QUARTZ WATCHES VS AUTOMATIC WATCHES: WHICH ONE SHOULD YOU GET?
If you have been hunting for your first watch for men for a while, you would realize there are mainly two types of watches: mechanical watches and quartz watches.
Quartz watches are powered by a small internal battery while mechanical watches are powered using the motions of your body. Among the mechanical watches, there are mainly automatic and manual winding watches. Automatic watches has always been more popular as their movements are self winding and they are more convenient compared to manual winding watches.
Although quartz watches make up at almost 90% of the watches sold in the world, automatic watches hold an important place undeniably in the hearts of watch lovers. Let’s take a look at the differences between the two to help you decide which will be best for you.
ACCURACY VS CRAFTSMANSHIP
Before we look into the differences between quartz and automatic watches, there is an important question you will need to ask yourself first: Between accuracy and craftsmanship, which one will you value most?
In the world of machines, it is theoretically impossible to expect a 100% efficiency. Mechanical watches are complex miniature machines. No matter how intricate the movement is assembled, there will always be a small part of energy lost through friction and other factors. Hence, mechanical watches are unable to produce 100% perfect accuracy. A Swiss COSC Certified watch generally lose or gain 3 to 6 seconds per day, which means you might be losing or gaining up to 2 minutes a month. Hence, it is very important to hunt for a reputed automatic timepiece which has a good reliable movement.
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Many watch lovers treasure mechanical watches not just for their craftsmanship. Watch enthusiasts argue that mechanical watches have ‘souls’ due to the ‘beating mechanism’, making them alive. On the other hand, wearing quartz watches wouldn’t feel the same way as they are quiet, thus soulless. With the same ideology, many watch collectors also enjoy collecting vintage artisan watches that feature beautiful manual winding movements as winding the watches manually give ‘life’ to them.
That said, it doesn’t mean that craftsmanship doesn’t apply to quartz watches. You still can have a quality quartz timepiece such as the Radhem Roulette Chronograph. Quartz watches are known for their high level of accuracy and their durable design. Some quartz watches also feature eco-friendly designs. They’re also a lot more affordable as well.
Maintenance for quartz watches are usually hassle-free. Most of the time, you only need to change its internal batteries every 3-5 years.
Unlike quartz watches, mechanical watches such as automatics depends on wrist movement for power. To many causal watch lovers, manual hand wind watches are much more hassle as they have to wind their watches every 2-3 days.
Since mechanical watches are powered by mechanical movements, wear and tear may occur over a period of time. We recommend servicing your mechanical watch every 5 to 10 years.
Features vs classiness
Thanks to their design, quartz watches tend to be able to incorporate a lot more features than mechanical watches. These features include everything from compasses, to alarms, and even GPS. It is these features that make them a huge selling point.
Mechanical watches (both manual winding and automatic watches), on the other hand, don’t usually contain much features, if any at all. They are designed with technology that is hundreds of years old, and people often buy them for their timeless classiness. Some may also feature the stopwatch feature known as the chronographs, but they usually cost more due to its complex mechanical movement.
The mechanical watches are usually designed to last for decades, and it is often just the metal or leather watch straps that need to be interchanged. Quartz watches on the other hand are seen as timepieces that evolves with fashion rather than being designed to stand the test of time.
Quartz or Automatics?
To be frank, there is no right or wrong answers. There are a lot of quartz watches and automatic watches in the list of best dress watches today.
If you’re looking for an accurate, affordable and modern design, a quartz watch will be probably your best option. However, if you have a higher budget and you are looking for an elegant and classy design that has a soul, you won’t go far wrong with an automatic watch or even manual hand wind watch.
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