like Certina, Tissot, and even TAG Heuer. Furthermore, it has 3 jewels and a battery life of up to 68 months. It is indeed a reliable workhorse that you can depend on for a long period of time. Overall, the Hamilton Jazzmaster Gent Quartz is an affordable dress watch that feels and looks high quality. If you’re in the market for one but with a limited budget, this should be on your list. Its combination of reliability and good design is going to give you a lot of value for your money. Longines Conquest  In addition to mechanical timepieces, Longines has a rich history when it comes to making quartz watches. From the Ultra-Quartz in the late ’60s, the brand has improved its quartz technology. Now, they use the VHP (which means Very High Precision) calibre, as seen in Longines Conquest watches, that is guaranteed to keep time precisely and accurately. One specific model that caught our attention is the Longines Conquest VHP. This model is the perfect representation of the brand’s sporting elegance. Indeed, it is rugged enough to meet the demands of athletic users. And at the same time, it is guaranteed to make heads turn with its fashionable colourway and silhouette. Another thing to note about its movement is that it has an accuracy rating of +/- 5 seconds per year. This passes the COSC requirement for quartz movements which is +/- 25.55 seconds per year. And if that doesn’t impress you, it also has a GPD (Gear Position Detect) system, which allows the hands to return to its original position in case it falls or goes through a shock. It just goes to show how much Longines values their watches’ accuracy and durability. That being said, despite having a quartz movement, the Longines Conquest VHP is something that watch enthusiasts should admire. Types of Quartz Watch Batteries  Image by Cherie Vilneff from PixabayLithium Quartz Watch Battery Lithium watch batteries are very popular. This is due to their high voltage capability (usually 3V), low self-discharge rate, and long storage life. This is the reason why it is the most recommended type to use for a timepiece that is very power-consuming. Silver Oxide Quartz Watch Battery This type of watch battery typically has a voltage of 1.55V. It is also the most popular battery used for quartz watches. Among its characteristics are a high physical density and stability. Apart from those, people also prefer this battery as it does not create environmental pollution. Silver Peroxide Quartz Watch Battery The Silver Peroxide is also known as the divalent silver quartz watch battery and it has a voltage of 1.55V. This type of quartz watch battery has a high capacity. However, it has poor voltage stability which makes it less popular than Silver Oxide. Solar Cell Quartz Watch Battery Unlike the other quartz watch batteries, the Solar Cell gets its power from the sun. In other words, it converts light energy into electrical energy. This type of battery is what you will see in solar-powered watches, such as the Casio Edifice and Tissot T-Touch timepieces. With this type, you wouldn’t have to change batteries every few months or years as you only have to recharge it. Mercury Oxide Quartz Watch Battery The Mercury Oxide watch battery is one of the earliest watch batteries invented. It has a voltage of 1.35V. However, this is becoming far less common as it causes too much environmental pollution. Instead, people have been shifting to a more environment-friendly battery like the Silver Oxide. How to Change the Watch Battery For some reason, there are times when you can’t go to a watch repair shop when your watch’s battery has died. This is a good reason why you should know the basics of how to change a watch battery. Here are the steps to make your watch tick again. Photo from Bespoke UnitTools you need to change watch battery: A new battery Flat screwdriver Tweezers 1. Remove the caseback. Depending on your watch, you may or may not use a screwdriver to pry open its caseback. Other quartz watches like the Timex Q have a dedicated coin slot that lets you easily remove the case. However, if your watch doesn’t have that, simply use a flathead screwdriver or blade and press it down on the indentation. Then twist the cover until it becomes loose. 2. Remove the dead battery. Now that you can see the inside of the watch, locate the battery. But before you remove it, observe which side of it is facing upward. Then, you can use tweezers to carefully remove the battery without touching the other parts of the watch. Photo from Times Ticking3. Insert the new battery. Using the tweezers again, insert the new battery in the same position as the old one. Gently press it down to make sure it is secure. 4. Check the watch if it’s working. Before you replace the caseback, flip the watch over and check if the new battery is working. If it is still not working, double-check if you placed the battery properly. But if it’s still not working despite being inserted correctly, it’s either the battery or the watch might be damaged. With that, it is recommended that you bring it to a professional watch repair shop for examination. 5. Replace the caseback. If the watch is now working, set the caseback in its original place. Congratulations, you have just replaced your watch’s battery! Final Notes Quartz watches have a lot of differences from mechanical watches. However, one is not necessarily better than the other. We may say that these two movements are targeted at different audiences. While mechanical is mostly for true-blue watch enthusiasts, quartz watches are for the more practical watch lovers. Thanks to their cheaper price tag and reliability, quartz watches have provided a way for non-enthusiasts to enjoy high-quality watches on a budget.     Photo credit: Featured image courtesy of Seiko 

