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    • CommentAuthorkarolquick
    • CommentTimeJul 11th 2019

    5 Things You Didn’t Know About Watch Movements
    Some people use watches mainly for utility, while others are attracted to popular brands and eye-catching designs. But a real watch enthusiast would know that the most important aspect in a watch is the movement, for it is where all the magic happens.

    If you don’t know much about a watch movement, read further, so you can get educated on watch movements and know what type of watch movement you should look for when you purchase a watch.

    What's a good watch movement

    What Is a Watch Movement
    Watches display time and other functions all thanks to the watch movement. The watch movement is the mechanism inside the watch that serves as the watch’s engine. It allows the watch to tell the time as well as do the additional functions, called watch complications, included in the watch if there are any, such as the calendar; chronograph; alarm; GMT; and etc.

    What Are Good Watch Movements
    There are different kinds of movements, and they offer different things. As watches differ in design, their movements have distinctive characteristics. Their movements either can have high precision, can provide particular complications, can be decorative, can last for several years, or can be a combination of any of these characteristics. So what makes a good watch movement can be based on what it is exactly what you are looking for.

    For precision that’s definitely spot on, watches that bear the title, Certified Chronometer can assure you of highly precise timekeeping. These watches acquire their title by passing a series of tests done by a precision-certifying organization. In Switzerland, it is the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) that assures the quality of these watches, while in Japan, it is the Japan Chronometer Inspection Institute.

    Certified Chronometers are watches that have been tested and have met the high standards in timekeeping precision. That being said, Certified Chronometer movements are composed of high-quality components and are skillfully crafted by expert watchmakers.

    With their excellent quality and certification, Certified Chronometers come at an expensive price. Nevertheless, a more affordable watch with a quartz movement can be reliable in telling time accurately as well.

    If there are particular complications you are looking for, then you will need a watch with a movement that supports that complication.

    If you have a fascination for the intricate details of a watch’s machinery and love the aesthetic that it can make for a watch, then a watch with either an automatic or mechanical movement with a skeleton dial and/or exhibition case back would be the watch for you.

    When it comes to longevity, watches will last long when taken good care of. But when it comes to design, a high-quality quartz watch is one to definitely last up to a minimum of 20 years. Since the arrangement of components of a quartz movement isn’t as complex as that of the automatic and mechanical movements, it doesn’t wear out too fast.

    Nevertheless, there are some automatic and mechanical watches that are designed with manufacturers’ respective anti-shock technologies, and some are also designed with jewels that help to reduce the wear and tear within the movement.

    What Are the Different Types of Watch Movements?
    Quartz Movement
    The quartz movement is a battery-operated movement that’s very accurate. Of all the movements, it is the quartz movement that has the longest span of power, as it’s equipped with a battery that can power it for years. So there is not much maintenance needed aside from a battery change after a period of time.

    Moreover, because quartz movements are battery powered, they don’t have many moving parts, which makes them more affordable, aside from the fact that they are produced by machine.

    Automatic Movement
    Rather complex, the automatic movement consists of an intricate arrangement of components, which are assembled by hand. It’s also known as self-winding movement, as it powers itself by drawing energy from the wearer’s own wrist motions.

    However, it needs to be worn regularly to maintain power. If an automatic watch hasn’t been worn for a while, it will need to be wound to gain power for it to start. A watch winder can come handy for keeping an automatic watch powered and allowing it to continuously function when it’s not worn.

    Mechanical Movement
    Of all the types of movements, the mechanical movement is the oldest and most traditional. Like the automatic movement, it has an intricate arrangement assembled by hand.

    This movement has to be wound in order to store energy in its mainspring, which is the source of power in a mechanical watch. Thus, it is also being referred to as hand-wound movement.

    watch movement

    How Do Watch Movements Work
    As we’ve said earlier, a watch movement is an engine that makes the watch work. In order for the movement to run, it will need power.

    For the quartz movement, the battery is the power source, which sends out electrical currents to electrify a small quartz crystal to create vibrations. Those vibrations are what maintains the oscillation of the movement and allows the watch to operate.

    For the automatic movement, the movement of the wearer’s wrist powers it. In an automatic movement, there is a rotor. When the wrist moves, the rotor spins to transfer energy and automatically wind the mainspring. The mainspring, then, unwinds slowly to release energy, which is regulated by a series of gears and springs for making the hands and complications work.

    For the mechanical movement, it is the mainspring that provides the power to it. The mainspring must be wound by turning the crown multiple times to accumulate energy to be released for powering the movement.