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A mechanical or automatic watch, what is the difference?

A mechanical watch is a watch that, unlike a quartz watch, does not contain an electric motor or battery and is therefore fully mechanically driven. This is done by tightening a spring that slowly relaxes and thus sets all the wheels of the movement in motion. The tensioning of the spring is done in different ways:

Winding by hand

By turning the crown of the watch the spring is tensioned (winding). So you have to wind the watch yourself, on average every 36-42 hours. The remaining time that the watch continues to run until the next wind is called power reserve.

 

Automatic winding

A so-called rotor is set in motion by the daily movements of the wearer. This rotor ensures that the spring is tensioned. An automatic watch is therefore a mechanical watch, which is 'automatically' wound as long as you wear the watch. A fully wound watch has on average between 32 - 72 hours of power. This time is also called power reserve. If you do not wear your automatic watch every day, it is wise to keep it in a watchwinder so that it always stays wound. This is particularly sensible if the watch contains special complications - such as a moon phase - that are difficult to set manually.

 

What are complications?

In watchmaking, every functionality that the watch contains in addition to the time display is called a complication. For example, a simple day-date display is a complication, but a moon phase is also a complication. Complication does not necessarily mean complicated, but not underestimate, however, how much is needed to perform even the simplest function in a mechanical movement.

 

Why buy an automatic watch?

Mechanical watches are the primal watches. You do not need a battery, you do not have to charge it with a plug and yet they display the time as expected (sometimes with a deviation of a few minutes per month). A mechanical watch is a real time machine. An amazing display of cause and effect, where gears, wheels, rotors and springs work precisely and in harmony to give you the correct time.

However, mechanical watches need more love than quartz watches. You have to wind them and regularly adjust the time and/or date. The movement is also more sensitive and needs regular maintenance. But a well-built and maintained mechanical movement will last a very long time. That is why mechanical watches often pass from (grand) father to son.

And that is why there are many people who prefer a mechanical watch. But also for tradition, technology and beauty.

 

How much does a mechanical watch cost?

As with everything in life, you can make it as expensive  as you wish. At Watch.co.uk you can already find mechanical watches and automatic watches from € 135. From simple but qualitatively excellent automatic watches like the Seiko 5 and the Swatch Sistem, to Swiss Manufacture watches by Maurice Lacroix or Frederique Constant of several thousand euros.

When purchasing a mechanical watch, first think carefully about what you want to do with the watch: do you want it to be automatic or hand-winding? Classic or modern? Functions, use of materials, gems, etc. All these factors are decisive for the price.

With the filter options on the left side of this page you can find your ideal automatic watch by filtering your preferences.

Due to the technique, complexity and required professional knowledge, by far the most automatic watches are made by traditional (Swiss) watch brands. But also the Asian brands produce automatic timepieces of high quality. In addition, fashion brands often contain mechanical timepieces that they buy from traditional manufacturers. Not all mechanical watches therefore look classic by definition.

 

What do all those complicated terms mean?

When you are considering buying an automatic watch, you may regularly encounter terms you do not know in its description. In our Watch ABC we have listed the most common ones for you.

 

Questions about mechanical watches?

Do you have a question or are you unsure which mechanical watch to purchase? Then contact our customer service staff. They can advise you (by telephone or by mail).

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