Buy a Mechanical Watch – Be Impervious to Conformity

January 18th, 2010 | 8 Comments

Individuality makes you like everyone else. We all got it. Individuality varies greatly depending on the degree of externalization. People can be superficially similar and/or superficially different. Whatever people project, there’s a dimension to everyone that no one gets to see: the root of their identity.

Whatever you choose to show to people, one simple way many people like to differentiate themselves is through their appearance and accessories, including watches.

Want to individuate yourself? Buy a mechanical watch.

What’s a Mechanical Watch?

A mechanical watch operates solely on a mainspring. It does not use an electric power source.

There are 2 ways to power the watch:

  • A hand-winding mechanism
  • A self-winding mechanism

The hand-wound mechanism powers the watch only if the wearer winds the crown. It necessitates interactivity from the wearer.

The self-winding mechanism requires somewhat less attention than the former, because it is powered automatically, by the motion of the wearer’s arm.

Additionally, both methods of power are eco-friendly. Because they run on human power, there are no toxic batteries that need to be disposed.

How is a mechanical watch different?

Mechanical watches work to reverse the current trend of computerized humanity, by producing humanistic mechanisms. They are uniquely human, internally and externally.

They operate on humanistic power, moving and keeping time on your terms. Externally, the aesthetics are diverse. Pick a fashion you like to externalize your own style. Your own style can differentiate you from other people wearing mechanical watches by reflecting your internal perspective.

Here’s some examples of mechanical watches that could be “you:”

Seiko 5 Sports Series Self-Winding Watch

This Seiko timepiece is two-tone: silver with a centralized gold strip and watch dial.

  • Comes with a day and date calendar, a stainless steel case, and is water resistant.
  • Features an automatic movement and luminous hands and markers.
  • Goes for $179 on

The Orient Multi-Eyes Automatic Watch

This Orient CETAC002B comes with a stainless steel case and solid bracelet. It’s water resistant up to 50 meters and offers an automatic movement, meaning it’s wound automatically for you, by the motion of your arm.

Orient movements are installed by hand by Orient professionals (not imported from a supplier) to help ensure accurate watches. This cool video demonstrates the meticulous care required for such a process:

  • Displays the date at the 6′oclock position, while the day is displayed through a sundial.
  • Second, smaller subdial corresponds to the hour hand.
  • Luminous hands and markers for easy visibility in the dark.

If you want to buy this mechanical watch, it retails for $225 at Orient Watch USA.

The Invicta Signature Collection Self-Winding Watch

This Invicta watch is water resistant up to 50 meters, has luminous hands and markers, and a stainless steel case and bracelet.

  • Offers a skeleton window and an exhibition caseback, enabling one to see the inner workings of the watch.
  • Face includes silver-tone markers and Arabic numerals that measure time in 5 minute increments.
  • Sells for $338 on

Mechanical watches, however they’re designed, create an interesting dimension to personal accessories because they are totally interactive. The interaction with anything even remotely humanistic can grab anyone’s imagination.

Usually, an interesting watch leads to interesting person. Feel like meeting intriguing people? Be on the look out for someone wearing a mechanical watch.

  1. 8 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Steve Poorman on Jan 25, 2010

    After learning more and more about watches I can never see myself purchasing a quartz watch. I just like knowing that I have a tiny machine working on my wrist that is not powered by a battery. I know some people complain about the accuracy but if I want exact time I’ll look at my cell phone.

  3. By tempo dulu on Jan 28, 2010

    nice article. But it would be great if you could provide more information on how accurate mechanical watches are. Is it say 10 seconds a day? Or 30? Or 100?

  4. By ORIENT Jordan on Feb 1, 2010

    We’ve covered the accuracy in a few of our other articles. Mechanical watches are accurate within 25-30 seconds a day.

  5. By Steve Forgan on Feb 2, 2010

    Re: Accuracy of mechanical watches. I have 3 mechanical watches being the Seiko SKX031J, Citizen NY0040 and the Orient CEM 65001M. If I wear any one of these watches 24/7, it will be accurate to substantially less than 1 second per day. If you leave them sitting, they ALL will gain approx 5 seconds per day.
    Simply put “the more you wear a mechanical watch, the more accurate it will be”.

  6. By Carl Apter on Feb 3, 2010

    Will Orient ever offer a perpetual calendar watch?

  7. By ORIENT Jordan on Feb 3, 2010

    Hi, Carl,

    A perpetual calendar design is probably one of the most difficult complications built in the industry. At this time, Orient watches simply don’t do this because of the manufacturing cost which would inevitably raise the consumer cost.

    Orient watches only tell the date based on a 31-day months, whereas perpetual calendars will know which month it’s in (i.e. if it’s february, it’ll know it only has 28 days) so it never has to be adjusted.

    Thanks for your question!

  8. By ravi ms on Feb 4, 2010

    some swiss movements are gold there any technical reason behind this.pls answer.

  9. By ORIENT Jordan on Feb 8, 2010

    To my knowledge, the only reason some Swiss movements would be gold plated is for an aesthetic purpose rather than a technical reason.

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