Perfect Back to School Watch: Quartz or Mechanical?

September 7th, 2012 Posted in Orient Watch Reviews | 4 Comments

Back to school time is well underway, and if you find yourself running late for class, it may be time to get a watch.

But what’s the best watch for a student? Quartz or mechanical? For students, both watch types have their place. Read on to help figure out which type is best for you.


Quartz watches are a great choice for students. Such watches are lightweight, durable, accurate, and fairly inexpensive. Speaking to that end, Orient Watch offers several quartz models for students living on a shoestring budget.

For instance, take a look at the FUNC7005B Judicial.

This sturdy quartz features a date indicator and a clean, easy-to-read dial. Its simple design is paired with a fairly large case (43mm) and an extremely durable urethane band. The band is a favorite feature among Judicial’s wearers because its stretch makes it quite comfortable on the wrist.

Perhaps equally important to these features is that Judicial looks cool. It’s sporty, trendy, and full of unique design features such as its domed crystal glass, bold indices around the dial, and sleek watch hands. At the same time, the watch maintains a professional look, as suggested by its name.

Best of all, Judicial weighs in at just $165.

Want more quartz styles? Orient offers an array of quartz watches for both men and women. Check them all out using Orient’s Watch Finder.


Mechanical watches can also be a great choice for students. Mechanical watches never need a battery and are powered by the wearer. That means you’ll never have to worry about your watch stopping unexpectedly because the battery died. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about regular battery replacement and maintenance as you would with a quartz.

Though often more expensive than quartz watches, Orient has several mechanical models at close to the same price points as many of the quartz models. Take a look at the ER1W003W Brazen, for example.

Brazen, at just under $200, features an Orient in-house movement, which includes a date indicator. This watch, like most of Orient’s mechanical models, has approximately 40 hour power reserve, which means the watch will run for about 40 hours on one full charge. A charge is attained by simply wearing, moving, or shaking the watch.

Like Judicial, Brazen offers great style. It’s both sporty and trendy with unique bright blue accents offset on a textured white dial. Brazen features plenty of alternative colors and styles to choose from, making it a great watch for its quality, function, and look.

Want to know what else is great about this watch? Check out these customer reviews.

So now you know a bit more about quartz versus mechanical. Which watch type fits better with your lifestyle and why? Leave a comment below!

  1. 4 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Eric on Sep 7, 2012

    Definitely mechanical watches, just for their long history and complicated movements. Mechanical watches are what watches are meant to be, true engineering marvels. Orient has helped keep this tradition alive while still keeping their products accessible to the average consumer, unlike many Swiss companies.

  3. By Donaldo Kuningas on Sep 8, 2012

    That is such a clean design. I’m not usually a fan of white faced watches (especially without timing bezels), but This one is causing me to rethink that bias. It has a 60′s feel, updated for the 21st century. More ergonomic, I think.

  4. By Jenny Garsomke on Sep 8, 2012

    My husband would love a free watch! :)

  5. By Chris on Sep 26, 2012

    Both???????????? seriously you really should have a mix of watches I prefer the auto- and manuals personally but quartz are usually more accurate and easier to use while being usually cheaper and long lasting!!! So basically going back to school got ????? 365 buy em both!!!!!

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