Why Mechanical Watches are Special

December 29th, 2009 | 7 Comments

You may have heard of mechanical watches before; they are very popular in today’s watch market from their green technology to their fashionable appearance. However, what exactly is a mechanical watch, and what characteristics make this type of watch worth purchasing?

This article can help answer these questions about mechanical watches:

A Mechanical Watch: What is it?

Like all watches, a mechanical watch is a device for keeping time. However, what separates a mechanical watch from other types of watches is that it uses NO electric power.

A mechanical watch is powered solely by a mainspring. Mechanical watches typically can run for about 40 hours on one full winding of the mainspring.

5 main parts of all mechanical watches are listed below:

  • Mainspring – stores mechanical energy needed to power the watch.

  • Gear train – transmits the force of the mainspring to the balance wheel and adds up the swings of the balance wheel in order to get units of seconds, minutes, hours, etc.
  • Balance wheel – the timekeeping element, which oscillates back and forth.

  • Escapement – keeps the balance wheel vibrating and produces the ‘ticking’ sound of a mechanical watch.
  • Indicating Dial - displays the time in a readable form to its wearers (usually a traditional clock face).

Mechanicals were first introduced in Europe around the 1600s. They developed from the spring-powered clocks that were created during the 1400s.

The basic design of mechanical watches has not changed very much in the last fifty years. However, what has changed is the use of high technology and contemporary materials in both the design and manufacture of these watches. One of the main reasons these watches are so sought after is because of their striking appearance and ability to be worn as a fine jewelry piece. (Of course their ability to keep time is important too)!

4 Core Characteristics: ENHD

Many interesting and excellent characteristics of mechanical watches set them apart from other watch types.

4 core characteristics that make these watches stand out include their: environmental impact, natural materials, human interaction factor, and long-lasting durability.

1. Environmentally Friendly

The very definition of a mechanical watch highlights its environmentally-friendly characteristic. A mechanical watch uses NO electrical power. Just imagine how many millions of batteries are needed each year to power other watches. Go Green with a mechanical watch.

2. All Natural

A mechanical watch is truly an ecological product. All the watch parts, with the exception of a rubber watch band, are made of metal and minerals—completely natural materials.

3. The H-Factor

Mechanical watches move with human movement, so they stop when removed from the wearer’s arm and not in use. In other words, human involvement is a critical component of a mechanical watch.

This factor is not only pretty interesting, but it is also good for the watch as parts wear down less.

4. Distinct Durability

One of the best characteristics of this type of watch is its durability. Mechanical watches can be passed down from generation to generation. Each watch part is replaceable, and regular maintenance is suggested; however, overall this type of watch is known for its long-lasting quality.

Watch this video from the School of Horology discussing the durability and maintenance mechanical watch parts:

Orient Watch Company prides itself on offering mechanical watches with these outstanding characteristics at affordable prices. In fact, mechanical watches are at the heart and soul of their company. The four characteristics listed above are by no means the only features of mechanical watches, but they are important to remember when deciding what type of watch to purchase.

  1. 7 Comments | Tell us what you think!

  2. By Charles on Dec 29, 2009

    Is the Orient 2ER00001B currently out of stock? I have made several e-mail inquiries and even tried calling Puri-Time, Inc. hoping to talk to a live person, not an answering machine, which has happened each time that I have called. I am still waiting for a response to my question. I have become very fond of Orient watches and my blue “Mako,” but the lack of follow-up to customer inquiries by the “official” US distributor, is not as impressive.

  3. By Jennifer Barnett on Dec 29, 2009

    I love the concept of the Mechanical Watches. Your products are beautiful and affordable as well.

  4. By nick manginelli on Dec 29, 2009

    I just watched the Youtube video on the winding movement and it appears that orient watch does have a better mechanism.

  5. By Nick Fletcher on Dec 30, 2009

    Mechanical watches are living things, powered by the movement of their owner. Quartz watches are like any other battery-powered toy, amusing but soul-less. I live in the UK and am fortunate enough to own an Orient Submariner homage which keeps time to within +2/-2 seconds a day – and that is some accuracy. Not only that, it looks (and is) a classy piece of precision engineering. I’d like another!

  6. By marcus on Jan 2, 2010

    Excellent intro to mechanical watches.
    I am beginning to realize how good are Orient watches in terms of value and quality.
    Keep up the good work!

  7. By John Bennick on Jan 31, 2010

    I would love to win an Orient watch. I owned one years ago and wore it for many years. It was a self winding automatic with a blue face. It always kept correct time and never failed. It was reliable and rugged as I wore it every day to work. I worked in law enforcement and it held up in some very tough conditions. My son is a long haul “coast to coast” trucker and was looking for a good reliable watch so I gave him my well used reliable Orient watch. Now I want another mechanical Orient watch for myself. I am now retired and an Orient watch would be the perfect watch for travel to foreign countries-no batteries to worry about-self winding, very reliable-and tough.

  8. By Roy Aguirre on Oct 17, 2010

    I just love mechanical orient watch. . .It last a life time f u take good care of it. . .Hope to have one! . . .Godbless

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