The Different Watch Movement Types and Their Benefits

Watches can often boast about the movement types, but sometimes, it isn’t explained why the different watch movement types are beneficial to the wearer. The most common watch movement types are Quartz, Mechanical and Automatic and each has some interesting origins with benefits to why you should consider that to be your choice. Some watch designers stick to a singular movement type as they believe it is the best for their watches and more importantly, their customers. Here’s a look at the three watch movement types:



Founded in 1969, the Quartz movement is the youngest of the watch movement types. This technology challenged the traditional timepieces that relied on movement to power their watches. The Quartz movement causes the second hand to move with individual ticks which are unique compared to other movement types.

With being the most recent advancement in the range of movements also comes a list of benefits, Quartz movement offers an accurate time that barely veers from the exact time. It’s also more affordable to manufacture making their watches more reasonably priced. Quartz is easy to maintain as it is powered by a battery and doesn’t need winding, their parts are also more durable meaning they are less likely ever to need repairing.



The mechanical watches most iconic feature is that it needs to be wound up periodically to function. A pro and a con depending on how you view it, it’s a watch that doesn’t require batteries to operate, spiralling springs and moving gears wound up are the only things necessary to keep mechanical watches running.

Quartz and Mechanical watch movement types are known to be very similar, both offer very accurate time, and the battery is their main difference. Mechanical watch movements are described as art by some watchmakers, and their designs can include rotor mechanisms that work with earths gravitational pull, which compresses the main spring during wrist movement which in turn, energises the automatic winding mechanism.

A mechanical watch has the potential to last a lifetime with the correct care, and although the watch will require winding at some points, most find this to be a calming and desirable ritual of own a mechanical watch.


Automatic Movement:

It can also be known as the self-winding watch, and it’s a watch movement type that harnesses kinetic energy entirely from natural motion on the wrist of the wearer. The mainspring is automatically wound from movement meaning manual winding is never required.

A rotor is added to the mechanical watch which moves freely and collects energy to power the watch. A daily winding isn’t required which can be a benefit to most, but the size and weight of an automatic is commonly more because of the additional parts.