CIGA Watches

Mechanical and Quartz Movements 101

Are you thinking of getting a new casual watch? Shopping for women’s and men’s watches in
Malaysia can be overwhelming, since there are thousands of options available in the market.
However, before heading to the watch store, make sure that you are familiar with the different
types of watches, and the most common features around.

What kind of watch do you want to buy? Should you go for a mechanical or quartz movement? If
you are not yet familiar with these concepts, now is the time to research about it.

A watch movement is a mechanism that displays and measures the current time. Basically, it is
the brains of your timepiece.

A quartz movement functions by utilizing a small fraction of the vibrating mineral. It is powered
by a reliable battery that converts the vibrations to time. The result? An accurate measurement of
time. This movement was invented by Seiko back in the 1960s, when that new technology was
really expensive. Today, quartz is the most widely used and cheap movements in the market,
special thanks to the power of mass manufacturing.

Mechanical movement uses energy from a so-called wound spring, and maintains time through
energy releases. They are not powered by batteries, and typically run for around 30 to 40 minutes
on full-wind, though some may last for 10 days.

While mechanical watches require services on some occasions, with proper care, they are sure to
outlast their owners. They can be self-wound or hand-wound via the wearer’s wrist movements.
This is known as automatic movement.

For many watch collectors and watch lovers, mechanical watch movements are more valuable
and more beautiful than quartz ones. They are constructed in an intricate manner, and can last for
many decades. However, it’s also important to point out that quartz timepieces can last for a long
time, without emptying people’s bank accounts.