Which watch to choose – mechanical or quartz?

I wonder when the creators of quartz watches released their revolutionary product on the watch market in 1969, could they have imagined that 50 years later, buyers who choose a wristwatch would still have a question

We believe that the most progressively tuned part of watchmakers thought that in the future there would be no place for a rather reliable, but even at that time, little impressive mechanical watch. Although it was in the same year, after many years of development and intense competition, well-built automatic chronographs finally appeared: El Primero from Zenith, Chronomatic from the powerful triumvirate of Heuer, Breitling, Hamilton and 6139 Auto-Chrono from SEIKO. And in 1974 the release of the legendary ETA-7750 Valjoux chronograph, famous for its reliability and still widely used today, was launched.

History is history, but in the matter of choosing a wristwatch, think about what is best for you. To make it easier for you to independently and objectively evaluate how a mechanical watch differs from a quartz one, and, as a result, decide for yourself

The centuries-old pulse

Fact number 1.

For more than 400 years, a compressed mainspring has been the source of energy in this compact mechanical watch. According to the method of winding this spring, the watches can be divided into models: with manual winding, automatic winding (Automatic) and automatic winding with manual winding (Automatic). The most popular type of plant today

Due to the fact that many of the mechanical wristwatches have transparent casebacks, we can admire the technical beauty of the watch movement. And even visually determine whether their movement is manual or automatic.

Filigree creation of each model

Fact number 2. automatic watch

The power reserve when the spring is fully wound for most mechanical wristwatches produced today is 36 to 42 hours of operation. But there are already models with a power reserve of 80 hours, for example, from the brands Hamilton, CERTINA and TISSOT. Which is very convenient, when, for example, on the weekend you use some kind of sports watch, then thanks to the doubled power reserve, your mechanics will still be on the run on Monday morning.

For a full winding of the spring only by the automatic winding method, you need to actively wear the watch for 8-10 hours a day. Therefore, for those buyers who are more likely to have a sedentary lifestyle: working at a computer, driving a car for a long time, etc., having an automatic watch also has a manual winding will be a plus. You can wind them up without any problems as needed.

Fact number 3.

The main type of time indication for mechanical watches

Fact number 4.

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