Understanding Watch Movements

18OvercoilMovement means the watch’s working mechanism. For many years, watch enthusiasts have been debating the most precise movement: mechanical, quartz or automatic. This article will help you understand the different watch movements so that you can decide which one is right for you.

Prior to choosing your movement you may want to consider aspects such as winding or changing the battery, time accuracy and general maintenance. Some of the first movements were made of steel, featuring a one hour hand and had to be wound twice a day. The first self winding movement was invented for pocket watches in 1770 by Swiss horologist Abraham Louis Breguet.

Once the spring power mechanism was used to power the timepiece, the wrist watch evolved. The mechanism was designed to wind as the wearer moved, which is still the case today. Mechanical movements feature moving parts that wind up manually or automatically. The main component of a mechanical movement is the mainspring, a spring that gradually unwinds and transmits energy.

A mechanical watch will keep accurate time despite requiring winding up if it’s manual. Conventionally the contact of winding up a watch is something that has been previously enjoyed by watch wearers. There is something traditional and pleasurable about a wind up watch.

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