If you are looking to reward yourself after receiving your first paycheck, watches are the best gifts for you with Ballast in the Philippines. Read below to learn about the various types of watch movements.


All you need to know about the different types of watch movements

The group of mechanism contained inside a watch is known as the watch movement and also a key factor that makes a watch keep a good time. The components typically consists a complex set of gears, jewels, and plates that make up the movement which has been developed over the course of centuries. That is why the modern watches today are able to have the most accurate time-keeping. There are mainly two types of watch movements, which are the mechanical and quartz. Read on to learn more about the different types of watch movements.


The mechanical movement is the oldest mechanism in the history of watches. It is often broken into two categories which are manual and automatic. A mechanical watch probably remains as the most excellent watches to exist. Most of the craftsmanship of these watches is impossible to be duplicated with modern factories and machines. This is because; the manufacturing process requires it to be skillfully made by hand.

These types of watches, however, do need more maintenance compared to other watches with a different movement. For example, it is required to wind up manual mechanic watches to ideally provide enough energy for it to work. Nonetheless, be expected to wind a manual watch frequently for it to properly function. It also depends on the brand of the watch in terms of how frequent it must be wound. Even if you own the finest watches, chances are you will have to wind it. This is because; these mechanical watches still utilize the old school principles of gears where they store and release energy in the same way as other types of clock works.


The way manual watches work is to simply wind it by hand where the user engages the crown in order to set the time. This can be done once or twice per day.


The automatic watch operates through a self-winding mechanism where it utilizes the movements of a human body to provide power. Although it is almost identical to a manual watch, the only difference is that it is powered by the swinging movement of our wrist while we walk.


The mechanism of watches did not just end with gears and springs, as soon after the quartz movement was introduced. They have become an ever-present part of our lives due to the mass production of ultra-cheap quartz watch movements. The main benefit of using a watch with quartz movements is how accurate it is as well as the minimal maintenance it needs.

A quartz movement can be easily identified due to the tick-tock motion of the hands compared to the swift motions of a mechanical watch. Furthermore, these watches are much more affordable since there are only a few moving parts such as the quartz crystal that are needed for it to function. A battery sends an electrical current through a small quartz crystal causing it to power the quartz watch movements through small vibrations. It is a considerably simple mechanism and lacks the technical craftsmanship of a mechanical timepiece. That is probably the reason why most watch enthusiasts will opt for the mechanical watches.

Which watch movement should you choose?

Instead of purchasing a watch based on its aesthetics, you should be well-aware of what you need from a watch because every individual has certain specific needs. You need to ask yourself whether if you plan to wear the watch daily, whether you are interested in craftsmanship or ease of use, expense, etc. If your priority is efficiency, then a quartz movement would be just what you need. This is because; the watch will run no matter if you put it on your wrist or not. On the plus side, it keeps a more accurate time and the only maintenance it requires is a simple change of battery.

On the other hand, if you know how to truly appreciate the craftsmanship of a watch, then it is best for you to invest in an automatic or manual mechanical watch. The reason these types of watches are priced so high is because the mechanisms are very durable and may last for generations due to its detailed construction. Nevertheless, regular maintenance is still required by a certified watchmaker once every few years. It is considered an investment as the mechanical movement comes with more prestige and does not lose its value over time.

All in all, you can never go wrong with any of these movements as it is just a matter of knowing which timepiece is the best for you.

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