Learn About Movements

Quartz


Quartz movements are very accurate and require minimal maintenance aside from battery replacements. The  movement utilizes a battery as its primary power source and is typically the type of movement that you will find in your standard, no frills watch. To create power in quartz watch movements, a battery sends an electrical current through a small quartz crystal, electrifying the crystal to create vibrations. These vibrations keep the movement oscillating and drive the motor to move the watch hands. 

Mechanical

Manual:

Considered to be the most traditional movement, manual movements are the oldest type of watch movement. Manual-wind watches that we carry are often loved for their beautiful display of the watch movement, which can usually be seen through the case-back. These movements are often referred to as “hand-wound movements” because they have to be manually wound by hand to create energy in the watch’s mainspring.

Automatic

The second form of mechanical movements are automatic. Often referred to as “self-winding”, automatic movements harness energy through the natural motion of the wearer’s wrist. Watches with automatic movements are very popular because the wearer doesn’t have to worry about winding the watch daily to ensure constant operation. As long as the watch is worn regularly, it will maintain power without requiring winding. 

How to wind your timepiece

 For a self-winding watch to function properly, the mainspring must build up a sufficient power reserve. Many people are unaware that a self-winding watch needs to be wound first manually before it will run automatically.  This is called the initiation process. Without the initiation process, the watch will never operate properly or consistently.

To initiate the power reserve, the watch must be wound manually. 

Turn the winding crown at the 3 o’clock position, in a clockwise direction for about 20 revolutions.  This start up wind is usually sufficient for most automatic watches.

(Please do not continue to wind your timepiece you feel that the spring is already fully loaded otherwise the clockwork may be damaged)

After completion of the initiation process, the watch will wind itself automatically (rebuilding the power reserve) by means of an oscillation weight that shifts every time the watch’s position is changed by the action of the arm and wrist. Put on your watch and swing your wrist back and forth for approximately 30 seconds to initialize power reserve.

A self-winding watch should be worn at least eight hours a day to maximize the power reserve.  If this is not possible, or if the watch has been off the wrist for more than 15-20 hours, the initiation process must be repeated.