Which Type of Watch Movement is Best?

There are four main watch movements that power your favourite timepieces. The automatic, the manual, the quartz and the solar powered. Not one is better than the other as they all have their benefits and advantages, which appeal to different lifestyles and tastes. Let us talk you through each movement so you have a clear understanding of which movement is best for you.


The Automatic Movement

  • It is powered by the movement of your wrist and therefore, only needs winding if you are not active throughout the day.
  • The traditional craftsmanship is truly mesmerising. It can usually be admired via the case back appealing to those who appreciate the artistry of the craft.
  • Some may find many automatic watches too expensive whereas others understand the time and money that is involved in handcrafting such a breathtaking calibre. The intricate components require a skilled engineer who can assemble the complex movement easily.
  • Self-winding watches require servicing every 3-4 years to ensure the movement is kept in great condition. This can be costly if a piece needs replacing.



The Manual Movement 

  • Manual movements require winding daily, if not your timepiece will stop working. Make sure you do not overwind the crown, as this will cause damage to the movement.
  • Designed for collectors who appreciate traditional watchmaking. The gears, springs and rotors that are typically exposed via the case back, are truly beautiful. Many will happily pay the money to own a manual watch with a complex movement.
  • Talking of cost, you will pay for the intricacy a manual movement offers, just like automatic watches. Also, factor in the expense of the service every 3-4 years and if any replacements are needed.



The Quartz Movement

  • These watches are battery-powered and are known for their reliability.
  • Quartz movements are low maintenance with no winding required and services costing much less as the battery is easy to replace. It is not a complicated procedure like traditional craftsmanship.
  • Also, the watches are generally much less as they are easier to make and not as complex.
  • Many enjoy the guaranteed precision of a quartz movement that can be relied upon no matter what.



The Solar Movement

  • Solar movements convert natural and artificial light into electrical energy, which powers the watch.
  • Simply charge the timepiece as and when needed. However, due to the long lasting nature of solar powered watches, owners will rarely need to charge their timepiece, as the solar panel fitted behind the dial is sufficient enough. Charging will occur approximately every six months.
  • Known for their reliability, solar powered watches are able to store energy when not exposed to light and therefore, is becoming a more and more popular choice especially for those who care for the environment. Solar power uses what is already available to power the watch.