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.
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.
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 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!