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
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.