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  5. Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    Best Affordable Quartz Watches for Men

    At the risk of offending horology snobs (you know who you are), let’s just accept that some of the best watches for men are quartz watches. Yes, purists will always argue in favor of mechanical watches. But for accuracy, longevity, and, maybe most importantly, affordability, it’s hard to top quartz watches. So, let’s look at some quartz watches for men that are priced within the reach of almost everyone. Timex Weekender Chronograph Quartz Watches Simplicity is at the heart of the Timex Weekender. The no-nonsense watch serves as a call to take things easy on the weekend. Exuding the sense that slipping on this minimalist charmer invites you to relax in classic style. With a round steel case, large Arabic numerals, and a few chronograph subdials. On a basic leather strap, it’s aptly named for a break from the workweek and offers the quality of Timex craftsmanship for under $100! Timex Official Website Shop Quartz Movement Watches Fossil Grant Chronograph Quartz Watches Another great chronograph at another great price, the Fossil Grant Chronograph also comes in at under 100 bucks but wears like a watch with a heftier price tag. True elegance is found in the Roman numerals on its face, gracefully accented by skeleton hour and minute hands. At 44mm in diameter, the case is big and bold but kept a classy look with rounded stainless steel. Japanese quartz movement powers this dressy (if not entirely a “dress”) timepiece that goes impeccably with smart-casual ensembles. Fossil Official WebsiteSkagen Hagen Steel-Mesh Rounding out the top offerings for under $100, the Skagen Hagen might seem to wear on the larger side with a 40mm diameter. But its bare-bones minimalist style seriously tones things down, with a sandblasted dial adding to the understated balance. Sleek, contemporary, and looking pitch-perfect on a Milanese mesh strap, this stainless steel quartz watch is right at home in the modern workplace and adds a dressy touch to your dressed-down times. Skagen Official WebsiteBraun Gents Classic Chronograph There’s nothing wrong with stating exactly what this watch is: a classic chronograph for gents. Modern gents, specifically. Gents who like minimalist design, a utilitarian vibe, and a Bauhaus-inspired feel to their contemporary timepieces. You can call it cold, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but that’s what makes the clean aesthetics and raw functionality of the Braun Gents BN0035 so appealing. And it’s versatile, working as easily with jeans and a t-shirt as it does slip under a jacket on dress-casual outings. And all for under $300? Yeah, lots of gents like that too. Citizen Promaster Nighthawk The Citizen Nighthawk has gotten a lot of attention over the years. And deservedly so. It’s one of the world’s most-popular mass-produced quartz watches for lots of good reasons, probably the first being that it just looks really cool. Add in features like a slide-rule bezel, a GMT hand, various complications, solid water resistance, solar power, and more. And most models cost under $250! So yeah, we know why it’s popular. The Citizen Promaster Nighthawk is a particularly fine entry in the line. With a perpetual calendar and the ability to track 26 time zones across the globe with a glance at the dial. With this watch on a sturdy leather strap, you’ll look like you’re ready to fly off and visit every one of those far-flung lands! Citizen Official WebsiteHamilton Khaki Field Men’s Quartz Watches At the opposite end of the spectrum from the Nighthawk, Hamilton probably isn’t the first name you think of when on the hunt for affordable quartz watches. But maybe it should be. While Hamilton excels at mechanical watches, they have also carved out a nice spot in the quartz world. Notably with the quartz versions of the classic Khaki Fields. The same traditional military style that’s on display with the automatic Khakis is found on the PVD-coated Field Quartz. This one goes into full stealth mode with the black-and-grey design scheme of its 40mm stainless steel case. It’s also topped with a high-quality sapphire crystal. But you don’t need to be Billionaire Bruce Wayne to afford this one, as it costs less than $350. Shop Hamilton Khaki Field Watches Quartz Watches Conclusion The world of watch lovers isn’t exactly divided into two camps: mechanical and quartz watches. Most collectors have both types of timepieces and recognize them for their strengths and weaknesses. So, don’t turn your back on mechanical watches just yet. Know that if you want to pick up a fine affordable timepiece, there are lots of quartz watches out there waiting.

