When men look for watches, they usually ask themselves if they should buy a Quartz
watch or a mechanical watch. To be honest, it is a matter of personal preference, but if
you want to be more convinced, you’d want to read this article as I will go over the many
different aspects that you should know about these watch types so you can make a
more informed decision.
The main distinguishing factor of Quartz watches is that they are operated using a
single battery. The battery will send electric signals to the mechanism of the watch to
help operate it in the most accurate way possible. In fact, a lot of watchmakers can
attest (and prove) that Quartz watches are indeed more accurate than their counterparts
mainly because of this feature.
Now, if you are asking why you should wear a Quartz watch, I would say that it is a
matter of convenience. Despite the fact that it is operated by battery and that the battery
is not at all that big in terms of the power that it holds, the person need not worry about
it too much since a single battery can last for years depending on how frequently you
use the watch’s other features.
If you are going to buy a Quartz watch that has an analog watch face, you will typically
see that the second-hand moves in a staggered way.
Again, this type of watch requires an electric jolt from the battery to help power the
quartz crystal that is found inside its inner body.
Truth be told, the mechanical watch has a pretty colorful history. It was made at a time
where technology was not as advanced as it is today, so you can marvel at the
construction of it knowing that it was made without any advancements at all.
That being said, the mechanical watch requires physical mechanics for its movement.
Basically, it has a mainspring that is coiled by an escapement. It does so by making
sure that the coiling is tight and it then unwinds to help tell the time.
Now, you might have heard about watch movements, right? Well, mechanical watches
actually have two separate (but somewhat similar) watch movements.
The first one is the manual wind which meant that for the mechanical watch to operate,
the crown has to be turned to wind the mechanism up. Then, the user would have to
continually wind the mechanism as needed to help keep the watch functioning as it
Because of how cumbersome the manual feature is, watchmakers have found a way to
automatically wind the mainspring up for continuous operation. That is when automatic
watches came into existence.
Instead of having to wind the watch on a more frequent basis, you only have to wind it
once and wear the watch for an indefinite period of time.
Your constant movement will help power the watch’s mechanism as your kinetic energy
will keep its self-winding mechanism powered up.
Because of how intricate mechanical watches are and because of its iconic sweeping
motion, watch enthusiasts and luxury watch buyers actually prefer them over the rather
inexpensive Quartz watch.