Why Mechanical?: 3 Things People Love About Mechanical Watches

August 24th, 2012 Posted in Orient Watch Reviews | 5 Comments

Ever wonder why some people collect, covet, and simply love mechanical watches? It’s true that quartz watches are generally more accurate than mechanical watches. That’s in addition to being quite a bit lighter, slimmer, and easier to maintain.

So why mechanical? Check out these 3 things that people love about mechanical watches.

1. Craftsmanship

Mechanical watchmaking is an art that dates back to the 16th century. These early watches were simple (although quite complex for the time) pocket watches that featured only an hour hand. The minute hand appeared in the late 17th century, and from that point forward, mechanical watches became more and more complex.

Today’s mechanical watches, however, still use the same techniques established hundreds of years ago. The craftsmanship and engineering behind these tiny, intricate, and self-winding machines is one thing that people just love about mechanical watches. It’s also something that quartz watches pale in comparison to.

While high-end quartz movements are detailed and interesting to look at, nothing quite compares to the world of intricate craftsmanship that comes to life on a wound-up mechanical watch.

2. Durability

As mentioned, quartz watches are generally lighter and slimmer than mechanical watches. Some people prefer that, especially when considering a dressy, jewelry-like watch. However, the sturdy, weighty, and durable feel of a solid mechanical watch is another thing people love about mechanical watches.

Additionally, mechanical watches generally last longer than quartz watches. In fact, many people say that their mechanical watches are essentially family heirlooms that have been or will be passed down for generations.

3. Aesthetics

Some people just appreciate and love mechanical watches for their aesthetic value. And why not? It’s hard to argue with the aesthetics of a mechanical movement. Such a movement is simply awe-inspiring to watch enthusiasts, collectors, and casual watch wearers alike.

And since mechanical watches are crafted by watchmaking artisans, these watches often include other special features, unique designs, and interesting color patterns. Such features include semi-skeletons and full exhibition case backs, bright-colored hands, textured dials, and lots of other artistic details.

Are you a mechanical watch or a quartz watch person? Both? Neither? Leave a comment below!

  1. 5 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By roger on Aug 26, 2012

    orient watches the best watch in terms of craftsmanship and price.

  3. By Eric Nelson on Aug 28, 2012

    IHave a lot of great watchess. But i don’t have a Orient watch yet hope it compares or surpasses my expectations

  4. By Kevin on Sep 5, 2012

    My wife bought me a Orient Mako for my birthday I absolutely love it. Wish I could say it will be my last watch but now I am hooked and need start a collection of Orients.

  5. By Will on Sep 5, 2012

    I love the concept of a small machine that is running off of my movement ticking away on my wrist. It’s just old school badassery that you don’t really see now a days.

  6. By Chris on Sep 26, 2012

    Mechanical for sure no contest and the more intricate the better(open heart skeletons and tourbillions). That’s what’s great about orient great watches at reasonable price points its a win win in my book!

5 comments | Tell us what you think!