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  6. 6 Best Quartz Watches

    6 Best Quartz Watches

    A new era of watchmaking started on December 26th, 1969, when Japanese company Seiko introduced the world to Astron, the first quartz watch. Over the years, we have seen a number of companies jump on the quartz watches bandwagon. You will find hundreds of quartz watches on the market but they’re not made equal. Quartz watches are the most common watches today. They’re available in different watch styles, from pilot watches to divers – and cater to different budgets.  In this article, we have covered six of the best quartz watches. Let’s get started! 1: Timex Archive Navi Harbor Watch This budget-friendly timekeeper seeks inspiration from military models. It features a stainless steel case that protects the quartz movement inside. You will also love the ballistic nylon strap that’s comfortable and durable. The watch is water resistant – up to 100 meters – making it a good option for people who want a sturdy watch. It has a round dial with a mineral glass crystal. The watch has full markings that work well with its quartz analog movement. Source from TimexPros: Very affordable model Looks durable Excellent when it comes to water resistance   Cons: No additional features 2: Instrmnt T-42 Watch This Instrmnt watch can be a perfect fit for users who prefer a minimalistic design. This stunner is highly accurate with a modern yet classic touch to it. The watch is 5 ATM water resistant and comes with a 2-year limited warranty, hence you will have nothing to worry about. We love the look and feel of an 18 mm leather strap that has been crafted with care in Germany. Its sapphire crystal glass gives it an edge by adding to the aesthetics and preventing damage.  This machine brings together Swiss movement with a black steel dial, textured strap, and rose gold casing. Despite all these incredible qualities, it’s still pretty affordable. Source from InstrmntPros: One of the most affordable units Very comfortable to wear Comes with a warranty   Cons: Some may find it too simplistic   3: Tag Heuer Formula 1 Tag Heuer Formula 1 is a line of quartz watches from Tag Heuer, one of the world’s most premium watchmakers. All the models are highly accurate and water resistant – up to 200 meters. All the designs are a nod to the brand’s involvement with athletes and motorsport, which is how it gets its name. This battery-powered product is marketed as one of the most accurate watches on the market and we seem to agree with the company. It only gains or loses an accuracy of a second or two each month. Do not worry about durability since it features a sapphire crystal that prevents damage. Pros: Water resistant  You can choose from various models Known to be  durable Cons: Some models appear garish   4: Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 Omega owes a lot of its popularity and success to its line up of quartz watches. It’s known as an affordable brand but you will be surprised to know that the X-33 is one of the most expensive quartz watches on the market. Despite being a large model, it is lightweight hence comfortable to wear. You will also love some of the extra features it offers via a digital display. These include access to 3 time zones, a perpetual calendar, up to 3 alarms, and a stopwatch. The watch is accurate and has been tested by the European Space Agency. While it’s great, we must mention that some users may not like the large case (45mm), hence it may only be suitable for those with a thick wrist.  One of the highlights of the watch is a black bezel and dial with an LCD display. This unique mix is great. You get a modern digital display with a conventional set of hands. The battery is good for about 2 years but the water is water resistant to 30 meters. Pros: Offers some additional features Highly durable Big but lightweight hence comfortable to wear   Cons: A little expensive Might be a little too big for users 5: Tissot PRC200 You will find this Tissot model in different configurations, all featuring a sports design. The watches are up to 200 meters water resistant, hence you will not have to worry about wearing it when you take a swim or bath. You can choose between steel and leather straps, the latter available in multiple colors. The head and dial on different models are also different, hence you will have more variety to choose from. Pros: Highly water resistant Available in different strap designs Feature an accurate stopwatch – up to 1/10th of a second   Cons: The dial can look a little messy to some   6: Citizen Nighthawk This Citizen watch is one of the best watches out there since you will not have to worry about needing a battery with this beauty as it is solar powered. However, do not worry about not having enough sunny days since this beauty works with both artificial and natural light. The battery is quite powerful and can store enough energy to run the watch for about six months. Source from AmazonIt is water resistant up to 200 meters and is known to be very durable. The company offers different models in this line, all featuring chronograph. Some also come with special features such as a stopwatch. Pros: You do not need a battery to run it Some models have special features One of the best water resistant models   Cons: May not be suitable for regions that receive little sunlight The design is a little chunky These are some of the best quartz watches for users who are in the market for one! Pick one that fits you the best.

