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The Difference Between a Quartz vs Mechanical Watch Movement: Conversation With A Watchmaker

Watch Chest’s AWCI CW21 watchmaker, Glenn Rutledge, explains the difference between a quartz watch movement and a Rolex’s automatic mechanical movement.

Conversation With A Watchmaker is a series featuring Watch Chest’s watchmaker, Glenn Rutledge, giving insight on the watchmaking of Rolex & other luxury timepieces.

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    Reply RMAU June 4, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    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.

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    Reply WomensNews June 18, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Unlike quartz movements, a mechanical movement uses energy from a wound spring, rather than a battery, to power the watch. This spring stores energy and transfers it through a series of gears and springs, regulating the release of energy to power the watch.

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