Automatic vs. Quartz: Which Watch Should I Choose?

We’ve heard a broken record a thousand times: Don’t waste time. It’s precious. It’s something you can not get back. And yet, whenever we hear it, we are thankful that we’ve been reminded. This is because we know how true this advice is. If not, clocks and watches would not be invented at all. But, it’s the other way around. In fact, when it comes to watches, there are so many choices available that you can’t instantly decide what to take. Among the many choices available, one factor we’re going to look at is the so-called “movement”.

Let’s talk about two popular types of watch movement: automatic and quartz.

Automatic Watches

Perhaps, one of the best advantages of automatic watches is that no battery is needed to power one. An automatic watch works through a mainspring installed in it as well as its carefully-engineered gears. This type is also known as “self-winding” watch. As the name implies, you don’t have to hand-wind it at the end of each day to keep it functioning well. Instead, it automatically winds itself while your wrist moves the whole day.

But then, there’s one disadvantage about this feature. Of course, when you’re not regularly wearing it, an automatic watch cannot wind itself as often as needed. As a result, it could keep becoming inaccurate over time or stop ticking. When not in use, you need to place it in a watch winder to keep it working properly. Thus, most likely, you’ll need to buy a watch winder along with an automatic watch, especially if you need to take it off more often.

Dust, moisture, magnets, and shocks are the ultimate enemies of automatic watches. So, this isn’t for you if you constantly come in contact with these environmental conditions. Knowing how pricey automatic watches are, you’ll never want to use it in situations when these risks are present.

One thing many people love about automatic watches is the smooth hand movement without the “tick-tick-tick” sound that some of you may be annoyed at. Also, with proper care, automatic watches can last a very long time. You could even pass it as an heirloom to your future child.

Quartz Watches

This type isn’t as sensitive as automatic watches. In fact, it’s the most convenient type of watch to use. It doesn’t require regular winding. In fact, you can take it off as often as you want. It’s powered by the battery so you don’t have to worry if it might become inaccurate when not in use. Also, it’s definitely cheaper than automatic watches.

Great brands such as Diesel watches make use of long-lasting batteries for their quartz watches. So, these watches could also last many, many years with proper care. Perhaps, the downside with quartz watches is that hand movement isn’t as smooth as compared to automatic watches. But if that’s something alright for you, then a quartz watch would be a great choice.

What should you choose anyway? Well, this would depend upon your preferences. If you prefer less maintenance and a watch you can wear under most conditions, then a quartz watch is right for you. However, if you prefer smooth hand movement, intricate design, and a watch that doesn’t make use of the battery, then, you should choose an automatic watch. You should also consider whether the design of the watch you’re eyeing for matches your lifestyle and your personal style.