Automatic vs Quartz

February 16th, 2012 | 1 Comment

When buying a watch one of the first questions you ask is, “Should I buy an automatic or a quartz watch?” These two types of watches are vastly different and it is important to understand their pros and cons when purchasing one.

There are two types of mechanical watches, manual and self-winding. Orient sells self-winding watches, also known as automatic. An automatic watch uses the energy from a wound spring and regulates this energy through a set of gears and an escapement. This kind of watch requires precision and polished craftsmanship.

In quartz watches, a battery activates a quartz crystal that translates into an impulse that drives an electronic motor. The first electronic watch movement was tested in the 1960’s, making the quartz watch much younger than the automatic.

So which one is better? This is a highly debated question that is usually discussed on forums and horology events. Quartz watches are generally cheaper and are regarded as more accurate. Automatic watches have a heavier focus on craftsmanship, design, and tradition. Automatic watches are more expensive because they require painstaking precision in assembly. Automatic watches can also last longer if they are properly taken care of. Most of the time automatic watches have a much higher resale value.

Overall, it is important to know the difference between quartz and automatic watches when making a timepiece investment.

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  2. By John on Feb 16, 2012

    I really try to balance my collection between automatic and quartz watches. I love the history to the “autos” and their always cool sweeping movements!

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