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  7. Automatic Watches vs. Quartz Watches

    Automatic Watches vs. Quartz Watches

    You’ve just started shopping for a watch and are facing the inevitable question, how to choose between automatic watches and quartz timepieces. Let’s look at the merits of each and how they stack up against each other. Quartz vs. Automatic: Overall Impressions Before getting into fine details of watch movements, let’s look at the general reasons people choose either quartz or automatic watches. Quartz is usually less expensive, more accurate and requires less maintenance. Are you sold on a quartz watch already? Before you answer, consider the automatic watch’s craftsmanship and heritage. The fact that an automatic watch is not just a collection of silicon microchips is also an important fact to consider. No, you will not hear the sounds of buzzes and beeps that have no place in the natural world with an automatic mechanical watch. Instead, you have a tactile, functioning, real-world mechanism that you can see, hear, and even feel at work. What is a Quartz Movement? Let’s take a quick peek back in time, back to the late 1960s in Japan. Seiko was (and still is) the leader in wristwatches on the island nation. On Christmas Day 1969, Seiko released the quartz-powered Seiko Astron and the watch world immediately knew this was a seismic shift that would affect them for the foreseeable future. This game-changing nature of quartz movement was not lost to traditional Swiss watchmakers, who were soon to follow. In the 1970s we saw the Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz, which ended its run in 2001. Today one of these quartz Rolexes fetches a fine price at auction. Another Swiss entry from the ’70s, the IWC Da Vinci boasted the first fully Swiss-made quartz movement, and if you can come across a vintage Ref. 3587 quartz watch from Patek Philippe, be prepared to shell out around $30,000 bucks. While top Swiss watchmakers never totally sided with quartz over mechanical automatic movement, their rapid acquiescence was an unquestionable acknowledgement of the power of quartz. The simplicity of quartz technology is its brilliance. A conventional battery produces a small electric signal that’s sent to a piece of quartz, which is a piezoelectric material. That just means the quartz can hold and transfer electric voltage. Quartz also vibrates at a precise frequency of 32,768 times per second, creating a signal that’s so exact you can (pardon the cliché) set your watch to it. So Seiko decided they would use this reliable timing element to power and regulate its watches. Advantages of Quartz Watches 1. Lasting Power. If you’ve got a quartz watch from a well-established watchmaker, brands like Casio and Seiko, you’ve got some serious durability under the hood. Batteries can last up to five years before needing to get replaced. That’s for basic watch functions. When you get into features like dual readouts with LED screens alongside traditional hands, lots of illumination or stopwatch features, the battery can wear down sooner. 2. Costs Less. This is generally true. Quartz watches are usually cheaper to produce and come with lower retail price tags. But there are exceptions. A TAG Heuer Formula 1, which has a battery-powered quartz movement, will cost you north of $1,000 (though, true, a TAG Heuer Carrera with an automatic movement can cost triple that). An Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33, which features traditional hands and an LCD readout on its quartz-powered face, can go for up to five grand. But you also have top brands such as Braun, Bulova, Tissot, and Hamilton that offer solid quartz watches in the mid-$300 range. 3. More accurate. Experts can argue at the accuracy of a quartz watch compared to an automatic one,  but in general, a quality quartz watch will only lose about 20 seconds per month. A good automatic watch, even a high-end Swiss offering, is apt to lose a few minutes each month. Why is an Automatic Movement Such a Big Deal? There are purists who will only wear a mechanical watch — whether automatic or manual. Powered by mainsprings just like the world’s first clocks in the 17th century, a mechanical movement uses the ever-diminishing power of a wound spring to drive gears. An automatic movement is being powered by the movement of the wearer’s wrist. That’s it! It sounds so simple and yet watchmakers have been honing, experimenting and perfecting this simple concept for centuries. That tradition is what goes into a mechanical automatic watch and that’s what their wearers appreciate. From Rolex to Omega and Zenith, automatic watches deserve a spot on your watch collection. The Drawbacks of Automatic Watches Well, they have to be wound for one. Automatic watches takes care of most of that, with a rotating weight to use the movements of the wearer to wind the spring. But we are still talking about wear and tear here, with metal twisting and turning on metal, and that will wear down eventually. But to see that delicate ballet of gears whirl away, each playing an individual role for a unified purpose, well, it’s a thing of beauty to many watch lovers. There’s also the beauty of fluid movement on the face to consider. With a few exceptions, the Seiko Spring Drive being one of them, quartz watches have second hands that have the more rigid “tick-tick” motion, moving once per second with the steady beat produced by the crystal. Automatic movement, conversely, features hand movements that are sweeping, smooth, and many would say, a thing of pure art. It’s why they’ll never go quartz. But the Masses Have Spoken Most of the watches out there (and we’re talking over 90%) are quartz watches. There’s little question that for affordability, longevity, and accuracy most folks want a quartz watch. So choose automatic watches for the tradition and art of engineering, or go with quartz for something less design-driven but more practical. Just go with a good brand and you should have a watch worthy of your weighing the question of automatic vs. quartz.

