Watch Movements Explained. Which One Is Right For Me?

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Biao.org.uk Fake Watches sells only top quality replicas and that’s why we are very strict in regards to every material and component we use when assembling our watches. As you can imagine, watch movements are very important and that’s why we want to make sure we pick the right one for each individual model.

Because quality is a top priority, we stay away from cheap Asian clones and instead, we fit our watches only with Japanese Miyota or Swiss watch movements, whether they’re mechanical, kinetic or quartz. These terms may be quite confusing for some, so we will try to explain how you can identify a certain type of movement, what are the differences between them and how to choose the best one for you.

Complications and additional features aside (this will be a future post on Perfect Watches blog), we classify our watch movements by origin (quality) and by the type of mechanism involved.

By quality, we use two types of movements:
– Swiss watch movements (ETA)
– Japanese Miyota

Regardless of origin, movements can be further classified as:
– mechanical (manual or self-winding)
– kinetic
– quartz

Mechanical watch movements, like the name suggests, measure the passing of time without any electricity involved. Without getting into overly-technical details, they are driven by a tensioned spring that releases force gradually, moving the hands at a constant rate. In order to do so, mechanical watches must be wound periodically, depending on their power reserve (how much the spring can be tensioned).

Mechanical movements can be manually wound or self-winding (automatic). Automatic watches wind as a result of the arm’s natural motion, due to an off-center rotor that moves in a circular motion and through a series of gears, puts tension on the mainspring. If you’ve purchased an automatic watch with a clear back case, you can easily see the rotor in motion.

Manual wound watches are very similar to automatic watches, except they need to be wound manually, periodically, depending on their power reserve capacity. Both self-winding and automatic watches display a sweeping motion of the seconds hands, composed of several ticks per second. The more ticks per second, the more fluent the motion will be.

As opposed to mechanical movements, a quartz watch movement relies on electricity, generated by a small battery. Also, with very few exception, the seconds hand ticks rather than sweeps, moving exactly once per second.

Although the common misconception is that kinetic and mechanical self-winding watch movements are one and the same, kinetic movement watches are somewhere in between quartz and mechanical, meaning they are electrically powered, but that power is generated automatically, by the motion of one’s arm.

Each type of movement has its own advantages and disadvantages. Since most high end watch movements are mechanical, quartz replicas are easier to spot as being fake because of the seconds hand ticking motion. Quartz watches also require a battery change from time to time, while a mechanical watch will never need an electrical power source. But they do require regular servicing, in order to run smoothly.

If you plan to wear the watch on a daily basis, a mechanical movement is probably the way to go. It’s the closest top quality replicas can get to the genuine articles. However, if you plan to wear the watch occasionally, a quartz can prove to be a much better choice. A normal power reserve lasts between one or two days, while batteries last more than a whole year.

As for the old age question, are Swiss watch movements worth the extra cost? Let’s take two top quality replica watches as an example, one Swiss, one Japanese. The only difference between them is the movement. The weight will be the same, the feel will be the same; aesthetically speaking, there won’t be any difference, so why should one pay extra?

Swiss watch movements are technically superior to Japanese Miyota mechanisms, meaning they will have better performance (more accurate, all functions working, better power reserve), will need less servicing and will have a greater lifespan. Swiss movements are as close as a replica can get to the original watch, so if that’s what you are after, then these watch movements are most definitely worth it.

Concluding, each type of movement has its advantages and disadvantages. If you’re not sure which one is the right one for you, leave us a message and we at breitling replica Watches blog will be more than happy to answer your queries, from watch movements to just about everything watch related.

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