Buying a new watch can be a challenge, for someone with a deep knowledge of high end watch choices. The expert team at Lebertiis doing their best to help customers make more informed purchases.
When it comes to buying a quality watch, like in many things in life, knowledge is power. Always wanting customers to have the best experience possible, the team at Leberti recently addressed one of the top questions that come across a buyer mind before they decide which watch is best for them. Quartz vs. automatic watches? What are the differences and which choice is superior. Check out the highlights of the discussion below.
“We hear shoppers wondering all the time,” commented a spokesperson from Leberti. “What is the difference between a quartz movement and an automatic movement? Of course, we’re happy to explain what they are, the key differences and give our opinion on which one will best suit a person’s needs. The more our shoppers know about the watch the better it is for all of us. It’s a true win-win.”
According to Leberti first time buyers, it can be difficult to distinguish between an automatic and quartz movement watch. Learning about each can be valuable.
Quartz watches were first introduced in the 1960s and caused a massive uproar in the Swiss watchmaking industry, forcing Swiss Watchmakers to close forever. Its Japanese creators had made an excellent innovation that was the most accurate timepiece available on the market, required less maintenance, and they were able to mass produce for a cheaper price.
In the watch world, this time period was known as the Quartz crisis.
The quartz watch is a battery powered movement that requires very little maintenance, aside from battery replacement. It operates with an electric current from the battery that gives power to the quartz crystal. This causes the watch to vibrate (approximately 32 768 times a second) and the vibrations causes the quartz movement to oscillate, which is shown on the face of the watch with the moving hands. Quartz watch seconds hand move once per second (in a tick Tock movement). And that sums up how a quartz movement works in a nutshell.
Most insiders agree, a quartz watch is a great choice for beginners and even more experienced watch enthusiasts. One of the many qualities of the quartz timepiece is its accuracy. It has been deemed to be the most accurate watch in the world, which holds a great appeal for many people. Powered by the quartz watch battery it has become one of the most reliable watches that can be worn, and they require little maintenance beyond changing a battery. And remember, their price tag is significantly less expensive than automatic watches, for a number of reasons.
Automatic and Mechanical watches have a long and interesting history. In 1923 the first mechanical watch was introduced, which was a creative innovation in the watch making industry. Mechanical watches required manual winding to power the timepiece. This was done by twisting the crown until the mainspring tightened. Not long after this, the automatic movement (also known as self-winding watch) was introduced. But this time it was different. A new piece was introduced, it was called the rotor.
The rotor is mounted on the back of the mechanical watch, connected to the mainspring through a series of gears. With the motion of the wearer’s wrist, the rotor spins on an axial and winds the mainspring which powers the automatic watch. The mainspring is the power source for all mechanical watches. Once wound through a series of gears called an escapement, the mainspring tightens. The tension is then incrementally released which powers the automatic watch, this is shown with the sweeping hand motion.
This power only lasts a certain amount of time, called the power reserve. A power reserve is the total time a fully wound watch takes to unwind. Most automatic watches have a power reserve between 36 to 42 hours. Once the power reserve reaches zero its wearer will have to rewind the automatic watch. Once fully wound, the watch is ready for use and if the watch is worn regularly, they will not have to wind it even when taking it off at the end of the night.
Among experts and normal watch enthusiasts alike, automatic watches are known to be superior in quality and craftsmanship compared to its competitors. They also carry a quite luxurious and regal aura about them, considering they are such well designed pieces of functional art. Many people admire the sweeping hand on an automatic movement, moving multiple times per second. Where the quartz watch moves once per second. The result of the sweeping second hand is the quality of craftsmanship and engineering put into the automatic mechanical movement.
In the end, Leberti gives their solid opinion of which style of watch is a better choice: it depends on who you are and what you desire. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong choice when deciding between the two movements. The final decision should be based on your lifestyle and what the watch will be used for. If you have any questions Leberti is happy to help.
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