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The automatic watch is the original analog version, whereas the quartz watch is the new electronic version.

Understand the differences between the two watch movements, how to tell them apart, and get help deciding which one to choose.

The automatic watch is the original analog version, whereas the quartz watch is the new electronic version.

Understand the differences between the two watch movements, how to tell them apart, and get help deciding which one to choose.

Jess Chow, Founder of VIEREN Watches

January 2022


Jess Chow, Founder of VIEREN Watches

January 2022

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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.
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Quartz watches - pros and cons

Quartz watches are powered by a quartz crystal and an electronic battery. The battery creates electrical impulses that vibrates the quartz crystal, turning the seconds hand at time intervals as it releases. First introduced in Japan in 1969, the Seiko Quartz Astron is an iconic timepiece that almost caused the entire Swiss watchmaking industry to collapse.
Quartz watch movement with battery
These battery-operated devices are super accurate, but the battery will need to be replaced every few years. Because quartz watches are much cheaper and easier to make, there has been an influx of manufacturers making counterfeits and replicas, focusing more on style than quality. Many modern day fashion watches are quartz watches with plastic parts that degrade over time.

This has also made an impact on the planet since quartz watches can come from a variety of places with a range of business practices, so be sure to understand where and how the watch was made before purchasing.
VIEREN black croc leather watch caseback with Swiss ETA-2671 automatic movement

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.
VIEREN black leather watch on wrist men lifestyle

Quartz watches - pros and cons

Quartz watches are powered by a quartz crystal and an electronic battery. The battery creates electrical impulses that vibrates the quartz crystal, turning the seconds hand at time intervals as it releases. First introduced in Japan in 1969, the Seiko Quartz Astron is an iconic timepiece that almost caused the entire Swiss watchmaking industry to collapse.
Quartz watch movement with battery
These battery-operated devices are super accurate, but the battery will need to be replaced every few years. Because quartz watches are much cheaper and easier to make, there has been an influx of manufacturers making counterfeits and replicas, focusing more on style than quality. Many modern day fashion watches are quartz watches with plastic parts that degrade over time.

This has also made an impact on the planet since quartz watches can come from a variety of places with a range of business practices, so be sure to understand where and how the watch was made before purchasing.

Automatic watches - pros and cons

Automatic watches are the original watch movement. First created in 1770 by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet, the modern automatic watch movement has 160+ microscopic pieces working together perfectly to tell time. The rotor (weighted semi-circular disc) swings back and forth from the wrist of the wearer, winding the mainspring inside the watch mechanism. When worn every day, an automatic watch can tell time forever without a battery.

Because a quality automatic watch movement is made entirely with metal gears, it can be serviced or repaired if required. It's recommended to service an automatic watch every 3-5 years. This is where a skilled watchmaker takes apart the entire automatic watch movement to be cleaned, lubircated, and then fully re-assembled again. With regular maintenance, an automatic watch can keep accurate timekeeping for decades.

If an automatic watch has not been more for a day or two, it will require manual winding to power the watch again.
Swiss Made ETA-2671 automatic watch movement with rotor

Automatic vs Quartz Watch - how to tell them apart

An easy way to tell if a watch is automatic or quartz is by looking at the seconds hand.

Because automatic watches uses gears that wind and unwind, the seconds hand will turn around the watch dial smoothly, where as quartz watch seconds hands will move at intervals in a tick-tick-tick motion.

Automatic watches - pros and cons

Automatic watches are the original watch movement. First created in 1770 by Swiss watchmaker Abraham-Louis Perrelet, the modern automatic watch movement has 160+ microscopic pieces working together perfectly to tell time. The rotor (weighted semi-circular disc) swings back and forth from the wrist of the wearer, winding the mainspring inside the watch mechanism. When worn every day, an automatic watch can tell time forever without a battery.

Because a quality automatic watch movement is made entirely with metal gears, it can be serviced or repaired if required. It's recommended to service an automatic watch every 3-5 years. This is where a skilled watchmaker takes apart the entire automatic watch movement to be cleaned, lubircated, and then fully re-assembled again. With regular maintenance, an automatic watch can keep accurate timekeeping for decades.

If an automatic watch has not been more for a day or two, it will require manual winding to power the watch again.
Swiss Made ETA-2671 automatic watch movement with rotor

Automatic vs Quartz Watch - how to tell them apart

An easy way to tell if a watch is automatic or quartz is by looking at the seconds hand.

Because automatic watches uses gears that wind and unwind, the seconds hand will turn around the watch dial smoothly, where as quartz watch seconds hands will move at intervals in a tick-tick-tick motion.
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