The Watch Edit

The Watch Edit

01 April

Something we’re asked a lot about is the difference between mechanical and quartz watches. Here’s we’ve put together a very brief guide – but for more in depth information, don’t hesitate to talk to us during the viewing and we’d be happy to share any more watch knowledge we have!

Most people will have worn a quartz watch at some point – battery powered, with a quartz circuit, their movements are cheap to operate and service and generally are more accurate and require less maintenance than a mechanical watch. Quartz movements can also be very small and slim, making them ideal for timepieces with slim cases or smaller ladies’ watches.

However, to watch purists, nothing but a mechanical watch will do! This is because the workings of the timepiece are entirely down to the mechanics, with no electronic interference whatsoever – its accuracy depends wholly on the quality of the design and workmanship of the piece. The basics of how a mechanical watch works has changed very little in 400 years – invented initially by Breguet before the French Revolution, it is constantly refined but the principles remain the same.

Within the term ‘mechanical’, there are automatic and manual watches. Both need to be worn to continue working but while an automatic watch will constantly wind itself as long as it’s being worn, a manual will need to be wound by its wearer every few days. Most modern mechanical watches will run about 24-40 hours without needing to be wound.