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Mechanical watches and automatic watches are same same, but different.

Learn the differences between the automatic vs mechanical watch movements, how to tell them apart, and get help deciding which one to choose.

Mechanical watches and automatic watches are same same, but different.

Learn the differences between the automatic vs mechanical watch movements, how to tell them apart, and get help deciding which one to choose.

Jess Chow, Founder of VIEREN Watches

March 2022


Jess Chow, Founder of VIEREN Watches

March 2022

Watch movements - explained

Watches are defined by the movement or mechanism inside. Similar to car engines, watch movements define the quality of the watch and its functionality.

Automatic watches are among the most advanced of the 3 movement types because automatic watch movements can keep accurate time with daily wear, rather than with manual winding (for mechanical watches) or with a battery (for quartz watches).

Also known as a "self-winding watch", this technological innovation from the early 20th century powers itself, giving people more freedom and convenience to power their time and make the most of every second of their life.

Mechanical watches - pros and cons

Mechanical watch were the first initial design for accurate timekeeping, requiring the wearer to manually power the watch by winding the crown on the side. The crown turns the watch movement and "charges" the mainspring inside the watch. Quality mechanical watches typically have a power reserve of about 42 hours, and will need to be wound every day to ensure accurate timekeeping.

Mechanical timepieces are complicated calibres that embody the best of legacy handcrafted arts. The innovation and design seen in modern mechanical watches push the watchmaking industry forward. Due to the high level of craftsmanship required, mechanical timepieces are often very expensive because of the hours of handwork and machinery required to create these tiny timekeeping titans.

Watch movements - explained

Watches are defined by the movement or mechanism inside. Similar to car engines, watch movements define the quality of the watch and its functionality.

Automatic watches are among the most advanced of the 3 movement types because automatic watch movements can keep accurate time with daily wear, rather than with manual winding (for mechanical watches) or with a battery (for quartz watches).

Also known as a "self-winding watch", this technological innovation from the early 20th century powers itself, giving people more freedom and convenience to power their time and make the most of every second of their life.

Mechanical watches - pros and cons

Mechanical watch were the first initial design for accurate timekeeping, requiring the wearer to manually power the watch by winding the crown on the side. The crown turns the watch movement and "charges" the mainspring inside the watch. Quality mechanical watches typically have a power reserve of about 42 hours, and will need to be wound every day to ensure accurate timekeeping.

Mechanical timepieces are complicated calibres that embody the best of legacy handcrafted arts. The innovation and design seen in modern mechanical watches push the watchmaking industry forward. Due to the high level of craftsmanship required, mechanical timepieces are often very expensive because of the hours of handwork and machinery required to create these tiny timekeeping titans.

Automatic watches - pros and cons

"Automatic watches were the next version of the mechanical watch. Back in the early 20th century, people were tired of having to wind their watch every day, so a Swiss watchmaker designed an added feature to power the watch with daily wear instead. An automatic watch movement included the rotor, a weighted semi-circular disc that would sit on the back of the movement, swinging back and forth to wind the watch movement. This gave people the freedom to live their lives and power their time. However, if the watch has not been worn for more than a day or two, the watch will need to be ""charged"" again by turning the crown 30-40x to fully wind the watch. Due to the added rotor, automatic watches tend to be heavier and thicker. Look for thin automatic watches handcrafted in Switzerland to ensure the timepiece looks good on the wrist and stand the tests of time."
Mechanical vs. automatic watch movement

Mechanical vs Automatic Watch - how to tell them apart

The main timekeeping mechanism for an automatic watch and mechanical watch are essentially the same, with automatic watches having the weighted rotor for self-winding. Because of this added functionality, automatic watch movements tend to be heavier and thicker, requiring a higher level of expertise to craft an automatic timepiece that looks good on the wrist. Since automatic watch movements are so beautiful, yet hard to come by, many automatic watches will feature an open caseback to showcase the movement in action.

Automatic watches - pros and cons

"Automatic watches were the next version of the mechanical watch. Back in the early 20th century, people were tired of having to wind their watch every day, so a Swiss watchmaker designed an added feature to power the watch with daily wear instead. An automatic watch movement included the rotor, a weighted semi-circular disc that would sit on the back of the movement, swinging back and forth to wind the watch movement. This gave people the freedom to live their lives and power their time. However, if the watch has not been worn for more than a day or two, the watch will need to be ""charged"" again by turning the crown 30-40x to fully wind the watch. Due to the added rotor, automatic watches tend to be heavier and thicker. Look for thin automatic watches handcrafted in Switzerland to ensure the timepiece looks good on the wrist and stand the tests of time."
Mechanical vs. automatic watch movement

Mechanical vs Automatic Watch - how to tell them apart

The main timekeeping mechanism for an automatic watch and mechanical watch are essentially the same, with automatic watches having the weighted rotor for self-winding. Because of this added functionality, automatic watch movements tend to be heavier and thicker, requiring a higher level of expertise to craft an automatic timepiece that looks good on the wrist. Since automatic watch movements are so beautiful, yet hard to come by, many automatic watches will feature an open caseback to showcase the movement in action.
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