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Watch movements: Quartz vs. mechanical

Updated: Jun 8, 2023

What kind of wristwatch is the best?

Advantages of quartz movements:

  1. Accuracy.

  2. Low cost.

  3. Easily maintained.


Disadvantages of quartz movements:

  1. Less torque so are easily halted by dust or moisture.

  2. Most are limited to one impulse per second which makes for a far less enjoyable hand motion.


Advantages of mechanical movements:

  1. Perpetually driven by simple winding of the mainspring.

  2. Enjoyable sweep motion of the hands and gentle ticking noise of the escapement.


Disadvantages of mechanical movements:

  1. Accuracy is generally inferior to quartz movements.

  2. Servicing is regularly required to maintain performance.

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