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  8. Watch Movements: Which is Right for You?

    Watch Movements: Which is Right for You?

    Out of all accessories a man can have, a watch is the most prominent one. Watches reflect your personality more than anything else. They make you look stylish as well as well-groomed. We know how and why watches are so important when it comes to men’s attire but how to choose the best one? What makes a watch perfect? What makes it worth buying, and above all, which of the watch movements are right for you? Types of Watch Movements: If you ask any watch love or watch collector, what are the makings of a good watch, their first choice would be movement. To understand watch movements, think of it as the heart in the human body. There are three types of movements in a watch. Mechanical Automatic Quartz Mechanical: Timepieces with mechanical winding are traditional pedigree; even the fact that you have to self-wind the watch doesn’t really matter as it’s the mark of a classic watch. How does it work? Well, the easiest way to explain is that every mechanical watch has a coil, a mainspring. You wound the mainspring, and when it starts to unwind, your watch’s seconds’ hand starts to tick. Every watch’s coil or mainspring is different length; the longer the coil is, the more reserve hours you get. Pros of a Mechanical Watch: When it comes to a mechanical watch, you don’t need a battery, so there is never the question of the power running out in your watch. There is a reason why they are called classics. The simplest way to start your watch again is to wind it up again; there is nothing better than being able to wind your watch yourself, no more tedious trips to the watch shop to get the battery replaced. A mechanical watch is noiseless; you don’t get to hear the tick-tick of the second’s hand. The movement is sweeping; watch enthusiasts love this one bit more than anything in a mechanical watch. There is no craftsmanship like the one in a mechanical watch. It’s truly amazing how a watchmaker puts minute pieces together to give us the perfect time. Cons of a Mechanical Watch: Manual winding can be a tedious job for some. Getting a battery-operated watch is less hassle. It’s suggested that you wind your watch every day for perfect timing; some can go for two days without winding even. A mechanical watch is pretty sensitive to many things, especially the four forces, namely dust, moisture, shock, and magnet. So you have to be very guarded with your mechanical watch. Automatic: There isn’t much difference in an automatic and mechanical watch; they both work with the help of mainspring and gears. But an automatic watch is powered by your wrist and doesn’t need winding. The watch works while you wear it because of the rotor that mimics the movement of your wrist throughout the day. If you plan to rest your watch for days, make sure you place it in a watch winder that will keep it running. Pros of An Automatic Watch: There is no need to replace batteries as there are none in the watch. You don’t have to self-wind the watch as its movement is fueled by the movement of your wrists. With automatic watches, you get the smooth movement, no tick-tick of the second in automatic as well. The automatic watches are also a masterpiece of craftsmanship. They are just as complicated as mechanical watches. Cons of An Automatic Watch: Same as a mechanical watch, automatic watches are also affected by the four forces, and they can seriously mess up the watch. You will need a watch winder to store your watch if you aren’t planning to wear it for a long time, or else the time and calendar will get stuck to one point. Although they aren’t expensive, they are one additional item that you have to buy other than your automatic watch. You will need to tune up your automatic watch with regular intervals, or it will lose its accuracy. Automatic watches can be expensive. Quartz: Quartz is the most common movement in all watches if you are wearing one. It’s battery-operated, which means it’s pretty accurate. You will never have an extra sec, or you will never lose a second if you are wearing a quartz watch movement. These watches are more trustworthy and can withstand the four forces better than automatic or mechanical. Most sports, pilots, as well as field watches are quartz. Pros of a Quartz Watch: The time on quartz watches is perfectly accurate. This is the best advantage of having a high-quality quartz watch. You don’t need to wind it; quartz watches are low-maintenance watches. Not only are these watches are durable, but they are also more affordable. Cons of a Quartz Watch: There is not much history really with a quartz watch; it’s just a like a machine just like any other device. You also get the annoying tick-tick of the second’s hand; there is no smooth movement. Watches are the reflection of a man’s personality. But it’s a fact that they can be pretty expensive. So, explore your choices when it comes to watch movements and get the best one for yourself!

