Automatic vs. Quartz (like the CTD0T004W): What’s the Difference?

February 23rd, 2011 | No Comments

If you’re new to the watch world, all the fancy terms might be confusing and overwhelming. Watches come in countless different styles with so many different functions that it can be hard to keep them straight.

Understanding the difference between an automatic watch, like the Orient Mako XL CEM75001B, and a quartz watch, like the Orient CTD0T004W is a great place to start, whether you’re searching for a watch for a specific occasion or looking into starting a collection.

Read on to learn the difference between the 2 and to answer the following questions:

  • What’s an automatic watch?
  • What’s a quartz watch?
  • Where can I get them?

What’s an automatic watch?

How it works:
An automatic watch is a self-winding mechanical watch. A watch derives its power from a part called the mainspring. In automatic watches, the mainspring is essentially powered by the wearer’s wrist.


  • Because it’s powered by human movement, an automatic watch is eco-friendly.
  • It’s able to withstand extreme temperatures.
  • With regular maintenance, an automatic will usually last longer than a quartz watch.


  • Accuracy can vary, especially depending on the brand.
  • Because of the craftsmanship that goes into making an automatic watch, they can be slightly more expensive than quartz models.

What’s a quartz watch?

How it works:
Simply put, a quartz watch is powered by a battery rather than human movement.


  • Generally, quartz watches are less expensive than automatic watches.
  • They’re known to be more accurate.
  • Quartz movements do not need as much regular maintenance.


  • Battery life can be unpredictable, and it may be hard to find a replacement battery if it’s an older model.
  • Although they don’t need much maintenance, their overall life is usually shorter than automatic watches.

Each type has something different to offer, so there’s no easy answer to the age old question of which is better. It depends on what’s important to you. If it’s craftsmanship and tradition, then an automatic might be the better choice. If accuracy and price are your major deciding factors, then a quartz watch is probably the right decision. If you don’t plan on wearing your watch every day, a quartz model may be a better option because you don’t have to set the time each time you wear the watch.

Where can I get them?

Luckily, offers plenty of options for both automatic and quartz watches.

From dressy executive watches to sporty divers, there are 63 different automatic watches from which to choose. If you prefer quartz, there are 36 models to choose from, including women’s watches, sporty chronographs like the CTD0T004W, and a collection of eco-friendly light-powered quartz watches.

Are you an automatic or a quartz lover? Tell us why below.

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