How to Identify High-Quality and Low-Quality Watch Movements?

August 25th, 2018

As the soul of the wristwatch, the watch movement is crucial to the functionality of a watch. Interestingly, it’s true that it’s not always easy to identify high-quality and low-quality watch movements.We agree, nonetheless, that every high-quality watch has been designed with a high-quality watch movement. And many ridiculously cheap watches contain low-quality watch movements.

Quality Watch Movements

Things to Look for in a High-Quality Watch Movement

To tell the difference between the high-quality and low-quality watches, you should know the following:

  • Swiss movements have the E.T.A stamp and a set of numbers. This reference number is usually used to distinguish a watch movement from another.
  • Citizen and Seiko use Miyota and Hattori movements respectively. These movements also combine letters and numbers as reference number for their watch movements.
  • Always check the identification at the back of the watch or just on the dial.
  • Every true movement has been thoroughly tested and found to be dependable.
  • Every high-quality watch movement has been approved by COSC (Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres).
  • High-quality movements are often termed as in-house movements. This is because the watch company itself produces the movement and tests it repeatedly until it passes the 15-day testing procedure. Quality and precision are always the goal.

    Signs of Low-Quality Watch Movements

Understanding High-Quality Watch Movements

For the record, this isn’t to say that quartz watches have inferior movements. Japanese watch movements, for one, are known to be incredibly fascinating.

On the market, the best quartz watches are from Seiko and Citizen. And history has it that Japan was the pioneer of quality yet affordable watches.

Check out Seiko and Citizen watch movements. These high-quality movements have been made with:

  • Advanced technology
  • Skillful watchmakers
  • Longevity prospects

With these three factors in place, you can vouch that your watch is extremely valuable. Ignore the fact that it’s Japanese (if you like).

Also, any watch with mechanical watch movement made by Tianjin Seagull is a top-rated timepiece. Not only is this manufacturer the world’s largest, but also it relies on Swiss technology for making the movement parts.

Believe it or not:

High-quality watches are never:

  • Cheap looking
  • Overstyled
  • Overpriced

So, these are some red flags to look out for when getting your watch. And since you won’t be moving the movement out of the watch for inspection, you need other features to convince you of the quality of the internal mechanism.

 identify high-quality and low-quality watch movements

Signs of Low-Quality Watch Movements

One thing about low-quality watch movements is that they never last for a long time. And where does this stem from?

  • Cheap production
  • Fake design
  • Poor finishing

More on the ETA Movement

Swiss ETA 2824 happens to be the first best automatic movements which many watch manufacturers purchase for their wristwatches.

While it’s true that Citizen and Seiko may have tried to duplicate this movement, it’s true that these brands have also developed more advanced and more accurate movements.

With this in mind, you can choose a watch with the Swiss movement or the Seiko or Citizen (Miyota) movements. In the end, there’s not much difference in the price of the watch or the cost of servicing the movement.

Go on now and make your purchase at the store!

August 25th, 2018|Tags: , , |