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How Do Automatic Watches Work & Why You Need One Apart of Your Wardrobe

How Do Automatic Watches Work

If you're new to the watch world, you may think an automatic watch runs on its own with no labour involved. Well, we're here to tell you that's partially true.

The thing is, the term "automatic movement" can be misleading. Someone who's not familiar with the watch industry terminology may think it requires no attention to make it work. And to be honest, we wish that were true. But its not.

A watch movement is the main piece for it to work. Sort of like the engine of a car. Without it, nothing is going to work.

There are two types of movements in the watch world, An automatic movement and a quartz movement. But today we're going to show you how an automatic movement works.

But before we dive deep into specifics, lets first go into the history of an automatic movement.


How Does an Automatic Watch Movement Work

An automatic movement is similar to a mechanical watch. To begin powering the watch you must use the self winding mechanism to tighten the mainspring. And once wound through a series of gears, called escapement, the mainspring tightens. The tension is then released incrementally, which powers the automatic movement. This can be seen with the sweeping motion of the second hand. It's a beautiful sight.

Another way an automatic movement keeps it's power is by the motion of the wearer's wrist. The motion turns the rotor on an axial and tightens the mainspring.

What is a power reserve?

The best automatic watches have a power reserve of 38-42 hours. Once there is no more energy leftover in the movement, you will have to manually wind the watch again.

How Does a Self Winding Watch Work?

Self winding watches are the exact same as automatic watches, just a different name.

The way a self winding watch works is the same as an automatic watch. The main spring is powered with the natural motion of the wearer's wrist. Energy is stored in the movement and incrementally released to power the watch.

How Does A Mechanical Watch Work

Before the automatic movement was introduced in the 18th century they were known as mechanical movements.

Mechanical watches are very similar to automatic watches.

The only difference?

Mechanical watches require manual winding to power the movement.

How Do You Do This?

To power the manual movement, it requires the crown to be in a pushed-in position. From there, the user will manually wind it, about 20-30 times, or until there is resistance that pushes it counter clockwise.

The biggest concern we have when beginners and intermediates use a manual watch is overwinding the timepiece. This can seriously damage the movement inside & will be a costly repair. To better understand the best approach when it comes to winding a manual watch take a look at this article we wrote here to make sure you don't damage your precious timepiece.

Quartz watches are battery powered and don't face this type of difficulty. But they do require battery replacements every 2 years. And if not done correctly, this can damage your quartz watch. We advise to seek expert advice when handling your luxury watch.

Do you have to wear an automatic watch everyday?

If you don't wear the watch after a certain amount of time (40 hours) the power in the movement runs out. So you will have to manually rewind it to return the power to the movement. If it's fully wound, an automatic wristwatch can last up to 38-42 hours, with some movements having a 72 hour power reserve.

Simply put, we have the best automatic watches the market has to offer today. They durable, reliable and stylish. We're so confident that you won't face any problems that we're offering 2 year international warranty on the date of purchase. And if you don't like it, feel free to return within 30 days for FREE. There's no risk and you'll be glad that you made this purchase.Automatic Watch Movement