Different Types of Watch Movements
A watch is taken to showcase punctuality, responsibility, and professionalism. However, when a person goes to buy a watch, he or she does not think a bit how the machine works and what makes a watch tick. The person concentrates solely on the exterior of a watch and its outlook. Truly speaking a vast majority of people do not bother a bit about the mechanism working inside a watch while buying it online or from a physical store.
Now you may ask, “Why is it important?” This small piece of writing will discuss it briefly in the next few paragraphs.
What is the Movement of a Watch?
The caliber or movement of a watch is that moves a watch or makes it tick. This is the nucleus of a watch. The movement of a watch indicates the mechanism that drives its hands on the face of the dial and empowers its other functionalities (like calendar, date, chronograph or a dual time zone) to run easily and smoothly.The important fact is that a professional mechanic meticulously spends much time designing the interior of a watch. He does this to keep watch movement perfect and accurate. Whether you believe me or not, it is very important to know as there is a great deal to watch movements. A few sincere and intelligent people take a close look at watch movement and choose one over the others.
HOW it Works
Below is a list of different types of watch movements along with their advantages:
Mechanical Watch Movements
Mostly powered by manually winding (the mainspring via the crown), mechanical movements are one of the most popular types of watch movements. Many reputable companies like this over the other watch movements. Here, the whole functionalities are powered by a mainspring. The mainspring receives power from manual winding and transmits energy to the gear train and subsequently supplies energy throughout the watch. The wheel draws and transmits power to the dial train that makes the hands move. The advanced watches following this type of movement includes an oscillator that moves approximately 28,000 times in an hour to keep time righteously.The main advantage of mechanical watches requires no or very little maintenance cost.
Quartz Watch Movement
Seiko, the Japanese watchmakers, introduced the quartz watch movement in 1969. Powered by a battery these watches included small quartz crystals that oscillate approximately 32, 786 times in a second and create a signal with a precise frequency. It dramatically revolutionized the consumer purchasing habits for the following reasons:
• More affordable prices
• Accurate time
• Easy to use
• Less expensive
• Lower maintenance cost
Automatic Movement Watch
Often called as self-winding, an automatic movement watch uses an oscillating weight to wind the mainspring and the barrel. It consumes power from the wearer’s wrist to run the hands. As it collects power from the wearer’s wrist for the natural movements of the watch, he or she needs to wear it round the clock.The main advantage of it does not require any maintenance cost.