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  9. What is An Analog Watch?

    What is An Analog Watch?

    For centuries, we have been using watches and clocks in our day-to-day lives. Obviously, their formats, styles and designs, and even their functions have changed over time. But their core purpose remains the same — to tell the time. An analog watch is one of the most commonly used forms of watches. So what exactly is an analog watch? In contrast to digital representation, which can be seen from some watches from Casio, an analog watch uses hands that move around its face as the time changes, which can be found in most watches, from Seiko to Rolex. A continuous rotation of two to three hands (or indicators) is a core component of any analog watch. Much simpler, it is referred to as a traditional type of watch and is still widely in use to this day. Tick Tock An analog watch typically consists of a mechanism that creates the “ticking” motion and moves the seconds, hours, and minutes hands simultaneously. The hour hand is shorter than the minutes, and the seconds hand is the thinner and the longest hand on the dial. The dial is often referred to as the “face of the watch.” It has fixed numerical or hour markers in the correct order, towards which the hands point out to indicate the time. These numbers can be in multiple forms. They can be Arabic numeral or Roman numbers. Moreover, to make things simpler and sometimes to add creativity, some dials don’t have all the hour markers. Some only have the 12, 3, 6 and 9 digits marked. Between these hour markers are the minute markers. They are comparatively much smaller in size and are usually in the form of indexes. How Does it Work? Analog watches have quartz mechanism that enables the “ticking” of the hands to indicate the time on the dial. Quartz watches are the most precise and reliable timepieces you can find. How is that? Quartz-based watches have a battery-powered circuit that produces electricity and passes the electric current to the quartz crystal. Quartz crystals are piezoelectric, meaning that quartz has an ability to turn electric currents into mechanical signals and vice versa. The precise and frequent vibration causes the motors and gears to move and turn the hands on the dial. Because the mechanisms of an analog watch require such less electric energy, their batteries also last a very long time. How is it Different From a Digital Watch? To put it simply, analog watches have a mechanical structure that rotates the hands, while digital watches work by electrical structures powering the number/digit display. Digital Watches vs. Analog Watches The biggest difference between digital and analog watches is their display form. While an analog watch displays the time through hands on a dial, a digital watch displays time in the form of digits and numbers usually on an LED screen. Digital watches use batteries or any form of electric power source that enables vibrations and pulses to go through a circuit. In addition to the electric power sourcing and digital display, digital watches also display a different time format. Most commonly, digital watches display time in a 24-hour format. However, there are many digital watches that allow you to set the format according to your preference.  In an analog watch, however, the 12-hour format is the only option. Typically, digital watches have seven-segmented screens, ranging from LCD, LED, or VFD screens. The screen displays bright-colored four-digit numbers, and sometimes also includes an AM/PM display. There are some digital watches that require a power supply from the main source. In these cases, if there are power outages or accidental power-offs, the watch needs to be reset all over again. In case of battery-operated digital watches, the batteries will need replacement once fully drained. Mechanical Watches Analog watches can also be referred to as mechanical watches. Their machines need to be either manually or automatically wounded. Nowadays, especially the higher-end analog watches have self-winding automatic movement. Analog watches are also known for being more reliable and precise. Other than display, time format, and power source differences between the two kinds of watches, it is also important to note that analog watches are still the most commonly used kind in this digital age. Why is that so? A mechanical, analog watch is much more than just a device showing you the time. It can be incorporated with significant functionalities like GMT feature showing the time for two-time zones. Moonphase, day and date display and chronograph functions are other extra features that can be included in an analog watch. While analog watches have great functionality and efficiency, they are also a great piece of accessory.

