What Are the Benefits of a Swiss Movement Watch?

by Sarah Coennen

There are different kinds of movement watches such as mechanical and automatic.

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The Swiss have long been known for their attention to detail and craftsmanship when it comes to watches. When searching for a quality watch, most people think about Swiss watches. Movement watches are watches that have moving hands which denote the time. There are different kinds of movement watches, each with their own advantages.

Quartz Watches

Quartz watches are powered using a combination of a battery and quartz crystal and is one of the most reliable time keeping machines. The battery passes an electric current through the quartz crystal, which in turn vibrates the quartz. The vibration from the quartz moves a step motor that moves the hands of the clock to keep perfect time. The battery carries a long life of one and a half years, sometimes longer. This is one of the most cost efficient watches, as quartz watches require very little maintenance.

Mechanical Watches

Before batteries were invented, most people used mechanical watches. These watches have a complex and intricate combination of gears and springs that work together to keep perfect time. For those who prefer the antique winding watches, this type of Swiss watch is for you. Mechanical watches need to be rewound every 36 to 40 hours, but most people wind their mechanical watches every day in order to make sure their watches show the correct time.

Automatic Watches

Automatic watches are more similar to the mechanical than the quartz watches, but instead of being manually wound, this type of Swiss watch is self-wound. This means that when you wear the watch, every time you move your hand, it winds itself, keeping up with the current time. Sometimes this watch does need to be manually wound because it can gain or lose a few minutes during the course of a month.

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