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Are you familiar with automatic mechanical watches? Well, these types of watches don’t really exist. You will just understand its meaning once you separate it into two words–mechanical watches and automatic watches.

Different types of watch movements

Several resources classify watch movements into three main categories–quartz, mechanical and automatic. Though, it’s better to categorize them in two broad movements–quartz and mechanical. The main point of consideration here is the watch’s source of power. What enables quartz and mechanical watches to function?

Mechanical timepieces don’t need batteries to work. Quartz watches do.

Automatic watches 101

An automatic watch is one type of mechanical timepieces, and it doesn’t need a battery to work. If you are thinking of getting a mechanical watch in Malaysia, check if you can buy an automatic one. These are also called self-winding watches since they rely on the hand’s natural motion for power. A lot of people prefer this when purchasing outdoor and tactical watches.

How does an automatic watch work? Its power depends on the mainspring that is typically tightened by the oscillator’s movement. Your hand’s action drives the latter. Since they don’t utilize battery, they can be considered as mechanical.

Quartz Watches

Quartz timepieces function by transmitting electrical power from its battery. Its microchip pushes the quartz crystal to vibrate, and then turns the vibrations into electrical pulses. These pulses drive the electric stepping motor that turns electrical energy into its mechanical form.

malDo you know that manual watches also exist?

Manual timepieces are the opposite of self-winding watches. The term means that these watches function by winding them manually. The only difference between this and automatic watches is that the former don’t have a pendulum that is moving back and forth in order to wound its mainspring. If you own a manual watch, invest in a watch winder as well.