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  10. Watch Tips: How to Wind a Watch

    Watch Tips: How to Wind a Watch

    Ever wondered how to wind a watch? Winding a watch may appear to be a simple task. It‘s not so simple if you want your timepiece to function properly and enjoy a long life. Here are a few things to keep in mind. How you wind your watch depends on the type you have as different calibers require different methods. Watches you need to wind have mechanical movements that are either automatic or manual. A spring is powered through winding, or also by a rotor disc in the case of automatic movements. As it unwinds, the spring drives the watch. Winding a Manual Watch Let’s begin with manual-winding watches. Many manual watches have power reserves of up to 48 hours but can last both longer or shorter. For optimal performance, it’s best not to wait until the watch stops but rather wind it once daily. Take the watch off your wrist. This may seem unimportant but it’s not. With your arm at an angle, putting uneven pressure on the watch stem could cause damage and that’s less likely to happen if you have the watch firmly in your hand. Grasp the crown using your forefinger and thumb. As different watches have different stem settings, you will have to learn which is the winding position. As you pull out the crown and feel the clicks, you will most likely go through the settings for the calendar, time or alarm before arriving at the setting for winding. Wind clockwise until you can feel resistance and stop when you have heavy tension. Over-winding could cause damage. While the number of turns varies from watch to watch, anywhere from 20 to 40 turns should do it. Gently press the stem back to its original position. Winding an Automatic Watch How to wind a watch that’s automatic? Automatic movement differs from manual in that a rotor powers the watch rather than just a self-wound spring. Even though they’re “automatic,” these watches will lose their power if not worn often. As you would with a manual watch, gently pull out the crown to expose the stem. Exercise caution as the stems of automatic watches are connected to a variety of mechanisms that could break with rough treatment. About 20 spins should do the trick. Again like manual movement, expect the power reserve to last for about 48 hours. The advantage automatic watches have over manual timepieces is that they self-wind when worn. The movement of the wearer’s wrist triggers an oscillating rotor that spins and powers the mainspring. Is a Watch Winder Right for Me? But the best way to wind an automatic watch is not to wind it at all. Consider getting a watch winder! As you’ve probably guessed from its name, a watch winder is a device that winds watches. It’s a simple enough principle. These devices put watches into motion and in turn put the movement’s rotor in motion. A winder continuously maintains your watch, so you don’t have to! They also guard against damage that could be caused by infrequent use. Just strap your watch on to the cuff, a padded cylinder, slip the cuff into the winder box and press “start.” The electric motor does the rest and your now-rotating watch will soon be wound. While they all more or less do the same thing, not all watch winders are equal. And most watch winders actually serve dual purposes: as both a winder and a display case. Watching your timepieces spin with fluid motion can be a thing of beauty! So which winder should you choose? That depends on the type of watch owner you are. If you have just one windable watch or a small collection, a single-watch winder might be your best option. You can keep things basic with affordable choices such as the CHIYODA Single Watch Winder, featuring a handmade wooden case with a high-gloss finish and ample glass window. Or go more high-end with a choice like the WOLF Roadmaster, which offers more flexibility with the option to set the exact number of daily rotations and the ability to fluctuate between clockwise, counterclockwise and bi-directional movement. If you have a large collection and want a winder that will serve as a display case, a multiple watch winder is right for you. As varied and elaborate as watch collections themselves, multiple winders can be grand affairs with wide glass windows, fine finishes and display illumination. Four, six and eight-capacity watch winders are popular, notably choices including the JQueen Watch Winder on the more-affordable end and upscale multiple watch winders such as the Volta Cambridge Watch Winder. You can also think about security when considering a watch winder: some double as safes! Manufacturers including Brown Safe use military-grade armor to make safes for jewelry and watches that will also wind your timepieces. How to Use a Watch Winder If your watch isn’t powered up, you should manually wind it before placing it into the winder. Always choose the lowest-possible turns-per-day setting and it’s best to choose bi-directional if have multiple options for the rotation mode. Over a two-day period, you should occasionally power the winder on and off. Now that you have more of an idea of how to wind a watch, maybe you’ll be more thoughtful when wearing a watch. So don’t just grab the crown of your watch and give it some spins as it sits on your wrist. Consider the longevity of your prize timepiece and start properly winding your watch.

