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QUARTZ Vs AUTOMATIC Vs MECHANICAL WATCHES

Watch Care


QUARTZ Vs AUTOMATIC Vs MECHANICAL WATCHES

A Little History on Watches

The first movement was invented in 1770, as pocket watches by Swiss horologist, Abraham Louis Perrelet. They were mainly made of steel and had to be wound twice daily. Later on, the spring power mechanism was used to power the timepiece and that was how the wrist watch emerged.

Mechanical watches are powered by springs, which turn gears, a regulating mechanism and eventually the hands. A mechanical movement normally possess 50 to as much as 300 parts (depending on the movement). If cared for and maintained well, they can last a long time and are hence often passed down as heirlooms.

As for an Automatic watch, it was first created in the early 1920s by John Harwood to resolve the dampness and dust issue with the constant of the opening casing for the winding shaft. There is a small rotor that oscillates at the back of the watch’s movement. When the wearer causes motion from his or her arm, it winds the mainspring as a form of mechanism and is translated into energy which power a series of gears and causes the watch to tick. This eliminates the need for manual winding. However, the watch will need to be worn daily, otherwise, the power reserve would dwindle within 36- 72 hours.

In December 1969, Seiko introduced the world’s first commercial Quartz wrist watch called the Astron.
In this day and age, Quartz is the most common watch movement with batteries in it. They are more durable than mechanical watches, very accurate and often less costly as they don’t have a lot of moving parts. It is highly recommended to change the battery before it expires, to prevent any leakage that might cause damage to the watch.

Care for your QUARTZ | MECHANICAL | AUTOMATIC Watches

1) Avoid placing them near magnets as it may affect the time- keeping of your watch mechanism.

Do note that there are magnets which are in televisions, speakers and some gadgets.

2) Service your watch every two or threes years for an automatic or mechanical watch and three to four years for a quartz watch.

3) Hand-wind your automatic watch often to avoid condensation and perform cleaning and oiling once every 3 years. to keep it in tip- top condition.

4) Wind the watch before wearing so as to minimize the stress on the winding stem.

5) Don’t overwind your watch. Stop immediately when you feel any resistance.

6) Make a habit out of winding your watch every day before you strap it on. If it’s an automatic, just strap it on.

7) Dead batteries left in a Quartz watch can leak and damage the watch. Hence, it is often recommended to take out any batteries that are not working or when your watch stop functioning for Quartz watches and replace it with new ones.

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