Quartz or automatic?

Your new watch

When you are looking for a new watch, there are things to consider than just the way it looks, of course the looks are crucial, but what lies beneath is almost equally important. You want your new watch to be perfect, it needs to fit right, it has to look impeccable, and it has to work properly. For the watch to function as it is supposed to be, you need to know the ins and outs of the watch. But not to worry, that is what we're here for! So before purchasing any watch, you should take 5-10 quiet minutes, lie back and read this article!

The movement

Most of the people purchasing a watch, especially their first, have little or no knowledge at all about watches. This often leads to instant regret of a purchase. Ofcourse, spending hours and hours reading up on the movement of a watch, is not the most exciting thing to spend your free time on, but, that's why we're going to break it down real simple for you! The first mistake, is to think that there isn't that much complicated mechanics below the face of your watch, on the contrary, it can take years to assemble all the microscopic screws and components. If you already own a watch, or inherited one, but lost the instruction manual, there are a few simple ways to find out wether you are the lucky owner of a quartz, or a mechanical hand-wind movement. The simplest step is to take of the watch, and check the back out. The thing with automatic watches is, that the backside are often transparent, to display all the craftmanship. If your watch has got a glass back, it is automatic for sure! If not, but your still not sure, you can try and read the information on the back, which sometimes say 'automatic' or 'quartz'. If not, not to worry, because you can tell it by the way the hands move. If it is more of a sweeping movement instead of ticking movement, it's automatic as well. And if all these things didn't work, you can listen closely while you hold your watch to you ear. If you hear ticking, it's automatic, if you don't hear anything at all, it's quartz,

Quartz

 

 

Watches with a quartz movement, are the most common, and for a reason. Because they work on batteries, they need minimal maintenance, aside from swapping out a battery from time to time. Because they are powered by a battery, they require fewer componenst, making them a bit more affordable. Despite being cheaper than automatic watches, the movement is very accurate and a reliable choice for anyone.

Automatic

 

 

On the higher end, mechanical watches require careful craftmanship and mantain a luxury standard of quality, unlike quartz watches. The watches with an automatic movement, contain over 100 of tiny components, all working together. The tiny gears and springs that make these watches tick, require precise engineering and more maintenance than quartz watches do.

So, what now?

Now that you've heard all the up- and downsides, the ins and outs, it's time to decide. If you stop wearing a watch with an automatic movement for more than 24 hours, it will stop moving, and you have to shake it for 10 seconds or so to get it working again, and then set the time right. If you are looking for a watch for special occasions, we suggest you purchase a quartz watch, because if you aren't planning on wearing it day in day out, a quartz watch is the watch for you!

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