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  11. Choosing Between Different Watch Movements

    Choosing Between Different Watch Movements

    When it comes to jewelry, people have always been fond of watches. Watches and add grace to their personality as well. In fact, watches have now become a part of everyday life. Everyone has different taste on the basis of which they choose different styles and series of watches. So if you are in a dilemma of selecting a watch to present to someone, you have to consider some main points to choose the best from the stock. Like watch movements. Let’s start discussing the different types of watch movements that are out there. The movement of a watch is considered as “the heart” of the watch. It handles the inner mechanism that encompasses the sweep of the watch’s hands around its face. There are three types of movements we’ll go over. Different Watch Movements 1: Mechanical Watches A mechanical watch is actually a special piece reflecting the true craftsmanship and engineering after the manufacturing process of a watch. Mechanical watches have the power preserved in the mainspring. If the coil is long, the period of power reservation is long too. The usual length of the mainspring is 9-13 inches. Mechanical watches are the masterpieces of the craftsmanship. Let’s discuss some of the features. Character: The springs and gears that make the caliber of a watch are termed as character. The tiny little gears and springs that combine to form the movement of the watch truly reveal the engineering skills of manufacturers. These are the most time important and time-consuming part, making the watch work magnificently. Movement: Mechanical watches do not make the “ticking” sound. The watch works smoothly with the smooth movement, symbolizing the calmness. Battery: Like in quartz, a battery is not needed for the mechanical watch to work. This manual winding watch has the ease that you don’t need to move yourself to the jewelry store to change the power cell of the watch. The power is stored inside the spring. Regular Winding: The watch requires regular winding. This allows people to wind their watches once a day. This might be annoying for some people, but others enjoy this thing. Accuracy: Not all mechanical watches are accurate. These watches have an accuracy of 99.99%. But the accuracy starts to taper off with age. To tune up its accuracy, you need to take it to the jeweler every 5 to 10 years. The environmental factors can also change the accuracy. Sensitive: A mechanical watch keeps the time running smoothly with the help of the movement, consisting of gears and springs. These elements are sensitive to dust, moisture, and magnets, etc. which can destroy the smoothness and working of the watch. 2: Automatic Watches Automatic or self-winding watches are much like mechanical watches, but they do not require manual winding. The watch gets the power your movements throughout the day while wearing it. The “rotor” present in the watch is connected to the mainspring. The rotor then winds the mainspring as it moves. The slipping clutch helps the watch to prevent from getting over-wound. Character: Just like a mechanical watch, the watches have the same craftsmanship factor. The power is stored in the spring, and the movement consists of gears and spring. Smooth movement: Unlike a QUARTZ watch, the movement of an automatic watch is smooth. Self-winding: A self-winding watch doesn’t require the user to wind the watch regularly. The movement of your hand automatically winds the watch to preserve the power. Accuracy:An automatic watch has the accuracy same as that of a mechanical watch. However, it will lose some accuracy over time and will also need tuning. It will provide accuracy up to 99.99%. Sensitive:The watch movement, also known as “the heart” of the watch, is sensitive to the environment.  The sensitivity is the same as that of a mechanical watch. 3: Quartz Watches Quartz watches are incredibly accurate and affordable. Mostly, quartz watches are preferred more than mechanical and automatic watches. Accurate: A quartz watch is the most accurate of all the watches. These watches never miss a second throughout the day. Durable: If you are a worker and have a rough and tough job, quartz watches might be the right decision for you. These watches are durable and strong that can help you keep your work going. Affordable: These watches are of an affordable price. You can buy an elegant design watch along with the strong features at a low rate. A good variety is available, and the price is still affordable. Less maintenance: Besides changing the battery every year, there is little maintenance you have to perform on a quartz movement watch. Sound: This watch produces a ticking sound that might be unpleasant for some people. If you are such a person who doesn’t like the ticking sound, you must go for an automatic or mechanical watch. However, some people like the ticking sound of a watch.

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