Watch Movements Made Easy for You

24 Mar 2021 09:02

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If explained in modest words a watch is powered by a movement but it is not as simple as it seems. A movement is actually the heart of any analogue watch, regardless to its price or brand.

There are numerous manufacturers that manufacture movements for their own watches and some not only make it for their own watch line-up but also sell to other watch makers.
A Swiss automatic watch movement is also referred as calibre which is a bit different from quartz movement. We will get into the types of and workings of the watch movements later on, let’s first comprehend the movement and its significance.

The movements can be separated by its functionality. Some watches only have time, some
have time and date, some have day-date and time while some have chronograph functions in it. All the movements get complex with augmented functions it has to perform.

The renowned and widely used watch movements are Swiss or Japanese produced movements. Limited Swiss luxury watch brands use their own manufactured movements to maintain its quality, precision and exclusivity. The mass producers of Swiss watch movements are ETA, Sellita and Ronda. On the other hand Seiko and Casio mass produce quartz watch movements in Japan.

Most watch buyers get attracted by the appearance of the timepieces but few really get into the quality and precision of watch movements. As the external design is important for the watch, the internal mechanism is also equally important.

Quartz Movement is a battery powered movement that runs the clock. The first ever Quartz Movement was introduced in 1969 by Seiko, Japan. It was a revolution in the watch industry.

With the introduction of quartz movement the traditional watch makers felt challenged. As the quartz movement was cheaper to produce and maintain due to less moving parts, the Swiss watch makers created their own version of quartz movement. This all together created a new era of quartz watches in the world.

Currently the mass producer of quartz movement are Seiko, Citizen and Casio, these Japanese companies also provide quartz movements to other watch manufacturers. The Swiss quartz movements are majorly produced by ETA, Sellita and Ronda

The mechanical movement is powered by a winding spring that has to be winded manually. The wearer has to wind it manually through the watch crown. The energy restored in the spring is then released to power the movement and ticking the clock.

As the matter of the fact, there is not much difference between the quartz movement and mechanical movement. Only the battery in quartz movement is replaced by spring motion. Few more springs are added to mechanical movements that maintain other clock features.

However, a mechanical movement is more of a class sentiment as it takes intense effort and quality artistry to make one mechanical movement, which also makes it expensive.

Automatic Movement as it refers is basically a self-winding mechanical movement which restores kinetic energy into the spring by the wrist motion of the wearer. The effort of manual winding is eliminated with its automatic functionality.

Among the watch collectors an automatic watch is considered of high value with definite quality. Both Swiss and Japanese movement manufacturers produce their own automatic movements. Same as mechanical movement it is also complex in structure and an added metal weight that freely moves with wrist movement it makes it interesting to see it too.

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