The Watch Edit
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.