Automatic vs Hand Wound vs Quartz
Automatic, Hand Wound and Quartz are the three main types of watch movements available today.
(^Automatic Movement from our Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Review)
Hand Wound was the first to be created, and requires the wearer to manually wind the watch by the crown more or less every day so that the watch doesn’t lose it’s charge. The advantages of a hand would watch are that it is simple and robust.
Next, came automatic, which is essentially the same as a hand wound movement (a mechanical watch movement), but it adds a rotor which winds the watch up as it is moved. This allows for continuous running of the watch if it is worn every day. A big advantage of automatic watches.
And finally, we have Quartz. Quartz is a technology that uses a battery to pass a current through a quartz crystal causing it to vibrate, and from this, accurate time is calculated. The biggest advantage of Quartz is that it is by far the most accurate of the three.
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