The mechanism of wristwatches determines the division they belong to. Mechanical wristwatches and quartz wristwatches are the most popular categories when thinking about how to divide watches.
Some people can tell the difference between both by looking at both on the outside or simply observing the movement of the second hand. Let’s help you learn how to divide watches by checking them out.
History of Mechanical and Quartz Watches
In the 12th century, people became more interested in timepieces. This led to the invention of mechanical clocks and their use in France, Italy, and England. Europe received the arrival of clocks with hour hands in the late 14th century.
In the following centuries came the portable clock, small clocks, and finally the pocket watches. Wristwatches soon replaced them and this paved the way for Rolex to expand. The watchmaking industry grew in the years after World War II and set the pace for present productions which now exceed 300 million watches on a yearly basis.
Next, technicians began an experiment which brought the quartz watches. This caused people to begin to divide watches. The use of quartz was a new way to get watches to work. This battery-powered watch spread in the early 20th century. Seiko and Citizen ventured into this and sales of quartz watches soon improved greatly, thereby affecting the sales of mechanical watches.
This, however, changed when watchmakers such as Breguet, A Lange & Söhne, and Patek Philippe tried new designs for mechanical watches. Even with the presence of smartphones and smartwatches, mechanical watches still appeal to men who value brands such as Omega and Rolex.
Comparing Mechanical and Quartz Watches
When trying to divide watches, you focus on what makes them work. The way a watch ticks is called the movement. A watch movement is the most important part because that’s what provides the power with which it operates. You can regard this engine or internal mechanism as the powerhouse that dictates how the hands move, and how the alarm, calendar, and dual time zone work.
While quartz watches are powered by a button-type battery that serves as electricity, mechanical watches depend on a spring. The spring is a sheet of metal that is made into a firm spiral. With the release of the spiral, the mechanical watch works, but when a quartz watch gets the electricity it needs from a battery as small as a button, it gives accurate time.
The standard watch has the quartz movement. A battery provides electricity and vibrations through a tiny quartz crystal. The current causes the movement that gets the motors oscillating and the watch hands moving.
Most watch enthusiasts won’t choose watches with quartz movement because they lack perfect craftsmanship and require annual battery changes.
Unlike quartz watches, mechanical watches use mechanical movement which involves winding a spring to power your watch. In place of the battery, the spring reserves energy and releases it to the watch using other springs.
Movement can be manual (wearer winds the most important spring) or automatic (the watch winds itself using a rotor as the wearer moves his wrist). Luxury watches often use mechanical movement as this has a higher quality and expert craftsmanship, technologies, and engineering.
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